MSI Gaming GL65 Leopard Intel 9th Gen i7/Nvidia GTX 1660Ti review


MSI Gaming GL65 Leopard, Intel 9th Gen. i7-9750H, 15.6″ FHD Gaming Laptop (16GB/512GB NVMe SSD/Windows 10 Home/Nvidia GTX 1660Ti/ Black/2.3Kg) : Gamer’s delight!


MSI Gaming GL65 Leopard, Intel 9th Gen. i7-9750H, 15.6" FHD Gaming Laptop (16GB/512GB NVMe SSD/Windows 10 Home/Nvidia GTX 1660Ti/ Black/2.3Kg) 9SDK-474IN | Best laptop under 1 lakh in India
Best laptop under 1 lakh in India | MSI Gaming GL65 Leopard, Intel 9th Gen. i7-9750H

Now we have the MSI’s GL65 Leopard with the 9th gen i7 9750H and the NVIDIA GeForce 1660Ti. This is a laptop designed, keeping the gamers taste in mind. From 1660Ti to the brilliant RGB and a well-built keyboard, you get it all. Let’s have a look at the various components.

Build quality and ports

This laptop has this nice gold trim all on the outside edge and the logo and the trackpad, and while it looks nice. On the left side, you have this fantastic looking exhaust vent. There is an ethernet port two USB-A ports and then here’s something that’s unique to the MSI g65 laptop you’ve got the headphone and microphone jack, and the reason for that is because MSI includes a dedicated DAC for your headphones.

Moving to the right side, you’ve got another USB type-A, USB type-c/mini DisplayPort, and HDMI out, which supports 4k at 60 Hertz, and then you’ve got an AC adapter port. On the bottom, you’ve got these rubber pads, which provide a ton of grip. The build is plastic, but it’s a great build.

RAM and Storage

This notebook comes preinstalled with 16GB DDR4 RAM expandable up to 64GB which is excellent. MSI have provided 512GB NVMe SSD which works fast but that is all you get for storage. You can install another HDD or SATA SSD to expand the storage.

Keyboard and trackpad

This keyboard has individually addressable RGB lights, and it’s bright it’s vibrant, but it’s a little bit sloppy because there’s a lot of bleep from underneath the keys. It’s not as clean as, let’s say, on my razor blade 15 or on the Logitech keyboard that I own but still pretty good nonetheless.

The moment I started typing, I will admit this became my favorite keyboard on any gaming laptop I’ve used in my entire life, better than the gigabyte arrow 15, better than the Razor Blade 15, better than the Dell XPS. Keys take a fair amount of force to push. Because it takes a little bit more effort to press a key down, that means fewer mistakes on my part plus, the keys are a little bit bigger, meaning that it’s easier to move from a desktop keyboard to this one. On top of that, it has good feedback, and yeah, it just feels perfect on the fingers highly recommend it.

The trackpad on this laptop feels great it’s made out of glass, and it handles one finger functions to four-finger functions well. The problem is that the length and width of it are very odd, and then because it’s not centered, that causes issues as well. For starters, if you’re using the two-finger scroll because the width of it is very short, you find yourself running out of space very quickly.

CPU and GPU performance

Here’s what this laptop’s performance looks like. Instead of bench 20, this thing beat out the previous generations i7 8750h and the i7 7700 K by a tiny margin with a score of 2531 in Geek bench.

In terms of games, these are the FPS we got at Ultra settings.

Battlefield V – 93 FPS

Overwatch – 122 FPS

Apex legends – 70 FPS

In the cooling department, this laptop does not do a great job of keeping itself cool. This laptop can spike up to mid-80s to 90 degrees Celsius on the CPU, even with moderately demanding tasks. Even a not super resource-intensive game like overwatch causes the CPU to spike to 100 degrees. So, it would be best if you kept this in mind before choosing this one. You can also overclock the CPU to 4 gigahertz with the pre-installed MSI app. Overall the performance is superb, but the heating issue may bother you.

Display

In terms of the screen, it’s got a 144 Hertz IPS panel, which means your games are going to look buttery smooth. It’s color accurate. It covers 90% of the SRGB scale, 76% of the Adobe RGB, and 71% of the NTSC scale, which means good news for creators. It’s a brilliant display for both video editing and gaming

Speakers

Speakers are located on the bottom. There is not much bass due to down-firing speakers, but it gets deafening as nobody asked for this thing to be this loud. What is impressive is that it almost doesn’t distort at 100% volume. In short, you will be impressed with the audio quality, and won’t need the external speakers.

Battery 

battery life the battery life on this thing is excellent no matter what you do. So, at stock settings, I found myself getting about three and a half to four hours of the battery without touching anything. This is where MSI’s app comes into play. If you open it up, and then you go to the battery section, it has many presets, and there’s one preset called meeting mode. Once you enable the meeting mode, it down clocks to CPU cores down to about 1.2 gigahertz, which is almost a quarter of the performance that your laptop should be getting, increasing the battery life upto 6 hours

Why should you choose this laptop?

You can choose this laptop if you are performance-centric and do not care much about little overheating. Select the laptop if you frequently edit videos or play heavy gaming titles or want a superb keyboard and trackpad.

You should not get this laptop if you want to play heavy games and still get great battery life. We can solve this by keeping the laptop plugged in a while playing the games. In totality, I would recommend this laptop any day.

Pros
  • Superb performance/Gamers will love it
  • Fun to use keyboard and touchpad
  • Color accurate display
  • Great build quality
  • Comes with 16GB RAM
Cons
  • Overheats at times
  • Keyboard app lags
  • Less storage for a gaming laptop
Best laptop under 1 lakh in India | MSI Gaming GL65 Leopard, Intel 9th Gen. i7-9750H