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MSI GF75 Thin 8RD (i7-8750H, GTX 1050Ti Max-Q) Laptop Review

Daniel Puschina, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, T. Hinum (translated by Katherine Bodner), 04/30/2019

Thin is in. "Make it thin and light." This is probably what the engineers at MSI heard when being given the task of creating the MSI GF75 8RD. And the result is: thin and light. But how does the flyweight gamer fare under full load? After all, the MSI GF75 is not made for office work. It is directed at the gaming community. Can the thin MSI keep up with the high demands of gaming or might this design have taken its toll on the laptop's abilities?

It is about 8% smaller, 16% thinner and 15% lighter than the average 17-inch gamer. This is how the GF75 Thin is presented on the MSI website. And the gaming laptop really does feel small in our hands. Quite a change in comparison to other MSI devices we have seen that looked more like a briefcase with large ventilation grilles. Naturally, we are most interested in how MSI has accomplished this impressive feat. After all, it is equipped with an Intel Core i7-8750H and a GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q - components that are definitely still fit for gaming. We are curious to take a look at the laptop's throttling behavior in our Cinebench tests.

The GF75 Thin is available in two configurations. The GF75 Thin 8RD and the GF75 Thin 8RC. The difference is in the dedicated GPU: The 8RD version is equipped with the slightly stronger, optimized GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q while the 8RC model makes do with a normal GTX 1050. According to MSI the performance of the Ti Max-Q chip is about 20% higher, but more on that later. Our device comes from notebooksbilliger.de and is equipped with 16 GB of RAM (2x DDR4-2666). This can be expanded to up to 32 GB.

We have chosen to include models with a similar build that also feature an Intel Core i7-8750H and a GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q into our list of comparison devices. The choice is not large, but these are the devices that are suitable for direct comparison (both 15-inch and 17-inch notebooks): 

MSI GF75 8RD-001 (GF75 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q - 4096 MB, Core: 1290 MHz, Memory: 3500 MHz, GDDR5, 25.21.14.1749
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2666
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, B173HAN04.2, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake HM370
Storage
Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1, 256 GB 
, 180 GB free
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined audio jack
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wireless AC 9462 (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23.1 x 397 x 260 ( = 0.91 x 15.63 x 10.24 in)
Battery
51 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD type ([email protected])
Additional features
Speakers: 2-watt speaker, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.2 kg ( = 77.6 oz / 4.85 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Case - the thin flyweight

We will leave it up to you to decide whether the design fits into an office space or not, but the GF75 Thin is clearly directed at the gamer community. Keys with red lettering, the typical gamer's ventilation slots and the brushed metal surface all state one thing: it is a gaming laptop. There is an equal amount of space above and below the keyboard, which might be a little uncomfortable for users with large hands if their wrists have to rest on the edge of the case for hours.

Unfortunately, the device looks better than it feels. As we have often noted on thin gaming notebooks in this price range, there is a lot of plastic involved. While the top of the base unit and the back of the display are made of cool metal, the sides and bottom of the base unit are made of thin, cheap-looking plastic. In return, the gaming laptop only weighs about 2.2 kg (~4.85 lb), which is not much for a gaming notebook. Our other models that are equipped with an Intel Core i7-8750H and a dedicated GeForce 1050 Ti all weigh at least another 200 grams (~7 oz) more. MSI has clearly made sure they keep the weight down.

But not only its weight is worth mentioning. The MSI GF75 Thin also really lives up to its name with a height of 23.2 mm (~0.9 in). Only the Lenovo Legion at 21.95 millimeters (~0.86 in) is slightly thinner than our test unit. However, the Lenovo is significantly more solid and stable and appears to be of higher quality than the MSI. This is where the reduced weight has its drawbacks. The GF75 gives way easily around the ventilation slots above the keyboard and generally does not give the impression of being very solid. We also noted some creaking in several areas.

Size Comparison

419 mm / 16.5 inch 287 mm / 11.3 inch 33 mm / 1.299 inch 2.7 kg5.95 lbs413 mm / 16.3 inch 305 mm / 12 inch 21.95 mm / 0.864 inch 2.9 kg6.35 lbs399.8 mm / 15.7 inch 279.4 mm / 11 inch 27.6 mm / 1.087 inch 2.6 kg5.73 lbs397 mm / 15.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 23.1 mm / 0.909 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs381.6 mm / 15 inch 262.8 mm / 10.3 inch 23.95 mm / 0.943 inch 2.4 kg5.18 lbs378 mm / 14.9 inch 267 mm / 10.5 inch 27 mm / 1.063 inch 2.4 kg5.36 lbs365 mm / 14.4 inch 256.5 mm / 10.1 inch 25.4 mm / 1 inch 2.4 kg5.29 lbs

Connectivity - MSI makes cuts

Our test unit offers the absolute minimum of necessary ports. The left side harbors the connector for the 135-watt AC adapter, an HDMI port and two Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. The right side has another USB port with the same specifications, a Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 1 port, an ethernet connector, a Kensington Lock and individual connectors for microphone and speakers. The USB Type-C port can be used to recharge other devices with 3A when connected to an external power supply and with 1.5A when running on battery. MSI did not include a thunderbolt port nor is there an SD card reader.

Left: power supply, HDMI, 2x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen1
Left: power supply, HDMI, 2x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen1
Right: RJ-45, Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 1, Type-A USB 3.1 Gen1, microphone jack, headphone jack
Right: RJ-45, Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 1, Type-A USB 3.1 Gen1, microphone jack, headphone jack

Communication

The MSI GF75 offers a Wi-Fi module and an ethernet port, which suits its intended use as a gaming device. Based on the results of our Wi-Fi speed test, we would recommend gamers to use the RJ-45 port - not just because of the better ping, but also because of the slow Wi-Fi speeds. The GF75 only reaches about 40-50% of the speed other gamers can offer both when receiving data (average of 292 Mbit/s) and when sending (317 Mbit/s).

