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MSI GS60 6QE Ghost Pro 4K Gaming Laptop Review




Performance and Benchmarks

Powered by an Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU clocked at 2.6GHz, NVIDIA GeForce GTX970M GPU, 16GB RAM, and fast SSD, the GS60 Ghost Pro is a beast of a machine. It will breeze through complex applications and run the latest games out there with ease, but with some limitations. If you remember, the GS60 Ghost Pro packs a UHD display, which is heavy for the GPU if you’re going to fully utilize it, especially in gaming.

Using Fraps to measure FPS, we learned that the GS60 Ghost Pro doesn’t have enough muscle to run games at max settings in UHD resolution, but play it at Full HD, which is still really good, and it will impress you. Take a look at the results below in FHD and UHD resolutions at maximum graphic settings:

* Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes (FHD) – Avg: 59.870 – Min: 59 – Max: 61
* Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes (UHD) – Avg: 18.130 – Min: 17 – Max: 19
* Fallout 4 (FHD) – Avg: 53.750 – Min: 41 – Max: 63
* Fallout 4 (UHD) – Avg: 33.633 – Min: 26 – Max: 45
* Far Cry 4 (FHD – NVIDIA) – Avg: 28.050 – Min: 21 – Max: 37
* Far Cry 4 (UHD – NVIDIA) – Avg: 2.333 – Min: 2 – Max: 4
* Far Cry 4 (FHD – ULTRA) – Avg: 45.483 – Min: 34 – Max: 53
* Far Cry 4 (UHD – ULTRA) – Avg: 11.383 – Min: 1 – Max: 19
* Dying Light (FHD) – Avg: 44.867 – Min: 38 – Max: 56
* Dying Light (UHD) – Avg: 16.483 – Min: 14 – Max: 19

As for 3D Mark, Unigine Heaven 4.0, and Crystal Disk Mark, take a look at the results below:

Temperature-wise, the GS60 Ghost Pro definitely heats up when playing games with the fans becoming noticeably loud but not enough to be annoying. The good thing is that the heat is mostly concentrated at the top left where the exhaust is, away from your palms and fingers. At one point it reached a max temperature of 87-C (42-C when idle) so we don’t suggest gaming on your lap.

Battery Life

If you’re hoping for a great battery life on this thing, then expect to be disappointed. The 6-cell battery only lasted for less than 4 hours on constant WiFi, watching videos on YouTube and offline with brightness set to 100%. If you’re working on this thing and not plugged in, we suggest lowering the brightness and finish your work fast as this notebook isn’t going to give you much juice.

Conclusion

The MSI GS60 6QE Ghost Pro 4K is a really powerful machine that will appeal to those who prefer a gaming laptop with a slim build, sleek design, high-resolution display, really nice keyboard, and high-end specs to deliver those demanding games and software. It’s not perfect though as there’s the very short battery life, gets really hot when playing games, and doesn’t have enough power to run games in UHD resolution. It’s also pricey at Php134,995, but if you have the budget and you’re looking for the advantages mentioned, this laptop is worth considering.

MSI GS60 6QE Ghost Pro 4K specs:
15.6″ UHD (3840×2160), Wide-viewing angle, IPS display
Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor
NVIDIA GeForce GTX970M 3GB DDR GPU
16GB DDR4 RAM (2x 8GB)
128GB SSD + 1TB 7200RPM HDD
Sound by Dynaudio
ESS SABRE HiFi audio DAC technology
Nahimic Audio Enhancer
FHD webcam (30fps @ 1080)
SD (XC/HC) card reader
Killer Gb LAN with Killer Shield
Killer ac
Bluetooth 4.1
HDMI 1.4
2x USB 3.0
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
Thunderbolt 3
Mini-DisplayPort 1.2
Mic-in, Headphone-out
Full-color backlight SteelSeries keyboard
6-cell battery
160W AC adapter
390(W)x 266(D) x 19.9(H)mm
1.9kg(w / battery)

What we liked about it:
* Great performance
* UHD resolution display
* Good speakers
* Slim build
* Nice backlit SteelSeries keyboard

What we didn’t like:
* Gets really warm when playing games
* Slow frame rates when gaming in 4K
* Short battery life
* Expensive

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This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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