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MSI GV62 8RE (i5-8300H, GTX 1060, FHD) Laptop Review

New engine, same body. MSI brings Coffee Lake to their entry-level GV62 line. While the new Intel CPU is a breath of fresh air, it is the only real change to the machine since last year. Buggy system behavior and a cheap plastic case keep the GV62 8RE from being little more than white noise.

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MSI has a machine for almost any consumer. Ranging from the mighty GT75 Titan to the budget-oriented PL62, the company is no stranger to consumer choice. Enter the GV62 8RE. The GV62 line is positioned as entry-level gaming laptops equipped with mid-tier specs, and our review device today fully reflects this. Priced at USD $1050, the GV62 8RE sports a quad-core Intel Core i5-8300H with Hyperthreading and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, a combination we typically see in gaming notebooks at slightly higher price points.

However, to keep costs down, MSI had to cut some corners. For one, the same plastic shell seen in last year's GV62 7RE is used. MSI also opted for the 3 GB variant of the GTX 1060 in lieu of the more common 6 GB model. We will see what other sacrifices had to be made in the name of affordability and if they were worth the price in this review.

Based on its price and internals, the GV62 competes directly with other budget gaming devices, including Acer's Helios 300, Dell's new G5 and older Inspiron 15 7577, and Lenovo's Legion Y520. We will also compare MSI's GF62, which shares several things in common with the GV62 (including the case). Let's cinch up our wallets and dive in.

MSI GV62 8RE-016US (GV62 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-8300H, Quad-core hyperthreaded (8 threads)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) - 3072 MB, Core: 1405 MHz, Memory: 2002 MHz, 3 GB GDDR5 VRAM, GeForce Game Ready Driver 397.64, Nvidia Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, 1200.5 MHz, DDR4-2400 / PC4-19200
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LGD0590, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Storage
Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ, 128 GB 
, 128 GB SATA 3 SSD + 1 TB 5400 RPM HDD, 1029 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: mic in, audio out, Card Reader: SD/SDXC/SDHC Card reader, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Qualcomm Atheros AR8171/8175 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless AC 9462 (b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 29 x 383 x 260 ( = 1.14 x 15.08 x 10.24 in)
Battery
41 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD (30 fps @ 720p)
Additional features
Speakers: 4x 2W, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, MSI Dragon Center, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.2 kg ( = 77.6 oz / 4.85 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1050 USD

 

Case

The case is perhaps the biggest cost-saving measure of the device. The chassis is almost a photocopy of other entry-level gaming notebooks from MSI. Looking at the GF62VR as a reference, the same pain points are present, sans the brushed aluminum lid. Plastic is the name of the game here, and with the cheaper material come several downsides. Fingerprints and smudges show readily and mar the faux-brushed finish. They can be wiped away with some effort. The keyboard deck is firm and barely deforms under direct pressure. The same goes for the bottom panel. The lid is not rigid enough for our tastes and can be twisted by applying pressure at the sides and heavily warped (making contact with the keyboard deck) by pressing the center down. The hinge mechanism is also stiff and requires two hands to open. The lid opens to a maximum of about 135°.

The creaks and groans might be the worst facet of the case. When pressed along the seams, the chassis will click and pop as if the pieces are not fully secured. This is especially prevalent along the bottom panel, almost as though the plastic clips that hold it on aren't fully secured. The hinges in our unit also don't seem set properly. When the lid is opened, the bottom edge of the display bezel clicks against the back of the keyboard deck unpleasantly. This problem may be unique to our review unit, though.

All that plastic does have one benefit: weight. At 2.2 kg, the GV62 is relatively light for a budget gaming laptop. The overall footprint is about the same as Dell's G5. The machine is a bit thick at 29 mm, but it should fit into a backpack without much fuss and is light enough to haul around campus or coffee shops without inducing back strain.

Connectivity

Port selection is similar to other budget gaming machines. All the basics are here, including two display outputs that support a minimum of 4K at 60 Hz. The dedicated microphone and audio out jacks are appreciated, as is the Ethernet jack, a connection that is becoming increasingly rare these days. The lack of Thunderbolt 3 is notable, but its absence is to be expected at this price.

Left: Kensington lock, Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI 2.0, mini-DisplayPort 1.4, USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, mic in, audio out
Left: Kensington lock, Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI 2.0, mini-DisplayPort 1.4, USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, mic in, audio out
Right: USB 2.0, SD card reader, DC in
Right: USB 2.0, SD card reader, DC in

SD Card Reader

The performance of the SD card reader is abysmal. MSI still includes slow card readers in its budget gaming machines, which has long been a point of frustration. That said, other gaming notebooks at this price bracket also use slow card readers. Users that rely on SD cards should look elsewhere; with read speeds of about 30 MB/s, file transfers will be aggravatingly slow. There are much better options, even at this end of the market (e.g., Acer's Predator Helios 300).

