MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Bravo 15 MS-Bravo15023-HID9
Laptop announced date: 25th March 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
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 Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 can run today’s latest games and what sort of frame rates this MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB 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.
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Gaming Laptop Analysis
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 processor can run modern AAA titles with little problem and is an excellent laptop CPU gaming choice for 2021. 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 - Our laptop’s Radeon RX 5500M 4GB is not a gamers graphics solution. And while with some tweaks some games in 2021 might run, this is certainly not a gamers laptop option. The 4GB VRAM in this graphics solution is just OK. There are games that could do with a lot more VRAM than this.
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 - 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" is too big and this is definitely a good, portable option for some gamers. Our target size for a gaming laptop is 17 inches, 15 inches is always a good size if portability is more your focus, but in our minds we want the largest screen size while still being portable, so we can more clearly see the games.
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. If you were to get the 144Hz laptop screen option that we see this is available with then this would be an excellent refresh rate gaming laptop choice.
Radeon RX 5500M 4GB graphics card gaming performance in the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
Getting a good price to performance gaming laptop is what we are all trying to do when looking for our next mobile machine. The key component in this is usually the graphics card. So we will of course be considering this hardware setup and how well it could run modern popular games like Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition, God of War 2018 and Far Cry 6 to help us know if this graphics card and laptop is a good price to performance point. We do this by considering the gaming frame rates achieved at its native 1080p resolution while the games would be running at Ultra video settings. Now this comes with the Radeon RX 5500M 4GB installed as the mobile graphics card, and at the moment it is capable of running 308 games at their minimum graphics system specs and then running 0 recommended specs of today’s top 500 most demanding games.
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Comparing MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB 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 64GB 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 $1339 of the laptop with regards to its key hardware capability in running modern games performance delivered by this laptop’s hardware.
With a P2P rating of 10 today the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. Looking at how this configuration of the Bravo 15 laptop compares against other laptops within its range we can see it currently is placed at the 5th spot. Those laptops that are closer to the top 1st place of the model range are considered better gaming laptops regarding performance and laptop price.
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|Processor||Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz|
|Graphics Card||Radeon RX 5500M 4GB|
|RAM||64GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15 " 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%|
Now let's look at where this laptop sits compared to all other laptops, including those outside of the Bravo 15 range. It currently offers 35% worse rating when comparing its price to performance rating against the best laptop available today for price to performance, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which currently costs $999. Second on the Price to Performance laptop ranking at the moment is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 which we have a recorded price of $1049. If we compare our laptop to this one then our laptop returns with 18% worse performance/ price rating figure than it.
How does the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
To get a good comparison when considering how well this laptop performs in terms of processing power, we will compare it to today’s most powerful CPU focused laptop. This will at least show us what other sorts of processor-centric laptops exist and give us a relative point of laptop processor cost comparison. This top tier processor focused laptop is currently the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. With a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz CPU in it that performs 4% better compared to our laptop’s Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz.
A snapshot today of performance for our processor, we can currently see it beating 497 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 500 games.
A game’s listed recommended CPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop CPU. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop processor. First off let's look at God of War 2018 which shows our laptop CPU has 54% better performance than it. How about Far Cry 6, where we see our CPU is 2% better. Then there is 28% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition.
How does the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Looking for a new gaming laptop often leads us quickly to consider the sort of performance the mobile graphics card can deliver. Mobile graphics cards are often underpowered versions of their desktop equivalent, but still often very capable. To gauge the performance ability in this graphics department we compare our laptop to a GPU focused laptop that is around at the moment, to help provide us with a good graphics performance metric and comparison. Today’s MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K comes with one of the more powerful laptop graphics solutions available for game crunching at the moment, making it a good one to compare against our review laptops GPU. We will use its GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB to compare against our Radeon RX 5500M 4GB card. The top end laptop’s GPU currently delivers 131% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Radeon RX 5500M 4GB.
Our laptop’s GPU can currently run 0 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended Graphics Card requirements. This figure is 308 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the Radeon RX 5500M 4GB.
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, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition and our laptop graphics gets 9% worse performance rating. Next we have God of War 2018 where our graphics card gets 22% worse performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Far Cry 6, which has a performance difference of : 45% worse, when put against our laptop’s Radeon RX 5500M 4GB.
The MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
This laptop’s panel has a physical 15" 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? 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 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 has 144Hz, 120Hz screen refresh rate variants available.
To get back some of those missing FPS on a AAA game we lower the game’s displayed screen resolution and get some stability in the game’s performance. This is usually a last resort for gamers though and not the sort of action taken by someone who has just shelled out for a new 4K laptop. Lowering down from a native 4K resolution, perhaps to 1080p or 1440p ups the game’s FPS but veering from the native 4K resolution leaves a game looking blurry. Definition of graphics drops and surely this puts forward the need to question someone’s choice for a 4K gaming laptop. If your 1080p laptop has the hardware to run today’s AAA games comfortably at 4K, then plug your laptop into your desktop 4K monitor, when you are at home for some serious gaming sessions. As that desktop monitor probably isn't 60Hz restricted and is physically larger than the relatively small 17inch laptop screen size. We do just that here, with a 27inch 144Hz Nvidia GSync 1440p desktop monitor and an Alienware 51M laptop sporting a desktop RTX 2080.
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.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor today is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. With its 75Hz refresh rate and a current price of $311.99 it should go nicely with this MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. 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 best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Why not grab a monitor like the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz 4K screen. It is currently coming in with the best price tag in the 4K range of monitors that we are watching, at $618 and has a 144Hz refresh rate. We price track a number of carefully chosen laptop peripherals and during these past couple of weeks we saw that this 4k monitor has seen a slight price increase, but despite that it is still better quality to value compared to our other favourite monitors. Its recent price increased by $618, so perhaps it can be found a little cheaper elsewhere at the moment Once we spot a monitor we like we start price tracking it. The lowest tracked price we have for this monitor was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where it was seen at $549.99.
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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.
Hold that 4K gaming laptop cash for perhaps a more powerful GPU or fancy mouse or headset. That's our usual advice. Otherwise it might be a bit disheartening to pay for a 4K gaming laptop, and then be forced to turn the resolution down on modern games to get them to run smoothly.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
Of the mice we monitor and price track, today’s top mouse is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, priced at $12.99. Price watching this mouse shows that it has had a price drop by $32.26 during the past couple of weeks, which gives us more reason to select it to go with today’s laptop. 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|
You could pick up a headset to go with the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which today is $36.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it priced at $34.99.