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Creator flagship for high performance: MSI Creator Z16P

Creator laptop from MSI with outstanding potential
Creator laptop from MSI with outstanding potential
The combination of the Intel i9-12900H and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti results in maximum speed for MSI's multimedia laptop. At the same time, it has a slim build as well as an impressive display. Does it succeed and is the price justified?

The Creator laptop aspires to be everything: A high-performance laptop, a creative workstation, as well as stylish, slim, and somehow also gaming-friendly. Considering these requirements, its price of well over 4,000 Euros (~$4,172) isn't surprising.

After all, the MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST-046 features a very high-end Intel Alder Lake processor. This i9-12900H is combined with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, which is second to none in the mobile sector. DDR5 RAM, a fast SSD with PCIe 4.0, and Wi-Fi 6E are naturally also included.

The display, which has neither a 4K resolution nor an OLED panel, might come as a surprise. Nevertheless, the color accuracy that we measured out of the box, the nearly full coverage of DCI-P3, a refresh rate of 165 hertz, and the non-existent flickering should be sufficiently impressive for creative work.

Slim and fast can only be compatible to a certain extent

In addition, MSI also tried to pack the maximum possible into the Z16P. Besides the built-in 2 TB of storage, there's another slot for M.2 SSDs. It can be accessed easily, and a heat conducting cover is already in place.

It also seems that heat dissipation is urgently needed, as our endurance tests in particular took their toll on the multimedia laptop. Apart from the CPU and GPU, the SSD also needs to reduce its performance every now and then. There's simply not enough space in the slim and elegant case to cool down the components significantly over a longer period of time.

In return, the fan control is better than in the predecessor. The high-end laptop for creatives also has to put up with a bit of criticism in other areas, but it can compensate for this with a few top rankings in our benchmarks.

You can find all measurements, benchmarks, strengths, and weaknesses here:

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Mario Petzold, 2022-07- 3 (Update: 2022-07- 3)