MSI P65 Creator Review: Laptop with gaming station performance

Elegant and Lightweight Laptop

MSI P65 Creator laptop looks very interesting and original. It is recommended to developers of design and animations, although on the device you can do any other projects – print, work with photos, communicate or show presentations at work. Taiwanese designers have tried to make something recognizable. With the exception of a pair of small plastic parts, the whole body is metal, the upper edge of the cover has a diamond cut. In geometry, straight lines prevail, everything is very restrained and businesslike.
The laptop is assembled not in a unibody from a single aluminum bar, but from thin metal panels in order to simplify the design and improve cooling. The MSI P65 Creator arrived in a limited edition in white for the test to the editor, but it would be easier to find the standard silver version in the stores. Today we will study the product and tell you about all the advantages and disadvantages of the new product, because there are no perfect devices. It should be immediately noted that MSI did not release previously available laptops and each of its new releases is worth the money.

MSI P65 Creator: Specifications

MSI P65 Creator Laptop

Technical Specifications

Display: 15.6 inches with IPS 1920 x 1080 pixels
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H Hexa Core 4.1 GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti
RAM:  16GB
Internal memory: 512GB SSD
Camera: 2.0MP front camera
Connectivity: 802.11 B/G/N/ (2.4 Ghz/5hz) and Bluetooth 4.0
Run Time (up to): 4 hours video playing time
OS: Windows 10
Connections: HDMI slot, TF card slot, 2x USB 3.0, USB 3.1, 2x 3.5mm headphone jack
Weight: 1.8kg
Dimensions: 35.70 x 24.70 x 1.80 cm
Price: $1754.99


MSI P65 Creator: Design and Appearance


MSI-P65The limited edition MSI P65 Creator comes in a specific wooden case.MSI-P65The laptop is at the top and the other attributes are located in thick foam padding.MSI-P65In the package with the laptop comes the charger and documentation.MSI-P65Also, there was a nice surprise included in the package. A leather sleeve which fits the MSI P65 Creator laptop perfectly.MSI-P65


We should also separately praise the manufacturer for the thin frame of the screen. About 5 mm on the sides and only a little more on top – so that the webcam would fit in – make the MSI P65 one of the fashionable modern “frameless” models. And this is perhaps one of the most practical trends in the field of gadget design – a couple of dozen centimeters saved play a visible role in its dimensions and, most importantly, in weight. If for smartphones, “framelessness” still works more on design and perhaps adds a couple of lines of text to the screen, then the laptop “throws off” to half a kilogram of weight, which you would have to carry on your back or hands all day. Well, it looks, of course, also much more accurate.

MSI P65P65 weighs 1.8 kg at 15.6 “screen and when folded has less than two cm in thickness – if the market has a little (or not even a little) more compact devices, then certainly not with such iron. The design of MSI gaming laptops are always not ordinary and unique. This MSI P65 model is not an exception too. Little dragon on a sticker is located under the silver MSI logo on a white aluminum cover.MSI-P65However, the surface of the lid collects fingerprints, it is quiet pleasant to touch.MSI-P65The lid opens easily about 134 degrees. There are many stickers in and on the back of the laptop.The keyboard here is white and although there is a back light. It will not be very easy to type on such a device during the day, you will need to get used to it. And, of course, several ports were installed here for connecting peripherals, but this made the laptop itself noticeably thicker. Not everyone will like it.MSI-P65Stereo speaker holes stretched beneath the display; the power button is slightly flushed into the case and located right under the hinge of the cover. Under the left are situated the buttons for switching back light modes and the Cooler Boost button, in case you need to increase the fan speed to the stop.msi-p65-creatorThe hardware in this system is very powerful, so there will be a need for being equipped with good cooling system. The MSI P65 Creator is powered with three fans are with more vents on the sides.MSI-P65Overall, the build quality is pretty good. There are used high quality materials and each part fits tightly.

MSI P65 Creator: Display

The display of MSI P65 laptop has a good Full HD resolution: 1920 X 1080 pixels with a diagonal of 15.6 inches which gives a PPI of 141. Among the other advantages note that the display of the laptop is matte and bright. The color gamut is very good, and the colors are saturated.


The maximum measured brightness is 397 cd/m2, and the result is brighter than the average. The brightness distribution of MSI P65 creator is on average 85%. The not bad level has a contrast value: 772. In general, a very nice display with sufficient indicators.

MSI P65 Creator: Hardware and Performance

The 8th generation Core i7 processor from Intel is taken as the basis for performance, although the exact model is not called. This is strange, because the device is expensive and designed for professionals who usually want to know all the details and capabilities of the gadget. The graphics accelerator NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 is responsible for the graphics of the notebook, which is made in a fully-fledged form, that is, without cutting back on the possibilities. The graphics card is powerful, it has plenty of opportunities for productive work in any application. Maintain the performance of the entire system will be 32 gigabytes of RAM. This is probably the maximum set and in the basic version of the RAM will be noticeably less, because not everyone needs as much memory to work. You will store data on a PCIe SSD format solid-state drive, so far they have not specified the amount. The hardware of MSI P65 Creator is pretty similar to MSI G65’s hardware with one disappointing exception of the storage.

