Laptop announced date: 2nd April 2020
Last reviewed: 18th August 2020
Its not easy trying to find out how well today’s laptops compare against other mobile gaming solutions. This review will take a look at the MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz and compare it against today's current demanding games. We will also be working out how its release price relates to the performance of the laptop, to give us a guide on how well the MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz hardware compares to other laptops available today.
Is the MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor, the Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz, is excellent and can meet 2021 AAA title requirements with relative ease. This laptop CPU has 8 cores. This is excellent for modern AAA gaming as the games start to require more cores for simultaneous activities.
Graphics Card - Modern AAA 2021 gaming with the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q is no problem, making this an excellent gaming laptop choice of GPU. This GPU comes with 8GB, which is excellent and plenty powerful to meet the VRAM requirements of modern games.
System Memory - Our review laptop here has an excellent quantity of RAM for 2021 AAA games. The 64GB of RAM will meet the game requirements of the foreseeable future as well.
Screen Size - This laptop comes with a good screen size (15.6") which is certainly capable of viewing and playing 2021 titles. Larger screens can offer better in-game views, as often game HUDs and menus can take up a fair amount of a smaller laptop screen space and leave you squinting at the detail or text. While a smaller laptop provides better portability than perhaps a 15 or 17 inch gaming laptop, it will also compromise your viewability when in game.
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. The top end refresh rate for this laptop is 300Hz for its screen. This makes it an excellent choice for gaming. Over 60Hz would be suitable, though for gaming.
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 Far Cry 6, Battlefield 2042 and Halo Infinite Multiplayer. 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 3070 Max-Q card that's powering the MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 499 at min system specs and will run 482 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
During our research for the next best gaming laptop purchase we decided to compare MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz will compare across all permutations of the GS66 Stealth (2021) 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.
We currently give the MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop a 5.9 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. With these hardware components the MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop is placed at 4th position within the GS66 Stealth (2021) range, when put into the price to performance order. Those laptops closer to the number 1 position of this list are the better value propositions today.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q|
|RAM||64GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-11375H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz||$1499.00||72%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2399.00||26%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2999.00||3%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$3149.00||0%|
It's good to see how this GS66 Stealth (2021) laptop compares to models outside of its own model range as well. If we look at the very best P2P laptop, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, our laptop has 181% worse performance difference when comparing its price to performance rating. That top laptop currently has a listed price of $999.00. Right, now let's look at one more of the top placed Price to Performance models today. Comparing our GS66 Stealth (2021) laptop against the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 shows us that our laptop gets 145% worse rating against it for price to performance. The other laptop does currently have a listed price of $1049.00 to consider.
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. Selecting todays ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop, we will use its mighty Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz to compare against our Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz processor from our review laptop. We can see that the top end CPU currently delivers 32% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz.
Our laptop processor, the Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 481 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 500 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
Some of the most popular games today are really the primary benchmark for any laptop’s ability, so we thought we should compare our laptop CPU Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz against Far Cry 6. This CPU performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 23% better performance against the game’s recommended CPU system requirements. Then we have Battlefield 2042 and our laptop was 25% better in processor performance and another popular title today is Halo Infinite Multiplayer which we saw our review laptop get 25% better compared to our laptop cpu.
We may well be looking for a GPU centric laptop, and if that’s the case then let's see how this GS66 Stealth (2021) 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 27% better performance compared to our laptop’s GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q.
The GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 482 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 499 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended gpu system requirements. First off we have the Battlefield 2042 which currently our GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q is 15% better next let's see how well it runs against Halo Infinite Multiplayer. We can see it is 15% better. Ok finally lets see it against Far Cry 6. Here our laptop is 6% worse.
This laptop has a 15.6" physical screen size with a native resolution of 1920x1080. So should you instead be thinking of picking up a 4K monitor rather than this MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz’s 1080p panel? A 4K panel laptop is often restricted to 60Hz. This means that even if you did have the hardware inside your laptop to run a game at 4K, you wouldnt be able to get more than 60 FPS. Most laptop hardware, and desktop hardware for that matter, is not capable of 4K ultra graphics on modern games. You can find the MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz panel with 300Hz refresh rate variants.
Dropping a game’s resolution down from the laptop’s native 4K resolution to a more sustainable 1080p or maybe 1440p, would certainly deliver extra frames and improve stability. So there is always that option if the experience is unplayable due to low frame rates. But know that this action comes at a price. Dropping from a monitor or laptop panel’s native resolution immediately reduces in-game visual definition across all the game’s graphics. It basically makes the game look blurry. Not an ideal situation if you just bought your new 4K gaming laptop. However, a 1080p laptop could very well have some good hardware in it, capable of playing AAA games comfortably at 4K with a few graphics setting tweaks. If this is the case then hook up the gaming laptop to a 4K or 1440p desktop monitor, for some serious home based gaming sessions. A decent desktop monitor is not going to have 60Hz getting in the way of extra FPS and is going to be enjoyably larger than the 15inch or 17inch screen thats most common on laptops.
So why would you get a 4K capable laptop? If you enjoy movies or Netflix at 4K and have access to 4K content via those types of services then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be a great experience, but we still think you wouldn't miss that 4K.
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 GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop then this ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS would go well and has 75Hz and today’s price of $299.99. 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.
Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz is a good value, high performing desktop display that might work well with this laptop. It's currently priced up at $629.99 and also has a 144Hz refresh rate. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $580, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for 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.
Perhaps in the future the 4K gaming laptop would make sense but for now certainly move forward on the 1080p laptop over the 4K options. This way your new laptop remains, well mobile and built for purpose. Picking up a 4K laptop for gaming should be a great choice but at the moment you would sadly be turning down the display quality by dropping resolution or game settings to get the game to deliver more FPS, and even then the 4K panel will likely be capped at 60FPS due to the hertz refresh rate it often comes with.
You could pick up a mouse to go with the MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz. In our spotlight at the moment is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which today is $12.99. We have seen this mouse lower its price during these past couple of weeks by $37, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for this laptop. Reviewing all our records the lowest tracked price we have for this mouse was recorded on 15th Aug 2020, where it was priced at $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.85|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$54.00|
Of the headset we monitor and price track, today’s top headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, 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.