• Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10
  • Display: 15.6 inch (1,920x1,080)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD
  • Others: USB 3.0 x3, USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI 3.0 x1, mini DisplayPort x1
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Features
  • Cons:
  • Price
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark Work: 3,875 points
  • PCMark Home: 4,491 points
  • PCMark Creative: 5,319 points
  • 3DMark FireStrike: 9,651 points
  • 3DMark FireStrike Extreme: 5,129 points
  • 3DMark FireStrike Ultra: 2,490 points
  • 3DMark Time Spy: 3,585 points

As Thin As It Gets

MSI is one of few brands that started off being a component maker who expanded their portfolios to include more finished products such as notebooks and laptops. Throughout the years, the company has been perfecting its varied lineup of notebooks, and the GS 63VR is perhaps the culmination of its efforts in terms of portability and performance.

The GS 63VR is powered by a sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, while also sporting up to 32GBs of DDR4 RAM, as well as a combination of SSD and HDD storage. What makes it stand out over the competition however is the graphics card used in this machine; the NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU.

Sporting a 15.6 inch Full HD IPS display, one of the major plus points of the GS 63VR is the fact that it is incredibly thin. At just 17.7mm in thickness, and weighing in at 1.9kg, this gaming notebook is as portable as it’s gonna get for some time now.

Despite its thinness, MSI still managed to put in a respectable number of I/O ports, including three USB 3.0 ports, one USB Type-C port, which doubles as a Thunderbolt 3 port, a mini DisplayPort, a HDMI port that’s capable of outputting to a 4K monitor at 60FPS, a LAN port, as well as a SD Card slot.

The GS 63VR can be used as a desktop replacement device, and with MSI’s Matrix Display tech, you can output to two external monitors for the best multi-tasking capabilities. On top of that, Matrix Display supports 4K output with a resolution up to 3840 x 2160. It creates an ideal environment for extreme gaming experience, and pleasant multimedia entertainment. If you’re big into virtual reality, the HDMI port is capable of outputting to some of the more popular headsets such as Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.

Performance-wise, the GS 63VR is an amazing gaming laptop. Thanks to the combination of Core i7 processor and the GTX 1060, we were able to play pretty much every game in the market at 1080p at some of the highest settings.

Thanks to the Cooler Boost Trinity feature, the laptop was kept cool throughout our gaming sessions. Not only that, the GS 63VR was also kept to a near silent state during gaming, with games that were tested included Final Fantasy XIV, Rise of Tomb Raider and DOOM.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you’re looking for a gaming laptop that doesn’t compromise in both portability, performance, and feature set, the MSI GS 63VR is exactly what you’re looking for.

(previously published in issue January 2016)