Black Friday sales have not yet fully reached their climax, but we have seen a lot of things. One such decent deal is the MSI GF65 Thin 10UE-213 gaming laptop, which is available at Best Buy for $849.99. For this, you can use the elusive RTX 3060 GPU, Intel Core i5 10500 processor and a 144Hz, 1080p panel.
I am very familiar with the chassis and model of this laptop, because I reviewed its RTX 2060 version in 2020, and you can find it in my MSI GF65 Thin 9SEXR reviewHowever, some key specifications of this 10UE model have changed and become better.
First, the Nvidia RTX 2060 has been replaced by the newer and more powerful Nvidia RTX 3060 mobile GPU. This means all the advantages of the Ampere architecture; the new RT core; and the complete RTX suite, including DLSS. This may also be a great boon for the performance of this laptop, because DLSS can indeed help you increase the frame rate in compatible games.
This model is also equipped with a 144Hz 1080p screen, which should allow you to take full advantage of all the features of this GPU in the latest games.
As for the CPU, we are talking about Intel’s 10th generation Core architecture, especially the Core i5 10500H. There are more latest 11th-generation chips, even 12th-generation chips on desktops, but this is still a six-core processor with a delicious 4.5GHz boost clock, and together with the RTX 3060 GPU, it can meet our gaming needs.
I admit that this is connected to an 8GB DDR4-3200 memory, which may be the most problematic part of this laptop.
The storage space of the MSI GF65 Thin 10UE-213 is actually double the laptop I saw in 2020, from 256GB to 512GB. Now, for modern games, this is still not an amazing amount of storage, but there is a glimmer of hope for SSD and memory.
This laptop is easy to upgrade, which makes adding more RAM or another M.2 SSD a breeze. The chassis is quite spacious, so you don’t have to worry too much about the cumbersome parts flying around, nevertheless, please try carefully. There is actually a spare M.2 slot out of the box, so you can easily transfer your operating system or files to another drive if you make changes, or just double it.
This is the problem with this gaming laptop, and why I want to emphasize this discovery at Best Buy. This is a good starting point and is flexible enough for smart upgrades. This means that if your budget is a bit tight and can only extend here, you can click to buy now and upgrade one piece at a time when you have the ability.
In the end, you will have a truly respectable gaming laptop equipped with some of the latest chips. Not bad, in my book.