Laptop announced date: 25th March 2020
Last reviewed: 13th July 2020
If you adjust the spec you are looking at on a gaming laptop, the price hikes up and makes it harder to judge price to performance. Today's MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review is going to give us all a good sense of these sorts of values. We will take a look at what sort of performance you can expect the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
Is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - This laptop has an excellent processor in it for meeting modern AAA CPU requirements during 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. Some AAA games can use a lot of VRAM. This laptop GPU comes with 4GB of VRAM, which isnt a lot by today’s standards. And while it is OK, the VRAM may start to cause a bit of a problem in future AAA games.
System Memory - The system memory (64GB) we find in this gaming laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements. This amount of RAM is an excellent 2021 gaming laptop choice, that will help meet game requirements now and into the future.
Screen Size - This laptop’s 15.0" screen is certainly a good size for 2021 gaming on the move. Look to the 17 inch laptops for a better physical screen size, so you can enjoy the games more clearly. That is our normal ideal gaming laptop screen size.
Refresh Rate - I personally wouldnt consider getting a gaming laptop with a screen panel that had a refresh rate of 60Hz. The refresh rate number is the number of times an image can be displayed to the screen by the laptop's own screen. So if I had paid more money for a good graphics card and CPU and RAM then even though the hardware might be able to get 150FPS on Ultra settings in the latest games, the laptop screen would only display 60FPS. The more FPS capable of being displayed to screen the smoother and sharper the response of the game you are playing. An ideal minimum refresh rate amount would be around 144Hz for a great gaming laptop, but you can certainly get some with even higher refresh rates than that. The top end refresh rate for this laptop is 144Hz for its screen. This makes it an excellent choice for gaming. Over 60Hz would be suitable, though for gaming.
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 Grand Theft Auto VI at 1080p ultra settings. This laptop has the Radeon RX 5500M 4GB in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 322 games at minimum system requirements and 0 games at their recommended system requirements.
When we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the Bravo 15 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.
A 10 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. Today the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop sits at 5th place compared to all the other permutations of the Bravo 15 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||Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz|
|Graphics Card||Radeon RX 5500M 4GB|
|RAM||64GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.0" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz, 120Hz
MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,049.00||18%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$979.00||14%|
|R7 4800H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,179.00||9%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,109.00||6%|
|R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,339.00||0%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,269.00||4%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$929.00||8%|
How about we compare our MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB 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 35% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. Moving to the 2nd position of the P2P ranking list sits the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, where it has a price of $853.00. Our Bravo 15 laptop currently has 28% worse Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
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. So the laptop we have chosen for its CPU performance is the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz, which comes with a Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor. That processor performs 11% better compared to our review laptop’s Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz.
Our laptop CPU beats 499 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 500 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
Games these days have a range of processor requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop CPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Grand Theft Auto VI and our laptop processor gets 33% better performance rating. Next we have Resident Evil 8 where our CPU gets 4% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, which has a performance difference of : 11% worse, when put against our laptop’s Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz.
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. The GPU focused laptop we picked for our comparison is the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz. Its got one of the best graphics cards found in laptops at the moment, which is the GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile. It delivers 139% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Radeon RX 5500M 4GB.
A snapshot today of performance for our Graphics Card, we can currently see it beating 0 of the 500 most demanding games available right now. This is considering their recommended system requirements. For a the top 500 Minimum system specs this is 322 games.
How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against Mass Effect: Legendary Edition recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 68% worse performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Grand Theft Auto VI, which shows the review laptop’s gpu against that game’s system specs gets 88% worse performance. We also see the 88% worse performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game Resident Evil 8 for it’s graphics requirements.
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 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop has a 15.0" screen and is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall and in other words has a 1080p resolution. Screen refresh rate on a 4K panel laptop will normally be 60Hz and this will cap out any game’s Frames Per Second at 60 even if it’s hardware could deliver more FPS. Along with that upset most AAA games would struggle to reach that 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on most laptop hardware today. With a bigger refresh rate helping your FPS this MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB 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 laptop has got 4K capable hardware? Well when 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.
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.
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 1440p gaming monitor that has a great price today and should be a nice accompaniment to the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. Its current price is $299.00 and it has a 75Hz refresh rate. We like to review tracked prices for our suggested hardware and this 1440p monitor is no different. We spotted its lowest price, recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it cost $229.99.
Today’s most competitive 4K gaming monitor by price is Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz and could work well with the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. It is priced at $629.99. This 4K monitor, during these past couple of weeks, has increased its price by $629.99. 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.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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.
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.
If you are looking for a good value mouse to go with your MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, then the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $12.99. It's interesting that even though this is a well priced mouse at the moment, it’s pricing history shows it has increased its price by $12.99 over the past two weeks. Another point of reference for this mouse, is that our lowest recorded price for this mouse was on 15th Aug 2020 where it was costing $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 64GB 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 increasing 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.