MSI WS63VR 7RL Review – A 4K and Power Demanding Workstation

The MSI WS63VR is the company’s latest deal workstation that should make you very interested here. I have seen so many mobile stations coming with Quadro P3000 GPU, but seeing a P4000 graphic card is pretty interesting here. The thing is even more impressive considering on how MSI puts it in such a light and thin chassis. Although they put of the Max-Q version here, I still find it as impressively solid of craftsmanship work. If you look something for powerful, but still does not destroy your pocket then you should be in right place here. It costs you around 3500 dollars and considered as pretty competitive in comparable with Dell Precision 7720 or Lenovo Thinkpad P71.

NVIDIA hopes with Max-Q technology, manufactures would manage to make laptop thinner and lighter, but still carrying lot of power inside. I also hope the thermal or temperature issue should be gone here as it produces less power than its desktop version. I think its worth for us to take look inside and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Connectivity

In term of design, the chassis looks fairly similar to unit I have reviewed few weeks back. MSI puts the same exact design like last year and making it slightly thinner and lighter. The build quality is very impressive as there is no gap or hard edges at my test unit. I just hope the rigidity could be better because the result is far from its competitor. I think this case is probably the result of its smaller and more flexible construction. This thing is unavoidable if users expect for something more portable. At least, the device still manage to handle of few drops and bumps without breaking anything.

Like I said before, the construction and dimension are pretty similar to its lower end version. One thing the manufacture makes it different and better is the connectivity. It now supports of Thunderbolt 3 port rather than using of standard first generation USB type-C. The port is much faster and more reliable especially considering users now could add of external GPU through this lighting port. Sadly, this is the only different thing I find here. Overall, the company has put a nice upgrade over its price different although users will expect more here.

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4K Display for Professional Usage

MSI WS63VR 7RL 2 Having a 4K screen is actually very helping for users on doing CAD or professional photo editing as the amount of pixel we get here is much higher. But, keep in mind at 15 inch screen, the 1920 x 1080p resolution is more than adequate for doing these cases as long as the panel covers of good brightness and high RGB color space. Back to this system, the 4K screen I have here is fully bright and crisp. I could just fully enjoy my work and streaming my movies with no big problem. It covers of 71 percent SRGB color and making a solid 250 nits of brightness. The brightness is quite dim, but perfectly usable for indoor usage.

One thing is completely missing here is a touch support which some users will find it as necessary, but its back again to our preference here. I am not having any issue on getting used with our screen for couple weeks until now, but I really hope the brightness should be better because in under circumstance it feels quite distracting during my work. I think putting the dimmer brightness at 4K screen is the only way to save its battery here.

MSI WS63VR 7RLMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
Graphics NVIDIA Quadro P4000
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory32GB DDR4 Memory
Storage 512 PCIe SSD + 2TB HDD

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Performance, Gaming, and Battery

I am not surprised of seeing Intel I7 7700HQ as the main processing unit here because this processor features a good quad core CPU and used in many gaming laptops. The one that makes me interested here is the GPU. The P4000 is basically the second most powerful Quadro GPU NVIDIA has right now. It’s based on Pascal GPU generation and perfectly suitable for doing CAD, visual projects, medical, and for architecture. The performance is very comparable to its gaming series, but it has completely different and suitable software to relate these works and making the performance is better at this case. The laptop however is not designed for gaming although many games running so fine here. The Witcher 3 is fully playable at ultra-setting at 30 FPS, but do not be surprised on finding some issue on another game here.

Firstly, I really worry about its battery life considering MSI puts of smaller battery for some reasons. The battery they put here is 48Wh which is smaller than we find at its little brother with 65Wh. As the result, the battery only lasts never beyond 3 hours even with light usage. This might be a portable device, but the battery life is never being so portable in my opinion. Think of this issue as your main preference because you are going to need the machine a lot during your days.

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Final Thought

There are two common major problem found at smaller workstation, the first one is battery and the second one is temperature issues. The WS63VR has one of these issues where its temperature is very okay, but sadly the battery suffers of cut off here. 3 hours usage is something cannot be proud here. I guess this what things we have to accept from its portability. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration. I just hope the information is good enough for you. Thank you very much for reading the article and leaves any comment for further assistance regarding the article.

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