MSI GS65 vs GS75 (2020)

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Winner
MSI GS75 Stealth-248 17.3" Gaming Laptop, 144Hz Display, Thin Bezel, Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX2070, 32GB, 512GB NVMe SSD, Thunderbolt 3
Best Price
MSI GS65 Stealth-006 15.6" 144Hz Ultra Thin and Light Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA RTX 2060, 16GB DDR4, 512GB Nvme SSD, Win10
Model
GS75 Stealth
GS65
Test Result
Test Result 9.7/10 Excellent June 2020
Test Result 9.3/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
MSI
MSI
RAM
32 GB
16 GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-9750H
Intel Core i7-8750H
Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce RTX2070
NVIDIA RTX 2060
Storage Capacity
512GB SSD
512 GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
4.96 lbs
4.19 lbs
Pros
  • Much better gaming performance
  • Compact and light build
  • Fast & high Quality Display
  • Good gaming performance
  • Much Better Price
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • More Expensive
  • Not very comfortable keyboard
Winner
MSI GS75 Stealth-248 17.3" Gaming Laptop, 144Hz Display, Thin Bezel, Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX2070, 32GB, 512GB NVMe SSD, Thunderbolt 3
Model
GS75 Stealth
Test Result
Test Result 9.7/10 Excellent June 2020
Manufacturer
MSI
RAM
32 GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-9750H
Graphics Card
NVIDIA GeForce RTX2070
Storage Capacity
512GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
4.96 lbs
Pros
  • Much better gaming performance
  • Compact and light build
  • Fast & high Quality Display
Cons
  • More Expensive
Best Price
MSI GS65 Stealth-006 15.6" 144Hz Ultra Thin and Light Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA RTX 2060, 16GB DDR4, 512GB Nvme SSD, Win10
Model
GS65
Test Result
Test Result 9.3/10 Very Good April 2020
Manufacturer
MSI
RAM
16 GB
CPU
Intel Core i7-8750H
Graphics Card
NVIDIA RTX 2060
Storage Capacity
512 GB SSD
Battery Time
Value for money
Weight
4.19 lbs
Pros
  • Good gaming performance
  • Much Better Price
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Not very comfortable keyboard

We have reviewed and compared the MSI GS75 versus the MSI GS65 in terms of (Gaming) Performance, Price, Display Quality, Portability, Battery Life and more.

Above you can see the Ranking with the results of the test and below you will find the in-depth reports of each Laptop.

Ranking First: MSI GS75 Stealth

MSI GS75 Stealth review

Pros

  • Much better gaming performance
  • Compact and light build
  • Fast & high Quality Display

Cons

  • More Expensive

For the introduction of the first Coffee Lake H processors, MSI presented the GS65 Stealth Thin in April of last year, a noble everyday companion, which despite its compact dimensions and light weight was certainly suitable for demanding users and gamers, but showed minor flaws in our test in terms of workmanship and temperature behavior.

By switching to the new Turing graphics cards from NVIDIA, the model series has not only been given new hardware, but also a larger offshoot with a 17.3 inch display. How the GS75 Stealth 8SG performs can be read in this Hardwareluxx article on the following pages.

At least since the introduction of the new Coffee Lake H processors and the first Max-Q graphics cards from NVIDIA, these compact all-rounders have been in vogue.

Thanks to narrow screen edges and efficient hardware, the devices have become significantly more compact and lighter without sacrificing performance.

MSI GS75 Stealth test

Since some manufacturers also attach importance to a high-capacity battery, it is even possible to bridge a complete working day without any problems.

The once aggressively designed devices of the gaming class have become really chic and noble notebooks with a high quality of workmanship, which are suitable for almost every field of application.

In April, MSI even launched its own product family for this purpose, which thanks to Max-Q also had a lot of performance to offer in terms of 3D acceleration.

The first generation combined an Intel Core i7-8750H with a GeForce GTX 2070 Max-Q and was thus quite capable of conjuring even the most graphically demanding game titles onto the Full-HD display in the highest settings without jerking.

However, the device got very hot due to the tight space conditions with a height of only 17.9 mm and the quite potent and hot hardware, and the workmanship also showed minor flaws, which is why we had to refrain from an award and preferred the Razer Blade 15 or the Gigabyte Aero 15X v8.

