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MSI WS60-6QJE316H11 Workstation Review

Andreas Osthoff, Tanja Hinum, 02/16/2016

Too thin? The mobile workstation WS60 from MSI offers very powerful components in a slim chassis, but the mobility suffers from poor battery runtimes. Are there more compromises you have to make for the compact design?

For the original German review, see here.

We reviewed the mobile workstation MSI WS60 at the end of 2014. Back then, the notebook got a good rating and managed a very good performance with the slim chassis, but there were also some drawbacks. Back in October 2015, MSI announced an update for the WS60 and we can review it today. The WS60 6QJE316H11 model with  a price tag of  around 3200 Euros (~$3577) represents the most powerful configuration and offers pretty much everything that is currently possible. Mobile Intel Xeon processor, Nvidia Quadro GPU, 4K panel and NVMe-SSD. But can such a slim device actually handle this kind of performance? Since there are only minor changes to the chassis, we will not cover the sections CaseConnectivity and Input Devices in this article. The relevant information is available in our previous review.

Mobile workstations are not uncommon and almost every known manufacturer offers such a device. Suitable rivals are, for example, the Dell Precision 5510, the Lenovo ThinkPad W550s or the HP Omen Pro 15. These devices have a high price, but with the PU551JH, Asus proves that it can also be less expensive.

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MSI WS60-6QJE316H11 (WS60 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA Quadro M2000M - 4096 MB, Core: 1098 MHz, Memory: 1137 MHz, 353.96, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2133, Dual-Channel, 2 of 2 slots occupied, up to 32 GB
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixel, SDC424B, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel CM236 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP, 128 GB 
, + 1-TB-HDD (HGST HTS721010A9E630), 1000 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headphones, 3.5 mm microphone, Card Reader: 3-in-1 (SD/SDHC/SDXC)
Networking
Atheros AR8161/8165 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20 x 390 x 266 ( = 0.79 x 15.35 x 10.47 in)
Battery
47 Wh, 4150 mAh Lithium-Ion, 6 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 1.3 MP
Additional features
Speakers: 2.1 Dynaudio, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 150-Watt PSU, quick-start guide, warranty information, MSI Tools, Nahimic Sound Enhancer, Keyboard LED Manager, Office 365 (30-day trial), 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.96 kg ( = 69.14 oz / 4.32 pounds), Power Supply: 649 g ( = 22.89 oz / 1.43 pounds)
Price
3200 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Changes/Differences

The new USB Type-C port replaces one of the USB 3.0 ports.
The new USB Type-C port replaces one of the USB 3.0 ports.

As we have already mentioned,  the chassis design has not changed, and there were only two updates in terms of the ports. The USB 3.0 port on the right side has been replaced by a modern "SuperSpeed" USB 3.1 port (Type-C, Gen. 2) with Thunderbolt 3 support. We appreciate the modern port, but normal USB ports are only available at the left side, which is not very convenient. The previous Thunderbolt 2 port is now a Mini-DisplayPort 1.2. As with the old model, all the ports are located in the central area of both sides. They are rather crowded and attached cables/devices can be a problem when you use an external mouse.

The performance of the USB ports is very good and we measured transfer rates of almost 430 MB/s with our external SSD (Samsung SSD T1). At the beginning of the review, we had some issues with external drives. They were recognized, but often there were errors when we tried to access them. However, those issues were resolved after some automatic Windows updates. The following pictures are from the similarly constructed MSI WS60-2OJ8H11WP7.

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

MSI has equipped the WS60 with a glossy 4K-IPS display. The combination of 15.6 inches and 3840x2160 pixels results in a pixel density of 282 PPI, so the picture is very sharp. The panel has an additional white sub pixel. MSI also offers models with a matte 4K screen as well as a matte FHD panel. We noticed some scaling issues with Windows 10, but overall, there have not been many restrictions. However, we do not really know why MSI does not exclusively use matte panels for a workstation. Once again, this is a sign of the relationship with the gaming notebook GS60.

Our measurements show a low average brightness of slightly more than 200 cd/m². The brightness distribution is just 77%, but we could only see small subjective differences on plain backgrounds. The black value is 0.26 cd/m², which is a decent result for an IPS screen. This results in a contrast ratio of more than 900:1, and the picture is subjectively decent, at least indoors. At the bottom left was some backlight bleeding, but it was only visible on a black picture.

