The MSI GS65 Stealth was one of our favourite gaming laptops last year, a stylish
thin-and-light premium machine at a fair price. The new GS66 Stealth (starts at
$1,499; $2,699 as tested) is a sturdier build with more power, but it loses some of
the sleekness and individual flair of its predecessor. Inside, the brand-new Nvidia
GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Max-Q) GPU and Intel Core i7-10750H processor power
the GS66 to super-high frame rates, shown on a blazing 300Hz display. But
considering the expectations established by our test unit’s price and parts, it
doesn’t quite blow away the opponent between our review and plan nitpicks,
the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX502 lives our high-end gaming Editors’ Choice. We’ll
wait to see other methods with these ornate new components before maybe picking a new ideal.
- USB 3.2 Gen2 *3 | Thunderbolt 3*1 PD charge ; USB-C USB3.2 *1
- Steel Series per-Key RGB with Anti-Ghost key (84 Key) | Silky Glass Touchpad | Dynaudio Speakers 2W*2
- 15.6″ FHD, Anti-Glare Wide View Angle 240Hz 3ms | NVIDIA GeForce RTX2060 6G GDDR6 VR Ready
- Intel Core i7-10875H 2.3 – 5.1GHz | Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201(2*2 ax)
- 16GB (8G*2) DDR4 3200MHz | 2 Sockets; Max Memory 64GB | 512GB NVMe SSD
|Processor||Intel Core i7-10750H|
|Processor Speed||2.6 GHz|
|RAM (as Tested)||32 GB|
|RAM Type||DDR4 SDRAM|
|Boot Drive Type||SSD|
|Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested)||512 GB|
|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Native Display Resolution||1920 by 1080|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro|
|Screen Size||15.6 Inches|
|Computer Memory Size||16 GB|
|Display||15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 144 Hz, IPS|
|Dimensions||359.9 x 245.1 x 18 mm (14.17″ x 9.65″ x 0.71″)|
|Weight||2.10 kg (4.6 lbs)|
|Variable Refresh Support||None|
|Screen Refresh Rate||300 Hz|
|Hard Drive Interface||USB-C|
- Responsive touchpad, Thunderbolt 3, and Wi-Fi 6 support
- Takes up to 64GB of DDR4 memory and has two M.2 slots
- The display is PWM-free above 25% brightness (and the frequency of the flickers is high enough below that) (Sharp LQ156M1JW03)
- 240Hz refresh rate and quick pixel response times (Sharp LQ156M1JW03)
- 95% sRGB coverage and great colour accuracy + a lot of customisation options with the added software (Sharp LQ156M1JW03)
- Capable hardware inside of a thin, relatively light, and well-built chassis
- IR face recognition system on board
- Lacks an SD card reader
- The laptop gets pretty hot on the surface during gaming
- The keyboard is a bit underwhelming, despite its Per-Key RGB backlight
A Sturdier, But Plainer, Look
As stated, the build of the GS66 Stealth is markedly distinct from the GS65.
At a glance, the two look the same, but they diverge in size, feel, and colour
scheme. Starting with the aesthetics, MSI opted for an all-black look here,
leaving the gold accents on the lid, vents, and touchpad. I personally liked
the gold scheme, as it looked sharp and stood out from others, but I suppose
this sandblasted “Core Black” look has a wider appeal and can blend in more
professional settings. On the black aluminum deck, there’s a dotted pattern
up top for air intake above the keyboard. The keys are RGB-lit on a per-key
basis, which you can customise in the SteelSeries 3 software. There’s also a
large touchpad flanked on each side by slits for top-firing speakers. Notably,
there’s no fingerprint reader or IR camera on the device, so be prepared to type your passwords.
Physically, the build is a lot sturdier this time around, and just slightly thicker.
After an industry-wide obsession with thinness, we’ve seen multiple
manufacturers pull back lightly, at least on gaming laptops. Vendors have
seemed to realize that the performance and feature gains provided by an
extra tenth of an inch or so outweigh the advantages of a gradually thinner design
Sharper In Core Black
Now with matte black and a low-profile design, the all-new GS66 Stealth stays
true to its name. Reinforced with a black metal chassis, the GS66 is perfected
for daily travel uses. Stay Stealth at the office and at home.
Multi-task with up to 3 Monitors
Expand your vision across multiple displays with HDMI and Thunderbolt
3 or enjoy up to 8K resolution output via Thunderbolt 3 for some extra
productivity and fun.
SteelSeries RGB Keyboard
Users now have the ability to backup, share, and sync your configuration
profiles through the SteelSeries CloudSync across all your platforms. Simply
log in with your SteelSeries ID and all your configurations will be available
whenever you are. A SteelSeries RGB keyboard lets users customise its appearance
and enables them to type in dimly-lit environments.
Per-key RGB Gaming Keyboard By Steelseries
Customise each key to your liking and receive real-time in-game status
through keyboard lighting, or even watch the lights dance to your favourite tune!
• Up-to 300Hz FHD Display.
• 4.9mm Thin bezels.
• 84 % Screen-Ratio.
Expendability & Flexibility
Expandable SSD and memory slots are available for future upgrade.
Tuned to Perfection
Experience superior sound with due wave speaker. Feel the power of sound
and experience a whole new level of audio excellence with MSI’s newly front
-firing Duo Wave Speaker in world-class Dynaudio sound system. The
passive radiator technology generates a sonorous bass and clean, crisp
sound. The front-firing design provides a punchier and more accurate sound,
enjoy the ultimate auditory sensation.
Thunderbolt 3 is a hardware interface that utilises the reversible USB Type-C
connector. Doubling the speed of its predecessor, Thunderbolt 3 features a
maximum throughput of 40 Gb/s when used with compatible devices. The
connector also sends data via USB 3.1 at up to 10 Gb/s, and dual-bandwidth
DisplayPort 1.2 allows you to connect up to two 4K displays simultaneously.
Additionally, you can daisy chain up to six devices from a single Thunderbolt 3 port.
Stay Cool, Stay Powerful
MSI’s exclusive Cooler Boost Technology ensures optimal thermal dissipation.
With the world’s thinnest 0.1 mm sharp-edged fan blade design, the new
Cooler Boost Trinity+ enhances the fan airflow and provides the best gaming
experience. Almost half of the bottom cover of MSI GS66 Stealth is covered
with densely packed small holes, which serve to ensure heat dissipation. The
bottom cover of MSI GS66 Stealth is made of metal, which can minimise the
thickness while ensuring the stability of the fuselage structure.
In order to remove the bottom cover, we need to remove all the screws that
fix the bottom cover. It is worth noting that there is a screw covered with
MSI’s fragile label. If the fragile label is damaged, it means you will lose the
warranty. So during the laptop warranty period, it is not recommended that
you upgrade the memory and SSD yourself.
After removing the bottom cover, let’s take a look at the inside of MSI GS66.
Its cooling system has three fans and seven copper pipes, which can ensure
the stable operation of MSI GS66 at high power, and the thinner body is not
prone to overheating. All the memory, solid state drives, etc. are covered
with black thermal pads, which play a role in heat dissipation.