Design

With the introduction of the new Turing graphics cards, MSI has not only given the thin family a hardware upgrade, but also created a larger offshoot equipped with a 17.3 inch screen.

With him one wants to learn from the mistakes of the first generation. In this article we want to find out if this is really the case.

MSI GS75 Stealth gaming controller

The MSI GS75 Stealth Thin has become a bit thicker and larger with dimensions of 396 x 259 x 18.9 mm and with a weight of about 5.0 lbs also heavier, but is still significantly lighter and slimmer than most other gaming notebooks in this performance class – especially when you take other 17 inch devices for comparison.

Under the hood there is still a fast Intel Core i7-8750H with six cores and mobile GeForce graphics up to the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. The display measures the aforementioned 17.3 inches in its diagonal, resolves natively with Full HD resolution and offers a fast refresh rate of 144 Hz.

Whether there will be an optional upgrade to UHD later on is open. MSI actually only makes differences between the models in the memory equipment, which ranges up to 32 GB DDR4 memory and a 1 TB SSD including RAID, and the choice of the graphics card, because the devices are also available with a smaller GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q or even GeForce RTX 2060.

Due to the larger space conditions, there is also a more powerful battery.

One of the biggest disadvantages of the first MSI GS65 Stealth Thin, which we were able to test in June last year, was the case.

It could optically please with its golden-black and plain look, but had slight manufacturing flaws. These are almost completely fixed in the larger GS75 Stealth Thin. The stability turns out significantly better than in the first generation.

The areas around the power button, but also in the ventilation slots on the underside can’t be deformed even under stronger pressure, but the creaking noises as well as the annoying wobbling of the display hinges are still there. Sharp edges or badly processed gaps are not to be found, though.

With dimensions of 396 x 259 x 18.9 mm, the new stealth device turns out considerably larger than its sister model in terms of base area and overall height and is also minimally heavier at around 5.0 lbs. Nevertheless, it is still very compact and light compared to other gaming notebooks in the 17 inch class.

The MSI GS75 Stealth Thin hardly shows that it is still a fast gaming notebook. The plain black metal chassis only has golden color accents here and there, which can be seen in the area of the side edges, but also around the touchpad.

The typical dragon emblem on the screen lid is also an indication that this is a genuine gaming bolide, despite its noble look.

MSI GS75 Stealth keyboard

The MSI GS75 Stealth 8SG’s basic configuration also includes high-quality Dynaudio loudspeakers with passive radiators for deep bass, killer network chips for WiFi and Gigabit-LAN, with which the game data is prioritized in the network, and of course a gamer’s keyboard with RGB backlighting, which once again was created in cooperation with SteelSeries and unfortunately once again does not correspond to the standard layout, because the Windows key has moved further to the right and the Return key is also much smaller than usual. Here you have to get used to it.

Nice gimmick: If you want to adjust the additional functions like volume or brightness of display and keyboard, you can do this via FN-Shortcut, whereby the correspondingly assigned keys light up separately while the rest of the keyboard is darkened.

In this way, the desired function can be quickly found on the keyboard.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The keys themselves have a low stroke of 1.5 mm and release after about 70 g. At 15 x 15 mm, they are pleasantly large and placed at a distance of 4 mm. The numeric keypad, which should especially please number crunchers, consists of much smaller rubber dome keys.

The pressure point is crisp and the typing feel very pleasant. Anti-Ghosting is also on board, as well as a backlight that can be individually adjusted for each key via the SteelSeries 3 engine. It is even and very bright.

The keys themselves have a low stroke of 1.5 mm and release after about 70 g. At 15 x 15 mm, they are pleasantly large and placed at a distance of 4 mm.

MSI GS75 Stealth display

The numeric keypad, which should especially please number crunchers, consists of much smaller rubber dome keys. The pressure point is crisp and the typing feel very pleasant.

Anti-Ghosting is also on board, as well as a backlight that can be individually adjusted for each key via the SteelSeries 3 engine. It is even and very bright.