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Average of class Gaming
  (11.7 - 202, n=192)
90.7 MB/s ∼100% +246%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76 MB/s ∼84% +190%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
29.77 MB/s ∼33% +14%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.22 MB/s ∼29%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.2 MB/s ∼29% 0%
Dell G5 15 5587
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
20 MB/s ∼22% -24%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Average of class Gaming
  (13.4 - 257, n=190)
110 MB/s ∼100% +243%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
86 MB/s ∼78% +168%
Dell G5 15 5587
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
35 MB/s ∼32% +9%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
32.06 MB/s ∼29%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
30.97 MB/s ∼28% -3%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26.6 MB/s ∼24% -17%

Communication

In a similar vein to the SD card reader, wireless performance is disappointing. The Intel 9462 wireless card supports 802.11ac WiFi but doesn't match expectations. While wireless speeds are adequate, larger downloads like games may take time. The main reason for the comparitive slugishness is the Intel 9462, which is a 1x1 wireless card. Most other gaming laptops use the Intel 8265, a 2x2 card that offers twice the speeds. As such, gamers with faster internet connections (50 MBps and up) may opt for a hardwire connection via the gigabit Ethernet port. While slow, WiFi reliability is good; during our review period, we did not experience drops in signal strength or speed.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
692 MBit/s ∼100% +112%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
657 MBit/s ∼95% +102%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
648 MBit/s ∼94% +99%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 702, n=156)
590 MBit/s ∼85% +81%
Dell G5 15 5587
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
485 MBit/s ∼70% +49%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Wireless AC 9462
326 MBit/s ∼47%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
285 MBit/s ∼41% -13%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
640 MBit/s ∼100% +80%
Dell G5 15 5587
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
582 MBit/s ∼91% +64%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
559 MBit/s ∼87% +57%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
532 MBit/s ∼83% +50%
Average of class Gaming
  (213 - 697, n=156)
523 MBit/s ∼82% +47%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Wireless AC 9462
355 MBit/s ∼55%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Realtek 8821AE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
345 MBit/s ∼54% -3%

Maintenance & Warranty

Maintenance options are excellent, but the process can be frustrating. There are 16 screws that need to be removed, including one hidden under a "factory seal" sticker. MSI has a spotty record of voiding warranties should this sticker be pierced; sometimes this will void a warranty, other times it will not. Determined DIYers will appreciate the fact that all screws are the same size. Once the screws are removed, there are several plastic clips that must be disengaged. While these are easily handled, the bottom panel fits tightly over the ports along the sides, especially the mini-DisplayPort and HDMI output. Some maneuvering is necessary to get the bottom panel off these ports without cracking the thin plastic, but it can be done with a bit of patience.

Once inside, users will have access to almost every component. The RAM, wireless card, PCIe drive, HDD, and cooling system are all easily accessible for upgrades and cleaning. The CPU and GPU are easy to get to for repasting, but they are soldered on (as is the industry standard now) and thus cannot be upgraded.

MSI offers a basic 12-month limited warranty.

The RAM, wireless card, both drives, and cooling system are all readily accessible.
The RAM, wireless card, both drives, and cooling system are all readily accessible.
GPU (left, under 3 heat pipes) and CPU (right, under 2 heat pipes)
GPU (left, under 3 heat pipes) and CPU (right, under 2 heat pipes)

Input Devices

Keyboard

As with most MSI machines, the SteelSeries keyboard is excellent. Feedback is crisp and firm, and the keys offer a generous amount of travel with a pillowy drop. The keyboard is similar to that of the GF62 with the same minimal noise and great feel. All said, MSI's keyboards are some of the best on gaming laptops, and that continues even in their budget lines. The only drawback to the keyboard is the lack of RGB lighting and the divisive aesthetic comprised of red paint along the sides of the keys. The backlight gets fairly bright but is limited to a red color.

Touchpad

Whereas the keyboard is surprisingly great considering the price, the touchpad is less so. At 10.8 cm by 6 cm, it may be too small for some. The surface is the same smooth plastic used on the rest of the keyboard deck and feels decent underhand. The pad itself is firm under pressure, but the case around it can be warped. Tracking is responsive, and we did not experience any cursor skipping during our use time. The separate buttons along the bottom have the same stiff, hollow click as the GF62. While adequate, the buttons feel thin and cheaply made. In sum, the touchpad feels more like an afterthought than a focal point of the machine; it is present and works, but not much more can be said.

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Display

Pixel matrix
Pixel matrix

The semi-matte IPS display is another corner cut by MSI. While the FHD resolution is welcome, overall screen brightness is low and the backlight is uneven. This uneven distribution isn't noticeable at higher brightness levels. Overall brightness is adequate at about 250 nits, but the screen will appear dim under bright lights and is nigh unusable in direct sunlight. Response times are adequate for an IPS display. On the plus side, PWM is non-existent. MSI also offers a SKU of the GV62 with a 120 Hz refresh rate.

269.3
cd/m²
252.9
cd/m²
235.9
cd/m²
260.4
cd/m²
268.7
cd/m²
228.1
cd/m²
240.9
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
220.7
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 269.3 cd/m² Average: 246.2 cd/m² Minimum: 3.88 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 268.7 cd/m²
Contrast: 640:1 (Black: 0.42 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.79 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3, calibrated: 4.31
ΔE Greyscale 3.1 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
59% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 38% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.28
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
LG Philips LGD0590, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
Name: AU Optronics B156ZAN, IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Chi Mei N156HGA-EAL, TN LED, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
LG Philips LP156WF6-SPK3, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF5 (LGD056D), IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Dell G5 15 5587
LGD053F, 156WF6, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
-11%
-25%
-18%
1%
2%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
33.2 (16.4, 16.8)
35.2 (17.2, 18)
-6%
49.6 (24.8, 24.8)
-49%
39 (21, 18)
-17%
36 (18.8, 17.2)
-8%
33 (16, 17)
1%
Response Time Black / White *
24.4 (13.6, 10.8)
28.4 (16, 12.4)
-16%
24.4 (20, 4.4)
-0%
29 (16, 13)
-19%
22 (10.4, 11.6)
10%
24 (14, 10)
2%
PWM Frequency
25510 (20)
21000 (90)
122000 (95)
Screen
24%
-36%
-3%
15%
-8%
Brightness middle
268.7
322.9
20%
223.9
-17%
283
5%
365
36%
229
-15%
Brightness
246
309
26%
208
-15%
281
14%
341
39%
224
-9%
Brightness Distribution
82
90
10%
88
7%
91
11%
89
9%
87
6%
Black Level *
0.42
0.36
14%
0.56
-33%
0.39
7%
0.32
24%
0.28
33%
Contrast
640
897
40%
400
-37%
726
13%
1141
78%
818
28%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.79
3.99
17%
9.7
-103%
6.1
-27%
6.51
-36%
6.1
-27%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
18.13
8.97
51%
19.7
-9%
11.08
39%
12.32
32%
12.2
33%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.31
2.9
33%
6.12
-42%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.1
5.3
-71%
12.9
-316%
5.69
-84%
7.65
-147%
5.68
-83%
Gamma
2.28 105%
2.041 118%
2.18 110%
2.44 98%
2.64 91%
2.4 100%
CCT
7049 92%
6941 94%
15225 43%
6702 97%
8066 81%
6989 93%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
38
62.9
66%
75
97%
37
-3%
56
47%
36
-5%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
59
96.8
64%
100
69%
58
-2%
86
46%
57
-3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
7% / 18%
-31% / -34%
-11% / -5%
8% / 13%
-3% / -6%

