The black MSI GP66 10UG-429FR Leopard gaming laptop PC is equipped with a 15-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare screen with frequency of 144Hz which improves fluidity in games. The most recent titles can run on this black computer designed to play and create because it embeds the GeForce RTX 3070, a high-end NVIDIA Ampere ray tracing graphics card that also speeds up processing just like the Comet Lake-H Octo Core i7 processor. and the right amount of 16 GB RAM. This gaming laptop PC also benefits from enhanced responsiveness thanks to its fast 1 TB SSD storage, an RGB backlit chiclet keyboard (however without a numeric keypad) but also connectivity Wi-Fi ax and USB-C, however without Thunderbolt 3.
Features of the MSI GP66 10UG-429FR Leopard
|17.3 ” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz 72% NTSC (1920×1080, anti-glare / matte)
|Intel Core i7-10870H Comet Lake-H (2.2 GHz, 8 cores)
|RAM installed (max)
|16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots (occupied)
|NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 8 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel UHD 630 integrated into the processor and NVIDIA Optimus
|1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4) 1 free M.2 slot
|3 USB 3.0 1 USB 3.2 (Gen2) HDMI (4K @ 60Hz)
|Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201), Bluetooth 5.1 Gigabit Ethernet (Intel Ethernet I225-V, 2.5 Gbps)
|Yes, RGB per key
|2 XL speakers (2 x 3W) 2 subwoofers (2 x 3W), Nahimic 3 Audio Enhance
|Windows 10 64-bit
|battery life announced / Battery
|4 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 65Whr
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)
|2.38 Kg / 358 x 267 x 23.4
Chassis, connectors, screen of the MSI GP66 10UG-429FR Leopard
With its matte black frame, it sports a discreet coating for a gaming laptop PC which it nevertheless adopts the codes with its angular lines.
It is cooled by Cooler Boost 5 technology which relies on 2 fans, 6 heat pipes and ventilation grilles.
This designer-oriented gaming laptop PC is equipped with good connectivity even if we can regret the absence of Thunderbolt 3. We find here Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi ax modules ( more recent and efficient than Wi-Fi ac ) for wireless communication and remote connection, a practical HDMI video output for easily connecting this computer to a TV or monitor for example, Ethernet and audio ports, 1 USB-C not to mention 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible ) guaranteeing transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 peripherals are connected to it.
An RGB backlighting system per key is fitted to the chiclet keyboard, which is practical for discerning its keys in the dark.
However, no numeric keypad on the right while it is a standard in 15 inches, which will undoubtedly regret those who are used to entering numbers.
In any case, the design of the keyboard was carried out in collaboration with SteelSeries so that it is adapted to the habits of the players.
To appeal to the latter, the screen adopts a refresh rate of 144Hz higher than the 60Hz standard to enhance fluidity in games. It lends itself well to displaying High Definition content such as videos thanks to its precise Full HD definition and its 16: 9 format. As it is anti-reflective, the screen also offers better visibility than a shiny panel in a bright environment (eg outdoors). It also has significant vertical and horizontal viewing angles thanks to its IPS technology.
Performance, battery life of the MSI GP66 10UG-429FR Leopard
The MSI GP66 10UG-429FR Leopard targets those looking for a versatile 15-inch laptop that’s powerful in gaming but also creative oriented.
It is able to run at a good level of detail the most recent games and demanding in graphics resources because it embeds the dedicated NVIDIA Ampere high-end GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card with ray tracing.
Depending on the tasks performed, the on-board NVIDIA Optimus technology switches automatically and in real time between the GeForce RTX 3070 and the Intel UHD 630 solution integrated into the processor.
Optimus uses the Intel UHD 630 as much as possible despite its very modest features because it is energy efficient which promotes battery life.
In this area, bet on about 4 hours of battery operation in light use.
The GeForce RTX 3070 is in practice activated by Optimus to perform graphics processing deemed too heavy for the Intel UHD 630. These two solutions of course allow you to watch photos and videos.
In addition, the GeForce RTX 3070 will be of interest to creatives because it speeds up processing in software that takes advantage of GPU computing power, such as Adobe Premiere / Photoshop or Sony Vegas.
Creators as well as gamers and more generally demanding users will be interested in the overall power delivered by this gaming laptop PC. Because it is built around an Intel HM470 chipset, an Octo Core i7-10870H Comet Lake-H processor and 16 GB of RAM.
These cores guarantee much faster processing than a Quad / Hexa Core processor and 8 GB DDR4. We particularly feel the difference in areas that are greedy in CPU and RAM resources exploiting GPU computing power, such as video editing, photo editing or 3D rendering.
The storage is up to the task, entrusted to an SSD which clearly reinforces the responsiveness and fluidity on a daily basis compared to a simple hard drive.
An SSD is indeed more resistant to shocks than a hard drive while being silent, more energy efficient or even much faster.
As a result, thanks to the SSD, we benefit for example from much faster game / software launches as well as processing and starts / stops, or even a faster arrival on the cards of online games.
The large capacity of 1 TB provided by the SSD is in line with what hard disks offer, enough to appeal to a maximum of users. But if ever you need more space, you can add a second SSD via the free M.2 slot.
Finally, if this laptop PC designed to play and create heats up when it is strongly pushed (eg games, processing), it is relatively well mastered for this type of PC. On the other hand, it makes itself heard well under these conditions.