Today inside our labs we’ve the MSI GP63 Leopard 8RD which is among the brand’s more budget oriented gaming notebooks out of this year’s lineup. This notebook may be the natural successor to last year’s MSI GP62 Leopard. In conditions of design and construction, the brand new updated GP63 hasn’t really changed much nonetheless it now updated with the 8th generation Intel six-core processors.
Configurable only up to the GTX 1050 Ti, the GP63 Leopard 8RD isn’t designed for hardcore gamers but like any other MSI notebook, it brings some exclusive features to an individual. Most notable may be the SteelSeries RGB keyboard. The optional 120Hz panel with 3ms response time can be something you don’t see each day.
These exclusive and premium features have a tendency to keep carefully the price of MSI’s notebooks somewhat higher than many competition offering similar hardware but sometimes paying more will probably be worth it. Stick around if the GP63 Leopard 8RD is among these cases.
Design and construction
The MSI GP63 Leopard 8RD construction is a variety of plastic and metal. The trunk cover of the notebook is manufactured out of plastic which feels cheap and activities flex when pressured. Alternatively, the lid, screen frame, and palm rest areas are metal with a brush finished. They provide the notebook some amount of sturdiness and so are much more appealing compared to the plastic back.
The back cover includes a few vents for the coolant system. The four rubber feet keep carefully the notebook above the top it’s located on so airflow through the vents ought to be sufficient. Additionally, there are two big vents behind these devices and two on the sides.
The lid flexes a whole lot when pressured and can’t be opened with one hand. When you open it, you start to see the beautiful RGB SteelSeries keyboard which is most likely among the best top features of the MSI notebooks. Typing onto it is comfortable. The keys are well spaced and also have a satisfactory travel distance in addition to feedback. The arrow keys are full-sized which is welcomed in gaming laptops. The customizable RGB light has three brightness levels. There aren’t additional macro keys apart from two buttons above the Num Pad which launch the fan boost and the Dragon Center. Alternatively, the touchpad is nothing special – it gets the work done.
In addition to the ports on both sides of the notebook, there are three indicator LEDs on leading which give info on the Wi-Fi, battery, and disk usage.
A lot of the ports on the MSI GP63 Leopard 8RD can be found on the left-hand side. There you will discover the lock slot, Gigabit Ethernet port, an HDMI, a Mini DisplayPort, a USB 3.1 Type-A port, a USB Type-C port, and two 3.5 mm jacks for a microphone and headphones.
The right-hand side is populated by the DC jack, another two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, and the Sdcard reader.
Disassembly, upgrade options and maintenance
To remove the trunk cover, you must unscrew 11 Philips screws. Take note, one of these is hidden beneath the factory seal label. Be cautious when prying the lid as the plastic teeth holding it is usually easily damaged.
Inside you will discover the most common components. Two DDR4 RAM slots, among which is empty inside our configuration, an M.2 2242 slot for the Wi-Fi card, an M.2 2280 slot for SSDs that supports NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD, and a 2.5-inch SATA slot populated by a 1TB SSD inside our case.
There are a handful of unusual things too. For example, you rarely see such large speakers in a notebook. One more thing is the fact there are a number of copper heat pipes. We will test the functions of the coolant system further down in the review.
For some reason, you will find a blank space below the RAM slots. It might have been useful to add another M.2 slot instead.
The MSI GP63 Leopard 8RD includes a Full HD TN panel with a model number N156HGA-EAL. Its size is 15.6 inches (39.62 cm) and its own resolution – 1920 x 1080 which results in a pixel density of 142 ppi. The screen ratio is 16:9 and the pixel pitch is 0.18 х 0.18 mm. The screen becomes Retina when viewed from at least 60 cm (out of this distance the eye can’t start to see the individual pixels).
The MSI GP63 Leopard 8RD will not offer comfortable viewing angles as a result of nature of the TN panel. You can expect images at 45° to judge the quality.
The utmost measured brightness is 214 nits (cd/m2) in the center of the screen and 195 nits (cd/m2) average over the surface with a maximum deviation of 13%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen and at maximum brightness is 7940K (average) – colder compared to the optimal 6504K temperature for sRGB. The common color temperature through the grey scale before profiling is 14000K.
In the illustration below you can view the way the display performs from uniformity perspective. Quite simply the leakage of light from the source of light. The illustration below shows how matters are for operational brightness levels (approximately 140 nits) – in this specific case at 64% Brightness (White level = 141 cd/m2, Black level = 0.4 cd/m2).
Values of dE2000 over 4.0 shouldn’t occur, which parameter is among the first you should check if you intend to utilize the notebook for color sensitive work (a maximum tolerance of 2.0 ). The contrast ratio is – 350:1 (305:1 after profiling).
To make certain we are on a single page, we wish to give you just a little introduction of the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start out, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the obvious specter of colors by the eye, giving you an improved perception of the colour gamut coverage and the colour accuracy.
In the black triangle, you will notice the typical color gamut (sRGB) that’s being employed by millions of men and women in HDTV and on the net. For the Adobe RGB, this can be used in professional cameras, monitors etc for printing. Basically, colors inside black triangle are being used by everyone which is the essential the main color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.
Still, we’ve included other color spaces just like the famous DCI-P3 standard employed by movie studios, plus the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, continues to be a thing into the future and it’s problematic for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur all around us every day.
The yellow dotted line shows MSI GP63 Leopard 8RD’s color gamut coverage.
Its display completely covers the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) gamut. Its range spreads to 95% DCI-P3 in CIE1976. This results in really rich and vibrant colors.
Our “Design and Gaming” profile offers optimal color temperature (6500K) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.
We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange etc. You can examine out the results at factory condition and in addition, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.
Below you can compare the scores MSI GP63 Leopard 8RD with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web site design” profile (right).
Another figure shows how well the display will be able to reproduce really dark elements of an image, which is vital when watching movies or doing offers in low ambient light.
The left side of the image represents the display with stock settings, as the right one has been the “Gaming and WEB SITE DESIGN” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will see the grayscale and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the display. On both graphs below you may easily look for yourself how your display handles the darkest nuances but understand that this also is determined by the settings of your present display, the calibration, the viewing angle and the encompassing light conditions.
Response time (Gaming capabilities)
We test the reaction time of the pixels with the most common “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.