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GF65 Thin
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Advantages of the Dell XPS 15
  • Very good for general use
  • Very good for software development
  • Very good for content creation
  • Very good overall display quality
  • Very good overall build quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Best in class speakers
  • Excellent keyboard
Advantages of the MSI GF65 Thin
  • The MSI GF65 Thin has no clear advantages over the Dell XPS 15.

Key differences

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General Use

8.3
XPS 15
GF65 Thin
6.5
3456 x 2160
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
OLED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
384.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
262.0 nits
10.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
4.5 Hours
9.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
7.7/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.3/10
The Dell XPS 15 is very good for general use, while the MSI GF65 Thin is only fair.

Engineering and Design

7.9
XPS 15
GF65 Thin
7.0
8.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.6/10
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
5.4/10
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
The Dell XPS 15 and MSI GF65 Thin are both good for engineering and design, though the Dell XPS 15 is somewhat better.

Content Creation

8.5
XPS 15
GF65 Thin
6.6
8.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.6/10
3456 x 2160
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
OLED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Dell XPS 15 is very good for content creation, while the MSI GF65 Thin is only fair.

Software Development

8.3
XPS 15
GF65 Thin
6.2
8.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
4.6/10
16.0 GB
RAM
8.0 GB
3456 x 2160
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
9.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.0/10
The Dell XPS 15 is very good for software development, while the MSI GF65 Thin is only fair.

Screen Quality

8.3
XPS 15
GF65 Thin
6.8
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
3456 x 2160
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
OLED
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
384.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
262.0 nits
The Dell XPS 15 has a better screen than the MSI GF65 Thin for general use, gaming and AI, engineering and design, software development, and content creation.

Battery

10.0 Hours
XPS 15
GF65 Thin
4.5 Hours
The Dell XPS 15 has 10 hours of battery life. The MSI GF65 Thin has 4.5 hours of battery life.

Build Quality

8.5
XPS 15
GF65 Thin
6.7
The Dell XPS 15 has very good build quality, while the MSI GF65 Thin has only fair build quality.
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Key similarities

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Gaming and AI

6.7
XPS 15
GF65 Thin
6.7
2.4/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
5.4/10
3456 x 2160
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
9.1/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
6.5/10
The Dell XPS 15 and MSI GF65 Thin are both only fair for gaming and AI.

Portability

Good
XPS 15
GF65 Thin
Good
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
4.3 lbs
WEIGHT
4.1 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.8in
The Dell XPS 15 and MSI GF65 Thin both have good portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Cost

$1,100
XPS 15
GF65 Thin
$1,100
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$400

$600

$800

$1,000

$1,200

$1,400

$1,600

$1,800

The Dell XPS 15 has a price of $1,100 and the MSI GF65 Thin costs $1,100.

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How the Dell XPS 15 and the MSI GF65 Thin compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Dell XPS 15MSI GF65 Thin
Dell XPS 15MSI GF65 Thin

GENERAL

Price
$1,100
$1,100
Release Date
May 1, 2022January 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
13.6'' x 9.1'' x 0.73''14.1'' x 10'' x 0.85''
Weight
4.31 lbs4.1 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i5-12500HIntel i5-10500H
Graphics
Iris Xe RTX 3060 (75 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
16 GB8 GB
DDR Memory Version
54

BATTERY

Battery Life
10 Hours4.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
86 Wh51 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"15.6"
Display Technology
OLEDIPS
Resolution
3456 x 21601920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
60Hz144Hz
Display Brightness
384 nits262 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
8.5/106.8/10
Portability Score
7.7/107.4/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
9.1/106.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteRed
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
9/107/10
Speaker Quality Score
10/106.8/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
02
USB-C ports
32
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
31
Thunderbolt Version
4N/A

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Dell XPS 15

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PCMag

Matthew Buzzi | May 2023
"The 2023 Dell XPS 15 is more or less exactly what you'd expect from the company flagship. Its fresh components deliver measurably superior power and longevity, while the machine's premium build and design remain intact. It may not be overly exciting, but XPS loyalists and upgraders should be more than happy."

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 Dell

Dell is a highly recognizable American technology company, and is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. Their laptops are very popular for both personal and professional use, and they also own the Alienware brand which makes mid to high end gaming laptops. Their premium XPS range of laptops offer great build quality and portability, while Latitude and Precision laptops are known for reliability, repairability and performance for business users.

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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