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
689 MBit/s ∼100% +136%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
Intel Wireless AC 9462
651 (min: 547, max: 681) MBit/s ∼94% +123%
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
630 MBit/s ∼91% +116%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
624 (min: 509, max: 654) MBit/s ∼91% +114%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 702, n=279)
606 MBit/s ∼88% +108%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
566 (min: 424, max: 629) MBit/s ∼82% +94%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
Intel Wireless AC 9462
292 (min: 204, max: 344) MBit/s ∼42%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
655 (min: 646, max: 660) MBit/s ∼100% +107%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
Intel Wireless AC 9462
644 (min: 499, max: 661) MBit/s ∼98% +103%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
636 MBit/s ∼97% +101%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174
584 (min: 511, max: 602) MBit/s ∼89% +84%
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
579 MBit/s ∼88% +83%
Average of class Gaming
  (144 - 749, n=279)
559 MBit/s ∼85% +76%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
Intel Wireless AC 9462
317 (min: 274, max: 362) MBit/s ∼48%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø291 (204-344)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø317 (274-362)

Accessories

There are no accessories included with the GF75 apart from the 135-watt AC adapter, which weighs 445 grams (~15.7 oz). 

Maintenance

If users want to access the insides of the GF75, they will have to make do without dedicated maintenance hatches for components such as the SSD or RAM. Instead, the entire bottom plate has to be removed. This is secured to the base unit by screws. Once the bottom cover is removed, users can easily exchange both the M.2 SSD and the RAM.

Warranty

MSI offers a twelve-month warranty for the GR75. This can be extended by three months by registering the device on the MSI website.

Input Devices - red is the color for gamers

Keyboard

The keys are 15x15 mm (~0.6 x 0.6 in) large and have red backlighting. This offers three levels of brightness and can also be turned off entirely. The keyboard layout is typical for MSI with a single-row enter key and the Windows key on the right side. The shift keys are also smaller than usual. Typing is quite comfortable nonetheless, and only produces a minimal clatter. The black keys with red lettering are easily readable even with the backlighting turned off.

Touchpad

The matte black ClickPad feels very good and offers satisfactory gliding properties. It is about 10.5 x 6.5 cm (~4.1 x 2.56 in) large. We would like to mention that there is no free space above or below the ClickPad due to the keyboard being positioned further down than usual. The touch surface goes right up to the space bar and ends with the edge of the device at the bottom. This is not particularly bothersome, but is not ideal for making clicks. We had no issues with gesture control and scrolling.

Display - the GF75 does not miss a trick

Subpixel array
Subpixel array
Virtually no backlight bleeding visible
Virtually no backlight bleeding visible

The display of the MSI GF75 is a matte 17.3-inch FHD from AU Optronics with the model number B173HAN04.2. The IPS panel is identical to the one in the Asus TUF FX705GE, although it is significantly brighter. The brightness at the center of the screen is great at 356 cd/m², the average brightness is 332 cd/m² with a brightness distribution of 89%. The black value is above average at 0.27 with a contrast ratio of 1319:1. Only the HP Pavilion Gaming 15 can offer a better black value (0.15) and contrast ratio (1607:1), but this device's screen lacks brightness, which cannot be said of our MSI.

331
cd/m²
339
cd/m²
318
cd/m²
328
cd/m²
356
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
319
cd/m²
341
cd/m²
328
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
B173HAN04.2
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 356 cd/m² Average: 332.3 cd/m² Minimum: 6.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 356 cd/m²
Contrast: 1319:1 (Black: 0.27 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.73 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 2.14
ΔE Greyscale 2.38 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
90% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 59% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.48
MSI GF75 8RD-001
B173HAN04.2, , 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
AU Optronics B173HAN04.2, , 1920x1080, 17.3
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H
LP173WF4-SPF6, , 1920x1080, 17.3
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
AU Optronics B156HTN03.8 (AUO38ED), , 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
BOE07A1, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
LG Philips LP156WFC-SPP1, , 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
-2%
9%
13%
-18%
11%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38 (18, 20)
39 (21, 18)
-3%
36.8 (18.8, 18)
3%
44.8 (23.6, 21.2)
-18%
47 (23, 24)
-24%
35 (17, 18)
8%
Response Time Black / White *
28 (16, 12)
28 (16, 12)
-0%
24 (14, 10)
14%
16 (10, 6)
43%
31 (17, 14)
-11%
24 (14, 10)
14%
PWM Frequency
208 (90)
Screen
-9%
-47%
-124%
-36%
-55%
Brightness middle
356
299
-16%
328.7
-8%
200
-44%
241
-32%
280
-21%
Brightness
332
291
-12%
318
-4%
186
-44%
236
-29%
248
-25%
Brightness Distribution
89
90
1%
91
2%
85
-4%
75
-16%
81
-9%
Black Level *
0.27
0.28
-4%
0.51
-89%
0.43
-59%
0.15
44%
0.56
-107%
Contrast
1319
1068
-19%
645
-51%
465
-65%
1607
22%
500
-62%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.73
3.02
-11%
4.91
-80%
11.39
-317%
4.85
-78%
4.75
-74%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.7
5.27
-12%
10.15
-116%
19.36
-312%
8.82
-88%
8.04
-71%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.14
2.76
-29%
4.27
-100%
3.05
-43%
4.93
-130%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.38
2.18
8%
3.9
-64%
11.73
-393%
5.15
-116%
3.21
-35%
Gamma
2.48 89%
2.48 89%
2.13 103%
1.97 112%
2.49 88%
2.59 85%
CCT
6643 98%
6392 102%
6911 94%
12614 52%
7042 92%
6601 98%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59
57
-3%
55.6
-6%
35
-41%
38
-36%
36
-39%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
90
87
-3%
84.7
-6%
55
-39%
59
-34%
57
-37%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-6% / -8%
-19% / -39%
-56% / -103%
-27% / -33%
-22% / -45%

