MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: GS66 Stealth 10SFS-032
Laptop announced date: 2nd April 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Our MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 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 2070 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 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz processor in the laptop is an excellent gaming CPU choice for 2021 gaming. AAA games often need extra cores to run smoothly and minimise bottleneck. This laptop processor has 8 cores, which is excellent for modern gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop comes with a good choice of graphics card capable of running lots of 2021 AAA games. 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 - This laptop’s 32GB of RAM is excellent for 2021 gaming.
Screen Size - Our review laptop has a 15.6" panel. We certainly feel this is a good gaming laptop size in 2021 and gives a happy balance between portability and physical gaming viewability. When laptops get much smaller, it makes it harder to see in-game menus and some of the game huds can take up a lot of the screen area, leaving less space for you to see main game playing areas on physically smaller screens. We will go for a 17 inch screen size when choosing a laptop for gaming. And while the larger the screen the less portable the machine, the bigger screen balances out with better in-game viewability. And that is more important when wondering whether to go with a 1.5 Kg laptop or a 3.5Kg laptop for gaming for us.
Refresh Rate - A gaming laptop wants to have a higher refresh rate to accommodate more frames per second(FPS) in the games it runs. The refresh rate is like a hard cap on the games deliverable FPS. The better the refresh rate the more FPS the laptop can deliver in games, up to the panels refresh rate hertz, and then the sharper the in game play is when the player moves about. Ok so after that refresh rate recap we can see that this laptop can be found with the excellent gaming refresh rate of 300Hz. However, you can always look for others, but try to find something with more than 60Hz.
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
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, Back 4 Blood and Battlefield 2042 in ultra graphics settings on its native 1080p resolution. Coming loaded with the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, this laptop is capable of beating 492 games at their minimum system specs and 336 games at their recommended system specs. This is when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games.
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Comparing MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
A key focus of this laptop review is to compare the MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 to all other laptops in terms of how much its $2649.99 reflects the value of the gaming performance delivered by the this laptop’s hardware.
With a P2P rating currently of 6.6 out of 10 for the MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. This relative value will change as hardware costs and their performance change over time for laptops. This GS66 Stealth configuration is placed at 3rd position, when we order the range by their price to performance ratings. Those getting closer to the 1st position in this list will be better gaming laptops for their price.
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|Processor||Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
MSI GS66 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 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%|
Lets now see how our MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compares to the best P2P laptop, which is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our review laptop has 157% worse rating in price to performance and the best laptop for P2P has a listed price of $999. Right, now let's look at one more of the top placed Price to Performance models today. Comparing our GS66 Stealth laptop against the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 shows us that our laptop gets 125% 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 GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
As a point of benchmark lets see how well our laptop looks when directly compared on processing performance against the top CPU focused laptop currently available. For processor focused performance we choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop for today’s comparison. This top end CPU laptop comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor in it that performs 23% better if we put it against our review laptop’s Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz processor.
Our laptop CPU beats 474 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 500 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
How about we compare our laptop processor performance against Grand Theft Auto VI recommended processor requirement? Our laptop gets 17% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Back 4 Blood, which shows the review laptop’s cpu against that game’s system specs gets 38% better performance. We also see the 35% better performance from our laptop cpu when looking at the game Battlefield 2042 for it’s processor requirements.
How does the MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 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?
Looking for a new gaming laptop often leads us quickly to consider the sort of performance the mobile graphics card can deliver. Mobile graphics cards are often underpowered versions of their desktop equivalent, but still often very capable. To gauge the performance ability in this graphics department we compare our laptop to a GPU focused laptop that is around at the moment, to help provide us with a good graphics performance metric and comparison. The GPU focused laptop we picked for our comparison is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. Its got one of the best graphics cards found in laptops at the moment, which is the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB. It delivers 40% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q.
Our laptop Graphics Card, the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 336 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 492 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against Grand Theft Auto VI recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 7% worse performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Back 4 Blood, which shows the review laptop’s gpu against that game’s system specs gets 48% better performance. We also see the 7% worse performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game Battlefield 2042 for it’s graphics requirements.
The MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
This MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop has a 15.6" physical screen size and displays 1920 pixel by 1080 pixels tall native 1080p resolution. Is this 1080p laptop good for your needs though or should you instead be looking to buy a 4K screen mobile PC rather than this? A 4K panel usually comes with 60Hz screen refresh rate that would be also setting a max FPS on any game played on the laptop, even if it’s laptop hardware could return higher FPS. Factor into the decision process about getting a 4K laptop, that most AAA games would struggle to reach 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on today’s regular laptop hardware. A higher refresh rate is better and this MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 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. But if the laptop does have the hardware to run today's AAA titles at 4K resolution, a normal sized portable PC comes with a 15 or 17 inch panel. This might not be physically big enough to make the most of the splendors of your game. It would of course look great still, but perhaps a dedicated monitor for your desk, one that isnt 60Hz restricted would accommodate that gaming scenario.
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, 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 well priced 1440p desktop monitor we have found is a ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS that has a 75Hz refresh rate and priced at $311.99. The suggested 1440p monitor price tracker recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it reached the low cost price of $229.99.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Here is a 4K monitor to compliment any laptop - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. We watch a handful and it is currently the best priced at $618. It has a 144Hz refresh rate as well. During these past 2 weeks, this 4K monitor’s price has gone up by $618. 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]
Maybe you are hoping to enjoy your 4K streamed movies and TV shows while on the move. And if you have access to this 4K content and it's your prime use for your new laptop then perhaps it's worth considering a 4K panel, rather than this 1080p.
Hold that 4K gaming laptop cash for perhaps a more powerful GPU or fancy mouse or headset. That's our usual advice. Otherwise it might be a bit disheartening to pay for a 4K gaming laptop, and then be forced to turn the resolution down on modern games to get them to run smoothly.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 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 2070 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. Over the past couple of weeks this mouse has dropped its price by $32.26, giving us extra confidence in matching it with today’s laptop as a good purchase. 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 regular price tracked gaming headset the best value headset today is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. With its a current price of $36.99 it should work well with this MSI GS66 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 which had it priced at $34.99.