Last reviewed: 25th June 2020
The MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 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 GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop gaming frame rates to help you judge if the value to money ratio is a good deal or not.
Is the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor is excellent, and it meets and runs AAA titles released during 2020 with little problem. This laptop CPU has 8 cores. This is excellent for modern AAA gaming as the games start to require more cores for simultaneous activities.
Graphics Card - A GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics card that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2020. This GPU has 8GB of VRAM. This is excellent and plenty for modern AAA 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 - A laptop with a 17.3" screen size, like we find on this laptop, puts it into the excellent category for mobile laptops and top end 2020 gaming. Of course it always needs the hardware to backup this up.
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. This laptop can be picked up with a refresh rate of 240Hz option. It is an excellent gamers choice for screen refresh rates.
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 Cyberpunk 2077, Assassins Creed: Valhalla and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 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. Lets compare the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q found in this laptop to today’s top 500 most demanding games. Of those games, this laptops GPU can run 500 at their minimum system requirements and then 488 games when looking at their recommended system specs.
When we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the GS75 Stealth 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.
We review performance and allocate a P2P rating out of 10 that will adjust over time as the prices for hardware adjust. This laptop is currently given a 0 for P2P. Today the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop sits at 12th 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 2080 Super Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 240Hz
MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super 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||$1,749.00||100%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,999.00||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||$2,999.99||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|
Looking outside of this range lets us compare the Price to Performance rating of the very best laptops we have listed. Today's top laptop model for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and the price we have for it is $986.99. Our MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop’s price to performance is 100% worse when comparing it with the top laptop, purely on a performance for money basis, and as we know lots of things go into our decision when choosing the right laptop for us. How about we also look at the 2nd ranked laptop for excellent Price/Performance ratings, which is the MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a recorded cost of $922.94. We see our GS75 Stealth laptop scores 100% worse against it for price to performance.
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this GS75 Stealth laptop does in the grand scheme of CPU focused laptops. Let's compare this laptop with a top CPU performance laptop available today and see how its CPU performance stacks up. For processor focused performance we choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p 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.
Interestingly we can see 493 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 Assassins Creed: Valhalla which currently our Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz is 35% better next let's see how well it runs against Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. We can see it is 53% better. Ok finally lets see it against Cyberpunk 2077. Here our laptop is 35% better.
Now lets see how well our review laptop holds up compared against graphical performance with the top performing GPU laptop available today. A top tier graphics focused laptop is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. Housing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB GPU that performs 23% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q.
Currently 488 games of the top 500 most demanding games today (recommended graphics requirements) can run on the review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q. Or 500 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum GPU specs can run on it.
Recommended graphics requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop graphics card to some popular games of today. First off there is Assassins Creed: Valhalla and our laptop GPU delivers 50% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War in which we see our laptop graphics has 69% better performance compared to the game's video card specs. And then there is 50% better performance when we put our laptop gpu against Cyberpunk 2077 recommended specs.
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 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2’s 17.3" physical panel produces a native 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall. A 4K laptops will likely run with 60Hz screen refresh rate, so should the laptop’s hardware be able to get good frame rates at 4K resolution and due to the refresh rate the laptop would max out at 60 frames per second as its screen would not be capable of delivering any higher. Modern games in Ultra graphics settings are also normally too demanding for a 4K resolution anyway. A higher refresh rate is better and this MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 variant is available with 240Hz versions.
So a quick lowering of a AAA game’s screen resolution, from a native 4K laptop panel down to either 1080p or perhaps 1440p would increase the frame rate. And thus improve the stability of your gameplay. But a laptop display panel has a fixed number of pixels. Moving away from that exact number of pixels in a game lowers the definition quality of the graphics in the game. Making the experience sub par and if you do this often, then this seriously puts into question your choice for a 4K gaming laptop. 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 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 $349.95. For extra price trend information on this desktop 1440p monitor, it reached its lowest tracked price on 5th Aug 2020, where it would cost $272.99.
Why not grab a monitor like the Nixeus EDG XB273K 27 inch 4K FreeSync IPS 4ms 144Hz 4K screen. It is currently coming in with the best price tag in the 4K range of monitors that we are watching, at $853.12 and has a 144Hz refresh rate. Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 21st Nov 2020, where we spotted it for $635.04.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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.
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.
Of the mice we monitor and price track, today’s top mouse is the PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons, priced at $10.87. Further to our mouse information, this mouse had a lowest price recorded by us of $10.87 dated on 23rd Nov 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||$10.87|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$49.95|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.99|
The gaming headset with today’s best price to value that would go well with the MSI GS75 Stealth i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Its current price is $39.99. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 on 12th Mar 2020.