** MSI GE62 Apache (and Pro) Owner's Lounge**

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  1. anethema

    anethema Notebook Enthusiast

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    Welcome to the MSI GE62 Apache (and Apache Pro) Owner's Lounge!

    (First, thanks to -=$tR|k3r=- as I'm generally following his example on how to make one of these threads and copied much useful information from his GT72 Owners Lounge)[​IMG]


    Available models:
    GE62 2QF Apache: MSRP 1399.99

    GE62 2QF Apache Pro: MSRP 1699.99



    Specifications:

    2QF Apache-002:



    CPU: The 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 4720HQ (Soldered on) Processor
    OS: Windows 8.1
    Chipset: Intel HM87
    Memory: 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM, 8G x1 SODIMM up to 16GB
    LCD Size: 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare Display
    Graphics: GeForce GTX 965M (Soldered on)
    Graphics: VRAM GDDR5 2GB
    Storage: 1TB 7200rpm 2.5" 9.5mm Hard Drive SATA III 32MB, 2x M.2 SATA slot available
    Audio: Sound by Dynaudio Support 7.1 channel SPDIF output Exclusive Audio Boost technology Creative Sound Blaster Cinema
    Webcam: HD type (30fps@720p)
    Card Reader: SD (XC/HC)
    LAN: Killer Gb LAN
    Wireless LAN: 802.1 ac
    Bluetooth: 4.1
    HDMI: 1(v1.4b), Support 4Kx2K Output
    USB: 2.0 port 1
    USB: 3.0 port 3
    Mini-DisplayPort: 1, Support FHD 120HZ, 4K 60Hz
    Mic-in/Headphone-out: 1/1
    Line-in: 1
    Keyboard: Full-color backlight SteelSeries keyboard
    AC Adapter: 150W
    Battery: 6-Cell Li-Polymer(60Wh)
    Dimension: 383 x 260 x 27mm
    Weight (KG): 2.4kg(w/ battery)


    2QF Apache Pro-055:


    CPU: The 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 4720HQ (Soldered on) Processor
    OS: Windows 8.1
    Chipset: Intel HM87
    Memory: 12GB DDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM, 8G x+ 4GB SODIMM up to 16GB
    LCD Size: 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare Display
    Graphics: GeForce GTX 970M (Soldered on)
    Graphics: VRAM GDDR5 3GB
    Storage: 1TB 7200rpm 2.5" 9.5mm Hard Drive SATA III 32MB, 2x M.2 SATA slot available
    Audio: Sound by Dynaudio Support 7.1 channel SPDIF output Exclusive Audio Boost technology Creative Sound Blaster Cinema
    Webcam: HD type (30fps@720p)
    Card Reader: SD (XC/HC)
    LAN: Killer Gb LAN
    Wireless LAN: 802.1 ac
    Bluetooth: 4.1
    HDMI: 1(v1.4b), Support 4Kx2K Output
    USB: 2.0 port 1
    USB: 3.0 port 3
    Mini-DisplayPort: 1, Support FHD 120HZ, 4K 60Hz
    Mic-in/Headphone-out: 1/1
    Line-in: 1
    Keyboard: Full-color backlight SteelSeries keyboard
    AC Adapter: 150W
    Battery: 6-Cell Li-Polymer(60Wh)
    Dimension: 383 x 260 x 27mm
    Weight (KG): 2.4kg(w/ battery)


    2QF Apache Pro-056:
    Same as 055 but adds 128MB M.2 SATA SSD. Only seen in Canada thus far.

    Where To Buy Your New MSI GE62 Apache (And Apache Pro) Notebook:

    Friendly, reputable, and highly respected resellers, who freely volunteer their support to forum members:

    1.) GenTech PC | Website | MSI 15" notebook site page | Tel#: 1-800-990-7945 | email: service@gentechpc.com | Contact: Ken Lee

    2.) PowerNotebooks | Website | MSI notebook site page | Tel#: 1-877-711-1777 | email: Sales@PowerNotebooks.com | Contact: Donald Stratton

    3.) Xotic PC | Website | MSI notebook site page | Tel#: 1-877-289-9684 | email: sales@xoticpc.com | Contact: Justin Nolte

    Where To Buy MSI Notebooks (U.S. & Canada) | Global

    GE62 Reviews:

    Professional:

    Bit-tech: GE62 Apache (002 Non Pro)

    Trusted Reviews: GE62 Apache (002 Non Pro, light hands on review)

    User:

    Will add more as they come up.


