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Narrow bezel on a metallic chassis – MSI PS42 14” Thin & Light Laptop Review
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In recent years, MSI has established a strong reputation for its industry-leading gaming notebooks and also offers a robust Workstation series for professionals.
With the recent exhibiting of the PS42 at Computex 2018 in Taipei, MSI now sets its sights on providing premium laptops for those who prioritize portability without a sacrifice in performance.
At just over a kilogram with a chic metal chassis as well as a gorgeous narrow bezel design, let’s delve into a closer look at the PS42.
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The PS42 belongs to the Prestige series and is a newly-designed model.
The silver hair-brushed metallic chassis is not only classy but also less susceptible to fingerprints.
Its dimensions are 322 x 222 x 15.9 mm at a weight of only 1.19 kg with a discrete graphics card (MX150).
The electronic scale weighs the PS42 to be 1203 grams, though this is likely due to systematic error.
While this is very light for a 14-inch notebook, there are other models that are even lighter.
However, the PS42’s metallic chassis is strong enough that, when pressed, does not give; the PS42 achieves a balance in weight and durability.
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An MSI Dragon Shield Logo on the A-side painted in an understated silver.
Exhausts are towards the rear on both the left and right sides of the chassis; the PS42 contains 2 fans and 3 heat pipes.
The rotating shafts are on the left and right edges of the A side, allowing a large opening angle.
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The B-side is mainly black while the C-side is silver like the A- and B-sides.
The webcam is below the B-side screen, similar to the design on the DELL XPS 13.
The webcam’s angle isn’t optimal, though at 30fps@720p, its video isn’t choppy.
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The upper, left and right sides feature the narrow-bezel design at only 5.7mm.
The 14 –inch, IPS-level matte screen sports a resolution of 1920 x 1080; the screen ratio is approximately 80%
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The C-side is predominantly dedicated to the keyboard. Each key has a white backlight which can be turned on or off.
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The power button is centered above the keyboard while the small holes arranged horizontally are designed for the cooling system.
The keyboard feedback is slightly soft but it is above-average in terms of thin laptops.
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The touchpad has excellent sensitivity.
The scissor-switch design requires a harder press for precise response.
The black rectangle to the upper-left of the touchpad is for fingerprint identification, a function that is only available on higher-end business laptops.
With Windows Hello, unlocking your laptop is highly convenient.
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I/O ports on the right.
Left to right: Kensington lock / SD card reader / USB3.1 Gen1 Type-C / 2 X USB3.1 Gen1 Type-A.
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I/O ports on the left.
Left to right: power input / HDMI / USB3.1 Gen1 Type-C / Audio Combo.
Three indicators: power, battery, and Wi-Fi.
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The PS42 can be opened to a maximum degree of 180.
Sharing images and information in a meeting is easy.
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Take a look at D-side, the internal cooling module is aided by a large area of ventilation to improve heat dissipation.
The stereo speakers are located at the left and right sides below the touchpad.
Five rubber feet are evenly distributed at the bottom with enough thickness to benefit heat dissipation.
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The 4-cell battery is built-in and non-removable, running at 50Whr.
The power adapter charges at 65W; compact at only 213 grams, it is easily portable.
The PS442’s single DDR4 slot supports up to 16GB – this is a design shared by many ultra-thin models.
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MSI's exclusive software in its Gaming series is among its strength; lately, it has experienced customization.
The Prestige series with its exclusive software has been anticipated.
The PS42 adopts the latest version of Dragon Center 2.0, with the color scheme now black and white instead of the black and red in the Gaming series.
The desktop can be seen through the translucent software window; the System Monitor displays the current hardware status.
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The System Tuner page is the same as that on gaming notebooks.
The adjustment page for DPI, hardware performance, fan speed and screen color settings.
There are 4 sets of original environment settings as well as 2 sets of user-defined settings for the user to adjust the settings according to his preferences.
Shift has four performance modes: Turbo (GPU overclocking), Sport, ECO, and Power options.
Fan Speed has the modes of Auto, Basic, Advanced, and Cooler Boost.
A wealth of options is offered for both performance and cooling, so the PS42’s appeals not only in its business look but also in its performance adjustability.
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MSI True Color
This feature is also available on the Gaming series and is mainly used to adjust screen colors.
I feel that the accuracy of screen colors may be more important for business purposes.
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True Color provides six modes which can each be slightly adjusted.
Users with high requirements for drawing and image processing,
can not only save their money on a color-calibration device but also utilize more functions.
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The PS42 supports Nahimic 3 technology and also offers MSI's own audio software interface.
Although many thin laptops are weak in terms of audio and related software, MSI employs its expertise in gaming, extrapolating great sound to the PS42.
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The following describes my personal listening experience and is subjective. I compared the PS42 to the Ultrabook.
When the speaker is turned up to 60%, the volume is somewhat above-average. When it is turned up to 100%, the volume is decently loud.
High frequencies – excellent detail though lacking in punch
Middle frequencies - The resolution is very good. When listening to songs, fullness is lacking; the overall performance is still above standard
Low frequencies - low frequency sound is clear; heavy bass is booming
If I compare this PS42 to some Ultrabooks that I've shared before.
Inserting a premium speak system into a thin laptop is challenging.
The overall audio experience on the PS42 is excellent among the light and thin models.
More fullness on the middle frequencies as well as a wider sound field would great improve this system.

The microphone also has more features than most of the thin and light notebooks.
It is more convenient for users who have video conferencing or business needs.
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In the high-end gaming notebook market, other than DELL Alienware’s exclusive software, I personally think that a program with rich features and an exquisite layout is MSI’s Dragon Center 2.0.
The PS42 also supports Dragon Center 2.0, and the added value will be much better than similar-level products.
After personally testing many DELL notebooks and HP Ultrabooks, the software support for those models is much weaker than that for the PS42.

