Laptop MSI GV62 8RC review and Benchmarks
The MSI GV62 8RC is a lower end budget gaming laptop featuring Nvidia 1050 graphics and Intel 8300H quad core CPU, so let’s check Laptop MSI GV62 8RC out and run some benchmarks to find out how well it performs and help you decide if it’s worth buying.
MSI GV62 8RC review
Let’s start by checking out the specs of this unit, as there are a few options available with this model. There’s an Intel i5-8300H CPU here which has 4 cores and can turbo up to 4.0GHz in single core workloads, although it’s also available with the i7-8750H.
- Display: 15.6″ Full HD eDP IPS-Level 45% NTSC | Operating System: Windows 10
- Processor: New Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2 – 4.1GHz (6 Cores)
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX1050 2G GDDR5
- RAM: 16GB (8G*2) DDR4 2400MHz, 2 Sockets; Max Memory 32GB | Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB (5400RPM)
- Keyboard: Steel series Red Backlit Customizable Keyboard | Nahmic 3 Audio | VIVID Color NTSC | Brushed Cover Design | Cooler Boost 4
In my unit there’s one 8GB stick of DDR4 memory running at 2,400MHz in single channel, but the two slots can support up to 32GB at 2,666MHz speeds. For storage there’s a 128GB M.2 SATA SSD installed but the single M.2 slot supports NVMe PCIe storage if you want to upgrade.
There’s also a single 2.5 inch drive bay which is populated with a 1TB 5,400RPM hard drive. For the graphics there’s an Nvidia 1050 2GB card which powers the 15.6 inch 1080p 60Hz TN panel, but it’s also available with IPS. For the network connectivity there’s a gigabit ethernet port, support for 802.11ac WiFi, as well as Bluetooth version 5.0.
The lid and interior are both a grey plastic with a sort of brushed finish. They’re both nice and smooth and the lid was a little darker than the inside. The corners and edges are smooth and basically everything is plastic.
The dimensions of the laptop are 38.3cm in width, 26cm in depth, and 2.9cm in height, so a little on the thicker side but hopefully that will help with thermals, more on that later. The laptop is listed at 2.2kg on the MSI website, and mine was just a little above this.
With the 135 watt power brick and cable for charging, the total weight increases to 2.8kg, so overall it’s not too heavy. As mentioned the screen here is a 15.6 inch 60Hz 1080p TN panel, no G-Sync available here though.
As a TN panel the viewing angles weren’t very good, side to side didn’t change too much but up and down resulted in massive colour shift so you’ll definitely want to look at it front on where possible. The screen doesn’t get that bright either, at 100% we’re looking at 227 nits. I’ve also measured the current colour gamut using the Spyder 5 Pro, and my results returned 97% of sRGB, 76% of NTSC and 82% of AdobeRGB, so it’s actually getting quite good results for a lower end laptop.
I’ve performed my usual backlight bleed test on the display, which involves having the laptop show a black screen in a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding. I then take a long exposure photo to display any bleed, so this is a worst case scenario test.
No noticeable issues here, in terms of bleed the results were really good, but this will of course vary between laptops. While moving the display there was some flex, but it wasn’t too bad and overall I’d say it felt sturdy. It can’t be opened easily with one finger, demonstrating that more of the weight seems to be up towards the back, as we’ll see later when we open it up.
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Above the display in the center is a 720p camera. The camera’s not great, really blurry even with decent lighting. The microphone on the other hand isn’t too bad, but you’ll be able to judge both for yourself. The Steelseries keyboard has red backlighting, and the sides of all the keys are also clear red plastic so it looks red even while off, unfortunately the colour can’t be changed, you only get red.
Overall the keyboard was pretty good to type with, there’s some good spacing between the keys with 1.9mm of key travel and I had no problems to call out. The key presses felt a little clicky, here’s how they sound to try and give you an idea.
There was some keyboard flex, although this wasn’t an issue while typing normally, although there was quite a bit more flex down in the wrist rest areas, but again not really an issue during normal use. The touchpad worked well, it uses Synaptics drivers and was smooth to the touch.
There are physically separate left and right click buttons which were quite clicky, again no issues here. Moving onto the I/O on the left there’s a kensington lock, gigabit ethernet port, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, HDMI port, Mini DisplayPort, a second USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A port, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C port, no Thunderbolt support here unfortunately, and 3.5mm headphone and mic jacks. On the right there’s only a USB 2.0 Type-A port and the SD card slot.
On the back there’s just some air exhaust vents towards the corners, while the front only has some status LEDs in the center. The four 2 watt speakers are found underneath the laptop towards the front, two on the left and two on the right, and they don’t sound too great, quite tinny with no bass. Up on the lid there’s a red and white MSI logo in the center, unlike other MSI laptops I’ve tested this one doesn’t light up.
Fingerprints show quite easily on the brushed plastic although as the surfaces are smooth they’re easy enough to wipe away. Underneath there’s heaps of air intake vents to keep everything cool, as well as some big rubber feet which did a really good job of preventing the laptop from moving around while in use.
The laptop can be opened up easily with a phillips head screwdriver, and inside we get easy access to the single 2.5” drive bay, single M.2 slot, two RAM slots and WiFi card. Powering the laptop is a 6 cell 41 Watt hour battery, and with a full charge and just watching YouTube videos with the screen on half brightness, keyboard lighting on as I couldn’t find a way to disable it and background apps disabled, I was able to use it for 3 hours and 13 minutes, a pretty good result considering the size of the battery.
The Intel integrated graphics were in use during this test thanks to Nvidia Optimus. While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidia’s battery boost set to 30 FPS the battery lasted for 47 minutes, a fairly average result which was surprising considering the somewhat small battery, although the hardware inside isn’t too powerful so I’m guessing that’s why it was able to last this long.
