MSI GS65 vs Gigabyte Aero 15x or similar

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Chankills, May 6, 2018.

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  1. Chankills

    Chankills Notebook Enthusiast

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    1) What is your budget?

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    United Stations

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    No preference
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Datascience working, daily driver for school work, occasional gaming

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Needs to be very portable will be taking it everywhere I will be going

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    Generic AAA and things like league of legends

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    5-7 hrs

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    Online is fine

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read.
    1920 x 1080

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
    doesnt matter

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Would prefer something that doesn't look too gamy

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    Within the next month, need to get it by the 24th of May

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    At least 2 years

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    Minimum 256gb ssd

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?

    Additional Questions
    Suggested seller I should purchase either laptop from? I saw that I should probably get a cooling solution for either laptop done but I'm open to suggestions.

    Is a 1060 good enough for most games? I don't know if I can afford the upgrade to a 1070

    The Aero 15x seems to be better in terms of battery life and maybe build quality but the stealth is 200 cheaper for about the same components so I wanted to get some opinions on it.
  2. Danishblunt

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    a GTX 1060 is sufficient for all games on high - ultra settings @ 1080p.

    the GS 65 is an excellent notebook, would reocmmend it over the gigabyte, due to the gigabyte having terrible support. I don't know much abnout the notebook itself, but readiing so many stories about their absolute terrible support is a huge turn off. ALso the GS 65 is actually one of the best notebooks out there.
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  3. nyichiban

    nyichiban Notebook Consultant

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    I have the MSI GS63VR and wanted to upgrade and looking towards the Gigabyte 15X myself. Reasons for it are:

    1. Warranty for 2 years global coverage. Their warranty is great, covers 1 year more than MSI and also it's global coverage. Took a trip to Taiwan, yes they are headquartered there, and a part broke. Contacted them and they had me take it to a local repair shop they designated and got it repaired for me free of charge. Very nice.
    2. Upgrading the parts is much easier on the gigabyte when compared to the MSI. I had a tough time upgrading the nvme on my GS63VR because of all the screws I had to take out and removing everything then flipping the motherboard over. I think I'll go the easier upgrade path.
    3. Longer battery life on the Gigabyte.

    They are both good but I think those are my reasons for getting the Aero 15X over the GS65
  4. Alatar

    Alatar Notebook Guru

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    I have a GS65 and like it pretty well. The stuff in the above post is true - the 15X definitely has some upsides. That said, the keyboard on the GS65 is great. I kept hearing that the keyboard on the 15X often requires extra force on some keys to get them to register. I've had issues with that sort of thing in the past with laptops and find it very annoying. On the other hand, the GS65 has audible creaking from the wrist wrest area while using it for typing. The whole case has quite a bit of flex to it. It's not enough to do any damage, but it's definitely there. I hear the 15X is a bit better about that, but it will still have some flex since it's a thin notebook.

    I can tell you that doing browsing/typing, my GS65 battery lasts 6-8 hours. That's plenty for what I use it for. Also, even in a fairly hot car in sunlight, I was able to game with the GPU only getting to 78c. That's pretty solid. I just ordered a second one, this time from HIDEvolution to get a liquid metal repaste and some thermal pads. I'd recommend getting that done regardless of which one you go with since these thin laptops will throttle the CPU due to temperature on stock paste in more demanding games even with a fairly aggressive undervolt. I'm hoping that the upgraded thermals will keep it out of the throttling range.

    The 1060 is enough for all games at 1080p, though you will have to turn a couple settings down if you want consistent 60+ fps in a few of them. The 1070 max-q will obviously perform a bit better if you can fit it into your budget. While I do recommend buying from HIDEvolution to get a good repaste done, I'd probably say that getting the version with the 1070 max-q from them would exceed your budget (you'd be somewhere in the $2300 range). The GS65 with the 1070 max-q I got from Best Buy came in right at $2k including tax.
  5. bl00dcat

    bl00dcat Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi ! what did you choose in the end and why ? thx !
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