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MSI Prestige 14 Evo laptop review: Intel is catching up

Rat race. While the normal Prestige 14 is primarily aimed at the multimedia sector, the 14 Evo is designed for business users due to the lack of a dedicated GPU. Find out how the Tiger Lake chip performs against various AMD rivals in our review.
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MSI Prestige 14 Evo

If you're looking for both a powerful and compact business laptop for mobile use in the price range between 1,000 and 1,500 Euros (~$1,213 and ~$1,819), you might like the MSI Prestige 14 Evo. The A11M-005 model that we tested, which costs just under 1,300 Euros (~$1,577), offers a modern quad-core chip from Intel's Tiger Lake generation with the Core i7-1185G7. This is supported by 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512 GB M.2 SSD. The display is a matte Full HD IPS panel with a slim bezel design. The device was developed in close cooperation with Intel (Evo platform).

MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005 (Prestige 14 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-1185G7 4 x 3 - 4.8 GHz, 64 W PL2 / Short Burst, 64 W PL2 / Sustained, Tiger Lake UP3
Graphics adapter
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Core: 400-1350 MHz, Memory: 2000 MHz, DDR4, 27.20.100.8935 DCH
Memory
16384 MB 
, LPDDR4x-4267, dual-channel, on-board
Display
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, AUO B140HAN06.2 (AUO623D), IPS level, Full HD, glossy: no, 60 Hz
Mainboard
Intel Tiger Lake-UP3 PCH-LP
Storage
Phison 512GB SM280512GKBB4S-E162, 512 GB 
, PCIe SSD, slots: 1x M.2 2280 (full)
Soundcard
Intel Tiger Point-LP PCH - cAVS
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: combined (headset/mic), Card Reader: microSD (UHS-III), 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 16 x 319 x 215 ( = 0.63 x 12.56 x 8.46 in)
Battery
52.4 Wh, 4600 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 3 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD (720p, 30 fps)
Additional features
Speakers: 2.0, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 65-watt power adapter, MSI Center, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.2 kg ( = 42.33 oz / 2.65 pounds), Power Supply: 214 g ( = 7.55 oz / 0.47 pounds)
Price
1,320 EUR
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

The competitors of the Prestige 14 Evo include other 14-inch business devices without a dGPU such as the Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA (Core i7-1165G7), the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE (Ryzen 7 4800U), the HP EliteBook 845 G7 (Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U), and the Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ (Ryzen 7 4700U). All the aforementioned laptops appear in the tables as comparison devices.

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
83 %
12/2020
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.2 kg16 mm14.00"1920x1080
84 %
09/2020
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
1.2 kg13.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
85 %
08/2020
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
R7 4800U, Vega 8 R4000
1.4 kg14.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
88 %
11/2020
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
R7 PRO 4750U, Vega 7
1.4 kg17.9 mm14.00"1920x1080
87 %
06/2020
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
R7 4700U, Vega 7
1.2 kg16.55 mm14.00"1920x1080

Case

At first glance, the 14 Evo looks very much like the "conventional" Prestige 14, but a closer look and touch reveal a few differences. In this way, not only does the 14 Evo have a somewhat more stable touchpad but also a different keyboard layout as well as a finer key labeling. MSI has also tweaked the port configuration and distribution (Thunderbolt 4 instead of Thunderbolt 3, card reader relocated, 1 USB port less).

Otherwise, the case has the same characteristics. The large metal surfaces makes the chassis look very high-quality, although the build quality could be a bit better (the transition between the top and bottom cover is a bit rough). Stability is decent for such a compact device, although the surfaces bend noticeably at times in some places under strong pressure. However, this shortcoming is hardly bothersome in everyday use.

