MSI GS75 Stealth
Meta-review: Editors praise the GS75’s sleek design, excellent performance, and decent battery life, but are less impressed by the maintenance options and chassis rigidity.
MSI GS75 Stealth Prices
|Price history for MSI GS75 Stealth-249 17.3" Gaming Laptop, 144Hz Display, Thin Bezel, Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX2060, 32GB, 512GB NVMe SSD, Thunderbolt 3|
The GS series is MSI’s premium thin-and-light gaming laptop lineup, and the GS75 Stealth Thin is essentially a 17-inch version of the GS65 Stealth Thin. For a 17.3″ model, it’s very lightweight and thin, at 4.96 lbs/2.25 kg and 0.75 in/18.95 mm, respectively. Only upper mid-range or high-end graphics cards from Nvidia are used in combination with a 6-core Intel CPU.
MSI GS75 Stealth Thin Configurations
Like with most models, MSI offers three different base configurations of the GS75 Stealth in 2019: 9SE, 9SF, and 9SG. All three are mostly identical except for what graphics card is included. The 9SE ships with a GeForce RTX 2060 (and a smaller 180W adapter), while the 9SF/9SG comes with an RTX 2070 Max-Q/RTX 2080 Max-Q (and a larger 230W AC adapter).
Additionally, the 9SX models are very similar to the preceding 8SX models, but MSI has upgraded the CPU from the 6-core Intel Core i7-8750H to the 9th-generation Intel Core i7-9750H, which is slightly faster. There is just one display alternative with the GS75 Thin – an “IPS-level” 144Hz 1080p display.
Most configurations of the GS75 Stealth in 2019 ship with 32 GB of RAM, but users can upgrade it to 64 GB (two slots). Similarly, most models come with either 512 GB or 1 TB of storage, but the GS75 has three M.2 slots in total, out of which two are PCIe/NVMe compatible and the third one only supports SATA (M.2) SSDs. The battery offers the same capacity (82 Wh) as the smaller 15-inch model.
What gaming performance you can expect depends entirely on your choice of GPU. The GS75 is available with a choice of mid-range or high-end GeForce graphics cards from Nvidia, including the RTX 2080 Max-Q, RTX 2070 Max-Q, RTX 2060, or the GTX 1660 Ti. Note that the Max-Q Design versions (2070/2080), do not offer similar performance as the corresponding desktop GPUs, due to power optimizations (lower clocks).
The above scores are averages of a range of benchmark runs (user-submitted and/or professional) on representative systems. Exact scores will vary between systems and individual runs.
As a result, the performance difference when moving from the RTX 2060 to the RTX 2070 Max-Q is not as substantial as between the desktop (or non-Max-Q laptop) cards.
Like most of MSI’s gaming laptops, the GS75 Stealth Thin is equipped with a keyboard by SteelSeries. In this case, the keyboard comes with individually customizable RGB-backlit keys.
At the time of writing, only reviews of the 8SX models with the Core-i7 8750H processor (up to 4.1 GHz) were available. The difference in the 9SX models is the use of the newer but similar Core i7-9750H (up to 4.5 GHz). Its impact on actual gaming performance should be minor.
Notebookcheck (Core i7-8750HK + RTX 2080 Max-Q)
With the GS75 8SG Stealth, MSI released a mostly successful gaming laptop with slim bezels.
Video review, GenTechPC (Core i7-8750HK + RTX 2070 Max-Q)
- Excellent performance
- Acceptable battery life
- Very thin design
- Chassis is somewhat flexible
- Lacks maintenance options
Specification: MSI GS75 Stealth