MSI went a little too far with this one in that department. Above the keyboard are some intake vents for the CPU and GPU. Does it "scaled the image" of the laptop or it "adapted" to that resolution? Thanks, I managed to fix the setting in BIOS (which was a pain in the ass to do), but something is definitely wrong with the zip file and/or the instructions for how to download and install the driver for GS73 Stealth 8RE on MSI. Picking it up, putting it down and carrying it around the house – I notice the sharp edges every time. Minus that trackpad stuttering issue I mentioned earlier, all programs and games have opened and operated very quickly. I'd start there. Then ordered new fans on eBay, complete disassembly, replaced both fans (1 for CPU, 2 for GPU) and up and running again with normal temps and fan sound (also upgraded SSD at same time). January 19, 2017 at 10:45 am. Welcome to the MSI Global official site. A wonderful review which helped me purchase MSI gs73vr 4k. September 6, 2016 at 12:33 pm. Only a small handful of gaming notebooks offer complete AdobeRGB coverage including certain Clevo barebones. :P, January 24, 2017 at 12:45 pm. September 21, 2016 at 8:24 am. Kinda late reply, but it can drive up to 5 external displays, 4 of which can be 4k (2 via thunderbolt, 2 via mdp daisy chain, one of which will be 4k@60hz, other-full HD). I wouldn't buy the ips and 4k is battery draining and you really cant play games in 4k on a 1060-card so you have to downscale. As usual, MSI, Asus and Gigabyte are quick to the punch. I pretty much bought it because I wanted 17". These results will probably be a deal breaker for some people. Further display measurements with an X-Rite spectrophotometer reveal good grayscale out-of-the-box, but colors are inaccurate at every tested saturation level even after setting the MSI True Color utility to sRGB mode. Can you offer any advice. They all still work, it just takes a little more effort than I’m used to. I usually only pick up the units I’m interested in owning for a short time anyways. From questionable component choices to flimsy build quality, the MSI GS73VR 7RF Stealth Pro is an ill-conceived and poorly executed gaming laptop, especially for the price. Thank you for your insights and deep review. Color accuracy is not important to the core gaming experience, so the wider gamut is only a bonus. I still notice it every time I pick it up and that bothers me a little bit. Being only .77” thick and under 5 and a half pounds, the weight and overall balance is pretty good. February 15, 2017 at 9:45 am. You can also subscribe without commenting. September 24, 2016 at 6:45 pm. Once again we have a Stealth Pro product on our table. Granted, it's a nice one, but the 4k screen is a lot better in that department. When I tried to connect the Core X to the non-Thunderbolt laptop, I would sometimes get a notification on screen which says that SOMETHING has been inserted into the USB-C slot, and that it might be incompatible with the PC's version of USB-C. Its darker coat of paint works alongside the hints of red around both the touchpad and rear edge while the single-bar hinge on the previous generation is now a more standard dual hinge design. Given my past use of the GS60, I have some expectations in this new model. Sequential read and write rates both average in the low 300 MB/s range while NVMe-enabled systems reach four digit transfer rates with ease. Undervolt the processor. Appears there's a safety function that stops the boot process if the CPU fan doesn't spin up – then it just shows MSI and no more. Being an engineer myself, maybe I’m a little too critical of these kinds of mistakes, but this is something I would not expect to have as an issue on a laptop costing nearly $2000. July 26, 2019 at 4:03 am. 673,440 as on 12th September 2020. At first you should update Thunderbolt 3 drivers from MSI website. They sell the key, hinge and cup for your model. It also demands less power than the Asus GL502VY and its GTX 980M while simultaneously outperforming it in benchmarks and games as shown in our benchmarks above. It’s a 17.3” matte panel with a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080. For my performance settigs, the only boxes I have checked are speedstep and C1E. Hmm, I still don't have that popup. This is a welcome departure from the giant circle that went from blue to orange in the previous models, but it’s unfortunate you can’t change the colors to anything you desire. Our measurements below speak only of our configuration on hand as these separate IPS options would very likely carry different panels, response times, and even brightness and contrast levels. Other than that, you can also get rid of the software that MSI provides. More manufacturers are incorporating individually backlit RGB keys including the Lenovo Y900 series, Razer Blade Stealth, and the Aorus X5/X7 refresh. In the following test, we’ve set the screen’s brightness at 40%, which is about 100 nits. 6:17. 