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MSI Creator Z16P laptop in review: Creative work with an i9 and the RTX 3080 Ti

Very hot! MSI has opted for high-end components. The CPU and graphics card are in the same league as the best gaming laptops. The excellent display as well as a remarkably slim case, on the other hand, show its multimedia nature. The combination is bound to lead to conflicts, but it promises creative peak performance.

Expectations should be set correspondingly high for a device that costs just under 4,500 Euros (~$4,737). As such, the list of components reads like a collection of the best hardware currently available for laptops. With the Intel i9-12900H and the Nvidia GeForce 3080 Ti, the 16-incher even competes with powerful gaming laptops.

The difference, however, becomes clear even before you turn it on. The slim and elegant case can still be stored reasonably well in a bag or backpack in this format. This doesn't look like a gaming machine, but rather like a work device. This is, of course, matched by the display, which is precalibrated to almost completely cover the DCI-P3 color space and is ideally suited for video editing.

On the other hand, 4K or OLED have been left out, but this shouldn't result in any restrictions for creative work. It remains to be seen how well the fans can cope with the overwhelming energy consumption of an almost unrestrained Intel Alder Lake processor in such a small space.

While we reviewed the MSI Creator Z16 predecessor with a smaller graphics chip and "only" an i7, we now have the maxed-out version that requires twice as much power at its peak. There are also two less powerful versions. The MSI Creator Z16P with the i7-12700H and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is available for 1,000 Euros (~$1,053) less, depending on the rest of the configuration, but it still offers an identical display. An intermediate solution is to save on the graphics card by choosing the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080.

The Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max immediately presents itself as a logical comparison device. The Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5 is also a direct competitor. It's also worth taking a look at the Alienware x17 R2, which has similar components, but has been designed with a considerably greater focus on continuous load.

MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST (Creator Z16P Series)
Processor
Intel Core i9-12900H 14 x 1.8 - 5 GHz, 160 W PL2 / Short Burst, 110 W PL1 / Sustained, Alder Lake-P
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU - 16234 MB, Core: 1175 MHz, Memory: 1750 MHz, 90 W TDP, GDDR6, Nvidia 512.95, Optimus
Memory
32768 MB 
, DDR5 2400 MHz
Display
16.00 inch 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixel 189 PPI, multitouch, AUOD298, IPS True Pixel (~100% DCI-P3), glossy: yes, 165 Hz
Storage
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB, 2048 GB 
, 1826 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Alder Lake-P PCH - cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)
Connections
2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 0 USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20Gbps, 1 USB 4.0 40 Gbps, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headset, Card Reader: SD card, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20.4 x 360 x 256 ( = 0.8 x 14.17 x 10.08 in)
Battery
90 Wh, 5030 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Pro
Camera
Webcam: 1080p
Primary Camera: 2 MPix Full HD with IR sensor
Additional features
Speakers: two-way stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, MSI software package, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.387 kg ( = 84.2 oz / 5.26 pounds), Power Supply: 546 g ( = 19.26 oz / 1.2 pounds)
Price
4,600 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible contenders in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
83.7 %
06/2022
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
2.4 kg20.4 mm16.00"2560x1600
86.7 %
11/2021
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
2.2 kg15.9 mm16.00"2560x1600
92.5 %
11/2021
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
M1 Max, M1 Max 32-Core GPU
2.2 kg16.8 mm16.20"3456x2234
89.2 %
05/2022
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
3.1 kg20.9 mm17.30"1920x1080
84.7 %
03/2022
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
2.3 kg22.4 mm16.00"3840x2400
87.2 %
06/2022
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
2.3 kg19.9 mm16.00"2560x1600

Case - Creator laptop housed in a solid chassis

Not only does the case look sober, but also quite premium. The aluminum display lid and keyboard frame provide the MSI Creator with a high degree of stability. In addition, the surface has been treated in such a way that it's almost impossible to get fingerprints on it. The bottom cover's plastic is by no means visible; you can only feel it.

What's remarkable, on the other hand, is the sturdiness of the construction. Nothing bends, gives way, or vibrates at any point. Even when it's open and you hold it from one corner, you can only sense a deformation at most, which is definitely something that has to be achieved with a weight of 2.4 kg. We didn't hear any noises either. This rigidity has a positive effect when using the laptop. The touchscreen hardly wobbles, which is due to the fact that it touches the surface with its own small rubber feet. Even during vigorous typing, the keyboard frame remains unaffected.

The size is quite average in comparison. Other 16-inch devices for media editing are similarly wide, deep, and thick. The display bezel is appropriately slim at just under 6 mm on the sides and 10 mm on the top. The MSI Creator Z16P only surpasses the competition in terms of weight. However, this isn't a surprise in view of the rich configuration.

On the other hand, a gaming laptop with comparable components, such as the Alienware x17 R2, is much heavier and bulkier. More space is needed for the cooling here, after all.

Size comparison

399.23 mm / 15.7 inch 299.57 mm / 11.8 inch 20.9 mm / 0.823 inch 3.1 kg6.84 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 20.4 mm / 0.803 inch 2.4 kg5.26 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 248.5 mm / 9.78 inch 22.4 mm / 0.882 inch 2.3 kg5.05 lbs358.5 mm / 14.1 inch 262.4 mm / 10.3 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 15.9 mm / 0.626 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs355.7 mm / 14 inch 248.1 mm / 9.77 inch 16.8 mm / 0.661 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs

Connectivity - Only TB4 really does the MSI Creator justice

Connectivity seems rather poor. The single Thunderbolt 4 port is particularly striking, which just about does justice to the MSI Z16P's premium segment. The second USB-C port only manages 10 Gb/s, i.e. one fourth. At least a monitor can be connected here as well. However, there's no additional HDMI output, which would be handy on the road from time to time.

Overall, some things have been changed compared to the predecessor, but not exactly for the better. The second Thunderbolt 4 port was removed. There's also only one USB-A port. In addition, the USB-A port is now on the right, and both USB-C ports are on the left. If a full-size card slot hadn't finally been included instead of a microSD one, we could've called this a total step backwards.

