MSI GF65 Thin i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: GF65 Thin 9SD-008
Laptop announced date: 28th June 2019
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Our MSI GF65 Thin i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop review today is going to help us understand how well the hardware components in this machine can run today’s modern games. Taking a look at some of the most demanding popular titles we will see some expected frame rates for the MSI GF65 Thin i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
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Is the MSI GF65 Thin i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Ok
Processor - An OK processor during 2022, meeting some game CPU requirements still. However some modern titles will cause it to struggle. This will become more frequent as time goes by. AAA games are increasing the number of cores that they can use during the running of a game. This laptop processor has 4 cores, which is a good number of cores for modern gaming.
Graphics Card - Our laptop’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile is OK for gamers at the moment, capable of playing some of the 2022 AAA games, but in a year or so it will likely have issues running the latest games. The 6GB VRAM found in this laptop’s GPU is certainly a good quantity for modern games.
System Memory - The RAM in this laptop is absolutely a good option for modern AAA game releases in 2022, but there is room for better, should your budget allow.
Screen Size - This laptops screen dimensions create a good balance between portable and visually suitable, when considering your next gaming laptop. With 17 inch currently being the more preferable for gaming, a lot of people will prefer the smaller form factor on offer with this 15.6" screen. You could go larger, of course, but then the larger you go the less portable a laptop becomes. For gaming laptops that are still portable, we would go for 17 inch gaming laptops.
Refresh Rate - If you want a gaming laptop then aim for a refresh rate that is more than 60Hz. If you don't clearly see the advertised laptops screen refresh rate then assume it is 60Hz. This would mean that the laptop will be capped at 60FPS when running games. The higher the refresh rate and the FPS then the smoother the game plays as it delivers more images a second to your screen and makes movement feel more responsive in game. This laptop comes with a 60Hz refresh rate. Which is just ok for gaming. There are better and if you want to enjoy higher frame rates you will look for a gaming laptop with a higher refresh rate.
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the MSI GF65 Thin i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop
A key choice in any gaming laptop is making sure we identify the right graphics card in the laptop and know what it is capable of in today's gaming landscape. With this laptop we are taking a closer look at how its total laptop value compares to its capability when it comes to running modern demanding games. Also lets take a look at it when running modern popular games like, Grand Theft Auto VI or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) in ultra graphics settings on its native screen resolution of 1080p. This laptop has the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 488 games at minimum system requirements and 255 games at their recommended system requirements.
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Comparing MSI GF65 Thin i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
When we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the GF65 Thin laptop comes with, it gets very difficult to understand what value each permutation of this laptop will offer. To help us compare laptops based on their direct gaming value and capabilities, we defined a price to performance rating and allocated it to every laptop we review. Because as you have no doubt discovered during your research, it is very difficult to compare laptops for value against all other laptops. Even within their own model range. As soon as you adjust a single component and the laptop price shifts, what has that done to the gaming value of your laptop and is it still ok value for money? So we use a P2P rating to standardise the way we can look at all laptops. Of course laptops have tonnes of other values that are breathed into them when they are designed and they are not just about price to performance. But this is certainly a good way for us to help see the bigger picture, especially for a gaming laptop.
A 8.9 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the MSI GF65 Thin i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. As not all laptops and their prices are of course valued equally we can see that this version of the GF65 Thin laptop is in 5th position on the best Price to Performance value rating. Those closer to 1st place are simply better gaming laptop options regarding the gaming performance they deliver for their price.
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|Processor||Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
MSI GF65 Thin i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,090.00||39%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,230.00||23%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,269.99||21%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,199.99||1%|
|i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$999||0%|
|i5-9300H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,185.00||15%|
|i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||Price Unknown|
We will now check against leading Price 2 Performance laptops outside of this model range to see how the MSI GF65 Thin i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 compares. Looking at the best gaming laptop on price to performance, our laptop has 70% worse rating between its price to performance rating and today's best valued laptop, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 that is currently priced at $999. Lets move down the P2P ranking list to position 2. Here we find the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, which has a price at $1049. The GF65 Thin laptop in this review is 49% worse when compared solely on price to performance against that 2nd best model.
