The headline information is that this new MSI GS77 Stealth is without doubt one of the very first gaming laptops with Intel’s newest twelfth Gen processors. For the chip, the outcomes are spectacular, however the total expertise is underwhelming. The improved silicon, mixed with the top-of-the-range Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti cellular GPU, is suitably evolutionary—however not revolutionary. The bundle it is available in, the all-black GS77 Stealth, scythes by way of demanding workloads and is mostly fulfilling to make use of. But it doesn’t hit all of the excessive requirements you’d need at such a excessive worth, particularly with feisty competitors.
The nitty-gritty of this machine is uncooked energy—it’s the primary cause to purchase the GS77 Stealth. However, the implications of this focus are additionally the primary causes to not purchase it. On that key promoting level, the efficiency right here is achieved with an RTX 3080 Ti GPU and Intel Core i9-12900H on the very excessive finish. You gained’t discover a processor-and-graphics-card combo extra ready than this in 2022.
The team-up achieves some spectacular outcomes. WIRED has examined the 4K 120-Hz show mannequin and, whereas the gaming-focused could want to go for the QHD 240-Hz or Full HD 360-Hz choices, this model curiously highlights what fashionable elements can obtain at a 4K decision. For occasion, you’ll be able to play video games like Borderlands 3 at 4K on Ultra settings and get slightly below 30 frames per second, whereas Ghost Recon: Breakpoint bests the 30-fps mark and may attain simply over 40.
Again, gaming fanatics will possible go for a higher-resolution panel, however such outcomes present a creeping march towards making 4K high-fps gaming extra of a actuality. This was additional demonstrated in shooter Apex Legends, the place over 60 fps was achievable on Ultra settings, and you could possibly even hit this show’s max 120 fps if turned right down to 1440p.
Pleasingly, throughout all of our checks, the followers by no means bought intrusively loud, and the machine itself solely bought barely heat across the keyboard space—nothing to place off the performance-hungry there.
An Imperfect Package
The 17-inch panel itself is acceptably brilliant but nothing particular, and pictures are crisp, but it surely does lack the punch you get with enhanced know-how reminiscent of AMOLED or improved HDR. This makes the 4K 120-Hz panel a tricky suggestion, with creators more likely to be postpone by the dearth of vary.
Those who’re searching for a gaming laptop computer that may get essentially the most out of high gaming titles gained’t be disillusioned by the efficiency, in the event that they go for this high spec. It is costly although, at round $3,549 for the 32-GB RAM and 1-TB storage mannequin I examined, and ventures past $5,500 should you go for 64 GB and a pair of TB.
For the power-hungry, there’s little to dislike, however the place it does fall behind competitors is with its construct—out of your day by day interactions to the appears to be like. The keyboard is a key differentiator. Asus, with its gaming-centric ROG vary, has a few of the greatest gaming laptop computer keyboards round, and the MSI simply doesn’t match up right here. There’s a superb quantity of journey, however small keys and an absence of suggestions imply typing feels nearer to a productiveness machine like a Dell XPS than a high-end fanatic gaming machine.
Conversely, the trackpad is suitably giant and clicky, whereas the audio system are fundamental and inoffensive, although we all know you’ll be pairing this with a mouse and gaming headset to your gaming periods.
There’s a superb vary of ports, and, with this being a brand new Intel-powered machine, you’ll discover it headlined by Thunderbolt 4. On high, you get one other USB-C, two USB-A, a headphone jack, charging port, HDMI, DisplayPort, SD card reader, and Ethernet—a powerful choice. There’s additionally a guide webcam change on the left aspect, for the privateness aware. This vary of ports feels fairly randomly assigned between the left, proper, and again of the machine, so that will take some getting used to.
At over 6 kilos (2.8 kg), this isn’t a tool you’ll really feel snug lugging about each day and, as a substitute, ought to be supposed as a desktop substitute. Despite this, its slim 21-mm body does make carrying this 17-inch laptop computer—in a bag that may accommodate its dimension—a risk, even should you would possibly get some backache.