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“Msi alpha 15 gaming. Laptop. Features amd s nnew radeon rx. 5500m graphics.
Combined with with an amd cpu in this detailed review you ll nfind out the good and sides of this combination. And there are definitely some important things nyou ll want to know before buying. I ve got the a3ddk version of the alpha n15 so there s an amd ryzen. 7.
3750h quad core cpu. The new radeon rx 5500m graphics n16gb of memory in dual channel a 1080p 144hz screen with freesync and 512gb. Nvme. M2 ssd for network.
Connectivity it s got gigabit nethernet 80211ac wifi and bluetooth. 5. The alpha 15 is also available in a cheaper na3dd model. With some small changes you can find updated prices to both linked in the ndescription.
The lid is matte black aluminum and the interior nis. A silver plastic the build quality seemed fair. And there were no sharp corners or edges. Nanywhere.
The design is a little different to most other msi laptops. It s a bit less. Ngamer. Red which is a welcome change the weight is listed at 23kg on the msi website.
Nand mine was exactly on this with the 180 watt power brick and cable for charging included nthe total rises to just over 3kg the dimensions are similar to many other 15 nlaptops in terms of width and depth. However it s not exactly thin. Hopefully that extra nspace gives us some good thermal performance this thinner. Footprint.
Gives it 8mm thin screen nbezels on the sides the 156. 1080p 144hz ips level screen has na matte finish viewing angles. Looked fine and it s got freesync with a 48 to 144 range nit s also available with a 240hz or 120hz option too so these results are only valid nfor. The 144hz panel.
I ve tested the screen with the spyder. 5. Nand. Got 98 of srgb 68 of ntsc and 73 of adobergb.
At 100 brightness. I measured nthe panel at 320 nits in the center with a 500 1 contrast ratio. So overall. It s pretty ndecent a bit lower on the contrast.
But otherwise not bad. I had quite a few bleed patches under this nworst case test. And i could occasionally see the top left spot when viewing darker ncontent. But this will vary between laptop and panel.
There was some flex to the metal lid as it s non the thinner side. However the hinges felt quite sturdy and are placed out towards the nfar corners. Which should aid stability. You can t quite open.
It up with one finger nbecause like many other msi laptops. Both the battery and cooling are up the back so it s nmore back heavy. However it still felt stable using it on my lap. Despite the thin screen bezels.
The 720p camera nis found above the display in the center. The camera is a bit blurry. But the audio is nabove average. Here s what typing sounds like and this is what it sounds like if i nset the fan to maximum speed.
So you can still hear me over that fan the steelseries keyboard has per key rgb backlighting nand in my opinion. It looks better than most other rgb keyboards as the sides are clear nto allow light to shine through there are plenty of effects and changes that can be nmade through the software and the product page on the msi website. Gives us some examples nof. What it can do the brightness can be adjusted between 4 levels.
By holding the function key nand. Pressing the plus or minus keys on the numpad or turned off completely. If you prefer i liked typing with the keyboard here s nhow. It sounds to give you an idea of what to expect there are some extra buttons above the keyboard nnext to the power button these let you enable cooler boost for max fan speed or cycle through nkeyboard lighting effects.
There was some keyboard flex when pushing ndown hard due to the plastic interior. But i thought it felt solid enough. And i found nthe letter keys needed 62g of force to actuate the precision touchpad doesn t actually nclick down when pressed as it s instead got physical left and right click buttons nwhich make fairly loud audible presses. I thought the size was ok and didn t have nany problems using it fingerprints and dirt show up on the matte nblack lid and were a little harder to clean off however the smooth silver plastic interior ndid a good job of hiding them.
And it was much easier to clean in comparison on the left from the back there s a kensington nlock air exhaust vent gigabit ethernet port hdmi 20. And mini displayport outputs both nof which are wired directly to the. Radeon. Graphics.
Usb. 32 gen1. Type a port. Usb.
32 ngen1 type. C. Port no thunderbolt. Here though and 35mm headphone and mic jacks on the.
Right there are two usb 32. Gen1 type. A nports right down the front. Which are seriously going to get in the way of your mouse hand nif.
You re right handed and plug anything in with a cable full size sd card slot and nthe power input. No air exhaust. Here so it s a bit strange. The usb ports weren t pushed nback all three usb type a ports light up red.
