MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE Gaming Laptop Review and Benchmarks
I 78758 CPU here, which has 6 cores and can turbo up to 4 point 1 gigahertz in single core workloads. In my unit, there's 16 gig of ddr2 thousand 400 megahertz in dual channel, but the two slots can support up to 32 gig at 2666 megahertz for storage there's, a 512 gig MDOT 2 SATA 3 SSD installed, but the 2 m dot 2 slots support faster, nvme Pcie based storage for the graphics there's, an Nvidia 1066 gig, which powers the 15.6 inch, 1080p 144 hertz display listed as IPS level and we'll see how this performs soon in the benchmarks for the network connectivity there's a Gigabit Ethernet port support for 802 2.11 AC Wi Fi as well as Bluetooth version 5, the lid and interior are both a matte black aluminum and overall, the body of the laptop felt nice and solid there's, some flex as we'll see. But the built quality fills high end and there are no sharp corners. They'Re all grounded the physical dimensions of the laptop were thirty five point: seven centimeters in width, twenty four point: seven centimeters in depth; and just one point: seven: nine centimeters in height, so it's on the smaller side for a 15 inch laptop thanks to the thin screen. Bezels, the total weight of the laptop is listed at one point. Eight eight kilos and mine weighed just slightly under this with the 180 watt power, brick and cable for charging. The total weight increases to 2.
4 kilos, so it's quite light and portable for a 15 inch laptop with these specs, as mentioned. The screen here is a 15.6 inch, 144 Hertz 1080p panel, no g sync available here all the way dirt. We miss it on Highbury fresh rate displays anyway. I think it's more beneficial than around the sixty Hertz range. A seven millisecond response time is listed. However, it doesn't say if that's great a gray or something else, it's also listed as IPs level and after some digging. I think it's advanced type of viewing angle or a HPA. However, if you asked me just from looking at it, I'd have said it look just as good as IPS. I found the viewing angles to be. Excellent images are still perfectly clear, even on sharp angles, and the screen can be fully bent back 180 degrees, as you've probably noticed. It'S also got very thin bezels on the sides and at the top they're just four point: nine millimeters thin on the sides giving it an 82 screen to body ratio, i've also measured the current color gamut using the spider five per and my results. Return 97 of srgb sixty eight percent of ntsc and seventy three percent of adobe RGB, so pretty good compared to many other laptops, I've tested I'd, happily use it for content creation. In addition to gaming, I've performed my usual backlight bleed test on the display, which involves, having the laptop show a black screen in a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding.
I then take a long exposure photo to display any bleed. So this is a worst case scenario test there's a fair bit of bleed. In particular, I noticed the bit coming from just under the top webcam, while playing some games in a normally lit room, but this will of course, vary between laptops while moving the display. There was a little flex, but it felt fairly solid as it's made of metal, and the hinges are found right on the corners. It can also be opened easily with one finger demonstrating a fairly even weight distribution, despite the bezels around the display being quite thin. Msi was still able to fit the 720p camera up the top. This is great as it doesn't give you the up the nose. Look that other cameras down the wander. Video from the camera looks quite grainy bird, even with decent lighting. The microphone actually sounds pretty decent, but you'll be able to judge both for yourself the keyboard was really nice to type with it's a still series three keyboard and the keys sounded quiet but felt lightly. Clicky I'm not really sure how to describe them. Just not mushy here's how they sound to try and give you an idea: it's an RGB keyboard with individual key backlighting. So you can apply a lot of different effects through the SteelSeries software. There was some keyboard flex while pushing down fairly hard and this extended down into the wrist rest area, but I didn't find it to be an issue while typing normally just above the keyboard there's.
What appears to be an air intake, judging by the small dust buildup on it, along with the power button in the center, the touchpad uses synaptics drivers, and I found it to work very well, no issues at all. Moving on to the io on the Left, there's, a Kensington, lock, air exhaust fan, Gigabit Ethernet port 2, USB 3.1 type, a ports and 3.5 millimeter headphone and mic jacks on the right, there's, a third USB 3.1 type, a port USB 3.1 gen2 type c port with Thunderbolt 3 support mini DisplayPort, 1.2 HDMI port power input and another air exhaust fan. It would have been preferable to have the power input further back, but it didn't really get in the way there's, nothing on the front other than some status LEDs towards the right. While the back just has some more air exhaust vents up on the lid there's, the MSI logo, which is a sort of golden color, rather than their traditional black and red there's, also a trim of the same color running around the edge of the lid around the Edges of the touchpad and around the hinges fingerprints show up, but they aren't too obvious on the matte finish and they're fairly easy to wipe off underneath the some air intakes towards the back to keep everything cool, as well as some rubber feet that run along the Backend front and do a good job in stopping the laptop from easily moving around while in use the two speakers have found underneath what's the front corners.
