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MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 reviews of MSI GS65 Stealth Thin. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Views about the battery and screen are overall positive. The design and performance also get good feedback. The reliability and price get mixed comments. There are some critical comments about the sound and usability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by (engadget.com)

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin review: A milestone for laptop gaming

 

MSI's GS65 Stealth Thin is one of the most impressive gaming laptops today, mostly because it fits in an NVIDIA GTX1070 Max-Q GPU in a 4.1-pound frame. It's almost as portable as an Ultrabook, but it has enough power to contend with gaming desktops.

The lightest gaming laptop we’ve seen ; Solid performance with NVIDIA’s GTX 1070 ; Max-Q Great battery life ; 144Hz display is smooth and colorful ; Gorgeous case design

Trackpad is stiff and hard to use ; Display is limited to 1080p

Trade disputes be damned.

May, 2018

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

MSI GS65 Steal Thin is all business in the back and a party up front

 

A good choice for work and play without looking too flashy -- or too boring.

The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF has a slim, attractive design with a thin-bezel display that doesn't scream "I game!" and doesn't weigh a ton. It doesn't sacrifice any connections and delivers solid performance, a better-than-average display and decent...

The keyboard keycaps are a bit slippery, and it can get pretty hot when running at maximum power or get loud when unleashing the fans to compensate.

A great laptop for the gamer who's all business during the day and all RPG at night, the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF balances both sides of you with aplomb.

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Stefan Etienne (theverge.com)

The best gaming laptops you can buy right now

 

Gaming laptops are much better now

Excellent build quality ; High-end performance ; Great speakers, touchpad, and port selection ; Solid battery life

Area above keyboard can get hot enough to sear steak ; Display is dimmer than the competition’s ; Still no Windows Hello support

Jul, 2018

Expert review by : Stefan Etienne (theverge.com)

This MSI laptop is great for gaming and work

 

It ticks all the boxes… almost

Gorgeous screen ; High-end gaming performance ; Shallow yet solid keyboard ; Thin and light

Flexes in certain parts ; Subpar speakers ; No Windows Hello

While I do wish the GS65 had better build quality and better speakers, it has a lot of other new thin-and-light gaming laptops beat for both gaming and productivity needs. Simply put, it is one of the best gaming laptops you can buy right now.

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Gordon Mah Ung (pcworld.com)

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE review: Stylish enough for work and powerful enough for play

 

The GS65 Stealth Thin features a 6-core Core i7, VR-ready graphics yet still weights just 4 lbs.

Six cores of speed in a surprisingly light laptop ; Webcam stays on top despite a thin bezel ; It's only four pounds

Difficult to access M.2 slots ; Chassis flexes very easily

Just a few years ago, if you said you wanted 1080p Very High or Ultra gaming performance in a laptop, you’d be lifting eight pounds of laptop. If you wanted a six-core CPU too, that’d be 12 pounds of laptop with a desktop chip inside. And decent...

May, 2018

Expert review by : Matthew Buzzi (pcmag.com)

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

 

The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin is a slim Max-Q gaming laptop with fast performance, slick looks, and a long battery life. Only the less-than-stellar build quality keeps it from earning our top recommendation.

Thin, light, and attractive design. Fast new Intel Core i7 "Coffee Lake" processor. Very strong HD gaming performance. Long battery life. Lots of game-centric software features.

Construction doesn't feel especially premium. So-so keyboard. A little short on storage.

Bottom Line: The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin is a slim Max-Q gaming laptop with fast performance, slick looks, and a long battery life. Only the less-than-stellar build quality keeps it from earning our top recommendation.

May, 2018

Expert review by : Laptop Mag (laptopmag.com)

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review

 

Great overall and graphics performance; Barely there bezels; Excellent audio quality; Slim, beautiful design; Impressive battery life ; Gets hot while gaming ; The MSI GS65 Stealth delivers great graphics and overall performance in a svelte,...

Gets hot while gaming ; The MSI GS65 Stealth delivers great graphics and overall performance in a svelte, sophisticated chassis.

The MSI GS65 Stealth delivers great graphics and overall performance in a svelte, sophisticated chassis.

