MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-11375H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: GS66 Stealth (2021) A11UEK-006
Laptop announced date: 2nd April 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Today's review of the gaming MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-11375H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop explores the performance to value relationship of its hardware components. We will be comparing some of the most demanding games to see some expected frame rates for the MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-11375H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
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Is the MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-11375H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - The Core i7-11375H 4-Core 3.3GHz is an excellent gaming CPU for 2022. The CPU in this laptop comes with 4 of processor cores. This is a good quantity for today’s AAA games, which are often making use of multiple cores nowadays, to load-spread the processes.
Graphics Card - Our laptop’s GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q card is considered good for modern 2022 AAA gaming. This GPU has 6GB of VRAM. This is considered a good amount of VRAm for modern games but some graphics solutions have more.
System Memory - Today’s AAA 2022 gaming is easily covered by the 16GB RAM in this machine, making this an excellent gaming laptop choice.
Screen Size - This laptop screen size is capable of meeting 2022 gaming, making it a step closer to being a good laptop for gamers. Larger laptop screens normally equal less squinting at on screen text, providing the resolution is set inline with the screens native pixel count. We normally look to the 17 inch panels for focused gaming laptops, but this 15.6" screen is the most common and popular in the market, due to portability versus viewability. Our preference for gaming laptops is actually 17 inch, which provides plenty of screen real estate for the in-game detail, while still providing a portable enough PC.
Refresh Rate - The higher the screen panel refresh rate, the better for gaming laptops. The refresh rate is the number of times a second the screen is capable of refreshing the game’s image. If a laptop can deliver 100 frames per second (FPS) in a game and your laptop has a 60Hz refresh rate, then you will only get a max of 60 frames per second. The higher the refresh rate and the game’s FPS the smoother the sharpness is as the screen view moves around in game. Ok so after that refresh rate recap we can see that this laptop can be found with the excellent gaming refresh rate of 144Hz. However, you can always look for others, but try to find something with more than 60Hz.
GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-11375H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz 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. The GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q card that's powering the MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-11375H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 491 at min system specs and will run 316 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
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Comparing MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-11375H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
When we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the GS66 Stealth (2021) laptop comes with, it gets very difficult to understand what value each permutation of this laptop will offer. To help us compare laptops based on their direct gaming value and capabilities, we defined a price to performance rating and allocated it to every laptop we review. Because as you have no doubt discovered during your research, it is very difficult to compare laptops for value against all other laptops. Even within their own model range. As soon as you adjust a single component and the laptop price shifts, what has that done to the gaming value of your laptop and is it still ok value for money? So we use a P2P rating to standardise the way we can look at all laptops. Of course laptops have tonnes of other values that are breathed into them when they are designed and they are not just about price to performance. But this is certainly a good way for us to help see the bigger picture, especially for a gaming laptop.
This laptop gets a 9.1 for P2P. There look to be a number of GS66 Stealth (2021) versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 1st in the Price to Performance order. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position represents the better value laptop from a purely gaming performance and price tag perspective.
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|Processor||Core i7-11375H 4-Core 3.3GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-11375H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-11375H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz||$1499||0%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2399||36%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2999||67%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$3149||72%|
Lets now see how our MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-11375H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz 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 63% worse rating in price to performance and the best laptop for P2P has a listed price of $999. Second on the Price to Performance laptop ranking at the moment is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 which we have a recorded price of $1049. If we compare our laptop to this one then our laptop returns with 42% worse performance/ price rating figure than it.
How does the MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-11375H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
If you are looking for a strong CPU focused laptop then let's compare this GS66 Stealth (2021) laptop with the top CPU performance focused laptop available today and see how it compares. We will choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop for our CPU comparison tests as that laptop currently has the best CPU in it at the cheapest laptop price. Its CPU is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which we will compare to our review laptop’s Core i7-11375H 4-Core 3.3GHz processor. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop CPU to be 52% better in performance compared to our laptop’s processor.
Our laptop’s CPU can currently run 396 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended processor requirements. This figure is 495 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the Core i7-11375H 4-Core 3.3GHz.
When compared to the recommended processor requirements of the most popular games today, like Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop CPU is 3% worse in performance. Compared to Star Citizen our laptop processor is 20% worse.
How does the MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-11375H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You will likely be considering buying a graphics and pixel crunching laptop perhaps to meet the latest and future game requirements. We will therefore be wondering how our GS66 Stealth (2021) review laptop competes against other GPU centric laptops in the gaming laptop market. To give us a bit of insight we will compare our laptop with a leading GPU performance laptop and see how its graphics capability performs against it. Today’s MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K comes with one of the more powerful laptop graphics solutions available for game crunching at the moment, making it a good one to compare against our review laptops GPU. We will use its GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB to compare against our GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q card. The top end laptop’s GPU currently delivers 45% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q.
Today there are 316 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 491 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum Graphics Card system requirements.
How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 10% worse performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Grand Theft Auto VI, which shows the review laptop’s gpu against that game’s system specs gets 10% worse performance. We also see the 44% better performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game Star Citizen for it’s graphics requirements.
The MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-11375H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
This laptop’s panel has a physical 15.6" screen that delivers 1920x1080 pixels natively. But should you consider moving from this 1080p laptop and searching for a 4K laptop instead, with the intention of getting better visuals for your games or movies? 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. It’s worth noting that the MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-11375H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz panel is available with the following panel refresh rates 144Hz.
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. If your 1080p laptop has the hardware to run today’s AAA games comfortably at 4K, then plug your laptop into your desktop 4K monitor, when you are at home for some serious gaming sessions. As that desktop monitor probably isn't 60Hz restricted and is physically larger than the relatively small 17inch laptop screen size. We do just that here, with a 27inch 144Hz Nvidia GSync 1440p desktop monitor and an Alienware 51M laptop sporting a desktop RTX 2080.
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
An example of a well priced 1440p desktop monitor would be the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which has 75Hz and is currently available for $311.99. We like to review tracked prices for our suggested hardware and this 1440p monitor is no different. We spotted its lowest price, recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it cost $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. 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. 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.
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If you stream 4K content, films, services like Netflix then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be better than the 1080p alternative that the majority of laptops provide.
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 (2021) i7-11375H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz 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. Our mice price tracker had this mouse marked at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, where it cost $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|
The gaming headset with today’s best price to value that would go well with the MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) i7-11375H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its current price is $36.99. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.