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MSI's GF63 offers some serious bang for your buck
« on: May 17, 2019, 10:17:01 AM »


MSI is a brand thats been heavily involved with gaming laptops for well over a decade now. The company has even gone so far as to produce OEM notebooks for other gaming companies in the space. Working with professional esports organizations like Fnatic and Team Method, MSI is known to produce high performance machines for the pros. Lucky for us, theyve also begun producing some quality midrange machines, too.

The MSI GF63 8RC has to be our top choice for budget friendly gaming laptops. Priced as low as $649.99 on sale, the GF63 comes equipped with Intels i5-8300H, 8GB of DDR4 ram, Nvidias GeForce GTX 1050 and one of the thinner bezels weve seen in this price range. The only obvious downside is the lack of an included SSD. The laptop comes loaded with a 1TB HDD which means youll probably want to upgrade the storage fairly quickly.

With its highly competitive price tag, the Newegg exclusive MSI GF63 8RC is one of the cheapest gaming laptops we could find with a GTX 1050 discrete graphics card. Its priced just a little bit higher than Acers Aspire E 15, but the GF63 offers up to 67% higher gaming performance and exponentially higher performance when compared to laptops with integrated graphics. If youre working with a tight budget, the GF63 offers everything youd need in a laptop without putting a huge dent in your wallet.


When it comes to performance, the laptop is tough to beat at its frequently discounted price of $699 and below. The GF63 already scores respectable benchmark results out of the box, but a couple of inexpensive upgrades will stretch that performance even further. Since this model only includes a 1TB HDD, you can easily purchase and install an M.2 SSD down the line which would drastically improve load times and write speeds. The included 8GB DDR4 ram is also easily doubled with an open DIMM slot available. 



The GF63 is also one of the more portable gaming notebooks we've tested. MSI was able to pack quite a bit of firepower in a machine that weighs as little as 4.10 lbs. Unfortunately, this lightweight machine does come with a couple of caveats. A lighter laptop usually means a smaller battery, and our battery tests showed its 3-cell battery was only good for about 4-5 hours of gaming. 

Battery life aside, the GF63 doubles up very nicely as a machine for school and work. In addition to its light weight, the notebook includes all of the essential ports including: three USB 3.1 ports, one USB 3.1 Type C (Gen 1) port, a headphone and microphone jack, HDMI port and Ethernet. The only thing you might miss is a mini displayport outlet. 


MSI also did a great job packing a 15.6-inch display into a 14-inch frame here. The backlit keyboard combined with its narrow bezels make the GF63 look like a sleek gaming machine you wouldn't expect to find in this price range. Better yet, the laptop also has the performance to back it up.



While it won't beat a budget gaming desktop in performance, MSI's GF63 8RC comes closer than any other laptop in its price range. It scored a respectable 3224 in our PCMark benchmarks and an impressive 5384 in 3DMark Fire Strike. That's only about 12% lower than our desktop GTX 1050 counterpart. When compared to ultrabooks and budget machines with integrated graphics, the GF63 leaves them in the dust.

Real world testing proved even more impressive with the GF63. Playing Overwatch on high settings at 1080p resulted in a consistent 90 FPS throughout. Graphic intensive modern titles like Ghost Recon: Wildlands and Shadow of the Tomb Raider proved to be a little more of a challenge for the machine, scoring 29 and 35 FPS respectively at 1080p high settings. You might want to lower a few settings for games like these, but the rest of our gaming library could be played at 1080p with 40-60 FPS or higher.


It won't give you a glorious 60 FPS on those new titles like Black Ops 4, but the GF63 does a great enough job considering its price point. If you don't mind adjusting a few graphic settings or playing at 720p, this laptop provides more than enough power for casual gaming. Going much cheaper than this would likely mean integrated graphics where you'd have to kiss any kind of playable framerate goodbye for those modern games.



As expected for any gaming laptop, the GF63 ran hot after several hours of gaming tests. The fans were also quite loud since ventilation is always a challenge with a relatively compact and lightweight machine. The good news is we barely noticed any thermal throttling so you can expect fairly consistent performance during extended gaming sessions.


This tested model of MSI's GF63 is available exclusively at Newegg. Other models might not offer the same exact performance per dollar, but the GF63 is a fantastic choice for gaming regardless. It's lighter than most of the budget machines we've tested and has the thinnest bezels of them all. As far as entry level gaming laptops go, the GF63 might just be the perfect choice for gamers on a budget.


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The MSI GF63 8RC is a lightweight powerhouse that's great for work, school and play."

See full article by PCGamer : 
https://www.pcgamer.com/msi-gf63-laptop-review/
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Re: MSI's GF63 offers some serious bang for your buck
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2019, 10:57:01 AM »

Innovative design best gaming machine for me...
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Re: MSI's GF63 offers some serious bang for your buck
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2019, 10:58:17 AM »

Hmmm, light weight with a gaming power ;)
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2019, 10:59:13 AM »

This is another great machine for anyone :)
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2019, 11:17:07 AM »

wow nice
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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2019, 11:17:58 AM »

very nice
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Re: MSI's GF63 offers some serious bang for your buck
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2019, 11:19:17 AM »

Thin and light, it comes of mobility this unit is great, and also long battery life, the screen is thin bezel larger visual totaly good
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Re: MSI's GF63 offers some serious bang for your buck
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2019, 11:21:16 AM »

this is the gaming laptop same time suit for student small and light weight...
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Re: MSI's GF63 offers some serious bang for your buck
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2019, 11:34:13 AM »

Wow.. lightweight and powerful
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Re: MSI's GF63 offers some serious bang for your buck
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2019, 11:45:34 AM »

Yeah this is the real gaming
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Re: MSI's GF63 offers some serious bang for your buck
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2019, 12:11:54 PM »

elegant design...
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Re: MSI's GF63 offers some serious bang for your buck
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2019, 12:18:41 PM »

wow powerful and elegant gaming laptop :)
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Re: MSI's GF63 offers some serious bang for your buck
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2019, 12:24:09 PM »

1.86kg? 😍 7+hrs productivity wow! Thin bezel? elegant design not only for gamer!
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Re: MSI's GF63 offers some serious bang for your buck
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2019, 12:32:32 PM »

Slim but powerful, love it!
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« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2019, 12:49:14 PM »

Ang gaan nito pero power ang performance.
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