Overall I’d consider the battery life to be fair, nothing amazing but not terrible. Thermal testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 18 degrees celcius, it’s getting cold here as winter has just started, so expect warmer temperatures in a warmer environment. At idle both the CPU and GPU were quite warm at around 50 degrees celsius.
While playing PUBG at default settings the temperatures rise as shown by the dark blue bar, but they’re not too bad, the 1050 doesn’t use a huge amount of power so generally runs fairly cool. If we apply a -0.150v undervolt to the CPU the temperatures drop back a bit, as shown in the green bars, and we’ll see how this affected clock speeds in the next graph.
Without the undervolt and instead running the fans on maximum also gives us a nice temperature decrease, as shown in yellow, and we get our best results in orange when combining the undervolt with maxed out fans. The full load stress test was tested with Aida64 and the Heaven benchmark running at the same time.
Even in the worst case shown in dark red the temperatures aren’t really that high, and we can see how maxing the fans out in dark red improves this, followed by adding on the CPU undervolt in purple. The GPU temperatures change slightly when we drop the CPU temperature with the CPU undervolt as there appears to be one shared heat pipe between the two.
Without the CPU undervolt applied we were always seeing power limit throttling on the CPU, this is why there’s no change to the clock speeds when we max out the fans as no thermal throttling was taking place. Applying the CPU undervolt removes the power limit throttling and the CPU is able to hit its full 3.9GHz all core speed, and run at cooler temperatures as we saw in the last graph, win win.
As for the external temperatures where you’ll actually be putting your hands, at idle the body of the laptop is sitting in the high 30s in the center. While gaming this increases to the mid 40s and again is warmest in the center, but it wasn’t too bad to the touch, and I saw a very similar result while running the stress tests, while we drop back down into the lower 40s with the fans maxed out.
As for the fan noise produced by the laptop, I’ll let you have a listen to some of these tests. At idle the fan was only just audible, and running the CPU and GPU stress tests was about the same as playing an actual game, the stress test was just ever so slightly louder, and at this stage it actually wasn’t too loud overall, noticeably quieter compared to other gaming laptops with more powerful 1060 graphics. With the fans maxed out we’re getting similar volumes to those more powerful laptops though.
MSI GV62 8RC Benchmarks
Finally let’s take a look at some benchmarks, we’ll first cover some real world gaming benchmarks followed by tests with various benchmarking tools. All tests were run at 1080p with the latest Nvidia drivers and Windows updates to date installed
Fortnite was definitely playable at high settings or below, at epic though it felt pretty choppy as shown by the fairly low frame rate, but as usual take these results with a grain of salt as this game greatly depends on where you are in the game and what other players are doing at the time, so results will vary.
Overwatch was tested playing with the bots, and to me it played pretty well with ultra settings or lower, I did notice a bit of stuttering at epic settings, but again results will vary with this game based on the map and what’s going on in the area.
PUBG was tested using the replay feature, but again like the previous two games it will greatly depend on what’s going on in the game at the time, so the results can vary quite a lot. It was definitely playable at the lower settings, a bit choppy at times as highlighted in the 1% lows, but playable.
CSGO was definitely playable, it runs on just about anything and the averages here were fairly decent, some big drops in this benchmark though due to the smokes which really tank the frame rate. I’ve tested Far Cry 5 with the built in benchmark, and I went into this knowing the results wouldn’t be great, this is mostly for illustrative purposes just to show you that modern AAA games and the 1050 aren’t the best combination.
Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built in benchmark, and again like the other games the frame rates are pretty fair at most setting levels, so again definitely playable here.
Battlefield 1 was also alright on medium or low settings, it was playable on the higher settings but there was more noticeable stuttering during fights. Rise of the tomb raider was tested with the built in benchmark, maximum settings were basically unusable but again not too bad at the lower setting levels.
Personally for many current games I don’t think the 1050 is enough, especially if you want to play with good settings. It will definitely get you by and run well with less demanding titles like Overwatch, Fortnite or CSGO for example, but for other games like PUBG or Far Cry 5, it really left me wanting more.
I’ve just quickly got some CPU benchmarks here to compare with the last generation 7700HQ with the newer 8300H, as both are quad core laptop CPUs. The 8300H is only just slightly ahead in single core, with a small boost in multicore which was improved with the undervolt, as this removed the power limit throttling noted earlier. In Crystal Disk Mark the 128GB M.2 SATA SSD was getting 530MB/s in sequential reads and about 360MB/s in sequential writes, but it’s worth remembering the laptop does support faster NVMe storage too.
The 1TB hard drive was getting above 90MB/s in both, so not too bad for a 5,400RPM drive, but I’ve seen better. I’ve tested the SD slot using a V90 rated card to remove the card as a bottleneck and the speeds of the slot are quite low, but still useable. As for the price the GV62 8RC with these exact specs comes in at around $1,400 AUD here in Australia at the time of recording, I haven’t found US pricing with these exact specs but I’d expect it to go for under $1000 USD, I’ll update the link in this post description once it’s available. It’s also available with higher end graphics or the i7-8750H CPU, which will of course raise the price.
So what did you guys think of the MSI GV62 8RC gaming laptop from MSI? Based on the price and the specs it’s a lower end gaming laptop, at least compared to many other laptops I’ve featured on the channel recently, but it’s still plenty to give you a great gaming experience in less demanding titles.
Overall the build quality was alright, it’s entirely plastic with some flex but seems sturdy enough unless you’re intentionally pushing it. The only issues I had with it were the somewhat dim screen and the small battery, granted the battery did perform better than I expected considering its size.
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