MSI Prestige 14 Evo
MSI Prestige 14 Evo
MSI Prestige 14 Evo
MSI Prestige 14 Evo
MSI Prestige 14 Evo
MSI Prestige 14 Evo
MSI Prestige 14 Evo
MSI Prestige 14 Evo
MSI Prestige 14 Evo
MSI Prestige 14 Evo

Speaking of compact: With a footprint of 31.9 x 21.5 cm and an overall height of just 1.6 cm, the 14-incher doesn't take up much space on a desk or in a bag. The low weight (only 1.2 kg) also contributes to the transport suitability. Further plus points are awarded for the stylish design. The Prestige 14 Evo looks good in any environment.

Size comparison

324 mm / 12.8 inch 215 mm / 8.46 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.4 kg3.06 lbs323.4 mm / 12.7 inch 218.9 mm / 8.62 inch 16.55 mm / 0.652 inch 1.2 kg2.65 lbs320.6 mm / 12.6 inch 208.2 mm / 8.2 inch 14.9 mm / 0.587 inch 1.4 kg3.15 lbs319 mm / 12.6 inch 215 mm / 8.46 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.2 kg2.65 lbs319 mm / 12.6 inch 208 mm / 8.19 inch 13.9 mm / 0.547 inch 1.2 kg2.58 lbs

Connectivity

Ports

In terms of ports, MSI follows the "Apple trend" and equips the 14 Evo with only a handful of ports. In addition to two modern Thunderbolt 4 ports on the left side that are also used to charge the laptop, the 14-incher also has a USB 2.0 Type-A port, a microSD slot, and a 3.5 mm audio jack for headphones and microphones on the right side. Buyers will have to do without an RJ45 port as well as a Kensington lock slot and dedicated video outputs. External monitors are connected to the Thunderbolt ports via a DisplayPort/HDMI to USB-C adapter and the respective cable.

Left side: 2x Thunderbolt 4
Left side: 2x Thunderbolt 4
Right side: 3.5 mm audio jack, microSD, USB-A 2.0
Right side: 3.5 mm audio jack, microSD, USB-A 2.0

Communication

Intel's AX201 chip was responsible for wireless communication in our test device. The Wi-Fi 6 model supports the 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax WLAN standards as well as Bluetooth 5.1. The 14 Evo mastered the speed test with our reference router, the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 (distance of 1 m), with a very good 1,110 Mb/s for sending and 1,260 Mb/s for receiving data; this places it in second and third place, respectively, in the competition.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1343 (1313min - 1380max) MBit/s ∼100% +7%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1273 (1158min - 1364max) MBit/s ∼95% +1%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1260 MBit/s ∼94%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1257 (1103min - 1325max) MBit/s ∼94% 0%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
904 (879min - 923max) MBit/s ∼67% -28%
Average of class Office
  (5 - 1722, n=293)
594 MBit/s ∼44% -53%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1461 (1327min - 1616max) MBit/s ∼100% +32%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1110 MBit/s ∼76%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
838 (473min - 942max) MBit/s ∼57% -25%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
734 (431min - 876max) MBit/s ∼50% -34%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
660 (642min - 680max) MBit/s ∼45% -41%
Average of class Office
  (34 - 1775, n=292)
549 MBit/s ∼38% -51%

Webcam

While the webcam quality is rather unimportant for multimedia and gaming devices, it has a certain relevance in the business sector. MSI still needs to improve considerably in this respect. According to our measurements, neither color reproduction nor image sharpness are convincing (see photos).

ColorChecker
20.8 ∆E
19.8 ∆E
20.4 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
19.7 ∆E
17.5 ∆E
14.9 ∆E
23.4 ∆E
18.1 ∆E
14.4 ∆E
17.2 ∆E
16 ∆E
14 ∆E
14.3 ∆E
20.3 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
18.8 ∆E
19.6 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
16.4 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
7 ∆E
11.7 ∆E
ColorChecker MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005: 15.93 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 23.36 ∆E

Accessories

The delivery scope is limited to the usual information booklets and the power adapter (65-watt model). The latter is surprisingly small and handy at around 6.5 x 6.5 x 3 cm, which is good for transport.

