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AMD MSI laptops are making a comeback: Bravo 15 and 17 series with Ryzen 5 4600H, Ryzen 7 4800H, and Radeon RX 5500M now available for $1000 USD

Bravo 15 and 17 series with Ryzen 5 4600H, Ryzen 7 4800H, and Radeon RX 5500M now available for about $1000 USD
Bravo 15 and 17 series with Ryzen 5 4600H, Ryzen 7 4800H, and Radeon RX 5500M now available for about $1000 USD
The AMD-only 2020 MSI Bravo series will supplant the 2019 Alpha series. The new Renoir CPUs and thinner chassis design should attract gamers on tight budgets that may have otherwise chosen an Intel-Nvidia alternative with GTX 1650 or GTX 1660 Ti graphics instead.
Allen Ngo, 🇷🇺

After several years of offering only Intel and Nvidia parts, MSI finally reintroduced a laptop with an AMD CPU and AMD GPU in 2019 through the 15.6-inch Alpha 15. It may not have been the fastest in its budget category, but the price was attractive nonetheless. MSI will be launching two direct successors to the Alpha 15 this month called the 15.6-inch Bravo 15 and 17.3-inch Bravo 17.

Internally, the 2nd gen 12 nm Ryzen 7 3750H in the Alpha 15 will be updated to the 3rd gen 7 nm Ryzen 5 4600H or Ryzen 7 4800H for the Bravo series depending on the configuration. These CPUs are expected to bring massive efficiency gains and a performance level between that of an Intel 9th gen Core i7-9750H and Core i9-9880H. In fact, MSI is claiming double the power efficiency over the Alpha 15. Display options will be fixed at 1080p with both 120 Hz refresh rate and FreeSync as standard while the Radeon RX 5500M GPU will remain the same. We expect games to perform slightly below the GTX 1660 Ti as a result.

Visually, the Bravo systems will be updated with a new look and a slimmer design than the Alpha 15. The Bravo 15, for example, will be over 5 mm thinner and several hundred grams lighter than last year's model. Keep in mind that ports and storage options have changed gen-to-gen as shown by the table below. The designs are based on the existing Intel-powered MSI GF65 and GF75 laptops.

The Ryzen 5 Bravo 15, Ryzen 7 Bravo 15, and Ryzen 7 Bravo 17 are now available for pre-order on Newegg for $929, $999, and $1099, respectively. We suspect that the 2021 refresh will be the Charlie 15 and Charlie 17 should MSI continue this naming convention.

MSI Alpha 15MSI Bravo 15MSI Bravo 17
CPU12 nm Ryzen 7 3750H7 nm Ryzen 5 4600H or
7 nm Ryzen 7 4800H
7 nm Ryzen 7 4800H
GPURadeon RX5500M w/ 4 GB GDDR6 VRAMRadeon RX5500M w/ 4 GB GDDR6 VRAMRadeon RX5500M w/ 4 GB GDDR6 VRAM
Display15.6-inch 1080, IPS, 120 Hz15.6-inch 1080p, IPS, 120 Hz, FreeSync17.3-inch 1080p, IPS, 120 Hz, FreeSync
RAM2x SODIMM, DDR4-24008 GB to 64 GB (2x SODIMM), DDR4-32008 GB to 64 GB (2x SODIMM), DDR4-3200
I/O Ports3x USB 3.2 Type-A Gen. 1
USB Type-C Gen. 1
HDMI
Mini-DisplayPort
RJ-45
SD card reader
3.5 mm headphones
3.5 mm microphone
Kensington Lock
2x USB 3.2 Type-A Gen. 1
2x USB Type-C Gen. 1
HDMI
RJ-45
3.5 mm combo audio
Kensington Lock
3x USB 3.2 Type-A Gen. 1
1x USB Type-C Gen. 1
HDMI
RJ-45
3.5 mm headphones
3.5 mm microphone
Kensington Lock
Storage256 GB NVMe SSD + 2.5-inch SATA III512 GB NVMe SSD512 GB NVMe SSD + 2.5-inch SATA III
Battery51 Wh51 Wh51 Wh
Dimensions357.7 x 248 x 27.5 mm358.9 x 253.8 x 21.6 mm397 x 260.1 x 23.1 mm
Weight2.3 kg1.86 kg2.3 kg
15.6-inch Bravo 15
15.6-inch Bravo 15
15.6-inch Bravo 15
15.6-inch Bravo 15
15.6-inch Bravo 15
15.6-inch Bravo 15
15.6-inch Bravo 15
15.6-inch Bravo 15
15.6-inch Bravo 15
15.6-inch Bravo 15
15.6-inch Bravo 15
15.6-inch Bravo 15
15.6-inch Bravo 15
15.6-inch Bravo 15
15.6-inch Bravo 15
15.6-inch Bravo 15
15.6-inch Bravo 15 (Source: MSI)
15.6-inch Bravo 15 (Source: MSI)
15.6-inch Bravo 15 (Source: MSI)
15.6-inch Bravo 15 (Source: MSI)
17.3-inch Bravo 17
17.3-inch Bravo 17
17.3-inch Bravo 17
17.3-inch Bravo 17
17.3-inch Bravo 17
17.3-inch Bravo 17
17.3-inch Bravo 17
17.3-inch Bravo 17
17.3-inch Bravo 17 (Source: MSI)
17.3-inch Bravo 17 (Source: MSI)
17.3-inch Bravo 17 (Source: MSI)
17.3-inch Bravo 17 (Source: MSI)

