. These are the specs. My config has well take a look at how it holds up in various tests throughout the video, but there are other configurations available. You can check out examples and updated prices linked in the description.. The finish is called carbon grey and it almost has a little blue tint to it. The exterior is mostly metal. This includes the lid interior and bottom panel.. The front is plastic, though just like the GS66 and while all edges were smooth, the front corners could feel a bit sharp. Depending on the angle. You touch them on. Overall, though, great build quality, here. MSI lists the weight as 2.1kg and mine was close to this., With the 180w power brick and cables for charging included, the total rises to around 2.7kg or 5.9lb.. The dimensions were on the slimmer for a 15 inch laptop and it was just under 2cm thick.. This allows for 8mm thin screen bezels.. I was a bit surprised to find that the 1080p panel has a 144Hz refresh rate well check out some gaming performance later.. For that reason, Ive tested screen response time, which was around 8ms Ive, got a link in the description. If you need an explanation of what these numbers mean., As for colour gamut, were looking at 96 of sRGB, 66 of NTSC, 71 of AdobeRGB and 71 of DCI. P3. At 100 brightness, I measured the center of the panel at 366 nits and with a 7101 contrast ratio so overall decent results, though a little lower on the contrast.

. The 4K option appears to have better colour gamut based on the specs, though so, even if you dont care about the resolution and just run at 1080p, that may be preferable for serious content. Creators. Backlight bleed was good in my unit, but this will vary between laptop and panel.. There was a little screen flex when intentionally trying to move the metal lid as its on the thinner side, but overall it felt quite sturdy and like the GS66, the WS66 uses MSIs new hinge design, which should be stronger than previous models.. The laptop could be opened up with one finger, so some nice, even weight distribution and the screen goes the full 180 degrees back, allowing you to share it with the F12 shortcut which flips the image upside down., Despite the thinner, bezels MSI still fit the 720p camera. Above the display in the center – and it has IR for Windows, Hello support, which I found to work well.. This is what the camera and microphone look and sound like now. There is some idle fan: noise picked up, which is a bit annoying.. The keyboard is a bit different to the GS66. The layout shares a lot of similarities, but the font is less gamery and theres. No RGB lighting, just white here, which illuminates all keys and secondary key functions and brightness, can be adjusted between 3 levels or turned off with the F8 shortcut. Typing was fine, no issues there, though the edges of the space bar felt like they didnt push in very Far anyway, heres, how typing sounds to give you an idea of what to expect.

The precision. Touchpad is quite large, like some of the others from MSI. It clicks down anywhere and works quite well.. Despite being large, I never had any issues with palm rejection. If I did accidentally touch it, while typing. Theres a fingerprint scanner in the top left corner of the touchpad, and I found it to work accurately and fast., There are two front facing speakers below the keyboard. Like the GS66, they dont sound that great a bit tinny with no bass. However, they do get very loud at maximum volume and the latencymon results. Werent looking great. Fingerprints occur easily on both the lid and interior, but I dont think theyre that easy to notice either way as a smooth surface. It was easy to clean with a microfiber cloth. On the left from the back theres, an air exhaust vent. The power input USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C port with Thunderbolt 3 and DisplayPort support HDMI 2.0 output, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type, A port and battery LED. On the right from the front theres, a 3.5mm, audio, combo jack, USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C port, no Thunderbolt. On this side, SD card slot 2.5 gigabit ethernet port facing the preferred direction and another air exhaust vent., The Type C port on the right doesnt have displayport output. However, the one on the left does and it connects directly to the quadro graphics same with the HDMI port.. The WS66 can also be charged over Type C with the left port, and I did find the single Type, A port limiting at times.

. The back just has some air exhaust vents towards the corners. While the front is clean, though this part is a plastic finish. Underneath is pretty clean. There are just air intake vents towards the back.. There are 9 phillips head screws to remove to get inside and the one in the middle down the front was smaller than the rest. I found the bottom panel a little tricky to remove. Inside weve got the battery down the bottom WiFi card above that on the left, two M.2 slots, two memory slots and Ill note that MSI is using DDR4 2666 memory here, despite the 10th gen supporting faster 2933. Otherwise, there are a whole lot of heatpipes with 3 fans up the back well check. Thermals soon., The 4 cell 99.9Wh battery is basically the largest you can legally take on a plane and its giving some impressive battery life results when compared to other laptops that Ive tested with just under 8 hours. In my YouTube playback test and over 90 minutes, while gaming. The MSI Creator Center software lets you swap between three performance modes, which, from lowest to highest, are silent, balanced and high performance mode.. Unlike the GS66, though theres no fan, control or option of disabling optimus through here. By default, undervolting was disabled. However, it was possible to enable, through the advanced BIOS, as Ive, also found to be the case with other 10th gen MSI laptops. Ive tested thermals in a 21 degree Celsius ambient room temperature at idle.

