In case if you haven’t notice, NVIDIA has removed the M moniker for Pascal GPUs in gaming notebooks. NVIDIA recently made a bold claim that its Pascal architecture is so energy efficient and it will perform just as good regardless of the system that it’s running on.
In this review, we will test that out with the MSI GE62VR 7RF Apache Pro gaming notebook here at Tech Critter’s lab, special thanks to MSI Malaysia Notebook for the provision of the review unit.
Software: MSI Dragon Center
The GS62VR 7RF packs the latest NVIDIA GTX 10 series graphics, the GTX 1060 6GB with a slightly reduced performance for gaming notebooks. In our controlled test, we’ve gone through some selected titles in our library separately, with the GTX 1060 on stock clock and overclocked settings ( 125MHz on the GPU Clock and 200MHz on the memory clock).
Do note that the listed average frames per second (FPS) above is the result of the selected titles on its highest settings. We intended to find out just how capable the gaming notebook is when it comes to handling games, so there’s no need to hold back with the game settings.
Key Rollover Test
As we have mentioned earlier that the key rollover feature has been greatly improved this time, here’s a preview of the keys registered via the Aqua Key Test tool from OTD.kr. Some might find this insignificant, but for a gaming notebook which its keyboard is prepared by a gaming peripherals company, we find this is necessary.
Starting off with the key matrix, unlike most ordinary, non-gaming notebooks out there, the GE62VR 7RF keyboard is able to register more keys to support games that requires more keys to be registered at the same time.
And of course, the key matrix does support the commonly used rows of keys for rhythm games as well.
Of course, the software changes the audio quality significantly when it’s activated, this shows that the speakers on the GT62VR 7RF are actually pretty good.
For gaming performance, we manage to get some pretty impressive numbers with the GE62VR 7RF running selected AAA titles with the highest settings for each title. Although there is a 10% to 15% reduction in performance, we’d say that it’s still within the reasonable range to what the desktop version of the GTX 1060 is capable of. Gaming on the battery alone is definitely not recommended, as it is impossible for the GTX 1060 to perform at its peak even with the new BatteryBoost. Battery life is still lacking, but that’s common for every gaming notebook and we haven’t seen anyone actually coming up with a permanent solution for that.
Cooling performance is excellent and we have nothing much to complaint about except for the slight increase in noise as the result for both cooling fans operating at maximum speed. If you’re worried that having the cooling fans operating at maximum speed will encourage faster dust build up, have no fear as removing the bottom cover to clean up the cooling fans is as easy as pie.
Price wise, the MSI GE62VR 7RF Apache Pro is retailed at the price of RM7,699, which is rather high for those who is limited by budget. Still, it’s a choice Gamers on the go who doesn’t actually need a powerful GPU like the GTX 1080 but still needs some extra cooling performance. Of course, if the bulkiness doesn’t bother you.
- Very decent cooling performance with CoolerBoost
- Decent graphics performance
- Good overall audio performance
- Keyboard with gaming optimized key matrix
- Consider to be future proof with USB Type-C MSI SuperPort (Thunderbolt 3) port
- Still cost a bomb
- Limited battery life on high performance mode
- Bulky, not easy to carry around