A year ago at CES 2016 MSI has laid the foundation for new mini-PC slot , and twelve months after they have been further developed. To present the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, MSI has introduced a new version of the Vortex system, a cylindrical high-performance computer, which is now based on the new processors and graphics cards Kaby Lake NVIDIA Pascal generation. Below we look at MSI Vortex G65VR performance with Intel Core i7-7700K processor and graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080.
With Vortex G65-6QF SLI , MSI who presented last year, we got a high-performance gaming PC, aimed at gamers. As in the case of Apple Mac Pro, which has not been updated for several years, and probably will soon be consigned to oblivion, the MSI has chosen a cylindrical design housing is equipped with a fairly powerful “iron”. In last year’s MSI system has installed high-speed desktop Core i7 processor and two GeForce GTX graphics cards in SLI. Depending on the model, installed two GeForce GTX 965M or 980. Note fastest SSD RAID array with connection PCI Express, 32GB DDR4 memory and an optional hard disk for data storage.
Despite the powerful and hot iron, the system remained very compact, the volume was only 6.5 liters. Interfaces were represented fairly well established manufacturer of two-port Type C USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard, with support for Thunderbolt 3, four standard sockets Type A USB 3.1 Gen 1 and two-port Gigabit LAN standard. Presence and video outputs HDMI and mini-DisplayPort. There were no support WLAN and Bluetooth. The system is integrated power supply unit 450 W with certification 80 Plus Gold. Ends packaging illumination system. cylinder dimensions are 192 x 203 x 278 mm, weight – about 4 kg. Contribute have well – depending on the model and equipment from 1.599 to 3.999 euros.
MSI to a new version, shown at CES 2017, has kept housing design and concept by replacing only the hardware stuffing. Instead, SLI configuration of two graphics cards installed on a 3D-accelerator in MXM format, but in the future there will be versions with two GPU. Supported video cards up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, the fastest model in the line of mobile GPU Pascal. Available and the second version of the video card GeForce GTX 1070. Skylake processor, as one might expect, given way to a new CPU Kaby Lake, which Intel just unveiled in early January for desktop PCs and powerful laptops (version HQ).
The rest of the hardware is almost identical. Instead of 32 GB of RAM is now installed half, but this is unlikely to disappoint gamers. In this embodiment, an array of SSD RAID has given way to a single drive to the PCI Express interface and NVMe support, capacity of 256 GB. But there are models with two hard drives M.2. To store user data provides 1 TB hard drive in a 2.5-inch format. The power supply is integrated into the housing and provides 450 watts of power. We should also note a large number of video outputs, modern ports Type C, two Gigabit LAN interface and audio connectors. Preserved and stylish lighting.
Because of the truncated hardware and price exhibited below. The top model in the last year cost about 4,000 euros, the flagship of the 2017 will cost 2,999 euros. The version with the GeForce GTX 1070 is 400 euros cheaper, from 2.599 euros.
|Make and Model|
|Retail price:||from 2,999 euros|
|Products webpage:||MSI Vortex G65VR 7RF|
|Dimensions:||192 x 203 x 278 mm (W x D x H)|
|CPU:||Intel Core i7-7700K, 4x up to 4.2 GHz|
|Video card:||1x GeForce GTX 1080 8 GB GDDR5X|
|Aggregators:||1x 256 GB M.2 SSD NVMe|
1x 1TB SATA III HDD, 2,5 “
|RAM:||16 GB – 2x 8.192 MB DDR4-2400|
|Power Supply:||450 W, 80Plus Gold (built-in)|
|Interfaces:||2x USB 3.1 Gen.2 Type C|
4x USB 3.0 Typ-A
2x HDMI 2.0
2x mini-DisplayPort 1.2
2x Gigabit LAN (RJ45)
2x 3,5-mm audio
1x S / PDIF
|Additionally:||Backlight, Windows 10, Bluetooth 4.1, WLAN-AC|
Below we look at the performance, noise levels and energy consumption MSI Vortex G65VR 7RF.
Before we proceed to test MSI Vortex G65VR 7RF, let me talk about the technical characteristics.