MSI PS42 equipped with Intel 8th gen. Core i7-8550U, TDP 10~25W.
The base clock is 1.8Ghz, and the maximum overclocking can reach 4.0Ghz (this performance can be achieved with a single core).
The following is the multifaceted performance test of PS42:
CINEBENCH R15
CPU => 534 cb
CPU (Single Core) => 162 cb
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CPUZ 1.86.0
Single Core => 397
6C12T Multi Core => 1653
Fritz Chess Benchmark => 21.71/10421
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Geekbench 4
Single-Core Score => 4733
Multi-Core Score => 11643
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FRYRENDER
Running Time => 6m 27s
x265 Benchmark 2.1.0 => 18.71 FPS
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PCMARK => 3786
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Unti and including the 7th generation, Intel’s i7 processors for ultra-thin notebooks consist of 2 cores and 4 threads.
Since the 8th generation, the i7 processors on Ultrabooks have consisted of 4 cores, 8 threads.
Audio and video purposes such as conversion and editing have experienced great performance improvements.
I have previously tested the Ultrabook featuring the i7-8650U – the higher clock speed pushes its performance a little higher.
However, the MSI PS42, equipped with the i5-8550U, has good performance and renders the price more affordable.

The storage device is a 512G M.2 PCIe Gen.3 SSD slot
And the SSD that this PS42 is equipped with is SAMSUNG MZVLB512HAJQ
AS SSD Benchmark - 3547
Seq Read - 2418.72 MB/s,Write - 1798.45 MB/s
4K - 64Thrd Read - 1059.46 MB/s,Write - 1238.36 MB/s
CrystalDiskMark
Seq Read - 3340.5 MB/s,Write - 1900.2 MB/s
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This SSD model is PM981, which is also the new SSD of SAMSUNG.
Temperature and performance performs well.
Most of the power saving options of BIOS can be turned off, so 4K performance will be lower.
In the field of notebooks, PM981 is a very efficient M.2 SSD.
In addition, many notebooks of other brands have different SSD models for different regions, periods or versions.
The PS42 may also have other SSDs of other brands, and the speed will vary from specification to specification.

The difference between the two versions of PS42 is the NVIDIA GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5.
Except for that, other hardware configurations are almost the same, of course, the price will be different.
This article is the NVIDIA MX 150 standard edition which we used to test 3D performance.
3DMARK Fire Strike => 3235
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UNIGINE 2
1080P MEDIUM => 2465
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Dota2, this game has been purchased around 2012, and there are still some people playing this game.
1920 x 1080, all the setting is best, begin with the character setting - 152 FPS
Get into the game at the beginning - 71 FPS
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League of Legends
1920 x 1080, all the 3D setting is pretty high, get into the game at the beginning - 211 FPS
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PAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
1280 X 720, 3D setting is medium, begin with the character setting - 48 FPS
Add, 3D setting is ultra, begin with the character setting - 31 FPS
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The NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 is close to the GeForce GT 1030 and is capable of dealing with all kinds of entry 3D games.
Some games that require mid-level or higher 3D performance need to lower resolution or decrease special effects.
But there is also a chance to have the smoother experience.
Compared to the Intel UHD Graphics 620, in most scenarios, the MX 150 is about 60-200% higher in 3D performance, making the PS42 more capable.
If you have the need for 3D modeling or drawing, it would be better to choose the MX 150 version.
And if you have the sufficient budget, it is recommended to directly go for the MX150 version to avoid that Intel Graphics 620 occupies the memory.
Because in the long-term, if Intel Graphics 620 occupies too much of the memory, the smoothness will drop.

Burn-In test, the power setting is balance, the temperature is about 28 degrees Celsius.
We turn on the Cooler Boost to run LinX 0.6.5, when the CPU really kicks into overdrive, the temperature is about 72-74 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature is 85 degrees Celsius for a moment.
And if we turn down the Cooler Boost to run LinX 0.6.5, when the CPU really kicks into overdrive, the temperature is about 78-81 degrees Celsius, the highest temperature is 86 degrees Celsius for a moment. Resized Image

Although the Intel CPU will be much lower at the full clock, the CPU temperature performs well.
Turn off the Cooler Boost at full speed, the noise is a bit high-pitched, but the volume is quite low.
Turn on the Cooler Boost at full speed, the noise increases, but compared with other models, the volume of noise is only a bit louder.

When we run FurMark and turn on the Cooler Boost, the highest temperature is 87 degrees Celsius once.
When we turn off the Cooler Boost and run FurMark, the highest temperature could be 92 degrees Celsius once.
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According to the comparison above, we can see the difference between with MSI Cooler Boost 3 and without it.
The temperature performance of the CPU is quite satisfied, and the GPU is quite good in terms of thin and light models.
Especially the noise volume, people will be amazed that the volume isn’t loud, but it will be better, if the pitch of the noise could be mid- or low frequency.
During the burn-in test, the exhausts on the C-side are about 38-40 degrees Celsius, and the highest temperature of the exhausts behind is about 42 degrees Celsius.
The highest temperature of the exhausts on the D-side is about 52 degrees Celsius, the temperature performance of PS42 is pretty good in terms of thin and light models.

In terms of the battery lifetime, the power setting is set to be balance mode, and battery setting is set to save power.
Officially advertises that the battery lifetime of the PS42 is up to 10 hours, but that may be only under the circumstances like some paperwork or online browsing.

