- GeForce RTX™ 30 Series powers the world's fastest laptops for gamers and creators. They're built with the award-winning Ampere — NVIDIA's 2nd gen RTX architecture - with new RT Cores, Tensor Cores, and streaming multiprocessors for the most realistic ray-traced graphics and cutting-edge AI features.
- Metallic top and keyboard cover paired with futuristic design that's packed for battle.
- Dedicated thermal solutions for both the CPU and GPU with up to 6 heat pipes, work harmoniously by minimizing the heat and maximizing the airflow for smooth gaming performance in such compact chassis.
Considering the price range for gaming notebook PCs, it can be said that the 1000 USD range is quite cheap. Especially if you have the latest GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU. This time introducing the “GF65 Thin 10U” from MSI. It’s perfect for those who want to start playing PC games. Read the MSI GF65 Thin 10U Review.
MSI’s lineup of gaming notebook PCs is very diverse, but the “GF65 Thin 10U” series is a model that prioritizes cost performance while keeping main unit prices low. If you are considering a gaming laptop, it might be the first to consider. Based on the specifications of this product, it is suitable to find out what is needed and at what price. However, I think the specifications of this product will satisfy a lot of people.
Components Main Specification Display screen 15.6-inch non-glare Full HD (1920 x 1080 dots) / 144Hz refresh rate CPU Core i7-10750H (2.6-5.0GHz / 6 cores 12 threads) GPU GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU 6GB GDDR6 Storage 16 GB (8 GB × 2) DDR4 SSD 512 GB (M.2 NVMe) LAN Realtek RTL8111HS (10/100/1000Mbps) Wireless LAN Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (2 × 2, 11ax, Bluetooth 5.1) Web camera 920,000 pixels (built-in microphone) Interfaces USB3.2 Gen1 Type-C x 2
USB3.2 Gen1 Type-A x 2
HDMI x 1
Headphone output (High Resolution compatible) / Microphone input Combo plug x 1
Size 359 (W) × 254 (D) × 21.7 (H) mm Weight 1.86Kg OS Windows 10 Home Actual selling price Around 1700 USD (scheduled to be released on May 20, 2021)
At the same time, it also featured a sleek design known as “Thin”. The standard laptop display on a gaming laptop will be easily accepted by a wide variety of users. Despite being called “Thin”, it is a slim model among gaming notebook PCs. It’s 21.7mm thick, and around 10mm thicker than most mobile notebook PCs. Gaming laptops, on the other hand, have a mid-20mm to 30mm range, so they’re definitely slimmer than that.
As you can see, “GF 65 Thin 10U” is a fairly well-known concept product with excellent cost performance and sleek appearance. Let’s take a look at each section.
All “added value” are essential functions for gaming. Realize cost performance by simplifying the design, MSI GF65 Thin 10U Review
The “GF65 Thin 10U” screen measures 15.6 inches. Has a size that can be said to be standard for PC gaming notebooks, and uses a full HD panel (1920 x 1080 dots) with standard resolution. In addition, the 144Hz-compatible high refresh rate is an essential condition for today’s gaming notebook PCs. A typical display refresh rate is 60Hz, which rewrites the video 60 times per second. For example, if 60fps is the in-game output, 1fps will sync with 1Hz. Of course, you can play games at 60fps on the 144Hz panel, but the target is 144fps. In esports titles, the immediate reaction to single frame behavior leads to an in-game advantage, so in this case, “GF65 Thin 10U” is compatible with esports titles.
The liquid crystal top plate has the red MSI dragon emblem drawn on surface treatments such as the hairline. Surface treatments such as hairline are also used for the palm rest. It looks like it’s not metallic because it doesn’t make you uncomfortable when you touch it, but it feels softer.
The keyboard uses a Japanese layout without 10 keys. It’s a relatively straightforward array except for the one line to the right of the Enter key, so it might take a little getting used to. In particular, the Windows key, which is often repositioned in the company’s products, is placed on the same left side as the general settings, but temporarily disabled by the utility when the incorrect operation becomes a problem such as during gameplay.
