MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Bravo 15 MS-Bravo15023-HID1
Laptop announced date: 25th March 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
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 Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB 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 Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 hardware compares to other laptops available today.
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Gaming Laptop Analysis
Is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - This processor is an excellent 2021 hardware component for running modern AAA games. 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 - The graphics solution contained in this laptop is not for gaming in 2021. It will struggle with most of the AAA titles that are released. Your GPU VRAM is important in modern gaming. The laptop’s GPU here has 4GB of VRAM which is just OK by todays game requirements. There are laptop GPU solutions with much more VRAM, which would be better if you are looking for a gaming laptop right now.
System Memory - This laptop system memory is excellent at meeting today’s 2021 system requirements demands and with its 16GB of RAM it will certainly meet the requirements of games into the near future as well.
Screen Size - By our standards our review laptop’s 15" panel is considered good for modern 2021 gaming. There are larger laptops but with this laptop you will get a good balance between portability and gaming viewability. The screen size provides a gamer with larger menus, whereas the resolution of the panel provides definition. In our minds, if you have a smaller 1.5Kg or larger 3.5Kg laptop with you, it's always going to be a lump to transport. And so for a gaming laptop we would rather see the games more clearly on a larger 17inch screen, upon arriving at a destination, rather than compromise a game’s experience. But for some it will be the other way around. Fortunately there will be something for everyone in the laptop marketplace.
Refresh Rate - Gaming laptops might well be capable of getting high frames per second nowadays, but sometimes the laptop comes with a 60Hz refresh rate. This refresh rate is the number of times an image can be displayed by the screen. So if your graphics card and processor can get 100 FPS in most games, it will only ever be displayed by the laptop as 60FPS because of the refresh rate of 60Hz. Look for 120Hz on a good gaming laptop, or 144Hz on an excellent gaming laptop And so considering that, this laptop is available with up to 144Hz as its refresh rate. This high refresh rate would be an excellent choice in a gamers laptop, but anything over 60Hz would be suitable.
Radeon RX 5500M 4GB graphics card gaming performance in the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
A key choice in any gaming laptop is making sure we identify the right graphics card in the laptop and know what it is capable of in today's gaming landscape. With this laptop we are taking a closer look at how its total laptop value compares to its capability when it comes to running modern demanding games. Also lets take a look at it when running modern popular games like, Back 4 Blood or Grand Theft Auto VI in ultra graphics settings on its native screen resolution of 1080p. We find a Radeon RX 5500M 4GB mobile graphics card in this laptop, which is currently capable of playing 309 games, if you consider their minimum graphics system requirements as the playable level to beat. However, today the Radeon RX 5500M 4GB is also capable of running 0 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
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Comparing MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Now let us compare the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to other gaming laptops, with regards to the performance ability it delivers and when considering the price of the laptop. Obviously there are many things that go into a quality laptop build, but at this point we want a standardised system to compare across laptops just on that criteria. It will consider $1049 of the laptop with regards to its key hardware capability in running modern games performance delivered by this laptop’s hardware.
The MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 gaming laptop is currently getting a 10 on our P2P rating out of 10. Higher is better and this figure will adjust as new hardware and prices shift over time This Bravo 15 configuration is placed at 1st position, when we order the range by their price to performance ratings. Those getting closer to the 1st position in this list will be better gaming laptops for their price.
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|Processor||Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz|
|Graphics Card||Radeon RX 5500M 4GB|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz, 120Hz
MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,049.00||0%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$979.00||3%|
|R7 4800H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,179.00||8%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,109.00||12%|
|R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,339.00||18%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,269.00||23%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$929.00||27%|
We will now check against leading Price 2 Performance laptops outside of this model range to see how the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 compares. Looking at the best gaming laptop on price to performance, our laptop has 15% worse rating between its price to performance rating and today's best valued laptop, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 that is currently priced at $999. 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 Bravo 15 laptop currently has 0% the same Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
How does the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is currently available. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 is today’s best performer in the laptop CPU department. It has a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor in it, which currently has 4% better performance than our laptop’s Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz.
Today there are 497 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our CPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 500 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum processor 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 Battlefield 2042 which currently our Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz is 4% better next let's see how well it runs against Grand Theft Auto VI. We can see it is 33% better. Ok finally lets see it against Back 4 Blood. Here our laptop is 19% better.
How does the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
We may well be looking for a GPU centric laptop, and if that’s the case then let's see how this Bravo 15 mobile pc competes with a top GPU performance laptop that is available today. 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 Radeon RX 5500M 4GB. This comparison shows that laptop to be 131% better comparably in performance as our review laptop.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop Graphics Card can run at recommended requirements is 0, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min GPU specs this figure for number of games it can run is 309.
Games these days have a range of graphics requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop GPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Back 4 Blood and our laptop graphics gets 26% worse performance rating. Next we have Battlefield 2042 where our graphics card gets 41% worse performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Grand Theft Auto VI, which has a performance difference of : 47% worse, when put against our laptop’s Radeon RX 5500M 4GB.
The MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
We thought we would explore this question about best screen resolutions for your laptop, as it comes up a lot. This MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop has a 15" screen and is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall and in other words has a 1080p resolution. 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 a bigger refresh rate helping your FPS this MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 has 144Hz, 120Hz screen refresh rate variants 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. The 1080p laptop could run games you love at 4K resolution, with a few tweaks to the graphics settings? In this situation you can always plug the gaming laptop you are not on the move, plug the laptop into a 144Hz or better desktop monitor that’s 28inches and comes with a 1440p or 4K resolution to enjoy modern gaming without FPS or size limits.
The primary 4K use would most likely be streaming movie and TV content at that resolution, assuming you have access to these services in 4K. At which point perhaps its enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop..
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
If you are looking for a desktop monitor with a reasonable refresh rate to accompany the well priced MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, then the 1440p ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS is our favourite today. It has a 75Hz refresh rate and is currently priced at $311.99. 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.
Save your cash, don't grab a 4K laptop for gaming at the moment. A 1080p is certainly the best top end gaming laptop choice at the moment. There are not many 1440p monitors that we have seen. It could be a disappointing experience if you buy your new 4K laptop, and then for each modern game you pick up be faced with dropping resolution or graphics settings to achieve an ok FPS. Even then we will be seeing a max 60FPS because of the common 60Hz found on the 4K panel.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB 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. Over the past couple of weeks this mouse has dropped its price by $32.26, giving us extra confidence in matching it with today’s laptop as a good purchase. Looking over our tracked prices for this mouse, it was at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, which had it priced at $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 headset that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Of the headsets we price track, it is one of the best valued headsets today and currently priced at $36.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it priced at $34.99.