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MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR Laptop Review: For Budget Gamers

Budget gamer. According to MSI the GF75 10SDR-253 might become one of this holiday seasons's best-selling notebooks. You get a six-core CPU, a 144 Hz panel, and a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for less than $1,200. Naturally, we had to take a closer look at this price-performance champ.
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MSI GF75 Thin

The GF-series is MSI’s series of affordable gaming laptops with an upper mid-range performance rating. At just 2.3 cm (0.9 inches) the GF75, a 17-inch laptop, is not just comparatively thin but of surprisingly high quality (metal surfaces) for a budget gaming laptop.

Several months ago, we already had the chance to review the entry-level model 10SCXR, equipped with a Core i5-10300H, 8 GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 1650. In this review, we want to take a closer look at the significantly more powerful yet not much more expensive 10DR-253 SKU. It comes with a Core i7-10750H, 16 GB of dual-channel RAM, a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and a 512 GB large PCIe SSD. Keep in mind that this particular SKU is only available with FreeDOS in some countries. Thankfully, MSI sent us a review unit with Windows 10 Home preloaded.

Given that the chassis is identical to the previously reviewed 2019 model we are not going to discuss case, connectivity, and input devices in this review. Please refer to our previous GF75 8RD review should you be interested to find out more.

MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR (GF75 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-10750H 6 x 2.6 - 5 GHz, 200 W PL2 / Short Burst, 200 W PL2 / Sustained, Comet Lake-H
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile - 6144 MB, Core: 1455 MHz, Memory: 1500 MHz, GDDR6, ForceWare 456.38, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, 2x 8 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-2666, dual-channel, all slots populated, max. 64 GB
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, B173HAN04.9 (AUO978F), IPS, FHD, glossy: no, 144 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM470
Storage
Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU, 512 GB 
, SSD slots: 1x M.2 2280 & 1x 2.5-inch
Soundcard
Realtek ALC233 @ Intel Comet Point PCH - cAVS
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1x headphones, 1x microphone
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 397 x 260 ( = 0.91 x 15.63 x 10.24 in)
Battery
51 Wh Lithium-Ion, 3-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD (720p)
Additional features
Speakers: 2.0, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 180 W power supply, Dragon Center, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.23 kg ( = 78.66 oz / 4.92 pounds), Power Supply: 632 g ( = 22.29 oz / 1.39 pounds)
Price
1265 EUR
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
80 %
10/2020
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
i7-10750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
2.2 kg23 mm17.3"1920x1080
79 %
04/2020
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
2.2 kg23.1 mm17.3"1920x1080
83 %
05/2020
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
R7 4800H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
2.6 kg26 mm17.3"1920x1080
81 %
06/2020
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
2.2 kg24.9 mm17.3"1920x1080
85 %
07/2020
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
2.6 kg27.5 mm17.3"1920x1080

Size Comparison

403.5 mm / 15.9 inch 280 mm / 11 inch 24.9 mm / 0.98 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs399 mm / 15.7 inch 269 mm / 10.6 inch 26 mm / 1.024 inch 2.6 kg5.73 lbs397 mm / 15.6 inch 269 mm / 10.6 inch 27.5 mm / 1.083 inch 2.6 kg5.78 lbs397 mm / 15.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 23.1 mm / 0.909 inch 2.2 kg4.78 lbs397 mm / 15.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 2.2 kg4.92 lbs

Communication

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1338 (743min - 1500max) MBit/s ∼100% +13%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1295 (1184min - 1487max) MBit/s ∼97% +10%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (289 - 1722, n=107)
1220 MBit/s ∼91% +3%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1180 MBit/s ∼88%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
931 (815min - 947max) MBit/s ∼70% -21%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 1670, n=359)
750 MBit/s ∼56% -36%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
634 (621min - 646max) MBit/s ∼47% -46%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1468 (1308min - 1587max) MBit/s ∼100% +41%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=107)
1084 MBit/s ∼74% +4%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1040 MBit/s ∼71%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1030 (722min - 1235max) MBit/s ∼70% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (144 - 1645, n=359)
690 MBit/s ∼47% -34%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
651 (428min - 683max) MBit/s ∼44% -37%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
Realtek 8822CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
623 (577min - 656max) MBit/s ∼42% -40%

