MSI Stealth GS66

MSI Stealth GS66

MSI Stealth GS66

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BEST RATING
Keyboard Quality:
4.6
GENERAL USE: Good7.7/10
GAMING/AI: Good7.8/10
ENG/DESIGN: Very Good8.2/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Good7.5/10
CONTENT CREATION: Good7.7/10
PORTABILITY: Good7.5/10
BATTERY: Fair6.7/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Good7.7/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Very Good8.4/10
SIZE: 15.6"

The MSI Stealth GS66 is a premium-priced laptop with strong performance thanks to its Intel i7 processor and Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti graphics card. It's suitable for intensive gaming, 3D rendering, machine learning, as well as engineering work, boasting a high refresh rate display that is good for fast motion. However, the tradeoff is in portability and battery life; it's relatively heavy and offers moderate battery life, which may not be ideal for those who need a device on the go all day. It's well-built, has a quality backlit keyboard and multiple USB-C ports, including Thunderbolt 4, but it lacks a number pad and has a standard FHD resolution. This device is suitable for users needing a strong performance-oriented laptop that can handle various demanding tasks and are willing to work mostly from one location or have access to power. 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 refresh rate screen
  • Good port selection
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Hardware ray tracing support
  • Portable design
Cons
  • Moderate battery life
  • No facial recognition
  • No number pad on keyboard
  • Not touchscreen

Ratings by Category

Keyboard Quality:
4.6
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Engineering & Design:
4.5
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.
Build Quality:
4.4
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.
General Use:
4.3
PerfectRec’s General Use Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for general productivity, web browsing, streaming, video calls, and running a wide variety of apps and programs. The most important factors in this score include CPU performance, amount of RAM, screen quality, storage, and battery life. Keyboard quality, speaker quality, low fan noise, heat management, and to a lesser extent webcam quality are all moderately important factors for this score.
Gaming & AI:
4.3
The MSI Stealth GS66 is equipped with a high-end Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti graphics card which delivers top-notch gaming and 3D performance, and a screen that supports a high refresh rate of 360Hz, critical for smooth gameplay and fast-paced visuals. The laptop also features a quality IPS display with a full HD resolution, enhancing the gaming and visual experience with good color representation and viewing angles.
Content Creation:
4.3
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.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.3
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.
Software Development:
4.2
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.
Portability:
4.2
PerfectRec’s portability rating takes into account the volume and thickness of the laptop as well as its weight.
Operating Noise:
4.2
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.
Battery Life:
3.8
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,000
Release Date
April 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
14.2'' x 9.7'' x 0.71''
Weight
4.63 lbs
Width
14.17"
Depth
9.65"

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-12700H
RAM
16 GB
DDR Memory Version
5
RAM Slots
2
Storage
512 GB

BATTERY

Battery Life
5.5 Hours
Battery Capacity
99.9 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
360Hz
Display Brightness
280 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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8/10
Portability Score
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7.5/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
Yes
Premium Business Laptop
No
Fan Noise Score
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7.5/10

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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8.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
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8/10
Webcam
720p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
No

CONNECTIVITY

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

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Florian Glaser | February 2022
"The MSI Stealth GS66 is powerful enough for QHD. The Core i7-12700H and the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti found in the 12UGS model that we tested run all modern games smoothly in the native QHD resolution. The 15-inch display is very fast with its 240 Hz refresh rate, and it also offers a great color space (almost 100% DCI-P3) on top of that, which should please gamers as well as content creators, although we would have still wished for a higher brightness. Case, input devices, and connectivity (Thunderbolt 4) are at a good level. However, among other things, the GS66 loses points due to the high temperature development in 3D mode and its poor webcam."

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