* ... smaller is better

Color accuracy is fairly good out of the box (DeltaE2000 score of 4.79), but there is a wide range in color accuracy; blues are much more inaccurate than other colors. Color coverage is also severely lacking. The LG panel covers a mere 59% of the sRGB gamut. While this is to be expected of a budget gaming device, there are entry-level laptops that offer much better color reproduction. Acer's Predator Helios 300, for instance, covers 86% of the sRGB gamut and has a tighter variance in its DeltaE scores for colors. That said, the purpose of the MSI GV62 is to offer a cheaper gaming laptop. In that regard, colors are acceptable and won't be distracting during gameplay.

Grayscale
Grayscale
Grayscale (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
ColorChecker (calibrated)
ColorChecker (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
vs. sRGB: 59%
vs. sRGB: 59%
vs. AdobeRGB: 38%
vs. AdobeRGB: 38%
Virtually no backlight bleed
Virtually no backlight bleed
Exposure increased to show slight bleed along bottom left edge
Exposure increased to show slight bleed along bottom left edge

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13.6 ms rise
↘ 10.8 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 37 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
33.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 16.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 21 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8895 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

A high point of the display experience is the absence of noticeable backlight bleed (above). Even in a dark room, there is virtually no backlight bleed at any brightness level. Viewing angles are also fairly good. While the screen dims when viewed from 45° off-center, there is no color shift.

Performance

Based on the specs alone, the GV62 is decidedly "middle class." While not as powerful as the Core i7-8750H, the Intel Core i5-8300H gets the job done and should be more than adequate for most users' needs. The CPU is also well-suited to gaming at Full HD. The main downside is heat management on the components; as we will see in stress testing, the internals get warm and heavy loads may cause throttling if sustained for a long time.

CPU-Z: CPU
CPU-Z: CPU
CPU-Z: Caches
CPU-Z: Caches
CPU-Z: Mainboard
CPU-Z: Mainboard
CPU-Z: Memory
CPU-Z: Memory
CPU-Z: SPD
CPU-Z: SPD
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO64
HWiNFO64
 

Processor

Intel's Coffee Lake CPUs are the refresh the chip maker has needed for the past few years. Instead of the incremental improvements brought by Haswell, Broadwell, and Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake is a major overhaul that increased the core count on most CPUs and brought Hyperthreading to others. Case in point: the quad-core Core i5-8300H now boasts Hyperthreading, increasing multi-threaded performance by about 50% over the i5-7300HQ. Using Cinebench R15 as a standard, the 8300H scores about 10% better than even last generation's i7-7700HQ in multi-core workloads. The processor remains steady over length workloads as well, as seen in our Cinebench R15 loop test. On battery, there is no discernible hit to CPU performance.

The i5-8300H is Coffee Lake's mid-tier 45 W CPU and thus falls about 20% behind the current flagship Core i7-8750H. That said, the i5-8300H should be more than adequate for gaming. Content creators should also find the CPU suitable for most rendering and creative work. AMD's Ryzen 5 1600 and Ryzen 7 1700 offer much better performance, but they come at the cost of increased power draw as they are full desktop CPUs.

For more information on the Intel Core i5-8300H, please see our dedicated CPU page here.