* ... smaller is better

Our subjective impression confirms the good results. Blacks appear deep and the DeltaE ColorChecker shows excellent results significantly below 3 at 2.73. We even reached 2.14 after calibration, which positions this device way above all its comparison devices. The HP Pavilion Gaming 15, praised for its good black value and contrast, only reaches 4.85 (without calibration) while the Medion Erazer brings up the rear with 11.39.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker (after calibration)
CalMAN - Color Checker (after calibration)
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales (after calibration)
CalMAN - Grayscales (after calibration)
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation (after calibration)
CalMAN - Saturation (after calibration)

Like almost every other notebook, the MSI screen is difficult to read in direct sunlight despite its matte display and decent brightness. However, we expect most gamers will not want to go into battle outdoors in direct sunlight - particularly considering the limiting Wi-Fi speeds. The display is bright enough to be used in shade or semi shade. 

Outdoors in direct sunlight
Outdoors in direct sunlight
In semi shade
In semi shade

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
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 12 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. » 60 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 20 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 37 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.6 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 9266 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Subjectively, we are definitely impressed by the display's quality. The maximum opening angle is 145 degrees, which is wide enough to use the device on your lap. There are no limitations in terms of viewing angle stability with this very good IPS panel.

Viewing angles of the MSI GF75
Viewing angles of the MSI GF75

Performance - MSI GF75 can keep up

The MSI GF75 Thin is marketed explicitly to gamers with its striking red-and-black design. The combination of an Intel Core i7-8750H and the Max-Q version of the GeForce 1050 Ti is also made for gaming. The 16 GB of RAM and Kingston SSD further support the GF75's ideal conditions and sufficient performance reserves. What makes things more difficult is the fact that MSI has tried to squeeze all these components into a thin case. On the other hand, we have a 17.3-inch device that should offer sufficient volume for decent cooling. We shall find out how this device fares under full load with our Cinebench tests.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
Intel UHD Graphics 630
Intel UHD Graphics 630
Intel XTU
Intel XTU
 

Processor

MSI has chosen the six-core Intel Core i7-8750H for its thin gamer. This processor can process up to twelve threads simultaneously thanks to hyper threading. The Coffee Lake model has a standard clock rate of 2.2 GHz and can reach 4.1 GHz in turbo mode - although this speed is limited to single-core use like in many other models. When all cores work simultaneously, the i7-8750H can reach a maximum clock rate of 3.9 GHz. The standard TDP is set to 45 watts. 

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H
Intel Core i7-8750H
173 Points ∼100% +1%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
Intel Core i7-8750H
173 Points ∼100% +1%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
173 Points ∼100% +1%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
Intel Core i7-8750H
173 Points ∼100% +1%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
172 Points ∼99% 0%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
Intel Core i7-8750H
172 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (163 - 177, n=85)
172 Points ∼99% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (77 - 212, n=529)
157 Points ∼91% -9%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H
Intel Core i7-8750H
1220 Points ∼100% +12%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
Intel Core i7-8750H
1116 Points ∼91% +2%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
Intel Core i7-8750H
1116 Points ∼91% +2%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (863 - 1251, n=92)
1109 Points ∼91% +2%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
Intel Core i7-8750H
1089 Points ∼89%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
Intel Core i7-8750H
929.34 (min: 909.48, max: 1089.06) Points ∼76% -15%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
1077 Points ∼88% -1%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H
1049 Points ∼86% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 2022, n=532)
834 Points ∼68% -23%
The XTU tool reports thermal throttling during the Cinebench loop
The XTU tool reports thermal throttling during the Cinebench loop

The MSI GF75 is right on par with the average single core test result. It continues to offer mid-range speeds in the first round of our CPU Multi 64Bit loop. However, thermal throttling causes the results to drop by 12.4% from 1089 to 953 points in the next round. The processor continues to be throttled significantly for the remaining 20 minutes of the test and only offers around 83% of its original performance.

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MSI GF75 8RD-001 Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø935 (909.48-1089.06)
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø1050 (994.7-1115.98)
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø1193 (1158.58-1229.48)
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131 Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø969 (936-1116.11)
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø988 (977.49-1049.42)
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø1021 (1009.77-1077.38)
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
172 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
92.06 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
929.34 Points
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System Performance

Although the MSI GF75 is equipped with a fast SSD from Kingston and 16 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, it is one of the slowest devices in our comparison field in the synthetic benchmark PCMark 10. The overall score of the GF75 is 13% below the average for gaming laptops. The PCMark 8 results are slightly better with our test unit being positioned in the middle of our comparison field in the Work Score. The Home Score results, however, place it at the end of the list again. Subjectively, the test unit performs faster in everyday use than one would assume based on the benchmark results. 

