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MSI GP66 Leopard vs. Vector GP66: What's the difference?

MSI GP66 Leopard vs. Vector GP66: What's the difference?
MSI GP66 Leopard vs. Vector GP66: What's the difference?
MSI has confusingly given two different names for two laptop models that are essentially identical from a visual standpoint. In reality, there are notable differences between them to keep in mind especially if you plan on purchasing one.

MSI has a lot of gaming laptops in its portfolio to the point where it can be difficult to tell the difference between certain models. One example is the 15.6-inch GP66 which can be found online in two flavors: the 2021 GP66 Leopard and the 2022 Vector GP66. Though they may appear visually similar, there are key differences between them that are worth mentioning.

Perhaps the easiest way to visually distinguish between the older Leopard and newer Vector is to look for the mini-DisplayPort along the rear or the USB-C port along the left. If any are present, then the system is a Vector. Both models otherwise share the same chassis design.

Internally, the Leopard uses older 11th gen Intel Core-H CPUs while the Vector uses the newer 12th gen Core-H series. The Vector also gains two additional options: a 360 Hz 1080p display and a GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU. DDR4 RAM, PCIe4 x4, and Wi-Fi 6E are supported on both models while Thunderbolt and DDR5 VRAM continue to be omitted. There is no RTX 3080 Ti option for the Vector.

The Vector is not necessarily the better buy just because it is newer than the Leopard because both models have the same upper-end GeForce RTX 3080 option. If CPU performance is priority, then the Vector is the obvious choice since the 12th gen Core-H CPUs have notable gains over 11th gen. If graphics performance is priority, however, then one can potentially save money by purchasing the Leopard with RTX 3080 graphics instead of the Vector with RTX 3080 or RTX 3070 Ti graphics. The slower CPU performance of the Leopard will have just minimal impact on gaming performance since most titles tend to be GPU bound.

See our full reviews on the GP66 Leopard and Vector GP66 for more information on each.

Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 5.3: 64 Bit Multi-Core Score | 64 Bit Single-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
6594 Points ∼100%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H
4810 Points ∼73% -27%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
730 Points ∼100%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H
582 Points ∼80% -20%
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
16812 (15129.6min - 16812.1max) Points ∼100%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H
12563 Points ∼75% -25%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
1887 Points ∼100%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H
1522 Points ∼81% -19%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
2449 (2349.62min - 2449.33max) Points ∼100%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H
2012 (1886.79min - 2011.67max) Points ∼82% -18%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
273 Points ∼100%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H
229 Points ∼84% -16%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H
244 Seconds * ∼100% -24%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
197 Seconds * ∼81%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
66678 MIPS ∼100%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H
53564 MIPS ∼80% -20%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
6071 MIPS ∼100%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H
5569 MIPS ∼92% -8%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
12382 Points ∼100%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H
9379 Points ∼76% -24%
Geekbench 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
1883 Points ∼100%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H
1578 Points ∼84% -16%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
19.8 fps ∼100%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H
15.5 fps ∼78% -22%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H
48.6 s * ∼100% -21%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
40.3 s * ∼83%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
Intel Core i7-11800H
0.566 sec * ∼100% -34%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
Intel Core i9-12900H
0.4218 sec * ∼75%

* ... smaller is better

3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
30811 Points ∼100% +4%
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900H
29729 Points ∼96%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900H
11739 Points ∼100%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
11346 Points ∼97% -3%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900H
11959 Points ∼100%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
11030 Points ∼92% -8%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI Vector GP66 12UGS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i9-12900H
40880 Points ∼100%
MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-028
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
40384 Points ∼99% -1%
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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2022 03 > MSI GP66 Leopard vs. Vector GP66: What's the difference?
Allen Ngo, 2022-03- 5 (Update: 2022-03- 5)