Laptop announced date: 25th March 2020
Last reviewed: 13th July 2020
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 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 can run today’s latest games and what sort of frame rates this MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB 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.
Is the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - This processor, the Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz, is excellent and can meet 2020 AAA title requirements with relative ease. Games are beginning to lean on more CPU cores for extra processing. Fortunately this CPU has 6 cores, making it an excellent gamers processor choice.
Graphics Card - A poor gamers choice in the graphics department for gamers during 2020. 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. Your GPU VRAM is important in modern gaming. The laptop’s GPU here has 4GB of VRAM which is just OK by todays game requirements. There are laptop GPU solutions with much more VRAM, which would be better if you are looking for a gaming laptop right now.
System Memory - This laptop’s 8GB of RAM is certainly a good quantity, when running AAA games in 2020.
Screen Size - This laptop screen (15.0") in 2020 offers up a good amount of gaming screen real estate for gamers on the move, while keeping the physical laptop footprint portable. In games the physical size of the screen can help with being able to read in game menus without squinting. You could go larger, of course, but then the larger you go the less portable a laptop becomes. For gaming laptops that are still portable, we would go for 17 inch gaming laptops.
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. With that in mind, we see that this laptop comes with an excellent 144Hz refresh rate for gaming. Of course, anything over 60Hz is good for gaming focused laptops.
With this gaming laptop we will be exploring how well it can run modern, demanding and popular games that are out now or will be coming out over the coming months. Currently we will want to understand its gaming performance compared to its overall laptop cost and we can do this by looking at how it could run popular games like, Cyberpunk 2077 or Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. We will be seeing how it deals with these games in ultra graphics settings on its laptop screen resolution of 1080p. A first point of reference is seeing how many the mobile gpu, a Radeon RX 5500M 4GB found in this laptop, can run of today's 500 most demanding games. In particular it would seem that it can currently run 0 at recommended graphics requirements and then 345 games at their min specs.
We really want to see how the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 will compare across all permutations of the Bravo 15 model range. This will give us a good sense of how well it sits in terms of cost to performance within its own lineup, and will better help us decide if this laptop represents good value to us today.
The MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 is getting a 9.7 for its P2P score out of 10. This relative value will change as game performance, hardware costs and laptop expectations adjust over time. 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 7th 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.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz|
|Graphics Card||Radeon RX 5500M 4GB|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.0" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz, 120Hz
MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,049.00||27%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$979.00||24%|
|R7 4800H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,179.00||18%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,109.00||14%|
|R7 4800H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,339.00||8%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 64GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,269.00||4%|
|R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2||$929.00||0%|
How about we compare our MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to the laptop with the leading P2P rating out of all laptops and see how it compares. Today's best gaming laptop for Price to Performance is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 ($985.33) and our laptop is 48% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. Another great model is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which we have priced at $858.54. Our Bravo 15 laptop is 37% worse on Price to Performance.
CPU performance is always going to be something we are interested in, when looking to buy a new laptop. So if we compare this Bravo 15 laptop to a CPU focused laptop, we will pick today’s top CPU performing laptop at the cheapest price point, then we can use this as a good measuring point for our laptop in question. For processor focused performance we choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p laptop for today’s comparison. This top end CPU laptop comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor in it that performs 33% better if we put it against our review laptop’s Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz processor.
Our laptop CPU beats 487 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 500 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
When compared to the recommended processor requirements of the most popular games today, like Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop CPU is 48% better in performance. Compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla our laptop processor is 27% better.
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. Today’s MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 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.
The Radeon RX 5500M 4GB Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 0 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop GPU beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 345 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
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 Cyberpunk 2077. This video card performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 24% worse performance against the game’s recommended GPU system requirements. Then we have Assassins Creed: Valhalla and our laptop was 15% worse in graphics performance and another popular title today is Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War which we saw our review laptop get 28% worse compared to our laptop gpu.
There is a lot of talk about getting 4K capable monitors and our review laptop has a 1080p native resolution, and a physical 15.0" panel. Lets explore if it would be better for you to grab a laptop with a 4K screen rather than the 1080p offered here? 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. This review laptop has 144Hz, 120Hz refresh rate versions available.
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. The 1080p laptop could run games you love at 4K resolution, with a few tweaks to the graphics settings? In this situation you can always plug the gaming laptop you are not on the move, plug the laptop into a 144Hz or better desktop monitor that’s 28inches and comes with a 1440p or 4K resolution to enjoy modern gaming without FPS or size limits.
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.
As you can probably gather from the information above, its probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor with 75Hz, is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is currently priced at $294.99 and would work well with our MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. For extra price trend information on this desktop 1440p monitor, it reached its lowest tracked price on 5th Aug 2020, where it would cost $272.99.
A well priced 4K gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. It has a price today of $829.99 and should be a nice accompaniment to the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. During these past 2 weeks, this 4K monitor’s price has gone up by $780. Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 11th Aug 2020, where we spotted it for $797.05.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
So why would you get a 4K capable laptop? If you enjoy movies or Netflix at 4K and have access to 4K content via those types of services then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be a great experience, but we still think you wouldn't miss that 4K.
As you can probably gather from the information above, it's probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
The gaming mouse with today’s best price to value that would go well with the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its current price is $11.99. Today's best value and good quality mouse has enjoyed a price reduction of $38, and provides another reason for us to suggest it to compliment this laptop. Another point of reference for this mouse, is that our lowest recorded price for this mouse was on 15th Aug 2020 where it was costing $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$58.95|
Of our regular price tracked gaming headset the best value headset today is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. With its a current price of $30.99 it should work well with this MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020, which had it priced at $25.98.