Summarize all the features and advantages parts of MSI Prestige PS42 8RB
1. The appearance is designed with metallic hair-brushed, and that helps in improving the texture and aesthetic design.
2. 14-inch with narrow bezel design could make PS42 roughly as small as the other 13-inch laptops, and a discrete graphics card within a 1.2 kg laptop.
3. The 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8550U Processor has the 4 cores, 4 threads architecture that allows multiplex performance to be much better than the 7th Generation Intel i7 Processors with the 2C4T architecture.
4. The performance of MX150 graphics card in 3D modeling is much better than the Intel UHD 620 graphics.
5. The interface of Dragon Center 2.0 is very fine, the functions plus the ability of software integration are great as well.
6. The MX150 version with Cooler Boost 3 which has two fans on both right- and left side plus 3 heat pipes.
7. The exclusive Nahimic 3 sound software has more sufficient functions than the thin and light notebooks of other brands.
8. It’s pretty ingenious to put a fingerprint sensor which is usually seen in the mid- and high-end business notebooks on the touchpad.
9. The 65W transformer is small in size and light in weight, improving the convenience of carrying out.

The part that can be improved in the future
1. It will be more convenient if the webcam is at the top of the screen.
2. Although the noise of the fan is not loud, it will be better if it is a low frequency.

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Performance ★★★★★★★★★☆ 90/100
Material ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 88/100
Price ★★★★★★★★★☆ 90/100
Appearance ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 86/100
Cost–performance ratio ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 83/100

Finally, MSI launches the mid- and high-end thin and light laptop. Besides PS42, there’s the P65 which is lately launched.
MSI also applies the concept of gaming to the PS42, which has more features than many thin and light laptops of other brands.
There are quite a number of laptops which price is between $1,000-1,300 on the market.
Consumers need to compare more while choosing.
The narrow bezel design in14-inch with thin and light chassis, it’s only around 1.2kg, and have a MX150 graphics card get to choose.
In terms of chassis design, the PS42 is really great, of course, there are still some flaws needed to be improved.
And if compared with 13-inch thin and light laptops that I’ve shared, like DELL Latitude, XPS 13 or HP Spectre 13.
PS42 is quite great actually. Moreover, the prices of the three laptops above are higher.
If the budget is sufficient, and you happen to need a mid-and high-end ultra-thin, business purpose, image drawing, film transfer, that can be easily carried.
Then MSI PS42 should be a worthwhile option to be in the purchase list.

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Posted on: 2018/11/19 12:40
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Re: MSI GT62VR High-End gaming notebook with GTX 1060 overview
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Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
1920x1080, graphics in Ultra
Starting screen – 117FPS
Compared to previously tested 970M – 48 FPS, GTX980 -112FPS
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Assassin’s Creed Sundicate
1920x1080, graphic preset is ultra high
Starting screen – 37 FPS
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These past 2 years, INTEL and NVIDIA have started implementing their products into notebooks because of the emerging demand for high performance gaming notebooks.
Though it is true the performance has increased, it brought about even higher unwanted heat and higher power consumption;
and this has always been the biggest challenge for notebook manufacturers to overcome.
Take GT62VR for example, it has GTX1060 for high 3D rendering, outperforming GTX970 and GTX980M.
GTX1060 doesn’t fall short of GTX980 either, few games even benefits more from the new GPU infrastructure.
GeForce GTX 10 Series has increased over efficiency and performance, bringing gaming notebooks a new meaning of high 3D rendering performance.

windwithme opened up GT62VR 6RD DOMINATOR the bottom chassis to share the internal layout and its components.
Left side are 2 slots for DDR 2400 and a subwoofer; below the keyboard are two DDR4 slots that came with 2x 16GB
Bottom left is the M.2 SSD, bottom right is the 2.5inch SATA3 HDD
On top is MSI’s new generation Cooler Boost 4 cooling module
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Left and right side are embedded with Cooler Boost 4 twin fans design.
Fans are 8cm in diameter and 1.5cm in height.
Copper heat pipes have been coated black and made thicker with extra materials, so as to help GT62VR with improved thermal management.
3 copper heat pipes attached to the i7-6700HQ, and 4 copper heat pipes for the GTX 1060 for the optimal thermal design.
This type of cooling module and thermal design in the gaming notebook market is currently one of the best and the most efficient.
As a result, the notebook might be a little bulkier, but let’s just call this a fair trade-off wouldn’t you think
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Room temperature roughly 29 Deg Celsius, attempting thermal test
First off is the NVIDIA GTX 1060
Shutting off Cooler Boost 4, opening FurMark and we got 49 Deg Celsius on standby and 80 on full speed
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Turning on Cooler Boost 4, opening FurMark and we got 44 Deg Celsius on standby and 69 on full speed
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Thanks to Cooler Boost 4, GTX1060 temperature can decrease at roughly 5 Deg Celsius in standby and 11 Deg Celsius at full speed

CPU standard clocking at 2.6~3.5GHz, power in balance mode
Turning off Cooler Boost 4, operate LinX 0.6.5 at full speed – 71~82
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Turning on Cooler Boost 4, operate LinX 0.6.5 at full speed – 61~74
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During burn test , turning on Cooler Boost 4 helps lower CPU temperature by 8~10 Deg Celsius.
Standby mode doesn’t really show the power of the Cooler Boost 4; it is during full speed performance where Cooler Boost 4 really shines.
With these high quality hardware, the level of thermal management on GT62VR is exceptionally satisfactory
Cooler Boost 4 doesn’t really create a lot of noise, plus it is usually at low frequency, which helps encourage its usage

Built with GTX1060 while playing a DVD video, 70% after an hour, 10% after 3 hours.
Battery lasts roughly 3 hours, which is still considered adequate for a high end gaming PC

