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MSI GS66 Stealth Gaming Laptop (10th-Gen Intel)

NEX score 65%

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Product Overview

MSI GS66 Stealth is a 15.6-inch premium ultra-portable gaming laptop that can be equipped with up to 10th-gen Intel Core i9 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics, and 300Hz display.
To take full advantage of these powerful chips, the GS66 Stealth features MSI's proprietary Cooler Boost technology with the 3 fans, 7 heat pipes, and the world's thinnest 0.1-mm sharp-edged fan blade design.
Compared to its 17.3-inch sibling, the GS75 Stealth, the GS66 Stealth optimizes both performance and endurance for long gaming sessions on the go. It can also be configured with a 4K UHD display.
Other notable features include per-key RGB gaming keyboard by Steelseries, the Killer LAN and wireless cards, high definition audio, and large selections of ports.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Sleek, understated design
  • Great gaming performance
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Not as powerful as the Razer Blade

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 65% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great gaming performance
  • Good performance for a 15.6-inch laptop
  • Excellent performance
Cons
  • Lackluster audio
  • Lackluster CPU and GPU performance
  • No G-Sync
  • Mediocre speakers
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Variants:
FHD
UHD

Connectivity

Ports
3x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x Thunderbolt 3 / DP + 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 + 1x HDMI + 1x RJ45 + 1x Mic + 1x Headphone
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

Battery | Capacity
99.9 Wh
Camera | Front
IR HD type (30fps@720p)
Speakers
2x 2W Speaker

Dimensions

Size | Depth
248 mm
Size | Height
19.8 mm
Size | Width
358.3 mm
Weight
2.1 kg

Display

Display Diagonal
15.6 inch
Display Type
IPS
FHDRefresh Rate
240 or 300 Hz
UHDRefresh Rate
60 Hz
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080) or UHD (3840x2160)

Function

Chipset
Intel HM470
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, RTX 2060 6GB, RTX 2070 Max-Q 8GB, RTX 2070 Max-Q SUPER 8GB, or RTX 2080 Max-Q 8GB
Keyboard Backlight
Per-Key RGB Backlight Keyboard
Operating System
Windows 10 Home
Processor
Up to 10th Gen. Intel Core i9 Processor

Performance

Memory | Capacity
2 Slots Max 64GB
Memory | Type
DDR4 3200MHz
Power Supply
180 or 230 W Slim adapter
Storage
1x M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen3 + 1x M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen3 / SATA combo

Production

Debut
2020 CES

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score 76%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following***:
MSI's GS66 Stealth gaming laptop has an i7 CPU, 32GB of RAM, 2070 Super GPU, and a 300 Hz 1080p display. In Far Cry 5 at 1080p and ultra graphics, the GS66 averaged 96 fps, which was easily boosted to well over 120 by turning graphics down to high. The Stealth's main shortcomings boil down to a few things.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Solid performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • High-pitched fan noise
  • No 4K or OLED screen options

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The MSI GS66 Stealth is in step but not ahead of many of its rivals in several areas. It lacks the refinements of the Razer Blade, and isn't as affordable as the Acer Predator Triton 500. The cooling is impressive, and the gaming performance is fantastic. The build quality can be a little delicate in places, so be careful with how you handle it.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent cooling
Cons
  • No G-Sync
  • No 4K display

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The GS66 Stealth is the first machine I've reviewed with one of Intel's 10th Gen Comet Lake H-Series processors. The laptop's 14-nanometer 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-10750H processor is as strong as an ox. To ensure you can take your games on the road, MSI has outfitted the Stealth with a 99.9 watt hour battery.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • Powerful Intel Core i7-10750H processor
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Lackluster audio

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score 59%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
A powerful hexa-core processor, dual-channel memory, and a fast NVMe SSD make for a fast and smooth system. The high-end GPU brings all modern computer games smoothly onto the screen. The system doesn't seem to be suitable for real-time video and audio-editing.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-quality IPS display
  • Full HD resolution
  • NVMe SSD
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[5]

Sentiment Score 49%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
MSI GS66 has a slightly tuned version of the old 2070 Max-Q (also Turing architecture) As in most other laptops, the frame rate drops massively without the charger (-85% @ GS66) The fan noise of the GS66 is not one of the more pleasant fan noises, regardless of the fan speed.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Matte IPS display
  • High-quality case
  • Good battery life
  • NVMe SSD
Cons
  • Very loud under load
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score 61%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
MSI had one of the lightest 15.6-inch gaming laptops in the market with the GS65 and so it's a bit of a bummer that the newer model is noticeably heavier. Owners get direct access to two storage bays, two SODIMM slots, the WLAN module, and the internal battery. The pre-installed MSI True Color software allows for easy fine-tuning of colors and color temperature.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek and lightweight design
  • Long battery life
  • Quiet operation
Cons
  • Lackluster CPU and GPU performance
  • No Thunderbolt 3