When nthe laptop is powered on however you can control them in the dragon center software. Nto either solid colour. Breathing or flashing with the option of full brightness half brightness nor turned off the back just has air exhaust vents on the nleft and right corners. And there s nothing at all on the front.
The matte black metallic lid has a couple nof. Grooved lines and the new green logo for the alpha 15 in the center rather than msi s nusual dragon. You can see there are some grooves within the circular area and when cleaning nit my cloth did get caught on it a few times. So not sure how that will hold up long term underneath has a large mesh area towards the nback half for air intake to get inside you need to remove 12.
Phillips head screws once. Inside we ve got the single 25. Ndrive bay on the left wifi card right next to that battery right up the back two memory nslots towards the right in the. Middle with the single m2.
Slot to the right of that nand. It supports both nvme pcie or sata storage. The two 2 watt speakers are found towards nthe front on the left and right they sound ok pretty average. But no bass and a little ntinny.
However they got loud enough at maximum volume and the latencymon results looked nalright the alpha 15 is powered by a 6 cell 51wh battery ni ve tested it with the screen brightness at 50 background apps disabled and keyboard nlighting off. While just watching youtube videos it lasted for 4 hours and 23 minutes nand. This was with the vega graphics. Which are built into the cpu while playing the witcher.
3. With medium settings. Nit was limited to 29 fps for the first 57 minutes. And was playable.
However with 5 nbattery left it dropped down to 14 fps lasting for 61 minutes in total. The 180 watt power brick that s included nwith the alpha 15 was adequate. I never had any battery drain during any of my testing. I ll briefly cover thermal performance nbut.
This is a shortened version you can check out the detailed thermal testing with the ncard in the top right. If you want all the details. The msi dragon center lets us swap between nthese different performance modes. I ve tested silent balanced and extreme performance nthe main difference was silent mode caps.
The gpu power limit otherwise the higher modes nhave. Higher fan speed. We can also set fan speed between auto or cooler boost which nis maximum. But we can quickly enable this with the shortcut button above the keyboard all testing was done with an ambient room ntemperature of 21 degrees.
Celsius stress. Tests were done with aida64 cpu. Stress ntest and the heaven gpu benchmark at the same time and gaming results are from playing nwatch dogs 2. The cpu never passed 81 degrees.
Which is quite cool under this heavy load nthere was never any thermal throttling. The gpu is cooler in silent mode due to the harsh npower limit cap otherwise increasing fan speed lowered temperatures a bit and adding na cooling pad helped a bit more we can see why gpu temps were down in silent nmode. The power limit cap restricts. It from performing well otherwise balanced and extreme nmodes.
Performed very similarly. No undervolting was done here as the amd mobile platform. Doesn t ncurrently support this cpu performance was in line with other ryzen n7 3750h laptops that i ve tested in cinebench. The i5 9300h was a little ahead however the nlenovo l340 caps.
It to 35 watts same as the 3750h. But to be fair. Most i5 laptops will nhave a higher 45 watt limit and will perform better than this for comparison. An i7 9750h nlaptop can hit 3000 points in multicore with only 2 more cores the keyboard area was looking normal at idle nand with stress tests running.
It was only a little warm to the touch. And this lowers njust. A little when we increase the fan speed probably not worth it for the trade off in nfan noise at idle. It was completely silent under stress ntest in silent mode.
It was on the quieter side. But the gpu isn t very useful in this nmode balanced and extreme modes were very similar and were about average compared to nmost other gaming. Laptops. Tested then cooler boost raises total noise up to the louder nside silent mode wasn t able to offer a good ngaming experience as the gpu would run at around 300mhz.
It might go ok for extremely nlightweight games. But in general you ll need balanced or extreme modes for playable nperformance next let s take a look at some gaming benchmarks nto see what the rx 5500m can do in games. I ve used extreme mode and cooler boost nfor best performance red dead redemption. 2.
Was tested using the ngame s built in benchmark as gamer s nexus found that overall it provides a pretty nfair representation of actual game play unfortunately. It wasn t possible to test with all settings nmaxed out at ultra due to the 4gb vram limit of the 5500m. However medium settings was nonly just below 60 fps battlefield. 5.
Was tested in campaign mode nand. It was playing well with the high setting preset. Which was able to average above 60 nfps with low settings. Just able to surpass 100 fps.