Just by the time a new Kaby Lake desktop processors at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, MSI announced the Vortex system for the seventh generation Core processors. Instead, Intel Core i7-6700K now uses Intel Core i7-7700K. Like Skylake generation, the new processors Kaby Lake made by 14-nm process technology, but Intel has optimized bit architecture, which should lead to a further increase in productivity and efficiency. But what we have in practice? This you can read in our test, the new processor is the Core i7-7700K the Intel . MSI has continued to equip the Vortex G65VR 7RF desktop CPU, whose frequency (Basic and Turbo) have been increased with the new generation with the 4.0-4.2 GHz and 4.2-4.5 GHz.
The processor has four cores, which, thanks to Hyper-Threading function, can process eight threads simultaneously. CPU performance is theoretically possible to increase even more due to the unlocked multiplier, but in this case, all based in the cooling system and the limited capacity of the power supply. Furthermore, BIOS, though the updated chipset no acceleration functions. The L3 cache is 8 MB Cache L2 – 256 KB per core. In L1 cache we got past 32 KB instruction and data to the core. TDP compared to the Intel Core i7-6700K, too, has not undergone significant changes. The processor works with a TDP of 91 watts.
Intel has accelerated the integrated graphics core Kaby Lake, calling it HD Graphics 630, but 24 blocks EU executive is still too small for modern games. Therefore, MSI has established a discrete graphics card.
MSI has seriously changed the graphics subsystem. Last year’s mini-PC Vortex powered by two high-end GPU in SLI configuration, but now MSI decided to install only one card at a flagship system. Although the mini-PC is planned with two GTX 1070. The Vortex uses one or two MXM module NVIDIA mobile graphics card. Our test sample was installed NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 which, like the desktop version, offers a full 2,560 stream processors GPU GP104 and works with 8 GB GDDR5X memory, which is connected via eight 32-bit controllers that make up the 256-bit bus. The configuration of streaming multiprocessors is identical to the desktop version, so the rest of the specification is also not different. We receive 160 texture units and 64 raster operations pipeline.
However, the NVIDIA still reduced clock rates to the graphics card is not so heavily load the power supply or the battery in the mini-PC / laptops. Mobile chips Pascal lose about 10% of performance than desktop models. Theoretically, the clock speeds are identical to the desktop GeForce GTX 1080, but due to limitations TDP mobile GeForce GTX 1080 can not support high frequency Boost for a long time, dropping them before. At least guaranteed rate Boost 1.733 MHz. Base frequency reserves 1.582 MHz, memory chips operate at 1.251 MHz, a maximum capacity of 320 GB / s.
If you are willing to accept a lower level of graphics performance, and want to save, then pay attention to the Vortex version with a single video card GeForce GTX 1070.
The rest of the hardware equipment is also impressive: MSI install Windows 10 on a high-speed M.2 SSD from Toshiba with support NVMe protocol and connecting PCI Express, the capacity is 256 GB. But for storing games and user data, an additional 2.5-inch hard drive. As for the network interface, MSI G65VR equipped with two Gigabit LAN ports and WiFi module standard to 802.11ac-enabled Killer DoubleShot x3 Pro technology. There is also support for the standard Bluetooth 4.1. In addition to modern ports like USB 3.1 Type C, the video outputs are available in various formats. Power is provided by an integrated power supply capacity of up to 450 W with a certificate of 80Plus Gold. There were no high-quality audio chip, and intelligent lighting. The first provides surround sound. During the cooling system components responsible “Storm”, which is exposed to cold air from the bottom of the cylinder, and then blows it through the entire body. Test results noise and efficiency are shown below.
Unlike many other manufacturers, the MSI was limited to only a basic set of delivery, giving up the demonstration, and trialware. Unless you get a trial version of Microsoft Office 365, Norton Security / Online Backup and WinZip 17.5. Quite useful we found Dragon Center, where you can track the status of individual components. The utility displays the load on the CPU, GPU, memory, storage, network activity, the fan speed and temperature. Displayed even the value of energy consumption, but it is calculated approximately. You can also control the fan and lighting system. Available in different effects, like ripples, rainbow and flashing. Using the slider, you can manually choose the color of the backlight for five zones. However, RGB-illumination can be completely shut down.
