Recently, NVIDIA introduced the first mobile graphics architecture in Pascal, and notebook manufacturers have begun to declare the respective model. In our test lab arrived MSI gaming notebook using NVIDIA graphics card of the new generation. In the category of 15.6 inch before top video cards are rarely used, but with a powerful GPU in the new generation of Pascal notebook can not be ashamed of larger gaming models. All the details you will find in our review MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro with graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070.
In September last year, NVIDIA has released a video card GeForce GTX 980 for laptops, which lost additives “M” and consistent with the desktop version. Recall that before the NVIDIA “tricky”, using laptop chips with the addition of “the M”, which was significantly weaker than desktop counterparts without such additives. But now, NVIDIA has decided to continue the successful practice of GeForce GTX 980, at least, this applies to the announced mobile graphics cards. NVIDIA graphics cards GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1060 (almost) match their desktop counterparts.
The new architecture Pascal will not only increase the performance of today’s gaming laptops, but also made it possible to produce compact gaming model. At 15.6-inch notebook often used graphics card GeForce GTX 970M and weaker, in rare cases, GeForce GTX 980M, but now we have much more powerful GeForce GTX 1070. A top model “without M” is found only in the thick 17-inch laptops . In our test lab just entered the laptop MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro, which we discussed in detail in the review.
MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro combines a powerful processor Intel Core i7 with a new graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, for the operating system and applications installed fast the SSD, and data storage – the hard drive. Memory too modern – DDR4. We should also note the presence of the port USB Type C, a variety of video output module Killer wired and wireless networks. Display, as we have noted above, has a diagonal of 15.6 inches with a resolution of 1.920 x 1.080 pixels and supports the G-Sync. Among other functions of a gaming notebook SteelSeries keyboard can be noted from the RGB-backlit, Dynaudio speakers with subwoofer, high-quality aluminum housing and software-oriented gamers.
Despite the powerful processor and graphics card, MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro is relatively compact. The casing has dimensions of 390 x 266 x 39.8 mm, and weighs less than 3.0 kg – 2.9 kg. A few years ago, laptops with a similar level of performance have been available only in the bulky 17-inch cabinets. The new MSI laptop can easily take with you on the LAN-party, it does not have to worry about a sufficient frame rate in modern games. The body is made on the conscience, MSI used a combination of aluminum and plastic.
The display lid and the panel to rest the hands are made of brushed aluminum, the plastic base of the laptop. Workmanship is at a height. The body can withstand the pressure at any point and no flex, even below ventilation grille is strong enough. The hinges keep the display firmly in position, he did not falter.
The modest design of the notebook is decorated with a dragon logo on the lid and MSI. Recall that the MSI logo several years ago opted for Gaming lineup. On the left and on the right you can see the recess with red stripes, which make the design of a certain variety.
After the discovery of a simple design notebook MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro continues. The monotonous black break only two labels on the right pane to relax the hands, logos, keyboard and speaker manufacturers. The label indicates the notebook features: support for virtual reality glasses, the presence of network controllers Killer, Cooling Cooler Boost technology 4, the technology improved audio Nahimic Audio Enhancer, Dynaudio speakers and the SteelSeries keyboard, as well as the annual free license to XSplit GameCaster.
But it is necessary to enable MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro, the laptop is transformed: the keys are beginning to play a different illumination colors of the rainbow. RGB backlight can be adjusted not only in the updated utility Dragon Center, but also via a separate button next to the power button. Staffing MSI program multiple lighting profiles. Additional buttons allow you to activate the cooling system at full capacity or run XSplit GameCaster.
The keys are quite large, measuring 15 x 15 mm therebetween by a proper clearance 4 mm. Progress could be deeper, but overall pleasant feeling on the set. The keyboard allows comfortable typing without errors, even in the dark due to backlight. Despite the 15.6 “format from MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro present numeric keypad We tested the laptop with the German layout, in Russia it will be sold with the Russian keyboard is not to say that we liked the layout -.. Enter key a little, and the Windows key at all removed somewhere to the right. However, with practice, and you can get used to this layout.
Touch-pad good. It has an area of 108 x 60 mm, we liked the responsiveness and accuracy. The finger glides over the surface of the well. The right and left mouse buttons separate press could be more gradual.
MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro is equipped with plenty of modern interfaces. On the memory card slot in addition to the right panel we have three interfaces USB 3.0.
On the opposite side rather freely. On the right side you can see three 3.5-mm jack for a headset, SPDIF output, one more USB port, but the standard only 2.0, with a much lower rate. For right-handers ports are located centrally. On the left side of the notebook is connected headset, gaming mouse can be connected to one of the USB ports on the right.