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Joe Osborne (techradar.com)

MSI GS65 Stealth review

 

The ultimate crowd pleaser gaming laptop

Attractive, subtle design ; Gorgeous, fast display ; Excellent performance ; Effective thermal management

Underside gets burning hot ; Forthcoming biometric login ; Poor native audio

For the price, the MSI GS65 Stealth is one of the best gaming laptops you can buy today. This is officially the most impressive Nvidia Max-Q gaming laptop that we’ve tested to date, outclassing most rivals by trouncing them in design and style.

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Steve Schardein (notebookcheck.net)

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE-051US (GTX 1060) Laptop Review

 

Thin, fast, and flimsy. Despite its drawbacks, the MSI GS65 remains one of the best slim gaming notebooks currently available. Today's updated, less expensive configuration ($1,849) features a Core i7-8750H, 16 GB of RAM, a GTX 1060, and 256 GB NVMe...

fast GPU performance ; solid CPU performance ; thin and light build ; 144 Hz display with good response times ; screen is relatively color accurate ; reasonably good battery life ; switchable graphics ; RGB keyboard backlighting ;...

lackadaisical build quality and flimsy construction ; case creaks audibly during light use ; maintenance is limited and overly difficult ; no card reader ; Fn key location on right side of keyboard is awkward

To be quite frank, today’s MSI GS65 configuration does little to address the complaints we explicated in May’s review of the previous SKU. The biggest drawbacks remain the questionable workmanship and disappointing rigidity (resulting in unavoidable...

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Anirudh Regidi (tech.firstpost.com)

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF gaming laptop review: To hell with Ultrabooks

 

It's slim, gorgeous and relatively lightweight. It also packs in some very impressive hardware.

Size and weight

Build quality

I think I’ve fallen in love with the GS65. It offers that perfect combination of price, performance and portability which, as a gamer, I don’t think I can now live without. Every time I travel, I’m left frustrated by the fact that my gaming must be put...

Jun, 2018

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:Y
Built-in subwoofer:Y
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:2 / 4

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):82
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Number of battery cells:4

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera HD type:HD
Front camera signal format:720p
Video capturing speed:30

Design

Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Gaming
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:39.6
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
Display response rise/fall:7
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Full HD
LED Backlight:Y
Maximum refresh rate:144
NTSC coverage (typical):72
Panel Type:IPS / LCD
sRGB coverage (typical):100
Touchscreen:N

Graphics

CUDA:Y
Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:6 / 8
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 / NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 / NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 / NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5 / GDDR6
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:64
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
NVIDIA G-SYNC:Y
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics / Intel® UHD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x3E9B
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 630 / Intel UHD Graphics 630 / Intel® UHD Graphics 630
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.5

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard backlit colour:Various
Keyboard layout:AZERTY
Numeric keypad:Y
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys:Y

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 32 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32
Memory clock speed:266 / 2666
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 16 / 2 x 16 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:N
4G:N
Antenna type:2X2
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:5.0
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N

Other features

On/off button:Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
AC adapters quantity:1

Performance

Virtual Reality (VR) ready:Y

Ports & interfaces

Charging port type:DC-in jack
DC-in jack:Y
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:Y
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
On/off button:Y
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:3
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter power:180 / 230

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Configurable TDP-down:35
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM370 / Intel® HM370
PCI Express configurations:1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8 / 1x8+2x4,1x16,2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:4.1 / 4.10
Processor cache:9
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Coffee Lake
Processor Cores:6
Processor family:8th gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:2.2 / 2.20
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:i7-8750H
Processor operating modes:32-bit,64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-8700 Desktop Series
Processor Socket:BGA 1440
Processor threads:12
Stepping:U0
System bus rate:8
Tcase:100
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Processor ARK ID:134906
Processor code:SR3YY
Processor package size:42 x 28
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y

Security

Cable lock slot:Y
Cable lock slot type:Kensington

Software

Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / WINDOWS 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / Y
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash) / MMC,SD,SDHC,SDXC / SD,SDHC,SDXC
HDD Capacity:1000
Number of HDDs installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1 / 2
Solid-state drive capacity:1024 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2
SSD capacity:1024 / 256 / 512
SSD form factor:M.2
SSD interface:M.2 / NVMe / NVMe 3.0
Storage Media:HDD+SSD / SSD
Total HDDs capacity:1000
Total SSDs capacity:1024 / 256 / 512
Total Storage Capacity:1024 / 2024 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:247.7
Height :17.7 / 17.9
Weight:1.8 / 1.9
Width:357.7