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Review: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE, elegant enough for work and powerful enough to play

The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE features a 6-core Core i7, VR-ready graphics that weigh only 4 pounds.

Abroad, it is black aluminum sedated with bronze edges. Inside, there are components of last generation, game level, with the sufficient performance to basically do anything.

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE Review

The GS65 Stealth is designed to work both at home and in a corporate conference room.

Keyboard and trackpad

The SteelSeries brand keyboard feels almost unchanged from the GS63VR, apart from the elimination of the useless 10-key keyboard.MSI now also includes key illuminationand one skirt Black for keyboard. While a translucent base lets out more light, MSI said it wanted to make the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE live up to the "stealth" in its name, so the light shines only through the keys.

The piano hinge style trackpad It is manufactured by Synaptics. We have no doubt with its precision but if you are looking for a sensation of polished "glass", this is not the case.

Speakers and ports

For the ports, you get Three USB 3.1 5Gbps Type A ports, an HDMI 2.0 full size, miniDisplayPort Y Thunderbolt 3. There is also a port Gigabit Ethernet It uses a Killer NIC controller, plus two analog audio ports.

The audio subsystem is from Dynaudio and it is adequately tall but also quite thin. It is clear to us that MSI did not sacrifice too much space for large speaker controllers or a subwoofer camera of any importance. It's fair, but don't impress anyone.

The best part: what's inside …

? And that means the updates of the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE

  • Intel 6-core Core i7-8750H
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • 16 GB of DDR4 / 2400 in dual channel mode
  • Samsung PM981 NVMe SSD 256GB

The first two components of that list are the ones that should interest you most. The GeForce GTX 1060 is nothing new, but the model of the GS65 is the cool version of total tilt, not the Max-Q version of lower power (and lower performance). MSI offers a GTX 1070 Max-Q version, but it comes with a larger power supply and a higher cost.

The Six-core CPUInside is the real news. You've probably seen people dismiss it as "more of the same from Intel," but those people are wrong. This last iteration is a high speed CPU, like no other we have seen before in a laptop.

A 144Hz panel, but not G-sync?

Before reaching performance, we want to point out a confusing feature of the GS65: the screen. The panel in our review unit is 1920 × 1080 with a maximum measured brightness of approximately 250 nits (a bit low, but correct).

What confused us was the 144 Hz update frequency of the panel produced by AU Optronics. High-frequency update panels for games are generally associated with nVidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync. In this case (despite the initial indications, it may be compatible with G-Sync), we are now told that variable update rates will not occur.

This is because in order for G-Sync to be enabled, the laptop monitor must be connected directly to the discrete GPU. That means the GPU must always be on, which kills the useful life of the battery.

MSI chose longevity and runs the screen through the integrated Intel graphics.