Laptop announced date: 2nd April 2020
Last reviewed: 28th August 2020
Today's review of the gaming MSI GP65 Leopard i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop explores the performance to value relationship of its hardware components. We will be comparing some of the most demanding games to see some expected frame rates for the MSI GP65 Leopard i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
Is the MSI GP65 Leopard i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz processor in the laptop is an excellent gaming CPU choice for 2020 gaming. 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 - The graphics card we find in this laptop is a good option for modern AAA game releases in 2020. The 6GB VRAM found in this laptop’s GPU is certainly a good quantity for modern games.
System Memory - This laptop system memory is excellent at meeting today’s 2020 system requirements demands and with its 16GB of RAM it will certainly meet the requirements of games into the near future as well.
Screen Size - This laptop comes with a good screen size (15.6") which is certainly capable of viewing and playing 2020 titles. Larger screens can offer better in-game views, as often game HUDs and menus can take up a fair amount of a smaller laptop screen space and leave you squinting at the detail or text. In our minds, if you have a smaller 1.5Kg or larger 3.5Kg laptop with you, it's always going to be a lump to transport. And so for a gaming laptop we would rather see the games more clearly on a larger 17inch screen, upon arriving at a destination, rather than compromise a game’s experience. But for some it will be the other way around. Fortunately there will be something for everyone in the laptop marketplace.
Refresh Rate - If you want your gaming laptop to push past 60FPS, then make sure your laptop display panel has a higher refresh rate than 60Hz. Not all laptop manufacturers clearly state the screen refresh rate. If it is not clear, assume it is 60Hz. The laptop only turn out FPS (frames per second) as high as its screens refresh rate. 60hz refresh rate gets a max of 60FPS in all games, regardless of the hardware’s power in your laptop. Ok so after those thoughts on refresh rate and its significance to our gaming, the laptop we are looking at here today has a good refresh rate of 120Hz. This would be suitable for advanced gaming up to that refresh rate in terms of FPS
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, Cyberpunk 2077 or Assassins Creed: Valhalla. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 1080p screen resolution. Lets compare the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile found in this laptop to today’s top 500 most demanding games. Of those games, this laptops GPU can run 492 at their minimum system requirements and then 348 games when looking at their recommended system specs.
During our research for the next best gaming laptop purchase we decided to compare MSI GP65 Leopard i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 will compare across all permutations of the GP65 Leopard 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.
We review performance and allocate a P2P rating out of 10 that will adjust over time as the prices for hardware adjust. This laptop is currently given a 10 for P2P. With these hardware components the MSI GP65 Leopard i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is placed at 1st position within the GP65 Leopard range, when put into the price to performance order. Those laptops closer to the number 1 position of this list are the better value propositions today.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 120Hz
MSI GP65 Leopard i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,249.00||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,299.00||2%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,499.00||11%|
Looking outside of this range lets us compare the Price to Performance rating of the very best laptops we have listed. Today's top laptop model for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and the price we have for it is $986.99. Our MSI GP65 Leopard i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop’s price to performance is 40% worse when comparing it with the top laptop, purely on a performance for money basis, and as we know lots of things go into our decision when choosing the right laptop for us. The next best model is MSI GF65 Thin i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which costs $922.94. Our GP65 Leopard review laptop is 33% worse when comparing Price/Performance against the next top P2P laptop. Again this is purely a value for performance comparison, and many things go into helping us choose the right laptop for us. This is a good indicator but it's certainly then worth looking through the range for other configurations of a laptop you are interested in to find the right price point for you.
If you are wondering if this laptop is relatively well endowed in the CPU department then let's take a look at how it stacks up against the current best priced CPU focused laptop available today, to see its relative performance. The CPU performance laptop we picked today is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p. Its processor is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which delivers 35% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz.
Today there are 477 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 500 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum processor system requirements.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop CPU performs against today's popular games. Our Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz compared against recommended processor requirements for Cyberpunk 2077 delivers 28% better performance while against Assassins Creed: Valhalla it’s 28% better and finally compared to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War it has a performance difference : 49% better.
Looking for a new gaming laptop often leads us quickly to consider the sort of performance the mobile graphics card can deliver. Mobile graphics cards are often underpowered versions of their desktop equivalent, but still often very capable. To gauge the performance ability in this graphics department we compare our laptop to a GPU focused laptop that is around at the moment, to help provide us with a good graphics performance metric and comparison. Our comparison GPU focused laptop today that we have selected is a MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, which comes loaded with the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB card. This top end GPU is currently delivering 67% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile.
Our laptop Graphics Card, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 348 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 492 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 25% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Cyberpunk 2077, which shows the review laptop’s gpu against that game’s system specs gets 10% better performance. We also see the 10% better performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game Assassins Creed: Valhalla for it’s graphics requirements.
We thought we would explore this question about best screen resolutions for your laptop, as it comes up a lot. This MSI GP65 Leopard i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop has a 15.6" screen and is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall and in other words has a 1080p resolution. With 60Hz being the usual screen refresh rate on 4K laptop panels this would cap a game to run at no more than 60 frames per second, even if the 4K laptop hardware could deliver more. And then most AAA games require more powerful hardware than a laptop houses to play stable 4K Ultra graphics setting games, even at a passable but, some would consider, a bit low, 60FPS. With higher the better refresh rates for your laptop monitor, this particular MSI GP65 Leopard i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is available in 120Hz variety.
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. 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.
Today’s well priced 1440p desktop monitor we have found is a AOC CQ32G1 32 inch 144Hz 1ms curved that has a 144Hz refresh rate and priced at $319.99. For extra price trend information on this desktop 1440p monitor, it reached its lowest tracked price on 1st Mar 2020, where it would cost $299.99.
Here is a 4K monitor to compliment any laptop - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. We watch a handful and it is currently the best priced at $829.99. It has a 144Hz refresh rate as well. To give a bit more info about this monitor we saw it cost its lowest of $549.99, which we recorded 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.
We still feel it's not the time to spend extra cash for the 4K gaming laptop due to the limitations laid out above. It would surely feel somewhat disappointing to boot up your new 4K laptop, only to then realise you have to drop down the resolution on modern titles to get them to run smoothly. And then see that anything you play is somewhat less sharp than you have seen on your older PC and capped at a maximum of 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K screen tech.
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming mouse is the PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons. Its price tag today is $10.87 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value mouse. Another point of interest was that we saw this mouse priced at $10.87, which we tracked on 23rd Nov 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$10.87|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$52.99|
A good value gaming headset available at the moment, one that should go well with the MSI GP65 Leopard i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 is, HyperX Cloud Stinger with a price of $39.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 and it was priced at $25.98.