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MSI GV62 Review with 4 Comparisons

MSI GV62 8RD-275

A good gaming laptop for the casual and even the serious gamer.

Editor's Rating:
5

Introduction

Here comes the MSI GV62 Review, a pretty solid laptop that is quite affordable.

This entry gaming laptop is what most casual or normal gamers will need. No need to buy an expensive laptop if you don’t play high demanding games such as Forza Horizon 4, Battlefield 5, PubG, L.A Noire The VR Case files.

Note: In Amazon questions, MSI says it can play PubG at 45-50 FPS.

Note 2: Even if the Graphics Card GTX 1050 TI doesn’t meet the requirements for VR, MSI claims that you can use the Oculus Rift at minimum settings.

On the other hand, if you play games like Fortnite (Can run Fortnite at 140FPS at low settings), Grand Theft Auto V, CS:GO, Overwatch, League of Legends, Dota 2 this laptop is more than enough. If i missed some game you play, make sure you check its system requirements.

In my case, where i play only League of Legends, this laptop would be ideal (well i can play League with an AMD 4750HD card). I don’t play other games neither i think i will.

Well i might add more RAM because i need to open many windows and 8GB is not enough (it doesn’t void the warranty if i add RAM).

But if you need the laptop for gaming only (the games described above plus more), it’s more than enough.

From my experience, people worry too much when they are about to buy. The thing you need to worry the most is that the laptop you buy won’t break in like 1 year.

That is the hardest thing to calculate. That’s why if you do research before buying, the research will be for the durability of the laptop.

That’s because reviewers don’t provide much information as to how much the laptop has worked without fault or what faults have occured and when.

And there is always the fake reviews factor.

Well, MSI is known brand for its quality laptops so is safe enough to get one of these.

Quick Summary

MSI GV62 Review - Quick Summary 2
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Display: 15.6″ Full HD eDP IPS-Level 45% NTSC

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050TI 4G GDDR5 (There are usually questions asking if the Graphics Card can be changed. It can’t because it is embedded in the chip.

Processor: Intel Core i5-8300H 2.3-4.0GHz (This Processor has 4 cores and within each core there are 2 threads).

That means basically that tasks that can be run in parallel will be much faster in a CPU with 2 threads per core rather than 1 thread per core.

Also, the Memory types supported by this CPU are: DDR4-2666, LPDDR3-2133. So if you want to change the Memory(RAM), you can only use only these two types.

The CPU, as with the GPU, cannot be replaced.

Memory: 8GB DDR4 2666MHz 2 Sockets; Max Memory 32GB

Well Max Memory might be 32GB but 16GB is more than enough for gaming.

Maybe you go at 32GB if you are using graphic designer programs.

The memories support dual channel architecture.

Storage: 256GB NVMe SSD. You can another SSD disk if you want more space.

Pros

A Pro that this laptop has is that the red keyboard backlights can be shut down.

MSI APP Player

MSI APP Player allows you to play Android based games on your laptop.

“We don’t need an Android device to run Android apps. A freemium Windows app on MSI laptops, MSI APP Player can run popular mobile games and apps such as Clash of Clans and WhatsApp Messenger while we work in Microsoft Office in another window. It’s really an incredibly useful tool for anyone who’s developing an Android app, wants to try a new app without risking damaging our phone, or wants to enjoy our favorite mobile games on a bigger screen. Simple to use and very well designed. “

https://www.msi.com/blog/msi-app-player-most-of-the-mobile-games-begin-to-migrate-to-the-laptop

Here’s a relevant video of MSI APP Player.

Dragon Center Management App

“MSI Dragon Center is a Windows hardware control and management program. Developed by MSI, this tool allows its users to monitor the status and change the settings of their computer hardware. “

https://www.drivereasy.com/knowledge/msi-dragon-center-what-is-it-and-what-does-it-do/

Let’s see an overview of what Dragon Center can do.