The keyboard has red sides and engraving for increased visibility and is equipped with a red LED backlight to make it easy to distinguish even in the dark. Since it is white and white on a standard notebook PC, it can be said that the design is sufficient to show off as a gaming notebook PC.
The interface is relatively simple too. The left side is the power jack and HDMI, the right side is the audio input/output and USB 3.2 Gen1 (5Gbps) Type-A x 2, USB 3.2 Gen1 (5Gbps) Type-C x 2, 1GbE LAN x 1. It also supports Wi-Fi 6 wireless LAN and Bluetooth 5.1. Keeping this simple will also be a point to keep costs down. It’s a shame that USB 3.2 Gen2 isn’t attached, but in fact, it uses an expensive 10 Gbps class transfer rate for the fastest model among portable SSDs.
For cooling, large inlets are provided on the bottom surface, and drain holes are provided on the left side as well as the left-right side of the rear surface. In other words, it’s a layout that places the fan on the back left and right when viewed from the side of the keyboard.
MSI’s powerful cooling mechanism called “Cooler Boost 5” is a mechanism that transfers heat from the CPU and GPU to the heat sink where the heat pipe is in the fan section and cools it with the airflow from the fan. The left fan with exhaust ports on the side and rear has a larger diameter than the right fan with the exhaust port only at the rear. Four heat pipes are led on the left side, while two are on the right side. In this case, the left side gives off more heat than the right side, so this will be the point to cool the space on the left side efficiently when installing this product.
The main body size is 359 (W) x 254 (D) x 21.7 (H) mm, about 1.86 kg. What I want you to pay attention to is the weight. It can be said that the weight is relatively light at less than 2 kg with a PC gaming notebook. It’s not as active as a mobile laptop, but it’s an active product with mobile gaming.
180W AC adapter. It’s a little bulky but can’t help installing high-performance CPUs & GPUs. However, it is smaller than the AC adapter of previous high-end gaming notebook PCs, which are derided as “lunchboxes.” In that case, you don’t have to worry about where to put it.
Equipped with the new standard “RTX 3060” for full HD gaming on 10th generation Core processors with incredible cost performance
Next, let’s take a look at the internal specifications. The CPU installed in the evaluation machine is Core i7-10750H. Models equipped with Core i5-10200H and Core i5-10500H are also available in this series. Both are 10th generation Core processors, not the latest 11th generation Core processors. However, let’s first consider the number of cores in the game. Currently, many game titles recommend 4 cores and 8 threads. Since the Core i5-10200H has 4 cores and 8 threads it meets the recommended environment. Also, Core i5-10500H and Core i7-10750H have 6 cores and 12 threads, so there’s more space. Those who want higher performance, not just cost performance, should consider the intended use and number of cores.
Components Spec 1 Spec 2 Spec 3 Model name GF65-10UE-258JP GF65-10UE-063JP GF65-10UE-256JP CPU Core i7-10750H
(2.6-5.0GHz / 6 core 12 threads)
(2.4-4.1GHz / 4 cores 8 threads)
(2.5-4.5GHz / 6 cores 12 threads)
Storage 16GB (8GB × 2) DDR4 16GB (8GB × 2) DDR4 8 GB DDR4 Actual selling price Around 1700 USD Around 1300 USD Around 1300 USD Screen 15.6-inch non-glare Full HD (1920 x 1080 dots) / 144Hz refresh rate GPU GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU 6GB GDDR6 SSD 512 GB (M.2 NVMe) LAN Realtek RTL8111HS (10/100 / 1000Mbps) Wireless LAN Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (2 × 2, 11ax, Bluetooth 5.1) Web camera 920,000 pixels (built-in microphone) Interfaces USB3.2 Gen1 Type-C x 2
USB3.2 Gen1 Type-A x 2
HDMI x 1
Headphone output (High Resolution compatible) / Microphone input Combo plug x 1
Size 359 (W) × 254 (D) × 21.7 (H) mm Weight 1.86Kg Operating System Windows 10 Home
Memory is DDR4-2933 and capacity is 16GB. If you’re buying a laptop from now on, it’s best to consider 16GB as standard. Unlike desktop PCs, there are some notebook PCs that are not replaceable, and some are replaceable but not supported unless it is done in a specific store. This product is in accordance with the latest, and memory replacement should be done at an authorized support shop. In this case, to use it for a long time, it is better to install the standard capacity from scratch without modifying it here.
