Last reviewed: 25th June 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 GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 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 GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 hardware compares to other laptops available today.
Is the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor, the Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz, is excellent and can meet 2020 AAA title requirements with relative ease. Modern AAA gaming can use multiple cores and this processor comes with 8 of them. This makes it excellent for today’s gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop has an excellent choice of graphics card for modern AAA games during 2020. 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 - Today’s AAA 2020 gaming is easily covered by the 16GB RAM in this machine, making this an excellent gaming laptop choice.
Screen Size - This laptop panel is an excellent 2020 size at 17.3". This will certainly help gamers see in game details and text. You can game on smaller physical screens, but once you get to this sort of screen size its a nicer experience, while still providing mobile gaming.
Refresh Rate - Look for higher refresh rate hertz for a gaming laptop. Ideally around 120Hz or more refresh rate on a gaming laptop screen. The laptop can only deliver FPS(frames per second) up to the listed refresh rate. So if you have hardware in your laptop that can turn out awesome frame rates on all the latest AAA titles, but a 60hz refresh rate, your laptop will be stuck at a maximum of 60FPS in all games. We can see this laptop can support high gaming refresh rates, with 240Hz screen panel built in. This is excellent refresh rates for gaming. More than 60Hz would still be suitable 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 Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs Legion and Assassins Creed: Valhalla. This is done in relation to its native 1080p resolution at Ultra video settings to give us something to compare against other laptops. Now this comes with the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q installed as the mobile graphics card, and at the moment it is capable of running 493 games at their minimum graphics system specs and then running 384 recommended specs of today’s top 500 most demanding games.
During our research for the next best gaming laptop purchase we decided to compare MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 will compare across all permutations of the GS75 Stealth 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.
A 0 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. Today the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop sits at 10th place compared to all the other permutations of the GS75 Stealth range. Laptops placed nearer to 1st place in the P2P list of the model range will be better value for your money when looking at gaming laptops in this range.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 240Hz
MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1,649.00||100%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2,049.00||100%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,999.00||100%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2,549.00||100%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2,599.00||100%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2,849.00||100%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||Price Unknown|
Our GS75 Stealth laptop should also be compared to today’s best Price to Performance model, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. When stacked up against this, our laptop has 100% worse rating difference on its P2P. It's worth noting that the very best P2P model has a recorded price of $986.99 to consider and of course this is purely a value for performance basis. Second on the Price to Performance laptop ranking at the moment is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 which we have a recorded price of $858.54. If we compare our laptop to this one then our laptop returns with 100% worse performance/ price rating figure than it.
As one of the key focuses of any computer is the CPU we will want to know how well our GS75 Stealth laptop performs in this area. A good way of gauging this is to put it in a comparison with the best priced CPU focused laptop available today, and then check out its relative performance against that top CPU laptop. Selecting todays ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p laptop, we will use its mighty Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz to compare against our Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz processor from our review laptop. We can see that the top end CPU currently delivers 23% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz.
Currently 496 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz. Or it is 500 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
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 Watch Dogs Legion which shows our laptop CPU has 35% better performance than it. How about Assassins Creed: Valhalla, where we see our CPU is 35% better. Then there is 35% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Cyberpunk 2077.
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 GS75 Stealth 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. Lets grab a graphics focused laptop for comparison then. We have chosen the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop for its graphical performance. This big hitting GPU laptop comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card in it that performs 53% better if we bench it against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics hardware.
The GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 384 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 493 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
A game’s listed recommended GPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop graphics card. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop graphics. First off let's look at Watch Dogs Legion which shows our laptop video card has 20% better performance than it. How about Assassins Creed: Valhalla, where we see our GPU is 20% better. Then there is 20% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Cyberpunk 2077.
A common thing to explore is, what is the best gaming laptop screen resolution at the moment, as our review laptop is a 1080p. This laptop also has a 17.3" physical screen size (that's measured from a top corner to the bottom corner on the other side of the screen) and is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall resolution. Screen refresh rate on a 4K panel laptop will normally be 60Hz and this will cap out any game’s Frames Per Second at 60 even if it’s hardware could deliver more FPS. Along with that upset most AAA games would struggle to reach that 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on most laptop hardware today. You can find the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 panel with 240Hz refresh rate variants.
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 the following is the case, where the 1080p gaming laptop could run games you love at a higher 4K resolution then you could always hook up the PC laptop to a desktop monitor. One that was much bigger than the laptop screen size, like a 31inch with 144Hz refresh rate to enjoy 1440p or 4K resolution when gaming at home. Then still have your laptop for mobile gaming as well.
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.
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 priced 1440p gaming monitor, to work nicely with our MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, would be the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is priced at $294.99 and has a refresh rate of 75Hz. To help you get a bit more insight into the pricing trends of this 1440p monitor, we have price tracked this monitor and saw its lowest price recorded at $272.99, which was taken on 5th Aug 2020.
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 $829.99 price at the moment it also has a 144Hz refresh rate. Providing some more insight, this 4K Monitor has increased its price by $799 during these past two weeks. So keep your eyes out as it could be cheaper than we have recorded here today. Once we spot a monitor we like we start price tracking it. The lowest tracked price we have for this monitor was recorded on 11th Aug 2020, where it was seen at $797.05.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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.
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.
A great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $11.99. This mouse has also dropped its price by $19 during the past two weeks, which is a solid reason for us to select it with this laptop. Another point of interest was that we saw this mouse priced at $11.99, which we tracked on 15th Aug 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$16.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$44.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$55.99|
We price track a number of good value gaming headset and the one that currently stands out is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, which is currently available for $47.14. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 recorded at 12th Mar 2020.