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MSI GS66 vs Razer Blade 15 – Best Thin Gaming Laptop 2022?


If you want a thin, light, sneaky all black steel video gaming laptop computer. Well MSI’s GS66 and also Razer’s Blade 15 are practically the only options around. The GS66 is less costly, so allow’s figure out if it deserves paying even more cash for the Blade 15. When it concerns build quality, both laptops have an all steel style and also feel great, however Razer’s Blade is on another degree. The Blade’s products as well as finish just feel even more premium compared to the GS66, as well as even straightforward things like how it really feels to open up as well as shut the lid simply feel better with the Blade. There’s much less flex to the lid and key-board location with the Blade, it just feels more powerful as well as more solid all round. Much like the name suggests, the lid logo design on MSI’s Stealth is, well, sneaky. You can just see it from particular angles with the right lighting. The Blade on the various other hand has Razer’s environment-friendly logo design in the center as well as it brighten. You can turn the light off in software application or set it to a breathing impact, yet the environment-friendly logo is still even more noticeable compared to the stealthier appearance of the GS66. Cover

logo aside, both have an extremely sneaky appearance contrasted to all various other video gaming laptops. The Blade is a lot more portable since it occupies much less room. It’s smaller in every measurement when contrasted to the GS66, though it’s not that big of a distinction. Both are still thinner 15″ designs nevertheless. The Blade was likewise lighter too, though the distinction in weight between them obtains a lot more detailed with each other once we include their a little different power level power blocks. The screen on the GS66 goes the full 180 degrees back for sharing, while the Blade’s stops at around 125 levels, which I still discovered to be sufficient for normal watching. Both laptop computers have a camera over the display in the center, 720p for MSI and also 1080p for Razer, so one more advantage to the more costly Blade, however both have IR for Windows Hey there encounter unlock. This is exactly how the electronic camera and microphone appearance

and also appear like on the MSI Stealth GS66, and also after that this is how the video camera as well as microphone appearance and also audio over on the Razer Blade 15. The GS66 likewise has a finger print scanner in the touchpad if you like not to use the electronic camera, something the Blade does not have. I favored the touchpad on the Blade. It simply felt smoother as well as better to click. I suched as the extra upright space contrasted to MSI’s slim touchpad. The clicks were a little bit quieter with the Blade. Both keyboards have per-key RGB backlighting, however the lighting on Razer’s Blade gets brighter as well as looks nicer to me due to the fact that it’s more equally lit. The MSI vital illumination looks a little bit uneven in comparison, some parts of the very same crucial simply aren’t as bright as others. I favored typing on the Blade too. The tricks on the GS66 really felt a little shallower to push, and I understand the shorter right change secret on the MSI will frustrate some people. Both laptop computers have front dealing with speakers. Personally I liked the place of the Blade’s due to the fact that they get on either side of the key-board, there’s far much less chance of covering them with your hands compared to MSI who have them down the front corners. When relaxing my hands usually on the GS66 I don’t cover the

audio speakers, yet it can happen when I relocate that makes them audio even worse. After listening to both side-by-side, the Blade definitely seemed more clear to me, but the GS66 had a bit much more bass, yet likewise much more palm remainder vibration. Both laptops have their power input left wing as well as a Type-C port, Thunderbolt 4 for the GS66 and also simply USB 3.2 Gen 2 for the Blade. They both have a USB 3.2 Gen2 Kind A port also, one for the GS66 as well as 2 for the Blade. The Blade has its 3.5 mm sound combo jack here while the GS66 has its HDMI result. The GS66 has its 3.5 mm audio combination jack on the ideal side while the Blade has its HDMI outcome below. Both laptop computers have one more USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port on this side. The GS66 has a 2.5 gigabit ethernet port, something the Blade doesn’t have, though the Blade has an SD card port, something the GS66 does not have. The Blade has its Thunderbolt 4 Type-C port here while the GS66 has two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports. So to summarize the port situation, the Blade has an SD card port which the GS66 does not have, but the GS66 has a 2.5 gigabit ethernet port as well as that’s something the Blade does not have. The Blade has 2 USB Type-C ports yet three Type-A ports, while the GS66 is the contrary, so three Type-C ports but just two Type-A. Both laptop computers have one Thunderbolt 4 port, and also both HDMI ports can sustain an external 4K 120Hz 8-bit screen with