They sound pretty good for laptop speakers, there's a little bass, but they start sounding a little tinny at higher volumes. Still pretty clear, though, the laptop can be opened up easily, with just a Phillips head screwdriver and inside. We can see that the motherboard is upside down compared to most other laptops. Making upgrades slightly difficult as you'll need to take the time to carefully go through and unplug lots of components before taking it out inside you'll find two nvme PCIe and up two slots and the two RAM slots powering. The laptop is a four cell 82 watt hour battery and with the full charge and just in YouTube videos with a screen on half brightness keyboard lighting off and background ups disabled. I was able to use it for four hours in six minutes. The laptop was using the Intel, integrated graphics in this test, thanks to Nvidia Optimus, while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings and invidious battery boost set to 30fps the battery lasted for one hour in 50 minutes, however, for the first hour and only ran at 24, Fps, making me think that the battery wasn't really able to provide adequate power for this game and after an hour, this dropped down to 10 FPS, which I think is why it lasted so long. So it was more like an hour of okay gaming. I definitely recommend playing while plugged in there. The battery is fairly good for a laptop of this size.
I'Ve definitely had much worse with similarly SPECT and larger laptops, although it's not quite as good as say, there're 15 X, during normal use, with an ambient room temperature of 19 degrees Celsius, the CPU and GPU, both idled around 40 degrees Celsius, and here in the external Temperatures of the laptop, where you'll actually be putting your hands getting to around 29 degrees, I've tested gaming by playing pub G at high settings with the default fan, speeds for half an hour and the temps of about is shown in green. A little CPU throttling was observed in this test, but it seems minor. All cores were averaging 3.8 gigahertz, so just 100 megahertz below full speed, but this will of course, vary between games. While gaming, the keyboard area got into the mid 40s while the wrist rest area was quite cool in comparison, I thought the keyboard felt fairly cool compared to many other laptops. I'Ve tested, full CPU and GPU load was tested with both a 264 and the heaven benchmark. Running at the same time, with the default fan profile in use, I was seeing some CPU throttling with all six cores sitting at around three point: one gigahertz with the 1062 around 1600 megahertz, but keep in mind most real world applications won't actually act. This way this is a stress test. With a minus 0.15 volt under bolt applied to the CPU, we were able to boost this up to 3.5 gigahertz with the same 90 degree temperature, even with the GPU load removed and under faulting applied.
A CPU only load had a very small amount of thermal or Ling still averaging above 3.8 gigahertz on all calls, though, with the stop fans again, the keyboard area is similar to before mid 40s in the center and the sides. I didn't think that it felt hot to the touch at anytime by manually maxing out the fans, the temperatures hardly change and the throttling is still taking place. But now all six CPU cores are running at 3.3 canards on average and with the same minus 0.15, volt under volt applied all course it at 3.7 gigahertz, so not quite the full 3.9 gigahertz or core turbo boost speed, but an improvement nonetheless, with the CPU. Only workload combined with max bands and under vaulting and no GPU tests running no thermal throttling was observed on the CPU. It was only an issue when combined with GPU load, the overall system noise rises. Quite a bit, though, as you'll hear soon. The keyboard area cools down just a few degrees, with the fans maxed out. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop ballet, you ever listen to each of these tests at idle. It was completely silent. I couldn't hear any fans at all, while gaming or with the stress tests running it's, actually not too loud, although this did result in thermal throttling in my tests, even with a fairly cool nineteen degree room with the fans maxed out, it gets fairly loud, but it Does slightly improve the CPU performance under full load, as it can throttle slightly less and run a bit faster.
I'Ll also note that there was no noticeable call wound, while testing in my unit. Finally let's take a look at some benchmarks. Will first cover some real world gaming benchmarks, followed by tests with various benchmarking tools. All tests were run at 1080p with the latest Nvidia drivers and Windows updates to date installed. Starting out with fortnight, I was able to utilize the 144 Hertz refresh rate of the displayed around medium settings are lower. However, I thought it still ran. Well live in a max settings. Even the 1 lows at max settings are above 60 fps, although they can vary. Quite a bit as the game greatly depends on what's going on and what other players are doing, which also means you need to take. The results with a grain of salt. Overwatch was also going quite well just playing with the bots and at Ultra settings we're already averaging above the refresh rate of the display and the 1 loaders are still fairly higher. Csgo was averaging well above what the refresh rate of the display could. Output for 1 lows drop down a lot in this test due to the smokes but they're still fairly high. At around 60 fps on lower settings, pub G was tested using the replay feature, but again take the results with a grain of salt, as lack fortnight will depend on what's going on in the game, so the results can vary quite a lot, as shown by the 1 lows, which are quite a bit lower than the averages I've tested, Far Cry 5, with the built in benchmark.