Maintenance

When it comes to maintenance, we were left with mixed feelings. Although the cross-head screws on the case's bottom can be removed quite quickly, the bottom cover can only be pried out of its anchoring with a flat tool (e.g. a spatula) and a good amount of muscle power. Buyers can expect a very tidy layout inside the case: The M.2 slot and the wireless module are located right next to the large battery. The cooling system consists of a fan and two heat pipes. If you're looking for RAM slots in the pictures below, you will, unfortunately, be disappointed. The entire memory is soldered to the motherboard and thus can't be replaced or expanded - a pity.

MSI Prestige 14 Evo
MSI Prestige 14 Evo
MSI Prestige 14 Evo
MSI Prestige 14 Evo
MSI Prestige 14 Evo

Warranty

The warranty covers 24 months. It is a classic pickup-and-return service.

Input devices

Keyboard

MSI uses a chiclet model as keyboard; apart from a few exceptions, it's comfortably generous in terms of key size. However, buyers will have to make do without a number pad due to the limited space. The typing experience proves to be quite good when it comes to pressure point and stroke. In terms of volume, the keyboard is in the midfield, so it's neither quiet nor particularly loud.

We couldn't quite get used to the layout. For a German device, the key layout is - as we've seen in many other MSI models - very unconventional (single-line Enter, shifted ><| key, ...). Due to the deviations from the standard, a certain familiarization period is required. We were most annoyed by the very narrow and closely spaced Fn/Ctrl keys. In addition, the 14 Evo offers a white keyboard backlight for nighttime use or use in poor light. It offers several adjustment stages.

Chiclet keyboard ...
Chiclet keyboard ...
... with white backlighting
... with white backlighting

Touchpad

The touchpad is very large for a 14-inch device. Although the height of around 6.5 cm is moderate, the width of almost 14 cm deserves recognition and makes it easier to cover longer distances with the mouse pointer. The multi-touch support worked flawlessly in the test. Thanks to the smooth surface, content can be comfortably zoomed and scrolled with two fingers. MSI has also integrated a fingerprint scanner into the upper left corner of the touchpad.

Display

As mentioned at the beginning, the image reproduction is handled by a matte IPS panel with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, which is just right for the laptop's format.

277
cd/m²
276
cd/m²
261
cd/m²
274
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
270
cd/m²
274
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AUO B140HAN06.2 (AUO623D)
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 293 cd/m² Average: 276.6 cd/m² Minimum: 5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 293 cd/m²
Contrast: 1628:1 (Black: 0.18 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.95 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7, calibrated: 0.9
ΔE Greyscale 4.2 | 0.64-98 Ø5.9
93% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 71% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.099
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
AUO B140HAN06.2 (AUO623D), IPS-Level, 1920x1080, 14.00
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
AU Optronics B140HAN06.8, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AU Optronics B140HAN06.8, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AU Optronics AUO068B, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AU Optronics B140HAN04.0, IPS, 1920x1080, 14.00
Response Times
19%
17%
-15%
28%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
59.6 (26.4, 33.2)
49.6 (27.6, 22)
17%
45.6 (23.6, 22)
23%
65.2 (30.8, 34.4)
-9%
41 (19, 22)
31%
Response Time Black / White *
32.8 (16.4, 16.4)
26.4 (13.2, 13.2)
20%
29.6 (14.8, 14.8)
10%
39.6 (20, 19.6)
-21%
25 (14, 11)
24%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-2%
-17%
1%
-80%
Brightness middle
293
375.1
28%
399.6
36%
432.5
48%
269
-8%
Brightness
277
371
34%
385
39%
405
46%
244
-12%
Brightness Distribution
89
91
2%
89
0%
86
-3%
83
-7%
Black Level *
0.18
0.34
-89%
0.37
-106%
0.3
-67%
0.23
-28%
Contrast
1628
1103
-32%
1080
-34%
1442
-11%
1170
-28%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.95
1.79
39%
3.2
-8%
2.34
21%
4.94
-67%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
6.03
3.05
49%
6.44
-7%
3.59
40%
20.37
-238%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.9
1.79
-99%
1.73
-92%
1.83
-103%
5.03
-459%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.2
2.3
45%
4.7
-12%
2.5
40%
1.71
59%
Gamma
2.099 105%
2.29 96%
2.21 100%
2.1 105%
2.52 87%
CCT
6622 98%
6405 101%
7184 90%
6582 99%
6535 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
71
63.9
-10%
66.3
-7%
63.8
-10%
35
-51%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
93
98.8
6%
99.5
7%
99.4
7%
56
-40%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
9% / 1%
0% / -12%
-7% / -2%
-26% / -63%

