The GE62VR Apache from MSI is one of the only laptops in the world to pack a full-fledged NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU. Not a watered down laptop version of the 1060, rather the exact same chip which is used in gaming desktops. This is one of MSI’s flagship models and comes with plenty of horsepower under the hood, as well as looks that suggest an absolute beast of a gaming laptop. There are no compromises in terms of processing power or storage, and this mean machine also sports a custom RGB gaming keyboard from SteelSeries to deliver the ultimate mobile gaming experience no matter what game you play. There are lights all over the body, and if wished, you could actually substitute this laptop for a Christmas tree. Seriously though, it boasts killer looks while also delivering ground breaking performance, the likes of which has never been seen on any 15.6” laptop prior to this.
For the body of this laptop, MSI used a mix of anodized aircraft grade aluminum and high quality ABS. The top panel surrounding the keyboard has been crafted from premium aluminum, and features a brushed dark finish that looks gorgeous. There are sharp angles on the sides and the back panel is crafted to look like the body of a fighter aircraft. There are dual vents on the back to expel all the heat that is generated by the powerful hardware within the laptop, and accent light strips on the sides decorate the body, giving it a mean, focused appearance that will wow spectators as you are immersed inside your game of choice.
Whenever MSI needs an awesome gaming keyboard for their flagship laptops, they approach SteelSeries. Now SteelSeries is known to create great gaming keyboards for desktop PC’s, but they are also exclusive manufacturers of laptop keyboards for MSI. The GE62VR Apache features a full-fledged gaming keyboard with macro keys, programmable buttons, customizable per-key RGB backlighting, and a whole lot more. The keys have been manufactured to deliver faster response times by reducing travel distance, yet they still have that amazing tactile feel to them.
With simulated 7.1 surround sound and a special dedicated subwoofer mounted underneath the laptop, you don’t have to worry about listening to sub-par audio on your laptop ever again. Both the speakers and sound card have been developed by MSI in collaboration with Nahimic, a company that specializes in manufacturing audio solutions for fighter aircraft. You get simulated 3D surround in which crucial sounds like footsteps, gunshots, etc. are prioritized, while reducing external audio and interference to reduce unwanted noise levels.
With MSI’s exclusive True Color Technology, your display is pre-calibrated in order to deliver the best possible gaming visuals straight out of the box. If you’re not satisfied with the factory preset, you can tweak the hue, saturation, gamma, black levels, etc. manually from the display manager. This laptop sports a 15.6” 1080p IPS panel, and delivers crisp looking visuals along with low input lag and lighting fast pixel response times. With 178° viewing angles and black equalization, your enemy will never be able to hide from you in the darkness again, since the darkest areas of the screen will receive a positive white balance, and the overexposed areas will be dimmed in order to create a scenario where you can acquire and eliminate targets within milliseconds.
How Much Horsepower does it Pack?
With a Core i7-6700HQ processor and a NVIDIA GTX 1060, we would say this laptop is one of the beefiest mobile gaming machines on planet Earth. It is VR ready and also features ultra-fast memory to keep up with today’s demanding games and applications. The 12 GB of DDR4 RAM can be upgraded up to 32 GB, although we don’t believe that you’ll need any more than 12 GB of RAM for gaming until at least another couple of years. The 1 TB 7200 rpm HDD serves as the bulk storage, while the agile 128 GB SSD can be used as a boot drive as well as a game storage drive where you can store a few games that you plan on finishing first. We recommend you store open world games such as Mad Max, GTA, Far Cry, etc. on the SSD so that new areas on the map and new levels load up extremely fast.
The quad core hyper threaded i7-6700HQ runs at a base clock of 2.6 GHz, and can ramp up its speed to 3.6 GHz when needed. This means that you will be able to run CPU-intensive games such as DOTA 2, CS GO, StarCraft, GTA V, Battlefield, etc. at 60+ fps on max settings. If you want to play games that absolutely stress graphics cards such as Shadow of Mordor, Assassins Creed Unity, COD, Witcher III, etc. then you’re in for a treat as the GTX 1060 6GB desktop graphics chip inside the Apache will have an absolute blast with those games at 1080p. You will be able to play every current AAA title at 1080 with high-ultra settings on 60+ fps with this laptop. And, there is a button on the laptop panel right above the keyboard that will automatically overclock both your CPU and GPU in a matter of seconds, sending your PC into turbo mode when you need that extra “oomph” for your game.
So, if this laptop is capable of killing games at 1080p on max settings, can you watch 1080p HD movies and listen to songs on this machine? Well, we think you know the answer very well. The IPS panel is absolutely stunning for watching movies and its 99% sRGB color accuracy allows you to use the laptop for creative tasks such as video or photo editing. You can be sure that the colors you see on your screen while editing the photo are the ones that will be reproduced when your photo is viewed on print or on the top of a magazine cover.
Thanks to the super-efficient Pascal GPU architecture and the 6th generation Skylake CPU, this laptop barely sips on the battery while you are running light applications. Even though it is capable of draining the 6-cell battery in just 40 minutes to one hour while playing AAA games, you can expect the battery to last for 5-6 hours while watching movies or browsing the web.
If you’ve read this far, then you probably know by now that is an absolute killer of a gaming laptop (it even features Killer E2400 LAN and Killer 802.11 a/c Wi-Fi). The RGB lighting is customizable, the keyboard features macros and anti-ghosting, the GPU is actually a desktop version, and the CPU features the most advanced and efficient consumer microprocessor architecture on Earth. Is it worth the money? We definitely think it is worth it, especially if you consider the fact that you’re getting an IPS display and 128 GB SSD at such a reasonable price (well, it is slightly high).