- Sleek and Slender Design
- 10th Generation Intel Treatment
- Abundant amount of ports to get going
- Decent Performance
- Intel Tax for the i7 Variant is too Steep
- 60Hz display doesnt make sense for gaming
- Dated Design since the 8th Gen Intel Variant
- There are better alternatives in the Market
If you are going to name some of the popular gaming laptops then MSI is one of them for sure – they have been making gaming laptop for a while now and they have a plethora of options to choose from – one of them being the GF Series which we are taking a look at today and thing is that there isn’t much to speak because we are looking at the same laptop design so to speak since the 8th Generation Intel processor logo was slapped on the laptop but this time with a 10th Gen Processor – which begs the question, should you purchase this laptop?
Look and Feel
For one the laptop is definitely slim and looks nice with the red accent logo on the back with the brushed pattern to go along with it – which is same as the last two laptops we have seen rocking the same name. What else remains to be the same? Well, pretty much everything. The keyboard has the same red LED and the power button on the laptop is at the corner like a part of the chassis. The trackpad remains the same and that’s basically it. Overall, there isn’t much change to begin with – for someone new, this laptop may seem to look a little nice to the eye but if you are an existing user looking at the new laptop, it just looks pretty much the same making you wanting to ask the question – can I get an upgrade on the PCB with the new processor and keep my older chassis – which is what exactly MSI did here. But for what its worth, I like the clean design and the fact that you don’t have to deal with an all gamer-y design day in and day out.
Specification and Performance
The GF63 we received from MSI came with the following specification:
- Intel Core i7 Processor – 10th Generation 10750H with 6 Cores, 12 threads
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650 Max-Q with 4GB GDDR6
- 8GB DDR4 RAM Single Channel
- 512GB M.2 SSD
If you are planning to upgrade, fret not as the laptop has another DDR4 slot to turn this into a dual channel machine and the M.2 Combo slot and 2.5” HDD slot is also upgradable – which most probably you will be doing it as the 512GB is most definitely not enough to install all the games you want given how the storage requirement is getting higher and higher.
We ran the following benchmark: CrystalDiskMark for storage, Blender, Cinebench R20, PCMARK 10 and 3DMARK. Let’s start off with the storage speeds. The storage that came included with the GF63 has a relatively okay speed with a sequential speed of 1608MB/s and a Write speed of 803.19MB/s respectively. I wouldn’t say it’s the slowest storage there is but at the same time for a PCIe Gen3x4 slot the speed should definitely be much higher. Something to take note of.
Moving onto testing the CPU, the Cinebench R20 test pretty much gave us a very similar score, if not marginally higher than the previous 10750H processors we have tested on a laptop. It scored 2663 points in Multithreaded workload and 470 points in single core based tasks which is impressive. In blender, it took about a close 6 minutes to finish the complete render but the other laptops we have reviewed managed to do it at half the time the MSI GF63 took. But eitherway, good thing is that the CPU is capable of putting up with today’s workload. Moving onto the 3DMARK and PCMARK benchmark, the scores were relatively okay – you can check out the screenshots below.
Thermals on the laptop despite having two heatpipe and one fan, the laptop still handled the temperatures really well. During our test, we noticed a peak 77-82 degrees with the processors and as for the GPU it was hovering at about 68-76 degrees range which is considered quite alright. Performance when it comes to games is just as what you’d expect really and for that you can take a look at the chart below.
For a gaming laptop, this display is as underwhelming as it gets – it packs a 15.6” Full HD Display with an IPS Panel capped at 60Hz Refresh Rate. Given this is a gaming laptop, the 60Hz refresh rate is an utter disappointment given how laptop these days rock a 120Hz display – be it G-SYNC or Adaptive Sync. Personally I was a little disappointed but say if you are planning to use the display to get some productivity editing work done, then you just might be okay with it – say for instance, running Photoshop or Lightroom or even Premiere Pro to edit some videos while you are at it. But other than that, the display could have been better with higher refresh rates to give the immersive experience in games.
Keyboard and Trackpad
The laptop uses a chiclet style keyboard for a gaming laptop an the moment when you start typing on it, you will realize the short key travel and honestly, it gives a bit of a butterfly keyswitch feel which I am not a fan of but typing on this is still okay really. It comes with a single color Backlight which is a little disappointing given – it’s a gaming laptop and one absolutely weird thing about the keyboard – why is there two forward slash keys – like really, why?
The trackpad on the other hand is something I cant share a good sentiment – Our unit came with a little wobbly feel and it was not really the best trackpad I have tested. I am just going to leave it at that because it’s disappointing.
Under gaming scenario, this laptop was only able to last about 1 hour + which is expected for a laptop like this but say if you are planning to get some productivity based work done then it lasts about 4 hours 38 minutes in our test. You can push it a bit more by turning on the battery saver mode if you want to.
Given the fact that the MSI GF63 Thin is marketed as a gaming laptop, especially when you look at the specs it should be one, the lack of a higher refresh rate, low powered specification. The older design isn’t really helping but if you want a refreshed look then the GF65 is the one you are looking at. The price for the i7 variant is a little absurd because sure, you get the top of the line processor but with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650, it still bottle necks a lot – especially for those who wants a little more power when the same price tag can get you a better laptop like the ASUS TUF Gaming Laptop or Lenovo Legion 5 which is competitively priced with an AMD Processor that’s blowing intel’s lineup of processor out of waters.
Say if you still want to get this laptop, well – my recommendation will be: Go for the i5 variant which is heaps cheaper than the i7 Pricing. It’s a nice laptop, but just not a nice price tag.