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Are you a serious gamer who wants to game on a budget? Then the MSI GF63 Thin 9RCX -615 is a pretty good model to consider. Under $900, this is one of the most well-spec’d laptops out there for gamers. It is a good fit for both entry-level and mid-range gamers.
This is not to say that hardcore gamers won’t be able to use this machine. If you love playing online MOBA games, then this gaming laptop can give you a solid experience. The main focus of this laptop is to bring gaming to those who can’t afford high-end laptops that cost you an arm or leg. So, is this MSI laptop worth the money? Let’s find that out in the full review below.
Being a gaming laptop, one would expect a bulky laptop. Luckily, that’s not the case with this MSI GF63 Thin 9RCX -615 model. The laptop is 0.85″ thin and weighs at 4.10lbs faring better than many gaming laptops in terms of portability. The black and red (sparingly) color scheme also is a nice touch and fits a gamer’s profile nicely.
The cooling system of this gaming machine is also quite good. The fans are not that loud and are 10% quieter when compared with other laptops. Even when you’re playing your heart out, you can still feel that the laptop runs cooler than many other models out there.
The brushed aluminum look gives this laptop a premium feel and definitely makes it one of the best-designed ones at the moment. Overall, we are very happy with the design and for the price you pay, this is a well-rounded laptop that comes with durability as well as style.
The display we have on this MSI GF63 Thin 9RCX -615 is 15.6″ one that comes with full HD resolution. This is an IPS panel that comes with a 60Hz refresh rate and is one of the best gaming displays you can find in this budget range.
The resolution of this display comes in handy when it comes to displaying images with excellent clarity. The picture quality is quite nice and motion blur is limited to a minimum when you are gaming. This display certainly not as good as the ones with a 144 Hz refresh rate but for the price, you will be very satisfied when it comes to gaming.
Apart from gaming, the display is also suitable for media consumption and other everyday activities. The display is not that bright, but you still can have some serious fun when binge-watching your favorite series on Netflix or prime video.
Since we are talking about the multimedia experience, we might as well mention the audio on this laptop. The audio output of this laptop is good as it can get quite loud and doesn’t have much of distortion even at the highest volumes. You can easily throw a party with a few close people and can fill a small room with ease.
Keyboard and Trackpad
The keyboard we have here is a pretty good one even though it doesn’t come with a dedicated number pad. The layout of the keys is neat and you can have a good time typing on this laptop. As far as gaming is concerned, you will not have any issues with the keys on the keyboard.
The keyboard is backlit so you can play even in the darkest of environments without any issues. But you don’t get the same amount of customization that you find in higher-end models. The keyboard is lit with a single color and you don’t have multiple zones to play with.
The trackpad on this device is quite good. It provides a smooth surface that does a fantastic job when it comes to capturing your responses. But if you’re serious about gaming, we recommend getting a gaming mouse which will give you a much better overall experience.
The processor that is in charge here is an Intel Core i5 processor. This is a quad|core processor that belongs to the 9th generation of Intel chips. We have a base clock speed of 2.4GHz and a maximum clock speed of 4.1GHz which is a lot of power.
In the presence of an Intel i5 processor is definitely an advantage as most gamers don’t need the proficiency of an i7 ship. using this processor could also mean you could get a much better battery life as it is not that taxing on the battery.
When it comes to real-life performance, this processor blows everything out of water. The processor scores an average CPU mark benchmark score of 8053 which is quite good. If you’re looking for a serious processor, this is the best you can find within this price range.
The memory department on this laptop is flush with eight gigs of DDR4 memory. This is a high-speed memory that comes with a clock speed of 2666MHz. This memory is fantastic for multitasking and also plays a critical part when it comes to playing your favorite games.
The storage department on this laptop comes with 512 GB of NVMe SSD storage. This storage is very fast and it does well when it comes to handling your applications daily. This storage can load your operating system in a few seconds reducing your waiting time to the absolute minimum.
Even heavy games launch quicker with this SSD in place. The amount of storage you get is also quite generous considering the price of the laptop. This SSD may not even compete with the likes of the ones you find on Apple laptops, but they are quite fast and our N times better than traditional mechanical hard drives.
The graphics card we have on this MSI GF63 Thin 9RCX -615 is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 TI graphics card. This is a mainstream graphics card that is based on the Pascal architecture and is processed into the 14nm process. you can mainly find this graphics card an upper mid-range gaming devices like this one here.
The performance of this graphics card total depends on the cooling and since we have good cooling, you can be satisfied with what it can do. Under ideal conditions, this graphics card can run pretty much any game you want in the mid-range and upper mid-range category.
You might also be able to run certain high-end games if you are willing to meddle with the settings here and there. Some of the games that ran fine on this laptop or Escape from Tarkov, Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, Need for Speed Heat, grade 2019, FIFA 20, and many other titles.
You don’t usually buy gaming laptops for battery life. This MSI GF63 Thin 9RCX -615 here does pretty well in the battery life department as it can last for about seven hours with simple usage and light gaming. Mid-range gaming and above can bring this number down drastically which is why we always recommend gamers to keep their laptops plugged in during a gaming marathon.
There are quite a few options when it comes to connectivity on this laptop. You get a couple of USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a USB Type-C port, an HDMI port, an ethernet port, and an audio jack.
The ports are essential ones and most of you will use them every single day. The presence of an SD card reader would have made this laptop better in terms of connectivity. The ethernet connection is definitely a blessing for those who still rely on wired internet connectivity. It is also handy for getting high-speed internet access.
The laptop also comes with a built-in Wi-Fi adapter. The 802.11ac Wi-Fi is quite good when it comes to internet speeds and you don’t have to have wires running around your laptop. You also get built-in Bluetooth which is handy when it comes to connecting with external devices.
MSI GF63 Thin 9RCX -615 Review – Summary
The MSI GF63 Thin 9RCX -615 is an excellent choice for people on a budget who want to play some serious games. This laptop from the house of MSI brings excellent specs together that is backed by a solid software experience. You will be able to play pretty much any game you want if you are willing to make a little bit of compromise. Overall, this is a laptop that should be on your shortlist if you are a game on a budget.