In this detailed review., The 10SFK model Ive got, has an Intel: 10th gen, i7, 10750H processor, 115 watt, Nvidia, RTX, 2070. Graphics, no Super here, 16gb of memory in dual channel. However, MSI have chosen to use slower, DDR4 2666 rather than 2933, which the 10th gen supports. Theres a 512gb NVMe M.2 SSD and 1TB hard drive and a 17.3 1080p 240Hz screen. For network connectivity. Its got gigabit ethernet, WiFi, 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, but there are different specs available. You can find examples and updated prices linked in the description.. The laptop has a black metal lid. However, the interior is a silver plastic.. This kind of makes the interior feel a little cheap and flexible, but the build quality, ok decent and there were no sharp corners or edges. Anywhere. MSI lists the weight as 2.6kg, which is basically spot on with what I got. With the 230 watt power brick and cables for charging included. The total weight increases to 3.55kg or 7.8lb. Dimensions are similar to other 17 inch laptops its a little thicker compared to say the GS66, but hopefully that results in better thermals well test that soon.. The smaller footprint gives us 8.5mm thin screen bezels on the sides.. The 17.3 1080p 240Hz screen has a matte finish and viewing angles looked fine., Unfortunately, theres, no G, Sync or option to disable optimus here so youre, stuck with Optimus, which will reduce performance in games. MSI, are claiming that the 240Hz panel has a 3ms response time and Well, theyre not far off the mark.

. I got an average 3.7ms response time, making this the best panel in terms of response time out of four or so Ive tested. So far, though there was some overshoot detected in the rises., You can refer to the link in the description. If you want to understand what all these numbers mean. Ive tested the screen with the Spyder 5 and got 94 of sRGB 72 of NTSC 75 of AdobeRGB and 75 of DCI P3. At 100 brightness, I measured the panel at 344 nits in the center with a 7201, contrast ratio so all round pretty similar compared to most other high refresh rate gaming laptops Ive tested, though a little lower on the contrast. Backlight bleed wasnt great, and I could occasionally notice it while viewing darker content. But this will vary between laptop and panels.. The GP75 is also available with 120Hz and 144Hz panels, so expect different results to what Ive shown with those.. There was more screen flex than expected, despite the metal lid, though this wasnt an issue, and it felt fairly sturdy with the hinges being out towards the corners.. It wasnt possible to open up with one finger as the battery is up the back along with the cooling solution, but despite being more back heavy, it still felt mostly ok on my lap., Despite the thinner bezels, the 720p camera is found above the display in the Center, no Windows, Hello, support, though., The camera is pretty grainy, but the audio sounds pretty good.

Heres. What typing on the keyboard sounds like, and this is what it sounds like when we set the fan to max speed.. So it is pretty loud for me, but it does a pretty good job of isolating my voice.. The keyboard has per key RGB backlighting, which illuminates all keys and secondary key functions. Brightness can be adjusted between 4 levels or controlled through the included steelseries software. However, some configurations are sold with red lighting only., As with most MSI keyboards. I liked typing, with it heres how typing sounds to give you an idea of what to expect.. The power button is to the right of the keyboard, along with buttons to cycle through keyboard lighting effects and one to quickly change. Fan speed by toggling, coolerboost mode. Keyboard flex was on the lower side. When pushing down hard, though the palm rest area was a bit more flexible, comparatively, presumably due to the plastic interior., The precision touchpad does not click down its instead got physically separate, left and right click buttons. It worked well, and I had no issues with it to note. Fingerprints. Dont really show up due to the silver finish theyre more obvious on the darker keys, but as a smooth surface, its easy to clean, with a microfiber cloth. On the left from the back theres. A kensington lock slot air exhaust vent, gigabit ethernet, HDMI 2.0 and mini DisplayPort 1.2 outputs, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type, A port, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C port.

No thunderbolt, though, and 3.5mm headphone and mic jacks. On the right from the front theres a full size, SD card slot, two more USB 3.2 Gen1 Type, A ports, another air exhaust vent and the power input right at the back. So less cables on the right to get in the way of your mouse hand unless youre left handed., I confirmed that both the HDMI and mini DisplayPort are connected directly to the Nvidia GPU, so gaining a speed boost with an external monitor should be possible.. The Type C port did not provide a display signal.. The MSI website notes the HDMI port does 4K 30Hz. However, I found mine to run at 60Hz.. The back just has some air exhausts towards the left and right corners with Leopard text in the center. While the front has some status LEDs in the middle., The metal lid has a couple of extrusions. The MSI logo is in the center towards the top and gets lit up white from the screens backlight, so colour cannot be customized. Underneath just has air intake vents directly. Above the intake fans, but there are also other vents towards the front half of the machine. Just no fans there. Getting inside was easy enough. Just remove 13 phillips head screws, the two in the back corners were shorter than the rest.. Once inside weve got the battery right up the back along with all the heatpipes, and this is why its more back heavy.

