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MSI Alpha 15 Gaming Laptop Review: Ryzen 7 5800H and Radeon RX 6600M augur well for mainstream 1080p gaming

YayyMD Advantage! The MSI Alpha 15 is one among the handful of AMD Advantage gaming laptops available. Powered by the Ryzen 7 5800H and Radeon RX 6600M, the Alpha 15 comes with the promise of achieving 100 fps at 1080p High in modern games. We find this to be largely true, giving laptops with the Core i7-11800H and the RTX 3060 a run for their money. However, there are areas where MSI had to compromise in order to strike a balance between price and performance.

Back during Computex 2021, AMD introduced the Radeon RX 6000M series of mobile GPUs and also the AMD Advantage Design Framework. The AMD Advantage program includes laptops with Ryzen 5000 APUs, Radeon RX 6000M graphics, Smart Access Memory, SmartShift, and FreeSync Premium displays. The program promises several minimum standards in these laptops such as 1080p 100 fps gaming, 144 Hz low latency 300-nit displays, NVMe storage, and 10 hours of video playback time on battery.

Despite having good potential, we've only seen a handful of RX 6000M/AMD Advantage-powered laptops on the market so far. These include the Asus ROG Strix G15 and ROG Strix G17, HP Omen 16, MSI Delta 15, and the MSI Alpha 15 and Alpha 17 series. We now have with us the MSI Alpha 15 for review.

Our MSI Alpha 15 review sample is powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H APU with Radeon RX Vega 8 graphics and a discrete Radeon RX 6600M GPU. Also onboard are 16 GB DDR4-3200 memory, a 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD, and a 90 Whr battery. This configuration will set you back by ₹1,45,990 MRP (US$1,959) but can be currently availed for about ₹1,06,990 (US$1,436) via online retailers. 

The MSI Alpha 15 is primarily targeted at 1080p 100 fps gamers. In this review, we put the MSI Alpha 15 through its paces, compare its performance with the competition featuring Intel/Nvidia offerings, and see whether going full Team Red actually offers any purported benefits.

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Alpha 15 B5EEK (Alpha 15 Series)
Processor
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H 8 x 3.2 - 4.4 GHz, 132 W PL2 / Short Burst, 110 W PL1 / Sustained, Cezanne H (Zen 3)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon RX 6600M - 8192 MB, Core: 2,034 MHz MHz, Memory: 1,750  MHz, 100 W TDP, GDDR6, Radeon Adrenalin 21.12.1, Switchable Graphics
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-3200 Dual-Channel, Timings: 22-22-22-52
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, No, AU Optronics B156HAN08.0, IPS, AMD FreeSync Premium, glossy: no, 144 Hz
Mainboard
AMD Promontory/Bixby FCH
Storage
Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD, 1024 GB 
, 1 TB NVMe PCIe Gen 3, 890 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Raven/Renoir/Van Gogh/Cezanne/Rembrandt - HD Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo audio jack, 1 RJ-45
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23.95 x 359 x 259 ( = 0.94 x 14.13 x 10.2 in)
Battery
90 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 4-cell, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 13.2 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, MSI Center , 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.35 kg ( = 82.89 oz / 5.18 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
1400 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
82.6 %
01/2022
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
R7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M
2.4 kg23.95 mm15.60"1920x1080
79.2 %
09/2021
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
2.3 kg25 mm15.60"1920x1080
82.9 %
10/2021
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
R9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6700M
2 kg19 mm15.60"1920x1080
84.4 %
11/2021
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
R7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
2.1 kg29 mm15.60"1920x1080
84.7 %
07/2021
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
R9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M
2.4 kg27.9 mm15.60"1920x1080
87.9 %
11/2021
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
R9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
2 kg18.9 mm15.60"3840x2160
85.4 %
12/2021
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
2.3 kg23.4 mm15.60"1920x1080
85.9 %
06/2021
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
2.3 kg24.9 mm15.60"1920x1080
82.8 %
06/2021
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
i9-11900H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
2.7 kg26 mm17.30"1920x1080
85.6 %
08/2021
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
2.2 kg20 mm15.60"3840x2160

Case: In plastic but not quite fantastic

The Alpha 15's case is reminiscent of that of the Katana GF66 11UG and is not the most premium one you will come across. The entire chassis is made of plastic save for back of the lid, which is made of aluminum. The design is pretty much similar to its predecessor, the MSI Alpha 15 A3DDK. The idea clearly is to keep the costs low as much as possible with respect to build quality while focusing more on the internal prowess. 

Thanks to the aluminum construction, the lid does not flex unless deliberately twisted. The lid can be opened with one finger, but the base does slide a bit while doing so. The hinges feel strong, and the lid can be rotated flat to a full 180°. There is some wobble in the display when disturbed. We also felt some flex in the keyboard deck when pressure is applied.

The base cover of the laptop is once again plastic but feels somewhat fragile compared to the rest of the chassis. It offers sufficient clearance from the main components and features enough ventilation grills for air intake. The 2.35 kg weight is also on the higher side given that its cousin, the Delta 15, weighs just about 1.96 kg.

Overall, despite a plastic construction, the MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK feels sturdy for the most part. Just don't expect it to give off any premium vibes.

Size Comparison

399 mm / 15.7 inch 269 mm / 10.6 inch 26 mm / 1.024 inch 2.7 kg5.84 lbs361 mm / 14.2 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 29 mm / 1.142 inch 2.1 kg4.7 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 259 mm / 10.2 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.3 kg4.97 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 24.9 mm / 0.98 inch 2.3 kg5 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 259 mm / 10.2 inch 23.95 mm / 0.943 inch 2.4 kg5.18 lbs354 mm / 13.9 inch 257 mm / 10.1 inch 27.9 mm / 1.098 inch 2.4 kg5.22 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 267 mm / 10.5 inch 23.4 mm / 0.921 inch 2.3 kg5.08 lbs357 mm / 14.1 inch 247 mm / 9.72 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 2 kg4.32 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2.2 kg4.92 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 252 mm / 9.92 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 2 kg4.33 lbs

Connectivity: Enough to get the job done

The MSI Alpha 15 does not offer a chock full of ports but covers most essentials. On the left, we have one USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A and a USB 2.0 Type-A. Towards the right, we get a USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C port with DisplayPort-out, another USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A, a HDMI 2.0b port that supports 4K60 output, and a 3.5 mm combo audio jack. An RJ-45 Gigabit port is available as well.