Webcam

ColorChecker
13.4 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
11 ∆E
5 ∆E
14.1 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
10.4 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
6 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
7 ∆E
15 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
16.5 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
14 ∆E
15 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
16.2 ∆E
ColorChecker MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR: 11.2 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 16.5 ∆E

Display

Despite their similar model numbers, the GF75 10SDR-253 comes with a different panel than the GF75 10SCXR. Instead of a 120 Hz display the new device is equipped with a 144 Hz display with similar specs. This means that in addition to comparatively high response times its maximum brightness was also mediocre at best. An average of 250 nits is barely good enough for indoor use and certainly not meant to be used outdoors.

Thanks to its low black level of just 0.23 nits the 17-inch device offers a decent contrast ratio of 1100:1. As is common in budget gaming laptops color space coverage is very low at just 59 and 41 % for sRGB and AdobeRGB, respectively. Compare that to the more expensive 17-inch GE75 Raider 10SE with almost 100 % sRGB coverage. As expected of an IPS panel we found no faults with the display’s viewing angles.

263
cd/m²
258
cd/m²
258
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
252
cd/m²
248
cd/m²
252
cd/m²
245
cd/m²
241
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
B173HAN04.9 (AUO978F)
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 263 cd/m² Average: 253 cd/m² Minimum: 4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 252 cd/m²
Contrast: 1096:1 (Black: 0.23 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.24 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.8, calibrated: 3.64
ΔE Greyscale 2.8 | 0.64-98 Ø6
59% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 41% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.196
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
B173HAN04.9 (AUO978F), IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
AU Optronics B173HAN04.7, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
BOE NV173FHM-NX1, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
AU Optronics B173HAN04.7, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Chi Mei N173HCE-G33, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Response Times
8%
36%
8%
75%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38.4 (18, 20.4)
34 (18, 16)
11%
22.4 (11.6, 10.8)
42%
35 (17, 18)
9%
6.8 (3.4, 3.4)
82%
Response Time Black / White *
27.6 (14.8, 12.8)
26.4 (15.6, 10.8)
4%
19.2 (9.6, 9.6)
30%
26 (14, 12)
6%
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
68%
PWM Frequency
25000 (18)
Screen
-13%
-3%
-19%
31%
Brightness middle
252
251.2
0%
264.8
5%
263
4%
337.9
34%
Brightness
253
242
-4%
253
0%
246
-3%
305
21%
Brightness Distribution
92
92
0%
90
-2%
85
-8%
81
-12%
Black Level *
0.23
0.34
-48%
0.31
-35%
0.47
-104%
0.29
-26%
Contrast
1096
739
-33%
854
-22%
560
-49%
1165
6%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.24
4.5
-6%
4.73
-12%
5.07
-20%
2.18
49%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
21.4
20
7%
18.89
12%
20.5
4%
3.9
82%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
3.64
3.91
-7%
4.64
-27%
4.9
-35%
0.69
81%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.8
4
-43%
1.4
50%
2.55
9%
3.1
-11%
Gamma
2.196 100%
2.25 98%
2.16 102%
2.37 93%
2.07 106%
CCT
7027 93%
5882 111%
6641 98%
6446 101%
6882 94%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
41
37.3
-9%
38.4
-6%
37
-10%
62
51%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
59
58.1
-2%
59.3
1%
59
0%
98.2
66%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-3% / -10%
17% / 3%
-6% / -15%
53% / 38%

* ... smaller is better

CalMAN: grayscale
CalMAN: grayscale
CalMAN: saturation
CalMAN: saturation
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR vs sRGB (59 %)
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR vs sRGB (59 %)
Subpixel array
Subpixel array
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR vs AdobeRGB (41 %)
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR vs AdobeRGB (41 %)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
27.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14.8 ms rise
↘ 12.8 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 59 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 20.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 41 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (38.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9600 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Test Parameters

MSI’s Dragon Center allows for a huge variety of system settings adjustments. For the course of this review, we had it set to Balanced (see screenshots).

