Last reviewed: 25th June 2020
There are so many variables influencing gaming laptop prices. The hardware they have in them can be adjusted and as soon as we change it it becomes hard to know how one laptop compares to another. This laptop review will take a look at how well the MSI GS75 Stealth i7-10750H RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 can run today’s latest games and what sort of frame rates this MSI GS75 Stealth i7-10750H RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 might achieve. Then we will look at its release price and summarise how good its price in regards to its gaming performance. From there you can compare this laptop and get a good idea of whether this is a good value choice for your gaming needs today and into the future.
Is the MSI GS75 Stealth i7-10750H RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This laptop processor can run modern AAA titles with little problem and is an excellent laptop CPU gaming choice for 2020. 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 - The graphics card we find in this laptop is a good option for modern AAA game releases in 2020. Dont underestimate the importance of your GPU VRAM in modern gaming. This GPU has 6GB of VRAM which is a good amount, that will help deliver smooth gaming experiences. There are laptop GPU solutions with more VRAM, but there are certainly some with less as well.
System Memory - This laptop’s 16GB of RAM is excellent for 2020 gaming.
Screen Size - This panel, which is 17.3", is excellent for displaying 2020 AAA game details and having some nice space to showcase games on. We are often looking for a gaming laptop to have at least a 17 inch screen, to give the gaming laptop enough viewability for game details. The smaller the screen, the harder it can be to see some details on the game menus and hover over tips, that are so common in games nowadays.
Refresh Rate - The higher the screen panel refresh rate, the better for gaming laptops. The refresh rate is the number of times a second the screen is capable of refreshing the game’s image. If a laptop can deliver 100 frames per second (FPS) in a game and your laptop has a 60Hz refresh rate, then you will only get a max of 60 frames per second. The higher the refresh rate and the game’s FPS the smoother the sharpness is as the screen view moves around in game. 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.
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, Watch Dogs Legion and Assassins Creed: Valhalla 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. With the GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q inside this laptop, this graphics card solution will be capable of meeting 492 games at their minimum system requirements and 346 games at their recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games around today.
During our research for the next best gaming laptop purchase we decided to compare MSI GS75 Stealth i7-10750H RTX 2060 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.
With a P2P rating currently of 8.5 out of 10 for the MSI GS75 Stealth i7-10750H RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. This relative value will change as hardware costs and their performance change over time for laptops. Today the MSI GS75 Stealth i7-10750H RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop sits at 1st 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 i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 240Hz
MSI GS75 Stealth i7-10750H RTX 2060 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||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2,049.00||11%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,999.00||11%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2,549.00||31%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2,599.00||36%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2,849.00||42%|
|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 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 $986.99. Our laptop has 87% worse rating when comparing on just price to performance against that best bang-for-your-buck laptop. Lets move down the P2P ranking list to position 2. Here we find the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, which has a price at $858.54. The GS75 Stealth laptop in this review is 74% worse when compared solely on price to performance against that 2nd best model.
Now the processing power is one of the primary areas that we will pay for in any PC and so let's see how our GS75 Stealth laptop is when compared against CPU performance with a top CPU focused laptop thats available today. This top tier processor focused laptop is currently the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p. With a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz CPU in it that performs 35% better compared to our laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz.
Our laptop’s CPU can currently run 480 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 i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz.
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 Watch Dogs Legion which currently our Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz is 28% better next let's see how well it runs against Assassins Creed: Valhalla. We can see it is 28% better. Ok finally lets see it against Cyberpunk 2077. Here our laptop is 28% better.
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. A good laptop to compare against, that is GPU focused, would be the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. This showcases one of the laptops for the current cheapest price, while still housing one of the most powerful laptop GPUs. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB graphics card slotted inside it, which can deliver 76% better performance when compared to our GPU, GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q from our review laptop.
Interestingly we can see 346 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s GPU 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 492 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
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 Watch Dogs Legion and our laptop GPU delivers 4% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Assassins Creed: Valhalla in which we see our laptop graphics has 4% better performance compared to the game's video card specs. And then there is 4% better performance when we put our laptop gpu against Cyberpunk 2077 recommended specs.
This laptop’s panel has a physical 17.3" screen that delivers 1920x1080 pixels natively. But should you consider moving from this 1080p laptop and searching for a 4K laptop instead, with the intention of getting better visuals for your games or movies? The refresh rate of a 4K laptop panel is often 60Hz. This figure sets a 60 frames per second cap that locks a game to no matter the capability of the hardware in the 4K laptop. However, today’s AAA games, when running at Ultra graphics settings and 4K resolution, usually require hardware that we don't see in laptops or desktops to even reach that 60FPS cap. This review laptop has 240Hz refresh rate versions available.
Dropping a game’s resolution down from the laptop’s native 4K resolution to a more sustainable 1080p or maybe 1440p, would certainly deliver extra frames and improve stability. So there is always that option if the experience is unplayable due to low frame rates. But know that this action comes at a price. Dropping from a monitor or laptop panel’s native resolution immediately reduces in-game visual definition across all the game’s graphics. It basically makes the game look blurry. Not an ideal situation if you just bought your new 4K gaming 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.
If you are looking to view 4K streaming content, while keeping yourself mobile with your laptop, then maybe a 4K resolution panel would be a better experience than the normal 1080p. In general, we think it's probably not worth the extra money for any visual gains you might not spot, without a direct comparison, especially if you are thinking to game on your laptop as well.
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.
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 $294.99. 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.
A well priced 4K gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. It has a price today of $829.99 and should be a nice accompaniment to the MSI GS75 Stealth i7-10750H RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $799, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 11th Aug 2020, where we spotted it for $797.05.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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.
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.
Of our regular price tracked gaming mice the best value mouse today is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. With its a current price of $11.99 it should work well with this MSI GS75 Stealth i7-10750H RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop. Our suggested mouse has actually lowered its price during these past two weeks, dropping by $19. This was part of the reason we selected it as a good mouse for the price and a great accompanying peripheral for this laptop. Our mice price tracker had this mouse marked at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, where it cost $11.99.
|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|
Of our regular price tracked gaming headset the best value headset today is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. With its a current price of $47.14 it should work well with this MSI GS75 Stealth i7-10750H RTX 2060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 where we saw it for $25.98.