Design, powerful and lightweight, the MSI P65 9SF-891FR is the perfect creative tool. His arguments are numerous for graphic designers and other nomadic creators such as his beautiful 15-inch borderless screen and his beefy technical sheet based on Hexa Core i7, SSD storage and bulk RAM and RTX 2070 Max-Q, just that. With such a package, the possibilities are multiple in the game as in the design and production of content. Added to this are amenities such as a complete connection (but without TB3), a fingerprint reader, optimized cooling and a proper autonomy. A complaint to make? Perhaps its standard frequency screen (60 Hz), poorly suited to the game or the positioning of the biometric reader.
Features of the MSI P65 9SF-891FR Creator
|Slab||15.6 ” Full HD IPS LED 72% NTSC 100% sRGB (1920×1080, anti-glare / matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-9750H Coffee Lake Refresh (2.6 GHz, 6 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 2666Mhz (32GB), 2 slots (busy)|
|Storage space||SSD M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen3 X4 1TB|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Pascal GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6 Dedicated, Intel UHD 630 and Optimus|
|Audio system||2 speakers 2W|
|webcam||HD 720p (1280×720) with microphone|
|Network||Wi-Fi ac Gigabit Ethernet|
|Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Card reader||SD / SDHC / SDXC|
|Video output (s)||HDMI 1.4 (4K support), mini DisplayPort 1.2|
|Fingerprint reader||Yes, Windows Hello support|
|USB||3 USB 3.1 1 USB Type-C (Gen1)|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Drums||Li-Polymer 4 cells 82Whr 150W|
|Autonomy announced||8 hours|
|Dimensions (mm)||358 x 247 x 17.9|
|Other||White backlit chiclet keyboard with numeric keypad, multi touch touchpad|
Chassis, connectivity, screen of the MSI P65 9SF-891FR
Hard not to approve the design of the MSI P65 9SF-891FR that echoes the MSI Prestige range. The PC gamer manufacturer clearly conceals its usual target to address fans of versatility and mobility and combines the good points. First, the format is closer to that of a big 14 inches (358 x 247 mm) with a thickness of 17.9 mm and a weight reduced to 1.88 kg . The look is sober and elegant with a uniform silver tone, matte and smooth. Small details brighten up everything like the chrome beveled contours of the lid, the graphic grid above the keyboard or the angular format of the metal case .
In this more versatile vision, MSI skips typical brand technologies such as the SteelSeries keyboard, preferring a more classic capture device with silver keys (short stroke) backlit with white . Fortunately, it still incorporates the three modes of use accessible with the Shift function (Sport, Comfort or Green) for the performance to track your use and the MatrixDisplay system that extends the display to two external screens, not to mention the optimized Cooler Boost Trinity cooling system that combines 3 fans and several dedicated heat pipes or the sound boosted by Nahimic 3.
From the point of view of connectivity, the requirements of the gamer world are met with a full range of interfaces. We find a card reader, two video outputs (HDMI 1.4, mini-DisplayPort) and four USB ports including three USB 3.1 and USB 3.1 Type-C Gen1 without support Thunderbolt 3 (it\’s hard to pass at this price). You also enjoy the latest generation of Wi-Fi 802.11 AC and Bluetooth 5.0 and Gigabit Ethernet (rarely crossed on an ultrabook). A fingerprint readerappears in the upper left corner of the touchpad as well as remote compatibility with the Microsoft Voice Assistant.
Cinema buffs and photo editors will have something to cheer about in front of the screen surrounded by 4.9 mm borders and announced with a color coverage close to 100% (sRGB). It inherits a definition Full HD (1920 x 1080 px) allowing to take advantage of the contents in High Definition and rests on a slab IPS for the immersion. In addition, the matte treatment is a good omen if you work in a very bright environment or back to a window since you will avoid reflections.
Performance, autonomy of the MSI P65 9SF-891FR
At the center of this configuration is the graphic part of the latest-generation GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q Turing Ray-Tracing (2019). This new version reserves a visible increase in power compared to GTX 10 Pascal. Thus, the RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6 installed here should approach the capabilities of a GeForce GTX 1080 in most scenarios. Expert players will be able to launch the most recent titles and greedy Ultra with 80 FPS minimum and will also enjoy a good quality of play in 4K and virtual reality for fans. Note that the Max-Q design, thought for integrated thin PCs, imposes a 10% lower average performance compared to a standard RTX 2070, enough to lose some FPS on gourmet games nothing more.
The front of the scene is also occupied mainly by storage, entrusted to a dedicated 1TB SSD (NVMe PCIe) that will blow a wind of responsiveness on the system. Overall quieter, more durable and more energy efficient than a mechanical drive, it allows Windows to achieve a remarkable level of fluidity with short loading times and latency-free operation. To avoid spoiling, its storage capacity rivals the standard 1TB hard drives and will allow you to manipulate files and heavy games and to board your entire toy library with you.
Opposite, the latest generation processor Hexa Core i7-9750H Coffee Lake Refresh is here to meet the needs of versatility. The gain over the previous generation is not necessarily significant (10% approx.) But that does not prevent it from ensuring large resources in multicore tasks. Indeed, its 6 cores (12 logical multi-threading) are valuable when you work on greedy applications type 3D modeling, parallelization, video editing … Especially since the RAM is present in quantity. With 16 GB of RAM , you enjoy a great multitasking scope, enough to see coming the next few years serenely.
But one question remains unanswered: what about autonomy? This is indeed a crucial piece of information if you consider this ultrabook for mobility. Be aware that it should take about 6 to 7 hours away from a power outlet depending on your use (brightness, program in the background, etc.)