With Vortex MSI system makes annual license XSplit Gamecaster, utility streaming games on the Internet. You will also receive tools for managing Nahimic Audio Enhancer and network chips Killer.
Compared with the precursor does not visually changed. MSI Vortex G65VR also relies on the case-cylinder age of one year, which has a volume of only 6.5 liters. Air is blown from the bottom, then blown through the top housing and is ejected through the multiple ventilation holes on the cap.
For ventilation meets 160-mm fan on the bottom of the housing. Dimensions and weight have not changed. The second generation of Vortex we get the dimensions 192 x 203 x 278 mm, weighs about 4 kg.
On the outer contour of the housing MSI again paved the LED-strip, which can be configure through proprietary utility Dragon Center. Thanks to RGB LED you can put not only color, but also the effects of illumination. In addition to the pulsation can be activated permanent colors or a rainbow, and the system can adapt the lighting to the music or game.
All interfaces are brought to the I / O panel. Mini PC MSI Vortex G65VR equipped with four interfaces USB 3.1 standard Gen 1, two HDMI 2.0 and two mini-DisplayPort, and two Gigabit Ethernet jacks. Recent Killer controllers are connected to and automatically increase the priority network packets games. To connect the headset or audio system offers two 3.5-mm audio jack and an optical output S / PDIF.
There are two modern interface Type C, which operate at USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard, the bandwidth up to 40 Gbit / s. Both interfaces support Thunderbolt 3 standard.
Below you can see the power supply jack, built-in power supply of 450 watts. MSI promises high efficiency with 80Plus Gold certification
On the cover you can see a large number of ventilation slots, through which the ventilation system emits hot air. As we will see below in the test, the cooling system copes with his work. Even better than the first generation mini PC MSI because of more efficient components.
To open the MSI G65VR and replace components required to unscrew the six Torx screws, which are located on the rear panel. Then you can remove the cover and the two side panels.
But we must be very careful. And not only because of the fact that the two side panels are attached small plastic hooks that are easy to break off. But because of the cables that go to the cover – they must be disconnected. The same applies to the LED-backlighting.
In any case, a simple replacement of components can be forgotten. Of course, the user can easily replace the storage plate but not easily accessible to the CPU and graphics. Both components of hotel are located on the printed circuit boards, with their cooling systems with thick copper heat pipes and aluminum radiators with numerous ribs. Kaby Lake Processor is installed in socket, video card – via MXM module, which is difficult to bathe in retail.
The powerful hardware stuffing MSI Vortex G65VR ensures high performance in everyday applications. Below we present our performance tests.
Thanks to the Core i7-7700K processor to the Intel and NVIDIA graphics card GeForce GTX 1080, as well as high-speed SSD NVMe, mini-PCs MSI Vortex G65VR 7RF provides a high level of performance. You can run all the latest games in Full-HD resolutions or QHD with a high level of detail, the frame rate is high enough for smooth game. You can even run the game in 4K, but this only applies to older and less demanding games. Compared with the previous top model, the new mini-PC even Vortex provides a slightly higher level of system performance, depending on the test, but in the games he sometimes dangerously close to the SLI configuration of two video cards GeForce GTX 980. Furthermore, architecture together with Pascal a new generation of processors Kaby Lake works very effectively, we have a high level of performance with lower power consumption and noise level, but a little later about this.
Thanks to high-speed SSD operating system boots in seconds, games and applications will start without delay. We got an average reading speed of 2.6 GB / s. However, the capacity of 256 GB is hardly enough for a game library, so MSI has added a Vortex system an additional 2.5-inch hard drive that provides 1TB of space. Of course, it is much slower than the SSD, we got an average read speed of only about 115 MB / s, but this level is normal HDD. Processor Intel Core i7-7700K easily outperform its predecessor in two tests Cinebench we got 10.41 and 956 points. The same applies to the single-threaded performance. Here the model Kaby Lake showed 2.19 and 190 points, respectively.
As for memory, the MSI established two strips of 8 GB, which operate in dual channel mode at a frequency of 2.400 MHz, which provides decent bandwidth 20.21 GB / s. As a result, 7-Zip compression test, we get a good result 26.318 MIPS. Other similar configurations are not usually reach into strips 20.000 MIPS. However, performance is consistent with the high price.
