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MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE Laptop Review - The best screen on a mid-tier gaming laptop

Fantastic Plastic Machine. Despite some drawbacks in build quality and thermal management, the MSI GP65 Leopard is an excellent all-around gaming laptop for $1500. Surprisingly, the machine has one of the most color-accurate screens we have measured in a gaming laptop. The bright display backlight and 144 Hz refresh rate are icing on the cake.

MSI is a veteran in the gaming notebook arena, and its laptops range from budget devices that cut every corner to high-dollar masterpieces of engineering. Today's review covers an MSI machine right in the middle of the Taiwanese company's catalog. The MSI GP65 Leopard is a mid-range gaming laptop through and through. While it makes some sacrifices in the name of cost, the hardware within leaves a good impression. Additionally, MSI has managed to pack a surprise in the GP65: the display is astoundingly good. As we will see, the 144 Hz panel is one of the most color-accurate we've reviewed, not just for gaming notebooks, but out of most laptops currently on the market. 

The GP65 Leopard is a retooling of the GP63 Leopard from last year. To that end, the machines share several things in common, but some small tweaks are welcome improvements. Others are questionable design choices. To get a good picture of the changes MSI has made, we suggest you refer to our review of the GP63 Leopard.

There are several competent competitors in the $1400-1500 price range. We will measure the GP65 Leopard against the Lenovo Legion Y540, the Eurocom Nightsky Ti15, the Asus Strix GL531GV, the HP Omen 15-dc1303ng, and the CUK Model Z.

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MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop) - 6144 MB, Core: 1335 MHz, Memory: 1750 MHz, GDDR6, GeForce Game Ready Driver 425.31, NVIDIA Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2666/PC4-21300, 2x 8 GB, Samsung M471A1K43CB1-CTD
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LGD0625, IPS, 144 Hz, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Cannon Lake HM370
Storage
Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G, 512 GB 
,
Soundcard
Nvidia TU106 - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1 Mic in, 1 headphon (HiFi/SPDIF) out, Card Reader: SD/SDXC/SDHC card reader, full-size
Networking
Killer E2600 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Cannon Lake-H/S CNVi: WiFi (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 27.5 x 357.7 x 248 ( = 1.08 x 14.08 x 9.76 in)
Battery
51 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 2 Watt, Keyboard: Chiclet, per-key RGB, Keyboard Light: yes, MSI Dragon Center, SteelSeries Engine 3, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.322 kg ( = 81.91 oz / 5.12 pounds), Power Supply: 729 g ( = 25.71 oz / 1.61 pounds)
Price
1550 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The GP65 Leopard's case is almost a mirror image of last year's GP63 Leopard. That means plastic and lots of it. The outer lid is the only break in the plastic design with its brushed aluminum surface. This surface readily attracts fingerprints (as can be seen in the photos below), and these require concentrated effort to wipe away. The plastic keyboard deck eschews the faux-brushed metal design of the GP63's in favor of a smooth, glossy finish. This surface fares much better in resisting fingerprints. The bottom panel has been redesigned and features much more ventilation; about 1/3 of the bottom panel is perforated to allow for better airflow into the chassis.

The case itself is fairly stable with minimal flex along the keyboard deck. The palm rests are very sturdy and do not warp under pressure. There are some clicks and creaks when the keyboard deck is pressed. Unfortunately, like the older GP63, the thin lid is highly susceptible to torsion. Particular weak points lie along the bottom of the lid between the hinges and the center. The hinges themselves are well-tuned, allowing for one-handed opening up to about 75°, after which the base begins to lift with the display. The hinges allow the display to open to 150°.

While the GP65 Leopard isn't a thin-and-light gaming laptop, it is reasonably compact for a 15.6-inch gaming machine. This is largely due to the thin bezels around the screen which help to shrink the GP65's footprint considerably from that of the GP63. Still, other manufacturers have also worked to reduce the size of their gaming laptops, so the GP65 is only marginally smaller than competitors. The GP65's 2.3 kg weight is average for a mid-tier 15.6-inch gaming laptop.

