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MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin

Specifications

MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin (GS65 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q - 8192 MB, Core: 1101 MHz, Memory: 8000 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 390.94, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, 8 GB DDR4-2400 SO-DIMM X2, Dual channel, all slots occupied, maximum supported 32 GB
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, AU Optronics B156HAN08.0 (AUO80ED), IPS, Full-HD, 144 Hz, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Storage
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ, 512 GB 
, Two M.2-2280 NVMe drive slots
Soundcard
Realtek ALC1220 @ Intel Cannon Lake PCH
Connections
4 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Separate headphone and microphone ports
Networking
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18 x 358 x 248 ( = 0.71 x 14.09 x 9.76 in)
Battery
82 Wh, 5380 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 4 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD (720p, 30 fps)
Additional features
Speakers: 2.0 Dynaudio, Keyboard: Chiclet, RGB, SteelSeries, Keyboard Light: yes, 180 W Power Supply, Warranty card, Quick Start Guide, Dragon Center and additional Manufacturer tools, Killer Performance Suite, XSplit Gamecaster trial, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.848 kg ( = 65.19 oz / 4.07 pounds), Power Supply: 420 g ( = 14.82 oz / 0.93 pounds)
Price
2300 EUR

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 85.32% - good
Average of 11 scores (from 17 reviews)
price: 77%, performance: 88%, features: 64%, display: 86% mobility: 78%, workmanship: 77%, ergonomy: 79%, emissions: 76%

Reviews for the MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin

85.5% MSI GS65 8RF Stealth Thin (i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q, Full HD) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
All-out attack. With the GS65, MSI has released an uncompromising opponent to the Gigabyte Aero 15X. The GS65 is a 15-inch gaming notebook that impresses us with its combination of outstanding hardware housed in an ultra-thin and lightweight case, just like its main competitor. Who will win out in this battle between gaming notebooks?
85% MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF notebook review: Copper-accented gaming beauty
Source: Hardware Zone English
It's for those who prize both mobility and performance, and that's a combination that isn't going to be cheap. Still, if you've the cash for it, the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin definitely deserves your consideration.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/07/2018
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 80% performance: 85% mobility: 85% workmanship: 80%
80% MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF notebook review: Copper-accented gaming beauty
Source: Hardware Zone English
It's for those who prize both mobility and performance, and that's a combination that isn't going to be cheap. Still, if you've the cash for it, the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin definitely deserves your consideration.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 85% mobility: 85% workmanship: 80%
90% Msi GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF Gaming Laptop Review: To Hell With Ultrabooks
Source: Tech2.in.com English
With gaming performance from an Ultrabook form factor, this is the on-the-go gamer's dream machine.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/22/2018
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 95% workmanship: 85% ergonomy: 80%
85% This Msi Laptop Is Great For Gaming And Work
Source: The Verge English
Tally up all of the GS65’s wins and it’s hard to find a better laptop that combines portability, power, and general usability, while still maintaining the ability to power through basically any AAA game you throw at it. And while it’s not the least expensive option in this group, it’s still hundreds of dollars less than a comparably equipped Razer Blade.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 85%
First Looks: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin takes thin bezel gaming notebooks to new extremes
Source: Hardware Zone English
The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin recently hit our retail channels and you can get the top-end 8RF edition for S$3,799 that comes with a GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q and a 512GB NVMe SSD. The 8RE goes for S$3,199 and only differs by the GPU and storage amount with a GeForce GTX 1060 and 256GB NVMe SSD.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/06/2018
80% MSI GS65 Stealth Thin review (Core i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q)
Source: Ultrabook Review English
The MSI GS65 has it where it counts in many ways. It looks a whole heck of a lot nicer than the previous MSI models, it gets a nice IPS 144 Hz screen with tiny bezels, a better keyboard and powerful hardware that actually performs well, with some tweaking. On the other hand, there are two big faults with the machine and that’s the build quality and the cooling system, which can be corrected to some extent. Read on for the whole story.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF Review
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
We're only just seeing the first of a new wave of slim and light gaming laptops that don't have to compromise much on performance. Sure, these will cost and arm and a leg initially, but so do standard gaming laptops. We hope that over time, they will become a lot more affordable.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 80% display: 80% workmanship: 80%

