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MSI’s 15.6" GF63 Gaming Laptop Is On sale This Black Friday For $499 (28% off)

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Update: This deal is sold out, but be sure to check out our Best Cyber Monday Gaming Laptop Deals 2019 article for more hot monitor deals, and our Cyber Monday Tech Deals 2019 superpost for the best overall deals.

This is the perfect holiday gift for any young gamers in your life, or even yourself. MSI’s GF63 gaming laptop is on sale now for just $499 after rebate at Newegg. That’s a chunky 28% off, and although that’s not craziest price drop we’ve seen this Black Friday, it’s the best gaming PC deal we’ve seen so far. 

 

MSI’s GF63 15.6” Gaming Laptop: was $699, now $499
It may have a slightly ageing GPU, but the GTX 1050 Ti 4GB is a fantastic solution for 1080p 60fps gaming. Couple that with a quad core processor, 8GB of DDR4, a healthy dose of storage and a 1080p IPS screen, and this is a steal.View Deal

Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i5 9300H 4/8 @ 4.3 GHz
GraphicsNvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
RAM8GB (1x8GB) DDR4
Display15.6" IPS 1080p
Primary Storage128GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD
Additional Storage1TB 5400 RPM HDD
Connectivity1x USB 3.2 Type C, 3x USB 3.2 Type A, 1x HDMI (4K @ 30 Hz), 3.5mm Headphone & Microphone Jacks, Gigabit Ethernet
Dimensions14.3 x 10 x 0.9”
Weight4.1 Lbs

Performance

As we said earlier, although it may not be the biggest discount, it’s what you get for that investment in the hardware and the platform that really makes the difference. To build the desktop equivalent right now, with a like-for-like spec, you’d be looking at investing near enough $600 according to PC Part Picker. And that’s not even including a screen, mouse and keyboard either. Add that, and you’d be slapping another $100+ on top. Buying the MSI GF63 is like getting $200 off a build-it-yourself rig, and it comes with a warranty in a portable package.

It’s not just the discount though, each piece of hardware choice has been well thought out. You’ve got a quad core, eight thread Intel Core i5 9300H processor capable of turboing up to 4.3 GHz, so frame rates aren't going to be bottlenecked. You’ve got a GTX 1050 Ti 4GB which in our testing managed to net 64 fps in The Witcher 3 in medium settings and 85 fps on average in World of Warcraft. You’ve got a nice quick 128GB PCIe NVMe SSD for your operating system and snappy boot load times, a 1TB HDD for all of your games, and a crisp clean 15.6-inch 1920x1080 IPS panel with fantastic color reproduction and viewing angles as well.  In fact you can read more about our first look at the MSI GF63 Here.

Bottom Line & Upgrades

The only weakness we can see is that 8GB of DDR4 RAM. It’s a single stick of memory to start with, and that limited capacity does mean you will need to pay a bit more attention to how many Google Chrome tabs you have open. In fact what you could do is drop an extra $50 on this 16GB (2x8GB) kit of Corsair Vengeance SO-DIMM DDR4 2400, and then you’d have zero problems whatsoever when it comes to memory. Or failing that upgrade at a later date. In fact you can even swap out the M.2 drive for the OS for something larger, and even replace the 5400 RPM 2.5-inch hard drive with an SSD as well if you wanted. It's nuts, this laptop is the perfect example of how to avoid price gouging when buying a system. That’s what beautiful about this thing it's almost like a full desktop in that way.