MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
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Reviews for the MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
Slim and fast. Thanks to the new Pascal GPU, MSI now packs high-end performance into a slim laptop. The temperature development is okay and other areas of the GS63VR Stealth Pro are convincing as well, but MSI should have another look at the fans.
The good news is the GS63VR isn’t any more expensive than competitors that offer the same feature set. Its closest match – the Razer Blade – features a smaller 14-inch display and for an extra $200. I like the design of the Razer Blade more than the GS63VR, but MSI’s option is still a fantastic buy in this product category.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/20/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: NDTV Gadgets
MSI has managed to produce a game-changing laptop which looks perfect on paper, but needs a lot of improvement when it comes to real-world usage. The GS63VR packs in an extraordinary amount of power, considering its size. However, everything from fan noise to bloatware reminds us that MSI doesn’t have the kind of experience that Dell, HP, and Lenovo do, and consequently, there are things it needs to learn.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/18/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 90% display: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: PC World
Despite its drawbacks, I’m still blown away by what the MSI GS63VR Stealth delivers—a 4-pound laptop that can play the newest games with settings at or near Ultra. That’s just a tectonic shift of portable gaming capability we’ve just never seen before. Previously, the best GPU we could expect in a laptop this thin was Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 970M. The GTX 1060 in the Stealth is at least 50 percent faster than that. That means that with the MSI GS63VR Stealth, you can finally have your portability and your performance at the same time.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/31/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
If you’re in the market for a portable, lightweight and stylish gaming notebook, the GS63 Stealth Pro is certainly the one to get and I can’t think of any gaming notebooks as slim and light as this particular model. The i7 6700HQ will power through anything you throw at it and the GTX 1060 will play all the current games you want at 1080p now and probably well into next year without struggling.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/13/2016
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 80% workmanship: 100%
Source: Gear Open
Don’t take the $1,899 MSI GS63 Stealth Pro’s slimness for weakness. Beneath that 0.69-inch-thick chassis lies a bona fide gaming laptop capable of delivering great frame rates and playing nice with VR helmets. It’s even got blistering transfer speeds, a comfortable keyboard and a lovely display to boot.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/15/2016
Source: Laptop Mag
Don't take the $1,899 MSI GS63 Stealth Pro's slimness for weakness. Beneath that 0.69-inch-thick chassis lies a bona fide gaming laptop capable of delivering great frame rates and playing nice with VR helmets. It's even got blistering transfer speeds, a comfortable keyboard and a lovely display to boot.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/14/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Mobile Tech Review
As ever, MSI is first with next generation gaming laptops (a few Asus models are out too). As ever, MSI offers the lightest and skinniest high end gaming laptops on the market starting under $2,000 (Razer specializes in the higher price tier, with casing materials and miniaturization to match that higher price). There's a lot of value here in terms of ports, headphone audio quality and expandability, though some things like RAM and the SSD aren't readily accessible. Though the $1,699 Asus ROG Strix GL502VS-DB71 high end configuration competes strongly with a faster GTX 1070 video card, faster PCIe NVMe SSD and a faster 7200 RPM HDD, it's also thicker and a pound heavier. MSI still has the thinnest and lightest 15.6" gaming rig you can buy in this price range.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/14/2016
Rating: Total score: 100%
Source: Tech For Pennies
In short, MSI VR Ready GS63VR Stealth Pro-068 is everything a gamer needs: sharp Full HD screen, powerful quad-core processor, speedy solid-state drive and most importantly, a top-notch dedicated graphics card. Any game you want to run will have smooth as a silk FPS on settings maxed out. So, if you have money for this beast and you like gaming above all, I do recommend checking out this MSI!
