One of our favorite gaming notebooks.
When you ask someone to describe a gaming notebook, chances are that the first thing they’ll say is that it will be bulky, heavy and loud – but show them this latest MSI gaming notebook and they won’t believe it carries that power.
The GS65 Stealth Thin features nearly all the high-end hardware requirements that you can expect from a gaming notebook. This includes an 8th-gen Core i7-8750H 2.20 GHz processor, 16 GB of RAM and an awesome Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU. Despite that, the GS65 Stealth Thin only weighs less than 2 kilograms, even lighter than the current notebook I’m using – and it can’t even play games.
From the outside, the sleek design of the heating grills line up the awesome matte finish of the notebook. You immediately notice the anti-glare display that supports a 144Hz refresh rate and the SteelSeries keyboard with RGB lighting. Thin and light is the right word to describe the GS65 Stealth Thin. It occupies such a small space on your desktop you’d feel you have more room to spare.
But unlike other gaming notebooks that simply assemble high-end hardware, the GS65 Stealth Thin feels like everything inside has been well thought-out. Right from the moment I started configuring Windows 10 and then installing my first game through Steam, the entire notebook was fast and snappy and not once did I feel a hiccup.
There’s also a generous amount of connectivity ports placed all around the notebook: USB 3.1, USB-c, Ethernet, HDMI, and DisplayPort along with a microphone and headphone jack.
Like all its gaming notebooks, MSI has loaded the GS65 Stealth Thin with software that helps manage every aspect of the notebook from the fans, battery and of course the graphics and processor tweaking. I found the software surprisingly easy to use, and just in case I’m not happy with the settings I can always revert them back almost immediately.
If you’ve noticed, the MSI G65 Stealth Thin already has top-of-the-line specifications but still manages to operate quieter than most gaming laptops even with the thin and light design. This is possible thanks to Nvidia’s own GeForce GTX with Max-Q Design, which improves performance and power efficiency without compromising on size and noise that is usually the main con on gaming notebooks.
Gaming notebooks normally came in huge and heavy builds and even operates louder than the usual especially when you’re playing a game. It has a been somehow accepted as a norm that gaming notebooks should be big and bulky, but that’s now changing with Max-Q.
Notebooks that have a Max-Q design are thinner, lighter and strike a perfect balance between high performance and power efficiency so you can always expect high frame rates on your games without impacting battery life. More details about notebooks with Nvidia’s Max-Q design can be found on this link.
The GS65 Stealth Thin blazes through the games I’ve played on it. Rise of the Tomb Raider, Doom, State of Decay 2, Forza Motorsport 7 and Quantum Break all yielded stable and very playable framerates. Graphics settings were automatically selected on High when I played the games, much of this is largely achieved through Nvidia’s latest GeForce GTX 1070 CPU.
The specifications also make the GS65 Stealth Thin a powerhouse when it comes to productivity work. I’ve edited videos on Adobe Premiere with ease using the notebook, and it didn’t even notice a slowdown.
One thing to describe the GS65 Stealth Thin’s performance is ‘consistent’. From the moment you turn on the notebook, play a game, edit a video until you shut it down, everything just works.
The built-in speakers though were surprisingly bland. It’s loud that’s for sure, though it is not a full as we expected it to be.
MSI clearly has a winner with the GS65 Stealth Thin – it has all the bells and whistles that you will need from a gaming notebook. It’s a near-perfect choice to have when you’re looking for the ultimate gaming machine.
+ Excellent display
+ Superb gaming performance
+ Thin and lightweight
– Speakers could be better
Final Rating: 4.5/5