Our review of the MSI GF63 11UD-1043XFR Thin
Thin and light black designer gaming laptop comes without Windows, the MSI GF63 11UD-1043XFR Thin offers a battery life of 7 hours is able to run a number of games with its NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3050 Ti ray tracing graphics card, which also accelerates multimedia processing like the powerful Hexa Core i5 Intel Tiger Lake-H processor. Equipped with fast 512GB SSD storage that increases its responsiveness, this versatile laptop is designed for gaming and benefits from a 15-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare screen whose 144Hz frequency improves fluidity in games, a backlit keyboard (though without numeric keypad) but also a connection with USB-C and Wi-Fi ax.
Best known price: €914
MSI GF63 11UD-1043XFR Slim features
|screen(s)||15.6” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz 45% NTSC with thin edges 4.9 mm (1920×1080, anti-glare/matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-11400H Tiger Lake-H (2.7 GHz, 6 cores)|
|Installed RAM (max)||8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots (1 free)|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4 GB GDDR6 dedicated (1135MHz, Dynamic Boost 40W), Intel Iris Xe integrated in the processor|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4) + 1 free 2.5 inch slot|
|plug||3 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI (4K@30Hz)|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet (Killer E2500)|
|Backlit keyboard||Yes (red, lining print), SteelSeries|
|Sound system||2 speakers (2 x 2W) Nahimic 3 Audio Boost|
|Advertised autonomy / battery||7 hours / Li-Ion 3 cells 52.4Wh|
|Weight/dimensions (mm)||1.86 kg / 359 x 254 x 21.7|
MSI GF63 11UD-1043XFR Thin against the competition
The MSI GF63 11UD-1043XFR Thin is currently available on Crab and is positioned as one of the few in its class to offer the choice of control system in such a lightweight chassis.
If this MSI GF63 11UD-1043XFR Thin does not meet all your criteria, you will find other configurations for gaming with a similar budget in our gaming laptop guide. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, it will have the biggest impact on performance.
Chassis, connector, screen of MSI GF63 11UD-1043XFR Thin
With its thin and bright black design with angular lines, this versatile multimedia laptop has a gamer look.
Cooled by Cooler Boost 3 technology via 2 fans, heat pipe and air outlet, it offers 3 predefined operating modes that you can switch between via the SHIFT function (Sport, Comfort and Eco).
To exploit the full potential of this gamer-oriented and creative Ultrabook, it is necessary to install a complete system on it, such as a Linux or Windows distribution.
For example, we can take advantage of the NVIDIA Optimus technology: it determines in real time the graphics needs according to the tasks that the user performs. When needed, Optimus switches automatically and in real time between the Intel Iris Xe graphics solution integrated in the processor and the dedicated GeForce RTX 3050 Ti card.
Intel Iris Xe is preferred as much as possible by Optimus, despite its modest advantages, because its low energy consumption promotes autonomy compared to the more greedy and powerful GeForce RTX 3050 Ti.
Regardless of whether it is with one or the other, you can of course see pictures and videos.
This creative gaming laptop is well equipped in terms of connectivity with its USB-C, its wireless Wi-Fi axis modules (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) and Bluetooth 5.2 for remote connections and communication, its HDMI video output (located on the back) practical to easily connect it to a TV or monitor, for example its audio and Ethernet ports without forgetting the 3 USBs that all are compatible with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, USB 3.0 guarantees transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if you connect USB 3.0 peripherals.
The keyboard can of course be backlit, which is handy to better distinguish its keys when ambient light is limited. Its design was carried out in collaboration with SteelSeries to adapt to the habits of gamers.
On the other hand, while numeric keypad functionality is standard from the 15-inch to facilitate entering numbers, it’s absent here, which will upset some people.
The display is adorned with a refresh rate of 144Hz higher than the standard 60Hz, which improves fluidity in games. Both horizontal and vertical viewing angles on the screen are important thanks to IPS technology, although not advanced, as the colorimetry here is standard. Thanks to its anti-reflective treatment, the screen is in any case more readable in a bright environment (eg outside) than a shiny panel. It is also very suitable for viewing High Definition content such as videos due to its Full HD resolution and its 16:9 format.
Performance, autonomy of MSI GF63 11UD-1043XFR Thin
The MSI GF63 11UD-1043XFR Thin is a versatile 15-inch thin and light laptop on the go, capable of creating and gaming.
It delivers a good overall performance that is able to satisfy many users because it is based on 8 GB of RAM combined with a Tiger Lake-H Intel Hexa Core i5-11400H processor.
The latter reveals its full capabilities in areas that use processor resources using multicore, such as photo editing or video conversion, which will be interesting for creative people.
Creators will also appreciate the inclusion of the dedicated GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card, as it speeds up processing under software that utilizes GPU computing power, such as Sony Vegas or Adobe Photoshop / Premiere.
The gamers are not forgotten, as the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti ray tracing with NVIDIA Ampere architecture is also able to support a large number of games if you accept settings under the opuses that require graphic resources to achieve good playability.
Best known price: €914
Storage is entrusted to a silent SSD, but also less energy than a hard drive, more robust and much faster.
In practice, the SSD guarantees much better fluidity and responsiveness in use, which in particular implies much faster software/game launches, processing and start/stop, or even a faster arrival on the cards in online games.
It is a 512 GB SSD, which we find here integrated, capacity in line with the standard for hard drives.
If more space is needed, a 2.5 inch slot is free to add an additional SSD or hard drive. You can also use an external storage device. Choosing a USB-C / USB 3.0 device then represents an interesting solution to achieve fast transfers.
In terms of autonomy, expect around 7 hours of battery life with light use for this relatively thin and light versatile Ultrabook designed for gaming and creation, which heats up and is heard when pushed hard (eg treatments, games).
If necessary, a ventilated support can be used to limit temperatures (remember to check the measurements carefully!).