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/08/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: T Break
We are really impressed with the performance and design factor of the laptop. It’s almost all that a gamer can ask for in a slim and light design with good cooling and great performance. The industrial look of the laptop is something unique from what MSI usually offers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/16/2016
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 85% performance: 85% features: 90% workmanship: 95%
Source: Computerbase DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/04/2016
Source: Notebooksbilliger Blog DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/21/2016
Source: HardwareLuxx DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/29/2016
Source: SFT - Heft 09/2016
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 08/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 99%
Source: Noticias 3D ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/09/2016
Source: Hispazone ES→EN
Positive: High efficiency; compact chassis; powerful hardware; good cooling system, solid workmanship for gamers. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/11/2016
Source: PurePC PL→EN
Positive: High quality; comfortable keyboard and touchpad; great display; powerful speakers; powerful GeForce 1060 GTX; pretty good performance in Full HD; light and handy; high energy efficiency. Negative: Hot under load; mediocre battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/24/2016
Source: Notebook-Center.ru RU→EN
Positive: High performance; excellent display; comfortable keyboard with backlit; high autonomy; compact size. Negative: Low mobility; overheats while using; noisy under loads.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/23/2016
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Positive: High performance; slim case; solid workmanship; long life battery; silent cooling system. Negative: Weak speakers; noisy under load.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/08/2016
Model: The MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro is a high-performance laptop for gaming on-the-go. It is equipped with high performing hardware with a 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, an Intel HM170 chipset, a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with 6 GB GDDR5 VRAM, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a combination from 256 GB M.2 SSD and 2 TB SATA hard disk drive. The Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit system features two DDR4 RAM slots supporting a maximum of 32 GB for even higher performance.
The display built in the laptop is a top notch quality 15.6” (39cm) FHD IPS display panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels in order to support high-quality display output. Besides that, the display is supported by MSI True Color Technology for higher color precision and close to 100% sRGB coverage. The True Color Technology supports multiple usages by featuring six color profile: Anti Blue, Designer, Movie, sRGB, Office and Gamer profile. This technology is a result of MSI’s partnership with Portrait Displays, Inc. Hence, the laptop would also be perfect for graphics designers who require a very accurate display. The MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro measures at 380 x 249 x 17.7 mm and weighs at 1.89 kg. It is one of the slimmest gaming laptops available in the market and, so, it truly makes gaming on the go possible. The laptop can possibly to be built this lightweight by adopting Magnesium-Lithium alloy in its chassis design. Using a gaming laptop in public wouldn’t be such an embarrassment anymore if more companies adopt the same design techniques for their gaming machines.
For input devices, the MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro features a SteelSeries full-color backlit keyboard, which fits the laptop’s impression as a gaming laptop. The backlit keyboard is brighter than normal keyboards with its high-grade silver lining printed keys. The LED color of the keyboard can be adjusted through the pre-installed MSI Dragon Center. As for network controllers, the laptop features a Killer DoubleShot Pro (Killer Gb LAN + Killer 802.11 a/c WiFi) with Smart Teaming built in. The Killer Doubleshot Pro prevents lag spikes on network traffic while gaming. Bandwidth can be prioritized for individual programs to ensure maximum bandwidth by using the Killer Networking Manager. Furthermore, the Killer Gigabit LAN Controller with Advanced Stream Detect 2.0 and the Killer Shield are built in for more stable connections. The Killer Ethernet and WiFi controllers are distinctive features only delivered by MSI in most of their gaming laptops.
Audio output is another important element in a gaming laptop for top quality sound effects. This laptop features two 2 W speakers with Nahimic 2 Sound technology delivering an immersive 360⁰ audio experience. The Nahimic Audio Enhancer software is capable of delivering a virtual 7.1 sound, which highly boosts audio and voice performance.
For input and output ports, the MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro has a Type-C USB 3.1 port, three Type-A USB 3.0 ports, a Type-A USB 2.0 port, an RJ45 port for Ethernet, an HDMI port capable of supporting 4K output at 60 Hz, a Mini-DisplayPort v1.2 and an audio combo jack. It is a very well equipped gaming laptop in a very attractive chassis.
Hands-on article by: Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Just releasing in 2016, MSI GS63VR-6RF Stealth Pro with super slim and thin design compared to Dell XPS 15 and Asus Zenbook Pro UX501 is an amazing innovation of MSI for this gaming laptop series. Beside the spectacular design, it still maintains strong performance by the much more powerful processors and graphics inside.
With the size of 380 x 249 x 17.7mm and 1.89kg weight, it is considered to be one of the slimmest gaming laptop of 15 inch series up to now as the remark of page Laptopmag in comparison between Gigabyte P55W, Alienware 15 and Digital Storm Equinox. Its design is so clean and simple that most users are unbelievable to think that such a lot of power could hide inside this impressively light gaming laptop. MSI also uses the steelseries multi-color keyboard in which every keystrokes can be set base on the gamer’s preferences through the Steelseries 3 Engine. And it is combined with the smooth trackpad for the gaming controls as well. GS63VR adopts a lightweight chassis using Mg-Li alloy in its design. Somehow it is supposed as the world’s lightest gaming notebook with the new definition of slimness gaming. From my perspective view, gaming laptop is coming in the new era where they don’t need to be too heavy anymore, but slim and powerful. And this laptop is one of the best gaming laptops which has a beautiful and smooth design like this.
