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TUF Gaming A16
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GF65 Thin
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Advantages of the ASUS TUF Gaming A16
  • Good for general use
  • Good for gaming and AI
  • Good for software development
  • Good for content creation
  • Good overall display quality
  • Good overall build quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Good speakers
Advantages of the MSI GF65 Thin
  • The MSI GF65 Thin has no clear advantages over the ASUS TUF Gaming A16.

Key differences

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General Use

7.6
TUF Gaming A16
GF65 Thin
6.5
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
294.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
262.0 nits
12.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
4.5 Hours
7.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
7.0/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.3/10
The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 is good for general use, while the MSI GF65 Thin is only fair.

Gaming and AI

7.7
TUF Gaming A16
GF65 Thin
6.7
9.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
5.4/10
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
165Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
Yes
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
6.7/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
6.5/10
The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 is good for gaming and AI, while the MSI GF65 Thin is only fair.

Engineering and Design

7.9
TUF Gaming A16
GF65 Thin
7.0
8.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.6/10
9.5/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
5.4/10
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 and MSI GF65 Thin are both good for engineering and design, though the ASUS TUF Gaming A16 is somewhat better.

Content Creation

7.6
TUF Gaming A16
GF65 Thin
6.6
8.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.6/10
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 is good for content creation, while the MSI GF65 Thin is only fair.

Software Development

7.4
TUF Gaming A16
GF65 Thin
6.2
8.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.6/10
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
7.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 is good for software development, while the MSI GF65 Thin is only fair.

Screen Quality

7.5
TUF Gaming A16
GF65 Thin
6.8
16.0in
SIZE
15.6in
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
165Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
294.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
262.0 nits
The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 has a better screen than the MSI GF65 Thin for general use, gaming and AI, engineering and design, software development, and content creation.

Battery

12.0 Hours
TUF Gaming A16
GF65 Thin
4.5 Hours
The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 has 12 hours of battery life. The MSI GF65 Thin has 4.5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$750
TUF Gaming A16
GF65 Thin
$1,100
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The ASUS TUF Gaming A16 has a price of $750 and the MSI GF65 Thin costs $1,100.
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Key similarities

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Portability

Good
TUF Gaming A16
GF65 Thin
Good
16.0in
SIZE
15.6in
4.8 lbs
WEIGHT
4.1 lbs
0.9in
THICKNESS
0.8in
The MSI GF65 Thin and ASUS TUF Gaming A16 both have good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

7.2
TUF Gaming A16
GF65 Thin
6.7
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers ASUS TUF Gaming A16 to have good build quality, while the MSI GF65 Thin has only fair build quality.

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How the ASUS TUF Gaming A16 and the MSI GF65 Thin compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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ASUS TUF Gaming A16MSI GF65 Thin
ASUS TUF Gaming A16MSI GF65 Thin

GENERAL

Price
$750
$1,100
Release Date
April 1, 2023January 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
14'' x 9.9'' x 0.97''14.1'' x 10'' x 0.85''
Weight
4.85 lbs4.1 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 7735HSIntel i5-10500H
Graphics
RX 7700S (120 W)RTX 3060 (75 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
YesNo
RAM
16 GB8 GB
DDR Memory Version
54

BATTERY

Battery Life
12 Hours4.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
90 Wh51 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
16"15.6"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
1920 x 12001920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
165Hz144Hz
Display Brightness
294 nits262 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7.2/106.8/10
Portability Score
7/107.4/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
YesYes
Fan Noise Score
6.8/106.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteRed
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
7/107/10
Speaker Quality Score
7/106.8/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
YesNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
22
USB-C ports
22
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
31
Thunderbolt Ports
00

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ASUS TUF Gaming A16

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PCWorld

Dominic Bayley | May 2023
"The A16 makes an excellent case against more expensive laptops like the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16 and the MSI Katana GF76, especially if you’re into 1080p gaming. However, although its affordable, it doesn’t skimp on performance or a robust chassis. But for me, the biggest factor that sets it apart from these options is its incredible battery life. In my time reviewing laptops, I can’t remember when I last saw a gaming laptop lasted 11 and a half hours on a single charge, which makes the A16, in my book, truly outstanding."

MSI GF65 Thin

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NotebookCheck

Allen Ngo | March 2021
"The MSI GF65 Thin offers a GeForce RTX 3060 on a budget. The MSI GF65 is a relatively inexpensive RTX 3060 laptop and, perhaps not coincidentally, it also comes with a slower-than-average RTX 3060 GPU. Other laptops we've tested thus far with the same GPU are about 10 to 15 percent faster. CPU performance is also slightly slower than average unless if users decide to enable Cooler Boost mode. Colors, black-white response times, Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort are either average or completely omitted. Gamers who want to maximize performance-per-dollar without sacrificing RAM or SSD upgradeability will find the lightweight MSI GF65 attractive."

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About ASUS

ASUS, a Taiwanese electronics brand, is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. The majority of their laptops are targeted towards personal use or gaming. Their most popular product lines include the budget-friendly VivoBook, more premium ZenBook, and their TUF and ROG gaming laptops, the latter of which has a reputation for excellent gaming performance.

About MSI

MSI, also known as Micro-Star International, is a Taiwanese technology corporation. MSI is known for their wide range of gaming devices. Their series include the entry-level Cyborg/Thin and Sword/Katana series, the mid-range Bravo/Delta and Crosshair/Pulse series, and their high-end Vector, Raider, Stealth, and Titan GT series. At every performance level, MSI offers a variety of devices with varying balances between performance, battery life, weight, and price, making them a solid option to consider at every price point.

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