So lets check it out in this detailed review and help you decide if its a laptop you should consider. Ive got the 9SF model, so weve got an Intel: i7, 9750H CPU, Nvidia, RTX, 2070, graphics, no Max Q, here and 16gb of memory running in dual channel.. For storage theres, a 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD and a 17.3 1080p 144Hz IPS level screen. For network connectivity, its got gigabit, ethernet, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 5.. There are a few different configurations available, though you can find examples and updated prices linked in the description.. The lid of the laptop is a matte black, while the interior is this sort of silver plastic, which I liked over MSIs usual all black colour, scheme., All edges and corners were rounded no sharp spots anywhere and the build quality seemed good for a primarily plastic machine.. The weight is listed at 2.6kg on the MSI website, though mine came in under this. With the large 280 watt power, brick and cables for charging included the total weight rises by over a kilo.. The dimensions of the laptop are '.7cm in width 26.8cm in depth and 2.9cm high, so a little thicker than other machines Ive tested recently, which hopefully means improved cooling.. The screen bezels look very thin at first glance. I actually thought I was looking at a 15 inch machine and I measured them at about 8mm on the sides.. The 17.3 1080p 144Hz IPS level screen has a matte finish acceptable, viewing angles, though.

No G, Sync. Ive, measured the colour gamut using the Spyder 5 Pro and my results returned 96 of sRGB and 73 of AdobeRGB. At 100 brightness in the center. I measured 301 nits with a 8201 contrast ratio, so decent results for a gaming laptop and much nicer than the TN panels. Msi were often using in older models.. Backlight bleed, wasnt ideal. The patches down the bottom left and right corners was occasionally noticeable while viewing darker content, but this will vary between laptop and panel.. There was a bit of screen flex, honestly, not bad. Considering that the lid is on the thinner side, the hinges being out towards the corners help with stability, and they felt quite sturdy., It wasnt possible to open it up with one finger demonstrating more weight is distributed towards the back, as both the heatpipes and battery are Found there, though, no issue sitting it on my lap., Despite the top screen bezel being on the thinner side, MSI were still able to fit the camera and microphone here.. The camera looks pretty average and the audio sounds decent.. The keyboard has per key RGB lighting, which even lights up secondary function on all keys. Ive said it before, but I think MSI have one of the nicest looking RGB keyboards. It will, of course, come down to personal preference, but the lighting is bright and can be seen on the edges of the keys.. The keyboard worked well, and I liked typing, with it, heres how it sounds to give you an idea of what to expect.

. There are some additional buttons on the top right below the power button, including a shortcut to cycle through keyboard lighting effects and a button to enable coolerboost mode which sets the fan speed to maximum.. Both of these can be done through software, but I found it nice to have a dedicated button available which makes it easy to change. While in a game for example., There was a little keyboard flex, nothing too bad, but it depends on where you push it. No issues during normal use, though. The touchpad has precision. Drivers was smooth to the touch and worked very well.. The touch pad itself does not click down, however, there are separate left and right click buttons below it, which are very tactile feeling and give an audible. Click. Fingerprints were harder to see on the interior due to the silver colour. However, they would show up with the slightest touch on the black metal lid and were also harder to wipe off there. On the left, theres loads of IO from the back theres, a kensington, lock air exhaust vent, gigabit ethernet port HDMI 2.0 and mini DisplayPort outputs. Usb 3.2 Gen2 Type, A and Type C port, no Thunderbolt, though, and 3.5mm headphone and mic jacks. On the right, theres, a full size, SD card slot, two USB 3.2 Gen1 Type, A ports, air exhaust vent and the power input right at the back.. On the back. There are just air exhaust vents towards the corners and Leopard text in the center while on the front theres, just some status LEDs in the middle.

, The matte black metal lid looked really nice. In my opinion, its got more of a subtle design compared to many of MSIs previous models.. The logo in the center lights up white from the backlight of the screen so cannot be controlled.. Underneath there are some air intake vents directly above the two fans at the back, as well as some other random vents closer to the front.. The two three watt speakers are found towards the front left and right corners. They sound alright, though a bit tinny sounding and they get very loud heres. What were looking at with maximum volume, while playing music and the Latencymon results. Didnt look great.. The bottom panel can be removed by taking out 13 screws with a phillips head screwdriver, and the two at the back corners are shorter than the rest. Once inside, from left to right, theres, a 2.5 inch drive bay, WiFi card, two memory slots and two M.2 slots. One supports both PCIe and SATA, while the other is PCIe only while the battery is found right up the back. Powering the laptop is that 6 cell 51 Watt hour battery. Ive tested it with the screen brightness at 50 background apps, disabled and all RGB lighting off.. While streaming YouTube videos, I was only seeing 3 hours and 38 minutes not a great result and thats with the Intel integrated graphics due to Nvidia Optimus., While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidias battery boost set to 30 FPS.

