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For 1200 Euros (~$1420), MSI only offers working memory in single-channel mode

Testing the MSI Modern 14 B11SB: The 14-inch allrounder suffers from heat development.
Testing the MSI Modern 14 B11SB: The 14-inch allrounder suffers from heat development.
The Modern 14 scores with a Core i7-1165G7 processor, GeForce MX450 graphics core, and 16 GB of working memory. However, the latter can only operate in single-channel mode. In addition, the laptop heats up a lot under load and produces a lot of noise.
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With the Modern 14 B11SB, MSI offers a 14-inch allrounder whose hardware is housed in an elegant aluminum case. However, the case lacks some stability, and the lid and particularly the base unit can be warped significantly. The device is available in the colors Carbon Grey, Beige Mousse, and Bluestone, and we have the blue model here.

Our test unit is run by a Core i7-1165G7 processor and a GeForce MX450 graphics core (but models without a dedicated GPU are also available). They are accompanied by 16 GB of working memory (DDR4-3200) and a 1-TB NVMe SSD. With this, the device is well-equipped for all the usual usage scenarios. However, MSI also leaves some performance capabilities unused, since the working memory can solely run in single-channel mode. There is only a single memory slot and no onboard storage module.

The cooling system of the laptop appears to be sized too small. Even though the fan runs at high speeds under load, producing a lot of noise, the laptop still heats up significantly. In some spots, we measure values beyond 60 ºC (140 ºF), so you should avoid placing it on your lap at that time. Overall, the noise and heat development of the 14-inch allrounder ranges at a level of a gaming laptop.

A positive point is the fact that the device can either be charged using the included proprietary 90-watt power supply, or using a universal USB-C charger (45 watts minimum to charge the battery and otherwise 90 watts). This is made possible by a Thunderbolt 4 connection (Power Delivery, DisplayPort).

You can find additional information and many benchmark results in our review of the MSI Modern 14 B11SB-085.

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Sascha Mölck
Editor of the original article: Sascha Mölck - Senior Tech Writer - 820 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
What started as a side job during my computer science studies later became my main job: For more than 20 years now I have been working as an editor and author in the IT sector. While working in the print sector I also contributed to the creation of various loose-leaf publications and published original written pieces. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2012.
Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 237 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Sascha Mölck, 2021-07-30 (Update: 2021-07-28)