* ... smaller is better

While the black level (0.18 cd/m²) and contrast (over 1,600:1) are convincing, brightness falls short of expectations and possibilities. An average of 277 cd/m² is primarily suitable for indoor use and not for outdoor sessions - annoying in view of the device's mobile nature. With the exception of the Acer Swift 3, all rivals manage around 400 cd/m².

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

In terms of color reproduction, the 14 Evo places itself in the middle of the test field. With a Delta E 2000 value of 2.95 (ColorChecker @Calman), the display is still just within the ideal range. The color space is no cause for criticism either: 93% coverage of sRGB and 71% of AdobeRGB should satisfy most buyers. In addition, the viewing-angle stability is good as is typical for IPS panels.

MSI Prestige 14 Evo vs. sRGB (93%)
MSI Prestige 14 Evo vs. sRGB (93%)
MSI Prestige 14 Evo vs. AdobeRGB (71%)
MSI Prestige 14 Evo vs. AdobeRGB (71%)

However, the 14-inch display is hardly suitable for gaming. With response times of 33 ms (black-to-white) and 60 ms (gray-to-gray), respectively, the panel transitions quite slowly.

Reflections (cloudy sky)
Reflections (cloudy sky)
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

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
32.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16.4 ms rise
↘ 16.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 84 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
59.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 26.4 ms rise
↘ 33.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 95 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (38.7 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 9725 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Test conditions

In the preinstalled MSI Center, you have the option to modify various software and hardware aspects. The most interesting is the User Scenario menu, which contains four profiles. Unless otherwise mentioned, all our measurements were performed in the Balanced mode, which is automatically enabled after setup.

MSI Center
MSI Center
MSI Center
MSI Center

Performance

To justify the price of over 1,000 Euros (~$1,214) and to ensure high mobility, MSI resorts to powerful energy-saving components. The brand-new Tiger Lake CPU should be mentioned in particular here; it features the surprisingly fast Iris Xe Graphics G7 as we'll see in more detail in a moment. 16 GB of RAM should also be sufficient for several years for most business customers. The 512 GB SSD can theoretically be replaced with a larger model.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
AS SSD Benchmark
CrystalDiskMark

Processor

The Core i7-1185G7 is an ideal companion for users who value both performance and battery life. The 28-watt model offers 12 MB of L3 cache as well as four cores, and it can process up to eight threads in parallel via Hyper-Threading. One of the biggest improvements compared to the predecessor Comet Lake architecture is the reduced manufacturing process. In order to catch up to some extent with AMD's 7 nm technology, Intel has finally stopped using a 14 nm process and has at least switched to 10 nm instead.

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MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005 Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Core i7-1185G7: Ø892 (873.52-933.34)
MSI Prestige 14 Evo (High Performance Mode) Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Core i7-1185G7: Ø915 (896.44-994.51)
MSI Prestige 14 Evo (Silent Mode) Intel Core i7-1185G7, Intel Core i7-1185G7: Ø582 (575.36-665.78)
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA Intel Core i7-1165G7, Intel Core i7-1165G7: Ø653 (629.83-862.05)
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ AMD Ryzen 7 4700U, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U: Ø932 (907.83-1035.01)

The quad-core processor's base clock speed is 3.0 GHz, and up to 4.8 GHz is possible via Turbo Boost, which is quite a lot for a power-saving CPU. We tested how the processor behaves under load with our Cinebench Loop.