383 mm / 15.1 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 29 mm / 1.142 inch 2.3 kg5.11 lbs365 mm / 14.4 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 26 mm / 1.024 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 29.9 mm / 1.177 inch 2.5 kg5.51 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 274 mm / 10.8 inch 25.9 mm / 1.02 inch 2.4 kg5.29 lbs357.7 mm / 14.1 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 27.5 mm / 1.083 inch 2.3 kg5.12 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 263 mm / 10.4 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.4 kg5.25 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 243 mm / 9.57 inch 22 mm / 0.866 inch 2.2 kg4.77 lbs

Connectivity

Port selection is varied and offers a good amount of connectivity. Highlights include dedicated microphone and headphone jacks, two display-out options (HDMI 2.0a and miniDP 1.4), and 4 USB ports, two of which are USB 3.2 Gen 2. However, we do find complaint with the placement of the USB ports along the left side. Both USB ports are set at the front of the machine, which makes connecting a corded mouse an unneeded exercise in cable management and can be very annoying. Additionally, the forward placement of the DC input is awkward. The left side ports should be shifted back a fair bit for easier use. The lack of Thunderbolt 3 is noticeable but not unexpected given the price point. 

Left: Kensingston lock, ventilation, Ethernet, HDMI 2.0a, mini DisplayPort 1.4, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, headphone (HiFi/SPDIF) out, mic in
Left: Kensingston lock, ventilation, Ethernet, HDMI 2.0a, mini DisplayPort 1.4, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, headphone (HiFi/SPDIF) out, mic in
Right: 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, SD card reader, DC in
Right: 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, SD card reader, DC in

SD Card Reader

Typical of lower- and mid-tier MSI laptops, the SD card reader is abysmally slow. We measure speeds between 25-30 MB/s, which is unacceptable for a $1000+ gaming laptop in 2019. This is a common sticking point with MSI laptops, and it is disappointing that the company has yet to improve here. On the plus side, SD cards sit nearly flush with the chassis.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
185.5 MB/s ∼100% +643%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.7 - 206, n=263)
91.7 MB/s ∼49% +267%
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
81.14 MB/s ∼44% +225%
HP Omen 15-dc1303ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
78.4 MB/s ∼42% +214%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
 
24.96 MB/s ∼13%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
219.21 MB/s ∼100% +652%
Average of class Gaming
  (13.4 - 257, n=261)
109 MB/s ∼50% +274%
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87.55 MB/s ∼40% +200%
HP Omen 15-dc1303ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
85.3 MB/s ∼39% +193%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
 
29.14 MB/s ∼13%

Communication

The included WiFi card is excellent and in line with most other gaming laptops. Transmit and receive speeds are more than fast enough for most home router solutions, and the built-in Gigabit Ethernet port allows for even faster connections. We measure a stable connection up to about 25 meters from our home router through 1 interior and 1 exterior wall.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S CNVi: WiFi
677 MBit/s ∼100%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
672 MBit/s ∼99% -1%
HP Omen 15-dc1303ng
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S CNVi: WiFi
666 (min: 597, max: 686) MBit/s ∼98% -2%
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
660 MBit/s ∼97% -3%
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
638 MBit/s ∼94% -6%
Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH-81SX00B2GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
619 MBit/s ∼91% -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (141 - 1490, n=285)
618 MBit/s ∼91% -9%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
679 MBit/s ∼100% +5%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S CNVi: WiFi
644 MBit/s ∼95%
Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH-81SX00B2GE
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
630 MBit/s ∼93% -2%
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
611 MBit/s ∼90% -5%
HP Omen 15-dc1303ng
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S CNVi: WiFi
601 (min: 562, max: 639) MBit/s ∼89% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (144 - 1420, n=285)
570 MBit/s ∼84% -11%
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
548 MBit/s ∼81% -15%

Maintenance

While maintenance on the GP63 Leopard was fairly straightforward, the GP65 thwarted our efforts to get inside the machine. There are eleven Phillips Head #00 screws (one of which is hidden underneath a "Factory Seal" label). These are all uniform in size and are easy enough to remove. However, the bottom panel is secured with stubborn plastic clips. These clips refused to disengage despite our best efforts, and we opted to stop in order to prevent damage to the plastic chassis. Your mileage may vary, but caution should be used. 

The bottom panel is tightly secured with strong plastic clips.
The bottom panel is tightly secured with strong plastic clips.

Warranty

MSI offers a standard 12-month warranty on the GP65 Leopard.

Input Devices

Keyboard

MSI's partnership with SteelSeries has yielded some of the best keyboards found on gaming laptops, and the GP65's keyboard continues this trend. Keys offer good travel with the soft-yet-firm feedback typical of MSI laptops. The layout is good with some quibbles: the Windows key is located on the right side instead of the more common left side, which can be frustrating in non-gaming workflows. The delete key is located too far from the alphanumeric keyboard for comfort. Additionally, the keys are a tad smaller than other MSI keyboards (~19 mm2); consequently, we experienced more typos than we usually do with MSI laptops.

