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MSI Raider GE63VR 7RE 120Hz Gaming Laptop Review

 Rise of the Tomb Raider

In Tomb Raider the GE63VR 7RE Raider’s GTX 1060 graphics card, ably assisted by the rest of the spec, managed to show off the screen’s 120Hz native refresh rate. Especially in DirectX 12, the maximum frame rate nicely exceeded the refresh while the average stayed close enough for comfort.

However, reminding you that we’re dealing with the lowest Nvidia mobile gaming GPU worthy of that name, minimum frame rates still dipped below 30fps, which is why it would have been nice to see some G-Sync love.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex is generally slightly less demanding than Tomb Raider which is why – despite the maximum framerate not stretching the panel’s refresh – we see the minimum fps double to around 60Hz. In titles with this kind of performance level you’re not as likely to experience tearing or stuttering, so the absence of adaptive sync is felt less keenly.

Ashes of the Singularity (All settings low, Avg. FPS all batches)

In Ashes of the Singularity, which like any self-respecting epic RTS throws boatloads of units onto the screen with nary a thought for the poor graphics card that has to render them all, the GTX 1060 again shows its limits.

However, while you might not be able to consistently take maximum advantage of the GE63VR 7RE’s fast display, it’s worth pointing out that all of our test titles ran smoothly enough to be nicely playable. Since “gaming” laptops are being sold with GTX1050 Ti and even vanilla 1050 cards pumping in their electronic hearts which won’t even manage consistent framerates above the high twenties, it’s important to emphasise that MSI’s choice here does so reliably and will let you see the advantage of a faster-than-60Hz screen – as long as you don’t get too greedy with the detail settings or other kinds of eye-candy like antialiasing.

And while we’re on the topic of enabling great experiences, it’s also worth noting that the 1060 is the minimum recommended Green Team card for a good VR experience in the playbooks of both Oculus’ Rift and HTC’s Vive virtual reality headsets, lending a bit more versatility to the MSI GE63VR 7RE Raider’s gamer tag than some lower-specced beasties.

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