The battery lasted for 59 minutes again lower than usual, but at least it maintained 30 FPS, the entire time., The 280 watt power, brick. That MSI include with the laptop honestly seems to be overkill for these specs. I never saw any battery drain during any of my testing. Lets, move onto the thermal testing. Just for a recap of the cooling design air comes in through the bottom and is exhausted out the two vents on the back corners and side vents on both the left And right. Inside weve got 7 heatpipes in total, with one of these shared between the CPU and GPU. The MSI Dragon Center software allows you to customize the fan, speed, Ive tested with fans, either at automatic speed or with coolerboost mode enabled, which basically sets the fan. Speed to maximum. Ive also tested with turbo mode enabled, which overclocks the GPU by 100MHz on the core and 200MHz on the memory. Thermal testing was completed in an ambient room. Temperature of 22 degrees Celsius so expect different results in different environments. Ive tested idle down the bottom, and the results were about normal.. The rest of the results are from combined CPU and GPU workloads and are meant to represent worst case scenarios, as I ran them for extended periods of time.. The gaming results towards the upper half of the graph were tested by playing Watch Dogs 2. As I find it to use a good combination of processor and graphics.

, The stress test results shown on the lower half of the graph are from running the Aida64 CPU stress test, with only the stress, CPU option checked and the Heaven GPU benchmark at max settings at The same time to fully load the system so kind of a worst case, scenario. Starting at the bottom, with the stress tests, running and fans in auto mode were seeing the hottest temperatures and while power limit throttling was hit on the CPU intermittent thermal throttling was happening. By enabling coolerboost to max out the fans were able to lower the temperatures, slightly. Undervolting, the CPU didnt, really change the temperatures and when combined with a cooling pad, they drop down just a couple of degrees on the CPU. Similar results with the gaming tests, though, in This particular game thermal throttling, wasnt being reached.. These are the average clock speeds for the same tests. Just shown. As the main limit with the stress tests running was the power limitation of 45 watts were not seeing any change in the stress test by boosting fan speed. Its the undervolt to the CPU that improves performance most allowing us to hit the full 4GHz all core turbo boost speed of the i7 9750H.. These are the average TDP values reported by hardware info during these same tests.. Basically, nothing really changes until we undervolt the CPU. It lowers a bit below the 45 watt limit, as power limit throttling is only just removed, and then there appears to be less of a requirement for CPU power in the game tests, as identified by the lower TDP values, there.

Heres. What were looking at with CPU. Only performance using Cinebench. With the turbo mode, the 9750H was around other laptops. Ive tested most seem to be around the 2800 mark at stock. However, once undervolted we were able to achieve an 11 higher score.. As for the external temperatures, where youll actually be putting your hands at idle, it was quite cool, at the usual 30 degree average., With the stress tests going and fan at auto speed, the keyboard gets to the mid 40s so warm to the touch, but not really A problem. While gaming, with the fan at max speed its perhaps a little cooler, though quite similar.. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop Ill, let you have a listen to some of these tests. At idle. The fans were usually silent, however, they would ramp just slightly at times., With the stress test, running and fans on automatic. The noise level is fairly average compared to many other gaming laptops Ive tested, while with the fan set to maximum with cooler boost mode its a bit louder. Overall, the GP75 with these specs is running on the warmer side in these tests. However, as were about to see, this is probably fair, considering the high levels of performance the specs are able to provide us. Next lets. Take a look at some gaming benchmarks. Ive tested with turbo mode enabled, which does overclock the graphics and with coolerboost enabled so maximum fan speed.

. The Division 2 was tested with the built in benchmark, and this game is a recent addition for me. From what Ive seen so far. Ultra settings always seems to have much lower 1 low results compared to average FPS.. Despite this, the averages at ultra and high were noticeably better over the other. Lower powered machines tested in this game. Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode, and the results here were very good as well see later, when we compare against some other laptops.. Even RTX was playing ok at higher settings just below a 60 FPS average with high settings, though, if you want best performance with decent looks, leaving RTX off and just using ultra is the way to go. Apex. Legends was tested with either all settings at maximum or all settings on the lowest possible values as it doesnt have predefined setting presets.. It was playing very well. I seem to test in a more demanding area because even lower specced machines will hit the 144 FPS cap at times at different areas. So these are great results where I test. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in benchmark and the results here are again quite good, though a bit lower at lower settings compared to even lower specced machines, which seems to indicate possibly lower CPU power. In games, while the powerful GPU holds it up at higher settings., Far Cry New Dawn was tested with the built in benchmark.

