MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Bravo 15 MS-Bravo15022-HID1
Laptop announced date: 25th March 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
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.
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Gaming Laptop Analysis
Is the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - Modern AAA 2021 gaming with the Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz processor is no problem. As it meets game requirements of today it will likely hold its own against future release titles as well, this is an excellent CPU for a gaming laptop. 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 - Today’s AAA 2021 gaming is not met by the graphics solution found in this laptop. The performance provided by the Radeon RX 5500M 4GB will certainly struggle with some of the more demanding games around. This GPU has 4GB VRAM, which is an OK amount for most modern games, but there are certainly graphics solutions that provide plenty more VRAM than this.
System Memory - The 8GB system memory in this machine is a good gaming amount of RAM for a 2021 laptop.
Screen Size - This screen size, which is 15", is a good amount for a laptop panel for modern 2021 games. Often 17inches is ideal for dedicated gaming laptops, but this is the more popular size for portability versus in-game screen viewability. Look for 17 inch laptops, if you want a gaming laptop with a suitable viewing area. But the larger laptop means you compromise on portability.
Refresh Rate - If you are focused on a gaming laptop then ideally you want a refresh rate of 120Hz or 144Hz or more. A lot of laptops come with 60Hz and this will stop your games being able to run in more than 60 Frames per second. Even if you hardware is capable of far more frames per second. The top refresh rate for this laptop is 144Hz which is excellent for gaming. Get a panel with over 60Hz refresh rate would certainly be suitable for gaming.
Radeon RX 5500M 4GB graphics card gaming performance in the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
Gamers looking at laptops will be needing to carefully consider the performance of the machine in relation to modern, often demanding, games. So getting the mobile graphics selected correctly is key to identifying the best price-to-performance laptop for you. We will take a look at the hardware and graphics card in this laptop in relation to how well it can deliver frame rates when running modern demanding or popular games like, Far Cry 6 or New World. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 1080p screen resolution. 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 309 games at their min specs.
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Comparing MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB 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 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop price to performance review with a P2P rating to help standardise our comparisons.
This laptop gets a 9.7 for P2P. Today the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop sits at 7th place compared to all the other permutations of the Bravo 15 range. Laptops placed nearer to 1st place in the P2P list of the model range will be better value for your money when looking at gaming laptops in this range.
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|Processor||Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz|
|Graphics Card||Radeon RX 5500M 4GB|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15 " 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%|
Now let's look at where this laptop sits compared to all other laptops, including those outside of the Bravo 15 range. It currently offers 46% worse rating when comparing its price to performance rating against the best laptop available today for price to performance, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which currently costs $999. Again only comparing against Price to Performance we can see that the second best model in today’s P2P ranking list is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, and our laptop is 27% worse when compared against this price to performance rating. The price of the 2nd best laptop is listed as $1049.
How does the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is currently available. We have chosen our comparison CPU focused laptop today as the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, which comes armed with the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz laptop CPU. This top tier CPU is currently delivering 33% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz.
Today there are 458 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our CPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 499 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum processor system requirements.
Let's take a look and see how well our Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended CPU specs for Far Cry 6 our laptop is 25% worse, and compared to New World it is 48% better , where as against Battlefield 2042 it delivers 11% worse performance.
How does the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You will likely be considering buying a graphics and pixel crunching laptop perhaps to meet the latest and future game requirements. We will therefore be wondering how our Bravo 15 review laptop competes against other GPU centric laptops in the gaming laptop market. To give us a bit of insight we will compare our laptop with a leading GPU performance laptop and see how its graphics capability performs against it. 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.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop GPU can currently meet or beat 0 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 ina similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 309 games.
How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against Battlefield 2042 recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 52% worse performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Far Cry 6, which shows the review laptop’s gpu against that game’s system specs gets 45% worse performance. We also see the 17% worse performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game New World for it’s graphics requirements.
The MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
This MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop has a 15" physical screen size and displays 1920 pixel by 1080 pixels tall native 1080p resolution. Is this 1080p laptop good for your needs though or should you instead be looking to buy a 4K screen mobile PC rather than this? The refresh rate of a 4K laptop panel is often 60Hz. This figure sets a 60 frames per second cap that locks a game to no matter the capability of the hardware in the 4K laptop. However, today’s AAA games, when running at Ultra graphics settings and 4K resolution, usually require hardware that we don't see in laptops or desktops to even reach that 60FPS cap. We can see 144Hz, 120Hz panel refresh rate versions of this laptop are available. The higher the better.
As a somewhat last resort a gamer could lower a game’s displayed screen resolution away from the 4K laptop’s native pixel count. Dropping down to 1080p or maybe 1440p would deliver more frames per second in game and help provide a more stable FPS in modern AAA games. But taking this action, moving away from the native 4K resolution, immediately reduces game graphics definition and makes it look blurry. Not an ideal situation on a new gaming 4K laptop. A 1080p laptop can still have some powerful gaming hardware in it and if it is good enough to run AAA games at larger resolutions like 4K or 1440p then attach it to a desktop monitor while you are at home and stationary. If the desktop monitor is pretty good then it wont have a 60Hz refresh rate limiting its FPS count in game. And is likely to be a whole lot more enjoyable playing on a 24 inch or larger monitor than the more standard 15 or 17inch screen normally found on gaming laptops.
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.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
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 8GB 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 $311.99. To help you get a bit more insight into the pricing trends of this 1440p monitor, we have price tracked this monitor and saw its lowest price recorded at $229.99, which was taken on 9th Mar 2021.
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 past 2 weeks, this 4K monitor’s price has gone up by $618. 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]
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.
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 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
A great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the MSI Bravo 15 R5 4600H RX 5500M 8GB RAM 512GB M.2 is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $12.99. Our suggested mouse has actually lowered its price during these past two weeks, dropping by $32.26. This was part of the reason we selected it as a good mouse for the price and a great accompanying peripheral for 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|
|**||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|
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its price tag today is $36.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value headset. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it priced at $34.99.