The Ethernet port is very conveniently located on the back of the laptop, you can see a number of video outputs HDMI and mini-DisplayPort. Rear arrangement of interfaces reduces the jumble of cables on the table. Finally, note the port of Type-C, who also plays the role of Thunderbolt interface 3. In the center between the large air vents can be seen jack to connect an external 230-watt power supply. Wireless connectivity is WiFi 802.11ac module with two ranges and Bluetooth 4.1.
Notebook MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro boasts enhanced audio subsystem. MSI not only established a high-quality stereo speakers Dynaudio, but also added a bottom subwoofer. In practice, the sound was indeed better than many other gaming notebooks. But gamers will probably prefer to connect a headset or external speakers.
Also below you will notice a new GT62VR numerous vents. Service compartment, providing access to the RAM or the SSD, is not provided. But it is possible to remove the entire bottom cover by unscrewing eight screws. The MSI laptop battery installed capacity 8-cell 5,225 mAh.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics card performance in 1070 was an important step forward compared to its predecessor. In addition to the graphics card should not forget about Intel Core i7 powerful processor, additional magnetic disk and other components that generate heat. They all affect the cooling system, since heat must be removed. Same ASUS presented a few months ago, a laptop with an external water cooling unit. But the cooling system MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro is quite compact. Cooler Boost Technology 4 relies on two separate cooling system for the CPU and GPU, the cooler uses six thick copper heat pipes.
The quality of assembly and materials of the shell MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro pleasantly pleased. It is time to evaluate the performance of “iron”.
“The heart of the” MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro is a processor Intel Core i7-6700HQ. Like all current models Skylake, it is produced by 14-nm process technology. The processor is based four physical cores that can execute two threads each thanks to Hyper-Threading feature. Clock frequency is from 2.6 to 3.5 GHz. We should also note the presence of L3 cache 6 MB, and each core is equipped with 256 KB cache in the second level of the total capacity of 1 MB. The data cache and instruction L1 has a standard capacity of 32 KB.
The memory controller Intel Core i7-6700HQ supports DDR3 and DDR4. MSI has chosen a new standard, CPU Skylake work with two modules at a frequency of 2.133 MHz in dual format. Maximum power consumption of the chip is 45 watts. Faster will only Intel Core i7-6820HK processor that is common in laptops of this class price and performance. It gives a slightly higher clock speed and a little larger cache. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card in laptops will probably be accompanied by a desktop-class processors, such as Intel Core i7-6700K, not to rest on the CPU performance limit.
DDR4 memory capacity shown on the usual level of 23.64 GB / s. Is that in the test of compression 7-Zip performance was slightly below average – less than 17.000 MIPS. Other laptops are usually given at 2.000 MIPS longer, or even surpass the bar 20.000 MIPS. In two tests, Cinebench we got a good performance 7.17 or 561 points.
MSI advertises in GT62VR Dominator Pro connection with PCI Express 3.0 support NVMe in M.2 slot. But in our laptop was set a normal SSD SATA. In the tests we have received read and write throughput capacity greater than 500 MB / s, which is a typical level for the SATA, for everyday applications that speed is more than enough. Additional hard drive is used to store user data and games. Sequential read and write speed was decent 104 MB / s.
Of course, an important advantage of MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro is the built-in graphics card. The laptop’s video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 at the Pascal architecture that performance is no worse than their desktop counterparts. Desktop graphics card is equipped with 1,920 stream processors, in the case of the mobile version, we get even more – 2,048 stream processors. NVIDIA reduced clock speeds up to 1,443 MHz for the GPU, memory clock of 2.002 MHz. Depending on the load and temperature increases the clock frequency of the graphics card, at least up to 1.645 MHz. Due to the good cooling with our test sample we received almost 1,800 MHz frequency. But this rate is supported by a short time, then it is reduced. Increasing the number of stream processors has led to a corresponding increase in the number of texture units. In 1070 the mobile GeForce GTX 128 we get TMU.
In terms of memory, there is no change as compared with the desktop version. Both options work with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory, which is connected by a 256-bit bus. The clock speed of 2.0 GHz bandwidth provides up to 256 GB / s. NVIDIA offset the increase in the number of stream processors reduction in clock frequency. For comparison, the desktop version of the Founders Edition operates at frequencies of 1.506 / 1.683 / 2.002 MHz.
In recent games such as Grand Theft Auto 5, Dirt Rally, The Witcher 3 or Shadow of Mordor graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 in the laptop MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro shows a good level of performance. The native resolution of Full-HD problems with a smooth frame rate is not. In many tests ahead of new video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, though in some places, it seems, rests on the performance limitations of mobile CPU. For this reason, the video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is better to use paired with desktop processors like Intel Core i7-6700K. In any case, MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro has become one of the fastest gaming notebook with 15.6-inch class.