How does the MSI GF65 Thin i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
One of the key components in a laptop is of course its CPU. So let's see if our GF65 Thin laptop compares favourably when placed against the laptop that has one of the most powerful CPU’s around today. This comparison will at least help us know how this laptop performs against the top end CPU laptop and we can then see the amount of money we might have to pay to get that sort of laptop. Using the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop for the best CPU laptop performer comparison tests with our laptop. This puts the top end Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor from that laptop against our review laptop’s Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz, and this comparison shows that laptop to be 131% better in performance compared to our review laptop.
The Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz processor found in this machine can currently run 0 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop cpu beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 381 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
Games these days have a range of processor requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop CPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Grand Theft Auto VI and our laptop processor gets 56% worse performance rating. Next we have Star Citizen where our CPU gets 82% worse performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022), which has a performance difference of : 56% worse, when put against our laptop’s Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz.
How does the MSI GF65 Thin i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now lets see how well our review laptop holds up compared against graphical performance with the top performing GPU laptop available today. We have chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card. That graphics card performs 67% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile.
Our laptop GPU beats 255 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 488 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 22% worse performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Grand Theft Auto VI, which shows the review laptop’s gpu against that game’s system specs gets 22% worse performance. We also see the 25% better performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game Star Citizen for it’s graphics requirements.
The MSI GF65 Thin i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
This laptop has a 15.6" physical screen size with a native resolution of 1920x1080. So should you instead be thinking of picking up a 4K monitor rather than this MSI GF65 Thin i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2’s 1080p panel? Screen refresh rate on a 4K panel laptop will normally be 60Hz and this will cap out any game’s Frames Per Second at 60 even if it’s hardware could deliver more FPS. Along with that upset most AAA games would struggle to reach that 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on most laptop hardware today. This review laptop has 60Hz refresh rate versions available.
To get back some of those missing FPS on a AAA game we lower the game’s displayed screen resolution and get some stability in the game’s performance. This is usually a last resort for gamers though and not the sort of action taken by someone who has just shelled out for a new 4K laptop. Lowering down from a native 4K resolution, perhaps to 1080p or 1440p ups the game’s FPS but veering from the native 4K resolution leaves a game looking blurry. Definition of graphics drops and surely this puts forward the need to question someone’s choice for a 4K gaming laptop. If the following is the case, where the 1080p gaming laptop could run games you love at a higher 4K resolution then you could always hook up the PC laptop to a desktop monitor. One that was much bigger than the laptop screen size, like a 31inch with 144Hz refresh rate to enjoy 1440p or 4K resolution when gaming at home. Then still have your laptop for mobile gaming as well.
Possibly a suitable purpose for a 4K laptop would be if you were keen to watch 4K streaming services like Netflix. At which point perhaps it's enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop?
As you can probably gather from the information above, its probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
An example of a well priced 1440p desktop monitor would be the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which has 75Hz and is currently available for $311.99. For extra price trend information on this desktop 1440p monitor, it reached its lowest tracked price on 9th Mar 2021, where it would cost $229.99.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
The 4K Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz display is our current suggestion if you wanted to grab a desktop monitor. With a $618 price at the moment it also has a 144Hz refresh rate. We have noticed that this 4K monitor has raised its price by $618 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.
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4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
As you can probably gather from the information above, it's probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for MSI GF65 Thin i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop
The gaming mouse with today’s best price to value that would go well with the MSI GF65 Thin i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2 laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its current price is $12.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $32.26 during these past two weeks. Looking over our tracked prices for this mouse, it was at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, which had it priced at $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||IBats X8 gray 9 Btns||$12.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$49.29|
You could pick up a headset to go with the MSI GF65 Thin i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which today is $36.99. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 on 28th Nov 2019.