MSI Stealth 17

MSI Stealth 17

MSI Stealth 17

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BEST RATING
Gaming & AI:
4.8
GENERAL USE: Very Good8.7/10
GAMING/AI: Excellent9.2/10
ENG/DESIGN: Excellent9.1/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Very Good8.5/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.8/10
PORTABILITY: Fair6.4/10
BATTERY: Fair6.7/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Very Good8.3/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Best in Class9.5/10
SIZE: 17.3"

The MSI Stealth 17 is a high-end laptop with ample storage and top-of-the-line RAM. It's powered by an Intel i9 processor and an Nvidia RTX 4090 GPU, ideal for intensive tasks like gaming, 3D rendering, machine learning, or engineering applications. With a 17.3-inch IPS display featuring a high refresh rate, it's excellent for motion clarity but it's not a touchscreen. The battery life is on the lower side, making it less portable. The laptop has a solid build, backlit keyboard with a number pad, and supports hardware ray tracing and DLSS. It has various ports, including USB-C with Thunderbolt, and despite its power, it manages heat and fan noise well. However, it's heavy and perhaps better suited as a desktop replacement than for travel. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.








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Pros
  • High-performance main processor
  • Powerful GPU for gaming, 3D work
  • Large RAM for multitasking
  • Spacious storage capacity
  • High screen refresh rate
Cons
  • Heavy, less portable
  • Shorter battery life
  • Larger physical size
  • High-end price point

Ratings by Category

Gaming & AI:
4.8
The MSI Stealth 17 is excellent for gaming and 3D due to its powerful Nvidia RTX 4090 graphics card, which delivers top-notch performance for demanding visuals, and a high screen refresh rate of 240Hz that ensures smooth and responsive gameplay.
Engineering & Design:
4.8
PerfectRec’s Engineering and Design Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for graphic design, CAD and 3D work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Content Creation:
4.7
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Keyboard Quality:
4.7
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
General Use:
4.6
The MSI Stealth 17 is highly suitable for general use due to its powerful Intel i9 processor and ample RAM which ensure smooth multitasking and fast performance. Moreover, it has a high-quality IPS screen for clear visuals, but its portability is fair with limited battery life, so it's better suited to a stationary setup.
Software Development:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.5
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Operating Noise:
4.4
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Build Quality:
4.3
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
Battery Life:
3.8
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Portability:
3.5
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$4,480
Release Date
May 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
15.7'' x 11.2'' x 0.79''
Weight
6.17 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i9-13900H
Graphics
RTX 4090 (105 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
Yes
RAM
64 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
5.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
99.9 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
17.3"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
2560 x 1440
Refresh Rate
240Hz
Display Brightness
384 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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7.8/10
Portability Score
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6.5/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
Yes
Fan Noise Score
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8/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGB
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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9/10
Speaker Quality Score
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9.5/10
Webcam
1080p
Fingerprint Reader
Yes
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
Yes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
2
USB-C ports
2
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
3
Thunderbolt Version
4

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Mario Petzold | April 2023
"The MSI Stealth 17 Studio is a laptop with a quiet RTX 4080 for almost every occasion. The MSI Stealth 17 Studio is equally capable of high-level media processing and playing current games. It remains pleasantly quiet, even if a few percentage points of power have had to be sacrificed in the process. But, it is not quite perfect: To some extent, the Stealth 17 is well thought out. It packs tons of graphics power and high-end components in a slim case. The laptop's cooling system can be set such that, noise-wise, it doesn't even reach low volume. However, small flaws cloud otherwise exceptionally positive impressions."

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