As introduced earlier, the GPU uses an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU 6GB GDDR6 laptop. Although included in the GeForce RTX 30 series, the RTX series is superior to the GTX series and can use functions unique to the RTX series such as real-time ray tracking and high 3D performance.
It has one storage and comes with a 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD (PCI Express 3.0 x4). The SSD installed in the evaluation machine has a transfer rate of 2.2GB / s for sequential reads, 1.2GB / s for the same write, 68MB / s for Q1T1 4K random read, and 151MB for same writes. The premium model may be equipped with a faster product, but the standard speed range for this class of gaming laptops is a sequential reading of 2GB / s. However, even 2GB / s is usable with almost no complaints. Moreover, because random 4K is quite fast, the response is quite comfortable during verification.
If you like esports, the GF65 Thin 10U is the best choice
Finally, let’s take a look at its performance using benchmark software. First, PCMark 10 Standard. The overall score is 5725, with Essentials at 9153, Productivity at 7460, and Digital Content Creation at 7461. As you can see from the Essentials score, it looks like the performance will be comfortable enough for home use, and business use Productivity will be one level more comfortable than a PC notebook in general. On the other hand, the creative use of Digital Content Creation is certainly quite high, and there are no issues with home video editing, but it seems that the Core i7 equipped model is suitable for business use.
A score of 3DMark 16207 for Fire Strike, 7077 for Time Spy, and 4223 for Port Royal. DirectX 11’s high load test, Fire Strike, has a good score. On the other hand, Time Spy, which is a high load test of DirectX 12, hasn’t exceeded 10,000 points, so it seems that some image quality adjustments are needed for actual DirectX 12 titles, but basically it’s tuned closer to high image quality. Looks like you can enjoy it. Port Royal’s real-time ray tracing has not exceeded 5,000 points, so image quality adjustments and DLSS combinations will be a prerequisite.
VR performance by VRMark is 8182 for Orange Room and 6409 for Cyan Room, and they both remove target frame rates by an adequate margin. Blue Room is 2114, which is about half of the target frame, but since Blue Room is a pretty tough test, the “GF65 Thin 10U” can be considered a VR-compatible product.
The game test then tests Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Watch Dogs Legion.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege is a title that can be called the way of the e-sports empire. In tests with Vulcan, 210fps was obtained at full HD and the highest image quality, and the minimum fps was 179fps, so this is one of those titles that can fully describe the 144Hz panel specs.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in full HD at 58fps at the highest quality. That’s 63fps at high+ with one reduced image quality, and 67fps at high settings with another reduced image quality. There are no issues with the highest image quality in the playback itself, but high+ and high settings are recommended for smoother images.
Watch Dogs Legion is also a relatively heavy title. Full HD, 50fps at highest image quality, slightly below the 60fps target. However, since DLSS can be used with Watch Dogs Legion, if made high-performance, it has increased to 69 fps. If you want to enjoy real-time ray tracing (RT), you can get 71fps with RT as Medium, image quality as Medium, and DLSS as high performance, so feel free to refer to it.
I want to keep down the initial investment, but I don’t want to compromise on performance and design. GF65 Thin 10U is the recommended model for such users
“GF65 Thin 10U” has the highest image quality of e-sports titles at over 144fps, heavyweight titles with mid to high-quality settings above 60fps, and price settings that can be obtained from the low range of USD 1000 depending on the model type. This is a very ambitious gaming laptop that fills a sleek design with just one blend.
Of course, you should consider bundling up a CPU that’s one generation older to keep costs down, but the newer GPUs are more important in gaming. I would like to consider the increase in cost and performance balance with this upgrade.
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