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MSI Stealth GS66 (2022) Review – A Thin 15″ Gaming Laptop!


MSI’s GS66 is a thinner stealthy all black laptop that can both play video games however additionally has a tidy style as well as will certainly fit right in in an office. My GS66 has a 12th gen Intel Core i9 cpu, Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti graphics, 32 jobs of DDR5 memory and a 15.6″ display. This arrangement sits in between the reduced RTX 3060 and greater tier RTX 3080 Ti options, as well as you can inspect them all out in addition to existing prices with those web links listed below the video. The GS66 is available in MSI’s core black coating. The lid, indoor as well as bottom panels are all steel and while build quality feels decent. Make no blunder, it can’t take on Razer’s Blade 15, yet the Blade sets you back a fair bit more too. The black coating is a substantial fingerprint magnet anywhere you gently touch, however I discovered it rather easy to clean with a microfiber cloth. There’s a refined indent along the entire front side which makes it simple to open up the lid, as well as it goes the complete 180 degrees back for sharing. There’s a little flex to the steel

lid, however it’s stronger contrasted to their bigger GS77. There was a little bit of screen wobble when inputting boldy, but it’s fine. The hinges really feel smooth and also rather tough, but without long term testing it’s hard for me to recognize if they’ll have comparable problems to past MSI laptops. There’s a bit more flex to the key-board area compared to the bigger GS77. The smaller 66 is likewise a fair bit lighter, so possibly less products, however I never ever discovered this to be a problem during typical usage. The laptop computer alone evaluates 2.
2kg or 4.9 pound, then just under 3kg or 6.5 pound with the 240 watt power block and also wires for charging. Simply like the Stealth name suggests, the GS66 is on the smaller sized and thinner side for a 15″ gaming laptop computer, it’s rather portable. The GS66 has a 15.
6″ screen and is offered with various high refresh 1080p, 1440p or 4K

options. Somehow mine has a 4K 60Hz panel that’s not detailed right here. Undoubtedly for gaming that does not make much feeling. 4K at 15 inches actually isn’t worthwhile unless you’re doing something like web content creation. At this smaller sized dimension, honestly I believe something like a 1080p or 1440p high refresh screen would be a much better option for a lot of people. The GS66 has a MUX button, so it’s possible to disable the incorporated graphics to obtain a rate boost in video games, but at the cost of even worse battery life. However there’s no advanced optimus, so it requires a manual reboot to swap, and also there’s no G-Sync, at the very least with my 4K 60Hz panel. I expected it to have adaptive sync with optimus allowed, however could not discover that detailed anywhere with the Intel software. My 4K 60Hz display has outstanding shade range as well as excellent contrast, so possibly respectable for a maker, gave it’s 8-bit. The brightness rises to 420 nits at maximum so it’s fairly intense as well, however obviously expect different outcomes with various displays options. Certainly with a 4K

60Hz panel we’re not expecting fantastic action times. I truly want MSI sent one with a better display for gamers, but right here are my results for completeness. It’s not incredible compared to others, not the most effective 60Hz screen I have actually tested however also not the worst either. There are a number of high refresh 4K panels that are significantly much better, so we can not simply condemn the resolution, it’s the particular panel option. Generally, I would certainly expect better results with any other screen option on this laptop computer. The overall system latency is the amount of time between a mouse click as well as when a gunshot fires on the display in CS: GO. The slower screen is absolutely adding to a slower result here, yet provided the HP Victus had a much faster feedback time as well as faster 144Hz screen, it just mosts likely to show that there’s even more to total latency than panel choice. Backlight hemorrhage was only minor, I never discovered any issues throughout regular usage, but this will certainly vary in between laptop computers. There’s a 720p electronic camera over the screen between, as well as it has IR for Windows Hello there deal with unlock. This is what the video camera and also microphone appearance and also appear like, and this is what it seems like while keying on the keyboard. The GS66 has a per-key