120Hz is a huge bonus for FPS gamers. Our Verdict. Starting on the left hand side is a Kensington lock, Ethernet port, SD card reader, 3x USB 3.0 ports, a HiFi headphone jack and a dedicated microphone jack. The MSI GS73VR lasted a decent 5 hours and 37 minutes before shutting down. I'm not even sure what that box is for. Its really big and took me 3 tries to find a fitting case! Thank you so much for your insight. I really liked the 3k panel in my old GS60 – you just couldn’t play many games with a 970m. Most of the letters lack proper curves, for example with the W and U keys. However, when I try to connect the Core X to the new (and Thunderbolt ready) MSI GS73 laptop, I get no notification what so ever, and I am unable to find any sign in the software of my computer that the Core X is connected. Do you use any software or any tips you can show me ? While there may be no throttling, this permanent Turbo Boost performance takes its toll on very high core temperatures. It's practically the same in every way except the resolution, which is worse on this model. Good luck with the new laptop though. Breaking sharp edges is normally a high priority for a consumer product that is handled on a daily basis. I’ve read a number of posts about removing bloatware. For the FHD panel, my battery test consists of using the stock “Power Saver” power profile, 40% brightness (100 nits), wifi off, Bluetooth off, and running a 720p movie in a continuous loop at full screen with the volume muted. I only tested it for a couple weeks though, so maybe I got lucky. If you're using SW 2016 or earlier, you might have trouble with the scaling of the buttons. A touch of Sharpie would fix the problem. Typing on it felt very natural and the keys are all properly spaced apart. Sometimes you have to resize the partitions afterwards, depending on if you're going from a smaller SSD to a larger one. Btw, my maximum undervolt is -150mV on battery before the thing crashes. I recently spoke with them about this and they said that the warranty sticker does not apply to US and Canada buyers. The advantages to the 4k screen are it being IPS, so the viewing angles are pretty much perfect. The good thing is it works very well, once you’re used to it. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for MSI GS73VR 7RF (Stealth Pro) 208UK 17.3 Inch Gaming Laptop (Black) - (Kabylake Core i7-7700HQ, 16 GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 2TB HDD, GTX 1060, Windows 10) at Amazon.com. The panel is surrounded by a plastic bezel with the MSI logo adorning the bottom part. For a clean install, can I just install Intel and ignore the Killer drivers? Wilfred, February 23, 2017 at 8:36 pm. The placement of these ports is a bit too close to the front due to the ventilation grilles and limited surface area available, so thicker cables are more likely to take up valuable desk space. I did it last night. The pitch was pretty low and almost pleasant actually. This is excellent for photo work that requires a wide gamut screen. The GS63vr is also going to be the same. In fact, those countries are allowed to perform upgrades as they please, but the warranty will not extend to the new components. The internal speakers have been revised to a 4.1 setup (4x 2 W speakers + 3 W subwoofer). Interesting the air intake is on top, yet there is a huge amount of vents on the bottom of the laptop.. September 6, 2016 at 12:08 pm. By John Hvidlykke 2020-01-01 - 8:30 am. MSI has since confirmed with us that the card reader in the GS73VR is limited to USB 2.0 speeds. The GTX 1070 and 1080 would require a much bigger fan and heatsink. But now that I have a unit with a better fitting bottom, I love this laptop that much more. You connected it to a monitor with a bigger resolution (1440). Performance is clearly not an issue for the series, but its main drawbacks continue to be high-pitched fan noise and short battery life. The connector is so stiff that it’s hard to pull it. The Wifi is Killer brand and I've had many random issues with previous versions of the card in other laptops. September 21, 2016 at 12:59 pm. October 26, 2016 at 8:23 am, Hi, can you pls explain why did you like 17" model more than 15". Liked: Complete sRGB or AdobeRGB coverage Almost no uneven backlight bleeding … (I