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The Core i7-8750H in the MSI GS65 is slightly slower than in the Asus Zephyrus M GM501

The Core i7-8750H in the MSI GS65 is slightly slower than in the Asus Zephyrus M GM501 (Image source: MSI)
The Core i7-8750H in the MSI GS65 is slightly slower than in the Asus Zephyrus M GM501 (Image source: MSI)
Throttling behavior has improved over the MSI GS63, but that is only because initial clock rates are lower than what the Core i7-8750H CPU is capable of when compared to the same CPU in the latest Zephyrus or Aero. Multi-thread performance is around 5 to 10 percent slower on the MSI as a result. Fortunately, the differences are minuscule for gaming purposes.

The MSI GS series is the manufacturer's thin-and-light gaming category designed to compete directly with the Razer Blade series, Aorus X series, and the Asus Zephyrus series. The latest GS65 model is a complete redesign of the previous GS63/GS63VR generation with an even smaller footprint albeit at a slightly thicker chassis (18 mm vs. 17.7 mm). Naturally, our concerns about throttling come into play especially since the system utilizes Intel's latest hexa-core Core i7-8750H.

Perhaps to our surprise, the i7-8750H in the GS65 is able to maintain Turbo Boost clock rates quite well. Running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop results in an initial score of 1023 points before stabilizing at around 985 points to represent a performance drop of only 3.7 percent. This is compared to the original GS63 with i7-7700HQ which can experience a performance drop of 10 percent in the same stress test scenario.

If we dive deeper into the scores, however, we begin to notice that the i7-8750H in the GS65 is performing slower than the same processor in the Zephyrus M GM501 and Gigabyte Aero 15X v8. The Asus and Gigabyte notebooks are able to score 11 percent and 8 percent higher, respectively, than the GS65 in the initial CineBench R15 Multi-Thread run. As a result, the GS65 may not throttle as much as the GS63, but that is at least partly due to its slower initial clock rates from the onset. Clock rates average around 3.3 GHz on the Zephyrus M GM501 compared to the fluctuating 3.0 to 3.4 GHz behavior of the GS65.

The differences in CPU performance are thankfully very minor especially for gamers. Most titles are GPU bound and so the i7-8750H is rarely a bottleneck even after accounting for its slightly slower performance in the GS65.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit. Asus Zephyrus M GM501
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit. MSI GS65
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit. MSI GS63
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Core i7-8750H
175 Points ∼100%
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
Intel Core i7-8750H
175 Points ∼100%
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
Intel Core i7-8750H
170 Points ∼97%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
162 Points ∼93%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
Intel Core i7-8750H
1168 Points ∼100%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Core i7-8750H
1133 Points ∼97%
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
Intel Core i7-8750H
1053 Points ∼90%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
742 Points ∼64%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
Intel Core i7-8750H
2 Points ∼100%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Core i7-8750H
1.98 Points ∼99%
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
Intel Core i7-8750H
1.92 Points ∼96%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.77 Points ∼89%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus Zephyrus M GM501
Intel Core i7-8750H
13.29 Points ∼100%
Gigabyte Aero 15X v8
Intel Core i7-8750H
12.93 Points ∼97%
MSI GS65 8RF-019DE Stealth Thin
Intel Core i7-8750H
11.82 Points ∼89%
MSI GS63VR 7RF-228US
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.18 Points ∼62%

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Allen Ngo, 2018-05-20 (Update: 2018-05-21)
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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.