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Intel Core i9-8950HK
205 Points ∼99% +27%
Asus G703
Intel Core i7-7820HK
185 Points ∼89% +14%
Aorus X5 v8
Intel Core i7-8850H
182 Points ∼88% +12%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel Core i7-8650U
176 Points ∼85% +9%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
174 Points ∼84% +7%
MSI GP63 Leopard 8RE-013US
Intel Core i7-8750H
170 Points ∼82% +5%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (151 - 173, n=12)
168 Points ∼81% +4%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
162 Points ∼78%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
156 Points ∼75% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (79 - 207, n=394)
150 Points ∼72% -7%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
144 Points ∼70% -11%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
140 Points ∼68% -14%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1060
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
138 Points ∼67% -15%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
1408 Points ∼48% +76%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1378 Points ∼47% +73%
Aorus X5 v8
Intel Core i7-8850H
1265 Points ∼43% +59%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
1129 Points ∼38% +41%
MSI GP63 Leopard 8RE-013US
Intel Core i7-8750H
964 Points ∼33% +21%
Asus G703
Intel Core i7-7820HK
932 Points ∼32% +17%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
798 Points ∼27%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (604 - 844, n=12)
786 Points ∼27% -2%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
733 Points ∼25% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 1408, n=395)
726 Points ∼25% -9%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
699 Points ∼24% -12%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel Core i7-8650U
619 Points ∼21% -22%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1060
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
516 Points ∼18% -35%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Intel Core i9-8950HK
2.33 Points ∼100% +31%
Asus G703
Intel Core i7-7820HK
2.09 Points ∼89% +17%
Aorus X5 v8
Intel Core i7-8850H
2.08 Points ∼89% +17%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel Core i7-8650U
2.02 Points ∼86% +13%
MSI GP63 Leopard 8RE-013US
Intel Core i7-8750H
1.99 Points ∼85% +12%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
1.97 Points ∼84% +11%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (1.72 - 1.96, n=7)
1.87 Points ∼80% +5%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.83 Points ∼78% +3%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
1.78 Points ∼76%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.71 - 2.34, n=393)
1.667 Points ∼71% -6%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
1.63 Points ∼70% -8%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1060
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
1.56 Points ∼67% -12%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
1.55 Points ∼66% -13%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
15.76 Points ∼66% +111%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Intel Core i9-8950HK
15.05 Points ∼63% +101%
Aorus X5 v8
Intel Core i7-8850H
13.85 Points ∼58% +85%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
12.5 Points ∼52% +67%
MSI GP63 Leopard 8RE-013US
Intel Core i7-8750H
11.86 Points ∼50% +59%
Asus G703
Intel Core i7-7820HK
10.33 Points ∼43% +38%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.17 Points ∼34% +9%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (6.2 - 8.79, n=7)
7.93 Points ∼33% +6%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
7.65 Points ∼32% +2%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
7.48 Points ∼31%
Average of class Gaming
  (1.13 - 15.8, n=494)
7.11 Points ∼30% -5%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel Core i7-8650U
6.82 Points ∼29% -9%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1060
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5.93 Points ∼25% -21%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Aorus X5 v8
Intel Core i7-8850H
6841 Points ∼63% +12%
MSI GP63 Leopard 8RE-013US
Intel Core i7-8750H
6481 Points ∼60% +6%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
6436 Points ∼59% +5%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (6115 - 6524, n=4)
6392 Points ∼59% +5%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
6115 Points ∼56%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5939 Points ∼55% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (8.85 - 8872, n=395)
4695 Points ∼43% -23%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
4330 Points ∼40% -29%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
4286 Points ∼40% -30%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Aorus X5 v8
Intel Core i7-8850H
36819 Points ∼74% +69%
MSI GP63 Leopard 8RE-013US
Intel Core i7-8750H
33703 Points ∼68% +55%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
29330 Points ∼59% +35%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
25561 Points ∼51% +18%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
23794 Points ∼48% +9%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (20061 - 24718, n=4)
22328 Points ∼45% +3%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21978 Points ∼44% +1%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
21752 Points ∼44%
Average of class Gaming
  (19.7 - 39382, n=395)
17190 Points ∼35% -21%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
353.153 s * ∼4% -71%
Average of class Gaming
  (117 - 2331, n=198)
329 s * ∼4% -60%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel Core i7-8650U
268.279 s * ∼3% -30%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
231.67 s * ∼3% -12%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (206 - 252, n=2)
229 s * ∼3% -11%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
205.94 s * ∼2%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
197.647 s * ∼2% +4%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Average of class Gaming
  (-1 - 207000, n=2855)
3175 Seconds * ∼14% -468%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
693.994 Seconds * ∼3% -24%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
677.2 Seconds * ∼3% -21%
Asus FX503VM-EH73
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
590.45 Seconds * ∼3% -6%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
558.56 Seconds * ∼2%
Dell Latitude 7390
Intel Core i7-8650U
542 Seconds * ∼2% +3%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
Intel Core i7-8705G
503.967 Seconds * ∼2% +10%
Aorus X5 v8
Intel Core i7-8850H
483 Seconds * ∼2% +14%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H
  (0.7 - 559, n=30)
110 Seconds * ∼0% +80%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6784
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
21752
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6115
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
57.32 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.48 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.78 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
59.63 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
798 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
162 Points
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System Performance

System performance is a strange beast. While the GV62 looks responsive on paper (i.e., in PCMark 8 and PCMark 10), real-world use does not reflect these scores. Some tasks are responsive and quick, such as opening programs and launching games. Other tasks that are simple seem to trip up the machine. For example, opening the Windows Explorer takes about 3 seconds, which can completely kill a workflow. 

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 8300H, Hynix HFS128G39TND
5347 Points ∼82% +5%
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
5339 Points ∼82% +5%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
5098 Points ∼78%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
 
5098 Points ∼78% 0%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
5090 Points ∼78% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (2484 - 6515, n=293)
4890 Points ∼75% -4%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
4746 Points ∼73% -7%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, SK hynix SC311 M.2
4102 Points ∼63% -20%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Average of class Gaming
  (2303 - 9529, n=222)
5462 Points ∼57% +4%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
5251 Points ∼55%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
 
5251 Points ∼55% 0%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
5136 Points ∼54% -2%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, SK hynix SC311 M.2
4806 Points ∼50% -8%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
4608 Points ∼48% -12%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
4331 Points ∼71% +11%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 8300H, Hynix HFS128G39TND
4253 Points ∼70% +9%
Average of class Gaming
  (2554 - 6093, n=310)
4200 Points ∼69% +8%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
4069 Points ∼67% +4%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
3896 Points ∼64%
Average Intel Core i5-8300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
 
3896 Points ∼64% 0%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
3651 Points ∼60% -6%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, SK hynix SC311 M.2
3385 Points ∼56% -13%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3896 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5251 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5098 points
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Storage Devices

MSI advertises the GV62 with a PCIe NVMe drive, but this is not that model. The SSD in our unit uses the m.2 form factor, but the installed drive uses operates at slow SATA speeds. As such, drive performance is disappointing. These speeds are not out of the normal for this price bracket, but users may want to install an NVMe drive for shorter load times and quicker app launching. The installed HDD is a 5400 RPM drive; speeds are consequently slow but within expectation. Both drives are readily accessible by removing the bottom panel and should be straightforward to upgrade.