Dragon Center
Dragon Center
Dragon Center

Performance

Despite the fact that the GTX 1660 Ti lacks its bigger brother’s hardware ray tracing capabilities the GF75 10SDR is a full-fledged gaming notebook capable of running almost all current games smoothly at the display’s native resolution of 1920 x 1080 and maximum details. Its hexa-core CPU and 16 GB of RAM should be more than plenty for the foreseeable future. Should you require additional storage there is an empty 2.5-inch slot for an extra drive in addition to the M.2 SSD.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
AS SSD Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark

Processor

Intel’s Core i7-10750H is a member of the Comet Lake generation of CPUs and supports up to 12 threads simultaneously thanks to Hyperthreading. Its base clock speed of 2.6 GHz can turbo boost up to 5 GHz under load.

As our CineBench results showed the CPU does not fully utilize its turbo boost potential, at least with Balanced mode enabled. In the single-thread test it ran at between 4.2 to 4.7 GHz, and dropped from its initial 4.2 GHz to 3.5 to 3.6 GHz in the multi-thread test. Its scores placed the GF75 10SDR behind its 10750H-equipped competitors, such as the Acer Nitro 5 or the MSI GE75, albeit the differences were so minor they should be negligible, especially when running games.

Single-core rendering
Single-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
GPU load
GPU load
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MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR Intel Core i7-10750H, Intel Core i7-10750H: Ø1154 (1143.02-1237.66)
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS Intel Core i7-10750H, Intel Core i7-10750H: Ø1205 (1105.06-1307.79)
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US Intel Core i7-10750H, Intel Core i7-10750H: Ø1317 (1253.05-1347.16)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
Intel Core i7-10750H
198 Points ∼100%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
Intel Core i7-10750H
195.82 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (187 - 213, n=27)
195 Points ∼98% -2%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
189 Points ∼95% -5%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Intel Core i7-10750H
189 Points ∼95% -5%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
180 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (77 - 219, n=624)
162 Points ∼82% -18%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
1816 (1724.58min - 1815.79max) Points ∼100% +47%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Intel Core i7-10750H
1347 (1253.05min - 1347.16max) Points ∼74% +9%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
Intel Core i7-10750H
1308 Points ∼72% +6%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (1039 - 1418, n=28)
1298 Points ∼71% +5%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
Intel Core i7-10750H
1238 (1143.02min - 1237.66max) Points ∼68%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 2804, n=629)
926 Points ∼51% -25%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
839 (755.39min - 839.42max) Points ∼46% -32%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
555 Seconds * ∼100% -43%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
Intel Core i7-10750H
388 Seconds * ∼70%
Average of class Gaming
  (179 - 901, n=90)
387 Seconds * ∼70% -0%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
Intel Core i7-10750H
379.1 Seconds * ∼68% +2%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (326 - 431, n=22)
370 Seconds * ∼67% +5%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Intel Core i7-10750H
347 Seconds * ∼63% +11%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
271 Seconds * ∼49% +30%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
48837 MIPS ∼100% +46%
Average of class Gaming
  (3034 - 75612, n=91)
36857 MIPS ∼75% +10%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Intel Core i7-10750H
36370 MIPS ∼74% +9%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (26535 - 36792, n=22)
34292 MIPS ∼70% +2%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
Intel Core i7-10750H
33456 MIPS ∼69%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
Intel Core i7-10750H
32386 MIPS ∼66% -3%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
22139 MIPS ∼45% -34%
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Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
Intel Core i7-10750H
5086 MIPS ∼100% 0%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
Intel Core i7-10750H
5076 MIPS ∼100%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Intel Core i7-10750H
5026 MIPS ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (4504 - 5253, n=22)
5004 MIPS ∼98% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (2480 - 5811, n=91)
4895 MIPS ∼96% -4%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
4717 MIPS ∼93% -7%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
4662 MIPS ∼92% -8%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
Intel Core i7-10750H
478 Points ∼100% +2%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
477 Points ∼100% +2%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (431 - 504, n=23)
470 Points ∼98% +1%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
Intel Core i7-10750H
467 Points ∼98%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Intel Core i7-10750H
460 Points ∼96% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (312 - 569, n=135)
451 Points ∼94% -3%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
437 Points ∼91% -6%
CPU (Multi Core)
