MSI GS65 Stealth Gaming Laptop Review

A couple of years ago, you really had to choose between power and portability when it came to laptops. But that’s a thing of the past, thanks to cooling solutions better and NVIDIA’s MaxQ graphics which allow powerful GPUs to be used in slim form factors. But how good are they really? Today we’re gonna answer that question as we check out the MSI GS65 Stealth gaming laptop. 

The MSI GS 65 comes with an 8th gen Intel i7-8750H which has 6 cores and 12 threads. Coupled with that is NVIDIA’s RTX 2070 MaxQ, 16 gigs of DDR4 memory and a 500GB SSD. And there’s a Full HD, 144Hz IPS display, all packed in a chassis as slim as 17.7mm.

In terms of looks and design, the GS65 believes in elegance in simplicity. The device yells premium with its black metal finish with golden streaks and highlights. Even the MSI Dragon logo on the lid gets the golden treatment. And it weighs only 1.8kg, there’s no problem in carrying it just about anywhere. 

The left side of the laptop has the Ethernet port, two USB 3 ports, two 3.5mm audio jacks along with vents, while the right side has the charging port, the HDMI port, a miniDisplayPort, a USB Type-C port and one more USB 3 type-a port. Exhaust vents can be found on the back.

Opening the laptop greets you with the same premium finish, with the display having minimal bezels on the top and sides, and a steelseries keyboard sits between the speaker grills and the golden lined trackpad, which for some reason is extra stretched. The keys feel nice to press and are decently sized with adequate space, and feature per key customizable RGB backlighting. My only complaint is the lack of a number pad, which used to be there in the older Stealth series laptops. The trackpad is pretty smooth and responsive too, but the large size means it’s easy to accidentally brush your wrist and move the cursor while typing.

When it comes to performance, the MSI GS65 is definitely a powerhouse. You can use it pretty convenient for gaming as well as heavy tasks like editing, designing and rendering. Of course, the 2070 MaxQ is not as powerful as the full 2070, but that doesn’t mean the laptop has any problems running intense applications. 

Even on the temperature side, the laptop does an acceptable job of keeping the hardware cool. The max GPU temperature we observed was 82 C while the max CPU temps touched 95 C. The keyboard gets a little hot so using it for long sessions can be a little uncomfortable, so you might need to buy a decent cooling dock. The fans do get a little loud under full load too, but considering that most people use headsets while gaming, they’re not loud enough to cause discomfort. 

The display on this laptop is pretty impressive too, with bright and vivid colours, and ultra fast 144 Hz refresh rate. Gaming is smooth and fluid, with landing headshots feels simply amazing. The environments look great and the sound from the speakers is crisp and clear, whether you’re watching your favourite movies or busy in an intense gaming session.

Battery life, as expected with gaming laptops is average, with the device lasting just under 4 hours of average use including media playback and browsing. But gaming on a laptop always happens with a charger, so you probably won’t have to worry on that end.

At a price point of about 2.1 lakhs, the MSI GS 65 will definitely feel expensive, but premium products come at a premium price. And this is for people who want high portability without sacrificing on performance. That is exactly what this laptop offers, so if that’s what you’re looking for as well, you should definitely check it out.

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Dual Screens and Overclocks – Our Favourite Laptops From Computex 2019

Computex 2019 is on, and it’s time to show some love for laptops. We’ve seen our fair share of amazing, innovative and weird designs over the years, and you’ll be happy to know that the tradition is alive here as well. Without further ado, here are our favourite laptops revealed at Computex 2019.

Intel Honeycomb Glacier Dual Screen Laptop

Why have one screen in your laptop, when you can have two?

This seems to be Intel’s philosophy behind the Honeycomb Glacier Gaming laptop. In addition to a 15.6-inch 1080p display, it has a secondary 12-inch 720p display hinged with the primary one. When you lift the screen, it automatically pulls the secondary display into place, propped at any angle you feel comfortable.

The Honeycomb Glacier is supposed to cater to people who rely heavily on dual screen setups, including streamers who need to focus on the game on screen and monitor the chat on the other.