Most reviews about GS63VR from many pages, such as: Laptopmag, Tbreak, appreciates the quality of the screen display as a significant advantage. The 1920 x 1080 matte display of the Stealth Pro in 15.6 inch panel shows gorgeously vivid colors, especially when changing to red. The reflections could not appear in this kind of laptop due to the perfect anti-glare coating from the IPS panel. The viewing angles could satisfy even the most difficult user since it is extremely great as expected with good color reproductions.
However, regarding Ultrabook Review, the viewing angles are totally good using the IPS display, yet it is desired more for the brightness and colors. In general from their comments, the color space is the main issue since the sRGB is just a mere 65%, NTSC 74% and aRGB 49%. As a result, some people would feel fine with this screen, but if you need to edit pictures or videos, or use it next to any decent monitor out there, you might have to think twice.
Powered by i7-6700HQ – the latest generation of Intel Core i7 processor, it requires lower power consumption whereas it still delivers better performance than the older processors, which lead computing to the next level. The Intel Core i7-6700HQ is a high-end processor based on the 14 nm microarchitecture from Skylake. It offers 4 physical cores (8 logical), initially clocked at 2.6GHz, and might go up to 3.5GHz and 6Mb in L3 cache. Hyper-threading Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated. This processor also integrates a “good but not best” graphics named Intel HD Graphics 530, which has 24 execution units, initially clocked at 350MHz and could reach at 1050MHz in Turbo mode which share the L2 cache and system ram with the processor. Its performance is good and sufficient for doing normal applications and watching movies.
As reviewed in Tbreak Media: “The quad-core processor and teaming up with a large room of 16Gb DDR4 RAM promises fast and snappy performance on the go”, I totally agree with this. Also, the 6th generation i7-6700HQ of Intel Skylake is the fastest to peak a short of the over-clockable core i7-6820HK for mobile computer as a remark from Mobile Tech Review. Although the official page of MSI has announced that the performance of the i7-6700HQ processor is 20% better than the previous generation processor i7-4720HQ, the power of those processors are actually similar except the lower power consumption of i7-6700HQ and the Intel HD Graphics 530 is better than the Intel HD Graphics 4600.
The GS63VR is powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU (with 6Gb of VRAM), but according to Tbreak, this card sports the same true desktop-class NVIDIA GTX 1060 Pascal GPU with slightly lowered clock speeds (around 100-150 MHz difference in the clock speed). As Laptopmag remarked, this laptop peaks 7.4/10 in the SteamVR performance test and beats the P55W’s with the rate of 6.6, but not the 8.4 category average. The NVIDIA Pascal technology also plays an important role in boosting popular games noticeably, for example, Witcher 3, Hitman, Grand Theft Auto. With this graphics card, it is easy to reach 40fps in Ultra, 56fps in High in above games.
Moreover, there is a review of Tbreak showed that the NVIDIA GTX 1060 is just perfect for 1080p screen resolution gaming, and it is not really meant for 4K resolution gameplay. In my opinion, the NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU has done a very good job to performance the game in full HD resolution. It is said that the NVIDIA 1000 series is promised to improve 40% performance in comparison with 900M series and NVIDIA has abandoned the “M” in the end of the name in order to bring the best performance with few differences between desktop and gaming laptop.
Powered by Steelseries Engine 3, the RGB keyboard is adjusted as user preferences. As mentioned on page Mobile Tech Review, the travel between keys are great with good damping and make users feel adorable when touching. With the free adjustment tool by users, they have many options to change colors to whatever they would like to use, for example, rainbow color or any single color.
The Mobile Tech Review commented that touchpad stink doesn’t exist any longer, so that that user has managed to forgo a mouse without grumbling, yet he also said later that it could not be compared to the best trackpads like Dell XPS 15 while about performing gestures, Laptopmag remarked that the 4 x 2.7 inch Elan touchpad when swiping with three fingers or rotating with two fingers is pretty smooth. Nevertheless, there are still some annoying troubles with the mouse when it moves unintentionally to another position. Eventually, the keyboard and trackpad still satisfy most people when there are sometimes exceptional annoyances which appear while typing and using the pad.
