MSI is one of countless laptop computer makers to replace its line of gaming laptops with Nvidia’s RTX 30-series GPU—and but that’s the least awesome section of its GP66 Leopard. Not content material to simply stuff new elements into the equal historic chassis and name it day, MSI has given its Leopard mannequin a whole overhaul from its preceding iteration, the GP65. I commonly cringe at the notion of aggressive-looking, chunky gaming laptops—it’s simply now not my favored aesthetic. But MSI has gained me over with its most modern Leopard, due to the fact the spec listing and fee help, too.
The Leopard is no longer a slim laptop. It’s almost an inch thick (0.92 inches), however it weighs 5.25 pounds, which is on the lighter aspect for a gaming laptop computer with its dimensions. While it’s mild ample to elevate round when needed, it’s nevertheless extra of a computer replacement, in particular because the battery lifestyles clocks in at simply 4 and a 1/2 hours on balanced mode. The GP66 Leopard is constructed for power, and its battery lifestyles falls in line with different comparable gaming laptops we’ve examined in the past, like the Asus Strix Scar G15.
MSI has made some plan tweaks that I appreciate. The touchpad no longer has separate mouse buttons; they’re now blended seamlessly into the touchpad itself, so the complete component is a smooth, flat surface. MSI’s iconic dragon brand on pinnacle of the lid is no longer red, however black, and the engraved traces flanking both facet of the emblem are gone, too. The entire aspect has a greater sleek, expert look. MSI ditched the full keyboard for a 10-keyless, which bums me out a little due to the fact I like full keyboards, however going with a 10-keyless makes the whole keyboard appear much less cramped in the smaller chassis.
The quantity and kinds of ports additionally make the Leopard a gorgeous laptop replacement. All the essential ports, like the charging port and the Ethernet port, are placed on the again of the laptop, so tucking the cords in the back of a desk is neater and easier. There’s additionally an HDMI port than can output up to 4K at 60 Hz, in addition to a USB-C, three USB 3.2 Gen 1, and a twin mic/headphone port. It’s all the necessities of a computing device packed into the footprint of a laptop.
The Intel Core i7-10870H processor internal is one of the most up-to-date versions to the 10th-gen family; Intel quietly launched it alongside with the Core i5-10200H remaining September. It’s now not a whole lot extraordinary from the Core i7-10875H that we’ve viewed in a lot of higher-end laptops, like the Razer Blade 15 Advanced. Both are 8-core, 16-thread processors, however the i7-10875H has an greater a hundred MHz tacked onto each its base and improve clock. It’s additionally greater pricey than the i7-10870H, however solely by way of about $30. And in my journey with the i7-10875H, I haven’t viewed it attain its max 5.10 GHz clock frequency due to the fact it runs too warm for Intel’s Thermal Velocity Boost to kick in and squeeze out an more a hundred MHz of juice from the CPU.
The Core i7-10870H suffers from the equal issue, however a a hundred MHz distinction is now not considerable at all while gaming (and it can attain up to a 5.0 GHz improve clock, even though now not consistently). The RTX 3070 in the Leopard saves the day, when you consider that it can attain desktop-level performance. Comparing some video games to our preceding RTX 3070 GPU tests, the cell RTX 3070 is solely about 5-10 frames per 2d decrease than its computing device counterpart at 1080p on ultra.
The GP66 Leopard receives one hundred twenty fps in Far Cry 5, eighty three fps in Total War: Warhammer II, 118 fps in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, seventy nine fps in Metro Exodus with ray tracing off, and sixty seven fps in Metro Exodus with ray tracing on. In a sport like Overwatch, the body price without problems exceeds 300 fps at 1080p on ultra, too, so no longer solely can MSI’s latest Leopard without problems cope with graphically intensive games, however aggressive first-person shooter gamers will most probably love the excessive body prices in these games. After all, this laptop computer can manage up to a 240 Hz refresh rate. Sure, some gaming laptops have a 300 Hz show now, like Acer’s new Predator Triton 500, however 240 Hz is nevertheless rattling appropriate for aggressive FPS gaming or if you simply like greater refresh rates. (They do make a difference!)
I sense like I want to speak about thermal troubles each time I assessment a laptop computer with an Intel 10th-gen cell processor inside, and the more moderen Core i7-10870H is now not immune from those. Running the laptop computer underneath a excessive load, HWInfo recorded max temperatures of ninety eight stages Celsius (208.4 levels Fahrenheit) and detected thermal throttling. This didn’t appear considerable when jogging gaming benchmarks because, again, most of the video games are GPU-bound, however it’s necessary to factor out due to the fact of how properly MSI’s GP66 Leopard handles these excessive temperatures.
Even when going for walks back-to-back Metro Exodus benchmarks, the pores and skin temps above the keyboard in no way went previous forty eight stages Celsius (118.4 tiers Fahrenheit). And this is the great laptop computer that I’ve examined so some distance that maintains pores and skin temps even decrease when enjoying a sport like Overwatch. Temperatures throughout the keyboard itself hovered round 38 tiers Celsius (100.4 levels Fahrenheit) or lower. MSI managed to do this with a new thermal graph that makes use of one much less warmth pipe than its GP65 Leopard, too. The twin followers can get a little loud at times, however that’s par for the route with gaming laptops.
All that brings me to the price, which I would usually say is a bit much. However, thinking about this is a brilliant computer alternative and some computer hardware aspects are difficult to discover at the moment, the $1,899 charge tag on this mannequin is in line with what you’d commonly spend constructing your personal desktop—probably cheaper. The computer RTX 3070 can determined for round $1,050 proper now, which is double the MSRP thanks to a huge GPU shortage. By the time you’re executed including a motherboard, CPU, cooler, memory, storage, energy supply, and case, you’re already spending extra than $2,100 if you spec the computing device in a similar way to how this laptop computer is specced. If you’re questioning about going with a laptop computer alternatively of a laptop for your subsequent rig, enable me to steer you towards the MSI GP66 Leopard. It receives the entirety right.
- Stellar performance
- Beautiful design
- Meh battery life
- Pricey, however less expensive in contrast to how tons it would value to construct a desktop