Concluding GT62VR 6RD DOMINATOR
Its unique appeals and advantages
1.Top Cover A side has 2 strips of glowing red lines, creating that speed sensation
2.Uses NVIDIA GTX 1060, greatly increasing 3D rendering performance
3.Both Wifi and Ethernet uses Killer Gaming Processor, supports Killer Shield
4.Frosted IPS Panel that supports 100% RGB and 72% NTSC; and provides True Color screen customization technology
5.New DRAGON CENTER provides refined and a more intuitive layout for the users
6.Cooler Boost 4 twin fan cooling module with thicker copper heat pipes provide outstanding passive cooling compare to other NB of its category
7.Dynauido technology combined with NAHIMIC 2 audio enhancer, giving that remarkable audio experience
8.Provides 4-DIMM DDR4 slots, clocks at 2400, giving better bandwidth and performance
9.Steelseries Engine 3, RGB management, as well as many other customizable options on the keyboard
10.15.6inch notebook weighin at 2.93kg, lighter than DELL’s Alienware 15’s 3.2kg notebook

1.Chassis could be made a little slimmer, or lower the rubber foot on the bottom might be better
2.SteelSeries keyboards lack feedback and a bit on the soft side. More feedback would feel better
3.WebCam quality could use a little more work
4.B and D sides frosted material could maybe use a little refinement or use a different material to elevate the texture
5.If the ventilation in the back could be made to look similar to the GT72S, with a touch of red strips along the lines, could elevate the overall appeal.

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Performance ★★★★★★★★★☆ 88/100
Hardware ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 88/100
Specs ★★★★★★★★★☆ 90/100
Appeal ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 80/100
Price ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 82/100

This time around, MSI high end gaming notebooks have earned the reputation of faster product refresh compared to other manufacturers
Lots of models are already VR Ready, and have been upgraded to GTX10 Series GPU to increase 3D performance.
Furthermore, GT62VR has also improved features like the DRAGON CENTER, Cooler Boost 4, NAHIMIC 2, and more.
A side has also been refined to look more sporty, and plus True Color can help with even more screen customization options

Many of GT62VR’s advantages are in their internal design and use of components. Externally would be the audio and the design.
But personally they could use a little more work on the exterior. Maybe it’s to reduce weight, that they had to sacrifice other aspects to find a balance.
These are some of my insights after tested a few high end notebooks.
If they don’t mind increasing the weight, and change to more DELL Alienware-like high quality chassis would be helpful as well
Afterall, GT is MSI’s top gaming notebook model, primarily focusing on the highest performance capacity;
which is why price, weight, and dimensions are relatively higher. But MSI also has the GS for slim and GE for the more affordable options to choose from
In the high end market, GT62VR with its aggressive sleek design and quality build, definitely has the competitive edge facing its rivals.

This article is also published in the younger brother’s blog: WIND3C, 3C enthusiasts are welcome to visit.

Posted on: 2016/12/28 7:57
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Re: MSI GT62VR High-End gaming notebook with GTX 1060 overview
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Nahimic 2 Audio Software in recent years has been implemented to all high end MSI gaming notebooks.
Settings and customizations have been refined as well; for example, HD Audio Recoder on top right already has a second generation interface
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When talking about the sound speakers produce, it is often subjective to each individual, which is why we’ll focus on how notebook’s built-in speakers perform.
The speakers creates quite a stir when turned on full blast, reaching over 95.2dBA
High Frequency – no high pitched sound, detailed sound, outstanding performance overall
Mid Frequency – excellent details with outstanding voice clarity
Low Frequency – adequate performance, bass isn’t too blend; but mid and high frequency easily overpowers low frequency
MSI GT62VR speakers combined with Nahimic 2 audio enhancer perform even better in music, watching movies, or playing games.
The immersive sound performance is complementary to the gaming genre.
Its specialty is creating a surround-like environment with outstanding clarity, but mid frequency’s voice output still got some room for improvement

GT62VR is a high end gaming notebook with several different models already been pushed out.
Today’s test will be using a higher model GT62VR 6RD Dominator 013TW.
However, there’s a rumor that there will be an even higher model GT62VR in the near future, equipped with the latest NVIDIA GTX1070 GPU with INTEL’s 6th Generation i7 Core processor.
There’s already been a few models sharing the same CPU performance previously, but let’s quickly walk through 6700HQ CPU’s software performance.

CINEBENCH R15
CPU => 673 cb
CPU(Single Core) => 138 cb
Fritz Chess Benchmark => 25.70/12335
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FRYRENDER
Running Time => 5m 13s
x264 FHD Benchmark => 22.8
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Basically high end models carry 4C8T Core i7 architecture, greatly outperforming Core i5, and is quite often seen equipped in high end gaming notebooks. This is usually the more cost effective solution;
because though there are more powerful processors such as the 6820HQ or 6920HQ, they cost more and the performance boost doesn’t always justify the cost

System Performance
PCMARK8 - 4582
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DRAM Performance Test
DDR4 2394.8 CL17 17-17-39 2T
ADIA64 Memory Read - 33613 MB/s
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Most high end notebooks still use DDR4 clocked at 2133, and MSI’s previous generation Gaming notebooks are no exception.
MSI’s new gaming notebooks will increase DDR4 clocking to 2400, increasing bandwidth and performance
ADIA64 Memory Read gets a 10~14% bandwidth increase compared to 2133.
This upgrade will also marginally increase fps while gaming, though not significant, still worth mentioning for its improvement