The per-key RGB backlight allows for a high level of customization. MSI includes several preset modes to show off the RGB system in the included SteelSeries Engine 3 software. Most of these are too flashy or distracting to be useful, but they make for a good party trick. The sides of the keys are translucent and allow the RGB lighting to shine bright. A nice touch is the highlighting of function keys when the Fn key is held down; secondary keys like volume and screen brightness controls light up red while the rest of the keyboard backlight is turned off. 

Touchpad

The recessed touchpad (12.1 x 6.4 cm) is smooth underhand and offers good glide. Tracking, however, is a bit finicky; a bit of firm pressure is needed for accurate tracking. A light touch may result in the touchpad not registering user input, which can lead to frustration. The dedicated click buttons are a welcome addition. Feedback is firm and clicks are well-defined, but the mechanism feels and sounds cheap and hollow. 

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad w/ dedicated buttons
Touchpad w/ dedicated buttons
Per-key RGB lighting
Per-key RGB lighting
Function keys highlighted when Fn button is held
Function keys highlighted when Fn button is held

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

One of the highlights of the GP65 Leopard is its bright and fast 144 Hz IPS display. Considering the price point, the FHD LG panel is phenomenal. Response times are very quick, and the 144 Hz refresh rate makes every animation glide across the screen. Gameplay at higher framerates looks beautifully smooth.

The display's backlight is bright, averaging 327 nits; this is a decent bit higher than the 290-300 nit average of most other mid-tier gaming laptops. However, the backlight is only moderately even; the left side of the screen registers a bit dimmer than the right side. This difference is not noticeable in regular use. Contrast is also a bit low at 871:1 but is adequate. There is no detectable PWM. 

318.6
cd/m²
332.9
cd/m²
330.2
cd/m²
314.9
cd/m²
348.3
cd/m²
334.2
cd/m²
297.2
cd/m²
346.3
cd/m²
324.2
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Philips LGD0625
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 348.3 cd/m² Average: 327.4 cd/m² Minimum: 17.46 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 348.3 cd/m²
Contrast: 871:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.6 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 1
ΔE Greyscale 2.3 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
96% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 61% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.203
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
LG Philips LGD0625, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
HP Omen 15-dc1303ng
LG Philips LGD05C0, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH-81SX00B2GE
BOE 084D, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
Panda LM156LF-GL02, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
LG Philips LGD05C0, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
AU Optronics B156HAN, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
-26%
-4%
-159%
-29%
-21%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
9.6 (6, 3.6)
14 (7, 7)
-46%
8.8 (4, 4.4)
8%
26 (13.6, 12.4)
-171%
13.6 (6.8, 6.8)
-42%
14.4 (7.2, 7.2)
-50%
Response Time Black / White *
10.4 (6, 4.4)
11 (7, 4)
-6%
12 (6.8, 5.2)
-15%
25.6 (14.8, 10.8)
-146%
12 (7.6, 4.4)
-15%
9.6 (5.2, 4.4)
8%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-17%
-30%
-99%
-26%
-45%
Brightness middle
348.3
316
-9%
299
-14%
290.1
-17%
306.8
-12%
331
-5%
Brightness
327
295
-10%
290
-11%
274
-16%
309
-6%
327
0%
Brightness Distribution
85
84
-1%
89
5%
86
1%
87
2%
83
-2%
Black Level *
0.4
0.42
-5%
0.29
27%
0.54
-35%
0.38
5%
0.35
12%
Contrast
871
752
-14%
1031
18%
537
-38%
807
-7%
946
9%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.6
2.7
-69%
3.7
-131%
5.16
-223%
3.16
-98%
4.22
-164%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.07
5.65
-11%
7
-38%
18.09
-257%
6.05
-19%
6.95
-37%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1
1.58
-58%
2
-100%
4.35
-335%
2.4
-140%
3.27
-227%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.3
2.35
-2%
4.1
-78%
4.4
-91%
2.3
-0%
3.9
-70%
Gamma
2.203 100%
2.41 91%
2.19 100%
2.1 105%
2.17 101%
2.26 97%
CCT
6707 97%
6904 94%
7166 91%
7362 88%
6557 99%
7392 88%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
61
60
-2%
59.3
-3%
38.1
-38%
60
-2%
59
-3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
96
93
-3%
91.5
-5%
60
-37%
92.6
-4%
90.5
-6%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-22% / -18%
-17% / -26%
-129% / -108%
-28% / -26%
-33% / -41%

* ... smaller is better

Surprisingly, the GP65's display is extremely color accurate; this is not common for mid-tier MSI laptops. The DeltaE2000 score for colors sits at a remarkable 1.6, which rivals some of the best displays in the industry (including the Apple MacBook Pro 15 and Razer Blade 15). Grays are also accurate with a DeltaE2000 of 2.3. Calibration further improves these numbers. Additionally, the LG panel has near-perfect Gamma (2.203) and excellent color temperature (6707 K). The GP65 would be suitable for professional color work if it offered better color coverage; as it stands, at 61% of the AdobeRGB and 96% of the sRGB gamuts, the GP65 may not offer enough colors for professionals. That said, gamers (the machine's intended audience) should find very little complaint in the display.

ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
ColorChecker (calibrated)
ColorChecker (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)
Grayscale (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
vs sRGB: 96%
vs sRGB: 96%
vs. AdobeRGB: 61%
vs. AdobeRGB: 61%

Viewing angles are excellent, which is typical for an IPS display. The matte finish essentially eliminates glare, and the backlight is strong enough to shine through sunlight and other bright lights. While direct sunlight renders the screen difficult to use, the display can be used outdoors under a bit of shade or cloud cover.

Backlight bleed (exposure increased to show bleed)
Backlight bleed (exposure increased to show bleed)
Outdoors, in shade
Outdoors, in shade
Outdoors, overcast sky
Outdoors, overcast sky

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
10.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6 ms rise
↘ 4.4 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 0.8 (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 (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
9.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6 ms rise
↘ 3.6 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 7 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.4 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: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9322 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance

The MSI GP65 Leopard's spec sheet is perhaps the gold standard for a mid-tier gaming laptop in 2019. Equipped with an Intel Core i7-9750H, an Nvidia RTX 2060, 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512 GB NVMe SSD, the GP65 Leopard checks every box expected of a gaming laptop at the $1500 price point. The GP65 performs well at the expense of high heat output and fan noise.

CPU-Z: CPU
CPU-Z: CPU
CPU-Z: Caches
CPU-Z: Caches
CPU-Z: Mainboard
CPU-Z: Mainboard
CPU-Z: Memory
CPU-Z: Memory
CPU-Z: SPD
CPU-Z: SPD
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO64
HWiNFO64
 

Processor

The Intel Core i7-9750H is the new de facto CPU for gaming laptops. Based on the Coffee Lake architecture, there is little changed from last year's Core i7-8750H outside of a small clock speed bump (2.6 GHz base/4.5 GHz boost vs. 2.2 GHz base/4.1 GHz boost) and 33% more L3 cache (12 MB vs. 9 MB). Still, the Core i7-9750H is perhaps the best option for a gaming laptop and strikes a good balance between price, performance, and thermals. 

The MSI GP65 Leopard puts forth an excellent showing of the 9750H, scoring about 10% higher in both Cinebench R15's single- and multi-core tests than the Schenker Key 16 and its Core i7-8750H. Intel still trounces AMD when it comes to mobile CPUs; the GP65's i7-9750H obliterates the Ryzen 7 3750H (used in the Asus TUF FX505DT) in Cinebench R15. 

Long-term performance is relatively good. Straining the machine with our Cinebench R15 loop (running through Cinebench R15's multi-core test 50 times) gives us a good impression of how the GP65 will handle longer workloads. Aside from a 12% dip in the middle of the test, the GP65 holds fairly steady. (Note that the drop in performance immediately after the first pass is common to this test).

For more information on the Intel Core i7-9750H, please see our dedicated CPU page here.

Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
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MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1137 (993.64-1270.77)
HP Omen 15-dc1303ng GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1006 (997.68-1086.13)
Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH-81SX00B2GE GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1147 (899.54-1211.72)
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74 GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1103 (1087.93-1223.2)
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1190 (1182.24-1239.66)
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1072 (1059.41-1260.12)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Intel Core i7-9850H
193 Points ∼89% 0%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H
193 Points ∼89%
Schenker Slim 15 Comet Lake U
Intel Core i7-10510U
189 Points ∼87% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (170 - 194, n=65)
183 Points ∼84% -5%
Dell Inspiron 7390 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8565U
179 Points ∼82% -7%
Lenovo Legion Y540-17IRH
Intel Core i5-9300H
171 Points ∼78% -11%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
171 Points ∼78% -11%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Intel Core i7-9750H
171 Points ∼78% -11%
Asus TUF FX505DT-EB73
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
157 Points ∼72% -19%
Average of class Gaming
  (77 - 215, n=536)
157 Points ∼72% -19%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Intel Core i7-9750H
1288 Points ∼29% +5%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H
1227 Points ∼28%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (964 - 1306, n=67)
1182 Points ∼27% -4%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
1116 Points ∼26% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Intel Core i7-9850H
961 (min: 896, max: 1114) Points ∼22% -22%
Lenovo Legion Y540-17IRH
Intel Core i5-9300H
850 Points ∼19% -31%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 2022, n=539)
843 Points ∼19% -31%
Asus TUF FX505DT-EB73
AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
799 Points ∼18% -35%
Schenker Slim 15 Comet Lake U
Intel Core i7-10510U
796 Points ∼18% -35%
Schenker Slim 15 Comet Lake U
Intel Core i7-10510U
790 Points ∼18% -36%
Schenker Slim 15 Comet Lake U
Intel Core i7-10510U
760 Points ∼17% -38%
Dell Inspiron 7390 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-8565U
557 Points ∼13% -55%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Intel Core i7-9850H
2.13 Points ∼87%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (1.96 - 2.19, n=7)
2.09 Points ∼85%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Intel Core i7-9750H
1.96 Points ∼80%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.71 - 2.43, n=423)
1.692 Points ∼69%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Intel Core i7-9750H
14.11 Points ∼32%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (11.3 - 14.1, n=7)
12.8 Points ∼29%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Intel Core i7-9850H
12.47 Points ∼28%
Average of class Gaming
  (1.13 - 22.3, n=524)
7.45 Points ∼17%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Intel Core i7-9850H
7169 Points ∼66%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (6659 - 7214, n=10)
6917 Points ∼64%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
6579 Points ∼61%
Lenovo Legion Y540-17IRH
Intel Core i5-9300H
6421 Points ∼59%
Average of class Gaming
  (8.85 - 8872, n=429)
4851 Points ∼45%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (28251 - 36304, n=10)
33647 Points ∼52%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
32846 Points ∼50%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Intel Core i7-9850H
31938 Points ∼49%
Lenovo Legion Y540-17IRH
Intel Core i5-9300H
25656 Points ∼39%
Average of class Gaming
  (19.7 - 50462, n=429)
18418 Points ∼28%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Average of class Gaming
  (93.8 - 2331, n=208)
322 s * ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Intel Core i7-9850H
278.036 s * ∼3%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Average of class Gaming
  (-1 - 207000, n=2955)
3186 Seconds * ∼14% -582%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H
  (0.3 - 11365, n=38)
2393 Seconds * ∼11% -412%
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 2019-20QT000RGE
Intel Core i7-9850H
467.57 Seconds * ∼2% -0%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H
467.328 Seconds * ∼2%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
193 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1227 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
115.78 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

The MSI GP65 Leopard strikes a good balance in overall performance as shown by PCMark 10 and PCMark 8. The machine does well in all tests and comes out about 2% above the average Core i7-9750H/RTX 2060 laptop overall.

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH-81SX00B2GE
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
7564 Points ∼58% +8%
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
7190 Points ∼56% +3%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (6641 - 8069, n=13)
7059 Points ∼55% +1%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
6999 Points ∼54%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB
6886 Points ∼53% -2%
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
6673 Points ∼52% -5%
HP Omen 15-dc1303ng
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
6631 Points ∼51% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (1764 - 11245, n=228)
6435 Points ∼50% -8%
Productivity
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
8106 Points ∼78%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB
7671 Points ∼74% -5%
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
7546 Points ∼72% -7%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (6948 - 8106, n=13)
7495 Points ∼72% -8%
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
7431 Points ∼71% -8%
Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH-81SX00B2GE
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
7430 Points ∼71% -8%
HP Omen 15-dc1303ng
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
7328 Points ∼70% -10%
Average of class Gaming
  (4175 - 9077, n=229)
7197 Points ∼69% -11%
Essentials
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB
10098 Points ∼88% +6%
HP Omen 15-dc1303ng
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
9859 Points ∼86% +4%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
9502 Points ∼83%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (8729 - 10056, n=13)
9375 Points ∼82% -1%
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
9245 Points ∼81% -3%
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
9158 Points ∼80% -4%
Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH-81SX00B2GE
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
9020 Points ∼79% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (4892 - 11266, n=230)
8570 Points ∼75% -10%
Score
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
5834 Points ∼72%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB
5814 Points ∼72% 0%
Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH-81SX00B2GE
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
5716 Points ∼70% -2%
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
5678 Points ∼70% -3%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (5368 - 5997, n=13)
5672 Points ∼70% -3%
HP Omen 15-dc1303ng
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5609 Points ∼69% -4%
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5528 Points ∼68% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (2603 - 7511, n=232)
5257 Points ∼65% -10%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 15-dc1303ng
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5857 Points ∼90% +1%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
5808 Points ∼89%
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
5696 Points ∼87% -2%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (4450 - 5931, n=11)
5532 Points ∼85% -5%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB
5497 Points ∼84% -5%
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5419 Points ∼83% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (2484 - 6524, n=407)
5054 Points ∼77% -13%
Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH-81SX00B2GE
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
5041 Points ∼77% -13%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 15-dc1303ng
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5077 Points ∼83% +14%
Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH-81SX00B2GE
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
4507 Points ∼74% +1%
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
4459 Points ∼73% 0%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
4456 Points ∼73%
Average Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (3533 - 5185, n=11)
4396 Points ∼72% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (2554 - 6093, n=424)
4268 Points ∼70% -4%
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
4251 Points ∼70% -5%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB
4240 Points ∼70% -5%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4456 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5808 points
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Storage Devices

