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MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review by PCWorld
« on: June 27, 2019, 02:40:28 PM »


The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 9SD has a tradition to uphold. Its predecessor, MSIs GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE, was the laptop that changed our perception of just how much real gaming performance you could pack into a thin-and-light gaming laptop. With the next generation, we find essentially the same winning laptop design, stuffed with the latest toys from Intel and Nvidia.

Were not exaggerating about the original GS65 Stealth Thin 8REs wow factor, either. It was just a hair over 4 pounds, in the same weight class as a Macbook Pro 15 or ThinkPad X1 Extreme, yet it packed way more firepower. 

The newest incarnation of the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 9SD ups the ante with Intels newest 6-core 9th gen Core i7-9750H, along with Nvidias gift to those who just dont give a damn about ray tracing: A GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. Thanks to a slight lack of coordination between Intels and Nvidias product cycles. The GS65 Stealth Thin will find itself battling with laptops such as Acers Predator Triton 500  or Alienwares m15 Thin, both of which feature older 8th-gen CPUs, but Nvidias newer ray-trace-enabled RTX GPUs.


MSIs updated GS65 Stealth Thin features a 9th-gen Core i7-9750H and Nvidias GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU.

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin specs

As we said, the GS65 Stealth Thin is the first laptop weve reviewed with Intels 9th-gen mobile 6-core CPU. Lets run down all the specs: 

CPU: Intel 6-core 9th gen Core i7-9750H
Memory: 16GB DDR4/2667 in dual-channel mode
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Display: 15.6-inch 144Hz IPS-like screen without G-Sync
Storage: 512GB WD SN520 NVMe M.2 SSD
Networking: 802.11ac using an Intel AC9560 controller and Rivet Networks E2500 Gigabit ethernet.
Dimensions: 14 x 9.75 x 0.75 inches
Weight: 4.4 pounds
That last bullet point is worth pointing out. While the original GS65 we reviewed last year was stupidly light at 4 pounds, MSI has added about 6 ounces to it. Some of that heft likely came from welcome structural reinforcements compared to the original run, which we called flexible. How flexible? Well, lets just say it was a little scary to pick it up by one corner. The current version doesnt flex much at all, but its definitely a little heavier unfortunately.

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Ports

As a gaming and workhorse laptop, the GS65 brings on the ports. The right side gives you USB-A, Thunderbolt 3, miniDisplayPort and full-size HDMI. Careful observers will also note the dedicated power plug on the right side. That may tick off some right-handed gamers who dont like power cords on the same side as their mousing hand, but MSI does at least provide a right-angle plug to make routing less obtrusive.


On the left side you get two USB-A ports, an analog headphone port, mic-input, Kensington Lock Port, and gigabit ethernet using a Rivet Networks Killer NIC part (made by Atheros). For those seeking state-of-the-art 2.5Gb ethernet, the GS65 Stealth Thin isnt there yet. To be fair, however, very few homes or offices have routers that could take advantage of it.


MSI GS65 Keyboard and Trackpad

For keyboards, you get a SteelSeries dome-type with per-key RGB lighting. The key action is good and features full-sized cursor keys. Overall, theres no major faux pas, such as oddly placed or half-sized keys.

The trackpad, however, is going to cause consternation among some people. Its a wide aspect-ratio trackpad with a fairly smooth surface. The original GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE featured a more conventionally sized trackpad, centered on the Y key. The GS65 Stealth Thin 9SDs trackpad is so wide its centered nearly an inch to the right of last years model, making it almost impossible to keep your right palm off of it while typing. To its credit, however, the palm rejection is excellent. And if you mouse with your thumb instead of your index finger, as some people do, this trackpad is for you.

The keyboard features per key RGB lighting and a wide-aspect ratio trackpad with Microsoft precision driver support.

Our last word on the trackpad is to point out that its compliant with Microsoft Precision Touchpad drivers. That means you get access to the full gestures of Windows 10, and technically its been tested to meet the Microsofts criteria.

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Re: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review by PCWorld
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2019, 11:53:27 AM »

Elegant and Sexy..But powerful
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Re: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review by PCWorld
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2019, 12:02:51 PM »

thin laptop suitable for students...
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Re: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review by PCWorld
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2019, 12:11:17 PM »

Wow slim thin bezel and powerful nice
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Re: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review by PCWorld
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2019, 12:32:27 PM »

Thin and light but power, love it!
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Re: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review by PCWorld
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2019, 01:19:58 PM »

Super thin good for gaming
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Re: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review by PCWorld
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2019, 01:28:25 PM »

😍😍😍
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Re: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review by PCWorld
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2019, 01:33:47 PM »

Napaka nipis, Kuya Edie :)
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Re: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review by PCWorld
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2019, 01:36:57 PM »

i wish i have this one
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Re: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review by PCWorld
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2019, 02:34:25 PM »

maangas na, malupet pa !!!!
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Re: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review by PCWorld
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2019, 03:50:54 PM »

Easy.. Slim light weight powerful
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Re: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review by PCWorld
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2019, 04:07:37 PM »

best thin & lightweight laptop
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Re: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review by PCWorld
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2019, 05:38:57 PM »

Hello this is an amazing laptop thanks for the review!
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Re: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review by PCWorld
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2019, 06:30:59 PM »

like the color and design so elegant 👏👏
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Re: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Review by PCWorld
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2019, 11:12:22 PM »

sobrang ganda nito mga boss
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