It is just a concept model, with a GTX 1070, 32 gigs of RAM and an unnamed 8-core CPU, but maybe someday we may actually get to see a proper version in the market.

ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo

Now, ASUS isn’t going to be left behind when it comes to dual screen laptops.

The company announced the Zenbook Pro Duo, a 15.6-inch notebook with two 4K screens: One 4K OLED primary 15.6-inch display and a 4K ScreenPad Plus.

You can drag any window from the primary to the secondary screen, and even use it as an extension of the primary display.

On the inside, it packs a 9th gen Intel Core i9 processor and an RTX 2060, making sure you get a smooth experience. There is a 14-inch version as well, which replaces the 4K screens with 1080p ones, and a Core i7 along with an NVIDIA MX250 GPU.

MSI GT76 Titan

While ASUS and Intel are putting in more screens, MSI’s been busy beefing up it’s single screen laptops. At Computex, the company revealed

the MSI GT76 Titan, a monster laptop with a full Core i9-9900K desktop processor, capable of sustaining a stable  5 GHz overclock over extensive time periods. Naturally, it is quite a beefy piece of hardware, weighing about 4.5 kilos. But on the inside it packs quite a punch. The 9900K is coupled with an RTX 2080 and supports upto 128 gigs of DDR4 memory. It also features an 11 pipe, quad fan cooling system that apparently took MSI four years to design. Needless to say, this is going to cost quite a lot, with a starting price point of $3600.

Alienware m15 and m17

Alienware has decided to redesign their m15 and m17 laptops from the ground up, and I gotta say, I dig it.

The new models are inspired by the legend design from the Alienware Area 51m we saw during CES 2019.  They are made from a magnesium alloy, making them sturdy yet lightweight. Display options range from 240 Hz to 4K OLED panels. Other than, it seems business as usual, with laptops being updated to the latest 9th gen Intel processors and NVIDIA’s GTX 16 series and RTX 20 series laptops.

NVIDIA Partners Announce 25 New Laptops At Computex

NVIDIA today announced the launch by leading manufacturers of 25 laptops fueled by its power-efficient NVIDIA Turing™ GPUs, broadening the reach of their revolutionary ray-tracing capabilities beyond the nearly 100 Turing-generation laptops announced earlier this year.

The latest systems include both powerful RTX Studio laptops — aimed at the new class of independent artists whose creativity is fueling fields like social media, digital advertising and 3D development — and high-end gaming laptops, delivering unprecedented levels of performance and cutting-edge features including real-time ray tracing and AI-assisted gaming.

The launch — including systems with award-winning, power-efficient GeForce® and Quadro® GPUs — rounds out the industry’s most acclaimed line of mobile PCs. RTX Studio laptops deliver performance of up 7x that of the MacBook Pro, while delivering 100 frames per second in popular titles such as FortnitePUBG and Apex Legends.

“The laptop landscape has exploded over the past six months, with Turing fueling dozens of incredible devices,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of the PC business at NVIDIA. “Thanks to leaps in innovation and power efficiency, there has never been a better time to be in the market for a powerful, thin, light laptop to meet creative or gaming needs.”

RTX Studio Laptops

At Computex this week, NVIDIA introduced 17 RTX Studio laptops, which are purpose-built for creative workflows to inspire creativity and enable desktop-level performance on the go. Inside are NVIDIA Quadro RTX™ or GeForce RTX™ GPUs, which enable real-time ray tracing, AI processing and high-resolution video editing for the tens of millions of creators who have joined the workforce over the past decade.

RTX Studio laptops feature new Quadro RTX 5000, 4000 and 3000 GPUs, as well as GeForce RTX 2080, 2070 and 2060 GPUs. Quadro RTX 5000-based laptops are the world’s first Max-Q laptops with 16GB of graphics memory — the largest available in a laptop — enabling advanced multi-app creative workflows and use of large 3D models that previously were not possible while on the go.

RTX Studio laptops will be available starting in June from top OEMs, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, GIGABYTE, HP, MSI and Razer. Pricing for RTX Studio laptops starts at $1,599 and will vary based on partner designs, features and region.

Latest Gaming Laptops

Additionally, nine new GeForce-powered laptops are being introduced at Computex, giving gamers even more options to choose the best in performance and power efficiency for today’s most popular games.