PC Mark 8 Home
PC Mark 8 Home
PC Mark 8 Work
PC Mark 8 Work
PC Mark 10
PC Mark 10
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Average of class Gaming
  (1764 - 11191, n=222)
6373 Points ∼100% +46%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
5616 Points ∼88% +28%
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
5290 Points ∼83% +21%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5258 Points ∼83% +20%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix BC501 HFM128GDJTNG-831
5096 Points ∼80% +16%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
5088 Points ∼80% +16%
MSI GL73 8RD-418US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
5070 Points ∼80% +16%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (4377 - 5605, n=4)
4944 Points ∼78% +13%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
4377 Points ∼69%
MSI GF63 8RC
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Seagate BarraCuda Pro Compute 1TB ST1000LM049
4164 Points ∼65% -5%
Productivity
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
7332 Points ∼100% +9%
MSI GL73 8RD-418US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
7252 Points ∼99% +8%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix BC501 HFM128GDJTNG-831
7201 Points ∼98% +7%
Average of class Gaming
  (4175 - 8968, n=223)
7175 Points ∼98% +7%
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
7057 Points ∼96% +5%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
6830 Points ∼93% +2%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (6671 - 7037, n=4)
6789 Points ∼93% +1%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
6739 Points ∼92% 0%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
6724 Points ∼92%
MSI GF63 8RC
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Seagate BarraCuda Pro Compute 1TB ST1000LM049
5694 Points ∼78% -15%
Essentials
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix BC501 HFM128GDJTNG-831
9110 Points ∼100% +13%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
9065 Points ∼100% +13%
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
8989 Points ∼99% +12%
Average of class Gaming
  (4892 - 10668, n=224)
8535 Points ∼94% +6%
MSI GL73 8RD-418US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
8530 Points ∼94% +6%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (8057 - 9087, n=4)
8453 Points ∼93% +5%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
8388 Points ∼92% +4%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
8186 Points ∼90% +2%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
8057 Points ∼88%
MSI GF63 8RC
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Seagate BarraCuda Pro Compute 1TB ST1000LM049
5849 Points ∼64% -27%
Score
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 7171, n=226)
5228 Points ∼100% +18%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
5162 Points ∼99% +16%
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
4982 Points ∼95% +12%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix BC501 HFM128GDJTNG-831
4975 Points ∼95% +12%
MSI GL73 8RD-418US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
4871 Points ∼93% +10%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4767 Points ∼91% +7%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
4732 Points ∼91% +7%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (4437 - 4966, n=4)
4706 Points ∼90% +6%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
4437 Points ∼85%
MSI GF63 8RC
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Seagate BarraCuda Pro Compute 1TB ST1000LM049
3711 Points ∼71% -16%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix BC501 HFM128GDJTNG-831
5461 Points ∼100% +3%
MSI GL73 8RD-418US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
5396 Points ∼99% +1%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5346 Points ∼98% +1%
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
5340 Points ∼98% 0%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
5317 Points ∼97%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
5310 Points ∼97% 0%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
5249 Points ∼96% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (2484 - 6515, n=402)
5042 Points ∼92% -5%
MSI GF63 8RC
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Seagate BarraCuda Pro Compute 1TB ST1000LM049
4609 Points ∼84% -13%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (4316 - 5317, n=4)
4608 Points ∼84% -13%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Average of class Gaming
  (2554 - 6093, n=419)
4261 Points ∼100% +7%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
4259 Points ∼100% +7%
MSI GL73 8RD-418US
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3128GJ
4235 Points ∼99% +7%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix BC501 HFM128GDJTNG-831
4230 Points ∼99% +7%
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
4148 Points ∼97% +5%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
4125 Points ∼97% +4%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4017 Points ∼94% +1%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
3969 Points ∼93%
MSI GF63 8RC
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 8300H, Seagate BarraCuda Pro Compute 1TB ST1000LM049
3704 Points ∼87% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (3494 - 3969, n=4)
3676 Points ∼86% -7%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3969 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5317 points
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Storage Devices

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 5
CrystalDiskMark 5

MSI has chosen to go with a 256-GB M.2 SSD from Kingston for its entire GF series - and we think this is a good decision. It reaches very satisfactory results in our CrystalDiskMark benchmark and even narrowly beats the Samsung PM 981 and Intel 760 in the Write 4K QD32 and Read 4K QD32 tests, which are most relevant for everyday use. 

