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The best MSI gaming laptops 2020: our pick of the gaming powerhouses

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This list should help you narrow down your choices for the best MSI gaming laptops of 2020. (Image Credit: TechRadar)

When it comes to playing games, the best MSI gaming laptops have many of its competition beat. These gaming laptops have made a name for themselves, rocking the raw power it takes to handle the most demanding games without breaking a sweat. And, it’s all thanks to the Nvidia Turing graphics and Intel Coffee Lake processors they’re packing.

Before you go out and shell out some serious silver on the priciest and most powerful MSI gaming laptop you can find, however, take a step back and assess your gaming needs. Are you more of a casual gamer or are you vying to top the leaderboards? Are you looking to play all the best AAA PC games at the highest resolutions or do you prefer the less demanding games? Like with anything else, the best MSI gaming laptops are not all created equal. And, depending on your needs, you might not even need to spend that much money on the ideal one for you.

That’s also where we come in. We gathered the best MSI gaming laptops on the market this 2020, and put them on this list to help you figure out which MSI gaming laptop is right for you. We’ve even included our exclusive price comparison tool, so you’re also getting the best deal, whichever one you choose.

The best MSI gaming laptops at a glance

  1. MSI GS65 Stealth
  2. MSI GT75 Titan
  3. MSI GF63
  4. MSI GE75 Raider
  5. MSI GL63

MSI GS65 Stealth

MSI GS65 Stealth will let you take up to an Nvidia RTX 2080 on the road. (Image Credit: MSI)

1. MSI GS65 Stealth

Thin. Stylish. Powerful

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB GDDR6 VRAM, Max-Q) - RTX 2080 (8GB GDDR6 VRAM, Max-Q) | RAM: 16GB - 32GB | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) anti-glare, wide-view 144Hz panel | Storage: 256GB - 512GB M.2 SSD

Very powerful 
Thin and light 
Expensive 

There’s this traditional image that many people have for gaming laptops: a thick brick of a device that you can’t carry around in your backpack. And, while there are a couple MSI gaming laptops like that, the MSI GS65 Stealth is the exact opposite. Measuring just 1.16 inches thick and weighing 4.19 pounds, this laptop will let you take up to an Nvidia RTX 2080 on the road, without blowing your back out. It also helps that it’s gorgeous: an all-black design with gold accents and RGB lighting. If you can afford it, you can’t go wrong here.

Read the full review: MSI GS65 Stealth 

MSI GT75 Titan

If you’re looking for something with a bit of extra juice, the MSI GT75 Titan is the MSI gaming laptop for you. (Image Credit: MSI)

2. MSI GT75 Titan

All in the name

CPU: Intel Core i7-i9 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 (8GB GDDR6 VRAM) - RTX 2080 (8GB GDDR6 VRAM) | RAM: 16GB - 32GB | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) anti-glare, wide-view 144Hz panel - UHD (3,840 x 2,160) | Storage: 256GB NVMe SSD - 512GB M.2 SSD + 1TB 7,200RPM HDD

All the power 
Juicy keyboard 
Big and expensive 

Sometimes you just need a tank to get the job done. Sure, there are all kinds of gaming laptops out there that are thin and light and can get the job done. But, what if you’re looking for something with a bit of extra juice? Well, the MSI GT75 Titan is the MSI gaming laptop for you. This beast features full-fat Nvidia RTX graphics and up to 32GB of RAM, meaning that no matter which game you’re playing, nothing will slow you down. Even professional video editing programs will be smooth as butter, too, so you can record and edit your gaming highlights without breaking a sweat.

Read the full review: MSI GT75 Titan 

MSI GF63

MSI GF63 will deliver great frame rates in your favorite esports titles without paying a fortune. (Image Credit: MSI)

3. MSI GF63

Esports gaming in style

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (4GB GDDR5) - GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5) | RAM: up to 32GB | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS | Storage: 1TB HDD

Bezel-less display 
Great performance for the money 
No SSD 

Gaming laptops, especially since Nvidia’s RTX lineup hit the street, are more expensive than ever. Packing a thin and light package with powerful hardware gets expensive, so when we find an MSI gaming laptop that offers a prodigious value, we take note. The MSI GF63 isn’t the most powerful laptop on the market, far from it, but with up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, you’ll be able to get great frame rates in your favorite esports titles without paying a fortune. Add that to the attractive chassis and super-thin bezels and it’s not hard to see why it’s just a great buy. It doesn’t come with an SSD out of the box, but with a screwdriver and 15 minutes of your time, you can fix that.  

MSI GE75 Raider

MSI GE75 Raider delivers comparable performance to a much thicker laptop without sacrificing portability. (Image Credit: MSI)

4. MSI GE75 Raider

The best of both worlds

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB GDDR6) - RTX 2080 (8GB GDDR6) | RAM: Up to 32GB | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) 144Hz IPS | Storage: 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD - 512GB NVMe SSD + 1TB

Powerful 
Still portable 
A little pricey 

It’s easy to find an MSI gaming laptop that really grabs your attention, the svelte design of the GS65 Stealth, the titanic performance of the GT75 Titan. However, sometimes finding something right down the middle is the best move. And, while we haven’t reviewed the MSI GE75 Raider quite yet, the high-end specs should deliver comparable performance to a much thicker laptop without sacrificing portability. It’s not quite “thin and light”, but you should be able to carry it around. And, that space you’re getting over something like the GS65 Stealth means you can upgrade it however you want – you can even fit two NVMe drives in there. 

MSI GL63

The MSI GL63 delivers an Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia RTX 2060 for less than the competition. (Image Credit: MSI)

5. MSI GL63

High end performance, low cost

CPU: Intel Core i5 - i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB GDDR6) | RAM: Up to 32GB | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) 144Hz IPS | Storage: 128GB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD - 256GB NVMe SSD

Powerful 
Affordable 
Thick bezels 

If you’re looking to get your hands on an MSI gaming laptop with modern Nvidia RTX graphics, you may have already resigned yourself to paying nearly two grand. Luckily, you don’t have to do that – the MSI GL63 delivers an Intel Core i7 processor and an Nvidia RTX 2060 for less than the competition. We haven’t reviewed this mid-range gaming laptop quite yet, but these specs for this price is a no brainer. You do have to give up a little in the way of build quality, but that’s a worthy trade off.