Foreign Reviews

97% Review Portátil MSI GS65 Stealth Thin con GTX 1070 Max-Q
Source: Geeknetic Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/27/2018
Rating: Total score: 97%
Review: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF
Source: El chapuzas Informatico Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Compact size; light weight; powerful processor; large screen; nice display; high autonomy; comfortable keyboard. Negative: High price; mediocre speakers; no card reader.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/15/2018
Recensione MSI GS65 Stealth Thin: l'evoluzione della specie
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: Compact size; light weight; elegant design; comfortable keyboard; nice display; high mobility; silent system. Negative: No G-Sync; no SD player.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/17/2018
93% MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF - Gaming in je rugtas
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/31/2018
Rating: Total score: 93%
[Fiche P4G] MSI GS65 8RF Stealth Thin
Source: Portables4Gamers French FR→EN
Positive: High performance; nice display; beautiful design; solid workmanship; compact size; light weight; good cooling and silent system. Negative: Low autonomy; weak hardware.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/24/2018
RECENZE: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin - herní notebook, 15.6 palců, tenký, elegantní, celokovový
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Positive: Slim size; nice display; elegant design. Negative: Noisy under loads.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/09/2018
Nové výkonné šestijádro v tenkém herním notebooku: otestovali jsme MSI GS65 Stealth Thin
Source: Zive CZ→EN
Positive: High mobility; nice gaming performance; decent hardware. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/23/2018
68% Test: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin – En grym gamingdator av usel kvalité
Source: Nordic Hardware SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/14/2018
Rating: Total score: 68% performance: 90% mobility: 50% workmanship: 65%
95% مراجعة لحاسب الألعاب المحمول MSI GS65 Stealth Thin مميز وقوي
Source: Unlimited Tech →EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/06/2018
Rating: Total score: 95%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF review: performanţă ridicată într-un corp compact şi uşor
Source: Go4it.ro →EN
Positive: Compact design; great built quality; nice display; full connectivity. Negative: No card reader; overheats while playing games.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/13/2018

Comment

Model: Gaming laptops and slim builds don't go hand-in-hand. Mainly, it's because of the size of the GPUs and also the number of the cooling fans that are needed to keep the laptop calm and cool during its operations. However, it looks like MSI has finally broken that barrier with their latest gaming laptop, the MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin. Like its name, the MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin is well, really thin. The fully-gaming capable laptop is pretty compact for the power it packs under its hood; it measures only 17.7 mm thin and weighs just 1.8 kg. This stealth thin laptop has a lightweight aluminum housing that uses Mg-Li alloy for increased stability. Next, let's take a look under the bonnet of the MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin. The slim and compact laptop runs on an i7 8750H processor with a generous 16 GB of RAM and a powerful GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB of GDDR5 VRAM. It also has a super fast 512 GB SSD as internal storage. The combination of the listed hardware is more than sufficient for the gamers to run all current and upcoming games in high or ultrahigh settings effortlessly. The Stealth Thin laptop also comes with a SteelSeries RGB keyboard that is fully-optimized for gamers. It is worth mentioning that the Stealth Thin also comes with a 15.6-inch 144 Hz Full HD display with a 7 ms response time. The fast response time gives the gamers the ability to play their games at 144 frames per second. The monitor also has thin bezels to give way to a larger surface area for display. The colors are vivid, and the color reproductions are also very accurate.

As for build quality, even though the Stealth Thin is made from aluminum, the chassis feels more like plastic. While there is not much to complain about build quality, it is not perfect. Some parts of the laptop, like the keyboard and the touchpad, feel loose whenever pressure is applied. However, the overall look of the laptop screams nothing but luxury and premium. Other than that, the laptop comes with three USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, an HDMI port, a Thunderbolt port, a Mini DisplayPort, a Kensington Lock and separate headphone and mic jacks. The Stealth Thin also deals with heat very efficiently. The cooling system has three fans and four heat pipes, and the heat management is pretty good overall. There is little doubt that the MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin is one of the most impressive gaming laptops out there. Besides the obvious powerful hardware that it packs, and contrary to the traditional outrageously-designed bulky gaming laptops, the subtle and minimalistic design of the Stealth Thin gives it an edge with gamers who also want to use their laptops for other use than gaming.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q: Efficient high end graphics card for thin and light laptops based on the same GP104 chip as the normal GTX 1070 for laptops but at slower clock speeds. Offers a approx. 15% lower performance but much lower power consumption. These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  
8750H: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.2 - 4.1 GHz (4 GHz with 4 cores, 3.9 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++). » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15.6":

15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
1.848 kg:

This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.


MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.

MSI is not present in the smartphone market. As a laptop manufacturer, MSI has a medium market share and is not among the Top 10 global manufacturers. The ratings of MSI laptops are above average in the tests (as of 2016).


85.32%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.
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Stefan Hinum, 2018-06- 3 (Update: 2018-06- 3)