    MSI Helpful Links:

    MSI U.S. Gaming

    MSI Dragon Army

    MSI AfterBurner

    MSI Dragon Army Forum

    MSI HQ User Support Forum

    MSI Customer Service | Global

    MSI Notebook Warranty Information

    MSI Notebook Product Registration | Global

    Official MSI GE62 Apache (and Pro) Downloads:

    Bios

    Drivers

    Firmware

    Utilities

    Manual

    Other Downloads:

    Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (Intel XTU)

    NVIDIA GeForce WHQL Drivers

    NVIDIA GeForce Beta Release Drivers

    NVIDIA Control Panel User's Guide

    Latest NVFLASH for Windows & DOS

    MEMTEST86 Free Download

    MSI AfterBurner

    CPU-Z

    GPU-Z

    NVidia Inspector

    HWMonitor

    HWInfo

    FutureMark's 3DMark & PCMark8

    Unigine Benchmarks

    AIDA64 - System auditing, diagnostics, monitoring, and benchmarks too!

    Atto Disk Benchmark

    HD Tune

    Svet's Fermi / Kepler VBIOS/EC Tuner Version (2.86e) and now supports the GTX-880M! The Maxwell GTX-980M Soon! :D

    Treexy Driver Fusion ( .....replaces the ever popular, Phyxion 'Driver Sweeper')

    Piriform 'CCleaner'

    Magical Jelly Bean (product key finder)

    How To's:

    Are 'start-up' screens too fast to enter bios? This is how to enter the Legacy / UEFI BIOS.

    Unsatisfied with audio sound quality? Try THIS!

    Windows 8 Tutorials, Quick Reference Index

    Guide on how to install the NVIDIA Display Driver under Windows 7/Windows Vista

    NVIDIA Driver Rollback/Removal Instructions

    Clean install of Nvidia drivers, NVIDIA Forums> Graphics Technology> GeForce GTX & ION Drivers


    Problems and solutions:

    Won't boot from USB:

    1. Enter the bios by pressing "DEL" during boot.
    2. Go to the boot tab using right arrow.
    3. Change the Boot List Option to Legacy.
    4. Make sure USB Hard Disk is first in the boot list.
    5. Reboot!
    Windows 7 won't install to the M.2 SSD with Error 0x80300024 :

    The only solution I've made work unfortunately was to remove the main HDD.

    To do this you have to
    1. Take all the screws out of the bottom cover.
    2. Pry starting at the back corners to get the bottom cover off.
    3. Remove the two screws holding in the 2.5" SATA hard disk.
    4. Remove the Disk.
    5. Boot and install windows as normal.
    These are just the issues I've encountered and the soutions I've found but I'll add any here that people post in the thread.



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    Inside:
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    My Inside pics:

    Main:
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    Stock SSD:
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    Intel wireless card:

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    Stock 12GB of ram:

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    Last edited: Feb 28, 2015
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  2. anethema

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    Just ordered mine! Apache Pro. Figured I'd create a Lounge thread.
     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2015
  3. Alex@XOTICPC

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    Thanks for taking the time to make this.
    I have a GE62 that I will be doing a video review on this week and will update this post with it :)
     
  4. anethema

    anethema Notebook Enthusiast

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    Great. Added the two pro reviews I've found and will add yours to those when it's up.

    Also will add any user reviews. Laptop is pretty new so looks like any info is slow to come out so far.
     
  5. Kevin@GenTechPC

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    Congratulations on your purchase and thank you for posting a post with such great amount of details!! :)
     
  6. usapatriot

    usapatriot Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Hi guys, I also just placed an order for the MSI GE62 Apache Pro, hopefully will get it by early next week. :)
     
  7. anethema

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    No problem! Figured sometimes the best way to get information flowing is to get the ball rolling yourself :)
     
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    usapatriot Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Same here, I'll provide as much information as possible since I'm quite finicky about testing a laptop out once I receive it.

    Can't wait to run some benches and play some BF4.
     
  9. foosion

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    I took delivery of the pro last week....pretty solid...i'm not a hardcore gamer anymore just wanted a decent laptop since i'm travelling overseas and my old laptop was a pos haha.....

    Quick qu: does it matter to leave it always plugged into mains? Or should i drain the battery fully once in a while?

    Never owned a decent laptop before so i have no idea on maintenance....

    Also the link in the OP about improving sound quality goes to a link about another laptop lol?
     
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    usapatriot Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    You should drain your battery every few days to maintain it in optimal health. Also, if you're not gonna be using the battery at all, don't charge it past 80% or so (but still drain it every week or so). MSI may have software to automatically do this.
     
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