Theres a 2.5 drive bay on the left in the center WiFi 6 card. Next, to that two memory slots towards the right and one M.2 slot below that., I found it interesting that theres space for a secondary M.2 drive, but the connector isnt present. So I guess MSI are reusing. The motherboard and some other model may offer that. The two. Three watt speakers are found towards the front on the left and right corners.. There was a little bass and they sounded a little above average compared to other gaming laptops.. They got very loud, the loudest Ive measured so far, and the latencymon results looked good.. The GP75 is powered by a 6 cell 51Wh battery. Ive tested with the screen brightness at 50 background apps, disabled and keyboard lighting off., With the screen at the default 240Hz speed. It lasted for 3 hours and 5 minutes, while watching YouTube and Optimus was enabled as its not possible to turn it off. While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidias battery boost set to 30 FPS. The battery lasted for 62 minutes and the FPS did not dip at any point.. When gaming or running stress tests, the battery seems to drain while being plugged in mine got down to 87 after a few hours, and this was despite the 100 option being selected through MSIs Dragon Center software.. I also had an issue with the software heres, what it usually looks like allowing you to swap between different performance modes.

However, sometimes while opening it, they arent available – and it looks like this. Im – not sure why, but it needs a reboot to fix. Next lets get into the thermal testing.. As mentioned the dragon center. Software lets us pick between different performance modes, which, from lowest to highest, are silent, balanced and extreme performance.. Extreme performance also lets us enable coolerboost mode which sets the fan to maximum speed. However, none of these modes applied any GPU, overclocking or undervolting.. We also have some option to manually customize the fans. Speaking of undervolting, actually its disabled by default, like most other 10th gen laptops, presumably due to the plundervolt vulnerability. However, you can enable it through advanced BIOS, by holding right shift right control left alt and F2 in the BIOS. From here. Go to advanced settings, go down to the overclocking performance menu enable the overclocking feature then change the XTU interface from disabled to enabled.. This will allow you to use XTU or Throttlestop. Thermals were tested with a 21 degree Celsius. Ambient room, temperature. Idle results down. The bottom were about average and ok. Worst case. Stress tests were done with the Aida64 CPU stress test, with CPU only checked and the Heaven benchmark at max settings. At the same time and gaming was tested with Watch Dogs 2, as I find it to use a good combination of processor and graphics.. The CPU would thermal throttle at 95 degrees celsius, which was happening at times, and GPU thermal throttling was only happening in silent mode, which is kind of expected, as the goal of this mode is quieter.

Operation., Outside of silent mode, the temperatures are still on the warmer side, though combinations of using faster fan, speed, a cooling pad and undervolting was able to remove throttling.. These are the clock speeds in the same tests.. The all core turbo boost speed of the new 10th gen i7 10750H processor is 4.3GHz and were basically hitting that best case, while gaming, and not that far off it. Under these worst case, stress tests. In general, clock speed, doesnt change too much between balanced and extreme mode.. This is because the processor seems to power limit throttle at 48 watts, despite software reporting PL1 as 200 watts, so we only get further gains by undervolting.. Interestingly, the CPU and GPU power limits in silent mode are still pretty decent, so lets see how well a game actually performs in the different performance. Modes., Silent mode is definitely capable of gaming, its only a few frames behind the better modes and it was possible to gain a little more improvement by undervolting, the CPU and overclocking the GPU. Heres. How CPU only performance looked in Cinebench with the different modes in use.. As the GPU is idle in this test, the processor was now able to run up to 62 watts.. The stock result is pretty decent, a little higher than other 9750H laptops tested, while the undervolt result is again just a little above the last gen i7. Due to the slightly higher clock speeds, it can hit., As for the external temperatures, where youll actually be putting your hands at idle, it was in the low 30s in the center, pretty typical.

, With the stress tests running in silent mode. It gets to the low 50s and is a little warm in the center.. The keyboard is about 10 degrees, cooler in balanced mode as the fan, speed, picks up, here. Extreme mode was similar and the wrist rest was very cool compared to the rest., With coolerboost enabled its not too different. The fan, speed, didnt change, much as youll hear now.. The fan was still audible at idle, no coil whine detected though. In silent mode. Its still on the quieter side, especially considering the game performance we saw earlier, was also pretty decent.. Remember it was thermal throttling on both the CPU and GPU, but if you want quieter operation with most of the performance that trade off is an option., Balanced and extreme modes sounded the same, then coolerboost only raised the fan. Speed slightly higher. Next lets find out just how well this configuration of the GP75 actually performs in games. Ive tested with extreme performance mode and coolerboost enabled for best results. In Battlefield 5 Ive got the GP75 highlighted in red.. The older 9th gen GP75 is also there same RTX, 2070 graphics, but slightly older i7 9750H processor, and in this test we can see its less than 3 FPS behind. However, the 1 low, with the newer 10th gen model, is higher comparatively.. In any case, this is one of the best results in this game that Ive gotten so far.. These are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra settings in the built in benchmark.

