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MSI GS65 Stealth 8SF-051FR


MSI GS65 Stealth 8SF-051FR
MSI GS65 Stealth 8SF-051FR (GS65 Series)
Intel Core i7-8750H 6 x 2.2 - 4.1 GHz, Coffee Lake-H
16 GB 
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, glossy: no
512 GB SSD
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, Card Reader: undefined
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.0
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.9 x 357.7 x 247.7 ( = 0.7 x 14.08 x 9.75 in)
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Additional features
Keyboard Light: yes
1.9 kg ( = 67.02 oz / 4.19 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)



Average Score: 81.33% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 4 reviews)
price: 73%, performance: 88%, features: - %, display: 85% mobility: 68%, workmanship: 88%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the MSI GS65 Stealth 8SF-051FR

80% MSI GS65 Stealth 8SF review: Beautiful craftsmanship, raw power and practicality
Source: India Today English version
Like most premium gaming laptops, the GS65 Stealth is quite a pricey affair. However, if you are reading this review piece, then you probably have a fat wallet. With the affordability factor out of the way, the GS65 appeals to the inner 9-year-old while keeping along with your 30-year-old public persona at a gamers meet or eSports event. MSI has shown that it is possible for a gaming laptop to be beautiful and practical at the same time -- two factors that gaming laptops mostly evade. And while its seductive design may keep on drawing eyeballs, it doesn't skimp on performance even by an iota. MSI has got it just right with the perfect combination of a great display, superb cooling system and a heavily satisfying keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/20/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

84% MSI GS65 Stealth 8SF, analisis: alto rendimiento con un peso contenido
Source: MuyComputer Spanish ES→EN version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/23/2019
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 75% performance: 85% display: 90% mobility: 75% workmanship: 95%
Recensione MSI GS65 Stealth con Nvidia RTX-2070: maturità raggiunta
Source: Italian IT→EN version
Positive: High performance; solid workmanship; elegant design; good cooling and silent system; nice speakers. Negative: No fingerprint sensor; heavy and bulky.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/04/2019
80% Test MSI GS65 Stealth 8SF : un coup d'éclat sous RTX 2070
Source: Clubic French FR→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/22/2019
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 60% workmanship: 80%



The long awaited RTX models are coming. Will this change the way we are gaming? Definitely, yes, but on the other hand, there are still a few things missing.

Let’s start with the good parts. First of all, after a long wait, we are able to use Nvidia’s RTX graphic cards in laptops as well. The biggest advantage is, of course, that performance is way better now. The bad part? Well, since they are expensive, some cuts had to be made here and there. If you compare old GTX 1070/1080 laptop models with new RTX 2070/2080 laptops that are available, one thing in particular is common to them: Most of the time, there are no 4K screens. Now, this is a bummer in my opinion, because we were always told or at least reading in articles that RTX is mainly made for 4K gaming. Of course, you can use an external monitor to get that going, but hey, where is the gaming experience that I was promised?

Since MSI can be considered as the top gaming laptop manufacturer amongst all others, it is also the first one to jump on the RTX train and provide all new models with RTX graphics cards. So, the GS65 series is one of them. Is there something really different from last year’s models besides having an RTX graphics card? Well, to be honest, nope. We still have Intel 8th Gen. processors, 16 GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and Thunderbolt, which is nice. This is all good. Since this is MSI, I can not criticise the build quality or overall haptics much. This model is pretty lightweight, just 1.9 kg. Considering all the power it has, boy, it is a no-brainer to buy. Price-wise, I have to say, compared to last year’s models, which are still available for purchase, it is something that you should not miss.

Now, should you wait or really go and buy? There are rumours, as always, around Intel’s 9th Gen. processors, but to be honest with you, from 7th-Gen. processors on, there was not much focus on performance, just power consumption. This is a gaming rig, you will always need a power outlet nearby. Keeping this fact in mind, there is no reason to not buy this laptop. You can play all the games that are available in very high settings. For how long? I would say for the next 3-4 years. Only because this model has Max Q variation.

If you are really looking for something to replace your current gaming setup, you should go for it. It is not cheap, for sure, but it will be worth the money.

Hands-on article by Umit Yilmaz Gunes

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q: High-End laptop graphics card based on the TU106 chip with 2,304 shaders and 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM. Offers reduced clock speeds to achieve a much lower power consumption.

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

i7-8750H: 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-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.

The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.

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

MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI) was founded in 1986 in Taiwan. MSI is especially known as a manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards for PCs, but also offers computer accessories, complete systems, motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktop PCs, monitors and other components. However, the Microstar brand name in Germany belongs to the Medion company. MSI is known for its gaming products and has developed a wide range of gaming laptops and desktop PCs. The company is also active in workstations, servers and industrial automation. MSI has offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

81.33%: This rating is slightly above average, there are somewhat more devices with worse ratings. However, clear purchase recommendations look different.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum, 2019-03-31 (Update: 2019-03-31)