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Two birds of a feather: MSI GP65 and GE65 share essentially the same motherboard and components

MSI GP65 and GE65 share essentially the same motherboard and components (Image source: MSI)
MSI GP65 and GE65 share essentially the same motherboard and components (Image source: MSI)
The MSI GE65 is marketed as a higher-end product than the GP65 even though they look almost the same both inside and out. Their differences are in the details; the more expensive GE65 has a slightly sleeker chassis design with certain additional features within that can be hard to miss.
Allen Ngo,

Stare at all the MSI gaming laptops long enough and some of them might start looking the same. MSI has one of the largest selection of gaming laptops in the market meaning that many of them share the same components to increase economies of scale and reduce prices for consumers.

Sometimes, however, laptops can share so many components that they become nearly identical even though they may each come from a separate price bracket and family. The mid-range MSI GP65 and higher-end MSI GE65 are excellent examples of this. As shown by the pictures below, the cheaper GP65 uses the same motherboard as the more expensive GE65 but with certain features removed like additional speakers and the second M.2 storage bay. Other differences include slight variations on the chassis style and the types of display panels, CPUs, and GPUs available with the pricier GE65 having the higher-end selection.

For users on the lookout for a new MSI gaming laptop, the similarities between the GP65 and GE65 mean that one can purchase the less expensive GP65 and get essentially the same laptop as on the GE65. If it were up to us, we would just merge the GP65 and GE65 to avoid buyer confusion as the MSI G series lineup is large enough as it is.

MSI GP65
MSI GP65
MSI GE65. Note the additional speakers and the option for a third storage drive
MSI GE65. Note the additional speakers and the option for a third storage drive
MSI GP65
MSI GP65
MSI GP65
MSI GP65
MSI GE65
MSI GE65
MSI GE65
MSI GE65

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Allen Ngo, 2020-05-10 (Update: 2020-05- 7)
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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.