Left: Power supply, Thunderbolt 4, USB-C (10 Gb/s, PD, DP), headset
Left: Power supply, Thunderbolt 4, USB-C (10 Gb/s, PD, DP), headset
Right: SD card slot, USB-A (10 Gb/s)
Right: SD card slot, USB-A (10 Gb/s)

SD card reader

The rather modest situation in terms of ports carries over to the card slot. With our AV Pro microSD 128 GB V60 reference card, not even the average value of all multimedia laptops could be achieved. Once again, the MSI Creator Z16 demonstrates how to do a better job.

Admittedly: Even large video files are copied in a short time. However, instead of 1 to 2 minutes, the MSI Creator Z16P now needs 5 minutes to read 25 GB, for example.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H (AV Pro SD microSD 128 GB V60)
225.8 MB/s ∼100% +197%
Average of class Multimedia
  (17.6 - 226, n=61, last 2 years)
79.2 MB/s ∼35% +4%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
76 MB/s ∼34%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
68 MB/s ∼30% -11%

Communication

The Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i almost inevitably puts the creative laptop at the top of the ranking. Although a correspondingly capable router is still necessary for these transfer rates, a modern Fritzbox is already sufficient for this.

Consequently, the fast wireless communication compensates a bit for the limited selection of ports or the lack of a LAN port.

Networking - iperf3 receive AXE11000
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1700 (1582min - 1730max) MBit/s ∼100%
Average Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
  (1569 - 1714, n=5)
1672 MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel AX1675s 160MHz (211NGW)
1664 (1649min - 1680max) MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Dell XPS 17 9720 RTX 3060
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211
1384 (1326min - 1431max) MBit/s ∼81% -19%
Average of class Multimedia
  (820 - 1700, n=10, last 2 years)
1288 MBit/s ∼76% -24%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210
1030 (752min - 1313max) MBit/s ∼61% -39%
Apple MacBook Pro 13 2022 M2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
828 (753min - 878max) MBit/s ∼49% -51%
050100150200250300350400450500550600650700750800850900950100010501100115012001250130013501400145015001550160016501700Tooltip
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1699 (1582-1730)
MSI Stealth GS66 12UGS Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1541 (622-1690)
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5 Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1029 (752-1313)
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5 Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1333 (1044-1390)

Webcam

The 2 MP resolution ensures relatively detailed images, and it offers a sensible middle ground between high quality and low data volume, especially for video calls.

The four-way microphone also contributes to a pleasant video conferencing experience. Voices are picked up clearly from different directions and distances, even when speaking in the opposite direction. In addition, there are two software solutions to further boost the voice in the speakers and over the microphone in relation to ambient noise. This works quite well with street noise, for example.

ColorChecker
13.8 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
13.9 ∆E
9 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
11.1 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
10.6 ∆E
11.5 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
ColorChecker MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST: 10.69 ∆E min: 5.31 - max: 15.29 ∆E

Security

The high-priced laptop has two solid security features in the form of an IR sensor and a fingerprint scanner. They work reliably, but they don't do much more.

Maintenance

The MSI Creator Z16P is an impressive demonstration of how a laptop should be opened. Admittedly, one of the screws is under a seal. However, this is immediately recognizable as such. You have to loosen six identical cross-head screws, and afterwards, finger strength is enough (a pry tool is advisable, though) to pull off the entire bottom cover without damaging it.

A second M.2 slot for storage expansion is available and already equipped with a heat dissipating cover. The battery and RAM components can also be replaced without any hassle. Cleaning the fans is just as easy. 

The bottom cover is firmly attached, but easy to remove.
The bottom cover is firmly attached, but easy to remove.
Two SO-DIMM RAM slots for DDR5.
Two SO-DIMM RAM slots for DDR5.
There's room for a second 2280 M.2 SSD above the replaceable Wi-Fi module.
There's room for a second 2280 M.2 SSD above the replaceable Wi-Fi module.

Input devices - Colorful illumination, limited precision

Keyboard

As soon as you start using the MSI Creator Z16P, the colorful keyboard illumination stands out. In addition to the preset effects, you can also select your own assignments, even separately for each individual key. Only the link to certain sensor values or the CPU load, for example, didn't work for us.

The keyboard itself has the usual standard size, so it's also suitable for users who are typing in a hurry. However, the limited feedback caused by the short travel could become a bit bothersome in the long run. This is perfectly acceptable for a laptop, especially since the counterpressure is very pleasant.

The model that we reviewed showed a green tint both when selecting a completely white color setting and a yellow color setting. MSI sent us the following statement in response: Because the white illumination is made up of the three basic colors of the RGB illumination, individual differences in the reproduction of the individual colors of the keyboard illumination are possible depending on the ambient light, and personal perception, all within the technical tolerances. The SteelSeries Engine 3 can be used to optimize the appearance according to one's own preferences and to find the most suitable color tone. 

Only the numpad seems to slightly smaller. The keyboard behaves well otherwise.
Only the numpad seems to slightly smaller. The keyboard behaves well otherwise.
Color gradients and accurate key settings are possible.
Color gradients and accurate key settings are possible.
On the right, the Z16P's keyboard is set to white. On the left, there's another laptop.
On the right, the Z16P's keyboard is set to white. On the left, there's another laptop.

Touchpad

The comfortable size of the 8 by 13 cm touchpad in particular facilitates swift and versatile operation. The slightly roughened surface allows precise inputs with one to four fingers.

The lack of physical keys is less optimal. At the very least, the pressure point and necessary strength feel odd.

Touchscreen

Firm hinges and the two small rubber feet provide sufficient stability when using the touchscreen. It can be used precisely and without problems. However, using the fingers inevitably leaves marks that interfere with the display's high-quality reproduction.

The MSI Pen, which is therefore highly recommended, isn't included despite the significant price. There's no slot for the pen in the case, either, which could have certainly been found.

