MSI GS73 Stealth 012 (8750H, GTX 1060) 17 Inch Gaming Laptop Review

Gaming laptops becomes more and more popular nowadays and every year the manufactures will refresh the hardware inside with more powerful component thanks to the rapid development in PC hardware. This time, MSI has just announced the MSI GS73 17 inch series with brand new 8th generation CPU and GTX 1060 graphic card. The GS73 itself is a part of their stealth series and means should offer a much smaller and thinner chassis than its competitors. Compared to what Alienware and Acer promise to us on its 17 inch laptop, then you can clearly see the big difference in chassis size and overall weight.

However, its smaller chassis does not always bring of good things to us mainly because the hardware upgrade featured this time is more limited compared to last year. The space inside the chassis is pretty limited and MSI has done something strict to put everything together here. Let’s take a look at it further and you are going to find about it soon on this article. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Design and Construction

MSI always mentions on how small and thin the chassis during their marketing and yeah the overall design looks so impressive here. I am surprised they manage to fit so many good things inside in relatively small chassis. Its brushed aluminum chassis looks pretty decent and considered as premium although some users might getting bored of this similar design. The red and black design in gaming notebooks are already common, but it does not really look that bad at all here. Unfortunately, in order to accept of its small chassis, they need to sacrifice the rigidity of the material here. I easily notice the keyboard deck warped pretty easily with just a minimal pressure.

They have built chassis from several of material instead just of aluminum one and I guess this is the reason why the build quality is relatively bad. Their constructions said by some users are not perfect since we can easily notice the gaps between the materials. The transition between of them is far from being smooth and making it looks bad. I recommend you to consider of this case before having a tough for buying this system as many users make a complaint about this case.

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Configuration and Hardware Maintenance

MSI GS73 Stealth 012 2 The manufacture does not promise of decent configuration unlike other companies do here. They only offer of two configurations included the one with 1070 graphic card and the second one with 1060 graphic card. You have a chance to pick the GPU, but the processor choice is only limited to I7 8750H without any selection to pick the Core I5 or the I9. For this review, I am getting the 1060 one and it costs for under 2100 dollars. Keep in mind, the price would also be depended on how big the storage size, so make sure to pick the smaller storage to reduce its price.

Like I said at the beginning of the paragraph, the hardware upgrade is basically pretty limited due of its small chassis. Removing the back cover should be done easily considering they don’t put of maintenance hatch here. Unfortunately, just removing the screws will instantly void the warranty because they put the warranty sticker on it. The thing is getting worse as the M.2 and RAM slots are located under the keyboard or the opposite of the back cover and means you must completely disassembly the motherboard for getting the access. I have tried to do it couple of times and its pretty tough and might break the motherboard constantly.

MSI GS73 Stealth 012 17 InchMain Specs
CPU Intel 8th Gen Core I7-8750H 6 Cores 2.2 GHz
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
Display Size17.3 Inch FHD 120 Hz
OS Windows 10 Home
Memory 16GB DDR4 (2×8) Memory
Storage 512GB NVMe SSD + 2TB 5400 RPM HDD

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Hardware Performance

The 8th gen processor brings of improvement to the overall performance from Intel’s CPU because they finally put their mind to add of 6 cores CPU instead of 4 cores one thanks to the pressure from AMD Ryzen. Yeah, the numbers of its cores are increased and now promising of much better performance in multi thread. It’s considered as 30 to 40 % faster than the I7 7700HQ thanks to the additional of 2 cores included here. The performance in single core itself is relatively similar although we still gain of improvement. As for the 1060 GPU card, you are not able to run every single game in ultra-setting and just limited in high setting only.

I have tried couple of newer games for the rest and the result is pretty great. The Assassin Creed Odyssey is getting for around 40 to 50 FPS in the high setting during of my gameplay. The result itself is included on the smallest area like city and battling between the characters. The better case found on Call of Duty Black Ops 4 as the performance should reach more than 60 FPS all the time during co-op mode. I notice a slightly FPS dropped during the Battle Royale mode, but the traditional multiplayer mode itself is fine. The performance in the hardware is great, but I suggest you to pick the 1070 variant if you demand for more here.

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Final Thought

As long as you prefer the portability and wanting to sacrifice a little bit from its chassis durability and the limitation on hardware upgrade, you should be fine here. The rest of things like display, connectivity, and performance are totally worth to take a look. Just be aware of two those things I said before because I see many users find about this case after they buy this laptop and making a rant and complaint toward the MSI. Feel free to take any consideration about it and mind leaving some comments and for further assistance regarding the article at the comment below.

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