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MSI GS66 Stealth 10UX 15" Gaming Laptop (2021)

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Product Overview

The 2021 MSI GS66 Stealth 10UX is a high-end 15.6-inch gaming laptop powered by up to 10th-gen Intel Core i9 CPU and NVIDIA RTX 3080 GPU. It improves upon the 2020 model by adding the latest RTX 30-series graphics.
Like the 2020 GS66, the new 10UX can be configured with either FHD or 4K UHD display, the latter of which delivers 100% coverage of the Adobe RGB color space. Another important feature that is carried over is the large 99.9Wh battery.
Further, MSI has introduced Bluetooth 5.2 to the new GS66 Stealth.
Alongside the GS66 Stealth, MSI also refreshed at CES 2021 the 15-inch Stealth 15M, 17-inch GE76 Raider and 15-inch GE66 Raider, 17-inch GP76 Leopard and 15-inch GP66 Leopard, and 17-inch GF75 Thin and 15-inch GF65 Thin.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Superfast, high-resolution screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • Excellent gaming performance
Cons
  • Thick bezels

What external reviewers found***

Ext 73% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Fantastic QHD display
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent trackpad
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • No HDMI 2.1
  • No G-Sync or FreeSync
  • No 4K option
  • Short battery life
  • No Thunderbolt 3
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
1x Thunderbolt 3 + 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 + 3x USB 3.2 Gen2 + 1x HDMI + 1x Audio combo + 1x RJ45 (2.5Gbps)
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.2

Construction

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

Dimensions

Size | Depth
248 mm
Size | Height
18.3-19.8 mm
Size | Width
358.3 mm
Weight
2.1 kg

Display

Display Diagonal
15.6 inch
Display Type
IPS
Gamut
Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080) or 4K UHD (3840x2160)

Function

Audio
Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer, High-Resolution Audio ready
Chipset
Intel HM470
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB, RTX 3070 8GB, or RTX 3080 16GB
Keyboard Backlight
RGB backlighting by SteelSeries
Processor
Up to Intel Core i9-10980HK

Performance

Memory | Capacity
2x slots, Max 64GB
Memory | Type
DDR4 3200 MHz
Power Supply
230 W Slim adapter
Storage
2x NVMe M.2 SSD by PCIe Gen3

Production

Debut
2021-01-14 (CES 2021)

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 79%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The MSI GS66 Stealth is finally a gaming laptop that can run at 1440p at decent frame rates. The touchpad and keyboard are some of my least favorite aspects of the laptop. It might not be my favorite design, but the combination of a superfast, high-resolution screen and excellent gaming performance make it one of the best gaming laptops you can buy.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Superfast, high-resolution screen
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • No HDMI 2.1
  • No Thunderbolt 4

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
MSI's CoolerBoost technology has seven heat pipes and three fans with 0.004-inch thin fan blades. The touchpad, center and bottom of the Stealth measured 81, 108 and 111 degrees. The laptop has its fair share of bloatware, such as Hulu, Roblox and Hidden City: Hidden Object Adventure.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Super-fast gaming performance
  • Long battery life
  • High-resolution display
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3

notebookcheck[3]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
MSI has made no major internal changes outside of the CPU and GPU swap. The cooling solution and components appear identical to what we observed on last year's Turing-powered GS66. 4K video playback at 60 FPS is smooth but not perfect with 8 dropped frames during our minute-long video test.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Slim bezels
  • Decent graphics performance
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No 4K option

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The GS66 Stealth made an impressive 6,175-point showing in PCMark 10. Its large 99.9-watt-hour battery propelled it to near the front of this pack. It's a good showing for a high-end gaming notebook even if the time is unremarkable.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Fantastic QHD display
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard backlighting
Cons
  • Lackluster performance

trustedreviews[5]

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 GS66 Stealth (2021) review: Peak 1440p gaming. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/msi-gs66-stealth-1440p-review/. 2021-02-18. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/msi-gs66-stealth-2021-review. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG Laptop Review: How Fast is a 95 W GeForce RTX 3070?. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/MSI-GS66-Stealth-10UG-Laptop-Review-How-Fast-is-a-95-W-GeForce-RTX-3070.518559.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ MSI GS66 Stealth (2021) Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/msi-gs66-stealth-2021. 2021-02-05. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ MSI GS66 Stealth Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/msi-gs66-stealth. Retrieved 2021-05-05.

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