MSI-Prestige-P65-Creator-Crystal-Disk-MarkIn the MSI Prestige P65 Creator, the manufacturer used an inferior Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ M.2 PCIe SSD which resulted in much lower speed as compared to the MSI GS65 we tested.MSI-Prestige-P65-Creator-CinebenchTo be honest, the CPU performace is a bit lower than other Intel Core i7 8750H laptops. As a result, the ROG Strix SCAR II is 25% faster, and the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin is a good 10% faster.MSI-Prestige-P65-Creator-HeavenThe GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q here also delivers slightly less performance than what the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin offered.MSI-Prestige-P65-Creator-DOTA2DOTA 2 runs poorly on the MSI Prestige P65 Creator.MSI-Prestige-P65-Creator-OverwatchHowever, MSI P65 Creator is far from a full-fledged GeForce GTX 1070, overall it performs quite well.MSI-Prestige-P65-Creator-Rainbow-Six-SiegeDuring the test In Rainbow Six Siege MSI Prestige P65 Creator delivers an even better performance, as we can see.MSI-Prestige-P65-Creator-COD Black Ops 4 is also handled well by the MSI P65 Creator. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey game falls short of delivering with the laptop. Of course, 30 fps is an arguably playable experience for an RPG, but we set our threshold at 60 fps.

MSI P65 Creator: Keyboard and Touchpad

As we have already told the MSI P65 laptop is equipped with a very comfortable large keyboard. Another advantage is that keys make not a very load noise while typing. There are small features in the form of the button which are used for adjusting the backlight and a Cooler Boost button for enhanced cooling of the system.msi-p65-creatorIf you get used to the keyboard, then it will become quite comfortable for you. Moreover, for the gamer’s convenience, the Windows key is moved to the right of the spacebar. Overall the touchpad is good 73.5 cm2, however, to be a little larger it will be better. The touch panel is moved to the left from the center of the case, but not under the space.MSI P65Furthermore, if you connect mouse to the laptop, the touch pad is automatically turned off.

MSI P65 Creator: Ports and Interfaces

Although not all ports are well located the set of ports MSI P65 Creator is good enough.MSI-P65On the left side are situated the Kensington lock, air vents, the network port, two USB 3.0 port, and two separate 3.5 mm audio jacks for headphones and a microphone. The latter one is the rare feature of the laptops.msi-p65-creatorOn the right are located the USB 3.1, Type-C (Thunderbolt 3), mDP, an HDMI connector, and a power connector. Additionally, the MSI P65 Creator laptop has a Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi adapter (b/g/n).

MSI P65 Creator: Battery

The MSI P65 Creator has a 82Wh battery installed. NVIDIA Optimus technology allows you to spend its charge as economically as possible – in ordinary applications, the video card does not turn on, and during web browsing, working with texts or playing music and movies, only the processor spends energy. When launching a graphic editor, playing a game or connecting several external monitors (you can connect up to three pieces at the same time), the graphics system comes to life and provides a smooth picture, but it drains the battery charge much faster.msi-p65-creator-batteryWith a “dust-free” office load, the laptop easily lasts 6-8 hours, depending on the screen brightness , and in demanding applications, it stays stable for about 4 hours. It is quite enough not to give up during the trip. However, it can be better, taking into consideration the fact that the charger charges the laptop completely in just over 2 hours. For us, it is a long time considering the time it sits down.

MSI P65 Creator: Noise and temperature

During our test MSI P65 Creator was hot. The noise level was up to 50 dB in a quiet room.msi-p65-creator-noiseWe gain these results while testing the temperature of the laptop. When we do nothing, only keep the laptop turned on, the case does not heat, only the touchpad area heats up to 28.5 degrees, and the bottom of the display to 38.5 degrees.msi-p65-creatorThe bottom, in the center on the left, heats up to 30 degrees. In the load state, the laptop temperature reaches 47 degrees.

MSI P65 Creator: Conclusions and Reviews

MSI P65 Creator on the market of professional Windows laptops have been waiting for a long time. It is very powerful, but at the same time a compact computer that is designed for people who know exactly how to use it. It is also suitable for games, but this is not its main function, for about the same money you can find models with a faster screen, a keystroke, and a whole bunch of additional “gaming” chips, even with the same MSI.


It is important that the P65 Creator does not try to imitate competitors – engineers did not try to shove a monster like a mobile Core i9 into a thin case, which is still physically impossible to cool properly in such a form factor and sacrificed the rigidity of the case in order to fit the cumbersome three-turbine radiator in the thin and easy case. Furthermore, if you are looking for impressive audio to enjoy your movies on, the MSI P65 Creator is an excellent choice. The two speakers are located over on the bottom. So depending on where you put the MSI P65 Creator laptop, you can get from quality audio to muffled sound.

Now, there is a good offer on GearBest stores for purchasing the plugin with 14% discount off.

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