The touchpad of the MSI GS75 Stealth 8SG is very generously sized with 140 x 65 mm and especially the width is huge. However, MSI has placed the mouse substitute in the middle, slightly offset to the space bar and positioned very close to the arrow keys, which leads to unwanted input on the touchpad when inattentive.

At least: The touchpad can be deactivated by software.

The gliding characteristics are very good thanks to the glass surface, which is also slightly roughened. Precision and reliability are excellent, even at the edges or corners.

Dedicated keys for left and right mouse clicks don’t exist, MSI relies on a clickpad, with which these can be performed within the entire touchpad.

The only downer is that a lot of force has to be applied to the upper half of the touchpad to perform a mouse click, which is much easier to do at the bottom.

The test device optically knows how to please all along the line. The metal case is kept in matt black throughout, and there are some color accents in shimmering gold on the side edges of the screen lid.

The corners on the two display hinges are also colored accordingly, as are the air inlets on the sides, the two 3.5 mm jacks for connecting a headset and of course the dragon logo behind the screen.

On the connection side, the MSI GS75 Stealth 8SG has a lot to offer. There are three USB 3.1 ports according to type A and two modern type C ports, one of which is even output as Thunderbolt 3. It not only allows fast data transfer rates of up to 40 GBit/s, but also serves as a replacement for the missing DisplayPort output via an adapter.

MSI GS75 Stealth ports

HDMI is also available as well as a card reader, which however only gets along with small microSD cards. A common SD card reader would certainly have been the better choice.

Despite the compact design, you don’t have to do without a full-fledged Gigabit LAN interface; the 17 incher communicates wirelessly via AC-WiFi and Bluetooth 5. Both network chips have killer functionality according to Double Shot Pro.

Hardware

Compared to the GS65 Stealth Thin with Pascal graphics, the larger GS75 has become more airy, as there are significantly more ventilation slots on the underside for cooling the processor and graphics card.

MSI relies on three radial fans for its Cool Boost Trinity+ cooling system, which can be partially seen directly through the optical slots above the top case.

A maintenance flap, via which the cooling could have been freed from dust and dirt or the memory could have been upgraded later on by the user, is also not available in the large model of the Stealth Thin family. Therefore, the whole bottom side has to be removed.

MSI GS75 Stealth gaming benchmarks

Our test sample of the MSI GS75 Stealth 8SG is powered by a 82.3 Wh strong battery, which should supply the device for a complete working day.

For the desk in the office or at home, the power is supplied by an external power supply with an output power of 230 W, which should supply the Intel Core i7-8750H and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q sufficiently. The battery is permanently installed.

A look at the case shows that the MSI GS75 Stealth Thin 8SG doesn’t have to make any big sacrifices in terms of processing quality. We’ll now take a closer look at the performance of the hardware and how the cooling fails.

Performance

The heart of the entire product range is an Intel Core i7-8750H on Coffee Lake H basis, which was officially introduced by Intel in April of last year and, compared to its Kaby Lake predecessor, primarily increased the number of cores. While the predecessor was already limited to four cores, the current generation is available with up to six cores.

In the case of the Intel Core i7-8750H, these work with a clock rate of 2.2 to 4.1 GHz in turbo and thus turn up quite a bit, especially in multi-core performance. For comparison: An Intel Core i7-7700HQ has to make do with speeds of 2.8 to 3.8 GHz.

Otherwise, the Coffee Lake model has a 9 MB L3 cache and a 1.5 MB L2 cache available, whereby the latter must share all six cores.

The data and instruction cache primarily provides 32 KB per core. Like most current Intel processors, the Intel Core i7-8750H is manufactured using the 14-nm process. The maximum power consumption is specified at 45 W.

MSI GS75 Stealth scope of delivery

A further change compared to last year’s model can be found in the memory. While MSI used 2,400 MHz fast modules at that time, it’s now 2,666 MHz per memory bar, which accelerates the memory bandwidth especially in dual channel mode, which not all manufacturers still rely on.

In the test, the MSI GS75 Stealth Thin achieved a very good 29.33 GB/s and thus plays right at the top in terms of memory performance.

The mass storage looks similar. As befits a top model, MSI relies on fast SSD storage with PCI-Express connection, and not only installs a single plug-in card module, but two of them in the fast RAID-0 group.