For a gaming notebook of this class of price and performance is to be expected was to get an extended software suite. MSI has altered its popular software package Dragon Center. The utility not only allows you to run games and applications, but also offers a variety of system monitoring functions. The utility can read the temperature of the CPU and video card, view the load, the fan speeds and clock frequencies. Output data rate through the WiFi module and Ethernet, as well as the use of a hard disk and SSD. The user can adjust the operation of the fans, as well as choose the profile notebook performance. In Sport mode, for example, the fans run at high revolutions, which allows longer keep the CPU and GPU frequency at a high level. But at low load they are not dropping speed quickly. Finally, you can adjust the RGB-backlit keyboard SteelSeries. The Dragon Center have the opportunity to create a recovery disc, hold the battery calibration, as well as provide access to the user manual.
For NICs Killer and audio chip Nahimic 2 MSI also established the appropriate utility. Gamers will enjoy an annual license program streaming XSplit GameCaster. On a laptop pre-installed 30-day trial version of office suite, a demo version of Norton Security and packages Magix Music and Magix Photo Maker.
Of course, Intel and NVIDIA in recent years a lot of work on improving the efficiency of its components, but powerful graphics card and a fast Core i7 processor impose appropriate requirements on the cooling system. She has to take about 200 watts of heat. But we did not encounter any problems, even under full load Prime95 and Furmark. GPU Pascal temperature reaches 81 ° C, ie the maximum frequency of 1.800 MHz, the Boost is not maintained, the graphics processor reduces it to the level of about 1.6 GHz. However, under gaming load rate still exceeds the guaranteed level of Boost. The same applies to the processor. Intel Core i7-6700HQ heated to a temperature of 88 ° C, with then it can no longer maintain the maximum frequency of Turbo, reducing it to 2.7 GHz.
In any case, MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro works pretty quiet for a gaming notebook. At full load, we got the noise level to 46.7 dB (A). Of course, it is not a low, but other gaming laptops typically exhibit greater than 50 dB (A). Under normal operation of Windows GPU and CPU clock speeds and lower voltage, so the noise level is also reduced. We obtained 34.2 dB (A), so the system can be called pleasantly calm.
As there is no heating surfaces of special concern. Below full load we got to temperature 47,1 ° C, but significantly lower than the average temperature – 33,12 ° C. The maximum temperature we got in the second square, directly under the power socket next to the video output and Ethernet jack. Panels for holiday hands were much colder, below 30 ° C. Top maximum temperature is also observed in the upper region, keyboard and touchpad remain relatively cool in the range of 29 to 33 ° C. Under normal load Windows surface temperatures were much less from 28,3 to 32,6 ° C (top) and from 27.0 to 32,7 ° C (bottom).
Normally gaming notebooks office under load, a maximum of two hours, but MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro gave even more than three hours. In games, the battery life was about 100 minutes, the reason lies in the high capacity of the battery 88 Wh. For a gaming notebook of this class of performance GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro show above average results.
MSI has equipped GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro a good panel. Thanks to IPS technology, we have received a stable viewing angles, a maximum brightness of 330 cd / m² can be called quite high, so with a laptop can be quite comfortable to operate even in bright environments. The uniformity of illumination of 88% can be called good, between the darkest and the lightest areas in the brightness difference was not more than 37 cd / m². LG panel contrast of 958: 1, no worse than many other gaming notebooks.
But, as in the case of many gaming notebooks, the color temperature is too cold. We received an average temperature level of the white point of 7,599 K, 7,679 K was the maximum benefits Of note also support NVIDIA G-Sync technology.
MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro – fastest gaming laptop. Thanks to the video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 in front of us one of the fastest gaming models with a diagonal of 15.6 “, arrives in our lab in recent months. The new graphics card generation Pascal and fast Core i7 processor allow you to enjoy all the latest games in the” native “resolution Full- HD – old leaders in the form of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M or GeForce GTX 980 in many tests are being left behind. The daily performance is also impressive, although there SSD could provide and the higher rate for high-end notebook in this price segment. We got about 500 MB / s. it is much better to have shown himself SSD-enabled NVMe and PCI Express 3.0 protocol. The hard drive operates predictably slower, but it is only needed to store data.
The display is quite bright, it allows you to work or play, even in the street, the contrast is sufficient. Although LG panel gives too cold color temperature, as in many other gaming notebooks. Therefore colors will give the blue. Build quality is excellent, as the choice of components. SteelSeries backlit keyboard is equipped with RGB, thanks to her laptop “blooms” with all the colors. He is sure to attract attention on LAN-party.
In our test configuration, MSI GT62VR 6RE Dominator Pro is available in Europe for 2,099 euros.
For high gaming performance, good workmanship and a positive impression on the whole we award our laptop award “Excellent iron.”