Display - Creator laptop with an almost perfect color accuracy

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
Color profiles at the touch of a button with MSI True Color
Color profiles at the touch of a button with MSI True Color
Screen bleeding is present, but barely noticeable.
Screen bleeding is present, but barely noticeable.

Even without OLED technology and a 4K resolution, the display rates can be described as excellent. The attempt to work with a 16-inch diagonal size without the recommended magnification of 150% shows that the 4 MP of the QHD+ resolution (2,560x1,600 pixels) is entirely sufficient. In addition, there's a maximum refresh rate of 165 hz.

The other image rates match the strong overall impression. The response time of 13 ms (gray-to-gray), the good contrast values, and the average brightness of just under 400 cd/m² essentially leave nothing to be desired.

It also makes sense that MSI did without an OLED display here. On the contrary, the IPS panel used here doesn't exhibit any PWM flickering. With an OLED panel, on the other hand, a trained eye would notice a smooth progression of black bars, especially at lower brightness levels. Therefore, users who want and need to look at fast video sequences to assess their quality will make the right choice here.

The drawback of the technology is screen bleeding. In combination with the slightly above-average brightness, slight halos can be seen at the bottom left and right when using a black background.

373
cd/m²
394
cd/m²
391
cd/m²
413
cd/m²
428
cd/m²
418
cd/m²
369
cd/m²
390
cd/m²
373
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AUOD298
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 428 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 394.3 cd/m² Minimum: 9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 428 cd/m²
Contrast: 1019:1 (Black: 0.42 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.67 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3, calibrated: 0.71
ΔE Greyscale 3.1 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
86.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99.9% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
97.6% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.195
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
AUOD298, IPS True Pixel (~100% DCI-P3), 2560x1600, 16.00
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
AUO B160QAN02.P, IPS True Pixel, 2560x1600, 16.00
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Mini-LED, 3456x2234, 16.20
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Samsung SDC416B, AMOLED, 3840x2400, 16.00
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
NE160QDM-NZ2, IPS LED, 2560x1600, 16.00
Display
4%
-1%
Display P3 Coverage
97.6
100
2%
97.3
0%
sRGB Coverage
99.9
100
0%
100
0%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
86.8
96
11%
84.9
-2%
Response Times
-9%
75%
-4%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
12.9 ?(6.4, 6.5)
14 ?(8, 6)
-9%
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
81%
13.8 ?(6.3, 7.5)
-7%
Response Time Black / White *
6.4 ?(2.6, 3.8)
7 ?(3, 4)
-9%
2 ?(1, 1)
69%
6.4 ?(1.8, 4.6)
-0%
PWM Frequency
60 ?(58)
Screen
-31%
329%
457%
13%
Brightness middle
428
375
-12%
507
18%
368
-14%
498
16%
Brightness
394
348
-12%
494
25%
368
-7%
468
19%
Brightness Distribution
86
89
3%
96
12%
93
8%
80
-7%
Black Level *
0.42
0.41
2%
0.02
95%
0.01
98%
0.36
14%
Contrast
1019
915
-10%
25350
2388%
36800
3511%
1383
36%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.67
2.59
-55%
1.4
16%
2.33
-40%
1.77
-6%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
5.71
7.08
-24%
2.8
51%
4.34
24%
5.24
8%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
0.71
2.18
-207%
0.63
11%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.1
1.88
39%
2.3
26%
0.8
74%
2.4
23%
Gamma
2.195 100%
2.37 93%
2.27 97%
2.119 104%
2.14 103%
CCT
6498 100%
6470 100%
6792 96%
6569 99%
7046 92%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-12% / -20%
329% / 329%
266% / 380%
3% / 8%

* ... smaller is better

The display, which is exactly the same in all the variants of the multimedia laptop, is supposed to be precalibrated and offer nearly complete coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. This is exactly what our measurements confirm. The Delta E is 1.67. This means that no color deviations can be detected with the naked eye. After another calibration, the value even drops to 0.71. The respective file with the color profile is available for download in the field next to the display values.

The reproducible color space of 97.6% of DCI-P3 should also satisfy professional requirements, especially in terms of video editing. In contrast to the predecessor, the display is unable to fully handle the AdobeRGB color space, which extends much further into green.

CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Grayscale
CalMAN: Color saturation
CalMAN: Color saturation
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN: Color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: Color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)


MSI Creator Z16P vs. sRGB
MSI Creator Z16P vs. sRGB
MSI Creator Z16P vs. AdobeRGB
MSI Creator Z16P vs. AdobeRGB
MSI Creator Z16P vs. P3
MSI Creator Z16P vs. P3

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
6.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2.6 ms rise
↘ 3.8 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 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 11 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
12.9 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6.4 ms rise
↘ 6.5 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 15 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (36.5 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

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19928 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Thanks to the rather high brightness, text remains legible even outdoors in sunlight. Only the colors look a bit paler. The reflective surface is hardly noticeable, at least not in direct sunlight. However, having background light from the sky is, as expected, very detrimental.

The IPS panel doesn't show any weaknesses in terms of viewing-angle stability. Even from an angle of almost 90 degrees, color distortions aren't perceptible.

Performance - Faster than the MSI Z16P? Tough!

With the Intel i9-12900H, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, 32 GB of RAM, and a PCIe 4.0 SSD, there's basically no angle to improve the hardware even further.

The Intel Alder Lake i9-12900H processor with its six performance cores and eight efficiency cores reaches a peak of 5.0 GHz. A total of 20 threads result here. The L3 cache is also very generous at 24 MB.

The CPU's maximum supported memory of DDR5-4800 is installed. The two 16 GB modules can be replaced by two 32 GB modules to reach a total of 64 GB.

Apart from the version with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti that we're reviewing, the Z16P is also sold with an RTX 3080 and an RTX 3070 Ti.

One thing that the components have in common is their high power consumption. Admittedly, this is limited to 90 watts for the GPU, which is much lower than on a gaming laptop. On the other hand, the processor is assigned 160 watts for a short time, and 110 watts for up to one minute. Our performance tests need to show the extent to which the slim case's cooling is able to dissipate the enormous amount of heat.