The test device thus achieves an extremely high read and write speed of 3,517.0 and 3,422.4 MB/s respectively, and thus also plays right at the top of our comparison tables in this discipline.

However, the MSI GS75 Stealth 8SG is also available without SSD-RAID and slower drives at a lower price.

In practice, the MSI GS75 Stealth Thin achieves a very good 34,952 MIPS in the compression test of 7-Zip, which is a good average value for all Coffee Lake H processors.

The same applies to the two Cinebench benchmarks, which the device finishes with very good 12.45 and 1.118 points in the multi-core preset. In the single-core setting, these are 1.94 and 168 points.

Gaming Performance

The heart of the entire product range is an Intel Core i7-8750H on Coffee Lake H basis, which was officially introduced by Intel in April of last year and, compared to its Kaby Lake predecessor, primarily increased the number of cores.

While the predecessor was already limited to four cores, the current generation is available with up to six cores.

In the case of the Intel Core i7-8750H, these work with a clock rate of 2.2 to 4.1 GHz in turbo and thus turn up quite a bit, especially in multi-core performance. For comparison: An Intel Core i7-7700HQ has to make do with speeds of 2.8 to 3.8 GHz.

MSI GS75 Stealth fortnite

Otherwise, the Coffee Lake model has a 9 MB L3 cache and a 1.5 MB L2 cache available, whereby the latter must share all six cores. The data and instruction cache primarily provides 32 KB per core. Like most current Intel processors, the Intel Core i7-8750H is manufactured using the 14-nm process. The maximum power consumption is specified at 45 W.

A further change compared to last year’s model can be found in the memory. While MSI used 2,400 MHz fast modules at that time, it’s now 2,666 MHz per memory bar, which accelerates the memory bandwidth especially in dual channel mode, which not all manufacturers still rely on.

In the test, the MSI GS75 Stealth Thin achieved a very good 29.33 GB/s and thus plays right at the top in terms of memory performance.

The mass storage looks similar. As befits a top model, MSI relies on fast SSD storage with PCI-Express connection, and not only installs a single plug-in card module, but two of them in the fast RAID-0 group.

The test device thus achieves an extremely high read and write speed of 3,517.0 and 3,422.4 MB/s respectively, and thus also plays right at the top of our comparison tables in this discipline.

However, the MSI GS75 Stealth 8SG is also available without SSD-RAID and slower drives at a lower price.

In practice, the MSI GS75 Stealth Thin achieves a very good 34,952 MIPS in the compression test of 7-Zip, which is a good average value for all Coffee Lake H processors.

The same applies to the two Cinebench benchmarks, which the device finishes with very good 12.45 and 1.118 points in the multi-core preset. In the single-core setting, these are 1.94 and 168 points.

Gaming Performance

The MSI GS75 Stealth 8SG already trusts in the new Turing graphics cards, which have been installed by OEMs since the end of January and were only officially introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year.

They set the benchmark for the competition in terms of feature set, efficiency and performance one step higher, although the lead is limited.

Our test device is powered by the second fastest model. The GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q builds on the TU104 GPU, which NVIDIA presented to gamers in September, just like the desktop offshoot, and unlike before, it hasn’t been trimmed any further.

MSI GS75 Stealth gaming benchmarks

The usual 2,944 shader units are available, which can access an 8 GB GDDR6 video memory, which also communicates via a 256 bit wide interface.

In order to keep waste heat and the hunger for electricity at bay due to the limited space and the limitations of the power supply and cooling in the notebook, the clock rates have been corrected downwards, in some cases significantly.

While the Founders Edition of the GeForce RTX 2080 gets down to work in the desktop with a base clock rate of 1.515 MHz, the mobile version only reaches clock rates of 735 to 1.380 MHz, whereby the former applies to the Max-Q version we use. In fact, the clock rates aren’t quite as low in our MSI GS75 Stealth Thin.

Usually, our test device has between 1,260 and 1,365 MHz on the GPU, which is, however, significantly below the Max-P version from our launch report, which partly reached over 1,600 MHz. The memory, on the other hand, gets down to work with its usual 1.500 MHz.