227
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
199
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
205
cd/m²
183
cd/m²
185
cd/m²
186
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
SDC424B
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 237 cd/m² Average: 207.6 cd/m² Minimum: 4.55 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 77 %
Center on Battery: 231 cd/m²
Contrast: 912:1 (Black: 0.26 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.42 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 4.43 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
82.9% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 52.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.23
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Response Times
-54%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
34 (13, 21)
56.4 (23.2, 33.2)
-66%
Response Time Black / White *
24 (9, 15)
34 (11, 23)
-42%
PWM Frequency
1316 (40)
Screen
23%
5%
-3%
6%
Brightness middle
237
391
65%
360
52%
312
32%
337
42%
Brightness
208
361
74%
323
55%
293
41%
318
53%
Brightness Distribution
77
87
13%
81
5%
89
16%
88
14%
Black Level *
0.26
0.4
-54%
0.54
-108%
0.46
-77%
0.39
-50%
Contrast
912
978
7%
667
-27%
678
-26%
864
-5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.42
4.85
-10%
3.45
22%
4.51
-2%
4.5
-2%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.54
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.43
4.01
9%
2.98
33%
6.55
-48%
5.94
-34%
Gamma
2.23 99%
2.18 101%
2.06 107%
2.18 101%
2.32 95%
CCT
6133 106%
7340 89%
6338 103%
7194 90%
6883 94%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
52.5
96
83%
56
7%
63
20%
62
18%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
82.9
100
21%
86.3
4%
96
16%
96
16%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-16% / 9%
5% / 5%
-3% / -3%
6% / 6%

* ... smaller is better

ColorChecker pre-calibration
ColorChecker pre-calibration
Grayscale pre-calibration
Grayscale pre-calibration
Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
Colorspace pre-calibration
Colorspace pre-calibration
ColorChecker calibrated
ColorChecker calibrated
Grayscale calibrated
Grayscale calibrated
Saturation Sweeps calibrated
Saturation Sweeps calibrated
Colorspace calibrated
Colorspace calibrated

Usually we use the software iProfiler for our display measurements with the spectrophotometer, but despite updates, it was not recognized. Therefore, we used the software iColor Display (3.8.4.2) instead. Compared to the sRGB color space, the DeltaE deviations are already decent ex-works. Except for the yellow and orange shades, the colors are usually below the target value of 3 and the average DeltaE value is 4.42. The situation is similar for the grayscale (4.43). The color temperature is a bit too warm and the gamma value is just slightly too high. Calibration improves the grayscale in particular, where the DeltaE deviation drops to just 0.83. The result for the colors drops to 2.63, but there are still outliers for yellow and orange (~8). The color temperature is now closer to 6500 K at 6461 K. The panel is not suitable for professional picture editing, because the sRGB color space is covered by only 83% and the wider AdobeRGB space by just 52%. MSI advertises the True-Color software, but it was not installed on our review unit.

sRGB-coverage: 83%
sRGB-coverage: 83%
AdobeRGB-coverage: 52%
AdobeRGB-coverage: 52%

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 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9 ms rise
↘ 15 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. » 34 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13 ms rise
↘ 21 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. » 25 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.8 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 detected 1316 Hz ≤ 40 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 1316 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 40 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 1316 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9418 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The display luminance is not further reduced outdoors, but the backlight is not powerful enough to compensate for reflections from the glossy surface. Even indoors, there can be restrictions depending on your location. The performance is particularly disappointing for a supposedly mobile device. The viewing angle stability of the display is generally better compared to a TN panel, but just average for an IPS screen. You can pretty quickly see a contrast reduction when you change the viewing position, and it almost looks as if a gray hue is lying over the picture.

Outdoor use on a bright and overcast day
Outdoor use on a bright and overcast day
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

MSI offers different configurations of the WS60. Our review 6QJ-E316H11 model is the top model from the series for around 3200 Euros (~$3577). You get a mobile Intel Xeon processor, 16 GB DDR4 RAM (no ECC), a dedicated Nvidia Quadro GPU and an NVMe-SSD, so the performance should not be a problem. MSI uses a Xeon processor, but waives the possibility to integrate ECC-RAM (improved error correction). The product page does advertise ECC-RAM in combination with the Xeon processor, but we could not find any corresponding models as of this review.

