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Comparing: MSI Creator 15 vs MSI GS66 Stealth

The MSI Creator 15 A10U seems ready to appeal to a large audience, gamers looking for a gaming laptop PC with a stylish look. Discreet for content creators who need significant computing power to make 3D or edit videos in Première Pro. At least on paper, because in practice, the MSI Creator left us with a much more mixed feeling.

Thin and light black gamer ultrabook, the MSI GS66 10UE-241FR Stealth takes advantage of a 15-inch IPS Full HD screen with 300Hz frequency, which improves fluidity in games.

General Info

MSI Creator 15MSI GS66 10UE
$CHECK PRICECHECK PRICE
BrandMSIMSI
ModelMSI Creator 15MSI GS66 10UE
Weight2.1 kg (4.63 lbs)2.17 kg (4.78 lbs)
OSWindows 10 64-bitWindows 10 64-bit
DisplayIPS LCDIPS LCD
Dimensions15.6 inches15.6 inches
TypeLaptopLaptop

MSI Creator 15

With its Creator range, MSI is aimed at people who need a (very) powerful laptop computer but who, for various reasons, do not want to display with a gaming laptop. No fear to have with this Creator 15, whose look could hardly be soberer. Even the MSI logo is very discreet, barely visible against the light. MSI still manages to bring a touch of originality with a dark gray color but which, depending on the lighting, will appear with green/blue reflections.

Nothing to report in terms of design and finish. The aluminum frame makes a good impression and seems robust. As a bonus, it offers full connectivity (including partial charging via USB-C). However, the ports are placed on the front, which is not always practical—the fault of the various ventilation grilles.

Access to the components is possible after removing the underside of the chassis (however, we recommend that you purchase a special kit to have enough leverage and unclip without causing damage). RAM and SSD (two slots available) can be upgraded if necessary.

MSI GS66 10UE

Thin and light black gamer ultrabook, the MSI GS66 10UE-241FR Stealth takes advantage of a 15-inch IPS Full HD screen with 300Hz frequency, which improves fluidity in games. Oriented creators, this gaming laptop can run recent games thanks to its high-end NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card with ray tracing, which also accelerates processing like the Octo Core i7 Comet Lake-H processor and the correct amount of RAM.

This computer is designed to play and create a fast SSD storage with a comfortable capacity of 1 TB which reinforces its responsiveness and a backlit chiclet (however without a numeric keypad), an infrared webcam for facial recognition but also ” a Wi-Fi ax and USB-C Thunderbolt 3 connection.

Display

MSI Creator 15MSI GS66 10UE
Display TypeIPS LCDIPS LCD
Display Size15.6 inches15.6 inches
Display Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels1920 x 1080 pixels
Display FeaturesFull HD LED 100% sRGB Touch thin edgesFull HD LED IPS 300Hz 100% sRGB 3ms thin edges 4.9mm
Dimension 358 x 248 x 19.8 mm358 x 248 x 19.8 mm

MSI Creator 15

MSI offers two different tiles. A UHD (3840×2160 px) and a more classic in Full HD (1920×1080 px), present on the model tested. Our opinion, therefore, relates only to the latter.

MSI has chosen to make it tactile. Therefore, we must deal with a shiny surface, which will not be to everyone’s taste but to use a laptop with a touchscreen daily for several months, we have to admit that it is a little more appreciable daily. Touching the screen is sometimes faster or more intuitive than looking for a mouse or scrolling on the touchpad. Another advantage is that it gives a more pleasing finish to the eye at the edges (particularly the lower one where “MSI” is written).

The quality of the webcam, still in 720P, and whose images lack detail and quickly present a marked noise. This is unfortunately still the lot of the majority of laptops in 2021. On the other hand, the presence of infrared sensors makes it compatible with Windows Hello. A quicker essential for everyday use.

Also practical, placing the screen completely flat thanks to the hinges offering an opening angle of 180 °.

MSI GS66 10UE

The screen will particularly appeal to gamers with its refresh rate of 300Hz, enhancing fluidity in games compared to the 60Hz standard. It will also be of interest to creatives because it adopts 100% sRGB and IPS characteristics that ensure more faithful than average colorimetry and large vertical and horizontal viewing angles.

As it is anti-reflective, the screen also offers better visibility than a shiny panel in a bright environment (e.g., outdoors). The screen is also very suitable for displaying High Definition content such as videos due to its Full HD definition and its 16: 9 format.