G-Sync. Both of the Type-C ports on the Blade can be made use of to bill it, while just the one on the left side of the GS66 is supposed to be able to bill it. I actually discovered that it really did not charge with my eGPU unit as well as I’m not exactly sure why. Inside both have the battery down the front, two M. 2 storage slots, 2 memory ports and also a detachable Wi-Fi card. The Blade only appears to have one M. 2 storage slot in the beginning look, however there’s space to install a 2nd. However the compromise of the Blade’s style that piles the drives on top of each other is that you can only set up a 2nd SSD that doesn’t have chips below, as it won’t fit. MSI’s GS66 had a greater upgradeability score. Although both laptop computers have 2 M. 2 ports, 2 memory ports and also upgradeable Wi-Fi, I took half a point off the Blade because of it being restricted in the SSD you can fit in the 2nd port. One more fifty percent point was gotten rid of from ease of access due to the unusual TR5 screw type, though the tools I use linked below the video can open either of these laptop computers not a problem. Both laptop computers included the most recent Wi-Fi 6E. Razer’s Blade 15 was a little quicker in my testing, though this distinction isn’t something many people are also likely to actually see in practice. Both of my laptops had a 1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD set up, as well as although the read speeds from both were superb, the sequential write speeds coming from my Blade 15

were honestly useless. They’re about 10 times slower compared to the GS66, as well as way less than even a PCIe Gen 3 SSD. I’m not sure if it’s this model of SSD, simply my laptop or what, because the other write rate tests were all looking good. Despite both laptop computers having the same i9-12900H cpu, MSI’s GS66 was in advance, both in terms of solitary core performance as well as specifically when it concerned multi core performance. The solitary core ratings are within the margin of error, that truthfully boils down to the silicon lottery, it could go either way when we’ve obtained the same processor in both laptop computers. The GS66 had the ability to rack up 24% higher in multi core due to the fact that Razer limits the processor to 65 watts, while MSI prioritizes power at the expenditure of heat as well as runs at over 85 watts. Primarily the GS66 can make use of even more power to do much better, however the internals run hotter, it’s a profession off. More on thermals soon. Both laptops shed performance when operating on battery power, however the Blade 15 takes a enormous loss to solitary core performance for some factor. Razer’s larger Blade 17 additionally experiences a similar destiny, so I’m guessing that’s an outcome of some type of Razer particular arrangement, since other i9 laptops from MSI are still achieving great solitary core efficiency. Currently my very first thought was maybe the

Blade will last longer when running on battery power if it’s being limited, however that wasn’t the situation due to the battery dimension difference. MSI’s GS66 has a 25% larger battery within, which allowed it to last for about 19% longer compared to Razer’s Blade 15 in my YouTube playback test. Both were tested with Optimus on with the screens at 60Hz as well as 200 nits brightness. The GS66 was just one of the higher results I have actually tape-recorded until now from an Intel 12th gen laptop computer, just being beaten by 2 various other makers, while the Blade is a lower center of the pack result. The BIOS of the GS66 is a lot better that it’s not funny. MSI gives you the choice of going into sophisticated setting which allows you transform primarily any power or thermal limit you can desire for. The Blade on the various other hand has an ancient looking biographies with just really basic alternatives, there’s nowhere near as much personalization compared to MSI. Linux assistance was examined with an Ubuntu 22. 04 online CD. The keyboard, touchpad, electronic camera and speakers worked on both out of package. Ethernet serviced the GS66, but Wi-Fi didn’t deal with either by default. Key-board faster ways for changing display illumination worked with the Blade, but not the GS66. Besides that, I discovered them rather equivalent. Prior to we get right into things like video game criteria, thermals as well as display differences, I require to note some differences with the specifications in my two laptops below. Both laptop computers have the exact same 12th gen i9 processor and also 32 jobs of DDR5 memory, sadly my Blade 15 has RTX 3080 Ti graphics, while my GS66 has 3070 Ti graphics. Currently the distinctions between the 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti aren’t in fact that big, as I have actually already shown in this video. When they’re in these reduced power restriction equipments the distinction seems to be also smaller. although both of these laptops