 

Processor

The Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5 is based on the current Skylake architecture and has a nominal clock of 2.8 GHz, but it can reach up to 3.7 GHz via Turbo Boost when you just stress one core (2 cores: 3.5 GHz, 4 cores: 3.3 GHz). Aside from the ECC-RAM support, additional security and administration features are the only other differences compared to the consumer chips. If you do not need the latter, you should also have a look at the other configurations of the WS60.

The processor manages very good single-core results in our benchmarks, because – unlike the Dell Precision 5510 – it can reach its maximum clock of 3.7 GHz and is between 8 to 10% ahead of the competition. However, our review unit can only secure the second place in the multi-core tests, because it is limited by its 45-watt TDP. The maximum clock of 3.3 GHz is only available for a few seconds, after that it will level off between 3.0 and 3.1 GHz. The overall results are still very decent.

The processor performance is further reduced on battery power and the clock is limited to 2.2 to 2.3 GHz. In this case, MSI limits the consumption of the CPU to 30 watts. More information and benchmarks of the E3-1505M v5 are available here.

Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6847 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
23333 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
7347 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
4541
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
20115
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5670
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
85.65 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.42 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.78 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
89.59 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
674 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
158 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
158 Points ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
142 Points ∼90% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
124 Points ∼78% -22%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
145 Points ∼92% -8%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
119 Points ∼75% -25%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
674 Points ∼92%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
732 Points ∼100% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
260 Points ∼36% -61%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
632 Points ∼86% -6%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
302 Points ∼41% -55%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
1.78 Points ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
1.6 Points ∼90% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
1.42 Points ∼80% -20%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
1.63 Points ∼92% -8%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1.39 Points ∼78% -22%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
7.42 Points ∼94%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
7.93 Points ∼100% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
2.85 Points ∼36% -62%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
6.91 Points ∼87% -7%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3.34 Points ∼42% -55%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
5670 Points ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
5367 Points ∼95% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
4503 Points ∼79% -21%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4276 Points ∼75% -25%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
20115 Points ∼94%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
21436 Points ∼100% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
8812 Points ∼41% -56%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
10082 Points ∼47% -50%

System Performance

We use the synthetic benchmarks of the PCMark series for the evaluation of the general system performance. Generally, the results are slightly lower than expected, particularly in PCMark 8. Some benchmarks still have problems with the new NVMe-SSDs, like the one in our review unit, so the results can be lower. Subjectively, at first we also had some issues with freezes that required a restart. After several updates, however, those issues were resolved and the handling was subjectively excellent and extremely fast.

PCMark 7 Score
5340 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3134 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4045 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
5340 Points ∼83%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
5317 Points ∼83% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
4474 Points ∼70% -16%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
6427 Points ∼100% +20%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2905 Points ∼45% -46%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
4045 Points ∼79%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
5100 Points ∼100% +26%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
4323 Points ∼85% +7%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
4582 Points ∼90% +13%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3311 Points ∼65% -18%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
3134 Points ∼80%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
3941 Points ∼100% +26%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
3061 Points ∼78% -2%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
3815 Points ∼97% +22%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2343 Points ∼59% -25%

Storage Devices

Unlike our other reviews, we only list the benchmark results from CrystalDiskMark for the NVMe-SSD provided by Toshiba, because AS SSD determines unrealistically low results. The values of CrystalDiskMark are extremely good and clearly exceed normal SATA-III SSDs at up to 1437 MB/s (seq. read). It is commended that MSI uses an extremely fast storage device, but unfortunately, a capacity of just 128 GB is not very generous. You can use around 70 GB for your own applications. Although, MSI includes a 1 TB hard drive, which is also pretty fast for a conventional drive (~100 MB/s on average according to HD Tune), we would have expected a larger SSD for this price. More benchmarks and comparisons are available in our comprehensive hard disk benchmark list.

Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
Sequential Read: 1437 MB/s
Sequential Write: 620.5 MB/s
512K Read: 984 MB/s
512K Write: 610.2 MB/s
4K Read: 43.32 MB/s
4K Write: 142.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 592.4 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 409.4 MB/s

GPU Performance

The dedicated Nvidia Quadro M2000M is based on the current Maxwell GM 107 chip and is manufactured in a 28 nm process. The core runs at up to 1137 MHz (GPU-Boost) and the 4 GB GDDR5-VRAM clocked at 1250 MHz, but attached via a 128-bit interface. Except for the slightly lower core clock, the GPU is similar to the consumer GeForce GTX 960M. Thanks to the Optimus support, the graphics are handled by the integrated Intel HD Graphics 530 when you use simple applications or in the power-saving mode. As with the Lenovo ThinkPad P50 we had some issues with the automatic GPU switching of the Quadro M2000M at first. During our review period, Nvidia released driver version 361.75, which improved the situation.

The professional chip is different from the consumer GeForce cards in terms of a modified BIOS as well as special drivers, which are designed for stability. Comprehensive certifications also ensure a trouble-free operation between hardware and software. The drivers can result in a significant performance advantage, particularly in OpenGL-optimized applications. We use the benchmarks SPECviewperf 11 and 12 for professional purposes. They cover the areas CAD, CAM, geology and medical MRI. Overall, the Quadro M2000M performs very well and can usually clearly surpass its direct predecessor Quadro K2100M. The results are on par with the Quadro M2000M of the ThinkPad P50, and the small differences can be explained with the different driver versions.

SPECviewperf 11
1920x1080 Siemens NX (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
42.14 fps ∼97%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
41 fps ∼95% -3%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
30.91 fps ∼71% -27%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
23.39 fps ∼54% -44%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
30.48 fps ∼70% -28%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
43.31 fps ∼100% +3%
1920x1080 Tcvis (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
42.91 fps ∼98%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
40 fps ∼91% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
39.52 fps ∼90% -8%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
27.27 fps ∼62% -36%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
35.1 fps ∼80% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
43.93 fps ∼100% +2%
1920x1080 SolidWorks (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
47.71 fps ∼94%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
51 fps ∼100% +7%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
41.78 fps ∼82% -12%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
36.55 fps ∼72% -23%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
42.18 fps ∼83% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
46.69 fps ∼92% -2%
1920x1080 Pro/ENGINEER (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
17.4 fps ∼83%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
21 fps ∼100% +21%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
15.68 fps ∼75% -10%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
12.9 fps ∼61% -26%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
15.53 fps ∼74% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
17.54 fps ∼84% +1%
1920x1080 Maya (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
58.31 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
56 fps ∼96% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
49.5 fps ∼85% -15%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
45.88 fps ∼79% -21%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
51.64 fps ∼89% -11%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
56.89 fps ∼98% -2%
1920x1080 Lightwave (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
52.47 fps ∼97%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
54 fps ∼100% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
46.82 fps ∼87% -11%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
45.89 fps ∼85% -13%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
47.96 fps ∼89% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
48.27 fps ∼89% -8%
1920x1080 Ensight (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
43.49 fps ∼94%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
39 fps ∼84% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
20.68 fps ∼45% -52%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
17.21 fps ∼37% -60%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
23.89 fps ∼51% -45%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
46.43 fps ∼100% +7%
1920x1080 Catia (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
48.98 fps ∼91%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
54 fps ∼100% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
46.7 fps ∼86% -5%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
32.22 fps ∼60% -34%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
41.31 fps ∼77% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
53.48 fps ∼99% +9%
SPECviewperf 12
1900x1060 Solidworks (sw-03) (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
62.99 fps ∼88%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
62 fps ∼86% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
33.02 fps ∼46% -48%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
34.09 fps ∼48% -46%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
24.72 fps ∼34% -61%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
31.6 fps ∼44% -50%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
71.68 fps ∼100% +14%
1900x1060 Siemens NX (snx-02) (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
32.52 fps ∼96%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
31 fps ∼91% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
17.1 fps ∼50% -47%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
15.15 fps ∼45% -53%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
15.31 fps ∼45% -53%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
21.95 fps ∼65% -33%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
33.95 fps ∼100% +4%
1900x1060 Showcase (showcase-01) (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
24.25 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
20 fps ∼82% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
6.32 fps ∼26% -74%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
9.28 fps ∼38% -62%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
8.66 fps ∼36% -64%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
10.61 fps ∼44% -56%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
21.35 fps ∼88% -12%
1900x1060 Medical (medical-01) (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
14.4 fps ∼98%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
12 fps ∼82% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
7.05 fps ∼48% -51%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
6.29 fps ∼43% -56%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4.15 fps ∼28% -71%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
5.69 fps ∼39% -60%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
14.68 fps ∼100% +2%
1900x1060 Maya (maya-04) (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
29.89 fps ∼78%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
30 fps ∼78% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
12.03 fps ∼31% -60%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
13.74 fps ∼36% -54%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
14 fps ∼36% -53%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
17.77 fps ∼46% -41%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
38.46 fps ∼100% +29%
1900x1060 Energy (energy-01) (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
3.16 fps ∼99%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
0.69 fps ∼22% -78%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
0.38 fps ∼12% -88%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
0.39 fps ∼12% -88%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
0.31 fps ∼10% -90%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
0.32 fps ∼10% -90%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
3.2 fps ∼100% +1%
1900x1060 Creo (creo-01) (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
37.48 fps ∼96%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
34 fps ∼87% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
16.28 fps ∼42% -57%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
15.71 fps ∼40% -58%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
15.59 fps ∼40% -58%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
19.88 fps ∼51% -47%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
38.95 fps ∼100% +4%
1900x1060 Catia (catia-04) (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
44.29 fps ∼96%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
37 fps ∼80% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
18.72 fps ∼40% -58%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
16.48 fps ∼36% -63%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
15.48 fps ∼33% -65%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
21.2 fps ∼46% -52%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
46.26 fps ∼100% +4%