RGB backlit keyboard, and all secrets as well as secondary features obtain brightened. Illumination can be changed between 4 degrees by utilizing the F10 as well as F11 faster ways. Keying in was alright, though the key presses really felt a little shallow to me and also the small right change could frustrate some. Although the power switch becomes part of the keyboard and ideal alongside the remove crucial, an unintended press doesn’t do anything. You need to hold it for a long period of time prior to Windows triggers you to closure. The big touchpad is smooth to the touch and works okay. I’m not generally a fan of these extremely large touchpads, but my hands don’t hinge on it when typing and also it’s making good usage of the available space. There’s very little touchpad area due to the openings for airflow over the keyboard. That simply presses whatever down a little bit. There’s also a finger print scanner inside the touchpad on the leading left corner. It worked fine, but personally I choose larger scanners like the one on MSI’s bigger GS77. The smaller sized rectangular shape on the GS66 just offers you a smaller sized target to intend for. There are front facing speakers near the left as well as best corners. My hands do not cover them when relaxing pleasantly on the machine, however it’s not difficult if I’m relocating. The speakers most definitely aren’t as excellent contrasted to MSI’s larger GS77, but that has belows while the 66 does not. There’s a little bass, yet at higher volume they’re not really clear and there’s some palm rest resonance. The latencymon outcomes are looking quite awful. The left

side from the back has an air exhaust vent, the power input, USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 4 assistance, HDMI outcome as well as a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port. The right from the front has a 3.5mm audio combination jack, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports, though neither of these offer Thunderbolt assistance, a 2nd USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, 2.5 gigabit ethernet port encountering the recommended method so you don’t have to lift the device to disconnect, and also there’s an air exhaust on this side as well. There aren’t any type of ports on the back, simply much more air exhaust vents in the direction of the left and best corners. All three of those Type-C ports supply DisplayPort assistance. The two on the best connect directly to the Nvidia graphics, while the Thunderbolt 4 port on the left links to the Intel incorporated graphics, yet just with optimus allowed. If you transform optimus off with the MUX button then you can not utilize the Thunderbolt 4 port to run an exterior display in any way. Only that left port can be utilized to charge the laptop. The HDMI port additionally attaches directly to the Nvidia graphics, to make sure that together with the 2 Type-C ports can be used for virtual reality, and also we additionally validated that the HDMI port sustains an outside 4K screen at 120Hz 8-Bit with G-Sync, so

variable refresh rate. There are 9 Phillips head screws to get in, just the one in the center down the front is much shorter than the remainder. I found it relatively very easy to pry open making use of these tools which I’ll link to below the video clip. Inside we’ve got the huge battery down the front, 2 M. 2 storage space ports just above it, 2 memory slots in the center, as well as a Wi-Fi 6E card to the left of those. Wi-Fi performance was alright, however not as excellent contrasted to most other Intel or Awesome choices that I have actually tested, yet still much better than the laptop computers with MediaTek or RealTek chips. The upgradeability score was respectable as unlike a few other thinner MSI laptop computers, the motherboard isn’t flipped inverted. The laptop computer was easy adequate to open and once inside we have the ability to upgrade a fair bit. The GS66 is powered by a 4-Cell 99.9 Wh battery, the most significant dimension lawfully allowed on an airplane. As expected, running on battery power with optimus handicapped lead to less run time because the Nvidia graphics are a lot more power hungry contrasted to

the Intel integrated graphics. With optimus on though, it’s doing quite well compared to most various other Intel based pc gaming laptop computers. Certain it’s got the largest feasible battery, but there are a variety of others that have the same sized battery that couldn’t last as long. Generally AMD Ryzen based options appear to run longer than Intel laptop computers according to this data, but at practically 6 hrs in my YouTube playback examination there aren’t lots of 12th gen alternatives that do much better than the GS66. Allow’s have a look at thermals following. There are a few heat pipes shared between the CPU as well as GPU, and also we’ve got 3 followers, a little uncommon as most gaming laptops have 2. Awesome air can be found in underneath and there are lots of holes for air movement straight above the intake fans. Based on the openings over the key-board, it possibly comes via here as well. Warm air after that gets worn down out of both sides as well as out the back vents. The MSI Center software application allowed’s us transform between various performance modes, which from lowest to highest possible are silent, balanced and also extreme performance. Extreme performance setting optionally lets you overclock the GPU. The very first time you enter below, there’s no GPU overclock used, however if you

click default it enhances the GPU core by 100MHz, so not actually an excellent default if you have to by hand go and also click the default switch initially. Severe mode additionally lets you allow cooler increase, which sets the fans to maximum, however you can additionally most likely to advanced mode to personalize either follower independently. It’s not fairly as granular as a normal follower contour, but it’s something. You can additionally make it possible for max followers at any moment no matter the efficiency mode picked with the F8 faster way trick. The temperature levels were chilly at still. The remainder of the results are from integrated CPU and also GPU tension tests which aim to stand for a worst situation complete tons scenario. Many applications do not completely lots both the CPU and GPU at the same time similar to this. Silent mode was thermal strangling on the GPU, yet the fans are quieter, it’s a profession off. Well balanced setting was a little colder, while severe mode was about the very same. If we established the followers to

