MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 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
Gaming laptops are often expensive when compared to similar specced desktops. So today’s MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop review will be focusing on helping us demystify it’s performance capability in relation to its price. We will take a look at some of the latest demanding games to see the types of FPS returns we could expect to see for this mobile gaming price point.
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Is the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - A Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz CPU that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2021. The processor in this laptop has 8 cores, which makes it excellent for modern gamers, minimising the risk of throttling game processes due to a lack of available cores.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics card is certainly solid and capable of running a number of AAA titles that are released during 2021, making it a good gamer’s laptop choice. 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 - A laptop with 16GB of system memory, like this laptop, makes it an excellent amount of RAM for the AAA gaming needs of 2021 and into the future.
Screen Size - Our review laptop has what we would consider, an excellent laptop panel size for 2021 games. It will help the gamer see in-game menus and be able to see some of the detail offered in game, without having to squint. Having at least a 17.3" panel seems to be the right way to go for gaming at the moment.
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. And so considering that, this laptop is available with up to 240Hz as its refresh rate. This high refresh rate would be an excellent choice in a gamers laptop, but anything over 60Hz would be suitable.
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 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 Far Cry 6 at 1080p ultra settings. Lets compare the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q found in this laptop to today’s top 500 most demanding games. Of those games, this laptops GPU can run 491 at their minimum system requirements and then 323 games when looking at their recommended system specs.
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Comparing MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Have you been looking for the best gaming laptop for your buck? Well you have probably encountered what we have, which is that, only certain laptops are normally reviewed and even then the review is often using games that are now getting out of date. So we decided to factor in all permutations of the GS75 Stealth model range and compare them against the price adjustments those hardware variations incur when you change a GPU, for example. And so we have created this MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop price to performance review with a P2P rating to help standardise our comparisons.
P2P rating of 0 today the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. 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.
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|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
Looking outside of the GS75 Stealth laptop range we can compare our review laptop to today’s leading Price to Performance laptop, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which has a recorded price of $999. Our laptop has % rating when comparing on just price to performance against that best bang-for-your-buck laptop. Moving to the 2nd position of the P2P ranking list sits the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, where it has a price of $1049. Our GS75 Stealth laptop currently has % Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
How does the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 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 GS75 Stealth laptop with the top CPU performance focused laptop available today and see how it compares. For processor focused performance we choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop for today’s comparison. This top end CPU laptop comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor in it that performs 23% better if we put it against our review laptop’s Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz processor.
Our laptop’s CPU can currently run 474 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended processor requirements. This figure is 500 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended processor requirements, our laptop CPU performs as follows - Far Cry 6 our laptop CPU is 17% better and then looking at New World our laptop CPU is 46% better and finally compared to Battlefield 2042 it has a performance difference : 35% better.
How does the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 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 choose the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop as one of the best GPU laptop performers today to compare graphics ability with our laptop. This puts a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card from that laptop, one of the best laptop graphics cards available at the moment, against our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q. This comparison shows that laptop to be 53% better comparably in performance as our review laptop.
The GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 323 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 491 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 New World which currently our GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q is 36% better next let's see how well it runs against Battlefield 2042. We can see it is 27% worse. Ok finally lets see it against Far Cry 6. Here our laptop is 16% worse.
The MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
With 4K monitors being ever present and often talked about in the same breath as the term ‘future proof’, its always worth exploring the idea that you should be looking at 4K instead of this 1080p laptop. Our MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2’s physical 17.3" panel delivers 1920 pixels across its width and 1080 pixels tall. 4K laptops have a 60Hz screen refresh rate normally, that means a game would not be able to run at more than 60 frames per second even if the hardware could deliver more. While 60FPS would provide acceptable stability, a lot of gamers would prefer higher FPS than this. However, thats not the only issue here. Modern AAA game system requirements would need more powerful gaming hardware than is normally found in laptops, to play reliably at 4K Ultra graphics settings, even at 60FPS. With higher the better refresh rates for your laptop monitor, this particular MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is available in 240Hz variety.
So lowering a game’s screen resolution down to 1080p or 1440p during your gaming of modern AAA games will help get more frames per second. But in doing so, by down scaling the game resolution will then make the game look blurry on a native 4K laptop panel. So the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming maybe lost at this point. And if your laptop does have the power to run some of the modern games in 4K Ultra, you are likely to want to enjoy them on a larger than 17inch laptop panel. So at a later point perhaps buy a dedicated monitor for your desk that isnt 60Hz restricted, for those games, thus keeping your laptop for mobility.
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 think don't spend your extra cash on getting a 4K laptop to game on, as it's likely to feel disappointing to buy a super shiny new 4K laptop, then have to lower the resolution while playing your games, delivering a blurry in-game experience, and only getting up to a maximum 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K panel restriction.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
The 1440p gaming monitor that has a great price today and should be a nice accompaniment to the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. Its current price is $311.99 and it has a 75Hz refresh rate. 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 $229.99, which was taken on 9th Mar 2021.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Today's best priced 4K gaming monitor comes with a 144Hz refresh rate. It is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz and is currently priced at $618. This 4K monitor, during these past couple of weeks, has increased its price by $618. It’s still a solid purchase to accompany this laptop but it means you may find it for even cheaper at the moment, if you look around. 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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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.
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 GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
You could pick up a mouse to go with the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. 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 $32.26, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for 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|
|**||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|
You could pick up a headset to go with the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which today 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.