Calculations can be transferred from the processor to the graphics card via the OpenCL interface, but the standards differ depending on the manufacturer. This includes Quick Sync (Intel), APP (AMD) or in our case CUDA, for example. In practice, these methods are mainly used for picture and video conversions, financial analysis as well as encryption. We use the two tools LuxMark 2.0 (ray tracing) and SiSoft Sandra 16 (GPGPU). LuxMark 2.0 highlights the advantages of the new Maxwell GPU, because our Quadro M2000M can clearly beat the rivals. The results are also ahead of the smaller model Quadro M1000M in SiSoft Sandra 16, but comparisons are still difficult due to the limited number of test results.

LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
Room GPUs-only (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
903 Samples/s ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
534 Samples/s ∼59% -41%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
253 Samples/s ∼28% -72%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
111 Samples/s ∼12% -88%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
53 Samples/s ∼6% -94%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
73 Samples/s ∼8% -92%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
791 Samples/s ∼88% -12%
Sala GPUs-only (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
1434 Samples/s ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
889 Samples/s ∼62% -38%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
508 Samples/s ∼35% -65%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
217 Samples/s ∼15% -85%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
113 Samples/s ∼8% -92%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
154 Samples/s ∼11% -89%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
1426 Samples/s ∼99% -1%
SiSoft Sandra 2016
Image Processing (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
155.76 MPix/s ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
127.5 MPix/s ∼82% -18%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
155.73 MPix/s ∼100% 0%
GP Cryptography (Higher Security AES256+SHA2-512) (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
9.28 GB/s ∼76%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
7.38 GB/s ∼60% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
12.28 GB/s ∼100% +32%
GP Financial Analysis (FP High/Double Precision) (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
21.63 KOPT/s ∼99%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
17 KOPT/s ∼78% -21%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
21.75 KOPT/s ∼100% +1%

The raw performance of the hardware is important for DirectX applications, which include games. Our WS60 scores 4243 points in the Graphics sub-rating of the current 3DMark Fire Strike test and is even slightly faster than the Quadro M2000M in the ThinkPad P50 (-3%, 4126 points). Nvidia's Quadro M1000M, which is also available for the MSI WS60, falls behind by around 15% in the GPU tests. You can compare the DirectX and OpenGL performance (without optimizations) with the two benchmarks Unigine Heaven 3.0 and Unigine Valley 1.0; the DirectX results are significantly higher. The gaming performance is similar to the GeForce GTX 960M.

