MSI's GE62 2QD
A game-ready desktop replacement that won’t break the bank
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Display adapter: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M with 2GB dedicated memory
Display screen: 15.6-inch LCD running at 1920 x 1080 pixels
Internal storage: 128GB SSD, 1TB HGST 7200rpm HDD
Memory: 16GB DDR3 RAM
OS: Windows 8.1
Most gamers turn to desktops because they are inexpensive to buy or build, can be upgraded with ease, and offer solid performance. The alternative is gaming-focused desktop replacement notebooks that, while heavy, are infinitely more portable than a desktop PC. Notebooks like this are handy for gaming tournaments; the other caveats are that they are generally expensive, and offer limited upgradeability. With its GE62 2QD however, MSI has hit an attractive balance in terms of performance, features and cost.
Priced at US $1,632, the GE62 2QD isn't choke-on-your-chocolate expensive to begin with, and when you consider what's on offer, it is rather good value for money. The finished-in-black notebook packs a quad-core 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of DDR3 memory and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M GPU with 2GB of dedicated memory. There's also a Toshiba 128GB SSD that serves as the boot drive, and it is backed up by a 1TB 7,200rpm HGST hard drive.
The core components made the machine responsive on a day-to-day basis and, when we fired up PCMark 8, the results were impressive. The MSI returned a score of 3,248 in the PCMark8 Home 3.0 Conventional test, which meant it was almost as fast as the benchmark's Gaming PC, which was built around the Oculus Rift's recommended specifications. Running the more intensive PCMark 8 Creative 3.0 Conventional test, the gap between the GE62 2QD and the Gaming PC increased but the MSI's score of 3,333 was still very respectable.
We were even impressed by the notebook's battery life when we ran the PCMark 8 Creative 3.0 Battery Conventional test - despite its power-hungry components, the machine ran for 1 hr 52 min. Moving to 3DMark and the Fire Strike 1.1 benchmark, the notebook returned 3DMark, Graphics and Physics scores of 3,993, 4,287 and 8,911 respectively. These are healthy numbers once again, but here the gap between the Oculus Rift machine and the MSI was much wider.
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