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score 59%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
MSI GS66 Stealth has plenty of advanced features and will perform at very high frame rates in all games. It's a reasonably portable, high-performing machine, but the design is more run-of-the-mill. The battery life isn't short enough to undermine the system's portability, even if it's not setting any records.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Excellent performance
  • High-end components
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Not as powerful as its predecessor
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

pcworld[8]

Sentiment Score 64%
Reviewers from pcworld have found the following***:
The keyboard on the GS66 is slightly mushy, but overall we'd say it's fine. The trackpad is oversized and continues to be centered a little too far to the right for our fat palms. Image quality for your Zoom video conferences is fair, the same resolution you'll find on the vast majority of laptops.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Good performance for a 15.6-inch laptop
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Loud fan noise when gaming

techadvisor[9]

Sentiment Score 63%
Reviewers from techadvisor have found the following***:
MSI GS66 Stealth is one of the cheapest new models from MSI. It costs £1,699 in the UK and $1,599 in the US. The Intel 10th-gen Core i7-10750H delivers a modest improvement over the XMG Fusion 15. It has enough speed to handle high-end single-player games. It also has the pace to play esports games at beyond 200fps.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Good gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Not as fast as rivals

techradar[10]

Sentiment Score 59%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The MSI GS66 Stealth has a 240Hz 1080p display. Graphics grunt comes from an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB of memory. A USB mouse remains better for gaming, but this is serviceable. Internal temperatures can be an issue – the GPU is fine, but the CPU often surges beyond 90°C and throttles.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great gaming performance
  • Solid build quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre speakers
  • No G-Sync

tomshardware[11]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
MSI's GS66 Stealth gaming laptop has one of the biggest batteries we've ever seen in a laptop. While it lasts longer than many other gaming laptops, it's not the longest-lasting one we've seen. The 720p webcam in the top bezel is lackluster, and the picture is grainy.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, attractive design
  • Powerful gaming performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Below-average performance

trustedreviews[12]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The MSI GS66 Stealth is equipped with the new Intel 10th Gen H-Series processors and Nvidia’s latest RTX graphics cards. It hits a size sweet spot for gamers who might find smaller displays far from ideal and bigger displays just impractical. Some gamers will be disappointed at the lack of G-Sync and FreeSync, which prevent screen tearing from ruining the visuals.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent trackpad
Cons
  • No G-Sync or FreeSync
  • Short battery life

User Reviews

References

1. ^ MSI's GS66 Stealth Gaming Laptop Packs Big Specs and Thankfully Goes Light on the RGB. [gizmodo]. https://gizmodo.com/msis-gs66-stealth-gaming-laptop-packs-big-specs-and-tha-1843349911. 2020-05-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ MSI GS66 Stealth review: A value Razer alternative. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/msi-gs66-stealth-review/. 2020-07-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ MSI GS66 Stealth review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/msi-gs66-stealth. 2020-06-05. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ MSI GS66 Stealth 10SE in review: Classy gaming laptop with a 240 Hz display. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/MSI-GS66-Stealth-10SE-in-review-Classy-gaming-laptop-with-a-240-Hz-display.484238.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ MSI GS66 Stealth 10SFS Laptop Review: Visually subdued, acoustically conspicuous. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/MSI-GS66-Stealth-10SFS-Laptop-Review-Visually-subdued-acoustically-conspicuous.463461.0.html. 2020-05-02. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ MSI GS66 Stealth 10SGS Laptop Review: Core i7 or Core i9?. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/MSI-GS66-Stealth-10SGS-Laptop-Review-Core-i7-or-Core-i9.464453.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ MSI GS66 Stealth Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/msi-gs66-stealth. 2020-04-30. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ MSI GS66 Stealth Review: Thin and small, with a 300Hz screen. [pcworld]. https://www.pcworld.com/article/3563314/msi-gs66-stealth-review.html. 2020-06-19. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
9. ^ MSI GS66 Stealth review. [techadvisor]. https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/review/msi-gs66-stealth-3791270/. 2020-07-02. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
10. ^ MSI GS66 Stealth review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/msi-gs66-stealth. 2020-06-10. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
11. ^ MSI GS66 Stealth Review: Low Profile, High Temperatures. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/msi-gs66-stealth. 2020-04-24. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
12. ^ MSI GS66 Stealth Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/msi-gs66-stealth. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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