MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: GS75 Stealth
Laptop announced date: 30th November -0001
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
If you are looking to buy a new gaming laptop and want to know how well the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 compares to other laptops on offer then you have come to the right place. Today we are going to explore the type of performance return we can expect from this mobile gaming solution by comparing it to today’s demanding games
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Is the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Ok
Processor - The processor we find in this laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements with ease, making it an excellent 2022 laptop gaming choice for CPU. With 8 of CPU cores available, this processor doesn’t have to worry too much about gaming processes bottlenecking as few games will be able to use all of these cores completely
Graphics Card - Today’s AAA 2022 gaming is met most of the time by the performance provided by the GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q. It will certainly struggle on occasions with some of the more demanding games around. This is an OK laptop graphics solution, but certainly not a first choice for today’s gamers. AAA games will use a fair amount of VRAM that is on the laptop graphics cards. This laptop GPU has 6GB of VRAM, which isnt the most amount of VRAM but it is still good enough for modern gaming.
System Memory - This system memory, 16GB, is excellent for meeting 2022 AAA game requirements.
Screen Size - The 17.3" panel found in this laptop we would consider an excellent size for modern 2022 AAA games, and the sort of screen size more serious gamers would be looking for.
Refresh Rate - If you want a gaming laptop then aim for a refresh rate that is more than 60Hz. If you don't clearly see the advertised laptops screen refresh rate then assume it is 60Hz. This would mean that the laptop will be capped at 60FPS when running games. The higher the refresh rate and the FPS then the smoother the game plays as it delivers more images a second to your screen and makes movement feel more responsive in game. With that in mind, we see that this laptop comes with an excellent 240Hz refresh rate for gaming. Of course, anything over 60Hz is good for gaming focused laptops.
GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB 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. The GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q in this machine is currently capable of running 489 games at minimum system requirements of the 500 most demanding games available today. Where as it is capable of running 249 games of the top 500 most demanding recommended system requirements.
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Comparing MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB 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 GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 to all other laptops in terms of how much its $0 reflects the value of the gaming performance delivered by the this laptop’s hardware.
We score the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 0 out of ten on the P2P score today. Our price to performance rating value will change for all laptops automatically, as new hardware capability is put into modern laptops and the price for hardware adjusts. This version of the GS75 Stealth laptop is currently positioned at 8th when ordered in the range lineup for Price to Performance value rating. The closer to 1st place the better gaming performance it deliver for its price.
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|Processor||Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 240Hz
Now how does this laptop match to the top laptop for P2P today? The top laptop for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a price of $999. This MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is currently % rating when comparing price to performance. Right, now let's look at one more of the top placed Price to Performance models today. Comparing our GS75 Stealth laptop against the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 shows us that our laptop gets % rating against it for price to performance. The other laptop does currently have a listed price of $1049 to consider.
How does the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
One of the key components in a laptop is of course its CPU. So let's see if our GS75 Stealth laptop compares favourably when placed against the laptop that has one of the most powerful CPU’s around today. This comparison will at least help us know how this laptop performs against the top end CPU laptop and we can then see the amount of money we might have to pay to get that sort of laptop. A suitable comparison laptop that is CPU focused is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. This represents one of the laptops for the current cheapest price with the most powerful CPUs in it today. It has the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor tucked inside it which can deliver 23% better performance when compared to our CPU, Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz which is found in this review laptop.
Interestingly we can see 467 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s CPU performance capability. This is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games around today. For minimum system requirements in this same area the number is 500 games are worse than our cpu performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended cpu system requirements. First off we have the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) which currently our Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz is 17% better next let's see how well it runs against FIFA 23. We can see it is 35% better. Ok finally lets see it against Grand Theft Auto VI. Here our laptop is 17% better.
How does the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Wondering how strong this laptop is in the GPU department, then let's have a look at it compared to one of the current best GPU performing laptops available today and this should show us the relative graphics performance of our review model. 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 76% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q.
Our laptop GPU beats 249 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 489 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
Lets take a look and see how well our GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended graphics specs for Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop is 26% worse, and compared to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) it is 26% worse , where as against FIFA 23 it delivers 2% worse performance.
The MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
If you are looking for future proof laptops it doesnt take long before people are exploring the 4K panel laptops, but are they really the right choice or should you be focusing on a top end laptop that has the hardware to deliver 1080p gaming. The MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2’s 17.3" physical panel produces a native 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall. 4K laptops would likely come with a 60 FPS cap on games, set by the laptop screen’s 60Hz refresh rate. So regardless of what the hardware is capable of in the 4K laptop they couldn't push their FPS beyond that screen refresh rate. Now AAA games today when played at Ultra graphics settings and a 4K resolution likely don't have hardware capable of 60 FPS anyway. With a bigger refresh rate helping your FPS this MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has 240Hz screen refresh rate variants available.
To get back some of those missing FPS on a AAA game we lower the game’s displayed screen resolution and get some stability in the game’s performance. This is usually a last resort for gamers though and not the sort of action taken by someone who has just shelled out for a new 4K laptop. Lowering down from a native 4K resolution, perhaps to 1080p or 1440p ups the game’s FPS but veering from the native 4K resolution leaves a game looking blurry. Definition of graphics drops and surely this puts forward the need to question someone’s choice for a 4K gaming laptop. 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 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.
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. 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.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Today’s most competitive 4K gaming monitor by price is Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz and could work well with the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop. It is priced at $618. It's interesting that even though this is a well priced 4K monitor today, our price tracking shows it has gone up in price by $618 during recent weeks. 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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The primary use we can think of is for streaming 4K movie and TV content, assuming you have access to these services. If this is your primary use for the laptop, rather than gaming then it certainly might be worth considering this.
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.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 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. We have seen this mouse lower its price during these past couple of weeks by $32.26, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for this laptop. To give some extra insight into this mouse, we had it price tracked on 15th Aug 2020, where it was at its lowest price of $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|
A good value gaming headset available at the moment, one that should go well with the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 is, Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround with a price of $36.99. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 on 28th Nov 2019.