City of Industry, CA – April 20, 2020 – MSI, a world leader in gaming hardware and computing solutions, announces the availability of its powerful Bravo 15 and Bravo 17 AMD gaming laptops, combining the speed of the latest Ryzen™ 4000 H-Series mobile processors and the performance of Radeon™ RX 5500M’s graphics power to deliver a superior gaming experience in full HD.

 

 

MSI’s 7nm processor accelerates gameplay thanks to its improved clocking speeds, while intelligently distributing cooling and power across both processor and graphics. Doubling power efficiency over previous generations, the new Bravo series laptops play harder and last longer. The all-AMD performance is geared with 120Hz AMD FreeSync™ Premium technology for a fluid and tear-free gameplay experience.

 

 

“Building on the success of our Alpha 15, the world’s first 7nm gaming laptop, we dedicated ourselves in researching and developing the best mid-range gaming laptop in the industry,” said Andy Tung, President at MSI Computer Corp. “Our popular Thunderbird logo inspired our Alpha and Bravo lines, and continues to drive everything we do. We successfully doubled the power efficiency of the Bravo series compared to its previous generation, delivering a high performing laptop consumers can rely on, at a competitive price.”

 

MSI’s exclusive Cooler Boost 5 technology combines two fans and six heat pipes to minimize heat and maximize airflow inside Bravo’s compact chassis, delivering peak component performance.

 

MSI also included its latest Dragon Center software for optimization with Gaming Mode 2.0. The software conveniently detects components, desktop systems and peripherals to integrate them into one platform for optimizing their performance. Meanwhile, MSI’s APP Player allows for seamless gaming between mobile and PC, allowing gamers to play mobile games on their laptop with mouse and keyboard support.

MSI Bravo 15 starts at $929 and will be available for pre-order at Newegg on April 20.

 

MSI Bravo 17 starts at $1,099 and will be available for pre-order at  Newegg on April 20.

 

For high-res product images, please visit: https://msi.gm/3epZXZP. To learn more about MSI’s complete line of products, visit us.msi.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

Bravo 15

Bravo 17

Processor

Up to Ryzen 7 4800H processor

Up to Ryzen 7 4800H processor

Graphics

AMD Radeon™ RX5500M

 

 

AMD Radeon™ RX5500M

Memory

8 GB DDR4 3200MHz/

16 GB DDR4 3200MHz

16GB DDR4 3200MHz

Operating System

Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Home

 

Display

15.6" FHD (1920*1080), IPS-Level 120Hz 45%NTSC Thin Bezel

17.3" FHD (1920*1080), IPS-Level 120Hz Thin Bezel

Storage

512GB NVMe SSD

1 x 512GB NVMe SSD

+      1 x 1 TB (7200RPM)

Keyboard

Single backlight with Anti-Ghost key + silver lining

Single backlight with Anti-Ghost key + silver lining

Dimensions

14.13(W)" x 9.99(D)" x 0.85(H)"

15.63(W)” x 10.24(D)” x 0.91(H)”

 

 

About MSI GAMING

As a world leading gaming brand, MSI is the most trusted name in gaming and eSports. We stand by our principles of breakthroughs in design, the pursuit of excellence, and technological innovation. Integrating gamers' most coveted extreme performance, realistic visuals, authentic sound, precise control and smooth streaming functions into its gaming rigs, MSI frees gamers from tedious trial and error and pushes gaming performance beyond limits. The determination to surpass past achievements has made MSI a ‘True Gaming’ brand with gaming spirit throughout the industry! For more product information, please go to https://us.msi.com/

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Allen Ngo, 2020-04-20 (Update: 2020-04-22)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.