Available in a limited edition “Creator White”, the MSI P65 8RF-494FR is the new solution for graphic designers, videographers and other nomadic creators requiring high graphics performance. This 15-inch ultrabook boasts an ultra-compact white design dominated by a beautiful Full HD IPS 144 Hz edge-to-edge display. And its technical sheet is far from indifferent: Hexa Core i7 Coffee Lake, 16 GB of RAM, dedicated SSD of 512 GB and GTX 1070 Max-Q. Added to this are amenities such as the backlit keyboard, the Thunderbolt 3 connector, the fingerprint reader, optimized cooling and a very good autonomy, not to mention the MSI technology.
MSI P65 8RF-494FR Creator Specs
|Slab||15.6 ” Full HD IPS LED 144Hz Edge to Edge 7ms 72% NTSC (1920×1080, Anti-Glare / Matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-8750H Lake Lake Coffee (2.2 GHz, 6 cores)|
|RAM installed (max)||16GB (1 x 16GB) DDR4 2666Mhz (32GB), 2 slots (1 free)|
|Storage space||SSD M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen3 X4 512GB 1 Slot M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen3 / SATA Free|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Pascal GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q 8GB GDDR5 Dedicated, Intel UHD 630 and Optimus|
|Audio system||2 speakers 2W|
|webcam||HD 720p (1280×720) with microphone|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac Gigabit Ethernet|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Card reader||SD / SDHC / SDXC|
|Video output (s)||HDMI 1.4 (4K support), mini DisplayPort 1.2|
|Fingerprint reader||Yes, Windows Hello support|
|USB||3 USB 3.1 1 USB Type-C (Gen2) Thunderbolt 3|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Drums||Li-Polymer 4 cells 82Whr|
|Autonomy announced||8 hours|
|Dimensions (mm)||358 x 247 x 17.9|
|Other||Backlit chiclet keyboard in white with numeric keypad, multi-touch touchpad|
Hard not to approve the design of the MSI P65 8RF-494FR which echoes the MSI Prestige range. The PC gamer manufacturer clearly conceals its usual target to address fans of versatility and mobility and combines the good points. First, the format is closer to that of a big 14 inches (358 x 247 mm) with a thickness of 17.9 mm and a weight reduced to 1.88 kg . The look is particularly elegant in this series Creator White (reserved for high-end GTX 1070 Max-Q) with a uniform white tone, matte and smooth, awakened by golden accents. Small details brighten up everything like the chrome beveled contours of the lid, the graphic grid above the keyboard or the angular format of the metal case .
MSI has equipped its ultrabook with a large battery (82 Whr) and announces up to 8 hours of battery life in current use. This is quite plausible as long as we are confined to basic office tasks and we do not “excite” the graphics card or the processor.
In this more versatile view, MSI skips typical brand technologies such as the SteelSeries keyboard, preferring a more classic capture device with white keys (short stroke) backlit with white . Fortunately, it still incorporates the three modes of use accessible with Shift (Sport, Comfort or Green) for performance to track your use and the MatrixDisplay system that extends the display to two external screens, not to mention the optimized cooling system Cooler Boost Trinity which combines 3 fans and several dedicated heat pipes or the sound boosted by Nahimic 3.
As discreet as its design, the heart of this MSI P65 8RF-494FR does not compromise on performance and will match the resources of the most powerful gamer machines thanks to its Hexa Core i7 Coffee Lake supported by 16 GB of RAM . This duo offers a wide range of versatile applications to meet the needs of all users. Compared to its predecessor (i7-7700HQ Kaby Lake), the processor receives a significant increase in power thanks to 6 cores (against 4 for the i7-7700HQ), allowing it to drive without shaking tools for video editing, editing and editing. images or digital development but also to create in 3D. In addition, the RAM that the second will impose an ideal fluidity for amultitaskingpushed and flexible work sessions.
The ultrabook also displays a level of play and versatility very high-end thanks to the GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q in its version with 8 GB GDDR5 dedicated . This dedicated graphics card masters the intensive game in Full Ultra . In practice, the gain in performance reaches 40% compared to a GeForce 980M, enough to offer very solid graphics dimensions. The game in 4K is also supported with fluidity and details (on external screen), as well as virtual reality. However, its design Max-Q imagined to integrate thin PCs should imply a drop in performance / frequencies of around 10-15% compared to a conventional GTX 1070.
Cinema buffs and players looking for incisive action will have something to cheer about in front of the screen surrounded by 4.9 mm borders and with a refresh rate of 144 Hz . It inherits a definition Full HD (1920 x 1080 px) allowing to take advantage of the contents in High Definition and rests on a slab IPS for the immersion. In addition, the matte treatment is a good omen if you work in a very bright environment or back to a window since you will avoid reflections.
The storage is also of great interest since it contains a 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD. This significantly increases the overall responsiveness of the system on a daily basis. Based on a PCIe interface faster than SATA3, the SSD provides shortened load times, a virtually instantaneous Windows launch and very fast file copies. What’s more, its capacity is not ridiculous and can host a good part of your toy library even if heavy games, media and large programs can be quickly cramped.
From the point of view of connectivity, the requirements of the gamer world are respected with a complete choice of interfaces. There is a card reader, two video outputs (HDMI 1.4, mini-DisplayPort) and four USB ports including three USB 3.1 and a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen2 with support Thunderbolt 3 . You also enjoy the latest generation of Wi-Fi 802.11 AC and Bluetooth 5.0 and Gigabit Ethernet (rarely crossed on an ultrabook). A fingerprint reader appears in the upper left corner of the touchpad as well as remote compatibility with the Microsoft Voice Assistant.