MSI GP63 Leopard 8RE: Cool 6-Core Gaming!
Gaming laptops are becoming a more accessory for people on the go. Rather than getting one for work and another for your gaming, people have opted for something that can do both. Due to the increase in GPUs, getting a laptop seemed more reasonable.
The one that we got pairs the mid-range GEFORCE ® GTX 1060 graphics with Intel’s new hexa-core Coffee Lake-H CPU. Although, the one we got was DOS-Based and we had to install our own Windows 10. In the process we upgraded a hardware like the SSD, HDD and RAM.
Our review laptop pairs mid-range GTX 1060 graphics with Intel’s new hexa-core Coffee Lake-H CPU. This is, at least on paper, a strong performer. The laptop is not all about power though. It managed to do with style using various RGB lighting effects both on the exterior and keyboard.
Left Side Panel
On the left side panel, you will find an audio and microphone input, USB Type-C Gen 2, HDMI 1.4 port, USB input (3.1), an RJ45 port and a mini-DisplayPort port. Towards the rear, you also find a large exhaust vent.
Right Side Panel
On the right side, the power input, 2 x USB ports (3.1) and an SD card input. To the rear, like the left-side, you will also find a large exhaust vent.
The rear of the laptop
The cooling is definitely outstanding in this design as expected of MSI. The number of vents is between 8 to 10 and of course, there are stands that have been built to pretty much make sure that the laptop does not cover the underside vents when sitting flat. Definitely, a smart choice by MSI as it gives the GP63 more airflow and lower temperatures.
The underside of the laptop
The underside itself though is quite hard to remove as you would have to take out 11 screws just to get into the hardware for upgrades. Luckily, we were able to spot the screw under the “Factory seal” before we ripped the back panel off. Just look at that glorious cooling system! The plastic panel itself is very soft flexes at the slight push which could cause problems if something heavy was to be placed on it.
As with the GP62, MSI decided to include their SteelSeries RGB Gaming Keyboard with full-color backlighting. From our time with the GP63, the key travel is more than adequate and has good tactile keys. The visibility standout because of the “Exclusive Silver Lining Printed keys”, as MSI calls them.
Thanks to the i7-8550H in combination with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, primary 512 GB SSD and 24 GB of RAM, the MSI GP63 Leopard has worked pretty well for us. We did run it on Dota 2 Ultra settings and we had a pretty smooth game with the CPU and GPU maxing out at 70 degrees without air conditioning in the area.
We tried the same with Overwatch and we achieved similar temps at 60 FPS.
MSI Dragon Center
With the setup, MSI includes the Dragon Center 2.0 which gives you system monitoring and tuning capabilities, an LED wizard for the RGB lights, gaming mode with auto-tune, voice wizard, mobile connection center and a section for the tools and help. The transparency can be a little distracting and cannot be adjusted.
The laptop did not come with any Windows Edition on it but luckily MSI was able to provide a one-click option to install all the updated drivers.
GP63 LEOPARD 8RD SPECS