Gaming laptops are all the rage among college-going students. Many of them prefer gaming laptops because not only are they fast and powerful, they also allow students to game on the go. But there are some gaming laptops out there that are just too heavy to carry around. Fortunately, recent advancements in technology allowed laptops to become smaller, while not compromising totally on performance. Enter thin and light gaming laptops. These have the almost perfect balance between performance and form factor.
One such example is MSI’s G-series gaming laptops. These were light and packed a punch, but sacrificed a little on the sturdiness of the chassis. Now, MSI realized this and they brought us the MSI GS66 stealth powerful gaming laptop that is light but not as light as previous-generation devices. What’s even more interesting about the MSI GS66 stealth is its 300Hz display. Keep reading to know more about how having a high refresh rate monitor can improve your gameplay.
The MSI GS66 stealth is a more premium feeling than last gen. MSI decided to take away the gold accents and make it all black which appeals to most gamers. While the laptop is 0.78inches thick and weighs in at around 4.4 pounds. This is a little more than last year’s MSI GS65. However, don’t let this disappoint you because now. The MSI GS66 stealth feels more rigid and sturdy and comes with several improvements. One of the biggest changes that are immediately observable is the display and speaker arrangement.
This time around, the speakers are upwards firing located on either side of the laptop where we rest our hands. Then the display is a whopping 300Hz refresh rate. How many games can reach that high frame rates remains to be seen. But it’s there, so might as well use it. You will immediately notice the smoothness of the screen, especially in games.
The keyboard certainly feels more comfortable to type on and it has got a good amount of travel and doesn’t feel mushy. It also has RGB backlighting. There is no number pad though. The trackpad is also great and huge and works well. In terms of IO, we get 3x USB 3.1 type- As, 2xUSB Type-C with thunderbolt, one HDMI 2.0 port, an Ethernet port with 10/100/1000 Mbit/s
speeds, Wi-Fi 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.0 and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Here are the specs of the MSI GS66 Stealth:-
- 10th gen Intel comet lake i9 h processor
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU
- 2TB SSD
- 15.6“1920x1080p 300Hz IPS display
- Upto 32GB RAM
- 99.9 Wh battery
These are some pretty beefy specs for a gaming laptop. All this means you can pretty play any game you can throw at it. You will experience no lag whatsoever. This is important for E-sports players and online gamers as recently gamers who played on a high refresh rate monitor tend to
play better. Hence more and more laptops are coming with higher than ever refresh rates. These higher refresh rates can only be achieved by reducing color accuracy and it has to be a TN panel. But since this is a gaming laptop, most people will probably never edit videos or
photos on this machine so it’s an okay tradeoff.
The MSI GS66 stealth comes with the Nvidia RTX2060 laptop version. It’s a bit less powerful than the desktop version but still is pretty powerful to game on. With its ray-tracing capabilities, you can play any modern game without a hitch and they will look gorgeous. All that graphical horsepower is needed in order to push out that many frame rates. The CPU is a 10th gen core i9 h based processor and it ensures you won’t be bottlenecking your games in any way. So why are higher frame rates important for gamers? At least for those who play competitively, you can basically see things quickly and track them easily, Like say an enemy.
When you got a high refresh rate display and a much lower response
time of as low as 3ms, it has been observed that people can aim better and precisely shoot enemies much better on these displays. But how much is too much. To explain that consider playing a game at 30Hz. It looks okay. But jump to 60Hz and you will really see the improvement in the smoothness of the game, next go to 120Hz, 144Hz, 165Hz and 240Hz. With each jump in frame rates, we really notice the games feel a lot smoother. But beyond 240Hz it is barely noticeable.
This is a point of diminishing returns. In many games including Overwatch, the frame rate didn’t go beyond 220. This means it isn’t necessary to have a 300Hz display, or games literally can’t push out that many frames a second. We’ll see if any driver or software improvements can change that. But for now, one thing’s for sure, Higher frame rates mean better gameplay and smoother experience.
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