While we did not face any issues in connecting multiple USB devices adjacent to each other, the central placement of ports on the sides may not be very optimal for unhindered movements with a wired mouse. Since this is an AMD-based platform, there is no Thunderbolt 4 port available. Unfortunately, a Kensington lock slot and a card reader are missing as well.

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Left: DC-in, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A, USB 2.0 Type-A
Left: DC-in, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A, USB 2.0 Type-A
Right: Battery LED, 3.5 mm combo audio jack, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C, HDMI 2.0b-out, RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet
Right: Battery LED, 3.5 mm combo audio jack, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C, HDMI 2.0b-out, RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet
Rear: No ports
Rear: No ports

Communication

The Intel AX200 WLAN card is user-replaceable
The Intel AX200 WLAN card is user-replaceable

The Alpha 15 features an Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 WLAN card with Bluetooth 5.1. We observed good transmit and receive speeds reaching near to 1.5 Gbps in our standardized Wi-Fi test routine at a distance of 1 m from our reference Netgear Nighthawk AX12 RAX120 router. 

The Alpha 15's Wi-Fi throughput and stability seem to be better than that of the Delta 15 with the only major instance of throttling seen at the 14th round of the transmit test. Users, therefore, should not be having much trouble with heavy data transfers or online gaming over Wi-Fi.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1424 (731min - 1507max) MBit/s ∼100%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1409 (1308min - 1550max) MBit/s ∼99% -1%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
1362 (682min - 1570max) MBit/s ∼96% -4%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1239 (1161min - 1273max) MBit/s ∼87% -13%
Average of class Gaming
  (496 - 1645, n=160, last 2 years)
1161 MBit/s ∼82% -18%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (447 - 1645, n=123)
1097 MBit/s ∼77% -23%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1084 (531min - 1102max) MBit/s ∼76% -24%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675x (210NGW)
1066 (902min - 1102max) MBit/s ∼75% -25%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
951 (665min - 1326max) MBit/s ∼67% -33%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
MediaTek MT7921
787 (675min - 851max) MBit/s ∼55% -45%
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
 
582 (312min - 680max) MBit/s ∼41% -59%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1487 (1350min - 1522max) MBit/s ∼100%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1358 (1242min - 1548max) MBit/s ∼91% -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (90 - 1743, n=160, last 2 years)
1224 MBit/s ∼82% -18%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
1200 (1128min - 1253max) MBit/s ∼81% -19%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
  (523 - 1665, n=124)
1182 MBit/s ∼79% -21%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1151 (577min - 1211max) MBit/s ∼77% -23%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
1135 (422min - 1355max) MBit/s ∼76% -24%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675x (210NGW)
1037 (502min - 1055max) MBit/s ∼70% -30%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
992 (835min - 956max) MBit/s ∼67% -33%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
MediaTek MT7921
878 (827min - 896max) MBit/s ∼59% -41%
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
 
569 (350min - 709max) MBit/s ∼38% -62%
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MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1487 (1350-1522)
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1200 (1128-1253)
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1400 (731-1507)
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø929 (665-1326)

Webcam

The webcam is the standard 720p fare with high color deviations and lack of adequate sharpness even under good ambient light. Images turn out to be extremely grainy in low light.

There is no IR camera for Windows Hello or a physical privacy shutter, but pressing the shortcut on the F6 key toggles the camera on and off.

ColorChecker
21.4 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
23.7 ∆E
23.5 ∆E
24.2 ∆E
18 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
30.4 ∆E
22.7 ∆E
25.6 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
16.5 ∆E
25.9 ∆E
18.3 ∆E
26.6 ∆E
11.9 ∆E
25.1 ∆E
24.6 ∆E
2 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
17.3 ∆E
20.6 ∆E
21.3 ∆E
8.5 ∆E
ColorChecker MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008: 19.51 ∆E min: 2.01 - max: 30.39 ∆E

Security

There are no special security features built into the device. The Alpha 15 lacks any form of biometric authentication. However, a discrete TPM 2.0 module is present that should enable an easy Windows 11 upgrade down the line.

Accessories

There are no special accessories in the box apart from the usual paperwork and a 180 W power adapter.

Maintenance

Removing the 13 PH0 screws in the bottom enables prying open the base cover of the laptop giving access to various internals. Note that one of the screws is hidden under a factory seal sticker.

The WLAN card, M.2 SSD, and the RAM are all user-swappable. An additional M.2 SSD slot is also available for storage expansion. The battery can be replaced if needed as well.

MSI Alpha 15 internals
MSI Alpha 15 internals

Warranty

MSI offers a standard one-year carry-in warranty for the Alpha 15, but it may be possible to get up to two years of coverage at some retailers. According to MSI's official documentation, warranty is generally limited to the country of purchase unless a global travel insurance is specifically applied for.

Input Devices: Good keyboard but cramped touchpad

Keyboard

The Alpha 15's keyboard has both pros and cons to it. The keyboard offers a good typing experience with adequately-sized keys that offer decent tactile feedback. While the presence of full-size arrow keys will be appreciated by many, it comes at the cost of a truncated right Shift key.

The top row function keys are narrower than the rest. The numpad is more compact than we'd like, but this shouldn't pose any particular issues though the odd placement of the Fn key will take some time to get used to.

MSI enables RGB functionality for the keyboard, which can be cycled by pressing the shortcut on the F8 key or customized via the MSI Center app. However, there is no per-key or zonal RGB lighting option. The RGB lighting works well, and the keys offer enough transparency for the lighting effects to shine through.

Overall, the Alpha 15's keyboard offers enough to cater to most typing and gaming needs. That being said, a SteelSeries keyboard like the one found in the previous generation Alpha 15 A3DDK would have been a welcome feature.

Touchpad

At about 10.5 cm x 6.5 cm, the touchpad area feels quite cramped and is placed off-center. However, gamers are most likely to use an external mouse so this is a moot point.

The touchpad surface glides with relative ease and Windows Precision gestures are fully supported. The whole surface acts as a left mouse button and the click noise, though somewhat high, is tolerable.