The GPU performance is reduced by around 20% on battery power (3DMark 11 Graphics: 4090 vs. 5220 points). More information and benchmarks for the Quadro M2000M are available here.

3DMark 06 Standard
25604 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
20567 points
3DMark 11 Performance
5593 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
40175 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
16940 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3952 points
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Unigine Heaven 3.0
1920x1080 OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders AA:Off AF:Off (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
33.9 fps ∼78%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
43.4 fps ∼100% +28%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
18.6 fps ∼43% -45%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
16.9 fps ∼39% -50%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
21.1 fps ∼49% -38%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
32.4 fps ∼75% -4%
1920x1080 DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders AA:Off AF:Off (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
53.4 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
44.9 fps ∼84% -16%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
21.9 fps ∼41% -59%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
17.4 fps ∼33% -67%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
22.8 fps ∼43% -57%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
52.5 fps ∼98% -2%
Unigine Valley 1.0
1920x1080 Extreme HD DirectX AA:x8 (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
20.3 fps ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
18.7 fps ∼92% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
20.4 fps ∼100% 0%
1920x1080 Extreme HD Preset OpenGL AA:x8 (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
13.8 fps ∼85%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
16.2 fps ∼100% +17%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
13.2 fps ∼81% -4%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
5220 Points ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
4234 Points ∼81% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
2434 Points ∼47% -53%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1798 Points ∼34% -66%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
2363 Points ∼45% -55%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
5107 Points ∼98% -2%
1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
5593 Points ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
4648 Points ∼83% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
2526 Points ∼45% -55%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1925 Points ∼34% -66%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
2553 Points ∼46% -54%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
5375 Points ∼96% -4%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
4243 Points ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
3517 Points ∼83% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
1621 Points ∼38% -62%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
1396 Points ∼33% -67%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1347 Points ∼32% -68%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
1709 Points ∼40% -60%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
4126 Points ∼97% -3%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
3952 Points ∼100%
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
3344 Points ∼85% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
1424 Points ∼36% -64%
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
1352 Points ∼34% -66%
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1285 Points ∼33% -67%
MSI WS60 2OJ8H11W7P
Quadro K2100M, 4710HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ128G8NU
1645 Points ∼42% -58%
Lenovo ThinkPad P50
Quadro M2000M, 6820HQ, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
3813 Points ∼96% -4%

Gaming Performance

The Quadro M2000M from Nvidia also handles games very well. Many modern games can be played smoothly with high or maximum settings, only very demanding games like the new “Rise of the Tomb Raider” will require medium details to stay above the 30 fps mark. You should, however, forget about gaming in the native 4K resolution, because the hardware is just not powerful enough. A list with more games and their requirements is available here.

low med. high ultra4K
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 106.45238.616.4fps
Just Cause 3 (2015) 62.736.231.512.2fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 45.325.721.69.1fps

Emissions

System Noise

Noise development in different load scenarios
Noise development in different load scenarios

The two fans of the MSI WS60 are never turned off and are already clearly audible while idling at 37.2 dB(A). Unfortunately, this is also the case when you are just on the Desktop and do not run any apps. It gets even louder under load at 42.1 dB(A) and we were able to measure up to 50.7 dB(A) during the stress test. At least, the murmur of the fans is not affected by unpleasant or high-pitched noises, but the fans will quickly react to load changes and can appear rather jumpy. In practice, the conventional hard drive cannot be heard because of the high base noise. The predecessor was much better in this respect; the fans of the old model were barely audible with light workloads.

Noise Level

Idle
37.2 / 37.2 / 37.2 dB(A)
Load
42.1 / 50.7 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1 Arta (15 cm distance)

Temperature

You can notice the spinning fans while idling, because the device barely gets lukewarm, despite the slim design. This changes under load though, where we can measure up to 60 °C (~140 °F) at the bottom. These are borderline results, which prohibit its use on the lap. We can also measure temperatures of up to 42 °C (~108 °F) at the central keyboard area, which are clearly noticeable during typing. The power adapter can also get very warm under load at 56 °C (~133 °F).

