The new MSI GF65 Thin will rely on the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q and the Core i7-10750H
NVIDIA is yet to announce RTX 30 series GPUs for laptops, but MSI officially listed two variants of the GF65 Thin with Ampere GPUs anyway. The latter company has since rectified its mistake, but we managed to grab screenshots of the device specifications before it did so.
Little has changed from last year's GF65 Thin, though. MSI has stuck with Comet Lake-H processors for the new variants, with the Core i7-10750H the most powerful CPU that the company will offer. We wish that MSI had considered AMD Ryzen 5000H processors here, but the new GF65 Thin models are very much an incremental upgrade on the current ones.
The biggest change is the switch to the GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q from the GeForce RTX 2060 that the GF65 Thin currently has. The GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q has 6 GB of GDDR6 VRAM and is expected to be based on NVIDIA's GA106 GPU. Additionally, it should offer a 192-bit bus and a TGP of 60 W or 70 W.
MSI has made another change with the new GF65 Thin models too, albeit a minor one. According to the specification sheet, the GF65 10UE-002CA Thin and GF65 10UE-018CA Thin have two PCIe Gen3 NVMe drive slots, rather than the second PCIe Gen3 and SATA combination drive slots that current GF65 Thin models have.
All other key specifications remain identical, like the 15.6-inch IPS-level display. MSI will continue to equip the GF65 Thin with a 1080p panel that covers 45% of the NTSC colour space. It will also offer a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz and will be complemented by up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM. MSI will unveil the new GF65 Thin on January 13 during its CES 2021 live stream.