MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: GS66 Stealth 10SGS-031
Laptop announced date: 2nd April 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Our MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop review today is going to help us understand how well the hardware components in this machine can run today’s modern games. Taking a look at some of the most demanding popular titles we will see some expected frame rates for the MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
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Is the MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor, the Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz, is excellent and can meet 2022 AAA title requirements with relative ease. 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’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q is an excellent gaming graphics card for 2022 gaming. The graphics solution in the laptop also has 8GB of VRAM. This is an excellent gamers amount of VRAM and plenty for today’s big games.
System Memory - This laptop’s 32GB RAM can deal with everything modern games can throw at it and is a good step towards this being an excellent gaming laptop choice.
Screen Size - Today’s 2022 games are well supported by the 15.6" panel found attached to this laptop. While you could find a portable laptop with more screen real estate, this is a good gamer laptop choice. In our minds, if you have a smaller 1.5Kg or larger 3.5Kg laptop with you, it's always going to be a lump to transport. And so for a gaming laptop we would rather see the games more clearly on a larger 17inch screen, upon arriving at a destination, rather than compromise a game’s experience. But for some it will be the other way around. Fortunately there will be something for everyone in the laptop marketplace.
Refresh Rate - Gaming laptops might well be capable of getting high frames per second nowadays, but sometimes the laptop comes with a 60Hz refresh rate. This refresh rate is the number of times an image can be displayed by the screen. So if your graphics card and processor can get 100 FPS in most games, it will only ever be displayed by the laptop as 60FPS because of the refresh rate of 60Hz. Look for 120Hz on a good gaming laptop, or 144Hz on an excellent gaming laptop 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 GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
One of the most important components to a gamer for this laptop is getting it’s graphics card right. We will be taking a look at the sort of price to performance ratio the laptop hardware has and in particular help us know if how well the graphics card can run Grand Theft Auto VI at 1080p ultra settings. We find a GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q mobile graphics card in this laptop, which is currently capable of playing 499 games, if you consider their minimum graphics system requirements as the playable level to beat. However, today the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q is also capable of running 469 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
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Comparing MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
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 GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 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 GS66 Stealth range.
A 6.6 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. As not all laptops and their prices are of course valued equally we can see that this version of the GS66 Stealth laptop is in 2nd position on the best Price to Performance value rating. Those closer to 1st place are simply better gaming laptop options regarding the gaming performance they deliver for their price.
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|Processor||Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,689.00||40%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2,770.73||0%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2,649.99||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$3,999.11||48%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$4,498.00||75%|
We will now check against leading Price 2 Performance laptops outside of this model range to see how the MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 compares. Looking at the best gaming laptop on price to performance, our laptop has 157% worse rating between its price to performance rating and today's best valued laptop, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 that is currently priced at $999. Another one to consider is the 2nd placed Price to Performance laptop, the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. This one has a price listed as $1049 and our laptop gets 124% worse against its price to performance rating.
How does the MSI GS66 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?
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this GS66 Stealth laptop does in the grand scheme of CPU focused laptops. Let's compare this laptop with a top CPU performance laptop available today and see how its CPU performance stacks up. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 is today’s best performer in the laptop CPU department. It has a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor in it, which currently has 23% better performance than our laptop’s Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz.
Currently 467 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz. Or it is 500 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
A game’s listed recommended CPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop CPU. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop processor. First off let's look at Star Citizen which shows our laptop CPU has 2% better performance than it. How about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022), where we see our CPU is 17% better. Then there is 17% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto VI.
How does the MSI GS66 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?
Now lets see how well our review laptop holds up compared against graphical performance with the top performing GPU laptop available today. Our comparison GPU focused laptop today that we have selected is a MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, which comes loaded with the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB card. This top end GPU is currently delivering 23% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q.
Our laptop Graphics Card, the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 469 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 499 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
Recommended graphics requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop graphics card to some popular games of today. First off there is Star Citizen and our laptop GPU delivers 69% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) in which we see our laptop graphics has 6% better performance compared to the game's video card specs. And then there is 6% better performance when we put our laptop gpu against Grand Theft Auto VI recommended specs.
The MSI GS66 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?
A common thing to explore is, what is the best gaming laptop screen resolution at the moment, as our review laptop is a 1080p. This laptop also has a 15.6" physical screen size (that's measured from a top corner to the bottom corner on the other side of the screen) and is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall resolution. We normally see a 60Hz screen refresh rate accompanying most 4K laptop panels. Which means a game would reach a top 60 FPS before it maxed out, even if the laptop’s hardware was powerful enough to deliver frame rates that were better than that. Today’s AAA games are usually too demanding for a 4K resolution anyway. A higher refresh rate is better and this MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 variant is available with 300Hz versions.
Dropping a game’s screen resolution down below the native 4K resolution to 1080p or 1440p, would possibly deliver the much needed FPS for stable modern AAA gaming. Down scaling that native resolution comes at a price, though. As soon as you step away from the native resolution of any monitor/ panel it lowers the clean definition of a game as the physical number of screen pixels don't match those being sent by the game. The game starts to look blurry. If the new 4K laptop has the performance to play modern games at 4K resolution, then perhaps the laptop’s 15 or 17 inch screen isnt enough to fully enjoy the high pixel count? So if you have or can get a desktop monitor that delivers more than the 60Hz frame rate limiter, for that gaming experience then you can keep your laptop mobile and still enjoy high end gaming.
However, you could be after watching 4K streaming content on your laptop, while on the move. Then perhaps the 17inch laptop screen and 4K resolution is going to net a more enjoyable experience than a 1080p alternative.
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
Today’s best priced 1440p gaming monitor, to work nicely with our MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, would be the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is priced at $311.99 and has a refresh rate of 75Hz. To help you get a bit more insight into the pricing trends of this 1440p monitor, we have price tracked this monitor and saw its lowest price recorded at $229.99, which was taken on 9th Mar 2021.
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. The cheapest we have tracked this 4k monitor was for the price of $549.99, on 13th Nov 2020.
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4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
We still feel it's not the time to spend extra cash for the 4K gaming laptop due to the limitations laid out above. It would surely feel somewhat disappointing to boot up your new 4K laptop, only to then realise you have to drop down the resolution on modern titles to get them to run smoothly. And then see that anything you play is somewhat less sharp than you have seen on your older PC and capped at a maximum of 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K screen tech.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
A mouse that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Of the mice we price track, it is one of the best valued mice today and currently priced at $12.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $32.26 during these past two weeks. Another point of interest was that we saw this mouse priced at $11.99, which we tracked on 15th Aug 2020.
|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 GS66 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.