Thus, the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q should position itself somewhere between the regular GeForce RTX 2080 and GeForce RTX 2070 in the notebook and thus fall behind a GeForce GTX 1080 based on Pascal.

All our benchmark games are playable without any problems, which is also due to the gamer-friendly resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Even hungry titles like “Assassins Creed: Origins” run across the screen with well over 60 fps and reach a very good 79.1 FPS.

In games such as “Grand Theft Auto 5”, “Call of Duty: WWII” and “The Witcher 3”, even triple-digit frame rates are achieved, in “Wolfenstein 2” it is even well over 240 frames per second.

All in all, the Max-Q version of the MSI GS75 Stealth Thin is a good deal behind the normal GeForce RTX 2080 from our launch test, but this is due to the fact that we used thick desktop replacement systems with good cooling at that time, which allowed us to achieve significantly higher clock rates.

However, a classification between the regular GeForce RTX 2080 and GeForce RTX 2070 is realistic.

Software

Great runs MSI on his GS75 Stealth Thin in the software equipment, because a lot of tools are pre-installed. The most important contact point is the MSI Dragon Center, where the most important settings of the notebook can be made.

MSI GS75 Stealth keyboard

Here, not only the load of processor, graphics card, memory and SSD are clearly read out, but also the current performance mode is displayed or the transfer speed of the two killer network chips and the rotation speed of the fans are read out.

The latter can even be fine-tuned with the help of ready-made profiles. Particularly practical is the ability to turn off the FN and Windows keys, regulate the battery charging function and connect to a smartphone, which makes the settings even easier to make.

Tools for battery calibration, for creating a recovery media and another for installing system and driver updates are also pre-installed.

Of course, MSI has also thought of the software tools for the Dynaudio speakers, the killer network chips and the RGB backlight of the keyboard. The latter is configured via the SteelSeries 3 engine and can even be set individually for each key.

By the way, Windows 10 Pro is pre-installed.

Heating and noise Levels

Like the smaller Pascal-based sister model, the MSI GS75 Stealth Thin gets very hot, not only inside but also on the surface. Whilst the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q still stays relatively cool with 71 °C, the Intel Core i7-8750H reaches a maximum temperature of 92 °C in our test.

At least: There is no throttling, both components get to work with at least 2.6 GHz or with clock rates of 1,260 to 1,365 MHz and are thus within the specifications.

MSI GS75 Stealth display

The hot temperatures inside are transferred to the metal case and here, high temperatures can develop, which can lead to slight scalds if you are not careful. Here MSI should once again tinker with the cooling system, just like with the smaller sister model.

Under absolute full load, which we simulate as usual with Prime95 and Furmark, almost 42 °C are reached at the peak. We determined a proud 41.2 °C in the second quadrant on the bottom and thus exactly where the processor and graphic card are located.

In general, the MSI GS75 Stealth Thin becomes a bit warmer with an average of about 29.9 °C on the bottom side than in the top case’s area, where it is on average almost half a degree less.

In the peak, 41.2 °C are also reached here. The temperatures turn out a good bit lower in idle, respectively in normal Windows use, and average about 27.3 to 28.2 °C.

However, it can also be over 36 °C in parts. The MSI GS75 Stealth Thin thus cools down slowly.

It is also not a real quiet treader. Although the noise level in idle turns out pleasingly low at 35.8 dB(A), we would have liked to see passive operation until a certain temperature limit is reached, as Gigabyte does for example in its Aero 15X v8.

In gaming mode the system stays below the magic 50 dB(A) mark, which is usually gladly taken by gaming notebooks of this price and performance class in particular.

However, the 49.2 dB(A) we determined is still not quiet. In the absolute worst case scenario, the cooling turns up to 50.4 dB(A), which is rarely reached in practice, though. This value is also quite okay for a notebook of this class.

Battery Life

The MSI GS75 Stealh Thin offers an 82 Wh battery for the operation on the road. It manages to supply the device with power for 387 minutes and thus almost 6.5 hours in office mode.

MSI GS75 Stealth ports

This is mainly due to the energy saving techniques of CPU and GPU. When not in use, the system automatically switches to the economical CPU graphics thanks to NVIDIA’s Optimus technology and deactivates the power-hungry dedicated solution.