Thanks to more efficient components and the abandonment of the second GPU, MSI was able to improve the cooling system of mini-PCs Vortex. In the normal Windows mode and 2D 160-mm fan worked with about 34 dB (A) noise level – fairly quiet, except the hard drive occasionally stood out from the crowd. If you load the Intel Core i7-7700K, the fan starts to build momentum, the noise level exceeds 48 dB (A), which is already starting to get annoying. If the load is also a graphics card, the noise level rises again. In the worst case noise MSI Vortex G65VR was 48.3 dB (A). In the game mode, we got about 39.7 dB (A), which is quite tolerable.
Architecture Pascal and Kaby Lake are highly efficient energy consumption, we have emphasized in numerous articles and reviews. Of course, the same goes for the Vortex system from MSI. Unlike Skylake and Maxwell predecessors, the system uses much less power from the wall outlet. In idle mode, we got up to the level of 30.5 watts under gaming load power consumption increased to 251.1 watts. If the graphics card and CPU load test Furmark and Prime95, the power consumption increases to 310.1 watts. However, it remains within the power supply specifications, which can provide up to 450 watts. Recall that last year’s flagship Vortex consumed almost 400 watts.
In our tests, we did not encounter any problems in the cooling system. Of course, in the worst case of 14-nm processor was heated to 92 ° C, but we are not faced with a throttling or shutting down the system. Processor Intel Core i7-7700K has always worked at full capacity. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card is cooled to 63 ° C. On the other hand, the SSD and motherboard to work with much lower temperatures 46 and 29 ° C. Under normal load Windows, we have received much lower temperatures – up to 44 ° C.
Last year’s Vortex system has proved itself with the best hand. And the new version of 2017 in this regard is no different – do not be surprised because MSI has kept the principles and design of the cooling system MSI Vortex G65VR body. MSI uses the old cylindrical housing volume of 6.5 liters, to which is added a stylish lighting system. Responsible for cooling one 160 mm fan which injects air from below, after which blows air through the system and throws it through a cover hole. In principle, MSI only replace hardware stuffing. Instead, the processor Intel Core i7-6700K running inside the flagship Kaby Lake. Processor Intel Core i7-7700K belongs to the category table, clock speeds ranging from 4.2 to 4.5 GHz. In our model, MSI gave up two graphics cards and an array of SSD RAID drives, but the market is scheduled to release a mini-PC with two graphics cards, and SSD RAID array. But we have the fastest mobile graphics card Pascal generation, namely NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GDDR5X 8GB memory, which is not inferior to a desktop model, despite the MXM design.
High performance is clearly visible and working applications and games. You can enjoy all the modern games in Full-HD resolutions and QHD at the highest quality settings. Even 4K mode is possible. In general, CPU performance has increased by 3D-performance, we get the level of last year, and sometimes even higher. Thanks to high-speed NVMe SSD with read about 2.6 GB / s, the operating system and application loading speed almost instantly. To store games and MSI Vortex G65VR 7RF application offers a hard drive capacity of 1 TB.
Set the remaining components are also very decent, in particular, this applies to many video output ports and USB 3.1, there are even two Type C port that supports Thunderbolt 3. In terms of noise the system worked pretty quiet in Windows mode, slightly louder under load game. However, under a full load was increased until the noise level of 48.3 dB (A). This processor Kaby Lake reached relatively high temperatures over 90 ° C. But any performance problems is not caused. Thanks to generations of chips and Pascal Kaby Lake, MSI was able to significantly reduce power consumption up to 310 W, which is almost 90 watts. Embedded power supply at 450 watts is more than enough.
Of course, not without its WLAN module and Bluetooth, as well as two Gigabit Ethernet ports through Killer controllers. MSI has also established a high-quality audio system. The price of about 3,000 euros for the Vortex system is not the lowest, but the mini-PC MSI is cheaper than last year.
Compared to last year’s re-configuration of the MSI was able to improve the Vortex system. It demonstrates a higher level of efficiency, productivity, too happy. All this allows us to award our new MSI System awarded “Excellent iron.” Our congratulations!