For heating, regarding Ultrabook Review, this laptop does tend to get pretty hot. Under normal loads, it is quite tolerable, but gaming loads might require a cooling pad for many gamers. Besides, following a remark of Laptopmag, playing Witcher 3 can reach 84 degrees Fahrenheit on touchpad whereas the system center hits 95 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, the notebook’s undercarriage measured a hot 123 degrees, so if you think you can put the laptop on other laptops, it is not recommended. The laptop also may run a little hot when it is doing normal activities (103 degrees at the bottom of the laptop, and 86 degrees measurement for trackpad respectively).
“The quad-core CPU and high-end graphics are simply too power-hungry as are the bright displays. The 15.6” MSI Stealth Pro averaged 3.5 to 4.4 hours for productivity and streaming video tasks with brightness set to 50%”, said Mobile Tech Review. By contrast, Laptopmag has simply concluded that the existence of power is due to range of cost, particularly, with the Stealth Pro’s circumstance, it is the battery life. Their measurement shows that this laptop would last only 2 hours and 54 minutes on battery test when surfing the internet continuously using Wi-Fi connection. Generally, the battery is that something obviously weak in most gaming laptops, yet MSI has done their job rather well when making an extraordinarily slim and thin laptop on gaming demand, so that it is a bit difficult to request for a longer battery life. Perhaps, it will appear soon in the future.
The speaker, according to review of Ultrabook Review, have only two and they are not special at all. They get fairly loud, but you have to do some work for it by messing the setting in software. Nonetheless, MSI has made a perfect headphone jack which really improves the sound coming since the laptop is equipped with a Sabre ESS Hi-Fi digital to analog converter.
About the connectivity, the GS63VR has 3 x 3.0 USB ports, yet as a comment from Ultrabook Review, you might as well consider only two of them accessible at the same time, as the ports are so close together. This laptop also supports the Thunderbolt 3 which the reviewer was able to connect to the external graphics and get the significant boosts. However, the Ultrabook Review also indicated the weakness on connectivity that the memory card slot speed is merely USB 2.0 speeds. Consequently, copying file will be limited even if you are using the high-speed memory card. Furthermore, in a glance at the webcam, the Ultrabook Review noticed that the webcam of GS63VR is just 720p (HD quality) instead of 1080p (Full HD quality) which will have a pretty low image quality.
In summary, GS63VR-6RF Stealth Pro of MSI could be considered the most stunning laptop with the impressively slim and thin design in such a powerful gaming laptop. The manufacturer, MSI also follows up high-tech trends today by developing the virtual reality experience for MSI gaming as well as the integration of the powerful graphics card – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, which helps to improve best performance when gaming in the Full HD resolution. In addition, the performance of GS63VR is incredible by using the latest generation Intel Core i7 processor. Another point that must be mentioned as an advantage of this laptop is the balance of power and portability: this is actually the most outstanding feature in this model.
Even though this laptop seems to be a perfect laptop, there are still some disadvantages existing, for instance battery is the first restriction as normal. Beside that, the trackpad sometimes can make users annoyed with inadvertent movements. The 2.0 USB speed memory card slot does not meet the user demands in transferring data nowadays as my individual view. The webcam in 720p quality instead of 1080p quality as advertised could cause a little regret from users. However, notwithstanding the unexpected problems, MSI probably manufactured an amazingly great laptop with much more unbelievable improvements, especially in the design with extremely reasonable price range (around 2000 – 2400 Euros). I just can say that it is incredible.
Press review by Capuchino Saber (2016)
Very similar model variants, frequently sold in Central Europe:
MSI GS63VR-6RFAC16H22 (0016K2-SKU32): same price like 6RF16H22
MSI GS63VR-6RFAC16H11 (0016K2-SKU75) : only 1 TB HDD and only 128GB SSD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile: The mobile GTX 1060 is based on the GP106 chip and offer 1280 shaders. Compared to the identically named desktop version it features a slightly lower clock rate. Games in Full HD and maximum details should run fluently on the card.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
6700HQ: Skylake-based quad-core processor for notebooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 530 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.
MSI is not present in the smartphone market. As a laptop manufacturer, MSI has a medium market share and is not among the Top 10 global manufacturers. The ratings of MSI laptops are above average in the tests (as of 2016).
85.71%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.