full speed we have the ability to get a nice dip in temperatures, however if we use the air conditioning pad that I’ve got linked below the video, things in fact obtain warmer to the factor where the CPU thermal throttles. These are the clock rates for the exact same examinations just shown. The clock speeds get gradually higher as we move up to higher efficiency modes and enhance the cooling. Adding the air conditioning pad gets us greater than a 500MHz increase on the 6 P cores and 400MHz to the 8 E cores, so the air conditioning pad enables us to reach greater levels of performance, therefore the higher temperatures. We can see this when looking at the power degrees being gotten to. Balanced mode appears to run the GPU at 80 watts when the CPU is under lots at 45 watts. Severe setting shows up to take a little power from the GPU and provide it to the CPU, and also after that things begin to obtain interesting once we max out the followers. Although we’re averaging concerning 59 watts on the CPU long term, it was in fact bouncing in between 45 as well as 88. Basically every few mins it would boost up, struck thermal throttling, after that drop back down, and also it maintained doing this yet only with the fans maxed out. Including the air conditioning pad permitted it to maintain, which is why the CPU power

restriction was close to 85, incredibly high in a CPU plus GPU workload, yet we can see this comes with the expense of some GPU power, as the 3070 Ti is currently running closer to 70 watts. This is lower than the 80 watt minimum listed on Nvidia’s spec sheet. So for whatever reason, MSI seems to prioritize CPU power over GPU power when both are filled up at the same time, though this only takes place if you proactively improve the cooling. Either via increasing the follower rate, or adding a cooling pad. It’s a bit various in a CPU just workload like Cinebench. PL1 at first readies to 90 watts in extreme efficiency setting, however after a couple of minutes it falls a little to 85 or 87 watts, it appears to dynamically transform to avoid thermal throttling. The GS66 is doing quite well contrasted to most various other laptop computers, specifically when we take into consideration that the three machines ahead of it are all thicker, provided the Zephyrus M16 isn’t much bigger. I found it interesting that the GS66 was exceeding MSI’s larger GS77 below, offered you would certainly think the GS77 has even more area for cooling, but it was

hitting thermal restrictions as well as lower maximum TDP as an outcome. The performance hangs back when we unplug the battery charger as well as instead run totally off of battery power, yet the GS66 is still one of the higher results. Since claimed, it deserves keeping in mind that there are currently 8 core 16 string Ryzen options that have the ability to score higher in multicore, which is kind of remarkable taking into consideration the 12th gen Intel options are 14 core 20 thread chips. Intel still plainly has the lead when it pertains to solitary core performance however, whether on or off battery. It’s really trendy when just resting there still, the majority of laptop computers are around 30 degrees Celsius, however as you’ll hear soon, the followers are active even when it’s refraining anything. It obtains warmer with the anxiety checks going as well as the WASD location had not been too comfy, which I discovered fascinating because others like ASUS laptop computers bring air with the key-board to prevent this. Balanced mode felt a bit cooler though due to the fact that the follower speed boosts. Extreme mode had not been as well different, though WASD is still rather warm, however not hot in this worst instance stress test. Setting the follower to full speed cools points down significantly, however as you’ll listen to next, this is also fairly loud. The fans were distinct when simply sitting there idle not doing anything in quiet mode, yet a minimum of they weren’t continuously ramping up and down like the bigger GS77. Remarkably the follower noise didn’t really change in quiet mode from still to when we ran the stress and

anxiety tests, so it’s no shock we saw thermal throttling there. Also extreme mode with the followers on automobile was quieter compared to most pc gaming laptop computers I check in their greatest setting, however maxing the extend might make it quite loud. I ‘d absolutely want headphones there. Currently let’s figure out exactly how MSI’s GS66 in fact does in video games and also contrasts versus other laptop computers! Cyberpunk 2077 was checked the same on all laptops, and also I’ve obtained the GS66 revealed by the red highlight. It’s essentially doing the like Razer’s Blade 15, regardless of that having a higher rate RTX 3080 Ti with double the VRAM as well as slightly greater power limit. That’s also placing aside that it sets you back over $1000 USD a lot more as well. We’ve got a various choice of laptop computers at the greater 1440p resolution as we just examination makers that in fact have an opportunity of running it. The Blade 15 had the ability to appear in advance now, so perhaps the 3080 Ti can do better at greater resolutions, yet at the same time we’re speaking much less than a 2 FPS distinction, nothing considerable thinking about the rate space. Control is a rather GPU heavy video game, and also although the Blade 15 does have a greater rate GPU, it was just slightly in advance of the GS66 this moment. Also last year’s lower specced Xenia 15 was rather close, and

