Laptop announced date: 25th March 2020
Last reviewed: 13th July 2020
Our MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review today is going to help us understand how well the hardware components in this machine can run today’s modern games. Taking a look at some of the most demanding popular titles we will see some expected frame rates for the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
Is the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - A Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz CPU that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2021. 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 - This laptop graphics solution will struggle to run 2021 game releases making it a poor laptop GPU choice for gamers today. This GPU has 4GB VRAM in it. This is considered OK at the moment for gaming but some games will struggle and it will certainly cause an issue for running games smoothly during the coming months.
System Memory - The 16GB is an excellent amount of system memory for modern gaming in 2021.
Screen Size - This laptop screen size is capable of meeting 2021 gaming, making it a step closer to being a good laptop for gamers. Larger laptop screens normally equal less squinting at on screen text, providing the resolution is set inline with the screens native pixel count. We normally look to the 17 inch panels for focused gaming laptops, but this 15.0" screen is the most common and popular in the market, due to portability versus viewability. 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 - If you want your gaming laptop to push past 60FPS, then make sure your laptop display panel has a higher refresh rate than 60Hz. Not all laptop manufacturers clearly state the screen refresh rate. If it is not clear, assume it is 60Hz. The laptop only turn out FPS (frames per second) as high as its screens refresh rate. 60hz refresh rate gets a max of 60FPS in all games, regardless of the hardware’s power in your laptop. We can see this laptop can support high gaming refresh rates, with 144Hz screen panel built in. This is excellent refresh rates for gaming. More than 60Hz would still be suitable for gaming.
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, New World or Battlefield 2042 in ultra graphics settings on its native screen resolution of 1080p. 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 317 at their minimum system requirements and then 0 games when looking at their recommended system specs.
Stepping into it, we can standardise our assessment of this MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review by giving every laptop a relative price to performance rating. This rating, for all laptops, will adjust over time and keep the data in this review relevant to today's expectations and inline with ever increasing game demands of modern AAA laptop gaming.
A 10 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. Here we look at how our version of this Bravo 15 laptop compares against the other laptops in the range. This laptop is currently 2nd in this range for hardware value. Laptops closer to the 1st position of the model range represent the better gaming performance bang for your buck.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz|
|Graphics Card||Radeon RX 5500M 4GB|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.0" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz, 120Hz
MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H 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||3%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$979.00||0%|
|R7 4800H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,179.00||4%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,109.00||8%|
|R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,339.00||14%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,269.00||19%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$929.00||24%|
Looking outside of this range lets us compare the Price to Performance rating of the very best laptops we have listed. Today's top laptop model for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and the price we have for it is $999.00. Our MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop’s price to performance is 18% worse when comparing it with the top laptop, purely on a performance for money basis, and as we know lots of things go into our decision when choosing the right laptop for us. Another great model is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which we have priced at $1049.00. Our Bravo 15 laptop is 3% worse on Price to Performance.
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 Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz. With a Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz CPU in it that performs 42% better compared to our laptop’s Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop CPU can currently meet or beat 467 game’s recommended system requirements when we put the 500 most demanding games into a list. With a list of 500 Minimum system specs put in a similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 500 games.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop CPU performs against today's popular games. Our Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz compared against recommended processor requirements for New World delivers 48% better performance while against Resident Evil 8 it’s 48% worse and finally compared to Battlefield 2042 it has a performance difference : 27% better.
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 Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop as one of the best GPU laptop performers today to compare graphics ability with our laptop. This puts a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 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 139% better comparably in performance as 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 317 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
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, New World and our laptop graphics gets 21% worse performance rating. Next we have Resident Evil 8 where our graphics card gets 88% worse performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Battlefield 2042, which has a performance difference of : 68% worse, when put against our laptop’s Radeon RX 5500M 4GB.
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 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2’s physical 15.0" panel delivers 1920 pixels across its width and 1080 pixels tall. A 4K laptops will likely run with 60Hz screen refresh rate, so should the laptop’s hardware be able to get good frame rates at 4K resolution and due to the refresh rate the laptop would max out at 60 frames per second as its screen would not be capable of delivering any higher. Modern games in Ultra graphics settings are also normally too demanding for a 4K resolution anyway. You can find the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 panel with 144Hz, 120Hz refresh rate variants.
So a quick lowering of a AAA game’s screen resolution, from a native 4K laptop panel down to either 1080p or perhaps 1440p would increase the frame rate. And thus improve the stability of your gameplay. But a laptop display panel has a fixed number of pixels. Moving away from that exact number of pixels in a game lowers the definition quality of the graphics in the game. Making the experience sub par and if you do this often, then this seriously puts into question your choice for a 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.
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?
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.
If you are looking for a desktop monitor with a reasonable refresh rate to accompany the well priced MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H 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 $299.00. Our cheapest tracked price for the desktop 1440p monitor was $229.99, which we recorded on 9th Mar 2021.
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 $617.99. During these past 2 weeks, this 4K monitor’s price has gone up by $582. Our 4k monitor price tracker recorded and marked its lowest price on 13th Nov 2020, it reached the lower price of $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.
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.
You could pick up a mouse to go with the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which today is $12.99. Over the past couple of weeks this mouse has dropped its price by $23, giving us extra confidence in matching it with today’s laptop as a good purchase. Another point of interest was that we saw this mouse priced at $11.99, which we tracked on 15th Aug 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$38.39|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$50.00|
The gaming headset with today’s best price to value that would go well with the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Its current price is $39.99. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 on 12th Mar 2020.