can swipe from left to the right edge and have the entire movement recognised but touching or swiping from the right goes unrecognised. August 14, 2018 at 3:29 pm. Summary: In general, the MSI Stealth Pro GS63VR is a great successor to the Ghost Pro GS60. It’s about a millimeter too short on both sides. I haven't looked too much in detail yet but I just saw it and thought I'd share. Clipset. Asus has a few out too, and we're still waiting to review what Alienware, Razer, Acer and the rest of the gaming crew will offer. m.2 sata so I guess I can’t put those m.2 pcie-x4 ones in there can I? The 4k screen option is also a nice feature. In all indoor lighting conditions, I was able to use it just fine. Either way, it's a welcome improvement because I was starting to get tired of manually changing it. The laptop just barely overlaps the mouse pad. Not sure if you could overclock the GPU reliably much above the regular turbo speeds? Specifically, if I try to open up a big program and glide the mouse pointer across the screen, it will randomly stop or stutter. Does anyone know of any? Minimum brightness is about 6 nits and the peak brightness was also 310 nits, which is great in order to fight that sun glare. And if it is one stick, are there any additional slots where ram can be installed? The testing is not a representation of MSI products satisfying U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) requirements or for military use. I just purchased the GS73 7RE, which from what I can tell is basically a 6RF but with an updated CPU and a 1050TI. Next up is the GS63VR, so also look out for that one. I just put a PCI-e drive in mine. It is in stock in China and the price is 12999 CNY (~1950 USD, tax-included). would you recommend it for video editing on an Avid media composer ? Wilfred, February 23, 2017 at 1:17 pm. Thicker gaming notebooks are predictably cooler under the same conditions. My eyes tend to prefer the high resolutions,even at 30fps. I have the GS73VR with the 1920×1080 display and I would like to connect it to an external display with a bigger resolution 2560 x 1080, March 25, 2017 at 5:12 pm, March 22, 2017 at 11:28 am. July 7, 2017 at 6:24 am. Colors still become increasingly inaccurate the higher the saturation level despite the panel's complete sRGB coverage, so additional manual calibration may be needed. MSI, of course, is well aware of the challenges of cramming high-end hardware onto thin form factors and has outfitted the GS73 with a third fan in an attempt to curb operating temperatures. Allen Ngo, 2016-08-26 (Update: 2020-06- 8). T4R, October 7, 2016 at 3:24 pm, Doug has a pretty good explanation here: https://www.ultrabookreview.com/10167-laptop-undervolting-overcloking/, There are also other ways to do it such as Intel XTU. December 5, 2016 at 5:56 am. I also tested the laptops limits by running a stress test with Prime95 and Furmark. Under full gaming load, the fans ramped up reaching levels of 35dB at ear level and 45 dB at the exhaust. For example, attempting to pinch-to-zoom would frequently result in the browser window scrolling up or down instead. The post is now updated with Prime95 and Furmark testing. Once again we have a Stealth Pro product on our table. It's also worth noting that the GS73VR has dropped one mDP port (in favor of a USB Type-C/mDP 1.2 combo) and the line-in port from the GS70 and does not include VGA options as found on competing Gigabyte and Aorus units. Transfer rates from the primary M.2 SSD are average at best even for a drive limited by the SATA III interface. I played a couple games attached with the Razer core with the lid closed and the CPU was able to keep itself cool the whole time. Once I restart without Throttlestop I can get around 140fps. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0";amzn_assoc_enable_interest_ads = "true";amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "fatherday00-20";amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "auto";amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart";amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon";amzn_assoc_region = "US";amzn_assoc_linkid = "b9262bfd0a741abacb709b2abd1d1026";amzn_assoc_emphasize_categories = "13900871";amzn_assoc_fallback_mode = {"type":"search","value":"laptop"};amzn_assoc_default_category = "PCHardware"; The underside is where the compliments end though. JHL6240 Thunderbolt 3 Bridge (Low Power) [Alpine Ridge LP 2016] 15c0 PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_15c0, JHL6540 Thunderbolt 3 NHI (C step) [Alpine Ridge 4C 2016] 15d2 PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_15d2 It