MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: GF65 Thin 9SEXR-250
Laptop announced date: 28th June 2019
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
The MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review we are going to do today will look into how its purchase price stacks up against the performance on offer from the hardware housed inside it. We will also be taking a look at today’s more demanding games to see some MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop gaming frame rates to help you judge if the value to money ratio is a good deal or not.
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Gaming Laptop Analysis
Is the MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This processor is excellent, and it meets and runs AAA titles released during 2021 with little problem. This CPU comes with 6 cores, which is excellent providing it extra resource to chew through game processing when required.
Graphics Card - A good graphics card for gamers, capable of running titles during this 2021 gaming year. This laptop has 6GB of VRAM available. This graphics solution has a good amount for today’s gaming.
System Memory - This laptop RAM can run system requirements for a number of new 2021 games and is a good amount for a gamers laptop.
Screen Size - Today’s 2021 games are well supported by the 15.6" panel found attached to this laptop. While you could find a portable laptop with more screen real estate, this is a good gamer laptop choice. In our minds, if you have a smaller 1.5Kg or larger 3.5Kg laptop with you, it's always going to be a lump to transport. And so for a gaming laptop we would rather see the games more clearly on a larger 17inch screen, upon arriving at a destination, rather than compromise a game’s experience. But for some it will be the other way around. Fortunately there will be something for everyone in the laptop marketplace.
Refresh Rate - Look for higher refresh rate hertz for a gaming laptop. Ideally around 120Hz or more refresh rate on a gaming laptop screen. The laptop can only deliver FPS(frames per second) up to the listed refresh rate. So if you have hardware in your laptop that can turn out awesome frame rates on all the latest AAA titles, but a 60hz refresh rate, your laptop will be stuck at a maximum of 60FPS in all games. While considering that refresh rate info, we find a 120Hz refresh rate version of this laptop which would make for a good gaming laptop screen choice.
GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
No two laptops are the same. But one of the primary gaming laptop components is of course the graphics card. Often a slightly weaker mobile solution, when compared to its desktop equivalent. Today we will consider this laptop's hardware, when running modern popular and sometimes demanding games, like Far Cry 6, New World and Battlefield 2042 which will help us know if this mobile graphics card and the overall laptop hardware is considered a good price to performance point. We consider it running these titles at its native 1080p resolution, and at Ultra video settings. The GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile in this machine is currently capable of running 491 games at minimum system requirements of the 500 most demanding games available today. Where as it is capable of running 298 games of the top 500 most demanding recommended system requirements.
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Comparing MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
During your research for your next laptop, you have probably seen that the laptops reviewed are often the top permutation of the range and even then they were reviewed some time back against games that were released around the time of the review. Today we will be working to provide an up to date value assessment on this MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 hardware performance against today’s games and then consider how it compares to all other laptops and how it sits within its own GF65 Thin range.
P2P rating of 8.9 today the MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. This GF65 Thin configuration is placed at 4th position, when we order the range by their price to performance ratings. Those getting closer to the 1st position in this list will be better gaming laptops for their price.
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|Processor||Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 120Hz
MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,090.00||37%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,230.00||22%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,269.99||20%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,199.99||0%|
|i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$999||1%|
|i5-9300H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,185.00||17%|
|i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i5-9300H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||Price Unknown|
Looking outside of this range lets us compare the Price to Performance rating of the very best laptops we have listed. Today's top laptop model for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and the price we have for it is $999. Our MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop’s price to performance is 69% worse when comparing it with the top laptop, purely on a performance for money basis, and as we know lots of things go into our decision when choosing the right laptop for us. The 2nd best model for Price to Performance ratings today is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. It’s price is listed as $1049. Comparing our GF65 Thin laptop on its P2P shows our review model to have 47% worse Price to Performance score when compared against the 2nd best laptop range for P2P.
How does the MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
CPU performance is always going to be something we are interested in, when looking to buy a new laptop. So if we compare this GF65 Thin laptop to a CPU focused laptop, we will pick today’s top CPU performing laptop at the cheapest price point, then we can use this as a good measuring point for our laptop in question. Selecting todays ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop, we will use its mighty Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz to compare against our Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz processor from our review laptop. We can see that the top end CPU currently delivers 43% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
A snapshot today of performance for our processor, we can currently see it beating 429 of the 500 most demanding games available right now. This is considering their recommended system requirements. For a the top 500 Minimum system specs this is 497 games.
When compared to the recommended processor requirements of the most popular games today, like Far Cry 6 our laptop CPU is 3% better in performance. Compared to New World our laptop processor is 37% better.
How does the MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Looking for a new gaming laptop often leads us quickly to consider the sort of performance the mobile graphics card can deliver. Mobile graphics cards are often underpowered versions of their desktop equivalent, but still often very capable. To gauge the performance ability in this graphics department we compare our laptop to a GPU focused laptop that is around at the moment, to help provide us with a good graphics performance metric and comparison. A good laptop to compare against, that is GPU focused, would be the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. This showcases one of the laptops for the current cheapest price, while still housing one of the most powerful laptop GPUs. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB graphics card slotted inside it, which can deliver 59% better performance when compared to our GPU, GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile from our review laptop.
The GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 298 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop GPU beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 491 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against Battlefield 2042 recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 29% worse performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Far Cry 6, which shows the review laptop’s gpu against that game’s system specs gets 19% worse performance. We also see the 31% better performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game New World for it’s graphics requirements.
The MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
With a 1080p native screen panel our MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 15.6" physical screen size. This inch panel size is measured starting in one corner, say the top corner and then across the middle of the screen down to the bottom corner on the other side. And in our case it has a fixed number of pixels in that screen that are 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, or 1080p resolution. 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. The MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop’s monitor can be picked up with 120Hz refresh rate versions.
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. If your 1080p laptop has the hardware to run today’s AAA games comfortably at 4K, then plug your laptop into your desktop 4K monitor, when you are at home for some serious gaming sessions. As that desktop monitor probably isn't 60Hz restricted and is physically larger than the relatively small 17inch laptop screen size. We do just that here, with a 27inch 144Hz Nvidia GSync 1440p desktop monitor and an Alienware 51M laptop sporting a desktop RTX 2080.
Maybe you are hoping to enjoy your 4K streamed movies and TV shows while on the move. And if you have access to this 4K content and it's your prime use for your new laptop then perhaps it's worth considering a 4K panel, rather than this 1080p.
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.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
If you wanted a desktop monitor to go with the MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop then this ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS would go well and has 75Hz and today’s price of $311.99. 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.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
A nice performing 4K desktop monitor, should you want one to accompany this laptop, is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. Today it is priced at $618 and has a 144Hz refresh rate. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $618, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. To give a bit more info about this monitor we saw it cost its lowest of $549.99, which we recorded on 13th Nov 2020.
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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, 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 i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
Of our regular price tracked gaming mice the best value mouse today is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. With its a current price of $12.99 it should work well with this MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. This mouse has also dropped its price by $32.26 during the past two weeks, which is a solid reason for us to select it with this laptop. Reviewing all our records the lowest tracked price we have for this mouse was recorded on 15th Aug 2020, where it was 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|
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its price tag today is $36.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value headset. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 on 28th Nov 2019.