Max. Load
 39.1 °C
102 F
40 °C
104 F
38.1 °C
101 F
 
 34.7 °C
94 F
42.3 °C
108 F
37.6 °C
100 F
 
 31.6 °C
89 F
32.9 °C
91 F
36.1 °C
97 F
 
Maximum: 42.3 °C = 108 F
Average: 36.9 °C = 98 F
47.2 °C
117 F
60.1 °C
140 F
48.6 °C
119 F
45.3 °C
114 F
51.6 °C
125 F
41.3 °C
106 F
38.6 °C
101 F
37.7 °C
100 F
35.8 °C
96 F
Maximum: 60.1 °C = 140 F
Average: 45.1 °C = 113 F
Power Supply (max.)  56.3 °C = 133 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fennel FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.9 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 31.1 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Workstation.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.3 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 37.1 °C / 99 F, ranging from 23 to 69.8 °C for the class Workstation.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 60.1 °C / 140 F, compared to the average of 40.4 °C / 105 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.3 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 31.1 °C / 88 F.
(±) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 36.1 °C / 97 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 27.8 °C / 82 F (-8.3 °C / -15 F).

Stress Test

Stress test
Stress test

Surprisingly, the performance of the WS60 during the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark for at least one hour) is very good and the components can also maintain a big part of their performance in this extreme scenario. The processor usually runs at 3.1 GHz (fluctuations between 3.0 and 3.2 GHz possible) and cannot utilize its full Turbo potential. The limiting factor is not the maximum temperature of 84 °C (~183 °F), but rather the TDP limitation of 45 watts, which sets in after around 10 seconds. The core clock of the graphics card varies between 950 and 1137 MHz (memory 1253 MHz) and reaches up to 72 °C (~162 °F). All in all, a very good result, especially for such a slim device.

Speakers

low maximum volume at 66 dB(A)
low maximum volume at 66 dB(A)

The sound system is provided by Dynaudio and is also supported by the additional software Nahimic Sound Enhancer with different presets and features. As with the previous WS60, we really like the sound, because it is surprisingly rich and balanced for a slim notebook. Only the maximum volume could be slightly higher at just 66 dB(A). The WS60 benefits from its gaming origins in this respect and performs much better than many business devices. The playback at the stereo jack was also very good.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption while idling is very high with at least 18.8 watts. 8 watts will be consumed by the display alone (minimum brightness), because the consumption drops to 10.7 watts when the panel is turned off. This value could still be optimized as well. The system needs around 90 watts under medium workloads and up to 150.2 watts in extreme scenarios. The power adapter with a nominal output of 150 watts is therefore not very generous, and the battery capacity drops by around 5% per hour during the stress test.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.47 / 1.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 18.8 / 29.6 / 30.3 Watt
Load midlight 90.4 / 150.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Power Consumption
33%
67%
28%
53%
Idle Minimum *
18.8
8.6
54%
4
79%
13.7
27%
7.4
61%
Idle Average *
29.6
16.2
45%
9.6
68%
17.8
40%
11.7
60%
Idle Maximum *
30.3
16.7
45%
10.8
64%
19.1
37%
12.6
58%
Load Average *
90.4
82.6
9%
36.9
59%
83.7
7%
54.7
39%
Load Maximum *
150.2
131.8
12%
54.5
64%
106.6
29%
78.4
48%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The slim case contains a 47-Wh battery, which can provide extremely short battery runtimes in combination with the high consumption. This is a supposedly mobile workstation, so 2:40 h under perfect conditions (Battery Eater Readers Test, minimum brightness, Wi-Fi off) are very disappointing. It only lasts 51 minutes under load (Battery Eater Classic Test, maximum brightness), and a SPECviewperf 12 loop stops after 47 minutes.

