When most think of gaming laptops large bulky devices with aggressive styling and likely some RGB LED flare setting themselves apart from the pool of monotonous portables. However, for their newest laptop being announced alongside Intel's 8th gen Core processors, MSI has gone in a completely different direction with their GS65 Stealth Thin, offering users a thin clamshell-style laptop along with an elegant black and gold design that doesn’t show its hand as to what is under the hood. The GS65 offers users a 6C/6T 8th generation Intel processor and up to a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU driving its 15.6” 144 Hz panel – all inside of a 4.14 lbs. 0.69-inch thin and stylish package.

MSI’s gaming lineup is distinctive from their other offerings with a black and red theme and the typical ‘bling’ we are used to seeing. The GS65 tones it down quite a bit and gives users a sleek black base color along with gold trim around the frame. The MSI gaming dragon on the lid is also adorned with the gold color. About the only design queues on the outside telling us it is a fit for purpose device may be the vents located on the side and back. The Steel Series keyboard is RGB backlit controlled by their software. Outside of that, it just gives the appearance of a premium ultra-thin portable. The result is a sleek and portable 15-inch laptop that fits within a 14-inch device’s footprint.

Just because it looks like something fit more for a boardroom than a game room, doesn’t mean it's lacking under that exterior. The GS65 uses the 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750 6C/12T CPU with speeds boosting to 4.1 GHz. There are two video card options – either a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5, or GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5, both using the Max-Q technology from NVIDIA. The GPUs drive a 15.6” FHD (1920x1080) TN panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate, 7ms GTG, and 72% NTSC color gamut coverage – the only panel option. System memory ranges from 16 GB DDR4-2400 up to 32 GB with all options in a dual-channel configuration.

For storage and connectivity, the GS65 only offers SSD storage and forgoes any platter based options. SSD options include both SATA and PCIe NVMe based devices ranging from 256 GB to 512GB. There is also a 1TB RAID0 option as well for those who would like ultra-fast storage. On the connectivity side of things, the GS65 includes three USB 3.1 Type-A ports, Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port, HDMI (2.0) and mini-DisplayPort (1.2) along with a mic/headphone combo jack.

Networking functionality on the wired side is handled by the Killer e2500 Gigabit LAN while there is a choice on the wireless side. Users have a choice between the latest Intel 9560 solution supporting 802.11ac 2x2 with speeds up to 1.73 Gbps or a Killer N1550 combo offering the same 802.11ac 2x2 with Wi-Fi speeds also breaking the Gigabit barrier at 1.73 Gbps. All devices support Bluetooth 5.0.

The GS65 Stealth Thin Gaming Laptop starts at $1799 with availability expected later this year.

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin (037/050/051/053/054/068) 
Type Gaming Laptop
Processors i7-8750H (6C / 12T - 4.1 GHz Turbo)
Maximum Memory 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 2400
Network Connectivity Killer Networks e2500 GbE
Killer 1550 802.11ac Dual Band 2x2 Up to 1.73 Gbps, Bluetooth 5.0
Intel 9560 802.11ac Dual Band 2x2 Up to 1.73 Gbps, Bluetooth 5.0
Internal Storage SSD 256 GB SATA M.2
256 GB -512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 (Up to 2 in RAID0)
HDD N/A
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 8GB GDDR5 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 Max-Q
Expansion Slots SD Card reader
Display 15.6" FHD (1920x1080) TN panel, 140 Hz, 7ms GTG, 72% NTSC
Ports and Connectors 3 x USB 3.1 (Type-A)
1 x Thunderbolt 3 (Type-C)
1 x HDMI (2.0)
1 x mini-DisplayPort (1.2)
1 x headphone/SPDIF (ESS Sabre HiFi)
1 x Microphone
Input Device Steelseries RGB Gaming Keyboard
Camera FHD @ 30 FPS
Power 82Wh 4-Cell Lithium Ion Polymer
180W Slim AC Adapter
Dimensions
(H x W x D) 
14.08" x 9.75" x 0.69"
Weight 4.14 lbs
Price (Starting) $1799

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  • HStewart - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - link

    To me this looks - quite nice - faster GPU and 2 more cores than 8805G in the Dell XPS 15 2in1 - but also looks a lot thicker but there is nothing like 4K screen on the XPS's. Also has only a single Thunderbolt 3 - I would rather it have 2 Thunderbolt 3's To me the need for USB 3.x type A are going away - with a nice hub - who cares. Reply
  • Zanor - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - link

    I'm still mad the got rid of the numpad. I guess I'll be waiting for the Ampere models in a million years. Reply
  • etamin - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - link

    Of course they had to ruin the clean "stealth" design with that atrocious dragon on a shield logo. Why not just print MSI on it? Gigabyte Aero 15X did it right. Reply
  • mobutu - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - link

    was happy until TN. crap Reply
  • DanNeely - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - link

    yeah, someone made a 1080p 144hz 15.6" TN, virtually all of the current generation of gaming laptops are including it. The only question is if they offer either a cheaper 1080p IPS or more expensive 1440p/4k IPS option at 60hz too. Reply
  • HStewart - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - link

    I believe a 4K option will increase the cost by about $400 or so and also used more battery. But I believe with such a device it almost a must have. But my reasons for it in XPS 15 2in1 is because of high end graphics and not directly for gaming. Reply
  • Spunjji - Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - link

    I thought most of them were using the 1080p 144hz 3/5ms IPS panels? This TN one is a bit of an outlier. Reply
  • husmen - Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - link

    I was surprised to see that, because some other media outlets reported it as being an IPS panel, Reply
  • Sorenson - Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - link

    I believe they are mistaken, most outlets sight it as an IPS Panel - which would make more sense with its color reproduction Reply
  • Sorenson - Thursday, April 12, 2018 - link

    this is directly from MSI's website "15.6" FHD (1920x1080), 144Hz, 7ms, IPS-Level" Reply

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