MSI GP65 Leopard 10SDK-049 is a top laptop for gaming that comes in a sturdy design. It is equipped with powerful Intel Core i7, GTX 1660 Ti, 120Hz display, and many else. And it is affordable enough.
The GP65 Leopard is delivered with a 10th generation Intel Core i7-10750H processor that has six cores, twelve threads, the base frequency of 2.60 GHz, max frequency of 5.00 GHz, 12 MB SmartCache, an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 and a line of advanced techs.
This high-end processor that only designed for big laptops with a good cooling system. It is able to run demanding applications easily and smoothly, including graphics design apps and light gaming.
MSI pairs this CPU with a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti that has a dedicated 6 GB GDDR6 VRAM. Since the integrated GPU is not strong enough for playing demanding games, then GTX 1660 Ti ensures the Leopard able to run the demanding games smoothly.
The system memory inside is a 16GB DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM. It comes in two channels, each consist of an 8GB module. This amount is enough to keep both CPU and GPU still run in high-performance. Meanwhile, the storage space is a 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD. This selection is great since SSD has fast and reliable performance.
The 15.6-inch has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The aspect ratio is 16:9. This Full HD screen displays smooth motion on-screen and gives more immersive experience, thanks to its 120 Hz refresh rate. The images and colors are sharp and clear even when looked from extreme angles due to the IPS tech that offers wide viewing angles. This panel also features LED-backlit.
The interface options are plenty and various. Start from the left side, you can find RJ-45 LAN port, HDMI port, Mini DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, headphone output jack and microphone input jack. Meanwhile, on the right side sits two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports and SDCard reader slot.
Through the HDMI port and Mini DisplayPort, you can add two external displays. The HDMI port itself supports 4K @ 30Hz.
As for network connectivity, MSI Leopard uses Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201(2×2 ax), and Bluetooth 5.1.
The keyboard looks so lively since it is equipped with RBG backlight per key. It has chiclet-size keys and decent distance between keys. The numeric-pad also comes on the right side with smaller keys.
The touchpad is located a bit left below the keyboard. It has enough width to scroll and two buttons at the bottom.
The HD web camera is at the usual place, at the screen’s top bezel, while the stereo speakers are at the bottom of the body. Along with Hi-Resolution Audio and Nahimic, the speakers produce great sound quality and 3D surround sound.
The power source is a 6-cell 51 Wh Lithium-ion battery. No further information about battery life. However, with the powerful engine, it cannot be denied that this laptop is a power-hungry device.
The GP65 Leopard is a bit thick and a bit heavy. The size is 14.08 x 9.76 x 1.08 inches with a weight of 5.07 lbs. However, it is still good to carry around.
MSI had well-prepared the GP65 Leopard with a strong engine, clear display, useful ports, and festive keyboard backlight. This laptop is fast and reliable for gaming as well as work, including graphics design tasks. One of the deficiencies is the lack of battery life though it does not affect directly to the overall performance.
MSI 10SDK-049 is intended for gaming, so it is better to use it as a gaming station and always near to the AC socket.
With the price of $1,199.00 when writing this article, it is a budget-friendly gaming laptop. So, those who are looking for an affordable gaming laptop, yes, this is your chance.
However, if you are looking higher specs gaming laptop, this Leopard has some variants:
MSI GP65 Leopard 10SEK-048
MSI GP65 Leopard 10SFK-047
MSI GP75 Leopard 10SFK-219
Summary of MSI GP65 Leopard 10SDK-049
|Processor||Intel Core i7-10750H/Hexa-Core/2.60GHz-5.00GHz/12MB|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM|
|Storage||512 M.2 NVMe SSD|
|Graphics Processor||Intel UHD Graphics 630
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB GDDR6 VRAM
|Display||15.6-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 120 Hz IPS LED-backlit display|
|I/O Options||3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port
1 x HDMI port
1 x Mini DisplayPort 1.2
1 x RJ-45 LAN port
1 x Headphone output jack
1 x Microphone input jack
1 x SDCard reader slot
|Networking||Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201(2×2 ax)
|Battery||6-cell 51 Wh Lithium-ion battery|
|Dimensions||14.08 x 9.76 x 1.08 inches|