MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Bravo 15 MS-Bravo15022-HID9
Laptop announced date: 25th March 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Our MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB 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 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
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Gaming Laptop Analysis
Is the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - An excellent CPU for running AAA game requirements, especially during the 2021 gaming year. It will be solid for some time to come as well. The 6 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - This graphics card, the Radeon RX 5500M 4GB, is a poor gamer choice for 2021 AAA games. Look elsewhere for a gamer focused laptop. The GPU in this laptop comes with 4GB of VRAM. This is an OK amount of VRAM but even some of today’s newer games will struggle to run. If you are after a gaming machine then perhaps look around for another laptop with more VRAM.
System Memory - A laptop with 32GB of system memory, like this laptop, makes it an excellent amount of RAM for the AAA gaming needs of 2021 and into the future.
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" 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 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 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
Getting the right graphics card for this mobile gaming machine will be one of our key focuses. As we know it can be tricky to break this down, but we will be looking at how this laptop hardware can run across demanding and popular modern games and therefore how well the price of the machine stacks up against other gaming laptops. A few of the modern demanding or popular games we will be looking at will be, Far Cry 6, God of War 2018 and Forza Horizon 5. Seeing how these games run on the laptops native 1080p resolution at ultra will certainly give us something tangible to consider and compare from. 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 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Have you been looking for the best gaming laptop for your buck? Well you have probably encountered what we have, which is that, only certain laptops are normally reviewed and even then the review is often using games that are now getting out of date. So we decided to factor in all permutations of the Bravo 15 model range and compare them against the price adjustments those hardware variations incur when you change a GPU, for example. And so we have created this MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop price to performance review with a P2P rating to help standardise our comparisons.
With a P2P rating currently of 10 out of 10 for the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2. This relative value will change as hardware costs and their performance change over time for laptops. Here we look at how our version of this Bravo 15 laptop compares against the other laptops in the range. This laptop is currently 4th 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.
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|Processor||Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz|
|Graphics Card||Radeon RX 5500M 4GB|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15 " 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%|
Lets now see how our MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compares to the best P2P laptop, which is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our review laptop has 28% worse rating in price to performance and the best laptop for P2P has a listed price of $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 12% worse performance/ price rating figure than it.
How does the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this Bravo 15 laptop does in the grand scheme of CPU focused laptops. Let's compare this laptop with a top CPU performance laptop available today and see how its CPU performance stacks up. 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.
Currently 458 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz. Or it is 499 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
Recommended processor requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop CPU to some popular games of today. First off there is God of War 2018 and our laptop CPU delivers 41% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Forza Horizon 5 in which we see our laptop processor has 41% better performance compared to the game's CPU specs. And then there is 25% worse performance when we put our laptop cpu against Far Cry 6 recommended specs.
How does the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB 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. Lets grab a graphics focused laptop for comparison then. We have chosen the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop for its graphical performance. This big hitting GPU laptop comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card in it that performs 131% better if we bench it against our laptop’s Radeon RX 5500M 4GB graphics hardware.
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 308 games.
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 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
There is a lot of talk about getting 4K capable monitors and our review laptop has a 1080p native resolution, and a physical 15" panel. Lets explore if it would be better for you to grab a laptop with a 4K screen rather than the 1080p offered here? We normally see a 60Hz screen refresh rate accompanying most 4K laptop panels. Which means a game would reach a top 60 FPS before it maxed out, even if the laptop’s hardware was powerful enough to deliver frame rates that were better than that. Today’s AAA games are usually too demanding for a 4K resolution anyway. It’s worth noting that the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 panel is available with the following panel refresh rates 144Hz, 120Hz.
We can always lower the game’s displayed screen resolution to something like 1080p or 1440p which is below the 4K laptop’s native pixel count. This will get a more stable game experience, increasing a game’s FPS that might be needed across a number of modern AAA games on a 4K laptop. However, getting away from the laptop’s more native 4K resolution, will take away in-game graphics definition. Not an ideal situation, playing blurry games on your new 4K 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.
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.
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
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 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. We have seen this desktop 1440p monitor recorded at a low price on 9th Mar 2021, where we saw it was costing $229.99.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
If you wanted to pick up a 4K desktop monitor to go alongside this laptop then the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz looks well priced right now. At $618 it also has a 144Hz refresh rate. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $618, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. The cheapest we have tracked this 4k monitor was for the price of $549.99, on 13th Nov 2020.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
For now in the laptop space, it looks best to stick with 1080p panels. This way your laptop’s physical size remains practical and portable, 17inch laptops are plenty big enough. And at the moment you will still have to lower game resolutions down from 4K, on the bigger hitting AAA titles, that would then get playable, but sub par visuals and you would still hit the 60FPS cap if your hardware could go beyond 60FPS.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
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. 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. To give some extra insight into this mouse, we had it price tracked on 15th Aug 2020, where it was at its lowest price of $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|
If you are looking for a good value headset to go with your MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, then the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $36.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.