MSI GS66 Stealth Gaming Laptop (2021) Reviewed at Engadget

An extremely nice gaming laptop from MSI powered by an Intel i7-10870H with a NVIDIA RTX 3080 Max-Q, and featuring 16GB of RAM and a super fast 240Hz panel. Nice!

Taken from Engadget … MSI’s latest GS66 Stealth may look the same as last year’s model, but it has a lot more going for it. It’s powered by NVIDIA’s new RTX 30-series GPUsand it’s one of the first gaming notebooks with a 1440p (or 2K) screen. That’s a big deal. For the last few years, laptop gamers could choose from low-resolution, 1080p screens with fast refresh rates, or 4K displays that pack in a ton of pixels, but also require a ton of power to render games.

1440p is a nice middle ground: It’s sharper than 1080p, but isn’t as demanding as 4K. The MSI GS66 Stealth, and other notebooks sporting 1440p, also supports fast refresh rates to make gameplay look silky smooth.

 

Pros

  • Understated and clean design
  • Supports NVIDIA’s RTX 30-series GPUs
  • Fast and smooth 240Hz 1440p screen option

Cons

  • Incredibly loud fans
  • Keyboard could offer better feedback
  • Requires manual GPU tweaking at times

 

  PCMark 10 3DMark (TimeSpy Extreme) Geekbench 5 ATTO (top reads/writes)
MSI GS66 Stealth (2021, Intel i7-10870H, NVIDIA RTX 3080 Max-Q) 5369 4,538 1,247/6,505 3.1 GB/s / 2.9 GB/s
MSI GS66 Stealth (2020, Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super Max-Q) 4,778 3,231 1,159/6,901 1.8 GB/s / 1.8 GB/s
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB (Intel i7-10875H, NVIDIA RTX 2070 Super Max-Q) 5,155 3,495 1,137/5,681 2.93 GB/s / 2.59 GB/s
ASUS Zephyrus Duo 15 (Intel i9-10980HK, NVIDIA RTX 2080 Super Max-Q) 5,616 3,680 1,365/8,055 3 GB/s / 3.24 GB/s
ASUS Zephyrus G14 (AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS, NVIDIA RTX 2060 Max-Q) 5,436 2,725 1,189/7,705 1.7 GB/s / 1.67 GB/s

 

As soon as I got the GS66, equipped with NVIDIA’s RTX 3080 mobile GPU, Intel’s i7-10870H CPU and 16GB of RAM, I promptly installed Overwatch to see just how well its 240Hz 1440p screen performed. I wasn’t disappointed. That 240Hz figure means the screen can display up to four times as many frames every second, compared to standard 60Hz monitors. The more data, the smoother everything looks. Pretty simple.

Read the rest of the review at Engadget

 

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