This revealed two things. Firstly: While the Silent mode throttles performance significantly, the High Performance mode found in the MSI Center hardly brings any advantages. Secondly: The Core i7-1185G7 can roughly match the Ryzen 7 4700U (8C/8T), but the Intel chip doesn't stand a chance against the Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U and the Ryzen 7 4800U (8C/16T each), which are often found in similarly expensive laptops - at least not in multithread applications.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
224 Points ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
214 Points ∼96% -4%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
182 Points ∼81% -19%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
180 Points ∼80% -20%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
180 Points ∼80% -20%
Average of class Office
  (20 - 227, n=614)
119 Points ∼53% -47%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
1568 Points ∼100% +68%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1412.98 (1338.87min - 1412.98max) Points ∼90% +51%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1035 Points ∼66% +11%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
933 (873.52min - 933.34max) Points ∼60%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
810 (629.83min - 862.05max) Points ∼52% -13%
Average of class Office
  (36 - 1410, n=622)
386 Points ∼25% -59%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
Average of class Office
  (344 - 9415, n=97)
1004 Seconds * ∼100% -88%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
694 Seconds * ∼69% -30%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
533 Seconds * ∼53%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
523.9 Seconds * ∼52% +2%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
340 Seconds * ∼34% +36%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
322 Seconds * ∼32% +40%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
44804 MIPS ∼100% +80%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
42173 MIPS ∼94% +69%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
26652 MIPS ∼59% +7%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
24882 MIPS ∼56%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
21036 MIPS ∼47% -15%
Average of class Office
  (2794 - 39649, n=98)
17839 MIPS ∼40% -28%
7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5096 MIPS ∼100% +1%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5029 MIPS ∼99%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
4436 MIPS ∼87% -12%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
4413 MIPS ∼87% -12%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
4292 MIPS ∼84% -15%
Average of class Office
  (1286 - 5923, n=98)
4122 MIPS ∼81% -18%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
579 Points ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
543 Points ∼94% -6%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
479 Points ∼83% -17%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
474 Points ∼82% -18%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
466 Points ∼80% -20%
Average of class Office
  (79 - 588, n=103)
400 Points ∼69% -31%
CPU (Multi Core)
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
3264 Points ∼100% +43%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
3213 Points ∼98% +41%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
2401 Points ∼74% +5%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
2283 Points ∼70%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1728 Points ∼53% -24%
Average of class Office
  (143 - 3302, n=104)
1431 Points ∼44% -37%
Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
6950 Points ∼100% +25%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
5798 Points ∼83% +4%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
6609 Points ∼95% +19%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
5560 Points ∼80%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5456 Points ∼79% -2%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
4792 Points ∼69% -14%
Average of class Office
  (873 - 6444, n=66)
3587 Points ∼52% -35%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
1523 Points ∼100% +9%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
1398 Points ∼92%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
1154 Points ∼76% -17%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
1150 Points ∼76% -18%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
1154 Points ∼76% -17%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
1101 Points ∼72% -21%
Average of class Office
  (431 - 1590, n=66)
1086 Points ∼71% -22%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
10.768 fps ∼100% +51%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
10.3 fps ∼96% +45%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
7.81 fps ∼73% +10%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
7.12 fps ∼66%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
5.34 fps ∼50% -25%
Average of class Office
  (0.4 - 9.55, n=95)
4.62 fps ∼43% -35%
LibreOffice - 20 Documents To PDF
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
73.4 s * ∼100% -31%
Average of class Office
  (28.1 - 244, n=55)
67.7 s * ∼92% -21%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
59.83 s * ∼82% -7%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
57.8 s * ∼79% -3%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
56.1 s * ∼76%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
47.9 s * ∼65% +15%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
Average of class Office
  (0.555 - 3.11, n=61)
0.758 sec * ∼100% -28%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
0.629 sec * ∼83% -6%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Ryzen 7 4800U
0.613 sec * ∼81% -4%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U
0.61 sec * ∼80% -3%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Core i7-1165G7
0.593 sec * ∼78% -0%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Core i7-1185G7
0.591 sec * ∼78%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
933 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
98.1 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
224 Points
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System performance

Thanks to the NVMe SSD in particular, the Prestige 14 Evo boasts a very good system performance. 4,894 points in PCMark 10 could also come from a multimedia or gaming laptop. From a subjective standpoint, the operating system (Windows 10 Home 64-bit) responds quickly too, be it loading times, transfers, installations or boot processes.

