Laptop announced date: 2nd April 2020
Last reviewed: 18th August 2020
The MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop review we are going to do today will look into how its purchase price stacks up against the performance on offer from the hardware housed inside it. We will also be taking a look at today’s more demanding games to see some MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop gaming frame rates to help you judge if the value to money ratio is a good deal or not.
Is the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - The Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz is an excellent gaming CPU for 2021. Loaded up with plenty of processor cores, this CPU has 8, which is excellent for AAA gaming that wants extra cores for processing.
Graphics Card - Our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q card is considered good for modern 2021 AAA gaming. Dont underestimate the importance of your GPU VRAM in modern gaming. Fortunately this GPU has 8GB, making it an excellent gamers choice of GPU.
System Memory - The 32GB of RAM found in this laptop is an excellent quantity to deal with the requirements of 2021 AAA gaming.
Screen Size - This laptop’s 17.3" screen can deliver a good viewable amount of real estate for modern games and in terms of screen size this is a step towards the laptop being an excellent gaming laptop choice. You can of course game on smaller screen laptops, but in game menus could become tricky to see on smaller screens.
Refresh Rate - Look for higher refresh rate hertz for a gaming laptop. Ideally around 120Hz or more refresh rate on a gaming laptop screen. The laptop can only deliver FPS(frames per second) up to the listed refresh rate. So if you have hardware in your laptop that can turn out awesome frame rates on all the latest AAA titles, but a 60hz refresh rate, your laptop will be stuck at a maximum of 60FPS in all games. And so considering that, this laptop is available with up to 300Hz as its refresh rate. This high refresh rate would be an excellent choice in a gamers laptop, but anything over 60Hz would be suitable.
As gamers, one of the biggest choices we make for a new portable machine is to select a laptop with the right mobile graphics card. With this laptop we are specifically considering how the price-to-performance of the graphics card looks and if it has the capability to run modern popular games like today’s most popular titles, Grand Theft Auto VI and Battlefield 6 in ultra graphics settings on its native 1080p resolution. Now this comes with the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q installed as the mobile graphics card, and at the moment it is capable of running 492 games at their minimum graphics system specs and then running 358 recommended specs of today’s top 500 most demanding games.
During your research for your next laptop, you have probably seen that the laptops reviewed are often the top permutation of the range and even then they were reviewed some time back against games that were released around the time of the review. Today we will be working to provide an up to date value assessment on this MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 hardware performance against today’s games and then consider how it compares to all other laptops and how it sits within its own GS75 Stealth range.
We currently give the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop a 6.8 out of 10 for its P2P score. Where the higher the better rating. As mentioned the figure will adjust as new hardware is released and performance expectations shift over time. Looking at how this configuration of the GS75 Stealth laptop compares against other laptops within its range we can see it currently is placed at the 4th spot. Those laptops that are closer to the top 1st place of the model range are considered better gaming laptops regarding performance and laptop price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,749.00||28%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,999.00||22%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2,399.00||10%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2,599.00||0%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$3,099.00||14%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$3,399.00||35%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
Looking outside of the GS75 Stealth laptop range we can compare our review laptop to today’s leading Price to Performance laptop, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which has a recorded price of $999.00. Our laptop has 152% worse rating when comparing on just price to performance against that best bang-for-your-buck laptop. How about we also look at the 2nd ranked laptop for excellent Price/Performance ratings, which is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a recorded cost of $853.00. We see our GS75 Stealth laptop scores 138% worse against it for price to performance.
As one of the key focuses of any computer is the CPU we will want to know how well our GS75 Stealth laptop performs in this area. A good way of gauging this is to put it in a comparison with the best priced CPU focused laptop available today, and then check out its relative performance against that top CPU laptop. The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz is today’s best performer in the laptop CPU department. It has a Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor in it, which currently has 32% better performance than our laptop’s Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz.
The Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz processor found in this machine can currently run 483 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop cpu beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 500 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
Games these days have a range of processor requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop CPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Grand Theft Auto VI and our laptop processor gets 17% better performance rating. Next we have Battlefield 6 where our CPU gets 25% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Resident Evil 8, which has a performance difference of : 6% better, when put against our laptop’s Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz.
We may well be looking for a GPU centric laptop, and if that’s the case then let's see how this GS75 Stealth mobile pc competes with a top GPU performance laptop that is available today. We have the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz as one of today’s best graphics crunching laptop. It comes with a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile video card in it, which currently has 46% better performance compared to our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q.
The GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 358 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop GPU beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 492 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
Games these days have a range of graphics requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop GPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Grand Theft Auto VI and our laptop graphics gets 7% worse performance rating. Next we have Battlefield 6 where our graphics card gets 1% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Resident Evil 8, which has a performance difference of : 1% better, when put against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q.
We thought we would explore this question about best screen resolutions for your laptop, as it comes up a lot. This MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop has a 17.3" screen and is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall and in other words has a 1080p resolution. Screen refresh rate on a 4K panel laptop will normally be 60Hz and this will cap out any game’s Frames Per Second at 60 even if it’s hardware could deliver more FPS. Along with that upset most AAA games would struggle to reach that 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on most laptop hardware today. This review laptop has 300Hz refresh rate versions available.
We can always lower the game’s displayed screen resolution to something like 1080p or 1440p which is below the 4K laptop’s native pixel count. This will get a more stable game experience, increasing a game’s FPS that might be needed across a number of modern AAA games on a 4K laptop. However, getting away from the laptop’s more native 4K resolution, will take away in-game graphics definition. Not an ideal situation, playing blurry games on your new 4K laptop. If your laptop has hardware to deliver 4K you dont need the laptop to have a 4K display to enjoy modern gaming in this way. Just plug your laptop into a 4K desktop monitor, that will likely not have the 60Hz of most 4K laptop panels.
The primary 4K use would most likely be streaming movie and TV content at that resolution, assuming you have access to these services in 4K. At which point perhaps its enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop..
At the moment our advice would be, stick to the 1080p laptop panels for now. Your laptop remains portable and 4K laptop’s just aren't quite there yet. The 4K needs to be a no brainer but at the moment you will still have to lower resolution in game to get playable but sub par visuals that still can't raise above 60FPS.
If you wanted a desktop monitor to go with the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop then this ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS would go well and has 75Hz and today’s price of $307.73. We like to price track our favourite laptop hardware and peripherals. And as a point of note the lowest tracked price for this 1440p monitor was recorded on 9th Mar 2021, which was priced at $229.99.
A well priced 4K gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. It has a price today of $629.99 and should be a nice accompaniment to the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop. We have noticed that this 4K monitor has raised its price by $580 recently. And while it is a good 4K monitor even at this current price, it could probably be found for a bit cheaper. Helping us to round out our information for this 4k monitor we can see it reached a low price on 13th Nov 2020, we noted the low price at $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
If you are looking to view 4K streaming content, while keeping yourself mobile with your laptop, then maybe a 4K resolution panel would be a better experience than the normal 1080p. In general, we think it's probably not worth the extra money for any visual gains you might not spot, without a direct comparison, especially if you are thinking to game on your laptop as well.
As you can probably gather from the information above, it's probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
If you are looking for a good value mouse to go with your MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop, then the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $12.99. This mouse has also dropped its price by $37 during the past two weeks, which is a solid reason for us to select it with this laptop. Further to our mouse information, this mouse had a lowest price recorded by us of $11.99 dated on 15th Aug 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.22|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$59.99|
If you are looking for a good value headset to go with your MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop, then the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $39.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it priced at $34.99.