MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Bravo 15 MS-Bravo15022-HID5
Laptop announced date: 25th March 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
If you are looking for the best priced gaming laptop and was wondering how well the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 can run today’s latest games, then you are in the right place. We will be focusing this review on exploring how the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 performs against the most demanding games around and really getting a better understanding of this laptop’s price to performance today.
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Is the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB 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. This laptop CPU has 6 cores. This is excellent for modern AAA gaming as the games start to require more cores for simultaneous activities.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics solution will struggle to run 2021 game releases making it a poor laptop GPU choice for gamers today. 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 16GB of RAM found in this laptop is an excellent quantity to deal with the requirements of 2021 AAA gaming.
Screen Size - Today’s 2021 games are well supported by the 15" panel found attached to this laptop. While you could find a portable laptop with more screen real estate, this is a good gamer laptop choice. We will go for a 17 inch screen size when choosing a laptop for gaming. And while the larger the screen the less portable the machine, the bigger screen balances out with better in-game viewability. And that is more important when wondering whether to go with a 1.5 Kg laptop or a 3.5Kg laptop for gaming for us.
Refresh Rate - If you want a gaming laptop then aim for a refresh rate that is more than 60Hz. If you don't clearly see the advertised laptops screen refresh rate then assume it is 60Hz. This would mean that the laptop will be capped at 60FPS when running games. The higher the refresh rate and the FPS then the smoother the game plays as it delivers more images a second to your screen and makes movement feel more responsive in game. Ok so after that refresh rate recap we can see that this laptop can be found with the excellent gaming refresh rate of 144Hz. However, you can always look for others, but try to find something with more than 60Hz.
Radeon RX 5500M 4GB graphics card gaming performance in the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H 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, Far Cry 6 or Forza Horizon 5 in ultra graphics settings on its native screen resolution of 1080p. 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 308 games at minimum system requirements and 0 games at their recommended system requirements.
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Comparing MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
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.
P2P rating of 10 today the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. This Bravo 15 configuration is placed at 2nd 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 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz|
|Graphics Card||Radeon RX 5500M 4GB|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15 " 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%|
We will now check against leading Price 2 Performance laptops outside of this model range to see how the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 compares. Looking at the best gaming laptop on price to performance, our laptop has 18% 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. How about we also look at the 2nd ranked laptop for excellent Price/Performance ratings, which is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a recorded cost of $1049. We see our Bravo 15 laptop scores 3% worse against it for price to performance.
How does the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
As one of the key focuses of any computer is the CPU we will want to know how well our Bravo 15 laptop performs in this area. A good way of gauging this is to put it in a comparison with the best priced CPU focused laptop available today, and then check out its relative performance against that top CPU laptop. We will choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop for our CPU comparison tests as that laptop currently has the best CPU in it at the cheapest laptop price. Its CPU is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which we will compare to our review laptop’s Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz processor. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop CPU to be 33% better in performance compared to our laptop’s processor.
The Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz processor found in this machine can currently run 458 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop cpu beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 499 games when looking at beating minimum 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 God of War 2018 which currently our Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz is 41% better next let's see how well it runs against Forza Horizon 5. We can see it is 41% better. Ok finally lets see it against Far Cry 6. Here our laptop is 25% worse.
How does the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Wondering how strong this laptop is in the GPU department, then let's have a look at it compared to one of the current best GPU performing laptops available today and this should show us the relative graphics performance of our review model. We have chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card. That graphics card performs 131% better when compared to our review laptop’s Radeon RX 5500M 4GB.
Currently 0 games of the top 500 most demanding games today (recommended graphics requirements) can run on the review laptop’s Radeon RX 5500M 4GB. Or 308 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum GPU specs can run on it.
Some of the most popular games today are really the primary benchmark for any laptop’s ability, so we thought we should compare our laptop GPU Radeon RX 5500M 4GB against Far Cry 6. This video card performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 45% worse performance against the game’s recommended GPU system requirements. Then we have God of War 2018 and our laptop was 22% worse in graphics performance and another popular title today is Forza Horizon 5 which we saw our review laptop get 26% worse compared to our laptop gpu.
The MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
This laptop has a 15" physical screen size with a native resolution of 1920x1080. So should you instead be thinking of picking up a 4K monitor rather than this MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2’s 1080p panel? 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. The MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop’s monitor can be picked up with 144Hz, 120Hz refresh rate versions.
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 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.
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.
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.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
If you wanted a desktop monitor to go with the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop then this ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS would go well and has 75Hz and today’s price of $311.99. We like to price track our favourite laptop hardware and peripherals. And as a point of note the lowest tracked price for this 1440p monitor was recorded on 9th Mar 2021, which was priced at $229.99.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
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 $618 price at the moment it also 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 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.
Paying extra for 4K gaming in a laptop is not really a good investment of your cash at the moment. We would put our extra cash in to a 1080p with better graphics card or maybe a nice mouse or headset. Because with the 4K laptop you may be sad when having to drop your favourite modern games screen resolution to get an ok frame rate. Or perhaps lowering the graphics setting to increase 4K FPS up to a stable and playable amount, only to hit a 60FPS ceiling due to the 60Hz 4K panel limit.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming mouse is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its price tag today is $12.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value mouse. We have seen this mouse lower its price during these past couple of weeks by $32.26, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for this laptop. Further to our mouse information, this mouse had a lowest price recorded by us of $11.99 dated on 15th Aug 2020.
|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 R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which today is $36.99. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 recorded at 28th Nov 2019.