Having already time for the launch of the new mobile Pascal graphics cards could provide the first gaming notebooks with GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 to the test, followed by MSI GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro now the third representative.
Here, however, is no longer the GP104-GPU fully configured for use, but the slightly trimmed GP106 chip. This simplifies the cooling, but also allows for more compact devices at the same time further increases in graphics performance.
Despite the full desktop graphics and the fast Core i7 CPU and of course an SSD and HDD of the 15.6-inch model falls pleasingly compact and light in its aluminum case for a gaming notebook. How proposes the small gaming bolide, one learns in this test.
After our test for MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro with GeForce GTX 1070 and for NEXOC. G736II with GeForce GTX 1080 we can now welcome a device with NVIDIA’s third Pascal offshoot in the editorial. The MSI GT63VR 6RF Stealth Pro uses the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 and likely to increase the gaming performance compared to the direct predecessor clear once again it is not to replace the GeForce GTX 960M, but equal to the GeForce GTX 970M. For all the latest game titles should be actually played without problems and also for virtual reality should now be enough computing power available.
The remaining hardware data read also promising. These include an Intel Core i7-6700HQ with up to 3.5 GHz, a total of 16 GB DDR4 RAM and a fleet of 256 GB SSD, which is tied thanks NVMe protocol via PCI Express. For their own games also put an additional magnetic storage disk with rich 2TB in the device. The display gives it only with full HD resolution and thus with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Support for G-Sync does not offer it in our case. The RGB-backlit SteelSeries keyboard counts as the basic equipment as the XSplit Gamecamster for Live Streaming own gaming sessions, the Nahimic audio enhancer and of course the Killer network. Modern ports like USB 3.1 Type-C also not missing.
All of which brings MSI under in a slim 15.6-inch aluminum. The MSI GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro brings it just to a height of 17.7 mm and brings below 2.0 kilos – for a gaming notebook of this price and performance class which has been a rarity. Priced like never before without deep into their pockets: Nearly 2,000 Euro would have MSI for this gaming Boliden.
Simple but elegant aluminum body
While other gaming notebooks like show time with an aggressive, eye-catching design, which power is in them, the appearance of the coat of MSI GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro amazingly simple. The entire casing is black, here and there, there are smaller lettering and logos. The housing cover sheet between two pleats on the left and right side in the middle the familiar dragon emblem, which a few years ago made MSI to his gaming logo and comes in almost all product categories by the manufacturer for use – whether in gaming notebooks , graphics cards or motherboards. Screen-lid and base are made of brushed aluminum, while the frame is around the 15.6-inch display made of plastic.
Overall, this makes MSI GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro a very sophisticated look – the processing is on an excellent level, gaps are perfectly elaborated, sharp edges there despite the choice of materials no and even after more pressure on the housing there are at any point after. Only the two hinges on the display could be stiffer.
With dimensions of 380 x 249 x 17.7 mm, it falls surprisingly compact out for a gaming notebook of this price and performance Lasse. In particular, the overall height of 18 mm can be proud of. Until now, gaming suitable notebook as a desktop replacement right Klopper and anything but portable. For the MSI this is no longer GS63VR Stealth Pro, especially since the weight of around 1.8 kg should not deter to make the notebook a daily companion.
The top case is also made of aluminum. This benefits not only the cooling of the hardware but also allows a pleasant feeling for the hands on the wrist rest. opened Also the equipment is from a simple page. Only the 105 x 70 mm large touchpad is highlighted – with the two stickers on the lower right side but showing the device, which it’s made.
After switching it’s over with the simplicity. Like all other current gaming notebooks from MSI can also ours come up with an RGB backlit keyboard from SteelSeries. By default illuminate the Taiwanese those in rainbow colors. Who does not like, but the color can also be set the same for all keys, or provide different lighting effects for even more attention. The settings can be made via the revised Dragon Center. In addition, can be read all important parameters such as temperature, fan speed and flow and adjust or activate the recovery function and frequently used programs start clearly from a central point.
Terrific touchpad, good keyboard
The SteelSeries keyboard keys are large enough with 15 x 15 mm, the key spacing with 4 mm ideal. While the stroke could be larger, but the keystroke feels very good. Something unusual is solely layout which MSI again does not leave the standard and makes minor adjustments as a displaced Windows key or a smaller return key. The latter one is planning to change at least for the QWERTY layout, and thus for the German-speaking world in the future, as we were told on demand. With a bit of getting used to but it can be very good nonetheless write on the keyboard and play.
When the touchpad GS63VR can also convince. The sliding properties are perfect, the reaction is always accurate and fast. The keys for the left and right mouse click will be issued not dedicated, but can be carried out at the bottom. Thanks to multi-touch support can be at least the left mouse click on simple finger tabs at any point press within the touchpad. The touchpad reaches almost approached the MacBooks from Apple and is by far the best we have so far encountered in a gaming notebook.
Despite its compact design, which has MSI GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro a variety of connectors to offer. On the right side, there is a USB 2.0 port with quick charge function for smartphones and tablets, a modern USB 3.1 port on the type-C and Gen 2 and a DisplayPort output and an HDMI port. Unusually, however, is not only that the external 180-W power supply must be connected laterally, but that also the power-on button is at the forefront, which is actually believed more in the top case directly between the screen and keyboard.
On the opposite side are three more USB 3.0 ports, a 3-in-1 card reader, a Gigabit LAN port with killer functionality and a Kensington lock for theft protection ready. Two 3.5mm jacks for connecting a headset has MSI also housed. Although the Ethernet jack and the power supply connector are located laterally, the terminal position is okay. Both left- and right-handed also can produce a confusing clutter on the desk conveniently connect a gamer mouse without.
The back of the MSI GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro is completely dedicated to the cooling – more connections here are not found. Although the total of three fans – two for the graphics card and a can put on their fresh air from the bottom and are derived from the top case of the processor, additional air intakes are provided on the back
Just as on the underside. A maintenance cover for the rapid exchange of mass and memory, there’s no at MSI GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro, however. Who wants to do that, need to lend a hand and remove the entire bottom. The battery with its 65 Wh is permanently installed and can be replaced, so bad.
As already mentioned, are in MSI three fans installed GS63VR 6RF Stealth Pro, who take care of the cooling of the quite potent and fiery hardware.
The Pascal GPU brings it to a maximum power of 100 W, the Skylake CPU provides an additional 45 W have to be removed. The cooling of the 3D accelerator is therefore taking care of two small radial fans, while the processor is held by a single rotor on temperature. The fans are clearly seen in the top box – will host the notebook accordingly, may even completely see through it.
Nevertheless, can be found on the back and the two side panels behind the terminals additional air intakes – they are sorely needed, as will be apparent to the surface and component temperatures later.