I’ve always appreciated something about powerful devices that can hide their power levels. I’m talking about things like the Volkswagen Phaeton W12, which essentially had the same engine as an eye-catching Bentley Continental (minus a couple of turbos), but in a car that looked like a VW. In short, devices that appear normal, but can compete with any villain Saiyan who has just come out of space and wants to conquer the world. And These types of examples show what you get with MSI’s new GS66 stealth.
Instead of the more stylish black-gold color scheme MSI used on the GS65 from 2018, for 2020, MSI gave its flagship 15-inch gaming laptop a Black-on-black paintwork that more closely matches his furtive name. Even the MSI logo on the lid of the laptop is little more than a subtle shadow, and without an indicator lamp or pulsing RGB lighting on the outside of the system, it’s much easier to take the GS66 out in public without immediately seeing anyone on the Internet signal space in which you like to play games from time to time.
MSI GS66 Stealth
What is it?
A 15 inch gaming laptop
Starts at $ 1,600 ($ 2,250 as rated)
Clean, understated design, RGB lighting per button, more powerful graphics, many connections, 300 Hz screen
I do not like it
The screen brightness is okay, the fans can be unusually loud, the touchpad is a bit nervous
However, if you lift the lid, this hidden appearance will appear as if out of the window You’ll be greeted by an incredibly colorful keyboard with customizable RGB lighting per key. The keyboard was developed in collaboration with SteelSeries and works with the pre-installed SteelSeries Engine 3 app, so you can optimize the color profile of the keyboard, create macros and much more.
The keyboard also has a convenient 1.5 mm key travel and a nice bounce at the bottom. Even after several hours of typing and playing, my fingers never felt tired like systems with flatter keyboards (like almost every MacBook made between 2016 and 2020). And if you’re really interested in hiding your system’s power level, you can simply turn off the keyboard backlight completely.
A few more changes MSI made to the GS66 compared to its predecessor are a redesigned hinge that feels much stronger than before, along with a light one stiffer, reinforced case, which gives the entire notebook an additional degree of durability. That said, weighing 4.6 pounds, the GS66 is half a pound heavier than outgoing GS65. Perhaps the most effective upgrade, however, is that MSI has also enlarged the stealth’s touchpad. While most people will likely plug in an external mouse for gaming, the extra-wide glass touchpad is a very welcome addition to everything else. In fact, the touchpad is so wide that it takes some time to reach all settings Way to every corner if you want to click with the left or right mouse button. AAlthough I noticed a few times that my cursor seemed to jump across the screen at random, mouse movements and gestures generally felt pretty accurate.
Even the GS66’s audio has been improved with the addition of a new upward fire Speakers are located at the bottom of the laptop’s deckThis leads to much richer and more direct sounding speakers. On the sides, the GS66 offers a good selection of ports, including two USB-C ports (one of which supports Thunderbolt 3), two USB-A ports, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
However, all new components that the GS66 contains are even more important. MSI offers configurations with up to 300 Hz display, an Intel i9-10980HK CPU with eight cores and an Nvidia 2080 Super GPU. Admittedly, at a price of at least $ 2,500 if you want a configuration with top-notch components, an equipped GS66 isn’t cheap. However, as our test device worth $ 2,250 shows (with i7 CPU, 32 GB RAM, 2070 Super GPU and 300 Hz 1080p display), you don’t need a fully charged device Machine for pumping solid performance.
in the Far Cry 5 At 1080p and ultra graphics, the GS66 reached an average of 96 fps, which could easily be increased to well over 120 by setting the graphics to high. But for those who really want to use the GS66’s 240 Hz or 300 Hz displays, games are like Overwatch are a much better choice if the stealth reaches 270 fps at 1080p at high settings. This is a pro-esport area where each additional frame can mean the difference between a shot or a death. And as an additional spring in the cap, the GS66 consistently outperformed a similar to specced Gigabyte Aorus 17G by about five to 10 percent in a number of games, although the Aorus 17 is a larger 17-inch laptop with more space for better cooling.
One last nice bonus is that with the GS66’s new 99.9-whr battery (the FAA limit for what you can take on an airplane), though it’s relatively power-hungry The gaming laptop GS66 took 5 hours and 53 minutes in our video rundown test. This is Almost an hour and a half improvement over the GS65 (4:23) and more than two hours longer than Gigabyte’s Aorus 17G (3:49). While the battery life of the GS66 is still far from the typical battery life of an ultraportable of over eight hours, it’s nice to know that the stealth doesn’t constantly run out of juice at times when you may not have access to an electrical outlet.
The main shortcomings of the GS66 are limited to a few things. First, the screen brightness of the GS66 is only average at 317 nits. Most notebooks in this price range – especially gaming laptops – are usually closer to 400 nits, and without 4K or OLED screen options, the stealth isn’t quite as appealing to people who want a machine for gaming and content creation .
The other is that although I’ve never encountered heat issues that throttle or overheat the system, the GS66’s chassis can be quite roasted under load. Whenever I did something more intense than surfing the Internet or watching a video, the stealth fans usually pumped hot air out of the side and rear vents. It never got to the point where it was painful or dangerous, but it did cause sweaty palms when playing.
More annoying, however, is how loud fans of the GS66 can get. When I received our test device for the first time, the stealth got so loud when I ran benchmarks on the GS66. My wife – even though she was in another room – stopped working to ask me what caused the high whirring noise.
MSI has since released a patch for its Dragon Center app that significantly reduced overall fan noise. Even so When I was tuned to MSI’s balanced performance profile, I noticed this At times the GS66 fans sometimes turned for no reason, apparently for no reason.
In the end, the fan noise of the GS66 isn’t a real deal breaker, though it’s a strange idiosyncrasy for something called stealth. Still, you might have to pay attention to your performance settings if you work in a quiet place like a library (luckily there is a user profile for Silent), or you risk someone coming over and asking why you’re hiding a tiny hair dryer from yourself .
There’s a lot to like about the GS66 Stealth. It is A reserved design should help its owners avoid unwanted questions about whether they have noticed this Travis Scott concert in ForniteWhile MSI continues to make important advances in the build quality of its systems. With 240 Hz and 300 Hz display options as well as a range of the latest chips from Intel and Nvidia, the GS66 offers excellent performance and surprisingly good battery life. In many ways, the GS66 is like a really good episode of DBZ. There is a lot of power and action, a bit of screaming and hot air, but with a lot of filler and unnecessary extras.
- At full load, this thing pumps out the heat, so you may want to avoid playing on your lap.
- With a 99.9-whr battery, the GS66 has the largest battery you can legally bring on most aircraft.
- Unlike many other 15-inch systems, the GS66 doesn’t have 4K or touchscreen options, although you can choose between 240Hz and 300Hz refresh rates.
- Even with a completely black paint job, the GS66 is still a kind of fingerprint magnet.
- The GS66 has an IR camera for Windows Hello Face Login, but there is no fingerprint reader.