However, if this has to be switched on, the mileage drops significantly. Then the test notebook only lasts for 75 minutes and thus not even an hour and a half.

The reason for this is not only the power-hungry, powerful hardware, but also the display, which with its diagonal of 17.3 inches is one of the GS75’s largest consumers.

With a fully charged battery, which is fully operational again after a little more than two hours, the MSI GS75 Stealth Thin draws about 17.9 W from the power outlet in office mode, in gaming mode the hunger for energy rises to 174.2 W and under absolute full load an impressive 216.6 W is reached.

This makes it clear why MSI supplies a 230 W strong power supply.

Display

A special feature of the new MSI GS75 Stealth Thin is, besides the Turing hardware, the display. At 17.3 inches, it is a good deal larger than the GS65, but still has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Our Chi-Mei panel could definitely convince in the test.

With a maximum brightness of 372 cd/m² it is even suitable for outdoor use and thus definitely for the workaholic who wants to work on the go. The illumination is good with just under 89%, with 41 cd/m² between the brightest and darkest values.

MSI GS75 Stealth screen

The brightest area is in the center of the screen, towards the edges the IPS panel’s luminosity decreases. The contrast ratio of 1.376:1 is very good.

While many gaming notebooks usually have to struggle with a slight blue cast, this doesn’t apply to our current test device.

On average, we determined a color temperature of 6,922 K – the optimum value is around 6,500 K. The display is thus not quite as bluish as many other notebooks and is thus also suitable for photo and video editing – a target group that MSI definitely wants to address with the device.

However, in order to further satisfy gamers, the 17 incher has a high refresh rate of 144 Hz at 3 ms and is thus extremely fast. However, G-Sync has to be omitted; the device only offers this via an external monitor.

Verdict

The MSI GS75 Stealth Thin is certainly one of the most interesting notebooks with a 17.3 inch screen. With a height of 18.9 mm is very slim, with a weight of only 5.0 lbs very light. On top of that, it stays very compact thanks to the narrow screen edges.

Nevertheless, the hardware inside works briskly. Our test device combines an Intel Core i7-8750H with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q and is thus fast enough even for the latest graphic hits and accelerates the most common software programs for image and video editing.

The 3D accelerator sorts itself exactly between a regular GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2070 or behind a GeForce GTX 1080. It comes with a generous 32 GB of DDR4 memory and a fast SSD RAID with a whopping 1 TB of storage, which achieves data transfer rates averaging more than 3 GB/s.

This makes everyday performance very fast.

Professional users will be pleased with a less bluish, bright and very high-contrast display, while gamers will enjoy the high refresh rate of 144 Hz at 3 ms.

They only have to do without G-Sync. The keyboard has RGB backlighting and the overall feedback is very good. The glass touchpad works precisely and quickly and is also generously sized.

Only the placement and the strong pressure in the upper half of the mouse substitute is disturbing.

Despite the compact dimensions and the brisk and quite hot hardware, the MSI GS75 Stealth 8SG works relatively quietly in idle mode, but a passive operation until a certain temperature level is reached would have been desirable.

Under load, the 17 incher is not a silent pedal, but still relatively quiet. The biggest point of criticism is once again the temperatures. They not only reach very high rates on the inside, but also on the surface. With temperatures of almost 43°C, a use on the lap is no longer recommended.

After all: This is on par with comparable compact models from Razer, Gigabyte or ASUS. MSI was able to overcome most of the processing flaws of the first generation, only the two display hinges should be more torsionally stiff.

However, the 82 Wh battery doesn’t even last for an hour and a half, which is due to the power-hungry hardware and especially the large display as the largest consumer.

The high price is also a factor: MSI wants a full $2250 for our test configuration. However, the GS75 is also available with less memory and a smaller graphics card down to the GeForce RTX 2060, where the device starts at around $2000.

In comparison to the first generation, the thin family has been significantly improved and thus matches our previous recommendations, which is why the MSI GS75 is ranking first versus the MSI GS65.