CrystalDiskMark 5 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 5 (SSD)
AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 5 (HDD)
CrystalDiskMark 5 (HDD)
HD Tune
HD Tune
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
SK hynix SC311 M.2
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
Hynix HFS128G39TND
Dell G5 15 5587
SK hynix SC311 M.2
Average Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
 
AS SSD
160%
20%
133%
-30%
-2%
42%
Copy Game MB/s
122.59
471.69
285%
185.43
51%
197.25
61%
130.89
7%
172 (123 - 221, n=2)
40%
Copy Program MB/s
69.16
286.45
314%
142.2
106%
127.31
84%
95.68
38%
199 (69.2 - 328, n=2)
188%
Copy ISO MB/s
170.54
1069.33
527%
363.62
113%
497.62
192%
146.65
-14%
430 (171 - 690, n=2)
152%
Score Total
703
1324
88%
578
-18%
1434
104%
811
15%
557
-21%
760 (703 - 834, n=3)
8%
Score Write
207
693
235%
227
10%
368
78%
196
-5%
199
-4%
251 (207 - 302, n=3)
21%
Score Read
334
448
34%
234
-30%
746
123%
414
24%
240
-28%
334 (325 - 343, n=3)
0%
Access Time Write *
0.057
0.03
47%
0.058
-2%
0.032
44%
0.259
-354%
0.066
-16%
0.057 (0.042 - 0.072, n=3)
-0%
Access Time Read *
0.113
0.09
20%
0.126
-12%
0.07
38%
0.128
-13%
0.119 (0.089 - 0.155, n=3)
-5%
4K-64 Write
129.41
550.9
326%
127.16
-2%
158.62
23%
120.14
-7%
112.39
-13%
140 (129 - 153, n=3)
8%
4K-64 Read
257.66
280.08
9%
156.65
-39%
463.24
80%
336.56
31%
164.14
-36%
255 (253 - 258, n=3)
-1%
4K Write
63.47
118.31
86%
73.96
17%
127.92
102%
62.73
-1%
62.19
-2%
76.1 (60.8 - 104, n=3)
20%
4K Read
26.23
31.27
19%
26.24
0%
46.98
79%
26.5
1%
24.44
-7%
28.7 (21.9 - 38.1, n=3)
9%
Seq Write
138.06
234.91
70%
259.89
88%
813.85
489%
128.2
-7%
243.71
77%
350 (138 - 463, n=3)
154%
Seq Read
502.66
1370.77
173%
508.28
1%
2362.43
370%
512.95
2%
511.34
2%
503 (502 - 504, n=3)
0%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 540.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 164.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 220.5 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 150.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 519 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 164.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 29.92 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 71.97 MB/s

GPU Performance

The GV62 uses Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 for its graphics solution, one of the most popular cards found in gaming laptops. However, most gaming notebooks opt for the higher variant with 6 GB of VRAM. The GV62, conversely, uses the 3 GB version. How does this choice affect graphical and gaming performance?

The short answer: not much. The GV62 handles Fire Strike a bit above the average GTX 1060-equipped laptop. While the VRAM is cut in half, the rest of the cards is largely the same, and performance should not see much variance as a result. Even with the cut in VRAM, the GTX 1060 is quite welcome considering that most gaming laptops at this price opt for Nvidia's GTX 1050 Ti or GTX 1050, which came offer about 67% and 50% the performance of the GTX 1060, respectively. The GV62 hits 90% of its measured performance when on battery.

For more information on the GeForce GTX 1060, please see our dedicated GPU page here.

Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
Time Spy
Time Spy
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK
14080 Points ∼80% +71%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
11115 Points ∼63% +35%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
9720 Points ∼55% +18%
Dell G5 15 5587
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H
8788 Points ∼50% +7%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8705G
8633 Points ∼49% +5%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H
8215 Points ∼47%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (5655 - 12930, n=65)
8189 Points ∼47% 0%
Asus FX504GD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8300H
7025 Points ∼40% -14%
Average of class Gaming
  (510 - 14228, n=498)
6735 Points ∼38% -18%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1050Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ
6104 Points ∼35% -26%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBA-80WY001VGE
AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop), 7300HQ
5933 Points ∼34% -28%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
2734 Points ∼16% -67%
1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK
28918 Points ∼57% +91%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
23261 Points ∼46% +54%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
19162 Points ∼38% +27%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H
15101 Points ∼30%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (12731 - 15607, n=66)
14740 Points ∼29% -2%
Dell G5 15 5587
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H
13871 Points ∼27% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=497)
11708 Points ∼23% -22%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8705G
10118 Points ∼20% -33%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1050Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ
10007 Points ∼20% -34%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBA-80WY001VGE
AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop), 7300HQ
8345 Points ∼16% -45%
Asus FX504GD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8300H
7133 Points ∼14% -53%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
3728 Points ∼7% -75%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK
21422 Points ∼53% +79%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
17980 Points ∼44% +50%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
15156 Points ∼37% +27%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H
11968 Points ∼29%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (10708 - 12298, n=67)
11519 Points ∼28% -4%
Dell G5 15 5587
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H
10970 Points ∼27% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=424)
10168 Points ∼25% -15%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1050Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ
7626 Points ∼19% -36%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8705G
7348 Points ∼18% -39%
Asus FX504GD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8300H
6356 Points ∼16% -47%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBA-80WY001VGE
AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop), 7300HQ
5738 Points ∼14% -52%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
2442 Points ∼6% -80%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK
140768 Points ∼76% +72%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
104942 Points ∼57% +28%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
100073 Points ∼54% +22%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H
82006 Points ∼44%
Dell G5 15 5587
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H
79420 Points ∼43% -3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (26770 - 86193, n=59)
70129 Points ∼38% -14%
Average of class Gaming
  (5761 - 184578, n=415)
61272 Points ∼33% -25%
Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop 7300HQ 1050Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ
49115 Points ∼27% -40%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8705G
42351 Points ∼23% -48%
Asus FX504GD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8300H
38881 Points ∼21% -53%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBA-80WY001VGE
AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop), 7300HQ
36528 Points ∼20% -55%
Acer Swift 3 SF315-41-R6J9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, 2700U
15613 Points ∼8% -81%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Asus FX504GD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 8300H
200390 Points ∼27%
Average of class Gaming
  (27912 - 390417, n=153)
163607 Points ∼22%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (33205 - 257260, n=33)
152262 Points ∼21%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
121805 Points ∼17%
Dell G5 15 5587
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H
117579 Points ∼16%
Dell XPS 15 9575 i7-8705G
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870, 8705G
46963 Points ∼6%
3DMark 11 Performance
12532 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
27973 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
10198 points
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Gaming Performance