PCMark 10 - Score
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
5383 Points ∼100% +10%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
4983 Points ∼93% +2%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Phison 512GB SM280512GKBB4S-E162
4894 Points ∼91%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
4886 Points ∼91% 0%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
4704 Points ∼87% -4%
Average of class Office
  (803 - 5409, n=228)
3541 Points ∼66% -28%
PCMark 10 Score
4894 points
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DPC latencies

Although the 14 Evo has the lowest latency rates in the test field, it's not necessarily suitable for real-time audio and video-editing according to the LatencyMon tool.

Latencies
Latencies
Latencies
DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
2163.7 μs * ∼100% -231%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U, Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
1086.5 μs * ∼50% -66%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7, Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
1030 μs * ∼48% -58%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
661.7 μs * ∼31% -1%
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7, Phison 512GB SM280512GKBB4S-E162
653.3 μs * ∼30%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

MSI doesn't make any compromises when it comes to the installed storage device. The 512 GB drive from Phison partly leaves the Samsung and Intel SSDs of the competitors behind in the CrystalDiskMark and AS SSD benchmarks.

MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Phison 512GB SM280512GKBB4S-E162
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB256HBHQ
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Samsung PM991 MZVLQ1T0HALB
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-37%
-10%
-19%
-41%
Write 4K
248.4
132.3
-47%
146.1
-41%
111.4
-55%
98.85
-60%
Read 4K
56.4
51.74
-8%
47.18
-16%
58.22
3%
32.44
-42%
Write Seq
2513
1264
-50%
2896
15%
2195
-13%
1582
-37%
Read Seq
2250
1484
-34%
2754
22%
2516
12%
1471
-35%
Write 4K Q32T1
588.8
478.4
-19%
425.8
-28%
472.1
-20%
375.4
-36%
Read 4K Q32T1
696.2
366.9
-47%
513.8
-26%
380.5
-45%
491.9
-29%
Write Seq Q32T1
2515
1750
-30%
2989
19%
2339
-7%
1574
-37%
Read Seq Q32T1
4915
1970
-60%
3568
-27%
3565
-27%
2329
-53%
AS SSD
-87%
-39%
-63%
-64%
Score Total
5500
2260
-59%
5133
-7%
3862
-30%
1552
-72%
Score Write
2172
1108
-49%
2361
9%
2214
2%
533
-75%
Score Read
2244
760
-66%
1802
-20%
1101
-51%
682
-70%
Access Time Write *
0.018
0.114
-533%
0.087
-383%
0.104
-478%
0.034
-89%
Access Time Read *
0.135
0.083
39%
0.049
64%
0.058
57%
4K-64 Write
1753.79
862.42
-51%
1985.83
13%
1970.04
12%
262.07
-85%
4K-64 Read
1801.15
587.03
-67%
1576.44
-12%
853.03
-53%
454.71
-75%
4K Write
184.31
150.85
-18%
128.6
-30%
105.54
-43%
116.61
-37%
4K Read
66.75
50.88
-24%
59.49
-11%
50.7
-24%
31.56
-53%
Seq Write
2334.57
947.11
-59%
2463.95
6%
1388.94
-41%
1547.44
-34%
Seq Read
3760.24
1218.6
-68%
1657.77
-56%
1975.54
-47%
1960.06
-48%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-62% / -66%
-25% / -27%
-41% / -45%
-53% / -54%

* ... smaller is better

Phison 512GB SM280512GKBB4S-E162
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 4915 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2515 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 696.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 588.8 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 2250 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2513 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 56.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 248.4 MB/s

Graphics card

The Xe Graphics G7 GPU that's integrated into the processor is responsible for graphics calculations. The DirectX 12 capable chip has 96 execution units and clocks at 400 to 1,350 MHz.