shouldn’t throttle due to heat at all really… Either something is wrong with the contact with the GPU or one of the fans are bad. If the Razer Blade Pro ever gets updated, that would be the only other one I’d be interested in. DSL6340 Thunderbolt 3 NHI [Alpine Ridge 2C 2015] 1575 PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1575 The HDMI port in your review says HDMI 1.4b. I've owned that screen before, so I knew what I was getting into. Combine this with its <20 mm thickness and you have one of the most portable gaming notebooks around in its size category. So enough about the screen – let’s talk about the rest of the hardware. While RAID capabilities have been dropped, its necessity is arguable here considering the form factor and already fast speeds of the NVMe controller. Specifications. The GS73VR is finally thinner, better built, quieter, cooler, and much more powerful with more localized temperature development. Upon a closer inspection, it looks like the alignment of the ports is ever so slightly off on my unit. Some laptops have issues with this model (mostly due to drivers), but this one is pretty stable. I think many are going to be torn on this decision for a lot of reasons. I know that's not feasible for everyone to upgrade, but its something I have been doing with my daily drivers since I didn't have too much luck with Killer in the past. The speakers are downward facing and are located on the bottom front edge unfortunately. I bought this laptop one year ago after reading your review, and I barely never got disappointed about it, so thank you for your work. MSI made the right choice with the 1060. I'm not sure but I can check. The fact it fits in my backpack is a huge plus in my book. :), October 2, 2016 at 7:19 pm. For use: MSI GS63VR GS63 GS62. DSL6540 Thunderbolt 3 Bridge [Alpine Ridge 4C 2015] 1578 PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1578, JHL6240 Thunderbolt 3 NHI (Low Power) [Alpine Ridge LP 2016] 15bf PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_15bf Life of machine used as daily driver happily extended to even longer…! The answer is yes, but not by significant margins. If they don't step up, I am going to file a formal complaint. Right click on it and select Properties. Then I run a SSD cloning software(I use Macrium Reflect) and boot to it. Larger gaming systems like the GT72S, Asus G752VY, and Eurocom DLX7 score noticeably higher than the GS73. Red indicates the iGPU and orange indicates the dGPU. The best part is, I see almost no backlight bleed – something I was very nervous of considering the thin screen construction. September 6, 2016 at 12:29 pm. *Load – playing No Man’s Sky for approximately 60 minutes on high FHD settings. Another thing I’m pretty happy with is the cooling system. I doubt it's the half speed one, because when I tried the Razer Core with it it ran just as good as with the Razer Blade. MSI GT73VR Titan Pro review MSI’s portable gaming station could replace your desktop - if you can afford it By Parker Wilhelm 10 January 2017. Thx :), October 3, 2016 at 6:38 pm. I don’t think there are any weak spots that I would worry about on thi… Honestly, Asus has not appealed to me with their gaming options simply because they are too thick and they insist on neon orange. MSI is close to having the absolute best gaming laptop available. Yes. December 1, 2016 at 11:07 am. Also the keyboard backlighting was set to minimal. Unfortunately I can't comment on the FHD IPS panel – I've never seen it. Heh, I’d like to but I doubt I’ll be getting the GL702 anytime soon. MS-17B1 17B2 16K2 16K3 . Nate Gentile. I have the GS73 7RE(Stealth Pro) and I have stupidly broken one the white brackets under the space bar. MSI GS73VR 6RF - 2016-09-1309/13/2016 v5.1(old)Allen Ngo, 17.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, TN LED, Name: Chi Mei N173HHE-G32, ID: CMN1747, glossy: no, Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller, 1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1x Mic-in, 1x Headphone-out (HiFi/SPDIF), Card Reader: SD reader, Qualcomm/Atheros e2400 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.1, height x width x depth (in mm): 19.6 x 411.8 x 284.9 ( = 0.77 x 16.21 x 11.22 in), Speakers: 4x 2 W + 1x 3 W subwoofer, Keyboard: SteelSeries Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Cleaning cloth, warranty card, Quick Start guide, Dragon Center, MSI True Color, Nahimic 2, SteelSeries Engine 3, Killer Network Manager, 24 Months Warranty, 2.429 kg ( = 85.68 oz / 5.36 pounds), Power Supply: 732 g ( = 25.82 oz / 1.61 pounds). 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