The keyboard offers a good typing experience, but the touchpad area is quite less
The keyboard offers a good typing experience, but the touchpad area is quite less

Display: FreeSync Premium with good response times and no PWM

Our MSI Alpha 15 unit came equipped with a 15.6-inch AU Optronics B156HAN08.0 1080p panel with good response times and a high 144 Hz refresh rate. The panel supports AMD FreeSync Premium for tear-free visuals.

The sub-pixel arrangement appears fuzzy due to the matte coating. Long exposures reveal significant backlight bleeding at the corners of the display. The brightness distribution is decent at 84%, though the center of the panel isn't as bright as the other zones.

Sub-pixel arrangement with matte coating
Sub-pixel arrangement with matte coating
Significant backlight bleed seen at the corners under long exposure
Significant backlight bleed seen at the corners under long exposure
326
cd/m²
341
cd/m²
324
cd/m²
290
cd/m²
311
cd/m²
318
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
341
cd/m²
347
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B156HAN08.0
X-Rite i1Basic Pro 3
Maximum: 347 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 324.6 cd/m² Minimum: 14.42 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 306 cd/m²
Contrast: 1414:1 (Black: 0.22 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.06 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5, calibrated: 2.62
ΔE Greyscale 4.8 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
67% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
91.6% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
65.9% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.12
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AU Optronics B156HAN08.0, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
AU Optronics B156HAN08.0, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
LQ156M1JW03 (SHP155D), IPS-Level, 1920x1080, 15.60
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
LG Philips LGD0625 (LP156WFG-SPB3), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
Sharp SHP152C, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
CSOT T3 MNF601EA1-6, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.60
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
LGD0625 (LP156WFG-SPB3), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Chi Mei N156HRA-EA1, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
AU Optronics AUI8294 (B173HAN04.9), IPS, 1920x1080, 17.30
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Samsung SDC4143, OLED, 3840x2160, 15.60
Display
-0%
3%
0%
3%
28%
1%
-34%
-37%
37%
Display P3 Coverage
65.9
65.4
-1%
66.5
1%
64.5
-2%
66.48
1%
85.2
29%
65.2
-1%
41.9
-36%
40.1
-39%
99.9
52%
sRGB Coverage
91.6
91.3
0%
97.8
7%
95.9
5%
97.71
7%
98.8
8%
95.8
5%
62.9
-31%
60
-34%
100
9%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
67
66.7
0%
67.6
1%
65.8
-2%
67.56
1%
98.2
47%
66
-1%
43.3
-35%
41.4
-38%
99.5
49%
Response Times
-49%
-97%
-126%
-46%
-320%
-111%
-326%
-371%
59%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
5.06 ?(2.5, 2.56)
7.4 ?(3.8, 3.6)
-46%
12.8 ?(6.8, 6)
-153%
15
-196%
8 ?(3, 5)
-58%
31.6 ?(8, 23.6)
-525%
14 ?(7, 7)
-177%
28.4 ?(15.6, 12.8)
-461%
32.4
-540%
2.8 ?(1.6, 1.2)
45%
Response Time Black / White *
7.44 ?(3.76, 3.68)
11.2 ?(6, 5.2)
-51%
10.4 ?(5.2, 5.2)
-40%
11.6
-56%
10 ?(5, 5)
-34%
16 ?(4, 12)
-115%
10.8 ?(6.2, 4.6)
-45%
21.6 ?(11.6, 10)
-190%
22.4
-201%
2 ?(1, 1)
73%
PWM Frequency
23580 ?(22)
240 ?(83)
Screen
-2%
0%
4%
-4%
45%
1%
-28%
-9%
109%
Brightness middle
311
307
-1%
291
-6%
393
26%
306
-2%
607
95%
390
25%
268.3
-14%
266
-14%
440
41%
Brightness
325
321
-1%
266
-18%
353
9%
283
-13%
605
86%
362
11%
257
-21%
264
-19%
446
37%
Brightness Distribution
84
83
-1%
88
5%
83
-1%
86
2%
93
11%
87
4%
84
0%
79
-6%
92
10%
Black Level *
0.22
0.27
-23%
0.36
-64%
0.47
-114%
0.25
-14%
0.41
-86%
0.41
-86%
0.34
-55%
0.32
-45%
0.04
82%
Contrast
1414
1137
-20%
808
-43%
836
-41%
1224
-13%
1480
5%
951
-33%
789
-44%
831
-41%
11000
678%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
5.06
4.67
8%
2.98
41%
2.84
44%
4.97
2%
0.84
83%
2.66
47%
5.05
-0%
3.97
22%
2.53
50%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
8.37
7.53
10%
7.59
9%
7.15
15%
10.12
-21%
3.02
64%
7.14
15%
15.43
-84%
8.93
-7%
7.82
7%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
2.62
2.41
8%
0.91
65%
0.67
74%
0.7
73%
0.69
74%
2.56
2%
3.21
-23%
3.5
-34%
2.57
2%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4.8
4.5
6%
4.2
12%
3.73
22%
7.2
-50%
1.1
77%
3.63
24%
5.5
-15%
1.8
62%
1.2
75%
Gamma
2.12 104%
2.276 97%
2.293 96%
2.53 87%
2.23 99%
2.131 103%
2.57 86%
2.35 94%
2.31 95%
2.206 100%
CCT
8002 81%
6824 95%
7624 85%
7312 89%
7784 84%
6648 98%
6894 94%
7392 88%
6754 96%
6371 102%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
67.6
41.4
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97.7
60
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-17% / -8%
-31% / -13%
-41% / -16%
-16% / -9%
-82% / -11%
-36% / -15%
-129% / -72%
-139% / -67%
68% / 86%

* ... smaller is better

The AU Optronics B156HAN08.0 panel is beginning to show its age, and MSI could have very well incorporated a newer panel with better overall color characteristics. The Alpha 15 covers close to 92% of the sRGB color space. Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 coverages are on expected lines for this category.

Color accuracy out-of-the-box is not very good with an average Grayscale Delta E of 4.8, average ColorChecker Delta E of 5.06, and a cool white balance. However, our calibration routine improves color accuracy significantly and helps bring down the average Grayscale and ColorChecker Delta E values to 0.7 and 2.62, respectively. We find that the panel shows the highest deviation while reproducing the 100% Blue part of the spectrum.

