MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: GS75 Stealth 10SGS-027
Laptop announced date: 2nd April 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
There are so many variables influencing gaming laptop prices. The hardware they have in them can be adjusted and as soon as we change it it becomes hard to know how one laptop compares to another. This laptop review will take a look at how well the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 can run today’s latest games and what sort of frame rates this MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 might achieve. Then we will look at its release price and summarise how good its price in regards to its gaming performance. From there you can compare this laptop and get a good idea of whether this is a good value choice for your gaming needs today and into the future.
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Gaming Laptop Analysis
Is the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - A Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz CPU that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2022. Modern AAA gaming can use multiple cores and this processor comes with 8 of them. This makes it excellent for today’s gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop has an excellent choice of graphics card for modern AAA games during 2022. 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 is an excellent amount of system memory for modern gaming in 2022.
Screen Size - The review laptop here has a 17.3" physical screen, which we find a lot of modern gaming laptops sport nowadays. This panel size is an excellent size for 2022 gaming, that will help a gamer make out the details and menus in a game. Obviously the native resolution of the screen size will also make a difference to the on-screen definition, but the physical panel real estate offered here will be appreciated again and again for today’s gaming.
Refresh Rate - I personally wouldnt consider getting a gaming laptop with a screen panel that had a refresh rate of 60Hz. The refresh rate number is the number of times an image can be displayed to the screen by the laptop's own screen. So if I had paid more money for a good graphics card and CPU and RAM then even though the hardware might be able to get 150FPS on Ultra settings in the latest games, the laptop screen would only display 60FPS. The more FPS capable of being displayed to screen the smoother and sharper the response of the game you are playing. An ideal minimum refresh rate amount would be around 144Hz for a great gaming laptop, but you can certainly get some with even higher refresh rates than that. This laptop can be found with a screen refresh rate of 300Hz. This laptop’s high refresh rate would make it excellent for serious gaming.
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
The big one in any gaming PC is making sure the graphics card is up to the task of modern gaming. And this is of course the same for choosing the right gaming laptop as well. Therefore we will be considering this laptop’s hardware in relation to its overall price and how well it could run modern demanding or popular games like Grand Theft Auto VI, Star Citizen and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022). This is done in relation to its native 1080p resolution at Ultra video settings to give us something to compare against other laptops. The GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q card that's powering the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 499 at min system specs and will run 469 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
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Comparing MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
We really want to see how the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 will compare across all permutations of the GS75 Stealth model range. This will give us a good sense of how well it sits in terms of cost to performance within its own lineup, and will better help us decide if this laptop represents good value to us today.
This laptop gets a 5.8 for P2P. This laptop’s configuration, when compared to its own GS75 Stealth lineup, is currently placed at 4th once we order it by the price to performance figure. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position is preferable.
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|Processor||Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
Now how does this laptop match to the top laptop for P2P today? The top laptop for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a price of $999. This MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is currently 187% worse rating when comparing price to performance. Right, now let's look at one more of the top placed Price to Performance models today. Comparing our GS75 Stealth laptop against the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 shows us that our laptop gets 150% worse rating against it for price to performance. The other laptop does currently have a listed price of $1049 to consider.
How does the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
To get a good comparison when considering how well this laptop performs in terms of processing power, we will compare it to today’s most powerful CPU focused laptop. This will at least show us what other sorts of processor-centric laptops exist and give us a relative point of laptop processor cost comparison. A suitable comparison laptop that is CPU focused is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. This represents one of the laptops for the current cheapest price with the most powerful CPUs in it today. It has the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor tucked inside it which can deliver 23% better performance when compared to our CPU, Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz which is found in this review laptop.
Our laptop’s CPU can currently run 467 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended processor requirements. This figure is 500 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz.
Let's take a look and see how well our Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended CPU specs for Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop is 17% better, and compared to Star Citizen it is 2% better , where as against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) it delivers 17% better performance.
How does the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
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. Lets grab a graphics focused laptop for comparison then. We have chosen the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop for its graphical performance. This big hitting GPU laptop comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card in it that performs 23% better if we bench it against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics hardware.
Today there are 469 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our GPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 499 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum Graphics Card system requirements.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop GPU performs against today's popular games. Our GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q compared against recommended graphics requirements for Grand Theft Auto VI delivers 6% better performance while against Star Citizen it’s 69% better and finally compared to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) it has a performance difference : 6% better.
The MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
With a 1080p native screen panel our MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has a 17.3" physical screen size. This inch panel size is measured starting in one corner, say the top corner and then across the middle of the screen down to the bottom corner on the other side. And in our case it has a fixed number of pixels in that screen that are 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, or 1080p resolution. The refresh rate of a 4K laptop panel is often 60Hz. This figure sets a 60 frames per second cap that locks a game to no matter the capability of the hardware in the 4K laptop. However, today’s AAA games, when running at Ultra graphics settings and 4K resolution, usually require hardware that we don't see in laptops or desktops to even reach that 60FPS cap. You can find the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 panel with 300Hz refresh rate variants.
So lowering a game’s screen resolution down to 1080p or 1440p during your gaming of modern AAA games will help get more frames per second. But in doing so, by down scaling the game resolution will then make the game look blurry on a native 4K laptop panel. So the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming maybe lost at this point. The 1080p laptop could run games you love at 4K resolution, with a few tweaks to the graphics settings? In this situation you can always plug the gaming laptop you are not on the move, plug the laptop into a 144Hz or better desktop monitor that’s 28inches and comes with a 1440p or 4K resolution to enjoy modern gaming without FPS or size limits.
Possibly a suitable purpose for a 4K laptop would be if you were keen to watch 4K streaming services like Netflix. At which point perhaps it's enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop?
As you can probably gather from the information above, its 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.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
If you wanted a desktop monitor to go with the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 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 $311.99. For extra price trend information on this desktop 1440p monitor, it reached its lowest tracked price on 9th Mar 2021, where it would cost $229.99.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
A nice performing 4K desktop monitor, should you want one to accompany this laptop, is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. Today it is priced at $618 and has a 144Hz refresh rate. We have noticed that this 4K monitor has raised its price by $618 recently. And while it is a good 4K monitor even at this current price, it could probably be found for a bit cheaper. To give a bit more info about this monitor we saw it cost its lowest of $549.99, which we recorded on 13th Nov 2020.
[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.
We think don't spend your extra cash on getting a 4K laptop to game on, as it's likely to feel disappointing to buy a super shiny new 4K laptop, then have to lower the resolution while playing your games, delivering a blurry in-game experience, and only getting up to a maximum 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K panel restriction.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
We price track a number of good value gaming mice and the one that currently stands out is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which is currently available for $12.99. Our suggested mouse has actually lowered its price during these past two weeks, dropping by $32.26. This was part of the reason we selected it as a good mouse for the price and a great accompanying peripheral for this laptop. Another point of reference for this mouse, is that our lowest recorded price for this mouse was on 15th Aug 2020 where it was costing $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||IBats X8 gray 9 Btns||$12.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$49.29|
Of our price tracked headsets, the gaming headset that catches our eye today, to go well with the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop, is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Today this headset is priced at $36.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it priced at $34.99.