Ranking Second: MSI GS65

MSI GS65 Stealth review

Pros

  • Good gaming performance
  • Much Better Price
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Not very comfortable keyboard

The MSI GS65 8RF-019 Stealth Thin ranks in the upper class of the best gaming notebooks due to its good performance. Moreover, MSI has not only taken the gaming but also the notebook part seriously.

Because unlike many competing devices, the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF also achieved surprisingly good test results in mobility, because it has a very good battery life and is comparatively light with a weight of 4.18 lbs.

Design

MSI’s efforts to make the notebook especially flat, light and rimless, however, noticeably came at the expense of stability. The device’s workmanship doesn’t feel as high-end as that of other gaming notebooks, and the case partly looks soft and gives way.

MSI GS65 Stealth display speed

Especially since the manufacturer advertises that the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF is “ultra-portable”, one hopes for good robustness to be able to take it everywhere. Despite the aluminum case, it doesn’t look as stable as desired.

While there are some weak points on the outside, the inside of the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF is all the more valuable. As in most other gaming notebooks, the MSI device also contains an Intel Core i7-8750H processor with 6 cores of 2.2 GHz each.

An Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q provides strong graphics performance. Nvidia has developed the graphics chips of the Max-Q series especially for mobile devices and they are now found in many, but not all gaming notebooks.

They get less hot and are quieter and thinner. Therefore, the maximum performance has been capped.

MSI GS65 Stealth side view

In the benchmarks, the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF can keep up with the other gaming notebooks in the environment: In the results of the performance tests with PCMark 10, the device is in the upper range. The performance rates in the tested PC games are good by the bank.

Overall, the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF achieves a good to very good performance when measured against the performance of the best GeForce 1080 models, which is fully acceptable especially in Full HD resolution. The usual 16 gigabytes of RAM round off the result.

Display

The 15.6-inch display is also impressive. The chessboard contrast isn’t too high at 156:1 and the display’s maximum brightness of 249 candala per square meter is almost the lowest of all gaming notebooks tested.

Overall, however, the 144 Hz screen gives a good picture with Full HD resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. The sRGB color space is covered to 94 percent, so the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF achieves a very good value in the test environment – in short: The colors are rich and respectable.

MSI GS65 Stealth display screen

The device contains an SSD with 512 GByte memory. The thin MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF does without an additional HDD hard disk. Nevertheless, there are plenty of interfaces: 3 USB 3.0 inputs type A, a USB type C port with Thunderbolt 3 standard, as well as display port and HDMI.

Like many gaming notebooks, the MSI device also attaches importance to a network connection, complementary to WLAN. An optical drive is not on board.

Performance

In terms of mobility, the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF surprises, as already mentioned. Despite the focus on a good gaming performance, the MSI notebook doesn’t do without a good battery life. This is significantly higher than in almost all competing devices.

MSI GS65 Stealth overwatch games benchmarks

The notebook lasted 07:26 hours in video playback, the runtime in PCMark 8’s work benchmark was 04:09 hours. Thus, the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF really is a gaming machine for on-the-go doddling.

Moreover, the name “Stealth Thin” is quite justified, as the device is thin, light and quiet. Thanks to mobile hardware like the Max-Q graphics chip, the MSI notebook could be built compactly and is with 4.18 lbs significantly lighter than comparable devices.

The usability, however, suffered noticeably: In our test, the keyboard showed a rather puny stroke path and the keys seemed much too soft.

There is probably simply not enough room for the keyboard due to the device’s thinness. This feels particularly unpleasant when gaming with WASD control.

Price

In the end, the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF shows good test results in most areas and has earned a top position. This also has its price, currently around $1550.

MSI GS65 Stealth keyboard

If you only look at the gaming performance, the MSI device is quite within the limits. If you value the mobility of your notebook, the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF is a greatchoice for you.

Verdict

The MSI GS65 8RF-019 Stealth Thin proves to be a jack-of-all-trades in the test: Gaming notebooks usually focus fully on performance and don’t attach much importance to good mobility.

The MSI model with the GeForce GTX 1070 has both and combines good gaming benchmark results with light weight and a pleasantly long battery life.

All in all its ranking behind second versus the MSI GS75, but has the way better price, so if you don’t need the literally best Gaming Performance, this Laptop will definitely do.


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