This MSI notebook computer includes a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, an Intel Core…
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No-frills gaming. The GP63 Leopard is MSI’s update of the long-lasting GP62 series. Our review notebook computer pairs mid-range GTX 1060 graphics with Intel’s new hexa-core Coffee Lake-H CPU. How some internal design changes and the brand new hardware affect the performance may be the subject of our review.
We’ve reviewed MSI’s budget and so more affordable GP group of gaming notebooks many times during the past. Last year’s 15.6-inch MSI GP62 Xotic PC Edition packed a far more entry-level Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti alongside a quad-core Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU; our review notebook this time around features an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of RAM and the brand new hexa-core Intel Coffee Lake Core i7-8750H CPU. Otherwise, both systems are incredibly similar: 120 Hz FHD TN display panel, 16 GB of RAM, and a 128 GB primary SSD alongside a 1 TB mechanical hard disk drive.
Our supplier Xotic PC supplies the GP63 Leopard with Nvidia Gefore GTX 1050TI and FHD IPS display for $1300; our model with Nvidia Gefore GTX 1060 and 120 Hz FHD TN display sells for $1500. The only real processor available at this time around may be the hexa-core i7-8750H CPU.
Competitors in this realm aren’t difficult to find and add the less expensive HP Omen 15-ce002ng, the Lenovo Legion Y720, or the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro, among numerous others. Of particular interest may be the fact that lots of of the available gaming systems include the same Nvidia GPU, but older Intel quad-core CPUs and so are therefore sold at what could possibly be considered bargain prices.
Needlessly to say given its budget status, the chassis of the GP63 doesn’t look particularly upscale, nor does it believe that way. Underneath unit involves black plastic with the palm rest having a faux brushed-metal finish. For the GP series, MSI normally uses brushed aluminum on the trunk of the display lid, but Xotic PC customizes the look with the lid now covered in what is apparently a matte black “skin”, which is adorned with an enormous red Xotic PC logo.
The bottom unit is decently strong with acceptable rigidity and flex over the width of the keyboard and the palm rests. Even during more energetic twisting attempts there’s hardly any creaking. The lid is quite flexible when twisting and bending (particularly between your hinges) and localized pressure induces ripples in advance. The hinges, which enable an extremely generous opening angle around 150 degrees, are stiff enough to avoid the display from teetering during normal use.
rests produces a touchpad-like clicking sound. Closer study of underneath corners reveals that the outermost contact point is truly a triangular little bit of plastic rather than the rubber foot located more towards the guts. This plastic foot hovers a fraction of a millimeter above the top the notebook computer is sitting on and makes contact only once pressure is applied from above. Although not detrimental whatsoever and pretty much inaudible on other surfaces, this still appears just like a peculiar design choice on MSI’s part.
At 383 x 260 x 29 and tipping the scale at only over 2.3 kg, the dimensions remain unchanged when compared to MSI GP62 7REX. The GP63 thus features the average footprint, thickness and weight for the class. The Gigabyte Aero 15X will be a lot slimmer rather than as deep or wide, but costs far more.
As before, MSI includes their SteelSeries RGB Gaming Keyboard with color backlighting. Most users won’t have trouble with the keyboard – on the other hand: the main element travel is adequate, the tactile feedback is good and the keys themselves are reasonably large with good spacing. The layout is decent aswell, although we don’t really look after the positioning of the delete type in the row above the dedicated number block – the positioning above the backspace key would make more sense inside our opinion. The keyboard backlight is configurable in three different zones and features three brightness levels plus off. Visibility is great and the “Exclusive Silver Lining Printed keys”, as MSI calls them, are evidently noticeable in every environments whatever the ambient brightness.
The touchpad surface is acceptably large at 11 x 6.2 cm and continues the faux brushed aluminum look, but is recessed slightly therefore the edges could be felt when operating at night. The Synaptics touchpad permits smooth control even though operating it with sweaty fingers – the top is preferable to most in this regard – and the dedicated buttons are less error-prone than clickpad-integrated buttons while providing good feedback, although they do need a fair amount of pressure.
MSI offers two different FHD panels clocked at 60 Hz and 120 Hz, respectively; G-Sync isn’t available. Our review notebook has the latter panel (Chi Mei CMN15F4 / N156HHE-GA1), which is dependant on TN rather than the more prevalent IPS technology. Cursor control is a lot smoother thanks to the bigger refresh rate. The common brightness is fairly decent at 340 nits and the contrast can be quite good. Regardless of the anti-glare treatment, the display appears less grainy than most and both text in addition to the icons are incredibly sharp.