Specification

MSI Creator 15MSI GS66 10UE
ProcessorIntel Core i7-10875H Comet Lake-H
(2.3 GHz, 8 cores)
Intel Core i7-10870H Comet Lake-H
(2.2 GHz, 8 cores)
GraphicsNVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3080
16 GB GDDR6 dedicated, integrated
Intel UHD 630 and Optimus
NVIDIA Turing GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB
GDDR6 dedicated, Intel UHD 630
integrated in the processor and Optimus
RAM32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB)32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB)
Storage2 x 1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4)1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0) +
1 free M.2 SATA / NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4
combo SSD slot

Performance

MSI Creator 15MSI GS66 10UE
CPU Base frequency2.2 GHz2.6 GHz
Turbo frequency5 GHz5 GHz
Cores86
Threads1612
L3 Cache16 MB12 MB
Integrated GPUIntel UHD Graphics 630Intel UHD Graphics 630
GPU base clock816-1387 MHz816-1387 MHz
GPU boost clock1283-1703 MHz1283-1703 MHz

MSI Creator 15

The MSI Creator is available in various configurations based on Intel Hexa Core (Core i7-10750H) or Octo Core (Core i7-10875H) processors. On the graphics card side, the Creators are now equipped with GeForce RTX 3xxx (RTX 3060, RTX 3070, or RTX 3080). We tested the most powerful version available, namely a Core i7-10875H associated with an RTX 3080 (95W).

The Octo Core processor is a little faster than its Hexa Core counterpart. The differences between the i7-10875H and the i7-10750H are often (very) close, especially as on the Creator 15, MSI does not exploit the Core’s full potential i7-10875H. Nothing alarming in practice, but models like the Dell XPS 17 or the MSI Creator 17 are generally a few seconds faster in our tests where CPU power is paramount. This will not change the fact that the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 processors undoubtedly dominate on these tests, as you can see from our various graphics.

On the graphics side, the GeForce RTX 3080 is here a version with TGP at 95W. In practice, compared to the 115W version tested in the Zephyrus Duo 15, there is, on average, a difference of 5 to 10 FPS depending on the titles. will move soon, but it is logical that a compact chassis like that of the Creator 15 can not handle the same power as a larger model. Hence the importance of being consistent with your needs and priorities when choosing a laptop PC (gamer) and not of trying at all costs to find the biggest CG for the cheapest possible.

MSI GS66 10UE

The MSI GS66 10UE-241FR Stealth may appeal to those looking for a relatively compact and lightweight yet powerful, versatile laptop PC with a gaming and creative focus.

Built around an Intel HM470 chipset, a good amount of 16 GB RAM, and a Comet Lake-H Octo Core i7-10870H processor, this Ultrabook gamer delivers overall power capable of appealing to demanding users, whether they are players or creators.

They will be delighted to get much faster processing with this core than with 8 GB DDR4 and a Quad / Hexa Core processor. We particularly feel the difference in areas that are greedy in RAM and CPU resources taking advantage of multicores, such as video editing, 3D rendering, or photo editing.

In addition, the processing is accelerated by the dedicated high-end NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card with on-board ray tracing, using software that uses GPU computing power, such as Adobe Premiere / Photoshop and Sony Vegas.

The GeForce RTX 3060 can also run recent games, which will be of interest to gamers. The present NVIDIA Optimus technology uses the GeForce RTX 3060 automatically and in real-time only when the very modest performance of the Intel UHD 630 solution is insufficient to perform the requested tasks. Integrated within the Octo Core i7-10870H, the Intel UHD 630 is favored to the maximum because its low power consumption promotes autonomy. Whether with the GeForce RTX 3060 or the Intel UHD 630, you can obviously photos and videos.

The onboard SSD storage clearly reinforces daily responsiveness compared to a simple hard drive. Compared to the latter, the SSD is much faster while being more energy-efficient, more shock resistant, and silent.

Multimedia

MSI Creator 15MSI GS66 10UE
Web-camAbove the displayAbove the display
Webcam Resolution1280 x 7201280 x 720
Microphone JackYesYes
NetworkWi-Fi ax (2×2, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201),
Gigabit Ethernet (Intel Ethernet I225-V, 2.5 Gbps)
Wi-Fi ax (2×2 Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i)
Gigabit Ethernet (Killer E3100, 2.5 Gbps)
BluetoothBluetooth 5.1Bluetooth 5.0
Backlit KeyboardYesYes
Keyboard NumpadNoNo
Connectivity3 USB 3.2 (Gen2) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2) Thunderbolt 3, HDMI (4K @ 60Hz)3 USB 3.2 (Gen2) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2) Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0 (4K @ 60Hz)

Battery

MSI Creator 15MSI GS66 10UE
Battery TypeLi-Polymer 4 cells Li-Polymer 4 cells
Battery Life10 hours 7 hours
Power6250mAh 95Whr6250mAh 99.9Whr

MSI Creator 15

Thanks to its 95Wh battery, the Creator enjoys excellent average autonomy with nearly 9h measured during our test (WiFi active, brightness at 140 cd / m2). Something to delight students and other nomads.

MSI offers the possibility of limiting the battery charge to 80% or even 50%. Use if your computer is plugged into AC power most of the time to maximize battery life.

The power supply (230W) is, on the other hand, rather imposing (165x75x30 mm). There remains a secondary USB-C charger solution, sufficient in addition but which will not be able to deliver enough power to supply the CPU and the GPU in games.

MSI GS66 10UE

The autonomy side bet on about 7 hours of battery operation in light use for this Ultrabook gamer whose controlled weight and thinness facilitate transport.

But this involves noise and heating when this designer-oriented gamer laptop PC is heavily pushed (e.g., games, processing).

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