In addition, systems by ASUS, HP and MSI offer the world’s first G-SYNC gaming laptops with 4K 120Hz DCI-P3 color displays, for definitive, high-fidelity, on-the-go gaming experiences.

For the gamer who prefers ultra-fast framerates, for a portable esports experience, ASUS, Clevo, Dell and Razer are demonstrating at the show their 15.6-inch, 240Hz GeForce-powered laptops. 

And ASUS, Clevo, Dell, MSI and Razer offer GeForce-powered 4K OLED gaming laptops, bringing advanced color fidelity and true black levels to a portable form factor. These are perfect for creators who need true color accuracy on the go and love high-fidelity gaming.

MSI Updates Entire Laptop Line-up With Intel 9th Gen CPUs and GTX 16 Series Graphics

To enhance gaming experience through innovative technology, MSI, a world leader in gaming hardware has unveiled an industry-leading selection of gaming products. Geared up with the newest 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ processors, the gaming line-up has been fully upgraded. Furthermore, the much anticipated NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 16 Series is also available, that offers gamers a wide range of gaming power.

The laptops are already available in India from April 23rd, 2019 at MSI’s exclusive stores across New Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata & Pune. The product line will also be available on leading e-commerce websites – Flipkart & Amazon. The price of the series starts from INR 77,990 and goes upto INR 399,990. (All the prices mentioned are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price – MSRP) 

Speaking on the announcement, Green, Chang-Ching Lin, Regional Marketing Manager said, “We are excited to announce that MSI is the first brand to debut the 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ i9 Processors in the gaming series. Furthermore, the GTX 16 series graphics cards will provide a more affordable graphics solution for gamers while still attaining a high levels of performance. With these new additions to our product portfolio, we not only aim at offering gamers the best experience but also want to make gaming more inclusive. India is a key focus market for MSI and we will continue to bring in our latest line of products in the country in line with the global launches.”

Optimized Gaming Experience with 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ Processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 16 Series

Speed always matters with gaming. Powered by the lastest 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ i9 processors, the new models increase performance by 45% over the pervious one, which are able to get the most out of the system. The powerful 8-core processor is also significant for multitasking and intensive work, like video editing or audio composition. In addition to the incredible processor, the new line-up is also equipped with the up-to-date NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 16 series graphics, offering up to 50% performance boost. Now, gamers can fully enjoy smooth gameplay and amazing image quality.

Getting Started with Fully Upgraded Gaming Line-up: GT, GS, GE, GP, GL, GF
Geared up with the latest processors and graghics, MSI brings red-hot gaming line-up for gamers.

The GT Titan, the luxury gaming lineup, is famous for its incomparable performance with high-end features. Armed with the rocking 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ i9 overclockable processor and the most powerful graphics, this uncaged monster breaks through the limitation, and presents the premier performance to hardcore gamers. To optimize the ultimate power, the GT series applies exclusive Cooler Boost Titian, dual fans and 11 pipes,which is able to reduce operating temperature. With stunning 4K UHD display, the GT Titian delivers immersive lifelike gaming scenario. Anyone who wants no-holds barred performance, then these gaming flagships should be on the list.

The GS Stealth features every conceivable NVIDIA’s graphics options from the highest GeForce RTX™ 2080 with Max-Q design all the way to the humble GTX 16 series, perfect for gamers with different needs. The next-generation CPU is packed into the premium compact chassis; the GS series not only provides monstrously powerful performance, but it is also incredibly portable and stylish. Designed with gaming immersion in mind, the latest GS65 also partnered with a 240Hz display to maximize gaming frame rates and offers flowing movements.

Tailored for enthusiast, the GE series is known for its impressive aesthetic design. This gamer flair is backed up with 17.3 and 15.6-inch 144 Hz displays, 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and powerful NVIDIA graphics. In addition, the GE75 is MSI very first model with Wi-Fi 6 capability, giving gamers the advantage of the fastest wireless network speed available. In both appearance and performance, the GE series delivers the best experience that any gaming enthusiast can desire.