Readers can download the calibrated ICC file from the above link. 

While the overall display quality gets you by just fine for gaming, the competition has moved on to better displays with wider gamut coverages and improved out-of-the-box color accuracies.

vs. sRGB - 91.6% coverage
vs. sRGB - 91.6% coverage
vs. Adobe RGB - 67% coverage
vs. Adobe RGB - 67% coverage
vs. DCI-P3 - 65.9% coverage
vs. DCI-P3 - 65.9% coverage
Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration

The panel offers fast response times, which should please competitive gamers. We measured combined black to white and 50% grey to 80% grey response times of 7.44 ms and 5.06 ms, respectively.

The Alpha 15's panel could be using overdrive to achieve such low 50% grey to 80% grey response times as evidenced by the signal overshoot "horn" we see in the oscilloscope data.

We did not observe any PWM flickering across all brightness levels, so this panel should be relatively less-strenuous on the eyes.

For more information, check out our article "Why Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) is such a headache" and also our PWM ranking table for PWM frequency comparison across all reviewed devices.

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
7.44 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3.76 ms rise
↘ 3.68 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 10 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
5.06 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2.5 ms rise
↘ 2.56 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 6 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (37.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected ≤ 100 % brightness setting

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 20903 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Due to the low panel brightness, outdoor viewing can be impacted in direct sunlight. The viewing angles seem relatively stable but some loss of brightness and color information can be observed at extreme angles.

Outdoor viewing under bright conditions
Outdoor viewing under bright conditions
Outdoor viewing under shade
Outdoor viewing under shade
Some loss of brightness and color seen at extreme viewing angles
Some loss of brightness and color seen at extreme viewing angles

Performance: Unhindered Ryzen 7 5800H takes on the Core i7-11800H

Our MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK sample is powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H APU and a Radeon RX 6600M dGPU. Buyers also have the option of an Alpha 15 B5EE with similar specifications but with only a single red color backlight for the keyboard.

Testing Conditions

The MSI Center app allows choosing between four performance modes — Extreme Performance, Balanced, Silent, and Super Battery. We used the Extreme Performance mode as default for all benchmarks and measurements except for the Battery Life test for which we went with Balanced.

These performance modes can significantly impact the scores and noise profiles, so we have shown a comparison between Extreme Performance, Balanced, and Silent modes wherever applicable. The MSI Center app also allows users to customize the fan curves individually for both the CPU and the GPU. A Cooler Boost mode is also available that continuously spins the fans in full speed irrespective of load.

Performance modes
Performance modes
Custom fan curves
Custom fan curves
Fan Speed controls including Cooler Boost
Fan Speed controls including Cooler Boost
Hardware monitoring
Hardware monitoring
Application priority settings
Application priority settings
System information
System information

The following table shows how various performance modes affect the power limits. We recommend using Extreme Performance for heavy workloads and gaming unless fan noise is an issue.

Performance Mode PL0 / AMD STAPM Limit (W) PL1 Limit (W) PL2 Limit (W)
Extreme Performance 132 110 132
Balanced 78 90 108
Silent 55 60 72
Super Battery 50 45 54

Processor

The Ryzen 7 5800H in the MSI Alpha 15 is not power-limited
The Ryzen 7 5800H in the MSI Alpha 15 is not power-limited
Cinebench R20 shows significant performance reduction on battery power
Cinebench R20 shows significant performance reduction on battery power

The AMD Ryzen 7 5800H in the MSI Alpha 15 is not power-limited. Therefore, we see the PL1 and PL2 limits indicated as 110 W and 132 W, respectively. This gives the Alpha 15 a lot of headroom to make good use of AMD SmartShift.

Thanks to the capable cooling system, our Cinebench R15 loop test shows no throttling issues with the processor. The Ryzen 7 5800H's multi-core scores are bested only by the Ryzen 9 5900HX in the MSI Delta 15 and the Asus ROG Strix G15, both of which are AMD Advantage laptops as well.

Though the Intel Tiger Lake-H chips such as the Core i7-11800H and the Core i9-11900H do have an upper hand in single-core benchmarks, the Ryzen 7 5800H is able to come within striking distance of both. Therefore, workloads requiring single and multi-core prowess stand to benefit from this APU.

Changing between Extreme Performance, Balanced, and Silent does not seem to impact single-core scores much. However, multi-core performance shows large differences between these three modes.

On battery, the PL1 and PL2 drop to 54 W and 68 W, respectively and the laptop switches to the Balanced mode. As a consequence, the Cinebench R20 scores drop by 26% and 11.5% in single-core and multi-core runs, respectively.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008 AMD Ryzen 7 5800H: Ø1973 (1963.86-1985.21)
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX: Ø2078 (2068.68-2093.36)
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX: Ø2130 (2119.21-2144.54)
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028 Intel Core i7-11800H: Ø1910 (1886.79-2011.67)
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM Intel Core i9-11900H: Ø1874 (1698.44-2029.22)
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD Intel Core i7-11800H: Ø1746 (1719.69-1885.99)
CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Multi-Core Score | 64 Bit Single-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
CPU Performance Rating
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
80.9 pt ∼81%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
80.4 pt ∼80%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
80.3 pt ∼80%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GP66 Leopard 11UH
80.1 pt ∼80%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, XMG Apex 15
79.7 pt ∼80%
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
Intel Core i9-11900H,
79.1 pt ∼79%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM -2!
Intel Core i7-11800H,
78.8 pt ∼79%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK
77.3 pt ∼77%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
75.9 pt ∼76%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
 
75.5 pt ∼76%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H,
70.8 pt ∼71%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
67.5 pt ∼68%
Average of class Gaming
 
