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MSI GP66 Leopard 10UX 15" Gaming Laptop (2021)

NEX score 73%

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Product Overview

The 2021 MSI GP66 Leopard is a 15.6-inch gaming laptop powered by up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA RTX 3080 GPU. It improves upon the 2020 GP65 by adding the latest RTX 30-series graphics.
Apart from the GPU update, the GP66 takes on a different physical design than the 2020 model, dropping the number pad and decreasing the thickness.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Fantastic 1080p gaming performance
  • Sleek design
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • Chunky keyboard
  • Thick bezels

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 73% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great gaming performance
  • Great performance-per-watt
  • Good keyboard
  • Gorgeous 240 Hz display
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Slow SD card reader
  • Very expensive
  • Dim display
  • Dim screen
  • No Thunderbolt 3
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 + 3x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x HDMI + 1x Audio combo + 1x RJ45
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.1

Construction

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

Dimensions

Size | Depth
267 mm
Size | Height
23.4 mm
Size | Width
358 mm
Weight
2.38 kg

Display

Display Diagonal
15.6 inch
Display Type
IPS
Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080)

Function

Audio
Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer, High-Resolution Audio ready
Chipset
Intel HM470
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB, RTX 3070 8GB, RTX 3080 8GB, or RTX 3080 16GB
Keyboard Backlight
Per-Key RGB gaming keyboard by SteelSeries
Processor
Up to Intel Core i7-10870H

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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External Reviews

gizmodo[1]

Sentiment Score 86%
Reviewers from gizmodo have found the following***:
MSI's GP66 Leopard can easily handle graphically intensive games. The dual fans can get a little loud at times, but that's par for the course with gaming laptops. The $1,899 price tag on this model is in line with what you'd normally spend building your own desktop.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great gaming performance
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Very expensive

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 64%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
PCMark results are where we expect them to be relative to other laptops with the same CPU and GPU. LatencyMon shows no DPC latency issues when opening multiple browser tabs on our homepage. 4K video playback at 60 FPS is smooth and with no dropped frames as to be expected from any gaming laptop.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleeker, sleeker design
  • Long battery life
  • Slim bezels
  • Great performance-per-watt
Cons
  • Dim display
  • Slow SD card reader
  • No Thunderbolt 3

theverge[3]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
The GP66 Leopard uses an RTX 2070 Super Max-Q chip. It's a step up from MSI's high-end GS66 Stealth. The Leopard employs MSI's “Cooler Boost 5” system, which includes two fans and six heat pipes. Battery life is a major area where the GP66 isn't ahead of its competition.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Solid build quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Dim screen
  • Dim display

tomshardware[4]

Sentiment Score 66%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
MSI's GP66 Leopard is a powerful gaming notebook that draws attention to games, not itself. There is quite a lot of software preinstalled on the GP66, which has been a trademark of MSI laptops. For $1,799, you can get the Leopard with a Core i7-10750H, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 240 Hz display
  • Powerful gaming performance
  • Good keyboard
Cons
  • Bloatware
  • No webcam

User Reviews

References

1. ^ MSI's GP66 Leopard Puts Desktop Performance in a Gaming Laptop. [gizmodo]. https://gizmodo.com/msis-gp66-leopard-puts-desktop-performance-in-a-gaming-1846244524. 2021-02-12. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ MSI GP66 Leopard 10UG Laptop Review: A Complete Series Overhaul. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/MSI-GP66-Leopard-10UG-Laptop-Review-A-Complete-Series-Overhaul.532758.0.html. Retrieved 2021-04-19.
3. ^ MSI GP66 Leopard review: substance over style. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/22244409/msi-gp66-leopard-gaming-laptop-review-price-specs-features. 2021-01-26. Retrieved 2021-04-19.
4. ^ MSI GP66 Leopard Review: Subtle Powerhouse. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/msi-gp66-leopard. 2021-03-01. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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