Looking for accessible laptop with high-end gaming features? Then, GP series won’t let gamers down. The brand new design, cosmological warship style and misty grey color scheme, easily catches attention. Moreover, the GP75 Leopard sports a per-key RGB keyboard by SteelSeries. Boasting the up-to-date processor and graphics, the GP75 Leopard offers great performance with stunning features that are beyond the expectation.

The GL series makes gaming more accessible than gamers ever thought it could be. Both of which offers wide range of performance from RTX series to GTX 16 series, which is typically a good option for mainstream gamers. The specs deliver more than enough to handle most AAA games to date. To fulfill the RGB fantasy, it’s now also available in per-key RGB keyboard options.

Awarded the IF Design 2019, the GF Thin shows its unique aluminum alloy with hair-brushed texture. To push the mobility to the utmost, the recent GF Thin is made even more compact and lightweight than its predecessor. In addition, the new GF75 and GF63 also presents the powerful performance from the latest processor and graphics. The GF series is made perfectly for gamers who prefer simple aesthetics with great performance.

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MSI Confirms Support for Ryzen 3000 CPUs on Current 300 and 400 Series Motherboards

If you have an MSI 300/400 series AM4 motherboard and were planning to upgrade to AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 3000 processors, you’re in luck. MSI has confirmed that the current motherboards will get a BIOS update that will let them support the upcoming CPUs without an issue.

MSI has released a complete list of BIOS versions which are compatible with AMD’s upcoming AMD APUs. Currently, they are in the process of testing the 300 and 400 series motherboards for support as well. As far as the updates are concerned, we should expect to see the BIOS land sometime in May or June, maybe right around Computex where AMD is scheduled to officially launch the Ryzen 3000 desktop processors.

To check out MSI’s complete list of supported motherboards and corresponding BIOS versions, click here.

AMD has been working for some time on the next gen Ryzen processors, which will be based on 7nm Zen 2 architecture. The company is expected to launch the CPUs next month in Taiwan at Computex, where Lisa Su will be giving the opening keynote. Additionally, the next gen 7nm Navi GPUs are also expected to be launched soon, most probably in Q3 2019 with an official reveal preceding that.

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NVIDIA GTX 1650 and Intel i7-9750H Slides Leaked

If you’ve been waiting for some new stuff on the gaming laptop end, here’s a scoop. Thanks to momomo_us on Twitter, we can see a bunch of juicy details about Intel’s upcoming i7-9750H mobile processor and NVIDIA’s GTX 1650.

According to the leaked slides, the i7-9750H will be about 28% faster than its predecessor, the i7-8750H, and almost twice as fast as the 7th gen i7-7700HQ. Thanks to the architectural advancements, we can expect impressive IPC improvements. The i7-9750H could prove to be just what Intel’s mobile segment needs, locking horns with AMD’s Ryzen 3000 laptop processors.

And that’s not all! We can even feast our eyes on the GTX 1650, which will launch with 4GB VRAM. The GPU will be clocked at 1395 MHz, and the performance numbers claim it’ll be 41% faster than the GTX 1050 and 24% faster than the GTX 1050 Ti.

To top it all, the slides also show game performance, with the card claiming 65 FPS in PUBG, 75 FPS in GTA V, and about 98 FPS in Fortnite. Suffice it to say, this can make a great graphics card for entry level and mid range gaming laptops.

If you’re wondering about the laptop mentioned here in particular, it’s the MSI GL63, that comes with up to an i7-9750H, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, a 512GB SSD and GTX 1650. There’s one more variant, with an i5-9300H.

Even though we’ve seen what AMD has in store for us with the Ryzen desktop and mobile processors, it’ll be interesting how the competition plays out going forward. No matter which team you support, whether it’s red VS green, or laptop VS desktop, one thing is clear. It’s an exciting time to be a gamer!

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MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Ventus XS Images Leaked; Nvidia’s TU116 Chipset Images Surface

Recently we got you the leaked images of Nvidia’s allegedly ‘upcoming’ card GeForce GTX 1660 Ti card. The images were of custom cards from Palit and EVGA. However MSI has also joined the ‘leak league.’