As mentioned, gaming performance is in line with other GTX 1060 gaming laptops. That is, most titles will be perfectly playable at High or Ultra settings at Full HD. However, the limited VRAM (3 GB) will restrict some nicer settings (e.g., hair and fiber simulation, volumetric smoke). Also, Full HD is the highest resolution comfortably available. 1440p and 4K require more memory than this GTX 1060 card has available and are thus out of reach for most titles.

BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF) (sort by value)
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
112 fps ∼42%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, SK hynix SC311 M.2
100.4 fps ∼38% -10%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
108 fps ∼41% -4%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
70 fps ∼26% -37%
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
107.5 fps ∼40% -4%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (82 - 134, n=42)
102 fps ∼38% -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (9.7 - 266, n=260)
86.7 fps ∼33% -23%
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
187 fps ∼61%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
165.2 fps ∼54% -12%
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
213.3 fps ∼69% +14%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (128 - 234, n=23)
174 fps ∼57% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (31.5 - 303, n=201)
152 fps ∼50% -19%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+) (sort by value)
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
42 fps ∼37%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, SK hynix SC311 M.2
36.8 fps ∼32% -12%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
39 fps ∼34% -7%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
25.6 fps ∼22% -39%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 8300H, Hynix HFS128G39TND
26 fps ∼23% -38%
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
34.9 (min: 29, max: 39) fps ∼30% -17%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (31.3 - 42.3, n=50)
38.8 fps ∼34% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=198)
44.8 fps ∼39% +7%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off) (sort by value)
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
67 fps ∼36%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, SK hynix SC311 M.2
70.1 fps ∼38% +5%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
68 fps ∼37% +1%
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
47.8 fps ∼26% -29%
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 8300H, Hynix HFS128G39TND
46.7 fps ∼25% -30%
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
58.3 fps ∼32% -13%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (52.6 - 79, n=40)
67.2 fps ∼36% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.1 - 184, n=164)
75.4 fps ∼41% +13%
Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x (sort by value)
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
59 fps ∼37%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, SK hynix SC311 M.2
45.3 fps ∼28% -23%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
60 fps ∼37% +2%
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
60.5 (min: 53, max: 68) fps ∼38% +3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (51 - 68.8, n=31)
60.8 fps ∼38% +3%
Average of class Gaming
  (8.9 - 126, n=133)
62.5 fps ∼39% +6%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
73 fps ∼41%
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
73 fps ∼41% 0%
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
72.7 (min: 67, max: 82) fps ∼40% 0%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (65.3 - 77.8, n=19)
72.3 fps ∼40% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.6 - 154, n=99)
67 fps ∼37% -8%
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x (sort by value)
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
125 fps ∼56%
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
128.1 (min: 116, max: 142) fps ∼57% +2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (105 - 140, n=9)
127 fps ∼57% +2%
Average of class Gaming
  (14.5 - 218, n=64)
96.6 fps ∼43% -23%
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T (sort by value)
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
52 fps ∼44%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, SK hynix SC311 M.2
46 fps ∼39% -12%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (52 - 54, n=5)
52.6 fps ∼45% +1%
Average of class Gaming
  (29 - 99, n=24)
65.4 fps ∼56% +26%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T (sort by value)
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
58 fps ∼42%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, SK hynix SC311 M.2
60 fps ∼43% +3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (58 - 74, n=4)
67.5 fps ∼49% +16%
Average of class Gaming
  (43 - 126, n=21)
80.2 fps ∼58% +38%
1920x1080 Medium Preset AA:T (sort by value)
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
79 fps ∼51%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, SK hynix SC311 M.2
82 fps ∼53% +4%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
  (79 - 97, n=2)
88 fps ∼57% +11%
Average of class Gaming
  (14 - 132, n=15)
86.1 fps ∼56% +9%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 234205187112fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 1631216742fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 1621257359fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of War (2017) 110795852fps

Stress Test

Under stress, the GV62 is able to keep performance up at the expense of high internal temperatures. Running Prime95 to fully load the CPU, clock speeds hover around 3.5 GHz, close to the CPU's rated boost clock of 3.9 GHz. Temperatures are reasonable at 80° C across the die. Stressing the GPU with FurMark shows good results, as the CPU and GPU are able to boost with almost no consequence. While CPU temps are somewhat erratic (flitting between 60-80° C), the GPU is rock solid at 76° C. It should be noted that one of the CPU cores hit 94° C during the test before pulling back to about 80° C.