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
4132 Points ∼100% +48%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Intel Core i7-10750H
3178 Points ∼77% +13%
Average of class Gaming
  (1397 - 6321, n=136)
2988 Points ∼72% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (2467 - 3299, n=23)
2968 Points ∼72% +6%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
Intel Core i7-10750H
2888 Points ∼70% +3%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
Intel Core i7-10750H
2801 Points ∼68%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
1906 Points ∼46% -32%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
7782 Points ∼100% +22%
Average of class Gaming
  (2783 - 11393, n=73)
6549 Points ∼84% +3%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
Intel Core i7-10750H
6358 Points ∼82%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
Intel Core i7-10750H
6317 Points ∼81% -1%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Intel Core i7-10750H
6298 Points ∼81% -1%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (5242 - 6604, n=22)
6227 Points ∼80% -2%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
4032 Points ∼52% -37%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
Intel Core i7-10750H
1301 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (1114 - 1316, n=22)
1241 Points ∼95% -5%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
Intel Core i7-10750H
1227 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (703 - 1551, n=73)
1222 Points ∼94% -6%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Intel Core i7-10750H
1219 Points ∼94% -6%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
1189 Points ∼91% -9%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
1143 Points ∼88% -12%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
12.2 fps ∼100% +29%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Intel Core i7-10750H
10.5 fps ∼86% +11%
Average of class Gaming
  (1.7 - 19.8, n=89)
10.1 fps ∼83% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (8.07 - 11.1, n=21)
9.87 fps ∼81% +4%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
Intel Core i7-10750H
9.45 fps ∼77%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
Intel Core i7-10750H
9.41 fps ∼77% 0%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
6.34 fps ∼52% -33%
LibreOffice - 20 Documents To PDF
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
61.4 s ∼100% +13%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
58.9 s ∼96% +9%
Average of class Gaming
  (23.9 - 95.8, n=66)
56.7 s ∼92% +5%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Intel Core i7-10750H
55.3 s ∼90% +2%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (46.9 - 86.6, n=22)
54.7 s ∼89% +1%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
Intel Core i7-10750H
54.1 s ∼88%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
Intel Core i7-10750H
50.24 s ∼82% -7%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
Intel Core i5-10300H
0.676 sec * ∼100% -10%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
Intel Core i7-10750H
0.626 sec * ∼93% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H
  (0.585 - 0.708, n=20)
0.621 sec * ∼92% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.531 - 1.088, n=70)
0.618 sec * ∼91% -0%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Intel Core i7-10750H
0.617 sec * ∼91% -0%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
Intel Core i7-10750H
0.615 sec * ∼91%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
0.596 sec * ∼88% +3%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1238 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
142 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
198 Points
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System Performance

Our system performance benchmarks see the 17-inch device somewhere in the middle of its comparison group. Subjectively, it performed very smoothly and snappy, and should be usable for pretty much any and all use case scenarios.

PCMark 10 - Score
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6268 Points ∼100% +15%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, R7 4800H, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
5617 Points ∼90% +3%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
5441 Points ∼87%
Average Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (5241 - 5594, n=3)
5425 Points ∼87% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 7511, n=307)
5331 Points ∼85% -2%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
5301 Points ∼85% -3%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
5201 Points ∼83% -4%

DPC Latencies

Latencies were certainly not one of the device’s strong suits. According to LatencyMon real-time processing of audio and video content can be troublesome, albeit still less so than on some of its significantly worse performing competitors.

Latencies
Latencies
Latencies
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, R7 4800H, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
8851.6 μs * ∼100% -630%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
2951.7 μs * ∼33% -144%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
1217.7 μs * ∼14% -0%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
1212 μs * ∼14%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H, WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
674.7 μs * ∼8% +44%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

The storage device of MSI’s choosing is a 512 GB large Samsung PM991 M.2 SSD. It offers a decent performance and should be more than fast enough for most users.

MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-512G
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
WDC PC SN530 SDBPNPZ-1T00
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
9%
23%
16%
36%
Write 4K
138.8
140.7
1%
189.7
37%
140
1%
139.2
0%
Read 4K
50.58
43.18
-15%
62.25
23%
49.04
-3%
53.03
5%
Write Seq
1032
1829
77%
1681
63%
1963
90%
1950
89%
Read Seq
1199
1095
-9%
1608
34%
1455
21%
2328
94%
Write 4K Q32T1
464.6
431.7
-7%
468.6
1%
398.2
-14%
408.9
-12%
Read 4K Q32T1
549.5
526.9
-4%
540.6
-2%
461.9
-16%
550.9
0%
Write Seq Q32T1
1216
1831
51%
1770
46%
1969
62%
1938
59%
Read Seq Q32T1
2275
1708
-25%
1898
-17%
1927
-15%
3467
52%
Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 2275 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1216 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 549.5 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 464.6 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1199 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1032 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 50.58 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 138.8 MB/s

Sustained Read Speed: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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: Ø2273 (2088.15-2281.91)

GPU Performance

When looking at GPUs purely from a price-performance perspective the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is hard to beat. This particular DirectX 12 Turing-family GPU features 1,536 shaders and 6 GB of GDDR6 video RAM connected via a 192-bit interface.

In our 3DMark benchmarks the GF75 10SDR performed slightly slower than the similarly equipped Asus TUF A17. RTX 2060-equipped notebooks are between 10 to 20 % faster on average while those with GTX 1650 are around 30 % slower.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
24617 Points ∼100% +24%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
20793 Points ∼84% +5%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
20511 Points ∼83% +3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (18610 - 22670, n=24)
20096 Points ∼82% +1%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
19893 Points ∼81%
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=723)
14829 Points ∼60% -25%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
13168 Points ∼53% -34%
3DMark
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
Average of class Gaming
  (1097 - 6633, n=113)
4128 Points ∼100% +170%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
3744 Points ∼91% +145%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
3296 Points ∼80% +115%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
1530 Points ∼37%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (1097 - 1540, n=7)
1426 Points ∼35% -7%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
6732 Points ∼100% +22%
Average of class Gaming
  (368 - 13013, n=259)
6024 Points ∼89% +9%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
5744 Points ∼85% +4%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
5736 Points ∼85% +4%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (5335 - 6123, n=22)
5653 Points ∼84% +2%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
5530 Points ∼82%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
3461 Points ∼51% -37%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
18114 Points ∼100% +21%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
15642 Points ∼86% +5%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
15334 Points ∼85% +3%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
14928 Points ∼82%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (14186 - 16488, n=24)
14867 Points ∼82% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=644)
12290 Points ∼68% -18%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
9621 Points ∼53% -36%
3DMark 11 Performance
17704 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
13396 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
5677 points
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We ran The Witcher 3 in a 60-minute loop in order to determine the GF75’s sustained 3D load capabilities and are able to report that its GPU clock speeds remained fairly consistent at around 1,600 MHz.

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MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU: Ø55.9 (52-60)