MSI GF75 8RD-001
Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
SK hynix BC501 HFM128GDJTNG-831
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H
Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8
Average Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-13%
-39%
62%
-7%
37%
17%
Write 4K
72.11
90.26
25%
71.36
-1%
107
48%
59.22
-18%
103.4
43%
97.4 (72.1 - 122, n=5)
35%
Read 4K
28.12
37.03
32%
29.98
7%
39.91
42%
91.32
225%
55.97
99%
35.1 (27.9 - 45.5, n=5)
25%
Write Seq
746.4
320.3
-57%
129.6
-83%
1439
93%
158.3
-79%
808.2
8%
675 (271 - 849, n=5)
-10%
Read Seq
833.8
1012
21%
842.6
1%
2011
141%
879.5
5%
1939
133%
905 (713 - 1137, n=5)
9%
Write 4K Q32T1
313.7
196.8
-37%
88.93
-72%
282.1
-10%
161.8
-48%
281.3
-10%
421 (236 - 868, n=5)
34%
Read 4K Q32T1
348.7
271.5
-22%
196.4
-44%
326.6
-6%
286.5
-18%
326.5
-6%
647 (349 - 1580, n=5)
86%
Write Seq Q32T1
854
268.8
-69%
130.5
-85%
1441
69%
159.8
-81%
474.1
-44%
642 (253 - 892, n=5)
-25%
Read Seq Q32T1
1587
1595
1%
1037
-35%
3516
122%
929.3
-41%
2735
72%
1346 (412 - 1639, n=5)
-15%
AS SSD
-56%
-147%
12%
-1524%
4%
-10%
Copy Game MB/s
478.72
229.24
-52%
134.55
-72%
81.65
-83%
647.92
35%
446 (381 - 479, n=3)
-7%
Copy Program MB/s
350.66
111.95
-68%
182.95
-48%
94.13
-73%
319.36
-9%
399 (315 - 532, n=3)
14%
Copy ISO MB/s
607.7
224.07
-63%
272.67
-55%
110.07
-82%
968.01
59%
772 (586 - 1121, n=3)
27%
Score Total
2112
764
-64%
479
-77%
1983
-6%
577
-73%
1883
-11%
1923 (821 - 2411, n=5)
-9%
Score Write
764
238
-69%
86
-89%
699
-9%
211
-72%
707
-7%
688 (294 - 799, n=5)
-10%
Score Read
907
360
-60%
286
-68%
886
-2%
233
-74%
812
-10%
826 (360 - 1073, n=5)
-9%
Access Time Write *
0.044
0.054
-23%
0.324
-636%
0.037
16%
0.043
2%
0.099
-125%
0.05 (0.044 - 0.059, n=5)
-14%
Access Time Read *
0.072
0.141
-96%
0.519
-621%
0.08
-11%
14.987
-20715%
0.058
19%
0.1195 (0.072 - 0.173, n=4)
-66%
4K-64 Write
584.11
112.49
-81%
31.38
-95%
459.83
-21%
137.26
-77%
470.71
-19%
527 (190 - 650, n=5)
-10%
4K-64 Read
725.98
248.9
-66%
168.58
-77%
567.26
-22%
42.09
-94%
521.53
-28%
674 (259 - 896, n=5)
-7%
4K Write
100.13
91.97
-8%
38.73
-61%
102.61
2%
59.54
-41%
112.4
12%
92.7 (67.1 - 114, n=5)
-7%
4K Read
38.92
23.76
-39%
19.73
-49%
46.14
19%
105.05
170%
41.22
6%
37.4 (25.4 - 54.8, n=5)
-4%
Seq Write
797.74
336.78
-58%
125.45
-84%
1365.1
71%
147.01
-82%
1241.15
56%
690 (219 - 836, n=5)
-14%
Seq Read
1416.43
878.35
-38%
979.27
-31%
2723.52
92%
853.87
-40%
2493.03
76%
1148 (748 - 1416, n=5)
-19%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-35% / -41%
-93% / -108%
37% / 33%
-766% / -972%
21% / 16%
4% / 0%

* ... smaller is better

Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 1587 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 854 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 348.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 313.7 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 833.8 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 746.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 28.12 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 72.11 MB/s

GPU Performance

MSI has made a good decision when choosing the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q for the GF75 Thin, particularly considering its narrow case. The "Max-Q" does not represent an overclocked version of the GTX 1050 Ti but instead stands for energy-efficiency. It offers optimized voltage transformers, improved cooling and a top limit of 40 dB(A) for cooling noise. The clock rates are also below the normal GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which is why the TDP is 40-46 watts rather than 64 watts like for the normal GTX 1050 Ti. These changes are also reflected in its performance, which is around 10-15% lower than that of a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, depending on the device's cooling system. This is still faster than the simple GeForce GTX 1050, however. 

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=630)
13571 Points ∼100% +55%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
9466 Points ∼70% +8%
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
9079 Points ∼67% +4%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
8930 Points ∼66% +2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (8317 - 9079, n=7)
8781 Points ∼65% 0%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
8741 Points ∼64%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
8624 Points ∼64% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000XGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
8619 Points ∼64% -1%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
8304 Points ∼61% -5%
MSI GF63 8RC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8300H
7611 Points ∼56% -13%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=555)
11462 Points ∼100% +56%
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
7860 Points ∼69% +7%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
7791 Points ∼68% +6%
Dell XPS 15 9570 i7 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
7428 Points ∼65% +1%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
7397 Points ∼65% +1%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
7324 Points ∼64%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (6957 - 7428, n=7)
7281 Points ∼64% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000XGE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
7199 Points ∼63% -2%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
7192 Points ∼63% -2%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
6792 Points ∼59% -7%
MSI GF63 8RC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8300H
6069 Points ∼53% -17%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Average of class Gaming
  (5761 - 184578, n=536)
67957 Points ∼100% +34%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
50801 Points ∼75%
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
50732 Points ∼75% 0%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
49314 Points ∼73% -3%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
47895 Points ∼70% -6%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
46618 Points ∼69% -8%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (41871 - 50801, n=5)
46017 Points ∼68% -9%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
41871 Points ∼62% -18%
MSI GF63 8RC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-8300H
38928 Points ∼57% -23%
3DMark 11 Performance
9171 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
28253 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
6714 points
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Gaming Performance