Under loads that heavily tax both the CPU and GPU, the system does not fare as well. Running Prime95 and FurMark concurrently reveal a weak point in the CPU's thermal management. During this test, the CPU stays around 95° C, which is fairly warm. The GPU handles heat better and stays at a reasonable 84° C. However, it should be noted that synthetic loads like these are unlikely to occur. Rather, stressing the machine with an hour-long session of The Witcher 3 gives a better real-world picture. During our playtime, the GPU is able to boost freely between 1650 and 1700 MHz, and the CPU boosts as needed. CPU temperatures are still hectic and never quite stabilize, moving between the low 70° C range and upwards of 95° C. The higher temperatures aren't held for long periods of time. We did observe some frame drops and skips during our playtime.

Prime95
Prime95
FurMark
FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark
The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3
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The Witcher 3 ultra
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 3.5 - 80 -
FurMark Stress 4.0 1585 65 76
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 3.4 1531 95 84
Witcher 3 Stress 4.0 1658 80 84

Emissions

System Noise

Fan noise profile
Fan noise profile

Fan noise is, for the most part, unobtrusive. Under most workloads (web browsing, video streaming), fan noise stays between 40 and 45 db(A). While audible, the even pitch of the fans keeps noise from grating on the ears. There is noticeable coil whine that can be heard about 3 feet from the keyboard, and the hard drive can be heard when accessed from this same distance.

Under heavy load or with the Cooler Boost mode engaged, fan noise can eclipse 52 dB(A). Again, the fans are not high pitched like those used in other devices (e.g., Asus' GL553VD). Fan noise can get loud, but it isn't terribly distracting or annoying and more akin to a loud whir than a piercing whine. 

Noise Level

Idle
33.5 / 33.5 / 33.7 dB(A)
Load
41 / 52.3 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.2 dB(A)
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8300H, Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 7700HQ, SK hynix SC311 M.2
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 8300H, Hynix HFS128G39TND
Dell G5 15 5587
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8300H, SK hynix SC311 M.2
Noise
1%
11%
10%
4%
8%
off / environment *
28.2
28.1
-0%
28.5
-1%
30.6
-9%
29
-3%
30.3
-7%
Idle Minimum *
33.5
33.5
-0%
28.8
14%
31.9
5%
29
13%
31.1
7%
Idle Average *
33.5
33.5
-0%
29.2
13%
31.9
5%
31
7%
31.1
7%
Idle Maximum *
33.7
33.5
1%
29.2
13%
31.9
5%
33
2%
34.2
-1%
Load Average *
41
41.3
-1%
34.6
16%
34.6
16%
45
-10%
34.9
15%
Witcher 3 ultra *
52.3
48.5
7%
44.1
16%
39.3
25%
45
14%
42.7
18%
Load Maximum *
52.3
53.5
-2%
49.3
6%
41.7
20%
51
2%
44
16%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Rear exhaust
Rear exhaust

External temperatures are handled well. Under full load, the two fans do a good job of exhausting most heat out of the rear corners of the chassis. For this reason, gaming on a flat surface is recommended. The keyboard gets warm in the center (around the U, I, and O keys), reaching about 47° C at the hottest point. The WASD keys stay comparatively cool at 35° C and shouldn't cause any sweaty palms.

Max. Load
 35.2 °C
95 F
47 °C
117 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
 35.4 °C
96 F
44.8 °C
113 F
29.6 °C
85 F
 
 31 °C
88 F
38.4 °C
101 F
23.2 °C
74 F
 
Maximum: 47 °C = 117 F
Average: 35.2 °C = 95 F
45.6 °C
114 F
33 °C
91 F
45.2 °C
113 F
29 °C
84 F
39 °C
102 F
30.6 °C
87 F
26 °C
79 F
29.6 °C
85 F
30 °C
86 F
Maximum: 45.6 °C = 114 F
Average: 34.2 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  46 °C = 115 F | Room Temperature 22.4 °C = 72 F | Fluke 62 Mini
Keyboard, idle
Keyboard, idle
Bottom, idle
Bottom, idle
Keyboard, load
Keyboard, load
Bottom, load
Bottom, load
Keyboard, The Witcher 3
Keyboard, The Witcher 3
Bottom, The Witcher 3
Bottom, The Witcher 3

