Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Castellanos, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Castellanos

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    I need help to choose between these two MSI models from CUK:

    MSI GF62VR 7RF-877 VR
    • 15.6" Full HD eDP Vivid Color 94% NTSC Display
    • Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB DDR5
    • 16GB RAM DDR4 2133MHz
    • 256GB M.2 NVMe 2280 SSD
    • 1TB 7200rpm Hard Disk Drive
    • Windows 10 Home x64
    • Price: $1,409
    MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro 674
    • 15.6" Full HD eDP IPS-Level Display
    • Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB DDR5
    • 16GB RAM DDR4 2400MHz
    • 256GB M.2 NVMe 2280 SSD
    • 1TB 5400rpm 7mm Hard Disk Drive
    • Windows 10 Home x64
    • Price: $1,509

    Some observations I noted:
    • Can't find a lot of reviews on the GF62VR but the one on Notebookcheck basically says that this laptop has a really bad screen, though in terms of graphics performance it seems to be excellent. Are there any other pitfalls on this laptop that I need to know before deciding to buy it?
    • GS63VR reviews are very favorable, but I know about the screen issues present in the Best Buy variant (Pro 001) and that people suggested getting the Pro 230 variant instead. I have been trying to find information whether the screen on this Pro 674 is a good one, but could find no reviews. It does say "IPS level" on CUK's website though, so it might be the same as the Pro 230 variant?
    • Weird benchmark results, comparing from the Notebookcheck reviews on both laptops. They are using the same GTX 1060 6GB DDR5 GPU, but GF62VR yields 25,422 Cloud Gate and 110,101 Ice Storm Extreme while GS63VR only yields 17,664 Cloud Gate and a very low 36,146 Ice Storm Extreme. Gaming tests show only marginal differences in FPS between these two laptops so I don't understand why there is a large gap here. Is it because the GS63VR being tested is using a 4K panel while the GF62VR is only full HD? Does 3DMark use the maximum available resolution for its benchmarks?
    If the performance level is the same I tend to prefer GS63VR because it is lighter, more professional looking and (supposedly) has a better screen. Though the HDD is a bit slower but the SSD should make it a non-issue for gaming use. Is there any other consideration I need to take into account? If any of you have seen or used both, which one would you recommend more at that $100 price difference?

    Note: the GS63VR Pro 230 is currently too expensive for me at $1,714 so I'm not taking that option for now.

    Thanks! ;)

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