The MSI GP65 Leopard uses a Toshiba M.2 PCIe NVMe drive for its storage. While this drive is significantly faster than a traditional SATA III-based solution (particularly in read speeds), it is only about half as fast as the Samsung PM981 used in some other gaming laptops. Still, the drive should be fast enough for most use cases. Users can also swap the drive out, provided they can get into the chassis. Per MSI's spec sheet for the GP65 Leopard, the machine has an M.2 PCIe SSD slot, one M.2 PCIe/SATA SSD slot, and a 2.5-inch SATA drive bay.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 6
CrystalDiskMark 6
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
HP Omen 15-dc1303ng
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH-81SX00B2GE
WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
Intel SSD 660p 2TB SSDPEKNW020T8
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB
Average Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
 
AS SSD
119%
151%
55%
89%
195%
11%
Copy Game MB/s
581.52
943.02
62%
1170.83
101%
590 (582 - 599, n=2)
1%
Copy Program MB/s
309.51
749.45
142%
548.62
77%
260 (210 - 310, n=2)
-16%
Copy ISO MB/s
992.71
1518.69
53%
3088.75
211%
935 (876 - 993, n=2)
-6%
Score Total
1940
3163
63%
4208
117%
1711
-12%
2745
41%
4924
154%
2075 (1940 - 2147, n=3)
7%
Score Write
400
1642
311%
1794
349%
958
140%
1075
169%
2510
528%
517 (400 - 649, n=3)
29%
Score Read
1036
1027
-1%
1621
56%
498
-52%
1082
4%
1590
53%
1045 (999 - 1099, n=3)
1%
Access Time Write *
0.223
0.032
86%
0.026
88%
0.046
79%
0.042
81%
0.029
87%
0.2073 (0.188 - 0.223, n=3)
7%
Access Time Read *
0.231
0.059
74%
0.065
72%
0.058
75%
0.036
84%
0.04
83%
0.1463 (0.081 - 0.231, n=3)
37%
4K-64 Write
246.8
1370.77
455%
1432.15
480%
760.81
208%
791.59
221%
2162.27
776%
349 (247 - 488, n=3)
41%
4K-64 Read
878.09
724.88
-17%
1285.67
46%
321.15
-63%
904.03
3%
1320.36
50%
873 (825 - 916, n=3)
-1%
4K Write
80.34
113.48
41%
147.12
83%
107.03
33%
110.07
37%
128.49
60%
92.6 (80.3 - 116, n=3)
15%
4K Read
27.58
53.43
94%
42.43
54%
48.73
77%
49.89
81%
53.2
93%
39 (27.6 - 50.6, n=3)
41%
Seq Write
730.48
1574.55
116%
2148.72
194%
904.89
24%
1729.7
137%
2194.01
200%
755 (730 - 789, n=3)
3%
Seq Read
1307.09
2484.55
90%
2927.09
124%
1280.44
-2%
1283.12
-2%
2168.13
66%
1326 (1307 - 1348, n=3)
1%

* ... smaller is better

Toshiba KBG30ZMT512G
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 1581.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 686 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 580.9 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 240.1 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 46.96 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 99.35 MB/s
CDM 6 Write 4K Q8T8: 268.1 MB/s
CDM 6 Read 4K Q8T8: 976.8 MB/s

GPU Performance

Like the Intel Core i7-9750H, Nvidia's RTX 2060 has become a popular choice for mid-range gaming laptops this year. There's a good reason for this, as the RTX 2060 offers a significant bump in performance over the GTX 1060. The RTX 2060 in the GP65 Leopard also outperforms the Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti by a fair margin (~10%) in 3DMark. The RTX 2060 should be suitable for most moderate graphical workloads and should be able to handle some heavier tasks like dense movie renders and complex modelling.

Additionally, the RTX 2060 supports Real-Time Ray Tracing (which will likely be used more in the future) and Deep Learning Super Sampling, which is becoming more common in games. Keep in mind that both of these features are likely to have a noticeable impact on performance when enabled. 