two have various GPUs within, with that in mind I thought it was still interesting to share the outcomes. Take Cyberpunk 2077. Both laptops are getting to essentially the very same frame rates at 1080p. The Blade appears ahead in terms of ordinary FPS, but it’s within the margin of error and not a distinction that you’re going to discover when playing the game. The gap only increases somewhat at the higher 1440p resolution, maybe the double VRAM readily available to the 3080 Ti has the ability to help it out a little bit a lot more currently. Regardless it’s still not sufficient of a distinction to validate spending even more money on the 3080 Ti. It’s a comparable handle Red Dead Redemption 2, whether we’re checking out 1080p or 1440p outcomes, the 3080 Ti resembles 1-2 FPS ahead, most definitely not worth spending the extra cash for such a small distinction. I think our 3rd game, Control, suffices to actually drive this point residence. Both laptops are doing regarding the same at 1080p and 1440p resolutions despite the GPU distinction. I would not really expect this to transform a lot if it was instead the Blade with the 3070 Ti and the GS66 with the 3080 Ti. I just think you need higher GPU power limits to totally take benefit of these top-end options. Not going above the 3070 Ti in thinner laptop computers like these absolutely appears to be the step in terms of bang for buck. Currently although both laptops do have a MUX switch, just the Razer Blade with

1440p has both G-Sync and also Advanced Optimus, and also Advanced Optimus essentially just indicates that we don’t have to reboot in order to switch in between incorporated graphics as well as discrete graphics. Once again this just exists with the 1440p variation of the Blade for some factor. It’s not readily available with the 1080p or 4K setups. At least it’s a choice at all there, since the GS66 doesn’t have either of these features. Honestly at this smaller sized 15 inch dimension I assume it makes a lot more feeling to select either a 1080p or 1440p high refresh display compared to the 4K panels that both of mine have. I’m not mosting likely to spend much time contrasting my display’s because regrettably MSI sent me a 4K 60Hz panel somehow, so the feedback time is a lot slower contrasted to what Razer’s Blade 15 with 4K 144Hz screen is capable of, yet I ‘d expect a greater refresh GS66 to be better. Both are readily available with a number of high refresh choices. Allow’s have a look at thermals next. The Blade 15 has a vapor chamber for air conditioning, while the GS66 has a basic warm pipeline layout with a third follower. Both laptops have holes directly above the followers for air intake. The GS66 also brings air in with the vents above the keyboard, while the Blade brings air in with the key-board. The GS66 tires air out of both sides and also the back, while the Blade just exhausts air out of the back. Both laptop computers have software that lets you change

efficiency settings between different degrees. The Blade has extra personalization in regards to various settings that impact power limits, yet the GS66 has more follower control built in. Simply contrasting the software control board as a whole, Razer’s was far better to use and also feels more brightened. These are the temperature levels reached by both laptops under mixed CPU as well as GPU tension examinations to represent a worst situation complete lots situation. Yeah we have different GPUs right here, yet although the Blade has the higher tier 3080 Ti, its GPU is running cooler when under tons. So is the CPU really, the GS66 was frequently warmer. The only exception is at idle, which’s since the GS66 constantly had distinct followers while the Blade was peaceful. These are the clock speeds being hit throughout the very same tests. The Blade was reaching higher GPU clock speeds, as per the green bars, however the GS66 was reaching greater CPU rates, as per heaven bars. In their highest carrying out settings, the CPU power limit was actually quite close together in spite of the GS66 getting to greater rates. The Blade appears to prioritize GPU power though, reaching greater than 10 watts greater compared to the GS66. It’s feasible that this is just a result of the different GPUs in each laptop computer, yet I would not be

