Laptop announced date: 12th February 2021
Last reviewed: 18th August 2020
Welcome to our MSI GF65 Thin (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz performance to price review. We know its hard trying to find a way of knowing which new laptop makes the most sense. When speccing out a new laptop, as soon as you adjust a component the price jumps up and the performance gain from that component leaves you uncertain if that is worth it. We will be addressing exactly that here today. We will also be looking at how well this MSI GF65 Thin (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop can run today’s modern demanding games
Is the MSI GF65 Thin (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - The Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz is an excellent gaming CPU for 2021. Modern AAA gaming can use multiple cores and this processor comes with 6 of them. This makes it excellent for today’s gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics solution can certainly run a number of new 2021 releases and is a good 2021 laptop GPU choice for gamers. AAA games will use a fair amount of VRAM that is on the laptop graphics cards. This laptop GPU has 6GB of VRAM, which isnt the most amount of VRAM but it is still good enough for modern gaming.
System Memory - The 16GB is an excellent amount of system memory for modern gaming in 2021.
Screen Size - This laptop screen (15.6") in 2021 offers up a good amount of gaming screen real estate for gamers on the move, while keeping the physical laptop footprint portable. In games the physical size of the screen can help with being able to read in game menus without squinting. Look for 17 inch laptops, if you want a gaming laptop with a suitable viewing area. But the larger laptop means you compromise on portability.
Refresh Rate - I personally wouldnt consider getting a gaming laptop with a screen panel that had a refresh rate of 60Hz. The refresh rate number is the number of times an image can be displayed to the screen by the laptop's own screen. So if I had paid more money for a good graphics card and CPU and RAM then even though the hardware might be able to get 150FPS on Ultra settings in the latest games, the laptop screen would only display 60FPS. The more FPS capable of being displayed to screen the smoother and sharper the response of the game you are playing. An ideal minimum refresh rate amount would be around 144Hz for a great gaming laptop, but you can certainly get some with even higher refresh rates than that. The top refresh rate for this laptop is 144Hz which is excellent for gaming. Get a panel with over 60Hz refresh rate would certainly be suitable for gaming.
While it can be tricky to work out the best price to performance hardware for a gaming laptop, we will be looking at how well this mobile graphics card can run demanding games that are available today or coming out over the coming months.We will consider how well it can perform while gaming at Ultra graphics setting on a 1080p resolution, which is the native resolution for this laptop. We will also look at a few of the more popular games like, Days Gone or Resident Evil 8. The GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q card that's powering the MSI GF65 Thin (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 491 at min system specs and will run 354 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
During our research for the next best gaming laptop purchase we decided to compare MSI GF65 Thin (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz will compare across all permutations of the GF65 Thin (2021) model range. This will give us a good sense of how well it sits in terms of cost to performance within its own lineup, and will better help us decide if this laptop represents good value to us today.
The MSI GF65 Thin (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz is getting a 10 for its P2P score out of 10. This relative value will change as game performance, hardware costs and laptop expectations adjust over time. With a number of GF65 Thin (2021) laptops in the model lineup this particular variant places at the 1st position for Price to Performance value. Laptops closer to the top place (1st) are value gaming laptop options that deliver the best performance for the laptop price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
MSI GF65 Thin (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz||$1299.00||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 3060 Max-Q 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz||$1249.00||21%|
Now let's look at where this laptop sits compared to all other laptops, including those outside of the GF65 Thin (2021) range. It currently offers 36% worse rating when comparing its price to performance rating against the best laptop available today for price to performance, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which currently costs $999.00. The next best model is Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which costs $853.00. Our GF65 Thin (2021) review laptop is 29% worse when comparing Price/Performance against the next top P2P laptop. Again this is purely a value for performance comparison, and many things go into helping us choose the right laptop for us. This is a good indicator but it's certainly then worth looking through the range for other configurations of a laptop you are interested in to find the right price point for you.
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this GF65 Thin (2021) laptop does in the grand scheme of CPU focused laptops. Let's compare this laptop with a top CPU performance laptop available today and see how its CPU performance stacks up. The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz is today’s best performer in the laptop CPU department. It has a Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor in it, which currently has 45% better performance than our laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop CPU can currently meet or beat 463 game’s recommended system requirements when we put the 500 most demanding games into a list. With a list of 500 Minimum system specs put in a similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 500 games.
