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MSI GS65 8RF-078 Stealth Thin

Specifications

MSI GS65 8RF-078 Stealth Thin
MSI GS65 8RF-078 Stealth Thin (GS65 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2400
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, IPS, glossy: no
Storage
512 MB NAND Flash, 0.5 GB 
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5mm
Networking
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.7 x 358 x 248 ( = 0.7 x 14.09 x 9.76 in)
Battery
82 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 4-cell
Operating System
FreeDos
Camera
Webcam: 0.9MP
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.8 kg ( = 63.49 oz / 3.97 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
2300 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 82.75% - good
Average of 8 scores (from 14 reviews)
price: 70%, performance: 80%, features: 90%, display: 85% mobility: 70%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the MSI GS65 8RF-078 Stealth Thin

85% MSI GS65 Stealth Thin review:
Source: CNet English
A great laptop for the gamer who's all business during the day and all RPG at night, the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF balances both sides of you with aplomb.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/19/2018
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90%
88% MSI GS65 Stealth Thin review: A milestone for laptop gaming
Source: Engadget English
While the laptop-gaming market is getting increasingly crowded, MSI's Stealth Thin stands out because it's lightweight but still offers more than enough power for solid 1080p gaming. It's the sort of laptop that would have been unimaginable a few years ago: a 4.1-pound machine that could easily go toe-to-toe with gaming desktops.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/19/2018
Rating: Total score: 88%
80% MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE review: Stylish enough for work and powerful enough for play
Source: PC World English
Just a few years ago, if you said you wanted 1080p Very High or Ultra gaming performance in a laptop, you’d be lifting eight pounds of laptop. If you wanted a six-core CPU too, that’d be 12 pounds of laptop with a desktop chip inside. And decent battery life? Fuhgetaboutit.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MSI GS65 Stealth Thin
Source: PC Mag English
The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin is a slim Max-Q gaming laptop with fast performance, slick looks, and a long battery life. Only the less-than-stellar build quality keeps it from earning our top recommendation.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/10/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
MSI's G65 Stealth Thin sports Max-Q and Intel 8th-gen chip
Source: CNet English
If you need a thin and light gaming laptop with style, the MSI G65 could be just what you're looking for.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/09/2018
85% MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review
Source: Techspot English
The use of single-channel memory out of the box leads to reduced performance compared to a dual-channel setup, though this was also an issue with the Aero 15X. However the internal layout of the GS65 makes this problem difficult to fix on your own; it is fixable, just you’ll need to take the entire motherboard out and be very careful in the process.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/24/2018
Rating: Total score: 85%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin First Impressions: Increase The Power, Retain The Figure
Source: Lowyat.net English
Lastly, there’s the 82Wh battery of the GS65 Stealth Thin. MSI says that the larger battery allows for the notebook to sustain itself for 10 hours off a single charge, but given that this is an engineering sample, we’ll put that to the test in a full review.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/04/2018
70% MSI GS65 Stealth Thin
Source: PC Mag English
The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin is a slim Max-Q gaming laptop with slick looks, long battery life, and the latest Intel Core i7 "Coffee Lake" processor. Disappointing build quality keeps it from earning top marks.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/03/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
90% MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review Editor's Choice
Source: Laptop Mag English
The MSI GS65 Stealth delivers great graphics and overall performance in a svelte, sophisticated chassis.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/03/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%

Foreign Reviews

Schick, schnell, aber auch sehr heiß
Source: HardwareLuxx German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/19/2018
Portátil para juegos 15.6" MSI GS65 Stealth Thin
Source: Putoinformatico Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Large screen; powerful hardware; excellent display; light weight; nice connectivity. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/08/2018
84% Recensione MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF
Source: Smart World Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/29/2018
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 70% features: 90% display: 85% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80%
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF: il notebook gaming con Max-Q
Source: Leonardo.it Tech Italian IT→EN
Positive: Nice design; solid workmanship; powerful hardware; nice performance. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/01/2018
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin : le nouveau PC gamer au châssis ultra-fin
Source: Portables4Gamers French FR→EN
Positive: Slim size and light weight; high gaming performance; frameless; nice display. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/05/2018

Comment

Model: The MSI GS65 8RF-078 Stealth Thin is one of the GS series, which has been one of the benchmarks for ultra-thin gaming laptops. Power users and gamers will find one of the most powerful 15.6 "notebooks stylishly packaged in the ultra-compact 14" model case. This is made possible by the extremely narrow screen frame that encloses the nimble 144 Hz screen, which is a unique innovation in the mobile gaming sector. With a large 15.6-inch screen, the compact notebook can hardly be packaged for anything more compact with a housing height of less than 18 mm and just 1.8 kg on the scale, the GS65 Stealth Thin comfortably accompanies the user throughout the day. Its hinge system, which allows an opening angle of 180°, is the only part of this model that is plastic. It keeps the screen in the selected position during normal use of the laptop. Despite the compact aluminum housing, the new generation of Intel Core i7 eight-core processor and the fast GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics deliver top-notch performance. It has 16 GB of DDR4 RAM at 2,400 MHz and a 512 GB SSD with an M.2 interface that is compatible with NVME. The PCI Express SSD ensures rapid system and program starts. The 144 Hz true-color screen ensures absolutely fluid performance in the game and allows an unrestrained response. Thanks to its matte finish and a good level of brightness, it would be possible to use this screen outdoors. It also offers an excellent level of contrast, very high color fidelity (far exceeds 100 % of the sRGB color space), and some angles of relatively broad vision.

The cooling system of the GS65, which is called Cooler Boost Trinity, consists of three fans that offer a 45 % higher air displacement according to the manufacturer. It will make a little noise during light usage and it will raise its speed under load, where the noise will be clearly audible. The high capacity of its integrated battery of 4 cells with 82 Wh allows the GS65 to reach an autonomy of close to 5 hours under light usage, which is quite long for a gaming laptop model with these characteristics. The SteelSeries gaming keyboard sets the stage with programmable single button illumination. Using an included application, it is possible to individually configure the backlight color of each of the keys, as well as define effects and animations in the keyboard illumination. Data transfer to external media is achieved using Thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.1 Gen 2 at the highest data rates. It has very good networking capabilities, being compatible with Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 5.0. The MSI GS65 8RF-078 Stealth Thin is a high spec-ed laptop made for gamers. For those who are in the market for one, this is definitely a worthy choice.

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.
1.8 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).


82.75%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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Stefan Hinum, 2018-04-13 (Update: 2018-04-13)