So definitely a playable experience control was playing ok with medium settings nhowever. I think it still looks pretty good with the low setting preset and this was nperforming significantly better. Where the 1 low result was well above the average fps. Nfrom medium settings.
Apex legends. Was tested with either all settings. Nat maximum or all settings on the lowest possible values. As it doesn t have predefined nsetting presets.
It still played well at max settings with above 60 fps for the 1 low nhowever for a competitive first person shooter. Like this i d stick to lower settings to nget the frame rate up fortnite was tested with the replay. Feature nand medium settings was needed. If we wanted to get a frame rate.
Closer to the refresh nrate of the display. However epic settings was still playing fairly with over 60 fps neven for the 1 low. Overwatch is another well optimized game and nwas tested in the practice range. Although it was still very playable at maximum settings.
Nlow settings was able to surpass 200 fps. Which could potentially make the 240hz screen upgrade noption more useful dota. 2. Was tested playing in the middle lane nand.
As a primarily cpu heavy game. The results are likely more restricted by the ryzen. 7. N3750h than the 5500m that said over 100 fps at ultra settings is still extremely.
Playable nwithout issue. Cs. Go was tested using the ulletical fps. Benchmark nand is another that seems to depend more on the cpu power than the gpu.
The results are nabout 50 to 100 fps lower than an intel based laptop with similar gpu power. But again still nplayable without issue if you re after more gaming benchmarks. Check nthe card in the top right corner where i ve tested 21 games in total on the alpha 15. Let s also take a look at how this config nof.
The msi alpha 15. Compares with other laptops use these results as a rough guide. Only as nthey were tested at different times with different drivers in battlefield. 5.
I ve got the alpha 15. Highlighted nin red near similarly performing machines. We can see that it s easily ahead of nvidia s n1650 graphics as expected however it s coming in below all of the 1660 ti laptops nthat i ve tested so far even the 1660 ti max q models. The asus ga502du just above nit should be somewhat comparable as both laptops have the same ryzen cpu with the key ndifference being the gpu.
These are the results from far cry. 5. With nultra settings in the built in benchmark again the alpha 15 with 5500m graphics is nplacing in between the nvidia gtx 1650 and 1660 ti max q graphics to be fair though ni ve found this to be more of a cpu bound test. Which probably explains why the aorus n5 with i7 isn t too far behind with slightly better 1 low performance.
These are the results from shadow of the tomb nraider with the built in benchmark. At highest settings. The performance is again somewhere nbetween the 1650 and 1660 ti laptops similar to what we saw in the last couple of games nbut. I m planning on comparing these three gpus in a future video in more than 15 games.
Nso make sure you re subscribed for that one. I thought the gaming performance was pretty ngood. The rx 5500m is meant to be competition for the nvidia gtx 1650 and it s clearly nbeating it even when the 1650 is paired with a superior cpu. The 4gb vram limitation both nhave can be a limit at higher settings in games.
Which i think is fine. This isn t nmeant to be a high end solution. It s performing somewhere between the gtx 1650 and 1660 ti nso. It s nice to have that gap filled the ryzen.
7. 3750h is holding it back a bit nin some instances. But it really depends on the game games like cs go and dota are obviously nbehind due to the lower cpu power. But in most others.
The 5500m is doing pretty well nand. I wouldn t say it s bottlenecked after looking at the game performance. It seems nstrange to think that they offer it with an optional 240hz panel. Given only one of the nesports titles.
Overwatch was able to surpass 200 fps at minimum settings. So you may need nlower resolutions to take full advantage of it. I want to spend some time talking about the nactual gaming experience with the alpha 15 in the past with amd graphics. I ve had some nissues and the alpha 15.
Definitely wasn t perfect. I ve tested 21 games and a couple nof these didn t automatically detect the rx 5500m graphics. So they would use the vega ngraphics by default which obviously don t perform anywhere near as well this was pretty simple to fix. Though in amd s nsoftware you just need to set the game to high performance mode and open it up again nand.
It should use the discrete graphics. Instead given this is a software setting. I can only nimagine over time with driver updates. It will be better at correctly detecting which gpu nto use.
But it was worth noting as it s not a problem i ve ever had with an nvidia nbased laptop. The next issue was a bit more serious all nof my testing was done with the latest radeon drivers that msi provide for the alpha. 15 nthrough the. Msi website i attempted to download the newest.