3DMark 11 Performance
7522 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
101457 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
20821 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
5332 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
1859 points
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As the graphics benchmarks prove, performance is surprisingly good for an iGPU and especially for Intel standards. Both in 3DMark 11 and in the current 3DMark, the 14 Evo comes out on top of the comparison field. AMD's Vega 7 is outperformed by at least 20% in each case (maximum lead: Almost 90%), and a Vega 8 performs at least 10% slower. Even the Asus ZenBook 14, which is also equipped with an Iris Xe G7, has to admit some defeat.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
7090 Points ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
6563 Points ∼93% -7%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
6085 Points ∼86% -14%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
5331 Points ∼75% -25%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
4990 Points ∼70% -30%
Average of class Office
  (185 - 7090, n=733)
1476 Points ∼21% -79%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
1670 Points ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
1401 Points ∼84% -16%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
1173 Points ∼70% -30%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
1063 Points ∼64% -36%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
973 Points ∼58% -42%
Average of class Office
  (76 - 1670, n=107)
564 Points ∼34% -66%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
5848 Points ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
5139 Points ∼88% -12%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
3938 Points ∼67% -33%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
3521 Points ∼60% -40%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
3134 Points ∼54% -46%
Average of class Office
  (138 - 5848, n=548)
1137 Points ∼19% -81%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
30676 Points ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
27289 Points ∼89% -11%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
27160 Points ∼89% -11%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
24301 Points ∼79% -21%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
22895 Points ∼75% -25%
Average of class Office
  (1208 - 30980, n=584)
7639 Points ∼25% -75%

We tested whether the graphics performance remains constant over prolonged periods of time with the role-playing game The Witcher 3 for a good 60 minutes (Full HD, maximum details). No frame-rate drops could be observed here.

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Gaming performance

Although the 14 Evo would definitely be gaming-capable, the 14-incher is definitely not a gaming platform. For one thing, performance is often only sufficient for minimum settings and 1280x720 pixels in modern games. On the other hand, many games generally don't run smoothly - probably due to driver problems. We had to deal with crashes (Cyberpunk 2077Horizon Zero DawnDirt 5Assassin's Creed ValhallaCall of Duty Cold War) and/or massive graphics errors (Ghost Recon BreakpointWatch Dogs Legion) in some cases. On the other hand, older or less demanding games, such as Dota 2 and Fifa 21, can be enjoyed with good visuals and at the native resolution.

The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
16 (12min) fps ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U
14.9 fps ∼93% -7%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U
14.4 (13min - 17max) fps ∼90% -10%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
11.9 (9min - 14max) fps ∼74% -26%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U
10.7 fps ∼67% -33%
Average of class Office
  (1.9 - 16.4, n=45)
8.44 fps ∼53% -47%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1185G7
33.4 (18min) fps ∼100%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Iris Xe G7 96EUs, i7-1165G7
25.4 (22min - 29max) fps ∼76% -24%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
Vega 8 R4000, R7 4800U
23.1 fps ∼69% -31%
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
Vega 7, R7 PRO 4750U
22.3 (20min - 24max) fps ∼67% -33%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
Vega 7, R7 4700U
16.5 fps ∼49% -51%
Average of class Office
  (3.1 - 34.1, n=75)
13.3 fps ∼40% -60%
low med. high ultra
GTA V (2015) 96.4 87.8 31.9 12.2 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 96.4 64.7 33.4 16 fps
Dota 2 Reborn (2015) 83.2 76.4 54.3 51.6 fps
X-Plane 11.11 (2018) 50.5 37 32.4 fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) 63 24 22 0 game wont start fps
Battlefield V (2018) 83.9 42.5 36.8 29.9 fps
Borderlands 3 (2019) 50.3 26.4 15.9 12.1 fps
Ghost Recon Breakpoint (2019) 46 severe graphical problems 36 severe graphical problems 32 severe graphical problems 23 severe graphical problems fps
Valorant (2020) 171 124 112 fps
Horizon Zero Dawn (2020) 0 game wont start 0 game wont start 0 game wont start 0 game wont start fps
Crysis Remastered (2020) 58.3 19.5 11.7 8.99 fps
FIFA 21 (2020) 190 90.3 84.3 60.9 fps
Watch Dogs Legion (2020) 46 severe graphical problems 27 severe graphical problems 0 game wont start 0 game wont start fps
Dirt 5 (2020) 0 game wont start 0 game wont start 0 game wont start 0 game wont start fps
Assassin´s Creed Valhalla (2020) 0 game wont start 0 game wont start 0 game wont start 0 game wont start fps
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War (2020) 0 game wont start 0 game wont start 0 game wont start 0 game wont start fps
Yakuza Like a Dragon (2020) 43.4 24.4 23.3 20.2 fps
Immortals Fenyx Rising (2020) 39 26 23 21 fps
Cyberpunk 2077 (2020) 0 game wont start 0 game wont start 0 game wont start 0 game wont start fps