For more information about the Nvidia RTX 2060, please see our dedicated GPU page here.

Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
Time Spy
Time Spy
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9980HK
16253 Points ∼72% +27%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H
15274 Points ∼68% +20%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
12758 Points ∼56%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
12424 Points ∼55% -3%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
12421 Points ∼55% -3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (9099 - 14726, n=19)
12002 Points ∼53% -6%
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
11829 Points ∼52% -7%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
11099 Points ∼49% -13%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
9773 Points ∼43% -23%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9980HK
8801 Points ∼39% -31%
Average of class Gaming
  (510 - 18934, n=638)
7701 Points ∼34% -40%
Asus VivoBook 15 X512FL-EJ205T
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
4097 Points ∼18% -68%
1280x720 Performance GPU
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H
31826 Points ∼62% +48%
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
27732 Points ∼54% +29%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9980HK
26582 Points ∼52% +24%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
22749 Points ∼45% +6%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
21492 Points ∼42%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (19513 - 23734, n=19)
20790 Points ∼41% -3%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
20784 Points ∼41% -3%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
14569 Points ∼29% -32%
Average of class Gaming
  (513 - 50983, n=637)
13721 Points ∼27% -36%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
13512 Points ∼27% -37%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9980HK
12388 Points ∼24% -42%
Asus VivoBook 15 X512FL-EJ205T
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
4274 Points ∼8% -80%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy CPU
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9980HK
9447 Points ∼77% +85%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9980HK
8112 Points ∼66% +59%
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H
7774 Points ∼64% +52%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
7098 Points ∼58% +39%
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
6755 Points ∼55% +32%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (5104 - 8883, n=16)
6571 Points ∼54% +29%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
6502 Points ∼53% +27%
Average of class Gaming
  (2700 - 11017, n=174)
5429 Points ∼44% +6%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
5104 Points ∼42%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
3993 Points ∼33% -22%
Asus VivoBook 15 X512FL-EJ205T
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
2514 Points ∼21% -51%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H
9480 Points ∼65% +50%
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
8153 Points ∼56% +29%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9980HK
7754 Points ∼53% +22%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
6748 Points ∼46% +6%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
6340 Points ∼43%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (5660 - 6910, n=16)
6082 Points ∼41% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (368 - 13013, n=174)
5806 Points ∼40% -8%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
5699 Points ∼39% -10%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
3547 Points ∼24% -44%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9980HK
3353 Points ∼23% -47%
Asus VivoBook 15 X512FL-EJ205T
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
1000 Points ∼7% -84%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H
9177 Points ∼65% +50%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9980HK
7968 Points ∼56% +30%
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
7907 Points ∼56% +29%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
6709 Points ∼47% +10%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (5679 - 6911, n=16)
6135 Points ∼43% 0%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
6117 Points ∼43%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
5872 Points ∼42% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (425 - 10704, n=174)
5667 Points ∼40% -7%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9980HK
3676 Points ∼26% -40%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
3607 Points ∼26% -41%
Asus VivoBook 15 X512FL-EJ205T
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
1099 Points ∼8% -82%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP Omen 17-cb0020ng
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H
22820 Points ∼56% +33%
Origin PC EVO16-S i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H
20466 Points ∼50% +20%
Eurocom Nightsky RX15
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9980HK
20434 Points ∼50% +19%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
18060 Points ∼44% +5%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 9750H
17119 Points ∼42%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (14768 - 18055, n=18)
15948 Points ∼39% -7%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
15343 Points ∼38% -10%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
11640 Points ∼29% -32%
Average of class Gaming
  (385 - 40636, n=562)
11573 Points ∼28% -32%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
9534 Points ∼23% -44%
Dell XPS 15 7590 9980HK GTX 1650
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9980HK
8532 Points ∼21% -50%
Asus VivoBook 15 X512FL-EJ205T
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
3321 Points ∼8% -81%
3DMark 11 Performance
18447 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
37504 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
15252 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
6117 points
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Gaming Performance

While synthetics can give us a good idea of how a GPU performs in optimal scenarios, real-world gameplay metrics are a better guide for comparison. To that end, the MSI GP65 Leopard is about average for an RTX 2060-equipped gaming laptop. Most titles can be played at 1080p/Ultra settings and still hit or exceed 60 fps. However, to fully take advantage of the high refresh rate display, gamers may want to turn the graphics down to a mix of Medium/High settings to push framerates into the hundreds. 

