MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406 Gaming Notebook Review

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February 6, 2017
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Gaming on a laptop is fun. You can have your (perhaps favorite) enjoyment anywhere you please, given you have the strength to carry the notebook around as well. But one thing riddles these rigs. Is it small screen? No. Bad performance? Certainly not. It’s the big price you must pay! Gaming laptops come with strings attached – you must have a pile of extra dollars to get one. Such is the case with MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406 too, but let’s not despair. Might be the computer is well worth the money…

Does it run games fluently?

MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406 contains a dedicated graphics card, the Nvidia GeForce GTX1060. So all the players should be happy, right? Pretty much yes, it’s one of the solid gaming cards in the market at the moment. But, there is a single but: it’s the 3GB version, not the 6GB. For the current games the three gigabytes of memory is sufficient but who knows what future will bring? Having six GB would be better for future-proof. Anyway, for Full HD gaming the 3GB version is good as it is: For example:

– Rise of the Tomb Raider: +60FPS
– Hitman: ~60FPS
– GTA 5: +60FPS

Those all were tested on 1080p resolution and high settings. Not bad at all, it will be a smooth sail for now at least.

How is the general performance?

There is one solid-state drive inside, more precisely a 256GB NVME M.2 SSD. It’s the best drive as far as gamers are concerned, performance is golden for sure. The insides also offer you an open 2.5″ SATA bay in case you want to install a conventional hard drive inside.

Processing performance is brought by Intel Core i7-7700HQ. It’s a desktop-level processor, comes with quad cores and a 2.8GHz clock speed which increases to 3.8GHz with the help of turbo. Indeed, there are not many laptop processors that beat the i7-7700HQ. It gets around 9000 points in the CPU Mark test which is an excellent score. Most home laptops get half of that, mind you!

The memory side of things is well though as there is a single 16GB DDR4 (2400MHz) stick installed. You can pair it with another chip, a free RAM slot resides on the mainboard. Thus, the maximum RAM with this unit would be 32 gigabytes.

Does it have enough ports and connections?

There is a host of ports in MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406, the most important probably being USB 3.0 Type-C. As you might know, if you have a right type of cable, you can use this port with many different technologies – including DisplayPort and HDMI. That being said, there are two regular USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 for your needs as well.

The video ports are HDMI 1.4 and miniDisplayPort 1.2. The HDMI port supports 4K resolution at 30hz. It is thus possible to hook up a monitor or high resolution TV to this notebook.

Keep in mind the unit doesn’t come with an optical drive. So if you require the disc support attach an external drive to this. You might also find the SD (XC/HC) card reader helpful!

Are there other important features to know?

I’ve heard good things about the screen of MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406. Its Full HD support should delight gamers, and considering the 3GB version of the graphics card going beyond 1080p might not give good FPS anyway. The diagonal is the regular 15.6 inches, G-Sync is not found on this model. There is a webcam installed in the top bezel, it captures a nice 1080p video at 30 frames per second.

The battery pack is a 6-cell 41Whr unit. Unfortunately, it’s not going to last too long. You’re looking at a 1.5-2 hours operating time under gameplay, and around four hours when just browsing the web. I believe the battery is integrated so you can not replace it easily. If you however have the skills, upgrading the battery is possible (like pretty much any upgrade!)

The keyboard features a full color backlight.

Verdict

Chances are high that you will like MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro-406 if you are a gamer to the heart. Its GTX 1060 graphics card is quite a beast although the mere 3GB video RAM might sadden some folks. Nonetheless, all games will run smoothly on 1080p resolution and higher settings. Needless to say, if you are planning to run software on this machine all of that will be a non-issue too. The display is as great as you could expect from this pricey laptop, with bright colors and 1080p support beefing the screen up. For the money the MSI is going to offer player satisfaction if you ask me!


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