MSI GP66 Leopard (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: GP66 Leopard (2021) 10UG-268
Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
The MSI GP66 Leopard (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop review we are going to do today will look into how its purchase price stacks up against the performance on offer from the hardware housed inside it. We will also be taking a look at today’s more demanding games to see some MSI GP66 Leopard (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop gaming frame rates to help you judge if the value to money ratio is a good deal or not.
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Is the MSI GP66 Leopard (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - The Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz is an excellent gaming CPU for 2022. The processor in this laptop has 6 cores, which makes it excellent for modern gamers, minimising the risk of throttling game processes due to a lack of available cores.
Graphics Card - A GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2022. AAA games often want a lot of VRAM from graphics cards. This laptop GPU has 8GB of VRAM, which isexcellent for modern gaming.
System Memory - This laptop’s 16GB 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 - The 15.6" screen on this laptop is a good size for a 2022 gaming laptop. 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 - If you are focused on a gaming laptop then ideally you want a refresh rate of 120Hz or 144Hz or more. A lot of laptops come with 60Hz and this will stop your games being able to run in more than 60 Frames per second. Even if you hardware is capable of far more frames per second. The top end refresh rate for this laptop is 144Hz for its screen. This makes it an excellent choice for gaming. Over 60Hz would be suitable, though for gaming.
GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the MSI GP66 Leopard (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop
No two laptops are the same. But one of the primary gaming laptop components is of course the graphics card. Often a slightly weaker mobile solution, when compared to its desktop equivalent. Today we will consider this laptop's hardware, when running modern popular and sometimes demanding games, like Grand Theft Auto VI, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) and Stray which will help us know if this mobile graphics card and the overall laptop hardware is considered a good price to performance point. We consider it running these titles at its native 1080p resolution, and at Ultra video settings. We find a GeForce RTX 3070 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 3070 Max-Q is also capable of running 472 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
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Comparing MSI GP66 Leopard (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
As you have probably discovered during your research into buying your next gaming laptop, getting an up-to-date value assessment that enables you to compare a laptop’s hardware performance against today’s games is tricky. And especially so, when we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the GP66 Leopard (2021) comes with. What we have done in this MSI GP66 Leopard (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop review is give a price to performance rating to help standardise our comparisons.
We currently give the MSI GP66 Leopard (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop a 8.7 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. Looking at how this configuration of the GP66 Leopard (2021) laptop compares against other laptops within its range we can see it currently is placed at the 1st spot. Those laptops that are closer to the top 1st place of the model range are considered better gaming laptops regarding performance and laptop price.
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|Processor||Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
MSI GP66 Leopard (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz||$1799||0%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz||$2599||37%|
Lets now see how our MSI GP66 Leopard (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3070 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 78% worse rating in price to performance and the best laptop for P2P has a listed price of $999. Another great model is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which we have priced at $1049. Our GP66 Leopard (2021) laptop is 55% worse on Price to Performance.
How does the MSI GP66 Leopard (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is currently available. The CPU performance laptop we picked today is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. Its processor is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which delivers 35% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz.
Our laptop processor, the Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 443 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.
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 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) which shows our laptop CPU has 9% better performance than it. How about Stray, where we see our CPU is 32% better. Then there is 9% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto VI.
How does the MSI GP66 Leopard (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3070 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?
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. We have chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card. That graphics card performs 23% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q.
Our laptop GPU beats 472 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 499 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop GPU performs against today's popular games. Our GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q compared against recommended graphics requirements for Grand Theft Auto VI delivers 7% better performance while against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) it’s 7% better and finally compared to Stray it has a performance difference : 95% better.
The MSI GP66 Leopard (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
The MSI GP66 Leopard (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz has a physical 15.6" screen size and a fixed number of pixels in that screen of 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, or 1080p resolution. So is it ok to go for a 1080p laptop like this one or should I be considering a 4K screen resolution laptop instead of this? Today’s 4K laptops normally have a 60Hz screen refresh rate which would mean that should the laptop’s hardware be capable of running a 4K game, it would be restricted to a cap of 60 frames per second. As game system requirements continue to push for more powerful hardware, the components in a laptop, and many desktops as well, are simply not capable of delivering playable frame rates at Ultra graphics settings and a 4K resolution. Our review laptop, the MSI GP66 Leopard (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz has 144Hz monitor screen refresh rate of versions available.
We can always lower the game’s displayed screen resolution to something like 1080p or 1440p which is below the 4K laptop’s native pixel count. This will get a more stable game experience, increasing a game’s FPS that might be needed across a number of modern AAA games on a 4K laptop. However, getting away from the laptop’s more native 4K resolution, will take away in-game graphics definition. Not an ideal situation, playing blurry games on your new 4K laptop. If your laptop has hardware to deliver 4K you dont need the laptop to have a 4K display to enjoy modern gaming in this way. Just plug your laptop into a 4K desktop monitor, that will likely not have the 60Hz of most 4K laptop panels.
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.
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. 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
The 4K Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz display is our current suggestion if you wanted to grab a desktop monitor. With a $618 price at the moment it 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 $618, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. Our 4k monitor price tracker recorded and marked its lowest price on 13th Nov 2020, it reached the lower price of $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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?
For now in the laptop space, it looks best to stick with 1080p panels. This way your laptop’s physical size remains practical and portable, 17inch laptops are plenty big enough. And at the moment you will still have to lower game resolutions down from 4K, on the bigger hitting AAA titles, that would then get playable, but sub par visuals and you would still hit the 60FPS cap if your hardware could go beyond 60FPS.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for MSI GP66 Leopard (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming mouse is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its price tag today is $12.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value mouse. Price watching this mouse shows that it has had a price drop by $32.26 during the past couple of weeks, which gives us more reason to select it to go with today’s laptop. Looking over our tracked prices for this mouse, it was at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, which had it priced at $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|
If you are looking for a good value headset to go with your MSI GP66 Leopard (2021) i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop, then the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $36.99. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 recorded at 28th Nov 2019.