The results in the more realistic tests at an adjusted brightness of around 150 cd/m² (level 7, 157 cd/m²) are also too short for a modern notebook with switchable graphics. Wireless browsing is only possible for 1:46 hours, and the playback of a movie stops after 2:21 hours. The biggest consumer is the 4K display. Configurations with the Full HD display should have more stamina, but you should not expect a very enduring notebook. The charging time is 2.5 hours, but there is no quick-charge function.

maximum runtime (Battery Eater Readers Test)
maximum runtime (Battery Eater Readers Test)
Video test
Video test
WiFi test
WiFi test
minimum runtime (Battery Eater Classic Test)
minimum runtime (Battery Eater Classic Test)
Charging
Charging
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
2h 40min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
1h 46min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
2h 21min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 51min
MSI WS60-6QJE316H11
Quadro M2000M, E3-1505M v5, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5128GP
Dell Precision 5510
Quadro M1000M, E3-1505M v5, SK hynix SC920 512 GB
Lenovo ThinkPad W550s 20E2-000PGE
Quadro K620M, 5500U, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
HP Omen Pro 15 M2T37AA-ABD
Quadro K1100M, 4870HQ, Samsung SSD XP941 MZHPU512HCGL
Asus PU551JH
Quadro K1100M, 4210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Battery Runtime
151%
646%
55%
135%
Reader / Idle
160
428
168%
1728
980%
262
64%
445
178%
WiFi v1.3
106
286
170%
715
575%
203
92%
267
152%
Load
51
109
114%
247
384%
56
10%
89
75%
WiFi
298

Pros

+ chassis
+ weight
+ CPU performance
+ CAD performance
+ input devices
+ USB 3.1 Type-C with Thunderbolt 3

Cons

- battery runtime
- display
- price
- port layout
- integrated battery
- missing business ports and features
- fans always clearly audible
- limited maintainability
- high temperatures under load
- limited performance on battery power

Verdict

In review: MSI WS60. Test model courtesy of MSI Germany.
In review: MSI WS60. Test model courtesy of MSI Germany.

After the review of the updated MSI WS60, we have to question the concept of a supposedly "mobile" workstation, which is only fulfilled by the chassis of our review unit. It seems that the manufacturer just mixed the fastest and best components for marketing purposes. The best example is the glossy 4K display, which is a rather bad joke for a device that retails for 3200 Euros (~$3577). Unfortunately, it is still pretty common that manufacturers do not equip their expensive business notebook with high-end displays, because they are often used with external monitors at work. Because of its concept, the MSI WS60 should be used more often on the road though.

Some potential was also wasted in terms of the processor, because our review unit does not support ECC-RAM. The performance cannot be fully utilized in multi-core scenarios either, so you can also get a configuration with a regular Core i7. The biggest issue of our review unit, however, is the high power consumption and the resulting battery runtimes. You can expect between 1.5 to 2 hours in practice, which is hardly justifiable considering the modern components. Models with the FHD display should be slightly better, but the predecessor was not a very enduring device, either.

Clearly, a positive aspect is the performance, because the components can even use a big part of their potential under extreme conditions. This comes at a price though, because the cooling solution is very loud and the temperatures can be extremely high. We expected high emissions under load, but we were surprised about the idle noise of the fans. MSI should definitely optimize this fan behavior.

The MSI WS60 offers a high performance, but it affects the mobility and therefore questions the whole meaning of the device. Therefore, we cannot recommend our high-end configuration with the 4K panel.

The "smaller" versions of the MSI WS60 should be more interesting. However, you have to be careful because not all configurations are equipped with an SSD. The disadvantages of the gaming chassis compared to real workstations, such as limited security features apply to all models of the WS60 and might be crucial in productive environments.

MSI WS60-6QJE316H11 - 03/17/2016 v5(old)
Andreas Osthoff

Chassis
86 / 98 → 87%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
60 / 81 → 74%
Weight
63 / 10-66 → 95%
Battery
61%
Display
80%
Games Performance
89%
Application Performance
93%
Temperature
84 / 95 → 88%
Noise
61 / 90 → 68%
Audio
82%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
74%
79%
Workstation - Weighted Average

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Andreas Osthoff, 2016-02-16 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Andreas Osthoff
Andreas Osthoff - Senior Editor Business
I grew up with computers and modern consumer electronics. I am interested in the technology since I had my first computer, a Commodore C64, and started building my own PCs after that. My focus here at Notebookcheck is the business segment including mobile workstations, but I also like to test new mobile devices. It is always a great experience to review and compare new products. My free time is filled with a lot of sports, in the summer mainly on my bike.