Even a max settings were averaging above 60 fps and the 1 lows aren't too far behind the average frame rates, dota 2 was tested using a fairly intensive replays. So this should be a worst case scenario. Realistically, you'll probably get better results than this, while actually playing and even in this intensive test, we're always averaging above 60 fps Rainbow. Six siege was tested with the built in benchmark and we're, seeing quite high frame rates at all setting levels and while the 1 lows are a fair bit behind realistically they're still quite high, so it should play great with the 144 Hertz screen battlefield. One ran well too, however, although the average frame rates were fairly high, the 1 lows can drop down quite a bit during intense bites. However, to me, it still felt nice and smooth and the dips weren't too bad. For me, although I am used to playing with a 60 Hertz monitor The Witcher, 3 doesn't really need a high frame rate to play and even on ultra settings to me, it played great. However, we can improve the frame rates quite a bit by lowering the settings. If needed, rise of the Tomb, Raider was tested with the built in benchmark and the results are all right, averaging above 60 fps, seven and max settings. Ghost Recon is a fairly resource intensive game and was again tested with the built in benchmark. Although our ultra settings are quite low, this is always the case in this game at very high or lower.
It was more playable. Watchdogs 2 is another fairly resource intensive game, but is another that I personally think doesn't need a high frame rate to play. I can play this with 40 FPS averages, no problem as long as the one percent lows aren't too low. So to me it played well even on ultra settings. Doom was tested using bulkan and to me this was another that felt nice and smooth, even at Ultra settings with a 30 FPS improvement dropping down to minimum settings. But, honestly, I think the game still looked pretty good, even a minimum. If you are, after that, higher framerate I've got a couple more games covered in the dedicated gaming benchmarks ideo, if you're interested now onto the benchmarking tools, I've tested, Heaven Valley and superposition from Unigine, as well as fire strike time, spy and VR mark from 3d mark. Just pause the video, if you want a detailed look at these results overall, I thought that the results were fairly good in some games were actually able to make use of the 144 Hertz cream with low settings typically in the eSports titles, if you're after better results, You could instead look at the 8 RF model of the GS 6 5, which is basically the same laptop except with Nvidia 1070 max q. Graphics instead of 1060, as discussed earlier with the temperatures under volting, does improve the cpu performance a bit. But how does this actually affect gaming? Well, as before, the clock speeds in pub G, while under vaulted weren't too far below full speed, but this will of course depend on the game in pub G, at least, there was no real major differences, perhaps a little improvement to the one percent lows, but the Averages are basically the same as for overclocking, the 8750 HCP you can't be overclocked, but I was able to win the GPU call clock of the 1060 by 200 megahertz, meaning that it was now averaging around 1800 megahertz and games again.
I'Ve tested pub G and we can see that this is making a bit more of a difference compared to one defaulting with a 7 boost at Ultra settings, but just a four percent boost average overall selling levels. I'Ve, just quickly got some cpu benchmarks here and we can see that it's a decent step up from the seventh generation, as we've got two extra cores with slightly faster single threaded clock speeds and we can see there's a nice boost with the undervolt apply it. But I plan on comparing this more in a detailed future comparison. Video in Crystal disc mark the 512 gig end up to SATA SSD was getting above 500 megabytes per second in both sequential reads and writes so really quite good for asada based SSD, but it's worth remembering. The laptop does support faster nvme storage at idle. The drive sat at around 29 degrees Celsius and peaked at 46 degrees Celsius, while constantly reading and writing for around 10 minutes. As for the price, this laptop comes in at around 2800 Australian dollars here in Australia, at the time of recording or about 2200 US dollars in the US. But this can differ a bit based on memory and drive options. It'S not cheap, but that's, pretty typical for any laptop with good specs in such a thin form factor. So what did you guys think of the Jia's 65 stealth in 8re gaming laptop from msi? Overall, I found it to be quite a nice machine.
It'S got decent specs and a thin somewhat lightweight and portable body it's, capable of playing all modern games. No problem that, if you were off to more power, you could look at the 8 RF model, which has the max q10 70 graphics. Instead, as it may be a better match for the 144 Hertz screen in more games, the aluminium body is nice and definitely better than any other MSI laptop I've previously featured on the channel, but, as shown it's, not too solid, when applying pressure. The only other issues I had with the backlight bleed and thermal throttling on the CPU, although this could be improved by under vaulting and turning up the fans. Let me know what you guys thought down in the comments and leave a like if you found the review useful thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.