Storage is one of MSI’s unique features, using their own Super Raid 4 technology
SSD with NVMe M.2 interface, TOSHIBA THNSN5256GPU7, using 16nm MLC IC
HDD with HGST HTS721010A9E630, performs at 7200 rpm with 1TB capacity
AS SSD Benchmark -2372
Seq Read - 2087.97 MB/s Write - 888.82 MB/s
4K - 64Thrd Read - 827.21 MB/s Write - 588.00 MB/s
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3DMARK Fire Strike => 9627
Consumers are encouraged to spend a little more money on upgrading their computer components these 2 years.
First and foremost should be the GPU; second should be the NVMe infrastructure M.2 SSD which greatly surpasses SATA3’s limitation at 600 MB/s transfer capacity by a significant margin.
Of course there is also the U.2 interface that works slightly more efficiently than the M.2, but by a small margin and won’t fit inside a notebook.
Ultimately, having NVMe infrastructure M.2 SSD would help transfer data at faster pace
There are two GPUs built inside; one is Intel Core i7-6700HQ internal HD Graphics 530;
the other one is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 with 6GB GDDR5. Below is the performance test result for the 1060
3DMARK Fire Strike => 9627
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Heaven Benchmark 4.0
DX11 1920 X 1080 => FPS 113.8
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Call of Pripyat Benchmark
Resolution 1920x1080, in Ultra setting, rest are default settings
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FAR CRY 4
Resolution 1920x1080, 3D rendering in Ultra setting
Opening title screen – 173 FPS, opening animation and starting screen – 75FPS
75 FPS compared to previously tested 970M – 48FPS, GTX980 – 83FPS
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Posted on: 2016/12/28 7:52
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Re: MSI GT62VR High-End gaming notebook with GTX 1060 overview
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Left body IO
From left, anti-theft lock \ USB 2.0 \ Line-in \ Line-out \ Mic-in \ Headphone-out
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Right body IO
From left, SD(XC/HC)card reader \ 3 x USB 3.0
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Rear IO
From left, RJ45 Ethernet Port \ Thunderbolt 3 including USB 3.1 \ HDMI \ Mini- Display Port \ Power Jack
Both left and right sides consist of large heat-dissipating surfaces
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GT62VR D side resembles GT72S, applying a sleek red chassis with large surface area.
Battery is 8-Cell generating 75.24wHr, but is not detachable
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The small protruding red square is the woofer
And the 5 rubber feet on the bottom helps elevate the notebook by a bit, assisting in heat-dissipation and stability
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MSI Applications
DRAGON CENTER is a proprietary software developed by MSI
Latest updates improved interface resolution, also giving a more refined and intuitive layout
App Portal tab shows installed software and apps, helps easier access to different features
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System Monitor displays current hardware status
The entire layout is more intuitive and informative compared to the older versions
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System Tuner
Allows users to tweak settings for VR, hardware performance, fan speed, or adjust screen colors.
On the left are 5 profiles where you can personalize each one to use in different settings
Later we’ll use Shift Mode and set it to Sports for optimal performance, then test how powerful this notebook really is.
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LED Wizard
Though users can already customize their RGB keyboard through SteelSeries Engine 3, MSI designed the DRAGON CENTER to have its own lighting functions
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MSI TRUE COLOR
I am personally quite fond of this technology; it gives users a more elaborate screen color customizations,
which is a function that is rare to see in a notebook
MSI has 6 preset settings available on the go.
Users can freely toggle through different settings to their preference, even allowing them to make detailed adjustments within each presets
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Posted on: 2016/12/28 7:45
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MSI GT62VR High-End gaming notebook with GTX 1060 overview
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This year in the IT world, the most popular trend and the most sought after topic would be the VR application, the so called “age of VR.”
Its impact on the PC industry extends all across the gaming world and not just gaming desktop PC and gaming notebook; even its multimedia capability will be influential in future.
However, the requirement for the hardware is still considerably high; for PC it will need at least a GTX970, or a GTX980M for the notebook, specifications usually carried in higher end PC.
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Our test subject for today is MSI’s GT62VR 6RD DOMINATOR.
MSI has been working diligently in the gaming market, especially with its notebook products often refreshes faster than its competitors.
With NVIDIA’s recent launch for the GTX10 series GPU, MSI also launched numerous models that are VR Ready compatible.
After opening the box, we saw the nicely enclosed notebook pack along with a vacuum compressed MSI backpack
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This backpack made with softer fabric was designed for GT62VR, excelling in comfort but a bit bulky;
even after putting a 15.6inch notebook inside, there is still a substantial space to put more items in.
Personally I think the backpack looks stylish and yields impeccable comfort after wearing it for some time.
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GT62VR Accessories
Driver CD, quick manual guide, product pamphlet, warranty card, SteelSeries RIVAL 50 mouse, DELTA 230W power adaptor, and power cable.
Even with NVIDIA’s new power efficient GPU, it still needs quite a bit of power, hence having a bigger adaptor is inevitable
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GT62VR is 390 x 266 x 39.8mm in dimensions, weighing at around 2.94kg, which is still quite hefty for a 15.6inch notebook;
but it is to be expected from a high performance notebook equipping better components, large heat-sink and fans, speakers, and additional DRAM slots for expansions. Similarly to high end models like Dell Alienware 15, close in dimensions, but GT62VR is still a bit lighter.
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A side is built with the usual black metallic strips, creating that engine-cap-like design.
What’s different from the previous GT62 are the two red strips on each side to accentuate speed,
it even lights up as you turn on the machine, greatly increases its already futuristic appeal
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B side is the 15.6 inch frosted IPS panel, with 1920 x 1080 FHD resolutions.
The bezel itself is frosted and with a touch of sparkle to elevate the texture and quality.
On top is the 1080P, 30Fps WebCam, and two dual-digital microphones on the sides
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C side mostly consists of black metallic strips, much like A side.
You could see SteelSeries gaming keyboard which is usually used on MSI’s high end models. With silver lining printing keyboards,
RGB is highly customizable in terms of colors and lighting patterns. Furthermore,
the keypads are soft to touch; but compared to WS72, the latter has more feedback.
The left and right buttons below the touchpad are isolated but responsive, and are less likely to mistakenly touch them
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There are 4 stretched buttons on the top right corner; starting from the right is the power button that emits a white glow when turned on;
then the SteelSeries keyboard color switch that enables customized RGB options;
next button works much like a sharing/streaming button that allow users to stream real time during gameplay;
and the last button is the turbo fan boost, maximizing Cooler Boost 4’s heat dissipating technology
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5 indicator lights at the front of C side
Starting from left is hard-drive processing, Wi-Fi, battery/charging, Caps ON/OFF, and NumPad ON/OFF
The panel can be opened to 180 degree, also one of GT series’ unique features
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Posted on: 2016/12/28 7:40
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Re: Big 4K screen workstation – thin and light MSI WS72 revealed
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WS72’s drive C includes SAMSUNG MZVPV128HDGM 128GBX2 M.2 SSD
The drive D is HGST HTS721010A9E630 which specs are 7200 RPM and 1 TB capacity for storing files
Below is a benchmark test of 128GBX2 M.2 SSD Raid0 on the Drive C
AS SSD Benchmark - 2448
Seq Read - 2752.91 MB/s Write - 1301.17 MB/s
4K - 64Thrd Read - 977.29 MB/s Write - 307.52MB/s
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CrystalDiskMark
Seq Read - 3183MB/s Write - 1357MB/s
ATTO DISK Benchmark, when exceeding 32k on the above test, can show the read speed equal to 3330Mb/s and the write speed equal to 1378MB/s
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WS72 includes MSI SUPER RAID4 technology which is when two M.2 SSD cards are run in Raid0 mode.
With high-performance M.2 SSD you can boost the read/write performance speed while with SATA3 it’s hard to achieve such a bandwidth.
It’s said that the read speed can be as high as 3300MB/s.
It’s also certainly achievable according to ATTO. CrystalDiskMark also shows close number: 3200.
MSI equipped with a conventional large-capacity HDD which is indeed good as it expands the storage space.
If SSD price continues to decrease in the future, with the internal space of 512GB or higher it won’t be really necessary to embed HDD.
The notebook will then be even lighter.

