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MSI GF63 Thin 9SC Notebook: Entry-level gamer with compact case

MSI GF63 Thin 9SC
MSI GF63 Thin 9SC
Amazing price-to-performance ratio? Affordable gaming laptops are in demand, which is why almost every manufacturer has devices available for around $1000. One particularly interesting model is the GF63 9SC from MSI, which is equipped with a Core i5-9300H and a GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q.
Florian Glaser (translated by Katherine Bodner), 🇩🇪 🇹🇷

If you are looking for a notebook that is suitable for gaming and does not cost more than $1000, the MSI GF63 Thin 9SC might interest you. As the name suggests, the MSI GF63 Thin has a fairly thin case for a 15-inch device (2.2 cm). Its weight is below average as well compared to other gaming devices at 1.8 kg. This makes the notebook very portable. Thanks to the decent battery life (maximum of 8.5 hours), the GF63 Thin 9SC can also be used without a socket for a while. 

MSI has chosen upper mid-range components for their new budget gamer. The Core i5-9300H and the GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q complement eachother very nicely and manage to display most games at native Full-HD resolution (1920 x 1080) and high settings. Only very demanding titles (e.g. Red Dead Redemption 2) require users to reduce to medium settings. 8 GB of DDR4 RAM in single-channel mode (1 free slot is available for upgrades) and a 512-GB NVMe SSD complete the package.

Buyers of budget gamers always have to make some compromises and the same goes for the MSI. For example, the 60-Hz display of the GF63 Thin 9SC is not particularly bright and rather slow. We would have also hoped for a Thunderbolt 3 port or at least a USB 3.1 Gen2 connector. Find out more about the MSI's strengths and weaknesses in our review.

GF63 Thin 9SC on sale now at Amazon


Review of the MSI GF63 Thin 9SC



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Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming Laptops - 688 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood, growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 1990s. I was especially fascinated with computer games, even from an early age. From Monkey Island through Lands of Lore to Doom, I tried every game I could get my hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with my focus mostly being on high-performance gaming laptops.
Katherine Bodner
Translator: Katherine Bodner - Translator - 285 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I completed my master's degree in translation at the University of Vienna a few years ago and have been working as a translator for English, German and French ever since. I first started translating for Notebookcheck in 2017 and have learned more about computers than I ever imagined, and I have even become the person my family turns to for advice when it comes to consumer electronics. Other than that I also focus on everything connected to sustainability and renewable energy.
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Florian Glaser, 2020-01-19 (Update: 2020-01-18)