Gaming Performance

The GTX 1660 Ti offers more than enough performance to run even demanding games in full details at the panel’s native FHD resolution, extremes such as Microsoft’s Flight Simulator excluded. Given that many games are capable of running at more than 60 FPS the 144 Hz display definitely pays off.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H
65.9 (61min - 72max) fps ∼100% +16%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H
63 fps ∼96% +11%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
56.6 (47min) fps ∼86%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (51.6 - 65.1, n=21)
56.2 fps ∼85% -1%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, R7 4800H
55.6 (53min - 60max) fps ∼84% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=419)
54 fps ∼82% -5%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
37.7 fps ∼57% -33%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H
123.9 (118min - 129max) fps ∼100% +17%
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-10750H
108.9 fps ∼88% +3%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
106 (87min) fps ∼86%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
  (93 - 120, n=17)
105 fps ∼85% -1%
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, R7 4800H
103 (98min - 108max) fps ∼83% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.1 - 223, n=352)
94.8 fps ∼77% -11%
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i5-10300H
70.4 fps ∼57% -34%
low med. high ultra
GTA V (2015) 178 170 139 73.8 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 106 56.6 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 146 133 124 116 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 108 92.1 78.4 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 83 73 fps
Battlefield V (2018) 104 95.7 fps
Hunt Showdown (2020) 69.1 fps
Gears Tactics (2020) 90.2 63.6 fps
F1 2020 (2020) 122 87 fps
Death Stranding (2020) 88.3 85.5 fps
Horizon Zero Dawn (2020) 75 58 fps
Flight Simulator 2020 (2020) 39.4 26.8 fps
Serious Sam 4 (2020) 67.1 52.3 fps
Mafia Definitive Edition (2020) 66.8 fps
Star Wars Squadrons (2020) 159 156 fps

Emissions

Noise Emissions

Truth be told the fans could have used some extra fine tuning. Even when idle the GF75 10SDR produces a rather annoying soundscape at a very audible 35 to 39 dB(A). Most competitors are significantly quieter under similar conditions. Under load the device played by the rules, and its sound pressure level of between 44 and 46 dB(A) was very similar to that produced by the Acer Nitro 5 AN517, and subsequently placed the 17-inch laptop in the middle of the pack. At the very bottom we find devices such as the Asus TUF A17 and the MSI GE75 producing more than 50 dB(A) when subjected to 3D load.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2043.440.24241.141.741.92539.23740.939.338.940.63148.350.15449.643.845.74031.933.836.733.53131.65039.539.939.44031.339.76345.638.634.627.831.145.58040.430.132.628.619.939.310027.623.924.421.721.828.612525.827.325.420.520.22716029.934.526.929.320.52920044.531.435.444.426.339.825033.926.425.226.419.132.431532.520.322.321.71535.940030.22121.919.813.335.650031.224.33227.712.735.763035.434.532.433.211.935.580035.534.129.225.11135100034.327.12421.511.335.7125034.827.624.721.811.336.6160035.526.821.818.811.837.2200037.124.720.218.211.737.7250032.52218.116.112.13331503120.215.914.712.431.6400029.918.916.215.712.931.2500028.418.816.615.413.429.6630024.816.11514.513.426.480002719.317.716.413.528.41000018.41413.713.31318.91250017131312.812.516.61600015.512.412.412.211.815.4SPL45.438.636.43725.346.3N5.42.92.42.50.75.7median 31median 23.9median 21.9median 19.8median 12.9median 32.4Delta4.24.14.95.32.14.6hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseMSI GF75 Thin 10SDR

Noise Level

Idle
35 / 37 / 39 dB(A)
Load
45 / 46 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 25 dB(A)
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
i7-10750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
R7 4800H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
Average of class Gaming
 
Noise
6%
2%
6%
2%
3%
off / environment *
25
28.4
-14%
28.7
-15%
30.2
-21%
28.4
-14%
29 (24 - 32, n=412)
-16%
Idle Minimum *
35
33
6%
28.7
18%
30.2
14%
30.2
14%
31.2 (24 - 42, n=835)
11%
Idle Average *
37
33
11%
30.5
18%
30.2
18%
30.2
18%
32.5 (25 - 46.6, n=835)
12%
Idle Maximum *
39
33.1
15%
32.5
17%
30.2
23%
32
18%
34.7 (25.2 - 57, n=835)
11%
Load Average *
45
37.7
16%
42.5
6%
41.5
8%
33.2
26%
41.3 (28 - 59, n=836)
8%
Witcher 3 ultra *
44
39.2
11%
50.1
-14%
44.5
-1%
55
-25%
Load Maximum *
46
46
-0%
53.4
-16%
44.6
3%
55
-20%
48.6 (38.9 - 66.6, n=836)
-6%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Considering its powerful hardware, we found the laptop’s surface temperatures to be okay overall. After 60 minutes of maximum load running Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously we were able to measure 51 °C at the top and 53 °C at the bottom of the case. When idle, the entire case remained very cool at just around 25 °C. Looking at its internal temperatures we find that the CPU in particular was struggling hard with its thermals. Despite a disabled turbo boost the Core i7-10750H peaked at more than 90 °C in our stress test, with the GPU following suit at a similarly hot 88 °C.