It was cool enough.. The rest of the results aim to represent worst case scenarios, where both the CPU and GPU are active and were tested with the Aida64 CPU stress test, with CPU only checked and the Heaven benchmark at max settings.. The CPU was thermal throttling in all of these heavy stress tests, and the GPU was thermal throttling in silent mode too, which makes sense as its very quiet here as youll hear soon.. Although the processor temperature didnt really change the GPU progressively got cooler as we made improvements.. These are the clock speeds for the same tests, just shown. At silent. The speeds were quite low and although the CPU temperature was almost always throttling, as per the last graph, the improvements we make, such as high performance mode undervolting and using a cooling pad, did boost performance and being able to hit the full 4.3GHz. All core turbo boost of the 10750H as a best case with some simple tweaks, is a fair result for a thinner machine like this under worst case CPU plus GPU load.. These are the power levels being hit for each part. The CPU only has a 10 watt power limit in silent mode, which is why the clock speeds were so low. Otherwise, outside of silent, the Quadro RTX 3000 was able to hit its full 80 watt. Limit. Here are the Cinebench scores during these different modes. To give you an idea of CPU only performance, the single core results were great, and the undervolt, through XTU, was able to boost performance nicely, while the cooling pad helped a little by relieving thermal limitations.

. As for the external temperatures, where youll actually be putting your hands, it was in the low to mid 30s in the center, pretty standard., With the stress tests running in silent mode, its actually quite warm in the center and while performing better in balanced mode. Its a bit cooler now too, as the fan, speed, increases., The hot spot in the middle cools a little more in high performance mode, while also performing better, but this is at the expense of additional fan. Noise lets have a listen. At idle. The fan was only just audible and with the stress tests running in silent mode, its extremely quiet owing to that 10 watt power limit on the processor. So, although performance is lower when doing work at least you have the option of ensuring quiet operation. But this explains the hotter surface temperatures in this mode when smashing it with load.. The fans are louder, stepping up to balanced mode and then further with high performance.. The MSI workstation series are ISV certified, which apparently means apps from Adobe like photoshop and premiere autocad and 3d studio max from autodesk solidworks and more should work. Well. Ive used Adobe Premiere to export one of my laptop review videos at 4K.. The WS66, with these specs was able to export the video second fastest out of all machines. Ive tested only 4 seconds behind MSIs GP75, with full blown 2070. Ive also tested Premiere. But with the Puget Systems benchmark this time, it includes other factors like live playback rather than just export speed, and the WS66 was still doing quite well here.

Too. Adobe Photoshop was also tested with the Puget Systems benchmark and interestingly, the WS66 was scoring the best here.. This tends to be a CPU bound workload, but its still a fair bit above the other 10750H system below it. So maybe the quadro graphics are helping there. Davinci Resolve was also doing quite well. This tends to be a GPU heavy workload, so it would appear the quadro graphics are able to help it. Out. SPECviewperf was used to test out a bunch of other professional 3D workloads, and these are the results that you can use to compare with other machines., While not a gaming laptop. I thought it would be interesting to test a few titles just to get an idea of how the Quadro RTX 3000 stacks up compared to other options out there. In Battlefield 5 Ive got the WS66 highlighted in red. Its actually doing pretty well in line with some Of the GTX 1660 Ti machines which have the same power limit and 6gb of VRAM, though interestingly, the 1 low performance from was one of the best Ive recorded.. These are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra settings in the built in benchmark. Again, the WS66 was holding up pretty well and in line with many of the other 1660 Ti laptops that Ive tested. Again its a similar story in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Which was also tested with the games benchmark tool at max settings, so you can definitely play games on the quadro graphics without issue once youre done with work.

Ive used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage and the 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD that was installed was performing Very well., The UHS III SD card slot was also pretty much maxing out my v90 card and the card clicks in and sits most of the way into the machine. For updated pricing check the links in the description as prices will change over time.. I couldnt find the same 10TK model with exact same specs. This one here is 2500 USD, but it has the better 8 core processor, while mine had a 6 core, so my config will probably be a bit less than this, and if you want to max out the processor, graphics and memory, then the price increase to 4000.. So is the MSI WS66 laptop worth buying Honestly with the features on offer here, I could see myself picking this to replace my current older personal laptop, the Aero 15x.. I remember thinking that the GS66 was almost there for me when I reviewed it a few weeks back, but with the SD card slot and other extras, like fingerprint scanner and higher tier screen. Well, these things get it over the line for me. The build quality is decent. The screen in my unit was good in terms of bleed brightness and colour. Gamut. Id use it for content creation on the go, no problems, but the 144Hz option does also let you to kick back with some games at the end of the day, if thats your preference.

Personally Id go for the 4K panel for even better colors and just Run it at 1080p. Youve got the option of Xeon processor and ECC memory too. Should you require those.? The IO was pretty good. All USB 3.2 Gen2, no older Gen1 here and while Thunderbolt two Type C ports and 2.5 gigabit ethernet is nice. I did find the single USB Type, A port limiting on at least one occasion when I had two things to connect.. The battery life was good and internals were also fair, with 2 M.2 slots, 2 memory slots and WiFi chip, no soldered parts preventing upgrades. Like the GS66. The front facing speakers were not great., Also like the GS66 MSI are using slightly slower DDR4 2666 memory. Despite the Intel 10th gen supporting 2933, so it would have been good to take advantage of that in this presumably more premium laptop., The internals can run hot under heavy workloads, but youve got some control over how hot things run and having the option of running near Silent is a good example.. In any case, the performance seemed pretty decent and higher temps are a trade off with good performance in a thinner chassis.. While I could see myself going for the WS66 personally, I think Id still prefer the new Aero 15 purely due to the option of an OLED panel. If MSI start offering this, I think it would be a great addition. Anyway. Let me know what you thought about the MSI WS66 workstation laptop down in the comments.