CPU-Z main tab
CPU-Z main tab
CPU-Z memory
CPU-Z memory
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
HWiNFO
 
 

Test conditions

With Center Pro, MSI offers a software solution that can easily adjust the creator laptop's performance to the current needs. In principle, we tried to run all tests in "Smart Auto" mode. In this case, the system informs the user via short messages when it changes its performance mode on its own.

Only in the gaming benchmarks was this not very reliable, since the laptop isn't designed for gaming, but for creative work. The "High Performance" mode provides help here. Furthermore, the effects of "Super Battery" shouldn't be underestimated. This can extend battery life by almost 30%.

The MSI Z16P uses a reasonable performance mode for the most part when set to "Smart Auto".
The MSI Z16P uses a reasonable performance mode for the most part when set to "Smart Auto".

Processor

It's not surprising that the i9-12900H finishes at the very top of the Cinebench endurance test, in view of its 14 cores, 20 threads, and 5.0 GHz speed at its peak. Above all, the gap to the predecessor with the i7-11800H is impressive.

Furthermore, it's visible that the Creator Z16P only needs minimal cooling phases in order to be able to access almost its full performance. Although the Alienware x17 R2 gaming laptop demonstrates how to do a better job of cooling, the drop of almost 6% in the endurance test is more than acceptable.

The situation is a bit different in the stress test: Without any breathers, the power consumption and clock rate need to be reduced significantly. In this particular case, the power supply drops from 110 to only 25 watts. However, this scenario isn't really realistic for a creator laptop.

Performance is essentially reduced instantaneously on battery power.

When the critical temperature of 93 °C (~199 °F) is reached, power consumption is gradually throttled.
When the critical temperature of 93 °C (~199 °F) is reached, power consumption is gradually throttled.
Throttling of power consumption is even higher on battery power. Just under 25 watts is left available.
Throttling of power consumption is even higher on battery power. Just under 25 watts is left available.

Cinebench R15 Multi endurance test

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MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST Intel Core i9-12900H: Ø2720 (2672.55-2894.15)
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209 Intel Core i7-11800H: Ø1830 (1801.96-1933.39)
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max Apple M1 Max; Rosetta 2: Ø1687 (1667.29-1693.05)
Alienware x17 R2 P48E Intel Core i9-12900HK: Ø2889 (2849.61-2917.79)
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5 Intel Core i9-12900HK: Ø2616 (2562.79-2779.9)
CPU Performance Rating - Percent
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H
84.9 pt ∼85%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
84.9 pt ∼85%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK
83.3 pt ∼83%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
 
77.9 pt ∼78%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H
75.9 pt ∼76%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max -5!
Apple M1 Max
67.2 pt ∼67%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209 -3!
Intel Core i7-11800H
62.6 pt ∼63%
Average of class Multimedia
 
47 pt ∼47%
Cinebench R23
Multi Core
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
18870 (18654.1min - 18869.7max) Points ∼100% +2%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H
18444 Points ∼98%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK
18106 Points ∼96% -2%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H
16887 Points ∼89% -8%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (7647 - 19064, n=11)
15608 Points ∼83% -15%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
12385 Points ∼66% -33%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H
12113 Points ∼64% -34%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3121 - 18444, n=97, last 2 years)
8489 Points ∼45% -54%
Single Core
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK
1940 Points ∼100% +1%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H
1921 Points ∼99%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
1905 Points ∼98% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (1720 - 1921, n=11)
1879 Points ∼97% -2%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H
1743 Points ∼90% -9%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1530 Points ∼79% -20%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H
1513 Points ∼78% -21%
Average of class Multimedia
  (819 - 1940, n=91, last 2 years)
1425 Points ∼73% -26%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Multi Core)
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
7169 Points ∼100% +3%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H
6950 Points ∼97%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK
6941 Points ∼97% 0%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H
6352 Points ∼89% -9%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (2922 - 7109, n=11)
5827 Points ∼81% -16%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H
4826 Points ∼67% -31%
Average of class Multimedia
  (961 - 7040, n=105, last 2 years)
3076 Points ∼43% -56%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
2735 Points ∼38% -61%
CPU (Single Core)
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H
738 Points ∼100%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
727 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (664 - 738, n=11)
722 Points ∼98% -2%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK
685 Points ∼93% -7%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H
640 Points ∼87% -13%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H
580 Points ∼79% -21%
Average of class Multimedia
  (316 - 739, n=105, last 2 years)
535 Points ∼72% -28%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
390 Points ∼53% -47%
Cinebench R15
CPU Multi 64Bit
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
2918 (2849.61min - 2917.79max) Points ∼100% +1%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H
2894 (2672.55min - 2894.15max) Points ∼99%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK
2780 Points ∼95% -4%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H
2631 (2422.04min - 2631.06max) Points ∼90% -9%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (1561 - 3077, n=11)
2574 Points ∼88% -11%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H
1933 (1801.96min - 1933.39max) Points ∼66% -33%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1693 (1667min - 1693max) Points ∼58% -41%
Average of class Multimedia
  (385 - 2894, n=120, last 2 years)
1390 Points ∼48% -52%
CPU Single 64Bit
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK
279 Points ∼100% +1%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H
275 Points ∼99%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
272 Points ∼97% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (245 - 277, n=11)
270 Points ∼97% -2%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H
231 Points ∼83% -16%
Average of class Multimedia
  (119 - 279, n=101, last 2 years)
210 Points ∼75% -24%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H
201 Points ∼72% -27%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
197 Points ∼71% -28%
Blender - v2.79 BMW27 CPU
Average of class Multimedia
  (183.3 - 1188, n=103, last 2 years)
448 Seconds * ∼100% -135%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H
254.1 Seconds * ∼57% -34%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (173.7 - 415, n=11)
224 Seconds * ∼50% -18%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK
200 Seconds * ∼45% -5%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H
197.6 Seconds * ∼44% -4%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H
190.3 Seconds * ∼42%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
189 Seconds * ∼42% +1%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
173.6 Seconds * ∼39% +9%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H
72610 MIPS ∼100%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
69146 MIPS ∼95% -5%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK
68520 MIPS ∼94% -6%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H
64864 MIPS ∼89% -11%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (37614 - 73489, n=11)
63005 MIPS ∼87% -13%
Average of class Multimedia
  (11122 - 72912, n=102, last 2 years)
35337 MIPS ∼49% -51%
7z b 4 -mmt1
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK
6186 MIPS ∼100% +1%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H
6120 MIPS ∼99%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (5556 - 6120, n=11)
5939 MIPS ∼96% -3%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
5803 MIPS ∼94% -5%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H
5138 MIPS ∼83% -16%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2898 - 6186, n=102, last 2 years)
5103 MIPS ∼82% -17%
Geekbench 5.4
Multi-Core
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H
14376 Points ∼100%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK
13865 Points ∼96% -4%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
13717 Points ∼95% -5%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
12708 Points ∼88% -12%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H
12463 Points ∼87% -13%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (8519 - 14376, n=11)
12385 Points ∼86% -14%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H
9337 Points ∼65% -35%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H
9167 Points ∼64% -36%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2427 - 14376, n=103, last 2 years)
6912 Points ∼48% -52%
Single-Core
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H
1886 Points ∼100%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
1878 Points ∼100% 0%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK
1870 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (1770 - 1892, n=11)
1838 Points ∼97% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Max
Apple M1 Max
1782 Points ∼94% -6%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H
1746 Points ∼93% -7%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H
1575 Points ∼84% -16%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H
1571 Points ∼83% -17%
Average of class Multimedia
  (843 - 1887, n=103, last 2 years)
1451 Points ∼77% -23%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
21.4 fps ∼100% +13%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H
18.9 fps ∼88%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H
18.5 fps ∼86% -2%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK
18.1 fps ∼85% -4%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (9.16 - 22.5, n=11)
17.9 fps ∼84% -5%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H
14.2 fps ∼66% -25%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1.39 - 21, n=102, last 2 years)
9.58 fps ∼45% -49%
LibreOffice - 20 Documents To PDF
Average of class Multimedia
  (30.2 - 99.2, n=100, last 2 years)
52.4 s * ∼100% -34%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H
41.7 s * ∼80% -7%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (38.5 - 49.3, n=11)
41.5 s * ∼79% -6%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
40.7 s * ∼78% -4%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK
39 s * ∼74% -0%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H
39 s * ∼74%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
Average of class Multimedia
  (0.4155 - 1.002, n=103, last 2 years)
0.588 sec * ∼100% -36%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H
0.561 sec * ∼95% -30%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H
0.4671 sec * ∼79% -8%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (0.4218 - 0.4754, n=11)
0.4372 sec * ∼74% -1%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK
0.4323 sec * ∼74% -0%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H
0.432 sec * ∼73%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK
0.4155 sec * ∼71% +4%