surprised if the power limitations coincided also if both have the very same GPU. In spite of the Blade’s GPU making use of even more power, do not forget it was running cooler too. Allow’s take a look at the fan noise distinction. I can hardly listen to the followers on the Blade when it’s simply sitting there idle, yet the followers on the GS66 were always going and also audible. The GS66 can additionally get louder if you establish the followers to max speed, but they are similar if we just use the greatest performance settings with no follower adjustments. This is why I used automobile fans at max setups in the thermal contrasts, as both laptops audio comparable. If you improve the fan higher on the GS66 the CPU in fact gets hotter because MSI increases the power limitation higher, so much more efficiency is perhaps be, yet likewise even more warmth. Despite the audible followers in the GS66 providing it a benefit, both were fairly amazing at idle. The colors look different, pay focus to the temperature level numbers. The Blade was warmer to the touch with the cardiovascular test going and also the followers running at a comparable volume, but again keep in mind my laptops have different GPUs, though comparable GPU power limitations. The WASD location on the Blade was cooler than the GS66 though as it brings air in through below, so it really felt cooler there while pc gaming. All points thought about, I think Razer’s Blade 15 is a far better pc gaming laptop out of these two, yet it does likewise set you back fairly a little bit more money. At the time of recording, the least expensive GS66 I can presently find

with RTX 3060 graphics starts around $1900 USD. Razer’s Blade 15 on the other hand begins at $2500 USD with the 3060, so $600 more for comparable specifications or 30% more cash in this situation. If we rather step up the GS66 to a greater tier configuration with RTX 3070 Ti graphics, like the one I’ve evaluated right here, we’re looking at $2500 USD now. Razer’s Blade 15 with 3070 Ti begins at $3000 USD, though it has half the memory and also an i7 instead than i9 processor. This is $500 even more for Razer contrasted to MSI, or 20% more money. If you’re taking a look at a maxed out GS66, then it’s presently $3300 USD for the RTX 3080 Ti arrangement at Best Buy, though this has a small $100 sale today. They frequently run sales, so once more inspect those web links listed below the video for current offers. Razer’s 3080 Ti Blade 15 on the various other hand starts at $3700 USD. This is $400 even more contrasted to MSI, or $300 even more without the present GS66 sale, so 12% or 9% even more cash for Razer respectively. As we tip up to higher setups, the rate distinction between these two laptop computers obtains smaller sized as well as smaller. Keeping that in mind, if you are in fact somebody looking to buy a max spec setup, after that it most likely makes more sense simply to invest the little bit added as well as get the Blade. When you’re spending over $3000 USD on a pc gaming laptop computer, at that point it most likely does not really issue and also for a machine that you’re going to make use of for possibly years, I think it simply makes good sense to invest the money. Currently that stated, we have actually simply seen just how very closely the 3070 Ti executes compared to the 3080 Ti. Honestly for most individuals, I would not recommend exceeding the RTX 3070 Ti in either of these laptop

computers. It’s just reducing returns at the leading end of an item stack. If cash is limited, or if you’re looking for a more reasonable lower setup, then the GS66 does definitely provide far better value. It really boils down to how much you directly value the differences that I have actually shown in between these two laptops. In fact on 2nd thought, if cash is tight then you most likely should not be considering either of these laptop computers. You can quickly obtain a somewhat larger and thicker plastic laptop for much less cash that will certainly exceed both the GS66 and Blade 15. It really simply depends just how much you care regarding the entire slim black sneaky all metal video gaming laptop style, since inevitably that’s what you’re paying a costs for with both of these laptops. Simply to be clear, I don’t believe the GS66 is a negative laptop, it’s just that when put side-by-side to the Blade 15, it’s hard to complete. MSI’s GS66 does provide far better battery life, much better CPU performance however at the cost of greater temperatures, better efficiency on battery, and also more adjusting with the BIOS. In basically every various other means though, Razer’s Blade 15 is simply objectively a remarkable pc gaming laptop computer. If you can afford it! If you still need more info on either of these two video gaming laptop computers, then take a look at my complete evaluation video clips over below following. Although this is a thorough comparison, there are still a number of points that I had not been able to fit into this video clip. Yeah if you desire definitely all the details I’ll see you in one of those videos following.

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