that’s an additional slimmer 15″ style as well. At 1440p the GS66 is now our most affordable RTX 3070 Ti outcome, nonetheless the Zephyrus M16 just above it is very close in spite of having a higher GPU power limitation. Razer’s Blade 15 is ahead again below, yet with another small lead it actually makes you examine whether an RTX 3080 Ti deserves squandering cash on in a thinner as well as lighter layout. Red Dead Redemption 2 was checked with the video game’s benchmark device. I have actually discovered that AMD’s Radeon GPUs usually do much better than Nvidia in this test. This would certainly clarify why the RX 6700M in MSI’s Delta 15 from in 2015 was reaching concerning the same average FPS. At 1440p MSI’s larger GS77 with greater tier RTX 3080 Ti was doing about the like the smaller GS66, so yet an additional example of why a reduced power level 3080 Ti possibly isn’t worth investing more cash on, a minimum of at 1080p and also 1440p resolutions. The GS77 does not have a MUX switch somehow, but I question that matters a lot at this greater resolution. Below are the 3DMark results for those that discover them helpful, now for some material creator examinations. Adobe Premiere was tested with the Puget Systems standard, and MSI’s GS66 is among the far better outcomes. I suspect this is because of the high CPU power limitation that’s possible at the expenditure of GPU

power, as that would certainly help right here. The GS66 was additionally doing fantastic in Adobe Photoshop, only being beaten by MSI’s larger GS77 with greater tier 3080 Ti. I have actually located this examination to rely on solitary core performance, which is why there are a number of i9 laptops near the top. DaVinci Willpower still cares concerning CPU performance, however GPU matters much more right here which is why the lower power level 3070 Ti is currently being beaten by higher electrical power options, despite a number of these being paired with lower rate i7 processors. We’ve likewise examined SPECviewperf which examines out numerous expert 3D workloads. Intel 12th gen supports faster PCIe gen 4 storage, and also the read as well as write rates from the mounted 1TB SSD are excellent. Just like practically every other MSI video gaming laptop computer, you have actually obtained the option of pressing this epic rip off code to unlock the innovative biography. This is a tweaker’s dream, you can transform quite much anything here from power to thermal limitations as well as means extra, so see to it you recognize what you’re doing or you run the risk of bricking the maker. Linux support was examined with Ubuntu 22.04. By default out of the

box, the key-board, touchpad, speakers, ethernet and also camera all worked. The key-board shortcuts for quantity change as well as key-board brightness still worked, along with the button to instantaneously max out the fan, nevertheless screen brightness shortcuts did not work. Wi-Fi really did not work out of package in spite of the most up to date Ubuntu including Kernel variation 5.15. Let’s discuss prices and also availability following. This will obviously change gradually so refer to those web links below the video clip for updates. At the time of recording, the GS66 appears to begin at around $1900 USD for an RTX 3060 arrangement. Since does appear a bit expensive for 3060 tier performance, yet we have actually reached consider the competitors. Regarding slim sneaky black gaming laptop computers go, there’s actually just Razer’s Blade 15, and also with an RTX 3060 that starts at $2500 USD, so $600 greater than the GS66. The 3070 Ti variation of

GS66 like I have actually examined right here begins at $2250 USD right now, and also once more compared to Razer’s Blade 15 which begins at $3000 USD for the 3070 Ti rate, well the GS66 is resembling a bargain fairly. Now do not get me incorrect, I do think that the Blade 15 is a better video gaming laptop compared to the GS66, yet it additionally costs fairly a whole lot more also. You definitely get even more bang for dollar with the GS66 if you do not necessarily require all the bells and also whistles. Allow me understand if you would certainly be interested in a devoted comparison between those two laptop computers. In addition to those two, there just aren’t an entire lot of slim sneaky black video gaming laptop computers available. Yep, MSI’s GS66 is most definitely the less expensive of the two. Now if thinner sneaky all black pc gaming laptop computers are what you want yet perhaps you want a larger 17 inch display, then take a look at my testimonial of MSI’s larger GS77 over here following. Regardless of being bigger as well as having higher rate specs, it’s not always far better than the GS66, and also you’ll see why because video clip.

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