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
2894 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
222 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
275 Points
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Performance Rating
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G4-20Y5CTO1WW (3050 Ti)
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
88.1 pt ∼88%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
82.8 pt ∼83%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
79.3 pt ∼79%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
79 pt ∼79%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209 -7!
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
75 pt ∼75%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
74.6 pt ∼75%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
 
71 pt ∼71%
Average of class Multimedia
 
60 pt ∼60%
AIDA64 / FP32 Ray-Trace
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G4-20Y5CTO1WW (3050 Ti)
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
14618 KRay/s ∼100% +71%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
9759 KRay/s ∼67% +14%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
9316 KRay/s ∼64% +9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2677 - 15700, n=79, last 2 years)
8767 KRay/s ∼60% +3%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
8552 KRay/s ∼59%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
8265 KRay/s ∼57% -3%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (4074 - 10077, n=11)
8003 KRay/s ∼55% -6%
AIDA64 / FPU Julia
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G4-20Y5CTO1WW (3050 Ti)
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
61086 Points ∼100% +52%
Average of class Multimedia
  (12762 - 98165, n=79, last 2 years)
44718 Points ∼73% +11%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
43695 Points ∼72% +9%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
41656 Points ∼68% +4%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
40242 Points ∼66%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
38277 Points ∼63% -5%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (22307 - 43760, n=11)
37025 Points ∼61% -8%
AIDA64 / CPU SHA3
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G4-20Y5CTO1WW (3050 Ti)
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
4098 MB/s ∼100% +36%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
3504 MB/s ∼86% +16%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
3378 MB/s ∼82% +12%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
3021 MB/s ∼74%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
2931 MB/s ∼72% -3%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (1378 - 3570, n=11)
2827 MB/s ∼69% -6%
Average of class Multimedia
  (841 - 4254, n=79, last 2 years)
2226 MB/s ∼54% -26%
AIDA64 / CPU Queen
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
107120 Points ∼100% +1%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
107042 Points ∼100% +1%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
106489 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (78668 - 107024, n=11)
101029 Points ∼94% -5%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
98781 Points ∼92% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G4-20Y5CTO1WW (3050 Ti)
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
91934 Points ∼86% -14%
Average of class Multimedia
  (31314 - 107161, n=79, last 2 years)
70990 Points ∼66% -33%
AIDA64 / FPU SinJulia
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
10402 Points ∼100% +3%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
10146 Points ∼98%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
9927 Points ∼95% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G4-20Y5CTO1WW (3050 Ti)
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
9786 Points ∼94% -4%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
9655 Points ∼93% -5%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (5709 - 10383, n=11)
9237 Points ∼89% -9%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3099 - 12542, n=79, last 2 years)
7335 Points ∼71% -28%
AIDA64 / FPU Mandel
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G4-20Y5CTO1WW (3050 Ti)
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
36412 Points ∼100% +56%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
27285 Points ∼75% +17%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
25547 Points ∼70% +10%
Average of class Multimedia
  (7417 - 54148, n=79, last 2 years)
24523 Points ∼67% +5%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
23330 Points ∼64%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
22873 Points ∼63% -2%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (11257 - 28598, n=11)
22003 Points ∼60% -6%
AIDA64 / CPU AES
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G4-20Y5CTO1WW (3050 Ti)
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
146086 MB/s ∼100% +41%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
106367 MB/s ∼73% +3%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
103426 MB/s ∼71%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
102111 MB/s ∼70% -1%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
91041 MB/s ∼62% -12%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (31935 - 107508, n=11)
80017 MB/s ∼55% -23%
Average of class Multimedia
  (13739 - 147249, n=79, last 2 years)
63866 MB/s ∼44% -38%
AIDA64 / CPU ZLib
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
1203 MB/s ∼100% +1%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
1193 MB/s ∼99%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
1143 MB/s ∼95% -4%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
988 MB/s ∼82% -17%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (507 - 1193, n=11)
982 MB/s ∼82% -18%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
802 MB/s ∼67% -33%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G4-20Y5CTO1WW (3050 Ti)
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
790 MB/s ∼66% -34%
Average of class Multimedia
  (228 - 1193, n=86, last 2 years)
530 MB/s ∼44% -56%
AIDA64 / FP64 Ray-Trace
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
8097 KRay/s ∼100% +64%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G4-20Y5CTO1WW (3050 Ti)
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
7823 KRay/s ∼97% +58%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
5748 KRay/s ∼71% +16%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
5322 KRay/s ∼66% +8%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
4940 KRay/s ∼61%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
4776 KRay/s ∼59% -3%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1501 - 8371, n=80, last 2 years)
4775 KRay/s ∼59% -3%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (2235 - 6068, n=11)
4606 KRay/s ∼57% -7%
AIDA64 / CPU PhotoWorxx
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
40363 MPixel/s ∼100%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
38990 MPixel/s ∼97% -3%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
36231 MPixel/s ∼90% -10%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (27374 - 43917, n=11)
35990 MPixel/s ∼89% -11%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
34534 MPixel/s ∼86% -14%
Average of class Multimedia
  (8034 - 45694, n=80, last 2 years)
24695 MPixel/s ∼61% -39%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
23497 MPixel/s ∼58% -42%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G4-20Y5CTO1WW (3050 Ti)
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
15689 MPixel/s ∼39% -61%

