With the best mobile graphics card around, the MSI GP66 10UH-457FR is a gaming machine of choice. Demanding gamers will indeed find solid support thanks to the GeForce GTX 3080 Ampere, backed up by a Core i7-10750H Hexa Core for processing complex tasks, all supported by 16 GB of RAM and boosted by 1 TB SSD storage. . 144 Hz borderless screen, full connectivity, neat design, multicolored backlighting by button and MSI technologies, everything is there to accompany you in the heart of the action, provided you override its limited battery life, its partly plastic chassis or the fairly limited connection (without Thunderbolt 3).
Features of the MSI GP66 10UH-457FR Leopard
|Screen (s)||15.6 “Full HD LED IPS 144Hz near 100% sRGB (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-10750H Comet Lake-H (2.6 GHz, 6 cores)|
|RAM installed (max)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3080 8 GB Dedicated GDDR6, Intel UHD 630 and NVIDIA Optimus|
|Storage||1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4) 1 free M.2 slot|
|Connectivity||3 USB 3.2 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0 (4K @ 60Hz)|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201), Bluetooth 5.1, Gigabit Ethernet (Intel Ethernet I225-V, 2.5 Gbps)|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes, RGB per key|
|Audio system||2 XL speakers (2 x 3W) 2 subwoofers (2 x 3W), Nahimic 3 Audio Enhance|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||6 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 10UH-457FR
The MSI GP66 Leopard radically changes its face compared to the previous generation (GP65 Leopard) by opting for a very angular silhouette with the screen hinge offset towards the front and most of the connections offset on the rear face. MSI’s aesthetic signature is there but most will find this Leopard GP66 quite discreet and capable of slipping into a serious environment, at least when we stop at its uniformly black color . The design of its case and the Steel Series keyboard with multicolored backlighting per key which shines through the entire height of the keys (Silver Lining Printing) nonetheless attracts the eye.
Next, let’s talk about the 15.6-inch screen that catches the eye on this MSI GP66 10UH-457FR. And for good reason, highlighted by a thin frame, it sports high-end specifications: IPS panel with a refresh rate of 144 Hz , enough to offer fluid and detailed images during your gaming sessions. Especially since the viewing angles are wide thanks to the IPS panel which, it should be noted, is generally not noticed for its liveliness. Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) is the most suitable for gamers and allows you to get the most out of your High Definition content while the matte coating prevents ambient light from being reflected on the screen, improving comfort (especially in dark scenes).
Let’s continue with a tour of the connections also thought for the players. This is quite small for a 15-inch gamer with the only dedicated video output (an HDMI 2.0 port) and the absence of a card reader. There are also three USB 3.2 (Gen1) ports and one USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2; DP) without Thunderbolt 3 support. You also benefit from the latest generation of the 802.11 AX WiFi module , Bluetooth 5.1 and Gigabit Ethernet.
Performance, battery life of the MSI GP66 10UH-457FR
The component that attracts all the attention here is the graphics card, a GeForce RTX 3080generation Ampere (2021). This is a high-end mobile GPU, the most powerful you can find inside a laptop PC today. In short, it is capable of meeting all the needs of very demanding gamers, far exceeding the capabilities of a GeForce RTX 2080 Super Turing. So you can enjoy smooth rendering on all your favorite games, by taking advantage of Ray-Tracing on compatible games with sharp details and high FPS numbers. The RTX 3080 is also invaluable for software that harnesses GPU computing power in accelerating processing, although the gain in this profile is not necessarily obvious compared to an RTX 3060 or less. VS’
Opposite, we may not have the most powerful processor at the moment but the Core i7-10750H Hexa Core , a 10th generation Comet Lake CPU, does not have to be ashamed of its performance, especially when we know that the In-game support depends quite little on the number of cores at this level. Basically, it ensures a complete complete management of the versatile use composed of video editing, 3D animation, programming or parallelization, with complex calculations, but with sometimes significantly longer delays compared to a similar config with an Octo Core.
With 16 GB of RAM , the multitasking scope is comfortable, enough to offer a smooth use of the system whatever your current tasks.
But that’s not all, the Leopard also contains a large capacity NVMe SSD storage (1TB) . The system gains there directly compared to a configuration with mechanical hard drive because of the speed of loading offered by the SSD. This type of storage ensures almost instantaneous switching on and off, transfers calculated in seconds or instantaneous software launches where the mechanical support involved significant latencies. Note also that the SSD is by nature more silent, robust and efficient than a hard drive. And if it is often tackled for its too low storage capacity, this is not the case here since it provides 1 TB, enough to allow the
Finally, with about 5 hours of battery life in Web browsing with active Wifi, the MSI GP66 10UH-457FR is not intended to really move away from a power outlet, apart from occasional office use.