MSI is understood for its excessive-finish computing merchandise focused at area of interest fanatics like players, however with the GF63, it presents a trendy machine at a a lot decrease value. This mannequin (the precise unit I examined is the 8RC-249) retains excessive-efficiency junkies and their wallets completely satisfied.
MSI’s laptops all look the identical: Brushed, darkish grey aluminum chassis with an understated emblem painted on the lid, brilliant keyboard backlighting (strong pink, on this case) and few further frills. Players are nonetheless the precedence with this unit, which incorporates MSI’s Dragon Middle, the place you will discover statistics in your pc’s operation and make changes to fan velocity, the show’s colour settings and the like. The MSI isn’t skinny, nevertheless it does keep fairly compact with a four.1 pound weight and 26 millimeter thickness. For a 15.6-inch laptop computer (at 1920 by 1080 pixels of decision), that’s hefty however manageable.
The GF63’s key promoting level is its excessive-finish Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card. That is the kind of graphics processing sometimes discovered on true gaming laptops, and, as you’ll see within the benchmark leads to the next part, the MSI GF63 shines right here compared to different laptops on this class. Although not notably shiny, the show on the GF63 was additionally greatest among the many machines on this roundup.
Along with its spectacular GPU, the MSI GF63 features a 2.three GHz Core i5-8300H CPU — the quickest processor on this comparability — together with eight GB of RAM. Distinctive to this machine is a 1 TB conventional arduous drive in lieu of a quicker however smaller SSD. That helps maintain prices down, however prices in efficiency. Ports embrace three full-measurement USB three.1s, a USB-C, and a full-measurement ethernet connector. The MSI GF63 doesn’t have HDMI or SD card ports.
With its excessive-finish graphics processor, the GF63 tore up graphics checks, doubling the typical rating on virtually all of them. This isn’t excessive-finish gaming laptop computer territory, however it’s ok to run virtually any trendy recreation with out grievance. MSI’s machine wasn’t fairly the quickest laptop computer at basic software efficiency (which incorporates net web page rendering, enterprise productiveness purposes, and digital media creation work), possible due to the arduous drive. The normal arduous drive’s sluggish switch speeds sluggish virtually every part down, however it’s most noticeable when launching or putting in purposes or transferring giant information. The system additionally boots up very, very slowly. A barely troubling signal on the reliability entrance, the GF63 did not run a number of of my checks, together with the Monster Hunter gaming benchmark (therefore the no-present rating under), one thing all consumers ought to be mindful.
*Benchmark was unable to run.
With four hours and 23 minutes of operating time on my full display video playback check, the GF63 has the feeblest battery on this roundup. That’s not shocking given its many energy-hungry elements (quick CPU, devoted GPU, and bodily exhausting drive), however undoubtedly limits a consumer’s flexibility when on the go.
The GF63’s stability points are troubling, and its battery life doesn’t encourage confidence, however for $seven hundred from the most cost effective mainstream vendor, these flaws are simpler to miss. For customers who’re on the lookout for gaming options at a low worth, this machine comes near maintaining with gaming-oriented laptops that value at the least a number of hundred dollars extra.