System performance

As expected, the MSI Creator Z16P scores excellently in terms of system performance. Traditional tasks like browsing in countless tabs, a bit of image editing in between, or a video call, as well as general multitasking don't cause the laptop any trouble at all.

Consequently, our PCMark 10 test also shows consistently excellent rates, which are only surpassed by the Alienware x17 R2. On the other hand, our review unit manages to secure a top spot among multimedia laptops and is on par with the Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5.

PCMark 10 / Score
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, 2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
8186 Points ∼100% +1%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
8083 Points ∼99%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, Phison ESR01TBMFCT
7816 Points ∼95% -3%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (7139 - 8083, n=4)
7729 Points ∼94% -4%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
7539 Points ∼92% -7%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Phison 1TB SM2801T24GKBB4S-E162
6156 Points ∼75% -24%
Average of class Multimedia
  (3580 - 8083, n=86, last 2 years)
5487 Points ∼67% -32%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, 2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
11205 Points ∼100% +2%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
11019 Points ∼98%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, Phison ESR01TBMFCT
10945 Points ∼98% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (10254 - 11019, n=4)
10735 Points ∼96% -3%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
10715 Points ∼96% -3%
Average of class Multimedia
  (7715 - 11699, n=86, last 2 years)
9576 Points ∼85% -13%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Phison 1TB SM2801T24GKBB4S-E162
9063 Points ∼81% -18%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
11186 Points ∼100%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, 2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
10144 Points ∼91% -9%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (9102 - 11186, n=4)
10069 Points ∼90% -10%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, Phison ESR01TBMFCT
10050 Points ∼90% -10%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
9613 Points ∼86% -14%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Phison 1TB SM2801T24GKBB4S-E162
8200 Points ∼73% -27%
Average of class Multimedia
  (5462 - 11186, n=86, last 2 years)
7803 Points ∼70% -30%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, 2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
13098 Points ∼100% +13%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, Phison ESR01TBMFCT
11777 Points ∼90% +1%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
11626 Points ∼89%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (10578 - 12511, n=4)
11612 Points ∼89% 0%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
11293 Points ∼86% -3%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Phison 1TB SM2801T24GKBB4S-E162
8520 Points ∼65% -27%
Average of class Multimedia
  (2679 - 11777, n=86, last 2 years)
6136 Points ∼47% -47%
PCMark 10 Score
8083 points
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AIDA64 / Memory Copy
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
63091 MB/s ∼100%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
62419 MB/s ∼99% -1%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
60342 MB/s ∼96% -4%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (45395 - 74264, n=11)
57486 MB/s ∼91% -9%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
53861 MB/s ∼85% -15%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
44329 MB/s ∼70% -30%
Average of class Multimedia
  (20513 - 69828, n=80, last 2 years)
42167 MB/s ∼67% -33%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G4-20Y5CTO1WW (3050 Ti)
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
39053 MB/s ∼62% -38%
AIDA64 / Memory Read
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
67695 MB/s ∼100% +1%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
66727 MB/s ∼99%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
65835 MB/s ∼97% -1%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (46179 - 69882, n=11)
59957 MB/s ∼89% -10%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
57237 MB/s ∼85% -14%
Average of class Multimedia
  (22183 - 70337, n=79, last 2 years)
45812 MB/s ∼68% -31%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G4-20Y5CTO1WW (3050 Ti)
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
41974 MB/s ∼62% -37%
AIDA64 / Memory Write
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
64500 MB/s ∼100%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
61981 MB/s ∼96% -4%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (46677 - 65518, n=11)
58494 MB/s ∼91% -9%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
54443 MB/s ∼84% -16%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
51577 MB/s ∼80% -20%
Average of class Multimedia
  (21133 - 66799, n=79, last 2 years)
44556 MB/s ∼69% -31%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G4-20Y5CTO1WW (3050 Ti)
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
41728 MB/s ∼65% -35%
AIDA64 / Memory Latency
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
120.6 ns * ∼100% -27%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
98.4 ns * ∼82% -4%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
95.6 ns * ∼79% -1%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
95 ns * ∼79%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
89.7 ns * ∼74% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme G4-20Y5CTO1WW (3050 Ti)
Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
85.6 ns * ∼71% +10%
Average of class Multimedia
  (76.2 - 119, n=86, last 2 years)
76.8 ns * ∼64% +19%
Average Intel Core i9-12900H
  (91.2 - 106, n=11)
61 (91.2min - 106max) ns * ∼51% +36%

