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Deal | MSI GL65 with 10th gen Core i7, 144 Hz IPS display, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and 16 GB RAM on sale for $769 USD after rebates

MSI GL65 with 10th gen Core i7, 144 Hz IPS display, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and 16 GB RAM on sale for $769 USD after rebates (Source: MSI)
MSI GL65 with 10th gen Core i7, 144 Hz IPS display, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, and 16 GB RAM on sale for $769 USD after rebates (Source: MSI)
Unlike most other gaming laptop sales for under $800, this MSI GL65 strikes a respectable balance between graphics performance, CPU performance, display, RAM, and storage. Owners will just have to live with average color reproduction and the lack of Thunderbolt support.

Now that laptops with Nvidia Ampere are on store shelves, many retailers will be getting rid of the older generation Pascal models at steep discounts. Newegg, for example, is currently listing the MSI GL65 10SDR with Intel Core i7 and GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics for $869 USD before applying rebates.

The $700 to $800 USD range isn't uncommon for a gaming laptop with the GTX 1660 Ti GPU. Instead, what makes this deal more notable is that its specifications haven't been neutered just to meet a low price point. Most other gaming laptops with this same GPU and price would typically come with much slower Core i5 CPUs, 60 Hz displays, and just 8 GB of RAM or half the storage. In comparison, the MSI configuration in question comes with a 10th gen Core i7-10750H, 16 GB of RAM, 144 Hz display, and a combined 1.5 TB of storage space.

Interested buyers should keep in mind that the GL65 is MSI's entry-level gaming laptop meaning the plastic chassis won't feel as luxurious as the costlier MSI GT or GS series. End-user RAM and storage upgrades, while possible, may require voiding the warranty. The 144 Hz display has poor colors as well at just 45 percent of NTSC to be unfit for serious graphics editing.

See our full review on the MSI GL65 to learn more about its chassis and features.

  • 15.6-inch 1080p IPS, 144 Hz (~60 percent of sRGB only)
  • Core i7-10750H CPU
  • GeForce GTX 1660 Ti w/ 6 GB GDDR6 VRAM
  • 16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (expandable)
  • 512 GB NVMe M.2 SSD + 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD (expandable)
  • 3x USB-A, USB-C 3.1 Gen. 2, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI 1.4, card reader, 3.5 mm combo audio
  • 14.08" x 9.76" x 1.08"
  • 5.07 lbs

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Newegg product page

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Allen Ngo, 2021-01-27 (Update: 2021-01-27)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief - 4459 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2011
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.