The MSI GF75 offers decent gaming performance. It can display a smooth frame rate at medium details for most games and is faster than the HP x360 Spectre. Only "Metro Exodus" seems to be too much for the MSI. The GF75 is positioned behind all the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q models in our comparison list for this game. Users should not expect to be playing at high details with the GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q. This would require at least a GeForce GTX 1060.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
MSI GS75 8SG Stealth
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
75.4 (min: 62) fps ∼100% +75%
Schenker XMG Neo 17
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
73 fps ∼97% +70%
Gigabyte Aero 15-Y9
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
65.7 fps ∼87% +53%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=326)
50.1 fps ∼66% +17%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
43 (min: 39, max: 46) fps ∼57%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
29.7 fps ∼39% -31%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (23.5 - 43, n=7)
27.5 fps ∼36% -36%
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
26 fps ∼34% -40%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
25.8 fps ∼34% -40%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
25.4 fps ∼34% -41%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
23.9 fps ∼32% -44%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
23.1 fps ∼31% -46%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
11.4 fps ∼15% -73%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Schenker XMG Neo 17
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
137 fps ∼100% +128%
Gigabyte Aero 15-Y9
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
117.3 fps ∼86% +96%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.1 - 194, n=280)
87.9 fps ∼64% +47%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
60 (min: 54, max: 64) fps ∼44%
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
51 fps ∼37% -15%
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
50 fps ∼36% -17%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (42.6 - 60, n=6)
47.7 fps ∼35% -20%
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
46.1 fps ∼34% -23%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
44.2 fps ∼32% -26%
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
42.9 fps ∼31% -28%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
40 fps ∼29% -33%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
20.4 fps ∼15% -66%
Far Cry New Dawn
3840x2160 Ultra Preset
Schenker XMG Neo 17
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
42 fps ∼100% +180%
Gigabyte Aero 15-Y9
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
36 fps ∼86% +140%
Average of class Gaming
  (15 - 57, n=7)
35 fps ∼83% +133%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
15 (min: 11, max: 19) fps ∼36%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (14 - 15, n=2)
14.5 fps ∼35% -3%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
14 fps ∼33% -7%
MSI GE72 7RE
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
13 (min: 10) fps ∼31% -13%
2560x1440 Ultra Preset
Schenker XMG Neo 17
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
74 fps ∼100% +155%
Average of class Gaming
  (29 - 96, n=5)
61.2 fps ∼83% +111%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
29 (min: 24, max: 37) fps ∼39%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
 
29 fps ∼39% 0%
MSI GE72 7RE
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
27 (min: 21) fps ∼36% -7%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset
MSI GS75 8SG Stealth
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
82 fps ∼100% +91%
Schenker XMG Neo 17
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
82 fps ∼100% +91%
Gigabyte Aero 15-Y9
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
74 fps ∼90% +72%
Average of class Gaming
  (14 - 108, n=34)
68.7 fps ∼84% +60%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
43 (min: 33, max: 53) fps ∼52%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (40 - 43, n=2)
41.5 fps ∼51% -3%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
40 fps ∼49% -7%
MSI GE72 7RE
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
38 (min: 28) fps ∼46% -12%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
17 fps ∼21% -60%
1920x1080 High Preset
MSI GS75 8SG Stealth
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
92 fps ∼100% +100%
Schenker XMG Neo 17
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
92 fps ∼100% +100%
Gigabyte Aero 15-Y9
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
82 fps ∼89% +78%
Average of class Gaming
  (15 - 121, n=32)
76.9 fps ∼84% +67%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
46 (min: 38, max: 56) fps ∼50%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (43 - 46, n=2)
44.5 fps ∼48% -3%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
43 fps ∼47% -7%
MSI GE72 7RE
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
42 (min: 33) fps ∼46% -9%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
18 fps ∼20% -61%
Metro Exodus
1920x1080 Ultra Quality AF:16x
Schenker XMG Neo 17
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
54.1 fps ∼100% +180%
MSI GS75 8SG Stealth
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
54 fps ∼100% +180%
Gigabyte Aero 15-Y9
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
47.8 fps ∼88% +148%
Average of class Gaming
  (12 - 77.4, n=26)
44.6 fps ∼82% +131%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
28.3 fps ∼52% +47%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (19.3 - 28.3, n=2)
23.8 fps ∼44% +23%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
19.3 (min: 10.4, max: 19.3) fps ∼36%
MSI GE72 7RE
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
15.3 (min: 7) fps ∼28% -21%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
5.3 fps ∼10% -73%
1920x1080 High Quality AF:16x
MSI GS75 8SG Stealth
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
66.4 fps ∼100% +183%
Schenker XMG Neo 17
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
66.4 fps ∼100% +183%
Gigabyte Aero 15-Y9
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
58.2 fps ∼88% +148%
Average of class Gaming
  (9.1 - 93.4, n=27)
52.8 fps ∼80% +125%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
36.5 fps ∼55% +55%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (23.5 - 36.5, n=2)
30 fps ∼45% +28%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
23.5 (min: 12.1, max: 39.8) fps ∼35%
MSI GE72 7RE
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
18.5 (min: 9) fps ∼28% -21%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
6.8 fps ∼10% -71%
1920x1080 Medium Quality AF:4x
Schenker XMG Neo 17
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
87.9 fps ∼100% +180%
Gigabyte Aero 15-Y9
Intel Core i9-8950HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
77.7 fps ∼88% +147%
Average of class Gaming
  (5.82 - 120, n=25)
59.9 fps ∼68% +91%
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
49.8 fps ∼57% +59%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  (31.4 - 49.8, n=2)
40.6 fps ∼46% +29%
MSI GF75 8RD-001
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
31.4 (min: 15.8, max: 53.7) fps ∼36%
MSI GE72 7RE
Intel Core i7-7700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
23.7 (min: 11) fps ∼27% -25%
Acer Aspire 5 A515-52G-723L
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
7.3 fps ∼8% -77%
Lenovo V145-15AST
AMD A9-9425, AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
4.3 fps ∼5% -86%
low med. high ultraQHD4K
The Witcher 3 (2015) 145 99 60 43 fps
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark (2018) 75.1 37.7 25 fps
Far Cry New Dawn (2019) 89 50 46 43 29 15 fps
Metro Exodus (2019) 60.4 31.4 23.5 19.3 fps

Emissions - a quiet gamer

System Noise

The ventilation slots at the back
The ventilation slots at the back

A device like the GF75 with its thin design needs a particularly decent cooling system. The laptop needs to be able to efficiently transport hot air out of the case. MSI manages to do this while still offering excellent system noise. 40.6 dB(A) under maximum load can definitely be considered quiet. However, we would have preferred to have slightly more cooling capacity, for example by increasing the RPM of the fan. The competition's system noise is closer to the 50 dB(A) mark. The fact that the sound pulses slightly at high RPM is a little annoying, however. On the other hand, the frequency is not too high, which makes it more comfortable to hear. We did not note any other noise such as coil whine on the GF75.