67.5 pt ∼68%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H,
67.3 pt ∼67%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
13523 Points ∼100% +12%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H,
13445 (12565.7min - 13444.6max) Points ∼99% +11%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
13149 Points ∼97% +9%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, XMG Apex 15
12663 Points ∼94% +5%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GP66 Leopard 11UH
12563 Points ∼93% +4%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK
12083 Points ∼89%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (8812 - 13214, n=22)
11960 Points ∼88% -1%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
11746 Points ∼87% -3%
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
Intel Core i9-11900H,
11567 Points ∼86% -4%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
11338 Points ∼84% -6%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H,
11102 Points ∼82% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (4621 - 14363, n=109, last 2 years)
10971 Points ∼81% -9%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
8812 Points ∼65% -27%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H,
8447 Points ∼62% -30%
Cinebench R23 / CPU (Single Core)
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
Intel Core i9-11900H,
1574 Points ∼100% +11%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GP66 Leopard 11UH
1522 Points ∼97% +8%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H,
1517 Points ∼96% +7%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H,
1509 Points ∼96% +7%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
1494 Points ∼95% +6%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
1488 Points ∼95% +5%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
1449 Points ∼92% +2%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, XMG Apex 15
1427 Points ∼91% +1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
1420 Points ∼90% 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK
1415 Points ∼90%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
1415 Points ∼90% 0%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (1294 - 1441, n=22)
1410 Points ∼90% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H,
1399 Points ∼89% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (1095 - 1619, n=108, last 2 years)
1388 Points ∼88% -2%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
5223 Points ∼100% +12%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H,
5182 Points ∼99% +11%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
5158 Points ∼99% +11%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, XMG Apex 15
4913 Points ∼94% +5%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GP66 Leopard 11UH
4810 Points ∼92% +3%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK
4663 Points ∼89%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (3430 - 5020, n=24)
4626 Points ∼89% -1%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
4529 Points ∼87% -3%
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
Intel Core i9-11900H,
4403 Points ∼84% -6%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
4400 Points ∼84% -6%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H,
4128 Points ∼79% -11%
Average of class Gaming
  (1397 - 6321, n=199, last 2 years)
3880 Points ∼74% -17%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
3430 Points ∼66% -26%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H,
3306 Points ∼63% -29%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
Intel Core i9-11900H,
600 Points ∼100% +8%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
583 Points ∼97% +5%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H,
583 Points ∼97% +5%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H,
582 Points ∼97% +5%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GP66 Leopard 11UH
582 Points ∼97% +5%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
578 Points ∼96% +4%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
577 Points ∼96% +4%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, XMG Apex 15
558 Points ∼93% +1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK
554 Points ∼92%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
554 Points ∼92% 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
550 Points ∼92% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (502 - 560, n=23)
549 Points ∼92% -1%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H,
520 Points ∼87% -6%
Average of class Gaming
  (312 - 634, n=198, last 2 years)
511 Points ∼85% -8%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
2194 Points ∼100% +11%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
2176 Points ∼99% +10%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H,
2121 (1799.78min - 2120.55max) Points ∼97% +7%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H,
1342 (1300.31min - 1341.52max) Points ∼61% -32%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H,
2095 (1963.38min - 2095.12max) Points ∼95% +6%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
2093 (2068.68min - 2093.36max) Points ∼95% +5%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, XMG Apex 15
2085 (2055.92min - 2084.96max) Points ∼95% +5%
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
Intel Core i9-11900H,
2029 Points ∼92% +2%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GP66 Leopard 11UH
2012 (1886.79min - 2011.67max) Points ∼92% +1%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (1487 - 2119, n=21)
1995 Points ∼91% +1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK
1985 (1963.86min - 1985.21max) Points ∼90%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
1892 (1871.87min - 1892.15max) Points ∼86% -5%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H,
1886 (1719.69min - 1885.99max) Points ∼86% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (536 - 2804, n=214, last 2 years)
1645 Points ∼75% -17%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
1487 (1474.6min - 1487.38max) Points ∼68% -25%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
Intel Core i9-11900H,
241 Points ∼100% +5%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
241 Points ∼100% +5%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
239 Points ∼99% +4%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
236 Points ∼98% +3%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, XMG Apex 15
230 Points ∼95% 0%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H,
229 Points ∼95% 0%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H,
229 Points ∼95% 0%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H,
228 Points ∼95% 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK
229 Points ∼95%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GP66 Leopard 11UH
229 Points ∼95% 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
229 Points ∼95% 0%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (209 - 234, n=22)
229 Points ∼95% 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
227 Points ∼94% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (108 - 254, n=203, last 2 years)
207 Points ∼86% -10%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H,
204 Points ∼85% -11%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H,
342 Seconds * ∼100% -33%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
339.8 Seconds * ∼99% -32%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H,
313 Seconds * ∼92% -22%
Average of class Gaming
  (179 - 555, n=193, last 2 years)
311 Seconds * ∼91% -21%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
270.3 Seconds * ∼79% -5%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK
257 Seconds * ∼75%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (237 - 340, n=22)
256 Seconds * ∼75% -0%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, XMG Apex 15
244 Seconds * ∼71% +5%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GP66 Leopard 11UH
244 Seconds * ∼71% +5%
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
Intel Core i9-11900H,
242 Seconds * ∼71% +6%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
241 Seconds * ∼70% +6%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H,
235 Seconds * ∼69% +9%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