With room temperature about 32 degrees, proceeding to CPU cooling capacity test.
The CPU being at a preset value of 2.8~3.7GHz, GPU running with Quadro M2000M, with power supply on the turbo mode.
With Cooler Boost 3 used as a cooling technology, the system’s idle temperature is about 39~42.
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AIDA64 System Stability Test - 81~89
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WS72’s outer shell’s temperature feels a bit higher than the notebooks made from other materials.
This is because thermal conduction on metal body is more direct and more evident.
With embedded 4C8T Architecture’s Xeon which is the same Core i7 CPU’s, CPU temperature is only 42 degrees in standby mode thanks to outstanding cooling capacity.
However, it doesn’t exceed 90 degrees when CPU is running at its full speed, which is comparable with many thick-body notebooks’ thermal modules.
In fact, WS72’s cooling capacity is already at a high level.
It involves up to 5 heat pipes to enhance heat dissipation.
Also, the noise produced by the radiator can be considered to be partially muted.
Moreover, at the low frequencies, the sound doesn’t feel uncomfortable either.

Battery life endurance, Windows 10 at a balanced power.
After playing DVD video on WS72 for 90 minutes, the battery will be at about 50%.
After 120 minutes, there will be about 33% power left. Maximum usage can be for around 3 hours.
With such a high-end hardware, 4K resolution screen consumes more power then FHD.
WS72’s life endurance is therefore about average which is considered as a very good battery performance.

Summary of WS72 6QJ’s advantages and disadvantages
Pros of features and advantages:
1.Regarding the external ID design and the shell texture, the notebook’s thickness and weight are truly outstanding.
2.Equipped Intel Xeon CPU and ECC DDR4 enhance stability which is workstation’s requirement.
3.4K high resolution IPS matte panel features 100% NTSC color gamut and 100% Adobe RGB color correction.
4.True color correction technology and a variety of adaptive modes provide more accurate colors.
5.After the evolution of SteelSeries keyboards, the keys’ force feedback feeling is of a high standard among notebooks.
6.Single speaker sound level brings clear audio experience to users.
7.High-speed 256GB M.2 SSD and 1TB HDD provide both performance and capacity.
8.3-year factory warranty is higher than usual gaming notebook’s 2-year warranty.

Cons for future improvements
1.Due to the thin metal body design, users in summer will feel that the laptop’s temperature is slightly higher.
2.Backpack looks like the one from Gaming series.
3.Although the front camera captures at a high level, there’s still a room for quality improvement.

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Performance ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 89/100
Material ★★★★★★★★★☆ 90/100
Specification ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 88/100
ID design ★★★★★★★★★☆ 92/100
C/P value ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 77/100

WS72 workstation also includes MSI’ unique gaming technologies and specifications.
It’s worth a credit since individuals used to use DELL or HP workstation.
It terms of audio and keyboard, it’s still graded as a usual notebook, there’s nothing particular to highlight.
Of course, graphics card or Xeon CPU with ECC RAM are workstation’s all requirements.
MSI also has an advantage in its panel calibration. The default colors are bright yet accurate.
It provides a great help and comfort for working or designing which sounds very impressive to people at first glance.

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WS72 also has some lower-price versions with Core i7, common DDR4 and 1080P panel.
If there’s no demand for high-level hardware, then it also represents a good budget-based choice, even though 3D graphics machines are all in the high-end market.

With every update MSI has been showing some progress or introducing new technology and of course there are some weaknesses or disadvantages.
However, there’s an obvious significant progress comparing to GS70 from the previous generation. This is a good and a positive cycle.
In terms of visuals and audio, WS72 looks very competitive to windwithme.
After all, a combination of gaming background and workstation make it an excellent notebook.

This article is also published in the younger brother’s blog: WIND3C
3D enthusiasts are welcome to visit.