Noise Level

Idle
32 / 32 / 32.1 dB(A)
Load
33.6 / 40.6 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.7 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2032.533.833.132.23432.5253432.832.932.834.1343136.733.933.632.733.736.7402931.93231.532.3295031.633.731.430.729.631.66329.12928.82827.529.18027.826.828.42724.627.810027.126.726.426.326.727.112526.526.22625.824.826.516025.924.724.924.624.525.920026.124.823.525.423.926.125023.723.723.822.922.623.731523.623.922.821.821.523.640022.82524.921.120.522.850024.328.223.52120.124.363022.827.325.120.919.122.88002329.426.521.318.523100024.728.125.120.518.524.712502430.627.722.517.724160022.631.528.82017.722.6200022.432.128.119.817.622.4250021.130.826.719.518.121.1315019.829.825.91918.419.8400019.526.222.918.818.319.55000192320.618.618.51963001921.919.918.718.719800019.119.619.1191919.1100001919.319.219.119191250019.119.419.319.119.119.11600019.419.319.419.419.219.4SPL33.940.637.532.230.833.9N1.83.22.51.51.31.8median 22.8median 26.2median 24.9median 20.5median 19median 22.8Delta2.532.41.91.52.531.434.435.132.831.432.531.432.129.432.53431.633.330.6343230.832.7303233.829.831.428.833.828.829.429.426.128.828.429.827.927.628.428.328.328.525.628.325.927.12624.825.926.429.723.923.926.426.728.923.922.426.727.731.323.621.727.730.735.424.721.230.729.735.221.620.229.729.730.924.719.429.727.332.619.918.927.329.234.221.817.729.231.936.62117.731.932.437.720.217.732.433.738.320.417.633.735.439.821.517.735.433.338.719.917.533.331.337.618.718.131.328.534.718.318.228.528.435.918.618.328.423.631.718.818.623.621.327.819.118.921.32024.119.1192020.42219.11920.420.92119.519.420.943.148.332.530.543.13.95.91.61.33.9median 28.4median 32.6median 20.4median 18.9median 28.42.73.91.91.82.7hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseMSI GF75 8RD-001Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T

Temperature

As it turns out, the fact that the keyboard is positioned further down on the base unit is an advantage when the device is under load, as it avoids the hot spots. As you can see from the image below, these are positioned in the top area, above the keyboard. The entire heat distribution with peaks of around 44 °C (~111 °F) is centered around the back ventilation slots towards the top of the base. The center of the keyboard only reaches a maximum of 38.1 °C (~100 °F). The wrist rest hardly heats up under load and remains comfortably cool. 

The FurMark stress test heats the CPU to 93 °C (~162 °F) and the clock rates settle down to around 3 GHz after initially reaching 3.9 GHz. The GPU on the other hand keeps a constant clock rate of 1.49 GHz and reaches 72 °C. As we have already noted during the Cinebench loop, the processor experiences heat-related throttling.

Max. Load
 41 °C
106 F
44.2 °C
112 F
43 °C
109 F
 
 33.2 °C
92 F
38.1 °C
101 F
32 °C
90 F
 
 26.3 °C
79 F
25.4 °C
78 F
26.8 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 44.2 °C = 112 F
Average: 34.4 °C = 94 F
39 °C
102 F
39.1 °C
102 F
37.1 °C
99 F
26.4 °C
80 F
32.7 °C
91 F
28.1 °C
83 F
23.6 °C
74 F
29 °C
84 F
26.2 °C
79 F
Maximum: 39.1 °C = 102 F
Average: 31.2 °C = 88 F
Power Supply (max.)  54 °C = 129 F | Room Temperature 22.1 °C = 72 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.4 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.2 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 39.6 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 39.1 °C / 102 F, compared to the average of 42.3 °C / 108 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.3 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 26.8 °C / 80.2 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (+2 °C / 3.6 F).
Heat development top (while idling)
Heat development top (while idling)
Heat development bottom (while idling)
Heat development bottom (while idling)
Heat development top (under load)
Heat development top (under load)
Heat development bottom (under load)
Heat development bottom (under load)

Speakers

The speakers are only average, unfortunately. The maximum volume is disappointingly low and most mids and some highs sound very distorted and overmodulated. The fact that the 2x2-watt speakers fire downward is very noticeable and means the sound changes depending on the surface the device is placed on.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.63431.62532.834.132.83134.933.734.94030.732.330.75034.429.634.46330.927.530.9802824.62810027.926.727.912525.624.825.61602524.52520026.423.926.42504022.64031546.621.546.64004920.5495004720.14763053.119.153.180066.818.566.8100064.818.564.8125058.217.758.2160054.617.754.6200051.117.651.1250054.318.154.3315053.918.453.9400052.118.352.1500056.818.556.8630047.918.747.9800047.11947.11000046.21946.21250049.219.149.21600051.219.251.2SPL7030.870N211.321median 49.2median 19median 49.2Delta5.91.55.935.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMSI GF75 8RD-001Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
MSI GF75 8RD-001 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (66.78 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.9% higher than median
(-) | mids are not linear (16.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 91% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 5% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 81% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 15% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management - battery too small

Power Consumption

The MSI GF75 has very average consumption rates. It requires around 11.9 watts while idling and 86 watts under load. We measured a maximum consumption of 131 watts. The included power supply has a rated output of 135 watts - just enough to cover the device's peak consumption. These values position the MSI in the middle of all the devices we have tested that were equipped with a GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.38 / 0.6 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.5 / 11.9 / 13.1 Watt
Load midlight 86 / 131 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
MSI GF75 8RD-001
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus TUF FX705GE-EW096T
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), SK hynix BC501 HFM128GDJTNG-831, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Lenovo Legion Y730-17ICH, i7-8750H
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, TN, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-cx0003ng
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAH + HGST HTS721010A9E630 1 TB HDD, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW256G8, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
 