. This game seems to be fairly CPU heavy and, while were not seeing much higher results compared to other lower specced laptops. The extra GPU power does seem to help more at higher settings. Fortnite was tested with the replay feature and at max settings it was working extremely well easily surpassing 100 FPS for the 1 low at max settings. In my test, absolutely no issues at all in this less demanding, game. Overwatch is another well optimized game and was tested in the practice range again. Extremely nice frame rates for a laptop are being seen here with almost 200 FPS at max settings, while low was reaching the 300 frame, cap. CSGO was tested using the Ulletical, FPS benchmark and again pretty good results above average over most other laptops. Given the specs, though, not really, by much considering how much extra GPU power there is, as this is more of a CPU driven test. Rainbow, Six Siege was tested with the built in benchmark.. Even with maximum ultra settings were getting well above 100 FPS for the 1 low on a 100 render scale so great performance, once more. Assassins, Creed Odyssey was tested with the built in benchmark and as a CPU heavy test. The results at lower settings arent too different from many other machines. However, the extra GPU power does put it in front at higher levels. Dota 2 was tested playing in the middle lane, with an average amount of action going on and was playing quite well, even with ultra settings with very high frame rates and no issues that I Could notice.

Watch Dogs 2 uses a lot of resources, though the results were still pretty good. Here, with above 60 FPS averages at ultra settings, it was playing perfectly fine, maxed out.. The Witcher 3 was also playing well at ultra settings and Ive found this one to work favourably with more GPU power, which was also the case here.. Even ultra settings was running above 100 FPS and playing great. If youre after more gaming benchmarks check the card in the top right corner, where Ive tested 20 games in total. Lets also take a look at how this config of the MSI GP75 compares with other laptops To see how it stacks up use these results as a rough guide only as they were tested at different times with different drivers. In Battlefield, 5 Ive got the GP75 highlighted in red near similarly specced machines. Its performing quite well in this game actually coming out. In first place in terms of average FPS out of these specific laptops shown so basically beating 2080 Max Q machines with G Sync., The 1 low isnt. Quite as impressive, though its still up there.. These are the results from Far Cry 5, with ultra settings in the built in benchmark. Again were seeing great results here with the GP75 coming in at third place., Its behind the Razer Blade Pro 17 with a Max Q 2070, but keep in mind its running with A much higher than normal power limit for that GPU is also overclocked, but also has the CPU undervolted by default.

. Otherwise, the 1 low was in second place out of all machines and still outperforming MSIs GS75 with 2080 Max Q.. These are the results from Shadow of the Tomb raider, with the built in benchmark at highest settings., Once more, very good results here with the GP75 clearly ahead of the other two 2070 machines Ive tested just below it, the ASUS Scar III and Aorus 15.. This time, its performing equally to the blade pro, but not quite able to keep up with the 2080 Max Q machines. Overall, the GP75 is performing very well here. The full RTX 2070 is performing a fair bit better over the other two 2070 laptops Ive tested, and the only difference I can really pinpoint is that MSI are overclocking the GPU with turbo mode, which is clearly helping.. Ive also got the results from 3DMarks Fire Strike Time, Spy, Port Royal and VRMark overall good results again, especially in the graphics scores, thanks to the overclocked 2070., As we saw earlier, weve got the option of undervolting the CPU to help improve performance. So lets see what this actually does in games. Ive tested Far Cry 5, with the built in benchmark at 1080p.. Basically, theres no real difference, at least in this specific title. Results were mostly within margin of error in terms of average FPS at low, normal and high settings with what appears to be a slightly higher improvement at ultra.. I admit this surprised me a little considering the lower results at lower settings mentioned earlier, which would appear to be due to the CPU performance, but undervolting didnt seem to help.

Ive used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage and the 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD was performing Quite well, while the SD card wasnt doing too well with my V90 card, though still better than not having one at all. For updated pricing check the links in the description as prices will change over time. At the time of recording in the US. I could only find the 9SD model with 1660 Ti for around 1500 USD. Im, not too sure of the specs available around the world. However, this model is available here in Australia for 4000 AUD. For my international viewers once you remove our tax and convert the currency thats around 2500 USD. However, tech in general does cost more here too, compared to the US, which has not been factored in, so itd be less than this rough guess.. With all of that information in mind, let's review the good and the bad aspects of this machine.. Overall, I personally, like the design, the metal, lid and silver interior are more subtle compared to previous MSI designs, though the plastic interior did flex while pushing it in some areas, though this wasnt a problem practically. The thin screen bezel was great at first. I honestly thought I was looking at a 15 inch machine as its smaller than many 17 inch models. Ive used, though the backlight bleed in my unit, was unfortunate. However, that will always vary between units.. The battery life was quite poor compared to many other machines.

Ive tested and it can run on the warmer side while under high levels of load.. This seems to be due to the high end specs weve got inside, though, so we are able to get very high levels of performance in games out of the RTX 2070.. The keyboard and touchpad worked well. I personally thought the lighting looked good and has a lot of different effects: theres a good selection of IO, most of which is on the left and away from your mouse hand. If your right handed and having a dedicated button to quickly boost fan, speed was nice to have., Given the performance is above other, similarly specced machines, Ive tested, it will be interesting to see how the price stacks up in the US compared to those.. Let me know what you thought about: MSIs GP75 leopard 9SF gaming laptop down in the comments and, if youre new to the channel, consider getting subscribed for future laptop reviews and tech.