Posted on: 2016/9/22 3:23
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Re: Big 4K screen workstation – thin and light MSI WS72 revealed
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FRYRENDER
Running Time => 5m 06s
x264 FHD Benchmark => 22.9
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PCMARK8 – 3268
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Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5 vs. Core i7 performance comparison
The clock performance and SmartCache are higher than i7-6700HQ.
Xeon CPU performance generally has a more stable high performance in consumers’ eyes.
In addition, it can be equipped with ECC DRAM, which is a required option for workstation’s specifications.

DRAM benchmark test
DDR4 2132.2 CL15 15-15-36 2T
AIDA64 Memory Read - 30154 MB/s
Sandra Memory Bandwidth - 24576 MB/s
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Embedding DDR4 improves clock a lot. Moreover, the bandwidth also improves a lot, thanks to 6th Generation Skylake architecture.
Xeon CPU can run with ECC DRAM, even though its bandwidth isn’t much different from the usual DDR4-2133 has.
However, stability performance is still the main characteristics of ECC, especially for drawing or work environment.
I believe that stability is the first required item, because a system cannot be the reason for business losses due to its crash.

As for GPU, WS72 is carrying nVidia Quadro M2000M professional-level graphics card.
It’s built-in with 4GB GDDR5. Even though not the highest-end graphics card, its thin shape already looks pretty good for WS72.
If you a higher-end graphics card in the notebook, MSI has a thick-body WT72 which can be competent with GT72 version.
Below are some testing software made specifically for 3D graphic design to refer to.

SPECviewperf12
I saw in some discussions online that SPECviewpefr12 can support DX11. If comparing to 970M, the difference is relatively small.
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nVidia Quadro graphics card advertised that it has a double-precision floating point architecture.
GeForce single precision has a better precision mechanism computing power.
Therefore, nVidia Quadro is more suitable for professional more sophisticated computational design.
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TessMark => 24289 points
Comparison with other two, workstation and gaming, notebooks
HP HP Zbook Studio G3 with M1000M scores about 17655 points
Dell Alienware 15 with GTX 970Mscores about 8834 points
The information is misleading as it’s for the integrated GPU.
Please, refer to GPU-Z M2000M for the actual information.
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FluidMark => 1598 points
The software can correctly display the information about a dedicated M2000M graphics card.
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Since nVidia and AMD classify themselves into DirectX and OpenGL, they have their own area of expertise in 3D.
Though above there aren’t many pages with benchmark tests, there could be 10-50 pages occupied with different examinations.
Using M1000M and GTX 970M simultaneously for performance comparison it would be easier to analyze advantages.
Remember how before we would compare a graphics card with a gaming card of the same-level chipset, the gaming card would only display single-digit fps in the testing software.
In the regard, the gap was quite large.

nVIDIA Quadro M2000M is also able to run such a 3D graphics software such as AutoCad.
Certainly, some drawings are in 2D field. However, to use 3D graphics software, having 3D graphics card is a must.
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There might be quite many people interested in M2000M’s performance in general games.
In fact, I’m no exception.
3DMark11 => P5600
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3DMARK => 3942
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M2000M’s performance is similar to one gaming card of GTX 960M shows.
To be able to run heave 3D-level games, it’s just necessary not to set the highest resolution.
Then the main work should be carried out by workstation or selected gaming notebooks.
So, the performance in gaming should also be on a good level.

Posted on: 2016/9/22 3:20
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Re: Big 4K screen workstation – thin and light MSI WS72 revealed
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On the right side, from left to right:
USB3.0 X2 \ SD(XC/HC) \ DC power jack \ Kensington lock slot \ CPU cooling grid
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D-side also consists of metal-based materials.
The number of pads supporting WS72’s button is quite big.
The three pads above boost and strengthen the cooling function.
The dark purple pad nearby isolates the heat and avoids user’s contact with the hardware design.
The hardware warranty is up to 3 years. The built-in battery cannot be dismantled.
It holds 5000mAh and is capable of 55.5Wh. The screen can be opened up to about 140 degrees.
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In terms of its own applications, MSI has increased their number comparing to the past.
Apart from some previously existed and revised software, there are now also new applications with other features.
In the lower right corner you can find a quick settings app – SYSTEM CONTROL MANAGER.
Similarly to a quick selection on a mobile device, you can do relatively rapid adjustments for some commonly used features.
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KLM is software designed for setting keyboard LED backlighting.
There are 6 modes: Normal, Gaming, Breathing, Wave, Dual, Color, Audio.
Nowadays many Gaming keyboards have such features which make the keyboards recognizable and change their exterior design.
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Below is the description of the listening experience.
This part is quite subjective, other notebooks built-in speakers are taken as a benchmark.

Adjusting the volume to the maximum is considered fairly loud, so there is no need to worry that the speakers will be too quiet.
High frequency: The sound isn’t too sharp. Good in deep details, the performance is above average.
Middle frequency: Excellent overall clarity in details. The quality of human voice sound is one of the best among high-end models.
Low frequency: the low frequency performance is good; bass doesn’t sound too hoarse, even though medium frequency in a too large volume can easily overwhelm the low frequency.

The sound quality of WS72 does not reprise of the original feed line, unlike other high-end gaming notebooks with a sense of surround sound or field-based sound
Listening to music or songs brings a very good feeling, watching movies or playing games also carries very good performance.
In the past, the sound performance of WS72 wasn’t possible to see on a graph.
Now the sound performance is even better than on most gaming models.