* ... smaller is better

DPC latencies

Only the Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5 is able to deliver a better rate in terms of DPC latencies. With just under 800 µs, the MSI Creator isn't suited for real-time audio editing. 4K video playback was mastered brilliantly, though. The system load stays in a very low range, and intermediate frames weren't dropped.

Load during 4K YouTube reproduction
Load during 4K YouTube reproduction
LatencyMon main tab
LatencyMon main tab
LatencyMon list of drivers
LatencyMon list of drivers
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Phison 1TB SM2801T24GKBB4S-E162
2684 μs * ∼100% -232%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
2127.9 μs * ∼79% -163%
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, 2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
1101.9 μs * ∼41% -36%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
809 μs * ∼30%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HK, Phison ESR01TBMFCT
623 μs * ∼23% +23%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

The SSD can tap its full potential. Thanks to the PCIe 4.0 interface, it achieves almost 7,000 MB/s, and even the AS SSD copy benchmark results in almost 3,000 MB/s. The fact that a drop can be observed in the endurance test is due to the high internal temperature. The critical rate of 90 °C (~194 °F) is reached here, and the SSD throttles its speed.

The built-in 2 TB model provides just under 1,800 GB of free space. You can easily expand the storage capacity via the free M.2 slot, which is also equipped with PCIe 4.0.

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
Sequential Read: 5367MB/s
Sequential Write: 3994MB/s
4K Read: 80.4MB/s
4K Write: 225.3MB/s
4K-64 Read: 2746MB/s
4K-64 Write: 3294MB/s
Access Time Read: 0.042ms
Access Time Write: 0.02ms
Copy ISO: 2809MB/s
Copy Program: 442MB/s
Copy Game: 1294MB/s
Score Read: 3363Points
Score Write: 3919Points
Score Total: 8935Points
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Phison 1TB SM2801T24GKBB4S-E162
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
2x Samsung PM9A1 1TB (RAID 0)
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Phison ESR01TBMFCT
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Micron 3400 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFH
Average of class Multimedia
 
Drive Performance Rating
Percent
83
54.6
-34%
63.5
-23%
86.9
5%
71.7
-14%
38.1
-54%
DiskSpd
-37%
-3%
4%
-13%
-52%
seq read
4409
2561
-42%

2503
-43%

4931
12%
3819
-13%
3595
-18%
2078 ?(816 - 4480, n=90, last 2 years)
-53%
seq write
4357
2432
-44%

2421
-44%

4819
11%
4457
2%
4599
6%
2122 ?(240 - 4457, n=90, last 2 years)
-51%
seq q8 t1 read
6693
4999
-25%

4977
-26%

13195
97%
7028
5%
6499
-3%
3337 ?(970 - 7028, n=89, last 2 years)
-50%
seq q8 t1 write
4935
2425
-51%

2422
-51%

8227
67%
5004
1%
4765
-3%
2558 ?(241 - 5089, n=90, last 2 years)
-48%
4k q1 t1 read
90.1
59.5
-34%

59
-35%

79.3
-12%
88.7
-2%
70.3
-22%
52.2 ?(27 - 93.8, n=90, last 2 years)
-42%
4k q1 t1 write
254
226
-11%

226
-11%

170.2
-33%
373
47%
222
-13%
162.9 ?(74.3 - 373, n=90, last 2 years)
-36%
4k q32 t16 read
4071
1649
-59%

1648
-60%

874
-79%
3555
-13%
2750
-32%
1280 ?(271 - 4178, n=90, last 2 years)
-69%
4k q32 t16 write
3453
2426
-30%

2426
-30%

461
-87%
3612
5%
2786
-19%
1143 ?(163 - 3612, n=90, last 2 years)
-67%
AS SSD
-31%
-42%
9%
-16%
-75%
Score Total
8935
6101
-32%
4941
-45%
9380
5%
7009
-22%
4036 ?(1284 - 9380, n=86, last 2 years)
-55%
Score Read
3363
2347
-30%
1948
-42%
3634
8%
2709
-19%
1489 ?(515 - 3634, n=86, last 2 years)
-56%
Score Write
3919
2650
-32%
2137
-45%
3991
2%
2930
-25%
1823 ?(283 - 3991, n=86, last 2 years)
-53%
Seq Read
5367
3641
-32%
6561.69
22%
5588
4%
4531.51
-16%
2742 ?(1142 - 5588, n=86, last 2 years)
-49%
Seq Write
3994
1557
-61%
3480.87
-13%
3267
-18%
4186.78
5%
1792 ?(199.8 - 4218, n=86, last 2 years)
-55%
4K Read
80.4
69.3
-14%
69.21
-14%
109.4
36%
64.38
-20%
52.6 ?(27.3 - 109.4, n=86, last 2 years)
-35%
4K Write
225.3
226
0%
184.49
-18%
321.6
43%
212.27
-6%
157.7 ?(79.6 - 322, n=86, last 2 years)
-30%
4K-64 Read
2746
1913
-30%
1223.07
-55%
2966
8%
2191.95
-20%
1163 ?(290 - 2966, n=86, last 2 years)
-58%
4K-64 Write
3294
2268
-31%
1604.89
-51%
3342
1%
2298.82
-30%
1486 ?(152.6 - 3342, n=86, last 2 years)
-55%
Access Time Read *
0.042
0.082
-95%
0.03
29%
0.056
-33%
0.06449 ?(0.02 - 0.15, n=84, last 2 years)
-54%
Access Time Write *
0.02
0.017
15%
0.066
-230%
0.012
40%
0.022
-10%
0.08502 ?(0.012 - 0.577, n=86, last 2 years)
-325%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-34% / -35%
-23% / -25%
6% / 7%
-14% / -15%
-60% / -65%