The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3
Stress test
Stress test
Heatmap top
Heatmap top
Heatmap bottom
Heatmap bottom
Max. Load
 51 °C
124 F
48 °C
118 F
48 °C
118 F
 
 42 °C
108 F
45 °C
113 F
43 °C
109 F
 
 35 °C
95 F
35 °C
95 F
33 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 51 °C = 124 F
Average: 42.2 °C = 108 F
49 °C
120 F
53 °C
127 F
49 °C
120 F
37 °C
99 F
43 °C
109 F
38 °C
100 F
30 °C
86 F
32 °C
90 F
30 °C
86 F
Maximum: 53 °C = 127 F
Average: 40.1 °C = 104 F
Power Supply (max.)  43 °C = 109 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 42.2 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 33.4 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 51 °C / 124 F, compared to the average of 39.8 °C / 104 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 53 °C / 127 F, compared to the average of 42.6 °C / 109 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.7 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 33.4 °C / 92 F.
(-) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 40.2 °C / 104 F, compared to the device average of 33.4 °C / 92 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (35 °C / 95 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-6.2 °C / -11.2 F).
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
i7-10750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
R7 4800H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
Average of class Gaming
 
Heat
-18%
-9%
-5%
-18%
-9%
Maximum Upper Side *
51
42
18%
47.6
7%
50.6
1%
44.2
13%
46.1 (28 - 68.8, n=800)
10%
Maximum Bottom *
53
53.4
-1%
50.8
4%
53.8
-2%
49
8%
49.9 (25.9 - 78, n=798)
6%
Idle Upper Side *
25
34.2
-37%
33
-32%
26.6
-6%
33.6
-34%
30.7 (21.6 - 46.8, n=752)
-23%
Idle Bottom *
25
37.4
-50%
29
-16%
27.8
-11%
39.6
-58%
31.8 (21.1 - 50.3, n=750)
-27%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2041.741.82538.942.43143.858.4403138.95031.339.96331.135.38019.931.310021.824.912520.237.816020.54920026.357.525019.167.1315156640013.366.250012.768.763011.970.58001169.1100011.364125011.371160011.870.7200011.765.4250012.167.6315012.467.7400012.963.4500013.473.2630013.470.3800013.567.4100001366.91250012.566.11600011.862.2SPL25.381N0.753.1median 12.9median 66.9Delta2.14.740.938.840.936.734.436.734.633.634.634.733.434.732.531.832.530.936.130.932.829.932.835.429.635.438.528.538.543.927.343.945.626.445.651.726.551.755.726.355.760.726.560.764.427.364.466.225.966.267.523.867.563.422.463.462.123.662.156.524.756.557.925.457.962.325.762.362.122.662.159.62259.664.221.964.258.822.158.855.922.655.955.822.655.852.422.852.445.222.945.27436.17434.12.634.1median 57.9median 24.7median 57.96.12.26.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMSI GF75 Thin 10SDRAsus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.6% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (15.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (11.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 11% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 85% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 5% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 94% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 12.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.1% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 70% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 21% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 45% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 46% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Thanks to dynamic graphics switching (Nvidia Optimus) the GF75 turned out to be fairly energy efficient when idle. An average of 8 to 15 W is comparatively low for a gaming laptop. With enabled GeForce GTX 1660 Ti under load we were able to record between 95 and 193 W of power consumption, which is fairly similar to the Acer Nitro 5.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.6 / 0.8 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 8 / 10 / 15 Watt
Load midlight 95 / 193 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
i7-10750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
R7 4800H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
Average of class Gaming
 