While MSI has recently launched its version of RX 590 and RX 580, it doesn’t mean that there is no Nvidia card coming up.
Hardware leaker Videocardz has published images of MSI’s GTX 1660 Ti. The card has specifications that are inline with the earlier rumours.
Currently, we have no information about when these cards would hit the market or for how much. However, rumors strongly indicate that the 1660 Ti might launch on 22 February, with a GTX 1660 releasing “probably next month.”

Also with the leaked card images are the images of the chipset which mentions TU116. The RTX 2060 uses the chipset TU106.

For weeks, if not months, rumors about Nvidia’s ‘budget card’ have been constantly surfacing. It seems quite plausible that a GTX 1660 Ti might be on its way.
But, anything can happen so, stay tuned.

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MSI reveals custom AMD Radeon RX 590

Yes you read it right. Computer components manufacturer MSI, has revealed it’s custom version of AMD’s Radeon RX 590 GPU.

Revealed under MSI Amour branding, the custom RX 590 is based on AMD’s Polaris architecture, which was release back in 2016. It retains the specification from AMD’s reference card with 2,304 Steam processors paired with 8 GB for GDDR5 memory. The memory is clocked at 2,000 MHz which travels across a 256-bit interface.
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There are two editions for the MSI card, ‘MSI Radeon RX 590 Armor 8G’ and the ‘MSI Radeon RX 590 Armor 8G OC’. Comparing the two models, the OC version has a higher boost clock of  1565 Mhz (20 Mhz difference) when compared to the former.
Two of MSI’s Torx 2.0 fans will cool the GPU. The fans have a double ball bearing for a quite operation. MSI has also made several other design improvements to enabling the card to ‘lose the heat’ more effectively.

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The card is Two-Way Crossfire compatible. You will need an 8-pin PCIe connector to power up the GPU. As far as connectivity is concerned, you get 2x Display 2.0 ports, 2x HDMI ports and a standard dual link DVI-D port.
With all that been said, last thing you wanna know is the pricing and the launch date. However, MSI is still mum on that. Anyway, stay tuned.

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MSI Laptops powered by Nvidia RTX now available on Flipkart

Much anticipated Nvidia RTX powered laptops are now finally available in India. MSI has unveiled a whole bunch of laptops starting from Rs 79,999. However, the RTX powered laptops start from Rs. 1,58,990 for a RTX 2060. One can head to MSI authorized store or order on Flipkart to enjoy the new ‘Ray-Tracing’ eye candy.

These laptops might seem way too pricey for a casual gamer, but for someone who wants to take it to the next level, it might be worth the money.
All the RTX Laptops come with a minimum of 256GB SSD, 16 GB RAM, Intel’s Coffee Lake i7 8750H, Full HD LED Backlit IPS Anti-glare Display (120Hz or 144Hz), classy backlit keyboard by Steel Series, Wifi and Ethernet Adapter by Killer Networking and of course, pre-installed Windows 10. Phew! That’s a lot of features to pack in a form factor of a laptop.

Seems like budget gaming is gonna take the backseat for a while. GTX 1660, where are you?

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MSI Reveals RTX 2070 Cards Lineup

MSI has revealed their lineup of the RTX 2070 cards and they’re quite the handful. They’ve given people a few options to choose from with mainly visual and cooling technique variances between the unveiled lineup.

Their line-up has the following cards: The Gaming Z, Duke 8G OC, Armor 8G OC, and Aero. All of the MSI cards will have similar clocks speeds, 8GB of DDR6 memory and same connectivity options( 3 DisplayPort, one HDM, one USB Type-C). The Gaming Z card has the company’s new TORX Fan 3.0 along with RBG lighting around the fans and also comes with the highest out-of-the-box clock speed. The Duke 8G OC has three fans instead of two as seen on the other models.

The Armor 8G OC is like a lower model of the Gaming Z as it has TORX Fan 2.0 and RGB only limited to the MSI dragon logo as it was in the previous Armor edition cards. The Aero, on the other hand, has a blower style fan which expels heat out the back into the system which the case fans can then push out and is best for compact systems.

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MSI has stated that these cards will start to debut on November 17th and have also said that model availability will vary per region.

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