* ... smaller is better

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB: Ø6207 (5515.01-6693.45)
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5 Phison ESR01TBMFCT: Ø7004 (6456.5-7039.72)

Graphics card

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti is popular among high-end gaming laptops. Even as a mobile alternative, it provides an enormous amount of graphical processing power. This is the reason for the MSI Creator Z16P's big lead over the average value for multimedia laptops. In addition, there's 16 GB of VRAM for rendering tasks at high resolutions.

3DMark Performance Rating - Percent
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900HK
100 pt ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
 
89.5 pt ∼90%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
86.9 pt ∼87%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900H
70.4 pt ∼70%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900HK
67.3 pt ∼67%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209 -1!
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
50.6 pt ∼51%
Average of class Multimedia
 
25.7 pt ∼26%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900HK
44381 Points ∼100% +219%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (13920 - 45050, n=36)
38559 Points ∼87% +177%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
37288 Points ∼84% +168%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900HK
33249 Points ∼75% +139%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
22875 Points ∼52% +64%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900H
13920 Points ∼31%
Average of class Multimedia
  (1365 - 33856, n=89, last 2 years)
11654 Points ∼26% -16%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900HK
150156 Points ∼100% +6%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
144426 Points ∼96% +2%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (73574 - 192520, n=22)
143558 Points ∼96% +2%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900H
141196 Points ∼94%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900HK
73574 Points ∼49% -48%
Average of class Multimedia
  (6498 - 141196, n=73, last 2 years)
41346 Points ∼28% -71%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900HK
32849 Points ∼100% +23%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (6928 - 34439, n=36)
29036 Points ∼88% +9%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
28006 Points ∼85% +5%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900H
26718 Points ∼81%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900HK
24580 Points ∼75% -8%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
17205 Points ∼52% -36%
Average of class Multimedia
  (920 - 26718, n=94, last 2 years)
8448 Points ∼26% -68%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900HK
13455 Points ∼100% +34%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (4921 - 13554, n=36)
11707 Points ∼87% +16%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12700H
11076 Points ∼82% +10%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900H
10063 Points ∼75%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900HK
9488 Points ∼71% -6%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
6437 Points ∼48% -36%
Average of class Multimedia
  (301 - 10063, n=88, last 2 years)
3124 Points ∼23% -69%
3DMark 11 Performance
14367 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
60157 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
24189 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
10497 points
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Gaming performance

Fire Strike at High Performance
Fire Strike at High Performance
Fire Strike on battery power with considerable performance losses
Fire Strike on battery power with considerable performance losses

Certainly, gaming performance isn't the main focus of a creator laptop. Nevertheless, the gap to gaming laptops isn't that big, which is due to the aforementioned high-performance RTX 3080 Ti.

Obviously, this isn't enough for one of the top rankings. The cooling performance is way too low for that. Furthermore, power supply is limited because there would be an even higher temperature increase inside the laptop otherwise. Instead of the typical 115 to 135 watts, MSI only grants its creator laptop a maximum of 90 watts. In our stress test with The Witcher 3, this rate is available for a short time before throttling kicks in.

Nevertheless, the results are decent. Users looking for distraction after some exhausting video editing can at least play recent titles at Full HD resolution and high details. For this, however, a power outlet needs to be available at all times. The integrated GPU is generally used on battery power, which leads to considerable performance losses.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
267.7 (247min) fps ∼100% +85%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (144 - 268, n=22)
216 fps ∼81% +49%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
186.6 (141min) fps ∼70% +29%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
145 fps ∼54%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
144 (33.3min, 39.8P0.1, 65P1) fps ∼54% -1%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
81 fps ∼30% -44%
Average of class Multimedia
  (9 - 177, n=85, last 2 years)
55.2 fps ∼21% -62%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Alienware x17 R2 P48E
Intel Core i9-12900HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
128 (124min) fps ∼100% +88%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (30 - 130.6, n=37)
111.1 fps ∼87% +63%
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE PT516-52s-70KX
Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
102.1 (82min) fps ∼80% +50%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
92.2 (19.1min, 45.8P0.1, 67.7P1) fps ∼72% +36%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
68 (78min) fps ∼53%
MSI Creator Z16 A11UET-209
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
62.4 fps ∼49% -8%
Average of class Multimedia
  (5 - 98.2, n=91, last 2 years)
33.2 fps ∼26% -51%
Elex 2
1920x1080 High / On AA:FX AF:16x
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
76.5 (38.7min, 48.6P0.1, 56.3P1) fps ∼100% +78%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (43 - 96, n=3)
71.8 fps ∼94% +67%
Average of class Multimedia
  (35.9 - 76.5, n=4, last 2 years)
52.1 fps ∼68% +21%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
43 fps ∼56%
1920x1080 Ultra / On AA:SM AF:16x
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
70.3 (26.5min, 44.5P0.1, 56.8P1) fps ∼100% +127%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (31 - 91, n=3)
64.1 fps ∼91% +107%
Average of class Multimedia
  (31 - 70.3, n=4, last 2 years)
45.6 fps ∼65% +47%
MSI Creator Z16P B12UHST
Intel Core i9-12900H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
31 fps ∼44%
2560x1440 Ultra / On AA:SM AF:16x
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
  (31 - 93, n=3)
57.4 fps ∼100% +85%
Gigabyte Aero 16 YE5
Intel Core i9-12900HK, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
48.1 (20min, 27.2P0.1, 36.7P1) fps ∼84% +55%