Power Consumption
-17%
-2%
9%
-55%
-75%
Idle Minimum *
8
13
-63%
7.4
7%
5.4
32%
14.7
-84%
18.7 (1.9 - 113, n=796)
-134%
Idle Average *
10
15.7
-57%
10.5
-5%
9.8
2%
20.4
-104%
24.1 (6 - 119, n=796)
-141%
Idle Maximum *
15
21
-40%
17
-13%
10.9
27%
26.9
-79%
29.8 (8.3 - 122, n=796)
-99%
Load Average *
95
87
8%
103.7
-9%
104
-9%
93.2
2%
104 (14.1 - 319, n=788)
-9%
Witcher 3 ultra *
133
96.4
28%
128.1
4%
134.3
-1%
185.4
-39%
Load Maximum *
193
145.8
24%
183.2
5%
193
-0%
237.8
-23%
176 (21.9 - 590, n=787)
9%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Battery life is neither here nor there. Our Wi-Fi test at medium display brightness saw the GF75 Thin run out of juice after almost exactly four hours. Battery life could have been improved with a more powerful battery, especially considering that 51 Wh are fairly poor compared to its competitors.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 15min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
3h 58min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 57min
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR
i7-10750H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, 51 Wh
MSI GF75 Thin 10SCXR
i5-10300H, GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, 51 Wh
Asus TUF A17 FA706IU-AS76
R7 4800H, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, 90 Wh
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-52-77DS
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, 57.48 Wh
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, 65 Wh
Average of class Gaming
 
Battery Runtime
12%
128%
76%
-7%
12%
Reader / Idle
435
463
6%
543
25%
661
52%
366 (39 - 1399, n=738)
-16%
WiFi v1.3
238
283
19%
512
115%
396
66%
222
-7%
269 (62 - 683, n=457)
13%
Load
57
63
11%
196
244%
120
111%
79.9 (18 - 243, n=705)
40%
H.264
439
277 (88 - 860, n=172)

Pros

+ comparatively lightweight and slim for a 17-inch device
+ good price-performance ratio
+ metal surfaces
+ 144 Hz display

Cons

- battery life could be better
- low color-space coverage
- unpleasant fan noise
- poor connectivity

Verdict

MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR. Review unit provided by MSI Germany
MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR. Review unit provided by MSI Germany

The GF75 10SDR-253 is made for gamers looking for ultimate performance at a price point of less than $1,200.

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is much faster than the GTX 1650 (Ti) that is usually found in similarly priced notebooks. Its CPU performance is also impressive, although we would have wished for a Ryzen 5 4600H instead of the Core i7-10750H, which would have been not only potentially faster but also more efficient, cooler, and therefore also quieter thanks to its 7 nm (compared to 14 nm) manufacturing process. The rest of the hardware was adequate. 16 GB of RAM, an M.2 PCIe SSD, and a 144 Hz panel are up to date.

A higher rating could have been achieved with better connectivity (no Thunderbolt 3, no card reader, no DisplayPort), better fan management, and a higher-capacity battery. The Scrooge McDucks among us will still find it hard to resist. Considering that a Windows 10 license can be purchased for around $50 already the fact that the device ships without one in some countries is only going to be problematic for inexperienced beginners.

MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR - 10/06/2020 v7
Florian Glaser

Chassis
74 / 98 → 75%
Keyboard
77%
Pointing Device
75%
Connectivity
52 / 80 → 65%
Weight
62 / 10-66 → 92%
Battery
58 / 95 → 61%
Display
82%
Games Performance
90%
Application Performance
90%
Temperature
83 / 95 → 88%
Noise
63 / 90 → 70%
Audio
80%
Camera
43 / 85 → 51%
Average
71%
80%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > MSI GF75 Thin 10SDR Laptop Review: For Budget Gamers
Florian Glaser, 2020-10-14 (Update: 2020-10-14)
Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming
Growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 90s, I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood. Especially computer games radiated a great fascination for me even then. From Monkey Island to Lands of Lore to Doom, everything was gambled that you could get your hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with focus on high-performance gaming notebooks.