MSI Stealth GS66

Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to review a few different MSI laptops. Whether it’s Crosshair or Katana, I get to experience different machines with a clear game focus, which makes today’s device even more exciting. Because while there’s no denying that the hardware inside the chassis makes it a gaming laptop through and through, the looks and specs of the MSI Stealth GS66 make the laptop shine as a more mainstream-targeted machine. But before we get into why this is the case, let’s talk about the technical details.

The Stealth GS66 that I had the luxury of testing came with excellent hardware that, one might say, was limited by the display of this device. Under the hood, it housed a 12th generation Intel i9-12900H processor along with a GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics card, all boosted by 32GB of RAM. Essentially, for modern gaming standards, this range will allow you to run most games at top (or very close to top) graphics fidelity while still getting solid and somewhat smooth frame rates, or alternatively delivering an incredibly smooth, high frame rate gameplay at lower resolutions. But that’s in theory, as this Stealth GS66 featured a 3840x2160p (4K) display that was limited to a maximum refresh rate of 120z, meaning it’s primarily designed for 4K gameplay, with the ability to favor performance slightly.

And I say this because the hardware inside the Stealth GS66 could allow the system to play games at over 120fps if desired, even if the screen doesn’t scale to such a thing. There are options to get a frame rate focused display on this system and in my eyes the best option would be 2560x1440p (2K) clocked in at 240Hz as it gives you a bit of both worlds. However, I will say that if you want premium graphics first and foremost, I found that the 4K screen could deliver 60 fps gameplay so you could comfortably and properly enjoy the best games. And it’s worth noting that since this is a 4K screen, you get very vivid and crisp images that work to really bring to life the wonderful worlds of video games, or eye-catching backgrounds in movies and TV. .

MSI Stealth GS66

Which brings me back to my earlier point about the Stealth GS66 being an ideal machine for wider orientation. Between the arguably visual screen and the 99.9 Whr battery that ensures you have plenty of battery life to play long games without charging, this laptop can do everything a productivity-focused machine can do. , and do it well. The 15.6″ screen gives you plenty of room to keep multiple tabs/apps open, and the large SteelSeries-produced keyboard and large trackpad make it easy to type and work on the Stealth GS66, something that isn’t loud only in that it is quite high.thin profile (for a gaming laptop) and its subtle design that doesn’t attract too much attention.

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There are of course some ‘gaming’ elements, including multi-colour backlighting for the keys, which seem a little off-brand given the otherwise completely blacked-out chassis, but these can thankfully be tweaked for something more subtle. Also, the various ports available (including a Wi-Fi 6-enabled Ethernet port) are more typical of larger gaming laptops than mainstream laptops these days, but that won’t be the first thing anyone will notice on this device. No, it would be the noise he makes instead.

Between the backlit keys plus the combination of the always remarkable cooling solution and Dynaudio-supplied speaker system, calling this laptop “Stealth” must have been a bit of a joke among MSI developers. Because it’s a noisy laptop. Very strong. While that’s a bonus when you look at the speakers, which use an array of front-firing drivers to produce incredibly crisp and loud sound, it’s less of a bonus when you’re talking about its fan noise. The Cooler Boost Trinity+ system works to keep the Stealth GS66 cool at all costs, allowing for higher-quality gaming, but you’ll either have to have the speakers blast sound to near-deafening levels or use a noise-canceling headset if you don’t want to be overwhelmed by the racket fans make. And if you think the base level of fan noise is high, activating turbofan mode with a single click will make you think you’re behind the engine of a Boeing 747.

MSI Stealth GS66

So it’s a bit of a strange dynamic that the Stealth GS66 finds itself in. On the one hand, it’s a very capable device for gaming and productivity, all with a subtle design and look, and yet provides some basic features, including the solution of ​cooling and the speaker system, the impression that this device wants you to be aware of its presence. Whatever it is, despite its shortcomings, it’s undeniable that this is a very capable computer, even if (like a lot of PC gaming hardware and gaming laptops these days) it will cost you an arm and a leg to get one with the same hardware under the hood.

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