Laptop announced date: 25th March 2020
Last reviewed: 13th July 2020
Welcome to our MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 performance to price review. We know its hard trying to find a way of knowing which new laptop makes the most sense. When speccing out a new laptop, as soon as you adjust a component the price jumps up and the performance gain from that component leaves you uncertain if that is worth it. We will be addressing exactly that here today. We will also be looking at how well this MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop can run today’s modern demanding games
Is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - This Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz processor in the laptop is an excellent gaming CPU choice for 2021 gaming. 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 - The Radeon RX 5500M 4GB is not for modern gaming. Perhaps some modern indie games might run on it. This GPU has 4GB of VRAM. This is considered an OK amount of VRAM for some of the modern game releases. If you are a gamer then perhaps look for a laptop with more VRAM.
System Memory - The 16GB RAM found in this machine is considered an excellent 2021 amount for modern AAA titles and a solid gaming machine.
Screen Size - The screen on this laptop is certainly a good option for game releases in 2021, but there is room for better, should your budget allow. But sometimes larger than this 15.0" is too big and this is definitely a good, portable option for some gamers. 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 - Refresh rates can be hard to see, when the laptop reseller doesn't make it clear. Assume 60Hz if this is the case. Ideally for a gaming laptop you want 120Hz. This means the games you run can get up to 120 frames per second, assuming the hardware inside them is powerful enough to deliver that FPS. The refresh rate caps a games deliverable FPS even if the hardware can deliver more FPS than the Hz. The top refresh rate for this laptop is 144Hz which is excellent for gaming. Get a panel with over 60Hz refresh rate would certainly 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 Grand Theft Auto VI, Resident Evil 8 and Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. This is done in relation to its native 1080p resolution at Ultra video settings to give us something to compare against other laptops. Lets compare the Radeon RX 5500M 4GB found in this laptop to today’s top 500 most demanding games. Of those games, this laptops GPU can run 322 at their minimum system requirements and then 0 games when looking at their recommended system specs.
If we want to look at the gaming value offered by the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compared tto other gaming laptops, we focus on the performance ability of the hardware and then the relative price of the laptop. Of course a laptop is often more than just its core tech components, like CPU and GPU, but for this exercise we want a standardised way of looking across laptops to see what value they have to today’s laptop gamer. So we consider $1049.00 of each laptop and its core hardware capability in running modern games.
The MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 is getting a 10 for its P2P score out of 10. This relative value will change as game performance, hardware costs and laptop expectations adjust 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.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz|
|Graphics Card||Radeon RX 5500M 4GB|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.0" 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%|
How about we compare our MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to the laptop with the leading P2P rating out of all laptops and see how it compares. Today's best gaming laptop for Price to Performance is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 ($999.00) and our laptop is 15% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. 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 $853.00. If we compare our laptop to this one then our laptop returns with 8% worse performance/ price rating figure than it.
As a point of benchmark lets see how well our laptop looks when directly compared on processing performance against the top CPU focused laptop currently available. The CPU performance laptop we picked today is the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz. Its processor is the Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz which delivers 11% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz.
Our laptop’s CPU can currently run 499 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 Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended processor requirements, our laptop CPU performs as follows - Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop CPU is 33% better and then looking at Resident Evil 8 our laptop CPU is 4% better and finally compared to Mass Effect: Legendary Edition it has a performance difference : 11% worse.
One of the most important focuses of a gaming PC is the graphics card and our review laptop is certainly no different. As such we will want to know how well our Bravo 15 laptop performs in the graphical visuals area compared to what is available on the current laptop market. A great way to consider this is by putting it into a comparison against a well priced laptop that has the most powerful laptop GPU around at the moment, and then we can review its performance against that top graphics card laptop. A good laptop to compare against, that is GPU focused, would be the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz. 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 3080 16GB Mobile graphics card slotted inside it, which can deliver 139% better performance when compared to our GPU, Radeon RX 5500M 4GB from our review laptop.
Our laptop Graphics Card, the Radeon RX 5500M 4GB, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 0 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 322 for the top 500 most demanding 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 Resident Evil 8 which shows our laptop video card has 88% worse performance than it. How about Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, where we see our GPU is 68% worse. Then there is 88% worse performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto VI.
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 Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2’s physical 15.0" panel delivers 1920 pixels across its width and 1080 pixels tall. With 60Hz being the usual screen refresh rate on 4K laptop panels this would cap a game to run at no more than 60 frames per second, even if the 4K laptop hardware could deliver more. And then most AAA games require more powerful hardware than a laptop houses to play stable 4K Ultra graphics setting games, even at a passable but, some would consider, a bit low, 60FPS. Our review laptop, the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 has 144Hz, 120Hz monitor screen refresh rate of versions available.
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.
Possibly a suitable purpose for a 4K laptop would be if you were keen to watch 4K streaming services like Netflix. At which point perhaps it's enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop?
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.
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 $299.00. 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.
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 $629.99 price at the moment it also has a 144Hz refresh rate. It's interesting that even though this is a well priced 4K monitor today, our price tracking shows it has gone up in price by $629.99 during recent weeks. Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where we spotted it for $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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.
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.
The gaming mouse with today’s best price to value that would go well with the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its current price is $12.99. It’s price, over the past couple of weeks, has increased a bit, by $12.99. So with a little look around you should be able to find some more savings on this mouse. To give some extra insight into this mouse, we had it price tracked on 15th Aug 2020, where it was at its lowest price of $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Logitech MX Master 2S||$59.99|
If you are looking for a good value headset to go with your MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, then the HyperX Cloud Stinger is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $39.99. Over the last few weeks we have noticed it increase its price by $39.99, proving that additional savings can be found you will just need to shop around. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 recorded at 12th Mar 2020.