229.9 Seconds * ∼67% +11%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
227 Seconds * ∼66% +12%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
60505 MIPS ∼100% +7%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
58752 MIPS ∼97% +4%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, XMG Apex 15
58467 MIPS ∼97% +4%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK
56348 MIPS ∼93%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
55954 MIPS ∼92% -1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
55020 MIPS ∼91% -2%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (45773 - 59986, n=22)
54795 MIPS ∼91% -3%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GP66 Leopard 11UH
53564 MIPS ∼89% -5%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H,
51046 MIPS ∼84% -9%
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
Intel Core i9-11900H,
50441 MIPS ∼83% -10%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
45773 MIPS ∼76% -19%
Average of class Gaming
  (15146 - 76063, n=194, last 2 years)
45675 MIPS ∼75% -19%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H,
44739 MIPS ∼74% -21%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H,
38156 MIPS ∼63% -32%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
Intel Core i9-11900H,
5870 MIPS ∼100% +7%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
5754 MIPS ∼98% +4%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
5737 MIPS ∼98% +4%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
5678 MIPS ∼97% +3%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H,
5659 MIPS ∼96% +3%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, XMG Apex 15
5590 MIPS ∼95% +1%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GP66 Leopard 11UH
5569 MIPS ∼95% +1%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H,
5567 MIPS ∼95% +1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK
5508 MIPS ∼94%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (5038 - 5632, n=22)
5492 MIPS ∼94% 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
5489 MIPS ∼94% 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
5487 MIPS ∼93% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H,
5392 MIPS ∼92% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (2945 - 6506, n=194, last 2 years)
5275 MIPS ∼90% -4%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GP66 Leopard 11UH
9379 Points ∼100% +13%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H,
8864 Points ∼95% +7%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
8689 Points ∼93% +5%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
8557 Points ∼91% +4%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
8423 Points ∼90% +2%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, XMG Apex 15
8389 Points ∼89% +1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK
8266 Points ∼88%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (7392 - 9062, n=21)
7857 Points ∼84% -5%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
7734 Points ∼82% -6%
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
Intel Core i9-11900H,
7725 Points ∼82% -7%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
7607 Points ∼81% -8%
Average of class Gaming
  (2783 - 11393, n=189, last 2 years)
7363 Points ∼79% -11%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H,
6758 Points ∼72% -18%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H,
1585 Points ∼100% +6%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GP66 Leopard 11UH
1578 Points ∼100% +6%
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
Intel Core i9-11900H,
1576 Points ∼99% +6%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
1561 Points ∼98% +5%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
1541 Points ∼97% +3%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H,
1516 Points ∼96% +2%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, XMG Apex 15
1501 Points ∼95% +1%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
1496 Points ∼94% 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK
1492 Points ∼94%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
1490 Points ∼94% 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
1487 Points ∼94% 0%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (1347 - 1505, n=21)
1455 Points ∼92% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (703 - 1777, n=189, last 2 years)
1343 Points ∼85% -10%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
16 fps ∼100% +5%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H,
15.6 fps ∼98% +3%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
15.6 fps ∼98% +3%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, XMG Apex 15
15.6 fps ∼98% +3%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GP66 Leopard 11UH
15.5 fps ∼97% +2%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
15.3 fps ∼96% +1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK
15.2 fps ∼95%
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
Intel Core i9-11900H,
14.9 fps ∼93% -2%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (11.6 - 16.1, n=22)
14.7 fps ∼92% -3%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
14.1 fps ∼88% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (6.13 - 19.8, n=193, last 2 years)
12.5 fps ∼78% -18%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H,
11.9 fps ∼74% -22%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
11.6 fps ∼73% -24%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H,
11 fps ∼69% -28%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
87.4 s * ∼100% -56%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (47.4 - 113, n=22)
65.6 s * ∼75% -17%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK
55.9 s * ∼64%
Average of class Gaming
  (23.9 - 113, n=187, last 2 years)
54.4 s * ∼62% +3%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, XMG Apex 15
53.5 s * ∼61% +4%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
52.9 s * ∼61% +5%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
52.4 s * ∼60% +6%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
52 s * ∼59% +7%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
51.4 s * ∼59% +8%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H,
49.5 s * ∼57% +11%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GP66 Leopard 11UH
48.6 s * ∼56% +13%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H,
47.5 s * ∼54% +15%
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
Intel Core i9-11900H,
45.8 s * ∼52% +18%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H,
44.5 s * ∼51% +20%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
Intel Core i7-11800H,
0.587 sec * ∼100% -13%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.4905 - 1.088, n=189, last 2 years)
0.576 sec * ∼98% -11%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GP66 Leopard 11UH
0.566 sec * ∼96% -9%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H,
0.556 sec * ∼95% -7%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
Intel Core i7-11800H,
0.548 sec * ∼93% -5%
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
Intel Core i9-11900H,
0.529 sec * ∼90% -2%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (0.511 - 0.559, n=21)
0.524 sec * ∼89% -1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
0.521 sec * ∼89% -0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK
0.52 sec * ∼89%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
0.519 sec * ∼88% -0%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
0.512 sec * ∼87% +2%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, XMG Apex 15
0.512 sec * ∼87% +2%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
0.4969 sec * ∼85% +4%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX,
0.4947 sec * ∼84% +5%
CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Multi-Core Score | 64 Bit Single-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1985 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
176 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
229 Points
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The following graphs illustrate how CPU clocks, core temperatures, and CPU package powers change in each performance mode during a Cinebench R15 loop test. Though the Balanced mode starts at lower clocks and temperatures, it is eventually able to match up to Extreme Performance due to increase in power allotment.