True Color is also screen color calibration software.
In the past, many laptops with non-IPS panels had unsatisfactory performance in color reproduction.
But even in case of IPS-panels, there was still a room for improvement in color accuracy.
MSI is among high-end laptops used by individuals and is brand with certain requirements for the screen colors.
In the field of workstation or graphic design, color accuracy is the main condition.
One of the modes is sRGB which provides the color correction with nearly 100% sRGB color gamut standard.
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In total, there are 6 modes: Gamer/Anti-Blue/sRGB/100%AdobeRGB/Office/Movie.
100%AdobeRGB provides a function of a more detailed calibration which is even for helpful for professional graphics or image processing.
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Gamer and 100%AdobeRGB modes differ in details.
MSI True Color has already adjusted the settings with adaptive colors. Of course, users can adjust the colors the way they want.
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Shortcut Manager is also exclusive keyboard software.
It mainly allows to assign macro keys and to upload your own settings files.
It supports setting shortcuts, text clips, 3 modes of quick start and also 4 features of key disabling function.
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The comparison of the right side of MSI WS72’s screen during Designer mode and the left side of HP Zbook Studio G3’s screen.
When adjusting brightness, both screens look similar, but due to different tones brightness still looks a bit different.
You can also see 4K vs 1080p difference in font details, especially if the difference is image size is big.
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The following are tests of the performance aspects.
In this workstation, except for the common 6th Gen.
Intel Core i7, there is also a Server-level version of CPU which uses Intel Xeon E3-1505M v5.
The specs include: Intel’s latest Skylake architecture, with the base clock is 2.8 GHz, is quad-core and support HT technology,
the latest 14 nm processor, TurboBoost automatic overclocking up to 3.7, CM236 chipset, SmartCache of up to 8MB and built-in GPU Intel HD Graphics P530.

Hardware benchmark tests
CINEBENCH R15
CPU => 664 cb
CPU(Single Core) => 144 cb
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Posted on: 2016/9/22 3:08
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Big 4K screen workstation – thin and light MSI WS72 revealed
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In the past, it was more common for workstations to position themselves among computers on the PC market.
Their built-in graphics card could significantly enhance the level of work efficiency for 3D CAD or video editors.
Combining these two working environments’ demands,
nearly three years later companies started to produce their workstations as a brand product line.
After all, all workstations position themselves as high-end products with the specifications required by the professional users who prepare a certain budget for this kind of product.

I’d like to share an overview of MSI WS72 6QJ. As you can see on the box,
the logo is different from the Gaming Dragon logo as its light green and “workstation” highlights the product positioning.
The large backpack also has the same logo.
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WS workstation series and the company’s GS series share a high degree of similarity in appearance.
They both belong to the slim design product series. Even though the screen size ranges from 15.6” to 17.3”, small weight and thickness still deliver extraordinary performance.

The dimensions are 418.5mm x 287mm x 19.9mm, the weight is found to be about 2,630 gram.
It’s lighter than GS72 (2.6 kg) and its thickness is below the one Intel 15-inch Ultrabook’s specifications state (21 mm).
WS72 is a great combination of both an Ultrabook’s slim design and high-performance hardware.
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The backside of the backpack is made of very solid materials. The separator inside is also quite thick. In terms of overall creativity,
some individuals may think that there’s still space for improvement and that GS70 looks better.
Improved texture and fashionable design would let people like it more.
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WS72 6QJ Included accessories:
CD drivers, Quick Start Guide, Product Features Guide, Two years warranty, DELTA 150W power adapter, power cable, Mini DisplayPort adapter, MSI dedicated mouse.
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A-side is covered with black brushed metal with a car hood design.
Probably due to the materials change, WS72’s metal touch is obviously better than GS70’s.
The main design of GS72 from Gaming Series is the same as WS72; the new generation of materials and design are now being introduced.
When the laptop is on and in use, the logo illuminates light green enhancing appearance of the texture.
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B-side is a 17.3-inch screen which is UHD 4K with a resolution of 3840x2160.
It features a wide view IPS panel and supports 100% Adobe RGB color gamut which enhances the color accuracy.
WebCam with fixed focus lens is FHD 1920X1080p and is capable of recording video at 30fps.
The frame is made of matte plastic material. The thickness is within the common scope and seems to be thinner than WS60.
As for the internal mechanism these high-end hardware designs are necessary,
C and D parts need to have a certain volume to in order to achieve high performance.
As a concept of big length and width in the machine,
if the length X width dimensions let the frame area be narrowed then it will definitely improve the thickness.
WS72 can be this thin and there are no other competitive models which have the same length x width dimensions but are larger in weight.
It’s therefore already considered to be a good level product.
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Most of the C-side is also covered with black brushed metal and is similar to A-side.
The actual surface area and the body thickness are similar to Dell Alienware 17.
The notebook is equipped with thin full-color Steelseries keyboard which is common for MSI high-end notebooks. The default color is blue.
Using the software, users can choose the backlight color they want as well as display color mode.
Individuals used to think that Steelseries had soft keys, however this time WS72 has improved the force feedback.
In terms of high-end notebook market, WS72 has improved the feeling of typing on a keyboard quite a lot.
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The power button is in the top center and is illuminated with white during notebook’s use.
It’s illuminated with orange or blue when dedicated or integrated graphics card is in use, respectively.
The speakers are still by Dynaudio consisting of 2 channel- and 4 usual speakers.
Four single speakers are located in the chassis area which is a more special location for the sound to come out.
The following paragraph includes detailed comments regarding the sound.
The grid above the keyboard is used for cooling, not for the audio.
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On the bottom left of the C-side there are 7 status indicators.
The left are right buttons feel like scissors design.
It will take some time to get used to the strength control.
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Line out \ Line in \ Headphone-out
On the left side, from left to right: GPU cooling grid\ RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet \ HDMI \ Mini-DisplayPort X2 \ USB 3.1 X2 \ Line out \ Line in \ Headphone-out
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Posted on: 2016/9/22 3:05
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Thanks

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