“System optimization — Dragon Center has a Gaming Mode that can optimize your computer for gaming. It helps you find the best settings for your computer and the game you’re going to play. “

https://www.drivereasy.com/knowledge/msi-dragon-center-what-is-it-and-what-does-it-do/

“Hardware monitoring — You can view your hardware status, e.g. resource usage, temperature and fan speed, with Dragon Center. “

https://www.drivereasy.com/knowledge/msi-dragon-center-what-is-it-and-what-does-it-do/

Hardware adjustment — You can also adjust your hardware settings easily with Dragon Center. For example, you can change the fan speed or the LED color of your keyboard or graphics card, or prioritize the network usage of your programs. “

https://www.drivereasy.com/knowledge/msi-dragon-center-what-is-it-and-what-does-it-do/

Here’s a relevant video regarding MSI Dragon Centre.

Nahimic 3

“Nahimic audio software offers an incredible high definition sound technology which boosts the audio and voice performance of your gaming computer. Enjoy an immersive virtual 7.1 sound through your standard stereo equipment! “

https://www.msi.com/page/nahimic

You can also check the website and has a sample sound with Nahimic on and Off.

Check out the revelant video on Nahimic.

Warranty

This laptop has 1 year warranty. Well if you ask me , 2 years would be ideal but most gaming laptops have 1 year.

Cons

One of the cons of this gaming laptop is that it doesn’t last long on battery. 4 hours of battery life while surfing and 1 and half hours when gaming.

Another con is that the laptop cannot be charged through the USB-C port.

Comparison

In this section we will compare other laptops with the same specs (mostly the same GPU).

Here’s the ASUS TUF Gaming Laptop FX504 Laptop. It has the same CPU(i5-8300H), same GPU (GTX 1050TI) and same RAM (8GB 2666MHz) as the MSI GV62 8RD.

The thing the ASUS TUF doesn’t have is the SSD Drive. It has the 1TB FireCuda SSHD, which is slower than the NVMe SSD.

The Asus laptop comes with 2 games , Gears of War 4 and Age of Empires Definitive Edition.

If you want a lightweight laptop, then the ASUS will be the winner as it weighs 5.1 pounds versus 8.6 pounds of the MSI.

Let’s see some more laptops.

Here’s the HP Gaming Laptop with the GTX 1050 TI Graphics Card.

Again as in the Asus, it has the same CPU (i5-8300H), Same Memory (8GB DDR4 2666MHz).

But it has a slow HDD Hard drive. But let’s talk about what HP has that others don’t.

HP has a USB 3.1 port where it be used for charging.

And it weighs 4.85 pounds, making it lighter than the ASUS and the MSI.

Well if you like the green backlightning on the keyboard, then you should get this one!.

Let’s continue with another laptop.

MSI GV62 Review - Acer Nitro 5
Acer Nitro 5

As with the previous laptops, it features the same CPU(i5-8300H), same GPU(GTX 1050 Ti), same RAM (8GB DDR4).

This one has 256 SSD Drive and its weight is 5.95 lbs.

It has also a USB Charging port and the typical 1 year warranty as the above laptops.

And it includes Fortnite Frenzy Game GeForce GTX Bundle and Trend Micro Internet Security for 6 months (3 devices).

And finally, lets see the last laptop.

This time is the Dell Laptop! Same CPU, GPU.

There is a customize button so you pick what features you want.

It weighs 5.57 lbs. Quite low, but we got a winner already for the weights(the HP Laptop!).

Conclusion

As you can see, most laptops in the same category have pretty much the same specs.

When you settle down on what specs you want, then you can narrow down your choice based on other factors.

Some will take the cheapest in their category of choosing, some might take another laptop with better Hard Drive for example(SSD instead of HDD).

And some other might want a lightweight laptop or like a different color of backlight keys.

Even with the monitors, there is choice there too (Some screens for example have Anti-Glare feature).

There are many types of choices one can make in order to buy a gaming laptop (or desktop). Check out my link on 3 ways to choose a gaming laptop.

Finally, if you still haven’t decided what laptop to buy , buy the MSI Laptop.

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8 Comments

  1. I just recently had to replace my laptop as it was quite old and for the second time, the cooling fan went kaputt. Since it is so old, I knew that I was playing Russian roulette with my data, and it also was just not as fast as the laptops for gaming that are out there these days.

    This is why I read with interest your review of the MSI GV62, an entry-level gaming laptop. The replacement laptop I selected is intended to be used more for graphics designing and video rendering, and rather than bog it down through playing games, I wanted to look at a second laptop specifically for gaming.