A game’s listed recommended CPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop CPU. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop processor. First off let's look at Resident Evil 8 which shows our laptop CPU has 3% worse performance than it. How about Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, where we see our CPU is 9% better. Then there is 31% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Days Gone.
You will likely be considering buying a graphics and pixel crunching laptop perhaps to meet the latest and future game requirements. We will therefore be wondering how our GF65 Thin (2021) review laptop competes against other GPU centric laptops in the gaming laptop market. To give us a bit of insight we will compare our laptop with a leading GPU performance laptop and see how its graphics capability performs against it. Today’s Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz comes with one of the more powerful laptop graphics solutions available for game crunching at the moment, making it a good one to compare against our review laptops GPU. We will use its GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile to compare against our GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q card. The top end laptop’s GPU currently delivers 50% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q.
Our laptop Graphics Card, the GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 354 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 491 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended gpu system requirements. First off we have the Resident Evil 8 which currently our GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q is 2% worse next let's see how well it runs against Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. We can see it is 2% worse. Ok finally lets see it against Days Gone. Here our laptop is 27% better.
The MSI GF65 Thin (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz has a physical 15.6" screen size and a fixed number of pixels in that screen of 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, or 1080p resolution. So is it ok to go for a 1080p laptop like this one or should I be considering a 4K screen resolution laptop instead of this? With 60Hz being the usual screen refresh rate on 4K laptop panels this would cap a game to run at no more than 60 frames per second, even if the 4K laptop hardware could deliver more. And then most AAA games require more powerful hardware than a laptop houses to play stable 4K Ultra graphics setting games, even at a passable but, some would consider, a bit low, 60FPS. What refresh rate does the MSI GF65 Thin (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz panel have available? It can be picked up with the following 144Hz refresh rates.
So lowering a game’s screen resolution down to 1080p or 1440p during your gaming of modern AAA games will help get more frames per second. But in doing so, by down scaling the game resolution will then make the game look blurry on a native 4K laptop panel. So the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming maybe lost at this point. A 1080p laptop can still have some powerful gaming hardware in it and if it is good enough to run AAA games at larger resolutions like 4K or 1440p then attach it to a desktop monitor while you are at home and stationary. If the desktop monitor is pretty good then it wont have a 60Hz refresh rate limiting its FPS count in game. And is likely to be a whole lot more enjoyable playing on a 24 inch or larger monitor than the more standard 15 or 17inch screen normally found on gaming laptops.
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
At the moment our advice would be, stick to the 1080p laptop panels for now. Your laptop remains portable and 4K laptop’s just aren't quite there yet. The 4K needs to be a no brainer but at the moment you will still have to lower resolution in game to get playable but sub par visuals that still can't raise above 60FPS.
If you are looking for a desktop monitor with a reasonable refresh rate to accompany the well priced MSI GF65 Thin (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop, then the 1440p ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS is our favourite today. It has a 75Hz refresh rate and is currently priced at $299.00. We like to review tracked prices for our suggested hardware and this 1440p monitor is no different. We spotted its lowest price, recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it cost $229.99.
Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz is a good value, high performing desktop display that might work well with this laptop. It's currently priced up at $629.99 and also has a 144Hz refresh rate. We have noticed that this 4K monitor has raised its price by $580 recently. And while it is a good 4K monitor even at this current price, it could probably be found for a bit cheaper. Our 4k monitor price tracker recorded and marked its lowest price on 13th Nov 2020, it reached the lower price of $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
If you are looking to view 4K streaming content, while keeping yourself mobile with your laptop, then maybe a 4K resolution panel would be a better experience than the normal 1080p. In general, we think it's probably not worth the extra money for any visual gains you might not spot, without a direct comparison, especially if you are thinking to game on your laptop as well.
For now in the laptop space, it looks best to stick with 1080p panels. This way your laptop’s physical size remains practical and portable, 17inch laptops are plenty big enough. And at the moment you will still have to lower game resolutions down from 4K, on the bigger hitting AAA titles, that would then get playable, but sub par visuals and you would still hit the 60FPS cap if your hardware could go beyond 60FPS.
A well priced gaming mouse at the moment, that will go nicely with the MSI GF65 Thin (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz, is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Today it is priced at $12.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $37 during these past two weeks. Our mice price tracker had this mouse marked at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, where it cost $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.22|
|***||Logitech MX Master 2S||$59.49|
The gaming headset with today’s best price to value that would go well with the MSI GF65 Thin (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its current price is $39.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.