Average of class Gaming
 
Power Consumption
15%
4%
18%
7%
23%
4%
-98%
Idle Minimum *
6.5
3.8
42%
6.3
3%
4
38%
5.5
15%
3.9
40%
5.8 (2.1 - 9.48, n=7)
11%
19.4 (3.4 - 113, n=710)
-198%
Idle Average *
11.9
9
24%
11
8%
7
41%
8.5
29%
6.6
45%
11.2 (6.7 - 16.1, n=7)
6%
24.9 (6.6 - 119, n=710)
-109%
Idle Maximum *
13.1
11.2
15%
11.5
12%
11
16%
11.9
9%
8.5
35%
13.5 (9.8 - 17.6, n=7)
-3%
30.1 (8.3 - 122, n=710)
-130%
Load Average *
86
101
-17%
89.8
-4%
72
16%
94
-9%
89
-3%
86.9 (77.7 - 104, n=7)
-1%
104 (14.1 - 319, n=701)
-21%
Load Maximum *
131
119.7
9%
130.7
-0%
158
-21%
144
-10%
134
-2%
122 (92.4 - 134, n=7)
7%
171 (21.9 - 590, n=700)
-31%
Witcher 3 ultra *
102
79
86

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtimes

MSI could have fit a larger battery into the 17.3-inch case, but we must make do with a 51-Wh li-polymer battery. Even the 15.6-inch comparison devices such as the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme or the HP Spectre X360 are equipped with 80 Wh. This makes the runtime rather disappointing. The MSI manages around six hours on battery while idling and can play our Big Buck Bunny video in a loop for around 3.5 hours. The Wi-Fi test goes on for 4.5 hours while the device turns off after around one hour of full load (Battery Eater test). These results are average for our comparison field, but we would have expected slightly longer runtimes from this device, particularly due to the use of the Max-Q version.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 15min
WiFi Surfing
0h 00min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
4h 41min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
3h 24min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 07min
MSI GF75 8RD-001
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 51 Wh
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme-20MF000XGE
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 80 Wh
HP Spectre x360 15-df0126ng
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 84 Wh
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-704Q
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 48.9 Wh
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GX
8750H, GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 50 Wh
Medion Erazer P6705-MD61131
8750H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 62 Wh
Average of class Gaming
 
Battery Runtime
70%
129%
53%
-36%
68%
7%
Reader / Idle
375
691
84%
1127
201%
736
96%
534
42%
349 (39 - 1174, n=673)
-7%
H.264
204
371
82%
459
125%
361
77%
257 (88 - 508, n=148)
26%
WiFi v1.3
281
384
37%
528
88%
383
36%
181
-36%
400
42%
259 (78 - 622, n=374)
-8%
Load
67
119
78%
135
101%
70
4%
147
119%
79.1 (18 - 202, n=639)
18%
Witcher 3 ultra
63
56.5 (50 - 66, n=6)

Pros

+ slim and light
+ top made of brushed metal
+ hard drive and RAM can be expanded
+ very good display
+ quiet cooling system
+ cool wrist rest
+ low price

Cons

- only very minimal port selection
- no thunderbolt
- unusual keyboard placement
- bottom is made of simple plastic
- weak, average sound
- short battery runtime, small battery
- strong throttling
- no maintenance hatch

Verdict

MSI GF75 Thin, Test unit provided by notebooksbilliger.de
MSI GF75 Thin, Test unit provided by notebooksbilliger.de

MSI has tried to focus on the essential for the GF75 and has managed to create a decent device. It has sufficient performance to be considered a gaming laptop while offering a thin case and light-weight build. Although the energy-efficient GeForce 1050 Ti Max-Q with a slightly limited clock rate will not manage to display current games at high details, it should display most titles smoothly at medium settings. 

Instead, MSI has chosen to keep the port selection to an absolute minimum. This is probably due to the thin build as well as in order to keep the price of the device under a certain limit.

If you can live without thunderbolt and a DisplayPort connector and do not need an SD card reader or special security features such as a fingerprint reader, then you could be very happy with this affordable device that includes a GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q.

The IPS display is very good and can easily keep up with the GF75's competition. The Cinebench results are not quite as rosy with the GF75 bringing up the rear. We got the impression that the manufacturer was slightly too careful to keep system noise down. The fan is very quiet and could have reached a higher RPM. The battery could also do with a power increase. While the runtimes are sufficient for a 17-inch gamer that is always connected to power supply at home, things might get tight when using the device on the go.

Overall, we would say that mid-range gamers playing current games should be very happy with the price-to-performance ratio the MSI GF75 Thin offers. And its exterior is very attractive. Potential buyers will have to decide for themselves whether they can accept the downsides such as the cheap-looking plastic bottom. Should this be the case, they will be rewarded with a reasonably fast device that offers a solid performance.

MSI GF75 8RD-001 - 04/30/2019 v7
Daniel Puschina

Chassis
74 / 98 → 75%
Keyboard
77%
Pointing Device
75%
Connectivity
44 / 80 → 56%
Weight
62 / 10-66 → 92%
Battery
75 / 95 → 79%
Display
89%
Games Performance
92%
Application Performance
91%
Temperature
93 / 95 → 98%
Noise
89 / 90 → 98%
Audio
50%
Camera
40 / 85 → 46%
Average
73%
81%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Daniel Puschina, 2019-04-30 (Update: 2019-05-23)