Is it possible for a four pound portable laptop to be a high performer? I am quite impressed with the MSI GS63VR Stealth. Our hero is the first laptop on Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060.
The Stealth Build
CUDA core count, as well as memory bandwidth, are the same on mobile and desktop chips. The biggest difference between them is in speed, where the laptop gives up a bit. The frame is magnesium-lithium, backlit keyboard.
Since I was testing the device on GeForce GTX 1060 and wondering if it would make it to the desktop chip, I decided to do a GeForce GTX 1060 vs. GeForce GTX 980.
Stealth 4K performance
A very important topic is the 4K performance of the laptop. However, for 4K gaming, you need to lower the graphics settings a lot, as the GTX 1060 is not that good of a video adapter.
Parking Brake Coding Program
Our tests generally focus on the most important issue for gaming: that’s the graphics card. Although gaming is not the only thing that people do on their laptops and computers. Consequently, I compared the Stealth to thicker devices.
In our test, we used a free Handbrake encoder and converted the 30GB 1080p MKV file into a smaller MP4. Performance stays around the same level the Stealth uses Skylake quad-core as other gaming laptops.
Overall, the Stealth is worthy enough to compete with other desktop CPUs, for example the fastest of all is the Origin EON17-X.
Long battery life: or not?
Normally, if we play on large and powerful laptops, we do not take battery life into account. It will spend an hour booting up a 130-watt GPU for gaming on battery power. In practice, gaming laptops have a battery, so you can turn it off and go from the kitchen to another room, where you can plug it back in. It’s worth noting that the Stealth is a real gaming device, with the ability to use it on the go and play games on high settings.
However, we checked everything with our own hands, so I want to tell you how Stealth works on battery. For practice, we ran our usual test, starting with playing a file in 4K resolution in Windows 10 Movie & TV Player. We chose between 250 and 260 nits for optimal daytime brightness. The next step is to connect the headphones and turn on the audio.
Few people would carry a large laptop. Therefore, I decided to compare the battery performance of the Stealth and several other similar devices. I chose the Dell XPS 15 and Samsung Book 9 with a similar Stealth size. By the way, they both have quad cores and discrete graphics, but a smaller battery and lower performance.
Based on the test results, I’d say the Stealth gives you pretty average battery life. You will receive no more than four hours in normal mode. To increase the run time, reduce the brightness. Though Stills runs on Nvidia’s Optimus to offset workloads when performing simple tasks.
Speaking of pros and cons, the GTX 1060-equipped Stealth is still not that perfect.
The screen itself is not bad. It has good viewing angles, matte coverage, and high contrast. But the color temperature and gamma slightly deviate from the desired values. To pass our brightness test, Stealth had to run at 100 percent.
Backlight uniformity, like the vast majority of laptops, hovers within 8.5%. The screen’s refresh rate is 60 Hz. Unfortunately, the screen does not support NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, which would prevent image tearing in games.
Although the screen was almost on the good side, the audio system leaves a lot to be desired. Even after updating the drivers, removing the conflict with one of the latest Windows 10 updates, the sound was satisfactory, but nothing more. Of course, the high component density in a slim case affects this, which leaves no room for good speakers.
Despite all the flaws, this 4-pound laptop is a huge leap forward in the field of gaming gear. You can play modern games on high settings on a laptop! The GTX 1060 offers 50 percent more power than, say, Nvidia’s best GeForce GTX 970M GPU. Thus, mobility and performance in an MSI GS63VR Stealth is not a myth at all, but our new reality.