A compact size with 1.8 kg on the scale for a cheap gaming PC, can you believe it? This is what the MSI GF65 10SDR-1269XFR offers. This 15-inch gaming PC contains a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Turing allowing to launch all AAA titles, but also a 10th generation Core i5 Quad Core supported by a large amount of RAM (16 GB) and by a good capacity SSD storage for system responsiveness. Rugged and featuring a slim and light design, the metal chassis updates a 144Hz matte Full HD IPS borderless display to stay one step ahead in gaming. On the other hand, the connection is correct, the keyboard backlit in red and the battery life is not ridiculous. On the other hand, the ventilation is constantly heard, the numeric keypad is absent and the case could be more robust.
Features of the MSI GF65 10SDR-1269XFR
|Screen (s)||15.6 “Full HD LED IPS 144Hz thin edges (1920×1080, anti-glare / matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-10300H Comet Lake (2.5 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz, 2 slots|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Turing GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel UHD 630 and NVIDIA Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD 1 free M.2 port|
|Connectivity||2 USB 3.2 (Gen1) 2 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax, Bluetooth 5.1, Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes, red|
|Audio system||2 speakers (2 x 2W) Nahimic 3 Audio Boost|
|battery life announced / Battery||7 hours / Li-Polymer 3 cells 51Whr|
|Dimensions (mm) / Weight||359 x 254 x 21.7 / 1.86 Kg|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the MSI GF65 10SDR-1269XFR
Visually, the MSI GF65 10SDR-1269XFR takes in all points the design of the MSI GF63, its predecessor. Indeed, he chose a minimalist design with smooth and flat surfaces, in particular on the back of the lid covered with an aluminum plate with brushed effect. On the contrary, the plastic interior is designed with slight angles and inclinations for a slightly more elegant result. The finishes are neat and the design remains sober enough for those who want to take the PC in a professional environment.
Good point, the PC benefits from a small size ( 1.8 kg for 21 mm thickness), positioning it as the most compact in its category for equivalent value and configuration. The keyboard is backlit in red on one area and on three intensity levels to heal the gamer identity but that does not really help visibility in a dark room.
When the cover is opened, we discover a 15.6-inch screen that directly supports the gaming experience. And for good reason, it sports high-end specifications: IPS panel with a refresh rate of 144 Hz . Intensive gamers will certainly appreciate the additional 24 frames per second compared to the more widely crossed 120 Hz. Especially since the viewing angles are excellent thanks to the IPS panel which, it should be noted, is generally not noticed for its liveliness. Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) is the most suitable for gamers and allows you to get the most out of your High Definition content while the matte processing prevents ambient light from being reflected on the screen, improving playing comfort (especially in dark actions).
Next, let’s take a look at the connection which does not include an SD card reader, too bad. But the essential is there otherwise, gathered on the right side of the PC. There are two USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, two USB Type-C Gen1 ports , a Gigabit Ethernet port, an HDMI output, a combined headphone / microphone jack and a power jack. The wireless modules have been updated with Wifi AX and Bluetooth 5.1.
Performance, battery life of the MSI GF65 10SDR-1269XFR
Gifted for gaming, the Turing GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card takes the PC to a high end. If the latter only supports Ray-Tracing in small proportions unlike its big sister RTX 2060, the GTX 1660 Ti follows the latter in most performance scenarios. In fact, it is particularly able to compete with intensive players and ensure optimal frequencies in 1080p High on all AAA games with a total FPS that exceeds 60. The support for creatives is also valuable with its 6 Go VRAM GDDR6 .
Opposite, the PC is based on a 10th generation Comet Lake-H processor. This is a Core i5-10300H Quad Core offering around 10% more performance compared to the Core i5-9300H Coffee Lake from last year. Overall, this translates into a complete management of the versatile use composed of video editing, 3D rendering, programming or light parallelization, but in more occasional than professional proportions.
The 16 GB RAM on the front provides all the amplitude you need to surf and play comfortably, and this for a few years to come.
Storage is another strength in this PC since it is entrusted to a 512 GB NVMe PCIe SSD which will significantly enhance the overall responsiveness of the system on a daily basis. Overall quieter, more robust and more energy efficient than a mechanical disk, it allows Windows to achieve a remarkable level of fluidity with short load times and a performance without latencies. What is more, its capacity is nothing short of ridiculous and can accommodate a good part of your game library even if some will not find it sufficient.
Note also that this PC is supplied with FreeDos, a utility that does not allow optimal use of all its capabilities. It will therefore be necessary to install a complete operating system such as Linux or Windows to take advantage of a perfectly functional environment.
A final word about the battery with a fairly good capacity (51 Whr). This should allow an battery life of about 5 hours in Internet browsing via Wifi. It is average.