Speakers

Speaker sound profile
Speaker sound profile

The four 2 Watt speakers get quite loud, peaking at about 80 dB. However, the lack of bass is a major sore point. There is a vent for a subwoofer, but such a speaker is sadly absent from the internals of the device. That's a shame, as a sub would greatly help the overall sound profile. Higher-end models from MSI that use the same chassis include a subwoofer. Lower frequencies aside, mids and highs are reasonably well-balanced and clear, though there is a bit of chassis rattle when the volume is turned up. As is usual for MSI gaming laptops, there is a dedicated headphone/SPDIF jack, but this model doesn't seem to support HiFi headphones, so an external DAC may be needed for better sound quality.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203836.22533.833.8313433.14031.6335032.233.56331.633.18030.931.710030.631.31252929.816028.230.620027.536.425026.343.731526.755.840025.657.450025.157.863024.8648002466.3100023.763.9125024.267.6160023.678.9200023.781.1250023.677.6315023.574.4400023.470.7500023.567630023.471800023.572.31000023.469.11250023.466.11600023.465.1SPL3686.6N2.658median 23.7MSI GV62 8RE-016USmedian 66.1Delta1.59.737.533.737.539.434.139.437.235.737.239.630.539.640.437.640.440.828.740.842.126.242.143.12643.144.826.744.848.424.848.452.823.652.856.223.256.257.622.657.656.722.756.760.52060.56719.36768.518.768.56718.16768.31868.368.517.968.566.31866.364.717.964.76418.26465.718.565.76318.66364.618.764.662.818.962.863.71963.761.919.161.957.119.457.177.83177.840.11.440.1median 63Dell G5 15 5587median 19median 634.71.94.7hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
MSI GV62 8RE-016US audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.07 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 28.2% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.4% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 88% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 7% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 77% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 17% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Dell G5 15 5587 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (68.54 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.5% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (12.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 18% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 73% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 8% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 90% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Power draw is in line with expectations. When idle, the system pulls about 10-15 Watts. The GV62 will draw about 130-150 Watts under gaming loads, which is about average considering the specifications. Dell's Inspiron 15 and G5 15, both of which use a GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU, need considerably less power while gaming, each pulling about 100-110 Watts. Power-conscious users may want to opt for these laptops; the 20-30% reduction in power use may be worth the 10% lower gaming performance. The power adapter supplies up to 180 Watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 1.78 / 2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 9.38 / 15.95 / 18.46 Watt
Load midlight 95.68 / 156.98 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
8300H, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Samsung PM871b MZNLN128HAHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7, TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, SK hynix SC311 M.2, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW128HEGR, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
8300H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Hynix HFS128G39TND, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Dell G5 15 5587
8300H, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, SK hynix SC311 M.2, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
-12%
31%
40%
25%
30%
Idle Minimum *
9.38
16.2
-73%
5.5
41%
5.2
45%
6
36%
4.9
48%
Idle Average *
15.95
18.2
-14%
10.5
34%
8.3
48%
9
44%
8.5
47%
Idle Maximum *
18.46
18.9
-2%
10.9
41%
10.1
45%
13
30%
9.1
51%
Load Average *
95.68
82.7
14%
72
25%
62.7
34%
95
1%
90.7
5%
Load Maximum *
156.98
162.3
-3%
130.4
17%
100
36%
134
15%
144
8%
Witcher 3 ultra *
135.56
125.7
7%
97.4
28%
94
31%
102
25%
110
19%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Battery life is poor. In our WiFi v1.3 battery test, the GV62 lasted a meager 3.5 hours, due in part to its small 41 Wh battery. While budget gaming laptops aren't renowned for their longevity, the offerings from Dell, Lenovo, and Acer each lasted 2-2.5 hours longer during the same test. Users will need to bring the power adapter (16.5 cm x 7.8 cm x 2.4 cm) along when working and playing away from home.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 15min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
3h 27min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 42min

MSI GV62 8RE-016US
8300H, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 41 Wh
MSI GF62VR 7RF-877
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 41 Wh
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7577 4K
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 56 Wh
Lenovo Legion Y520-15IKBN 80WK0042GE
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 45 Wh
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-52-51M6
8300H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 48 Wh
Dell G5 15 5587
8300H, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 56 Wh
Battery Runtime
-31%
87%
81%
111%
143%
Reader / Idle
315
166
-47%
599
90%
634
101%
710
125%
705
124%
WiFi v1.3
207
115
-44%
322
56%
310
50%
354
71%
391
89%
Load
42
41
-2%
90
114%
81
93%
100
138%
133
217%

Pros

+ excellent SteelSeries keyboard
+ good price
+ relatively lightweight
+ easy maintenance
+ good speakers
+ reasonably low external temperatures
+ wide selection of ports....

Cons

- ...but no Thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.1 Gen 2
- lid isn't properly set and clicks against chassis
- case is entirely plastic and feels cheap as a result
- lid easily warps
- component temperatures get hot under stress
- gaming performance falls behind other GTX 1060 laptops
- system performance stalls in basic tasks (e.g., opening Windows Explorer)
- poor battery life

Verdict

In review: MSI GV62 8RE. Test model provided by MSI US
In review: MSI GV62 8RE. Test model provided by MSI US

MSI is known for offering multiple choices to match almost any need, but at this point, they may be over-saturating their own marketplace. Case in point: today's review model. The GV62 has little to offer that can't already be found in its other lines. The GV62 is a near-carbon copy of the GF62VR, the GE62VR, the GL62VR, and the GP62VR, all of which are currently offered by MSI through various online retailers. The cases are the same, the keyboards are the same, the cooling solutions are the same, the port selections are the same, and so on. The major differences lie in the specifications. Even then, all of these lines offer similar (if not the exact same) configurations.

MSI's other laptops aside, the GV62 is a fairly competent entry-level gaming laptop. For USD $1050, it ticks a lot of boxes, especially when it comes to performance. The Core i5-8300H is a great match for the GTX 1060, a GPU not often found in laptops under $1200. Compared to other entry-level gaming notebooks priced around $1000, the GV62 offers better bang-for-the-buck performance in games and multi-threaded workloads. However, this improved performance comes at the cost of case design, screen quality, and battery life.

The GV62 is perhaps a redundant device, but it's still a good choice for gamers on a tight budget. MSI has a good answer to the current budget gaming kings, the Acer Predator Helios 300 and Dell Inspiron 15 7577, and any of these laptops are a good choice for the price. Budget gaming laptops have never been better.

MSI GV62 8RE-016US - 06/21/2018 v6
Sam Medley

Chassis
58 / 98 → 59%
Keyboard
87%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
59 / 81 → 73%
Weight
62 / 10-66 → 92%
Battery
72%
Display
82%
Games Performance
93%
Application Performance
93%
Temperature
88 / 95 → 92%
Noise
72 / 90 → 80%
Audio
70%
Camera
38 / 85 → 45%
Average
73%
82%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sam Medley, 2018-06-21 (Update: 2018-06-27)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.