In Silent mode, the package power hovers just around the 40 W mark. While this helps keep the temperatures low between 60 °C and 70 °C, the processor is only able to hit 3.8 GHz for the most part with occasional spikes to 4.2 GHz. 

Users will, therefore, have to select the appropriate performance mode based on their workflow. Refer to the Emissions section for a comparison of fan noise characteristics in each of these performance modes.

CPU clocks, core temperatures, and package powers during a Cinebench R15 loop in various performance modes. (Red - Extreme Performance, Green - Balanced, Blue - Silent)
CPU clocks, core temperatures, and package powers during a Cinebench R15 loop in various performance modes. (Red - Extreme Performance, Green - Balanced, Blue - Silent)
Performance Rating
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU,
95.5 pt ∼96%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6700M,
93.2 pt ∼93%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M,
92.2 pt ∼92%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, XMG Apex 15
91.1 pt ∼91%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK
88.5 pt ∼89%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, GP66 Leopard 11UH
87.7 pt ∼88%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
 
86.3 pt ∼86%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
86 pt ∼86%
Average of class Gaming
 
72 pt ∼72%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
70.5 pt ∼71%
AIDA64 / FP32 Ray-Trace
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU,
15594 KRay/s ∼100% +9%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M,
15257 KRay/s ∼98% +7%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6700M,
14974 KRay/s ∼96% +5%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, XMG Apex 15
14725 KRay/s ∼94% +3%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, GP66 Leopard 11UH
14722 KRay/s ∼94% +3%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK
14273 KRay/s ∼92%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (10349 - 15169, n=22)
14173 KRay/s ∼91% -1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
13712 KRay/s ∼88% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (4440 - 19199, n=146, last 2 years)
11938 KRay/s ∼77% -16%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
10349 KRay/s ∼66% -27%
AIDA64 / FPU Julia
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU,
99411 Points ∼100% +11%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M,
97173 Points ∼98% +8%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6700M,
94860 Points ∼95% +6%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, XMG Apex 15
94497 Points ∼95% +5%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK
89725 Points ∼90%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (63663 - 95954, n=22)
88627 Points ∼89% -1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
85376 Points ∼86% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (21177 - 102867, n=146, last 2 years)
65462 Points ∼66% -27%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
63663 Points ∼64% -29%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, GP66 Leopard 11UH
61519 Points ∼62% -31%
AIDA64 / CPU SHA3
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, GP66 Leopard 11UH
4129 MB/s ∼100% +35%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU,
3392 MB/s ∼82% +11%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M,
3319 MB/s ∼80% +9%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6700M,
3235 MB/s ∼78% +6%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, XMG Apex 15
3230 MB/s ∼78% +6%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK
3049 MB/s ∼74%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (2096 - 3287, n=22)
3018 MB/s ∼73% -1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
2907 MB/s ∼70% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (965 - 4851, n=146, last 2 years)
2723 MB/s ∼66% -11%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
2110 MB/s ∼51% -31%
AIDA64 / CPU Queen
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6700M,
103065 Points ∼100% +7%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M,
102977 Points ∼100% +7%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU,
102424 Points ∼99% +7%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, XMG Apex 15
97488 Points ∼95% +2%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
97080 Points ∼94% +1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
96648 Points ∼94% +1%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (92948 - 98276, n=22)
96122 Points ∼93% 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK
96014 Points ∼93%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, GP66 Leopard 11UH
91941 Points ∼89% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (30447 - 132615, n=146, last 2 years)
86231 Points ∼84% -10%
AIDA64 / FPU SinJulia
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6700M,
12577 Points ∼100% +8%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M,
12511 Points ∼99% +8%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU,
12430 Points ∼99% +7%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, XMG Apex 15
11821 Points ∼94% +2%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
11638 Points ∼93% 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK
11629 Points ∼92%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (9962 - 11871, n=22)
11561 Points ∼92% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (3007 - 19956, n=146, last 2 years)
9981 Points ∼79% -14%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
9962 Points ∼79% -14%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, GP66 Leopard 11UH
9787 Points ∼78% -16%
AIDA64 / FPU Mandel
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU,
54630 Points ∼100% +11%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M,
53538 Points ∼98% +9%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6700M,
52448 Points ∼96% +6%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, XMG Apex 15
52072 Points ∼95% +6%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK
49254 Points ∼90%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (36083 - 52732, n=22)
48664 Points ∼89% -1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
47231 Points ∼86% -4%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, GP66 Leopard 11UH
36578 Points ∼67% -26%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
36083 Points ∼66% -27%
Average of class Gaming
  (11126 - 55702, n=146, last 2 years)
34614 Points ∼63% -30%
AIDA64 / CPU AES
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, GP66 Leopard 11UH
147287 MB/s ∼100% +22%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU,
134287 MB/s ∼91% +11%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M,
132413 MB/s ∼90% +9%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6700M,
128205 MB/s ∼87% +6%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, XMG Apex 15
125127 MB/s ∼85% +3%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK
121180 MB/s ∼82%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
116137 MB/s ∼79% -4%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (50226 - 127832, n=22)
114767 MB/s ∼78% -5%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
91357 MB/s ∼62% -25%
Average of class Gaming
  (11368 - 156370, n=146, last 2 years)
67517 MB/s ∼46% -44%
AIDA64 / CPU ZLib
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU,
865 MB/s ∼100% +10%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M,
842 MB/s ∼97% +7%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6700M,
825 MB/s ∼95% +5%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, XMG Apex 15
803 MB/s ∼93% +2%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK
789 MB/s ∼91%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, GP66 Leopard 11UH
784 MB/s ∼91% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (591 - 828, n=22)
781 MB/s ∼90% -1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
758 MB/s ∼88% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (461 - 1126, n=167, last 2 years)
599 MB/s ∼69% -24%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
591 MB/s ∼68% -25%
AIDA64 / FP64 Ray-Trace
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU,
8221 KRay/s ∼100% +9%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M,
7985 KRay/s ∼97% +6%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, GP66 Leopard 11UH
7926 KRay/s ∼96% +5%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6700M,
7880 KRay/s ∼96% +5%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, XMG Apex 15
7826 KRay/s ∼95% +4%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK
7526 KRay/s ∼92%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (5457 - 7884, n=22)
7460 KRay/s ∼91% -1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
7228 KRay/s ∼88% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (2728 - 10472, n=146, last 2 years)
6413 KRay/s ∼78% -15%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
5457 KRay/s ∼66% -27%
AIDA64 / CPU PhotoWorxx
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, GP66 Leopard 11UH
23153 MPixel/s ∼100% +13%
Average of class Gaming
  (10064 - 27893, n=146, last 2 years)
21405 MPixel/s ∼92% +4%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK
20495 MPixel/s ∼89%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
20371 MPixel/s ∼88% -1%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6700M,
20367 MPixel/s ∼88% -1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
20250 MPixel/s ∼87% -1%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, XMG Apex 15
19901 MPixel/s ∼86% -3%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU,
19376 MPixel/s ∼84% -5%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (14445 - 25421, n=22)
17774 MPixel/s ∼77% -13%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M,
14768 MPixel/s ∼64% -28%

Check out our dedicated AMD Ryzen 7 5800H page for more information and performance benchmarks.

System Performance

Overall system performance of the MSI Alpha 15 is excellent. Most productivity apps are highly responsive and start quickly. Boot up times and resume from standby are impressively fast as well.

PCMark 10 scores show the Alpha 15 right on the heels of Tiger Lake-H-powered gaming laptops such as the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED, Asus TUF Gaming F17, and MSI's own GP66 Leopard 11UH.

AIDA64 memory benchmarks show no perceivable differences in the three tested performance modes.

