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MSI Stealth Thin GS65 8RF Derek Sullivan Rating: 4 out of 5

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin review (Core i7-8750H, GTX 1070 Max-Q)

4 Comments

  1. sevdalin

    June 5, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Can you please point to an article how the undervolting is done?
    Also what are the side effects for the health of the CPU by doing this, and why isn't manufactured that way if the laptops are working so much better? Thanks!

    • Derek Sullivan

      June 5, 2018 at 5:40 pm

      Doug does a great job explining undervolting here: https://www.ultrabookreview.com/10167-laptop-undervolting-overcloking/

      Also, there's no side effects, if it's done correctly. If you go too far, you get a blue screen followed by a reboot, so the key is tuning it properly. All processors are different, so the threshold of how far you can tune it will vary. If we relied on Intel to do this for us, the processors would probably be $70-100 more expensive because it's a time consuming process. Intel picks a voltage that works for all processors an leaves it at that. The side effect of them doing that is a little added heat, which they are willing to live with because 100% of their CPUs will work out of the box. If they tuned their CPUs to the lower limit, they risk messing up on one and it crashing, which is unacceptable from their point of view. In other words, they are taking the path of least resistance because 95% of customers probably don't care about having their CPU tuned properly.

  2. sevdalin

    June 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    I also forgot to ask, do you think that is worth of getting the 1070 GPU if the laptop will not be used for heavy gaming 95% of the time when is used?
    And is the battery life be improved if you have the 1060 GPU over the 1070?

    • Derek Sullivan

      June 5, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      If you don't play games 95% of the time, go with the 1060 for sure. Imho, it's not worth the price difference for the 1070 bump unless you need it daily.

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