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MSI GS66: Quite loud for a Stealth notebook

MSI GS66 Stealth
MSI GS66 Stealth
Visually, the MSI GS66 Stealth offers a very subdued and tasteful impression. But as soon as you turn on the device, the fans quickly make themselves heard.

Those who purchase the configuration version GS66 10SFS costing around 2850 Euros (~$3133) and equipped with a Core i9-10980HK as well as a GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q have to expect some heavy noise development. As our test has shown, the fans draw some significant attention during simple tasks (video, web, etc.) as well as under load. In our experience, the high noise level is primarily due to the octa-core CPU. Considering the slim and compact case and the targeting towards mobility, this processor seems oversized, particularly since the Turbo can only come into play to a limited extent.

Nevertheless, we liked the GS66 better than its predecessor. Compared to the GS65, the case is much more robust and offers more maintenance options. The extremely fast 300-Hz display, the huge battery, and the modern connections (including Thunderbolt 3) are additional purchase arguments.

Find out more about the strengths and weaknesses of the 15-inch gaming notebook in our detailed review.

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Florian Glaser, 2020-05- 4 (Update: 2020-05- 2)