PCMark 10 / Score
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
Radeon RX 6700M, R9 5900HX, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
7316 Points ∼100% +6%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
7167 Points ∼98% +4%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
7066 Points ∼97% +3%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
7062 Points ∼97% +3%
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i9-11900H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
6901 Points ∼94% 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
6875 Points ∼94%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, AMD Radeon RX 6600M
 
6875 Points ∼94% 0%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
6865 Points ∼94% 0%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Samsung SSD 980 500GB (MZ-V8V500BW)
6703 Points ∼92% -3%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
6666 Points ∼91% -3%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
6505 Points ∼89% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (3952 - 7884, n=173, last 2 years)
6190 Points ∼85% -10%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i9-11900H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
10602 Points ∼100% +7%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
10522 Points ∼99% +6%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
Radeon RX 6700M, R9 5900HX, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
10444 Points ∼99% +5%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
10208 Points ∼96% +3%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
10204 Points ∼96% +3%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
10028 Points ∼95% +1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
9907 Points ∼93%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, AMD Radeon RX 6600M
 
9907 Points ∼93% 0%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Samsung SSD 980 500GB (MZ-V8V500BW)
9905 Points ∼93% 0%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
9827 Points ∼93% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (7148 - 11064, n=172, last 2 years)
9678 Points ∼91% -2%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
9248 Points ∼87% -7%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
9669 Points ∼100% +8%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
Radeon RX 6700M, R9 5900HX, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
9481 Points ∼98% +6%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
9217 Points ∼95% +3%
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i9-11900H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
9071 Points ∼94% +2%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
9060 Points ∼94% +2%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
8922 Points ∼92%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, AMD Radeon RX 6600M
 
8922 Points ∼92% 0%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
8859 Points ∼92% -1%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8803 Points ∼91% -1%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Samsung SSD 980 500GB (MZ-V8V500BW)
8798 Points ∼91% -1%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
8784 Points ∼91% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (5813 - 10066, n=172, last 2 years)
8389 Points ∼87% -6%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
10806 Points ∼100% +8%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
Radeon RX 6700M, R9 5900HX, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
10731 Points ∼99% +8%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
10677 Points ∼99% +7%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
9977 Points ∼92%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, AMD Radeon RX 6600M
 
9977 Points ∼92% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
9858 Points ∼91% -1%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
9431 Points ∼87% -5%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
9423 Points ∼87% -6%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Samsung SSD 980 500GB (MZ-V8V500BW)
9377 Points ∼87% -6%
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i9-11900H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
9274 Points ∼86% -7%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
8634 Points ∼80% -13%
Average of class Gaming
  (3670 - 12250, n=172, last 2 years)
8055 Points ∼75% -19%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
5722 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5804 points
PCMark 10 Score
6875 points
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AIDA64 / Memory Copy
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, GP66 Leopard 11UH
43938 MB/s ∼100% +5%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
41820 MB/s ∼95% 0%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, XMG Apex 15
41788 MB/s ∼95% 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
41751 MB/s ∼95% 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK
41740 MB/s ∼95%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6700M,
41209 MB/s ∼94% -1%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU,
41154 MB/s ∼94% -1%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (36925 - 44180, n=22)
39895 MB/s ∼91% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (18274 - 48159, n=146, last 2 years)
37862 MB/s ∼86% -9%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M,
36725 MB/s ∼84% -12%
AIDA64 / Memory Read
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, GP66 Leopard 11UH
50013 MB/s ∼100% +6%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, XMG Apex 15
47260 MB/s ∼94% 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK
47139 MB/s ∼94%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
47040 MB/s ∼94% 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
46992 MB/s ∼94% 0%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6700M,
46425 MB/s ∼93% -2%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU,
45789 MB/s ∼92% -3%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (42014 - 47260, n=22)
45103 MB/s ∼90% -4%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M,
41984 MB/s ∼84% -11%
Average of class Gaming
  (19654 - 50013, n=146, last 2 years)
41894 MB/s ∼84% -11%
AIDA64 / Memory Write
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, GP66 Leopard 11UH
45566 MB/s ∼100% 0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK
45343 MB/s ∼100%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
44773 MB/s ∼98% -1%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, XMG Apex 15
44339 MB/s ∼97% -2%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
43601 MB/s ∼96% -4%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6700M,
43507 MB/s ∼95% -4%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU,
41299 MB/s ∼91% -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (17629 - 49097, n=146, last 2 years)
40804 MB/s ∼90% -10%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (28456 - 47022, n=22)
38037 MB/s ∼83% -16%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M,
32536 MB/s ∼71% -28%
AIDA64 / Memory Latency
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, GP66 Leopard 11UH
92.6 ns * ∼100% -16%
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M,
81.3 ns * ∼88% -2%
Average AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  (76.3 - 94, n=22)
80.7 ns * ∼87% -1%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Silent)
80.2 ns * ∼87% -0%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK
79.9 ns * ∼86%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, Radeon RX 6600M, Alpha 15 B5EEK (Balanced)
79.7 ns * ∼86% -0%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU,
78.5 ns * ∼85% +2%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, XMG Apex 15
77.8 ns * ∼84% +3%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6700M,
77.4 ns * ∼84% +3%
Average of class Gaming
  (69.7 - 103, n=168, last 2 years)
61 ns * ∼66% +24%

* ... smaller is better

DPC Latency

We observed a maximum interrupt to process latency of about 1010.4 µs in our standardized DPC latency measurement routine, which includes opening of several browser tabs, playback of our demo 4K60 video on YouTube, and running an instance of Prime95 in-place large FFTs torture test for 10 seconds.

This latency is lower than some of the Alpha 15's competition, but those into real-time audio and video workflows can still run into potential hiccups. The TCP/IP driver was found to have the highest execution time among all other drivers in the system.

Check out our dedicated DPC Latency Ranking page for more latency comparisons across tested devices.

The MSI Alpha 15 has a somewhat higher DPC latency
The MSI Alpha 15 has a somewhat higher DPC latency
Tcpip.sys seems to have the highest execution time
Tcpip.sys seems to have the highest execution time
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Asus ROG Strix G15 G513QY
Radeon RX 6800M, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ512HALU
2542 μs * ∼100% -152%
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
Radeon RX 6700M, R9 5900HX, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
1580.8 μs * ∼62% -56%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
1431.2 μs * ∼56% -42%
Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i9-11900H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
1398.7 μs * ∼55% -38%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57E PS
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Samsung SSD 980 500GB (MZ-V8V500BW)
1330.1 μs * ∼52% -32%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
1010.4 μs * ∼40%
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1
952.9 μs * ∼37% +6%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
829.3 μs * ∼33% +18%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XD
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
822.7 μs * ∼32% +19%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
502.7 μs * ∼20% +50%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices

The Micron NVMe SSD offers decent performance but has no thermal solution
The Micron NVMe SSD offers decent performance but has no thermal solution

The performance of the Micron NVMe SSD is fine for most use cases. However