    Like you, I do not play all the games out there, but the ones I do play are more fun if you have a setup that supports smooth running and adding of a fast refreshing external monitor (i.e. a 240 HZ monitor). The MSI laptop seems like a perfect solution for what I am looking for.

    I likely would want to upgrade the standard 8GB of RAM, as I had that amount in the old laptop, and there were times when it struggled a bit when playing a game with intense moments. No issue for me on the limited types of RAM you can add, as long as I have access to these chips I will be okay.

    The Oculus Rift was also a subject I paid particular attention to in your review. Not so much for playing games, I am thinking of using it as a different way to create some explainer videos and classes for some of the training I do. It is a novel use of the gear, and knowing the MSI will be able to handle this is another point in its favor.

    Great review and I will now head out to have a look at the cost of the MSI versus the other models that you have compared it to. Based on your review, I think the MSI will suffice for my needs. Thanks for putting this article together. 

    • Thank you for your detailed reply. Nice setup you have there with the 240Hz external monitor. If you want to post some details, feel free.

      The 8GB of RAM is great for most games, but if you want to play games and have many browser windows on your screen, you may need to get some more.

      I play only League of Legends now, so this budget gaming laptop is more than enough. Of course i need some more RAM for the extra browser windows i open.

      I heard good words about other brands like Dell and HP, but MSI is top for me(and i don’t think only me).

  2. I’m very glad about this post. Wow! This is very detailed and I like what ive read about this MSI gaming laptop considering the high quality games it can run. Wow! But I’m a football gamer and I play Fifa19 on my console. Please do you have any idea on whether this one can run fifa19 at the level of a console? I would be very glad to hear from you soon before I plunge into making a decision. Thanks

    • Well looking at the system requirements at official site of FIFA 19, they recommended specs are:
      CPU: Intel i3 6300T or equivalent 
      RAM: 8 GB 
      VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 or AMD Radeon R9 270X
      So this gaming laptop with GTX 1050Ti and i5-8300H will play Fifa 19 easily.

      The only issue that you might have is the RAM, that is if you have other windows open(especially if they are RAM hungry).

      You can always install more RAM if needed.

  3. Hello George,

    Wow, I was shocked to see this post. MSI GV62 this is such a good laptop in affordable prize. The specs of this laptop just kill me. It has 15.6″ Full HD eDP IPS-Level 45% NTSC display. Content watching will be good enough. The processor is Intel Core i5-8300H 2.3-4.0GHz. Graphics is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050TI 4G GDDR5 (it’s unchangeable). And it also has 8GB DDR4 2666MHz 2 Sockets (RAM) it can extend up to 32GB, with 256GB NVMe SSD storage(1 more SSD can be joined). The most interesting thing is it has a red keyboard backlight, which gives such a good gaming experience. Most of the games can be playable accept( Forza Horizon 4, Battlefield 5, PubG, L.A Noire The VR Case files). But In Amazon questions, MSI says it can play PubG at 45-50 FPS. You can also play all types of mobile games. One thing that should be noted down that the better capacity is a little smaller. I will always thank MSI for leading the best quality Brand for a long time.

    I am a gamer I need a low budget gaming laptop. I am exchanging my laptop so that I can get a better experience in gaming. This review helps me to select the right laptop.

    Thank you so much for the nice review. This review is really helpful for me to choose my next laptop.

    • Most laptops at this price range have mostly the same GPU,CPU, RAM,Disks etc. It all comes down mostly in selecting a good brand that provides laptop with long durability. Unless you want other features other laptops provide (for example full IPS monitor, different backlight keyboard, some special software that brand has etc).

  4. Hi George.
    Thank you for your beautiful review of MSI GV62 with four comparisons. I have read your entire post properly as I am interested to buy a new gaming laptop. After reading your entire post I think MSI GV62 is best from the four comparisons you have mentioned. I think I should buy it.
    By reading your post I have learned much unknown information about gaming laptop. So I would like to thank you from the core of my heart.
    Thank you so much.

    • No problem. I’m glad you liked the review. If you want the best laptop available, you could check my top 3 list with RTX 2080 Max Q Laptops

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