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MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF notebook review: Copper-accented gaming beauty

By Koh Wanzi - 7 Oct 2018
Launch SRP: S$3799


Note: This article was first published on 25th September 2018.

Every gaming notebook should be this thin

MSI's GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF falls into a burgeoning category of thin, light, and powerful notebooks that is continuing to redefine traditional expectations of a gaming laptop. It succeeds the GS63VR 7RF, already a class leader in its own right when it came to portable gaming notebooks, boasting a more refined design and an improved 144Hz display. 

This year's model is also up against stiff competition from the likes of the Razer Blade, so it'll need to do a lot more to stay competitive. 

Here's an overview of its specifications:

  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS-type display
  • Intel Core i7-8750H (2.2GHz, 9MB L3 cache) processor
  • 16GB dual-channel DDR4-2667 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  • Samsung PM981 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • 357.7 x 247.7 x 17.9 mm
  • 1.88kg

That's plenty powerful and will run most games at 1080p resolution, but you'll have to pay a pretty penny for it. At S$3,799, it is a significant investment that you'll have to give careful thought to. Having said that, its price is more or less in line with rivals like the Razer Blade and Gigabyte Aero 15X, so this is pretty much par for the course.

But just how good is the GS65 Stealth Thin? Read on to find out.

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  • Design 8
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 8
  • Mobility 8.5
The Good
Excellent 144Hz IPS-type panel
Attractive design
Thin, light, and has decent battery life
Windows Precision Touchpad
The Bad
Chassis flex in some places
No SD card slot
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