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Acer Nitro 5 VS MSI GF63

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Have been looking for a laptop battle lately? Read more for the Acer Nitro 5 VS MSI GF63 hand-to-hand combat and be impressed! 3… 2… 1… Start!

Before We Get Started

Don’t know if you are aware, but there are many Acer Nitro 5s out there (cool!) and I picked to compare not only 1 but 2 of the Acer Nitros that were at the same price range as the MSI GF63.

Of all the Acer Nitro 5s out there, I believe these 2 in this post are worth for their money. Don’t get me wrong, I like Acer Nitro a lot. But for this price tag!

So the models that will take part in this comparison will be:

  1. MSI GF63 Thin (8SC-030).
  2. Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-43-R0YM).
  3. Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-53-55G9).

Also if you need some technical articles that might be useful for gaming laptops and for gaming in general, feel free to click the links on the table below.

Technical Info Useful When Buying Gaming Laptops

Next I will put a fast comparison table in case you are in a hurry(!) and afterwards I will put an overview of each gaming laptop individually so that you can focus, should you want to!

Quick Comparison Table


Your Plan

Disk Space





MSI GF63 Thin


GPu: geforce gtx 1650 Max q

cpu: i5-8300h

ram: 8gb

disk: 256Gb NVME ssd


Acer nitro 5


gpu: amd rx 560x

cpu: r5-3550h

ram: 8gb

disk: 256gb nvme ssd


Acer nitro 5


gpu: geforce gtx 1050 Ti

cpu: i5-8300H

ram: 8gb

disk: 256gb SATA3 SSD


Note: The Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-43-R0YM) that costs $599.99 is at discount at the moment of writing this post. It usually costs around $670.

MSI GF63 Thin (8SC-030) Overview

Acer Nitro 5 VS MSI GF63 - MSI GF63 Image
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Playable Games

Most Helpful Reviews From Amazon

The power throttling problem can be solved if you undervolt the CPU and GPU to -1.50V with Intel XTU.

Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-43-R0YM) Overview

Acer Nitro 5 VS MSI GF63 - Acer Nitro 5 AN515-43-R0YM Image
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Note: The model above has 16GB RAM and 512GB NVMe SSD. The other parts are the same.


Playable Games

Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-53-55G9) Overview

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Playable Games

Helpful Reviews From Amazon

More About GPU

The GTX 1650 Max-Q Version is less powerful than the normal GTX 1650. The Max-Q version is the mobile version. But it’s still more powerful than the GTX 1050 Ti. Let’s see some benchmarks.

GTX 1650 Max-Q VS GTX 1050 Ti

Acer Nitro 5 VS MSI GF63 - GTX 1650 Max-Q VS GTX 1050 Ti

I will put the normal GTX 1650 VS the GTX 1050 Ti to see the difference in perfomance (compared to the Max-Q Version).

GTX 1650 VS GTX 1050 Ti

Acer Nitro 5 VS MSI GF63 - GTX 1650 VS GTX 1050 Ti

17% more perfomant than the Max-Q version.

GTX 1650 Max-Q VS AMD RX 560X

The following picture is a list of benchmarks with the GTX 1650 Max-Q (Green) and the AMD RX 560X (Yellow). Please note that the FPS are from Ultra Settings so most of them (if not all) will play on Low or Medium Settings at 30+ FPS.

Acer Nitro 5 VS MSI GF63 - GTX 1650 Max-Q VS AMD RX 560X

So up until now we reached to the conclusion that the GTX 1650 Max-Q is more perfomant than both the GTX 1050 Ti and the RX 560X. But what about GTX 1050 Ti VS RX560X?

GTX 1050 Ti VS RX 560X

Acer Nitro 5 VS MSI GF63 - GTX 1050 Ti VS RX560X

Again, these benchmarks are on Ultra Settings so on Low or Medium Settings, they will most likely play at 30+ FPS.

Check out the following video which has benchmarks on 3 GPUs, GTX 1050 2GB, RX 560X and GTX 1050Ti.

Note that it uses 16GB RAM and an i7-8700K. The i7-8700K is used mostly at 50% so it should be OK with the i5-8300H or the R5-3550H. Only Battlefield 5 on Ultra Settings uses more than 8GB RAM.

More Gaming Laptops

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Conclusion – Feedback

The GTX 1650 Max-Q, even though is the mobile version, is still more powerful than the GTX 1050 Ti and RX 560X, which are common in this price range.

Of course if you find the non mobile GTX 1650, you should get that (as long as the price is good as well).

Check out my Asus Tuf FX505DT vs MSI GF63 comparison if you are interested in a laptop with the non mobile GTX 1650.

Any thoughts you might have, do not hesitate to put them into the comment section below. I hope you found this article useful. Have a nice day.

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4 thoughts on “Acer Nitro 5 VS MSI GF63”

  1. Hi George,

    Thanks for the in depth review, sadly all this tech stuff is a bit over my head. I’m here because I’m looking for a gaming PC for my son, he did well in his exams and wanted to get him a new device to play Fortnite on, which device would you recommend as best for Fortnite?

    1. Hi Nate. The MSI GF63 currently went up like $100. All laptops in this comparison will play Fortnite easily. If you are buying soon, you can certainly buy the Acer Nitro 5 with the RX 260X graphics card.
      It is on $70 discount currently on BestBuy. If you are buying later, check it if the MSI GF63 had its price down because if it is, it is worth. It has the GTX 1650 Max-Q version, which is a bit better than the graphics cards the Acer Nitros have.
      Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice day.

  2. Hi George,
    Wow, loved your review. You provided everything anyone could need for comparison.
    My son is a big gamer, and I’m forwarding your review to him. He’ll be pleased to have all this information in one place.
    I’m assuming these are US prices, which is fine because he lives in Houston now. These prices are so much better than in Canada, lol.
    I think he’ll be quite interested in the current savings too.

    1. Hello Suzanne. I’m glad you found the comparison useful. If you need more laptops to look at, check out my other post – It’s called 15 Real Gaming Laptops Under 700 dollars. Prices are in US Dollars.

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