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
63.3 fps ∼100% +7%
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
63 fps ∼100% +7%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
60.5 fps ∼96% +3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (55.1 - 68.9, n=19)
59.8 fps ∼94% +1%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
59 fps ∼93%
Lenovo Legion Y540-15IRH-81SX00B2GE
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
53.1 (min: 50, max: 58, 99th percentile: 51) fps ∼84% -10%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.6 - 115, n=333)
50.8 fps ∼80% -14%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
122 fps ∼100% +10%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
120.4 fps ∼99% +8%
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
117.4 fps ∼96% +6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (104 - 131, n=17)
113 fps ∼93% +2%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
111 fps ∼91%
Average of class Gaming
  (11.1 - 194, n=285)
88.9 fps ∼73% -20%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
209 fps ∼100% +17%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
200 fps ∼96% +12%
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
189.9 fps ∼91% +7%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (158 - 215, n=14)
186 fps ∼89% +4%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
178 fps ∼85%
Average of class Gaming
  (20.9 - 284, n=172)
145 fps ∼69% -19%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
CUK Model Z GK5CQ7Z
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
306 fps ∼100% +21%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
297.8 fps ∼97% +18%
Asus Strix GL531GV-PB74
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
266.7 fps ∼87% +6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (189 - 295, n=14)
260 fps ∼85% +3%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
252 fps ∼82%
Average of class Gaming
  (17 - 414, n=161)
207 fps ∼68% -18%
Rocket League
1920x1080 High Quality AA:High FX
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
244 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (181 - 247, n=5)
231 fps ∼95% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (21.9 - 248, n=50)
179 fps ∼73% -27%
1920x1080 Quality AA:Medium FX
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
250 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (242 - 250, n=5)
248 fps ∼99% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (28.6 - 250, n=26)
197 fps ∼79% -21%
1280x720 Performance
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
250 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (244 - 252, n=4)
249 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (55.2 - 252, n=23)
220 fps ∼88% -12%
Monster Hunter World
1920x1080 Highest Preset (Image Quality High)
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (70 - 70.2, n=2)
70.1 fps ∼100% 0%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
70 fps ∼100%
Average of class Gaming
  (22.4 - 112, n=12)
57.1 fps ∼81% -18%
1920x1080 High Preset (Image Quality High)
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
96 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (89.9 - 96, n=2)
93 fps ∼97% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (28.5 - 138, n=11)
69.4 fps ∼72% -28%
1920x1080 Mid Preset (Image Quality High)
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (102 - 104, n=2)
103 fps ∼100% +1%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
102 fps ∼99%
Average of class Gaming
  (32.5 - 123, n=7)
69.2 fps ∼67% -32%
1280x720 Low Preset (Image Quality High)
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
141 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
 
141 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (61.2 - 157, n=5)
104 fps ∼74% -26%
Hitman 2
1920x1080 Ultra AF:16x
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (74 - 78.4, n=2)
76.2 fps ∼100% +3%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
74 fps ∼97%
Average of class Gaming
  (23.6 - 78.5, n=10)
57.4 fps ∼75% -22%
1920x1080 High AF:8x
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
85 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (81.4 - 85, n=2)
83.2 fps ∼98% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (29.7 - 85, n=10)
61.4 fps ∼72% -28%
1920x1080 Medium AF:4x
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
90 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (89.4 - 90, n=2)
89.7 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (7.5 - 90, n=8)
54.5 fps ∼61% -39%
1280x720 Low AF:Trilinear
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
116 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
 
116 fps ∼100% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (10.4 - 116, n=9)
54.1 fps ∼47% -53%
F1 2019
1920x1080 Ultra High Preset AA:T AF:16x
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
104 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (97 - 104, n=3)
100 fps ∼96% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (10.8 - 152, n=22)
88.3 fps ∼85% -15%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:16x
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (122 - 149, n=3)
136 fps ∼100% +11%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
122 fps ∼90%
Average of class Gaming
  (12.2 - 155, n=22)
107 fps ∼79% -12%
1920x1080 Medium Preset AA:T AF:16x
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (146 - 177, n=3)
163 fps ∼100% +12%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
146 fps ∼90%
Average of class Gaming
  (13 - 168, n=17)
109 fps ∼67% -25%
1280x720 Ultra Low Preset
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
  (166 - 231, n=3)
202 fps ∼100% +22%
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SE-225US
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
166 fps ∼82%
Average of class Gaming
  (35 - 210, n=17)
144 fps ∼71% -13%

Long-term gameplay (as measured by an hour-long playthrough of The Witcher 3) present no problems. Framerates remain stable with the expected peaks and troughs typical of this test. The GP65 Leopard should be able to endure long play sessions without trouble.

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