19113. Version from amd s website ndirectly for the 5500m. However during installation windows blue screened this must have been nquite serious because on reboot it blue screened again and kept looping. The windows automatic nrepair failed too and resetting windows failed as well so i had to do a fresh installation nof windows from a usb stick thinking it may have been a one off after nthe fresh install.
I tried to install amd s latest drivers again and got a blue screen nonce more this time. I was able to do a windows reset rather than fresh install. However windows nwasn t working quite right so i ended up doing a second fresh install anyway after nthat. I stuck with the version msi provides which worked fine.
I don t seem to be alone nwith this issue one of the amazon reviews seems to be reporting the same problem. I went nthrough again. Though this is a software issue so nin theory should at least be fixed in the future but for now if you just stick to the nlatest driver msi offers it should be solid now for the benchmarking tools i ve tested nheaven valley and superposition from unigine as well as firestrike and timespy from 3dmark njust pause. The video.
If you want a detailed look at these results. I ve used crystal disk mark to test the nstorage and the 512gb nvme. M2. Ssd was performing well enough and the sd card slot was on the nlower side.
But i m just happy to see it included at all the sd card. Only sticks out na little when inserted for updated pricing check the links in the ndescription as prices will change over time at the time of recording in the us with these nspecs. We re looking at just under 1100 usd for 100 less. Though you can get the n120hz screen option with half the memory in single channel based on the 120hz panels ni ve used from msi in the past.
I d probably lean towards paying the extra for the 144hz noption plus it s got the all important rgb keyboard honestly this seems a little pricey when you nconsider that the acer helios 300 with gtx 1660 ti and i7 cpu. Is around the same price nand as we just saw the helios 300 is offering better gaming performance. There s also nthe asus tuf fx505du. Which has the same ryzen cpu.
But better performing gtx 1660 ti graphics. Nfor less money at the moment when you buy the alpha 15. You ncan get either borderlands. 3.
Or ghost recon. Breakpoint. So. If you were going to buy one nof.
These anyway. It could offset the price a bit. I ve got benchmarks from both of nthese games in my game testing video linked in the description with all of that in mind. Let s conclude nby.
Looking at the good and bad aspects of the msi alpha 15 gaming laptop. I like what the rx 5500m is offering. We need nsomething in between the nvidia gtx 1650 and 1660 ti as the 1660 ti typically performs naround 50 better. Which is quite a big jump.
I m interested to see how it goes when paired nwith a newer zen 2. Cpu. Next year. Though i liked that msi have toned down the black nand red gamer colour scheme.
Though the few red accents mixed with the new green logo nfeel like a bit of an odd choice. But that s of course personal preference. It s great that there s freesync if you nwant g sync. In an nvidia laptop typically you re only going to find that in higher nend and more expensive laptops.
The battery life was ok considering the smaller battery nsize likely a side effect of the vega graphics as i ve found that to do quite well in the npast when testing battery life. I find it a bit odd that the alpha 15. Is offered nwith. A 240hz screen.
Even best case. I only had one game passing 200 fps at minimum settings. Nso. Unless you re going under 1080p.
You won t get full advantage of that with this level nof hardware. The software experience could use some improving nthere were a couple of games. I had to manually change so they d use the 5500m instead of nvega graphics. But that s not the end of the world as we can fix it easily and i d nexpect that to change with driver updates for someone that doesn t know what they re ndoing.
Though they might not understand why performance is lower than expected then there was the serious issue of blue screening non driver update. However this can be avoided by sticking to the latest drivers msi provide nrather than jumping on the latest from amd. The problem is unless you know this it s nlikely. What many people will probably do which could result in a corrupt system as ni and at least one other person on the internet experienced.
But again. This is a software nissue so should at least be fixable over time then there s the price. When you can get nbetter gaming performance with higher fps from something else for the same price. It s ndifficult to justify choosing the alpha 15.
Even if the software issues are fixed in future nthe main. Thing that seems to set it apart from others at this price. Point is freesync nas. You re usually paying a premium with nvidia based laptops to get g sync.
So to conclude at the time of posting this nvideo. The alpha 15. Seems a bit overpriced for the performance you get and due to the ndriver issues discussed you may want to wait a bit before buying to see what improvements nget made to this new laptop let me know what you thought about the msi nalpha 15 gaming laptop down in the comments and if you re new to the channel consider ngetting subscribed for future laptop reviews. ” .
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