. Again, this config of the GP75 was close to the top of the graph and the 9th gen model wasnt too far behind it.. This is typically a more CPU sensitive test which may explain why its the highest result out of any 115 watt 2070 laptop Ive tested.. These are the results from Shadow of the Tomb raider, with the built in benchmark at highest settings., This more GPU demanding test. Again only resulted in the 10th gen 10SFK model were looking at here, come out, 3 FPS ahead of the 9th gen model., Its also no longer the best 115 watt. 2070 result, though. The ASUS Zephyrus GX502 is slightly higher, probably due to the FPS boost it receives by allowing you to disable optimus.. If youre after more gaming benchmarks check the card in the top right corner or link in the description where Ive tested 20 games in total on the MSI GP75. Overall, the gaming performance with the GP75 10SFK was excellent, as expected due to the RTX 2070 graphics.. Even at max settings most games were playable no problem.. We could probably gain a couple extra FPS by upgrading to DDR4 2933 memory. Too. Ive used Adobe Premiere to export one of my laptop review videos at 4K and the results were decent and in line with other. Similarly, specced laptops, though theres still big, diminishing returns in this test. Once you have a 1660 Ti. Now for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike Timespy and Port Royal from 3DMark just pause.

The video, if you want a detailed look at these results. Ive, used the OpenVR benchmark to test the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite and the GP75, with this hardware, was giving one of the better results. However, it seems that the lower wattage 2080 Max Q parts offer an advantage. Here. Ive also tested SPECviewperf, which tests out various professional 3D workloads. Ive used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage.. The 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD was going. Alright, the 1TB hard drive seemed decent for spinning rust and the SD card slot was on the slower side with my V90 rated card.. The SD card clicks in and sticks out by this much. For updated pricing check the links in the description, as prices will change over time. At the time of recording in the US. This configuration of GP75 goes for 1600 USD, but it looks like you can get the smaller 15 model with 144Hz screen for 100, less, which I think sounds pretty fair for 2070 level performance when you consider thinner. Machines with similar specs can be around 500 more. Here. In Australia were looking at about 3800 AUD, but again there are cheaper models. With all of that in mind. Lets conclude by summarising the good and bad aspects of the MSI GP75 10SFK gaming laptop.. At the end of the day, the 10th gen model of GP75 seems essentially the same as the 9th gen model. Just with the newer processor inside., The metal lid was a nice touch, but I didnt really like the plastic interior, which made it feel a little flexible and cheap but at the same time its probably cost.

Cutting measures like this that allow it to be cheaper compared to many other laptops with similar hardware.. There was a little performance boost to be had with the 10750H over the last gen 9750H, but youre only really going to notice this. Once you can get past power and thermal limitations and realistically the scores in Cinebench were only a little higher.. It did run on the hotter side despite being closer to 3cm thick, but it was possible to improve performance and thermals with a combination of undervolting, boosting fan, speed and using a cooling pad.. Further performance gains could also be had by tuning in the advanced BIOS, such as unlocking undervolting.. The gaming performance on offer was quite good, consistently giving me some of the best FPS out of all laptops, Ive tested with the RTX 2070, probably as its also the first 10th gen processor Ive had paired with this graphics. Youve also got the option of gaming with Still good performance in silent mode, if you prefer quieter fans at the expense of heat., The GP75 is back heavy. As the battery is placed up, the back. The battery life was on the lower side too. I would have preferred if they just accepted worse battery life and got rid of optimus in favour of, say G Sync to really prioritize the gaming experience, but thats me.. If MSI used faster, DDR4 2933 memory instead of 2666, we could have gained some extra performance, though from my testing its not that big of a difference in most games.

. The screen is great for gaming, although there was some bleed and contrast was on the lower side. However, colour gamut was decent for a 240Hz panel. Brightness was above average, and I measured the response time at around 3.7ms, so close to MSIs advertised 3ms number., Its good that the majority of the IO is on the left hand, side, as most people are right handed. This will mean less cables getting in the way of your mouse hand.. The internals were almost perfect. I can understand having a 2.5 drive bay option in a larger 17 machine like this, but it kind of sucks that theres just the one M.2 slot when theres clearly space on the motherboard for a second one, its even marked out., Otherwise keyboard and touchpad were decent Speakers were above average and the loudest Ive ever tested, and I hope MSI fixes the weird bug that prevented me from swapping between performance modes at times in an update.. Let me know what you thought about the MSI GP75 10SFK gaming laptop down in the comments and, if youre new to the channel get subscribed for future laptop reviews and tech.