Laptop announced date: 25th March 2020
Last reviewed: 13th July 2020
If you are looking for the best priced gaming laptop and was wondering how well the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB 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 32GB 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.
Is the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB 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 - A poor gamers choice in the graphics department for gamers during 2021. This is not capable of running most modern titles as it is too weak. There are better gamer graphics options in other laptops if that is your thing. Modern AAA games can make use of more than the 4GB VRAM available in this graphics solution. It has an OK amount of VRAM but could struggle moving into the coming year..
System Memory - The system memory (32GB) 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 - Our review laptop has a 15.0" panel. We certainly feel this is a good gaming laptop size in 2021 and gives a happy balance between portability and physical gaming viewability. When laptops get much smaller, it makes it harder to see in-game menus and some of the game huds can take up a lot of the screen area, leaving less space for you to see main game playing areas on physically smaller screens. While a smaller laptop provides better portability than perhaps a 15 or 17 inch gaming laptop, it will also compromise your viewability when in game.
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. 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.
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, Grand Theft Auto VI or Resident Evil 8 in ultra graphics settings on its native screen resolution of 1080p. We find a Radeon RX 5500M 4GB mobile graphics card in this laptop, which is currently capable of playing 322 games, if you consider their minimum graphics system requirements as the playable level to beat. However, today the Radeon RX 5500M 4GB is also capable of running 0 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
During your research for your next laptop, you have probably seen that the laptops reviewed are often the top permutation of the range and even then they were reviewed some time back against games that were released around the time of the review. Today we will be working to provide an up to date value assessment on this MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 hardware performance against today’s games and then consider how it compares to all other laptops and how it sits within its own Bravo 15 range.
The MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 gaming laptop is currently getting a 10 on our P2P rating out of 10. Higher is better and this figure will adjust as new hardware and prices shift over time With a number of Bravo 15 laptops in the model lineup this particular variant places at the 4th position for Price to Performance value. Laptops closer to the top place (1st) are value gaming laptop options that deliver the best performance for the laptop price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz|
|Graphics Card||Radeon RX 5500M 4GB|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.0" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz, 120Hz
MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,049.00||12%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$979.00||8%|
|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||0%|
|R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,339.00||6%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,269.00||10%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$929.00||14%|
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 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 compares. Looking at the best gaming laptop on price to performance, our laptop has 28% 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 $999.00. How about we also look at the 2nd ranked laptop for excellent Price/Performance ratings, which is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a recorded cost of $853.00. We see our Bravo 15 laptop scores 21% worse against it for price to performance.
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. 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 42% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz.
Our laptop’s CPU can currently run 470 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 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz.
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 CPU Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz against Grand Theft Auto VI. This CPU performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 14% better performance against the game’s recommended CPU system requirements. Then we have Battlefield 6 and our laptop was 27% better in processor performance and another popular title today is Resident Evil 8 which we saw our review laptop get 23% worse compared to our laptop cpu.
Shall we see if our review laptop holds out favourably against a top GPU performance focused laptop PC that is currently available. 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.
Interestingly we can see 0 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s GPU performance capability. This is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games around today. For minimum system requirements in this same area the number is 322 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop GPU performs against today's popular games. Our Radeon RX 5500M 4GB compared against recommended graphics requirements for Grand Theft Auto VI delivers 88% worse performance while against Battlefield 6 it’s 68% worse and finally compared to Resident Evil 8 it has a performance difference : 88% worse.
We thought we would explore this question about best screen resolutions for your laptop, as it comes up a lot. This MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB 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. A 4K panel usually comes with 60Hz screen refresh rate that would be also setting a max FPS on any game played on the laptop, even if it’s laptop hardware could return higher FPS. Factor into the decision process about getting a 4K laptop, that most AAA games would struggle to reach 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on today’s regular laptop hardware. With a bigger refresh rate helping your FPS this MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 has 144Hz, 120Hz screen refresh rate variants available.
Dropping a game’s screen resolution down below the native 4K resolution to 1080p or 1440p, would possibly deliver the much needed FPS for stable modern AAA gaming. Down scaling that native resolution comes at a price, though. As soon as you step away from the native resolution of any monitor/ panel it lowers the clean definition of a game as the physical number of screen pixels don't match those being sent by the game. The game starts to look blurry. 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.
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.
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 well priced 1440p desktop monitor we have found is a ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS that has a 75Hz refresh rate and priced at $299.00. Our cheapest tracked price for the desktop 1440p monitor was $229.99, which we recorded on 9th Mar 2021.
Perhaps you could grab something like the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz 4K gaming monitor we have spotted today. It is our current best priced 4K monitor at $629.99 with a 144Hz refresh rate. During these past 2 weeks, this 4K monitor’s price has gone up by $629.99. 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]
The primary use we can think of is for streaming 4K movie and TV content, assuming you have access to these services. If this is your primary use for the laptop, rather than gaming then it certainly might be worth considering this.
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 32GB 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. Reviewing this mouse shows us that during these past two weeks it has increased its price by $12.99 over the past two weeks. It is still a great value mouse for the price but it proves that it can be found for cheaper, if you look about. 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|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Logitech MX Master 2S||$57.95|
We price track a number of good value gaming headset and the one that currently stands out is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, which is currently available for $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. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 which had it priced at $25.98.