Review: MSI Vortex G65VR 7RF

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Review: MSI Vortex G65VR 7RF

User Rating: 8.5

MSI is one of the companies that has been at the forefront of the VR revolution. The company recently announced its new gaming desktop PC, the MSI Vortex G65VR 7RF.

This one is an unusually designed gaming PC – the overall design is cylindrical and is designed to be a high-performance mini-Pc. The Vortex is based on the new Kabylake processors from Intel and new NVIDIA Pascal graphics chips.

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In terms of specs, the Vortex G65VR 7RF comes packed with Intel Z170 chipset, powered by Intel’s Kabylake i7-7700K processor. The gaming PC also packs in NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, topped up with 8GB of GDDR5X.

Memory-wise, the Vortex packs in two 16GB DDR4 memory sticks, taking the total memory to 32GB. The internal storage is handled by a 256GB NVMe SSD coupled with 1TB of SATA drive running at 7200rpm. For network connectivity, the Vortex features a Killer N1535 Combo (2*2 a/c), along with a BT4.1 M.2 type card.

The Vortex’s volume is fairly small at only 6.5 liters. In terms of connectivity, the Vortex offers a wide range of ports including two Type C USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, four Type A USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, and two Gigabit LAN ports.

In addition, the Vortex also comes with an HDMI and mini-DisplayPort ports. Even after packing in so many interfaces, the Vortex’s dimensions are 192-by-203-by-278 mm and weighs in at about 4-kgs.

The Vortex runs Microsoft Windows 10 out of the box. It also comes with MSI’s Dragon Center, which lets you tweak the system’s settings and access apps for features such as Nahimic 2, Split Gamecaster, and so on. The Dragon Center also includes the System Monitor, the LED Wizard that lets you play around with the LED settings around the PC’s body, and a system tuner.

One of the major highlights of the MSI Vortex G65VR 7RF is that it is possible to overclock both the CPU and GPU via the MSI Dragon Center. We ran a series of benchmarks on the MSI Vortex G65VR-7RF and we ended up with mixed results.


In Cinebench R15, the Vortex ended up with a score of 1743, which is a bit lower than what we would expect from a similar speced and priced gaming desktop PC. In Cinebench 11.5, we clocked a score of 11.58. In our storage benchmarks, wherein we use AS SSD Benchmark, we clocked a sequential read speed of 2253.14 MB/s, while sequential write speeds were clocked at 1008.08 MB/s. The read / write speeds were quite good.

Thanks to the Intel Core i7-7700K processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics, as well as the high-speed SSD NVMe, the MSI Vortex G65VR 7RF provides a high level of performance. You can run all the latest games in Full-HD resolution or QHD with a high level of detail.

The PC also offers a frame rate that is high enough for a smooth gaming experience. You can even run games in 4K. Thanks to the high-speed SSD, operating system boots in seconds, while games and applications will start without delay.

For a price tag of AED 13,999, the MSI Vortex G65VR 7RF might sound a bit expensive. However, if you are on the market for a powerful gaming PC that comes in a mini PC form factor that can be lugged around, the MSI Vortex G65VR 7RF could be one of the options you could look at.

[highlight color=”yellow”]AED 13,999[/highlight]


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