MSI GE63 8RF Raider RGB (i7-8750H, GTX 1070, FHD) test about display

ByJocelyn Longoria 2019-05-27 1043

Let there be light. Apart from the new RGB stripes on the lid, MSI only subtly tunes its GE models. Instead of a Kaby Lake processor, the current generation features a coffee lake chip. We check the effects on performance, noise level, temperature, power consumption and battery life.

MSI positions the venerable GE series between the more expensive GS and GT notebooks and the cheaper GL, GF and GP series. While the case - with the exception of the RGB stiffeners and the connectivity (2x USB 3.1 Gen2 vs. 1x USB 3.1 Gen2) mentioned at the beginning - has remained almost identical, there is an important change under the hood. The 15-incher is now powered by a six-core CPU instead of a quad-core CPU. The Core i7-8750H brings enough power for every imaginable everyday application.


The graphics performance is also very good. Depending on the model, a GeForce GTX 1060 (GE63 8RE) or GeForce GTX 1070 (GE63 8RF) takes care of 3D calculations. In addition, there are 8 to 16 GB DDR4 RAM and a 128 to 256 GB SSD. The latter is accompanied by a 1 TB HDD in some configurations.

The generated images are transferred to a matt Full HD display, which is based on TN technology in favor of the reaction time and captivates with 120 Hz. According to the manufacturer's homepage, the GE63 should also be available with a 4K-IPS panel. In German online shops, however, we haven't been able to find such a system yet. Attention: Windows 10 is not always on board, but this should please savers who have a license left anyway.

The price of the GE63 Raider RGB usually ranges between 1,500 and 2,000 euros. Our test device with GeForce GTX 1070, 16 GB RAM and SSD-HDD combo is at the upper end of the price scale.

Since almost everything has remained the same on the outside, we don't have to re-evaluate the chassis, the equipment and the input devices. You will find the appropriate information in the test report of the predecessor. The GE63 8RF's competitors include other 15-inch gamers with coffee-lake CPUs such as the Asus Zephyrus M GM501, the Aorus X5 v8 and the Alienware 15 R4.

Display - advantages and disadvantages

MSI is playing it safe with the display and uses the same 120 Hz panel that was already in the old GE63 (CMN N156HHE-GA1). The fact that the values still differ in some categories is probably due to the true color software, which adapts the image to different scenarios. Although we again used the standard mode sRGB for the measurements, as has been shown several times in the past, the quality of the true color optimization varies enormously from notebook to notebook, which can lead to larger deviations.

In the present case, the profile of the manufacturer is only mediocre. The accuracy of colours and greyscales leaves something to be desired, whereby players already get their money's worth with the MSI settings. Our screenshots in calibrated condition prove that the display can work much more accurately. There's nothing to complain about with the color space. 100 % sRGB and 76 % AdobeRGB are very good for gaming conditions and rather resemble a high-class workstation. Thanks to the relatively low black level of 0.23 cd/m², the contrast is also good: 1,270:1 guarantee a strong and differentiated image.

Only the luminosity should be even higher in our eyes. With almost 260 cd/m² you soon reach the limits of visibility in the outdoor area. The 15-incher is therefore primarily intended for indoor use. With regard to the illumination, the GE63 doesn't have to listen to any criticism. Despite the poor measured value (81%), our test device was spared screen bleeding.

The reaction time is also respectable. 16 ms black-to-white and 24 ms grey-to-grey make most IPS panels look old. For comparison: The Alienware 15 R4 only has 24 ms black-to-white and 38 ms grey-to-grey. On the other hand, the TN screen weakens its viewing angles. Especially vertically, the picture changes very quickly. Note: Below a brightness of 20%, the panel begins to flicker. Due to the high frequency (25 KHz), however, even sensitive people should have no problems.


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