MSI GS63 Stealth laptop flies under the radar with a GTX 1050

The last time we talked about MSI's GS63 Stealth series laptops was all the way back at Computex 2016. At the time, GS63 machines were characterized by Skylake mobile Core i7 processors and graphics options up to a GeForce GTX 970M. The manufacturer that puts dragon logos on all its products now has a version of the GS63 Stealth laptop with seventh-generation Core i7 CPUs and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics.

MSI blessed the new GS63 Stealth with CPUs up to an Intel Core i7-7700HQ. The processor is fed instructions and data by as much as 32 GB of 2400 MT/s DDR4 memory. The pixels in the 15.6" 1920×1080 screen get marching orders from an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 card that lords over 2 GB of its own GDDR5 memory. There's an option for a 120 Hz HDR display of the same resolution, too. The keyboard was developed in conjunction with SteelSeries and features 2017's number one PC trend, RGB LED lighting.

The collection of inputs and outputs spread across both sides of the chassis is highlighted by a Thunderbolt 3 port and includes a Gigabit Ethernet jack, multiple USB ports, and HDMI and mini-DisplayPort outputs. The Thunderbolt 3 connector can carry a 4K video signal at 60 Hz or be used to supply up to 3A at 5V for charging a thirsty phone or a tablet. Networking comes courtesy of a Killer Doubleshot Pro combo adapter that offers wired Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1. The machine measures 15" wide, 9.8" deep, and 0.69" thick (38 cm x 25 cm x 1.8 cm) and weighs in at 4 lbs (1.8 kg). Some of that weight comes from a three-cell 65 Wh battery.

The MSI GS63 Stealth with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, 16 GB of 2400 MT/s DDR4 memory, a 1920×1080 IPS display, and a storage setup with a 128 GB NVMe SSD and a 1 TB hard drive is available now from Amazon for $1277 or from Newegg for $1299. Both retailers also have other similar configurations with different storage options. MSI backs the machines with a two-year warranty.

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    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    If this is like the other models that start GS63 (like the GS63VR with a GTX 1060) then it’s not user-serviceable at all. The back of the logic board is at the bottom of the case, and you have to peel back a “warranty void” sticker just to get the bottom off. Full motherboard removal required to add RAM, M.2, or HDD. I would just as soon forget MSI exists than deal with that.

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      • ChicagoDave
      • 2 years ago

      Don’t know why you’re being downvoted, this is important info to know.

      While I don’t expect the same level of reparability/upgradability with a laptop compared to a desktop, I do think it’s fairly common for people in the demographic being targeted to upgrade their storage drives. OEMs usually put a huge tax on storage options so may buy the lowest 128gb model and then toss in a 512gb or 1tb ssd, or a multi-tb HDD.

      Thanks for the heads up derFunk

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    I had the GS60 version of this. Decent construction (sans hinge issues), but the most glaring flaw is that this “Stealth” line of gaming laptops has a BIG RED DRAGON LOGO on the lid. Which is a huge pain, as it means that I’d need separate laptops for client/business and personal use. Otherwise you could set the RGB lighting to “off” or “white,” boot into a separate user for work, and pull double duty.

    It’s really a shame that so few firms offer competitive gaming hardware to gamers who don’t want to walk around with a laptop that screams “GAMERZ.” I would pay $100 more for a muted SKU.

    I’d also be wary of buying an i7 7700HQ when the i7 8700HQ is right around the corner.

      • usernam3
      • 2 years ago

      Too easy. Get that Apple sticker and slap it over the dragon to convert the laptop into a “business machine”.

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      Is there any concrete news on when 6-core laptop chips are out?

    • Bauxite
    • 2 years ago

    The old stealths with docks were nice. The docks themselves kinda meh on case design and airflow/psu etc but the idea was grand. Nobody else has done a no-bottleneck, no thunderbolt-caveats, all cpu x16 lanes gpu dock since.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    I like these laptops a lot, we have a GS70 as part of the work fleet and it’s a great multi-role machine.

    I just wish that the looks matched up to the name. There’s nothing stealthy about a big red logo of a dragon. At least this particular model looks like the logo is a stick-on plastic badge that can be pursuaded to elope with the help of a scalpel.

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