Emissions

Noise emissions

Although the 14 Evo gets louder than its rivals under load, the noise level in 3D mode is acceptable at 39 to 43 dB(A). The case fan is completely silent in idle usage - apart from intermittent spikes. However, the device is never completely silent. In this way, our test device exhibited a quite prominent coil whine. Depending on your sense of hearing and your personal perception, this noise can become annoying.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2036.137.441.439.33838.92529.131.832.334.534.438.33141.542.840.44340.8474026.73326.327.629.335.25022.64524.628.526.129.76326.827.13524.525.1318034.526.328.818.321.237.410022.829.221.716.318.224.212522.928.418.619.618.526.51602826.117.519.618.428.620025.921.52020.320.427.525026.624.53817.617.627.531531.218.226.414.414.830.940024.713.319.812.312.225.250026.212.221.911.81126.963030.711.927.411.410.630.4800311128.511.110.431.7100030.9112811.611.431.1125032.911.429.211.710.832.5160031.611.227.8121131.8200032.311.828.811.710.932.525003212.528.712.411.832315031.513.428.212.912.131.3400033.116.127.514.912.432.6500030.314.224.712.912.730.263002715.121.613.312.927800021.41617.814.612.821.21000017.114.21513.212.717.11250014.814.414.512.812.314.41600017.616.816.41311.915.7SPL42.826.939.525.224.342.8N4.20.93.30.70.64.2median 28median 14.2median 24.7median 12.9median 12.3median 28.6Delta4.23.94.221.84.1hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseMSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005

Noise Level

Idle
25 / 27 / 39 dB(A)
Load
43 / 43 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 24 dB(A)
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
R7 4800U, Vega 8 R4000
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
R7 PRO 4750U, Vega 7
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
R7 4700U, Vega 7
Average of class Office
 
Noise
-2%
10%
-1%
-0%
-1%
off / environment *
24
29.8
-24%
26.3
-10%
30
-25%
31.2
-30%
29.6 (24 - 31.8, n=367)
-23%
Idle Minimum *
25
29.9
-20%
26.5
-6%
30.6
-22%
31.2
-25%
30.4 (24.5 - 39.8, n=1062)
-22%
Idle Average *
27
31
-15%
26.5
2%
30.6
-13%
31.2
-16%
31 (24.5 - 47.4, n=1062)
-15%
Idle Maximum *
39
31
21%
26.5
32%
30.6
22%
31.2
20%
31.5 (24.5 - 46.7, n=1061)
19%
Load Average *
43
35.6
17%
31.8
26%
33.6
22%
33.8
21%
33.7 (22.6 - 49.1, n=1061)
22%
Witcher 3 ultra *
39
37.4
4%
35.9
8%
36.3
7%
Load Maximum *
43
40.8
5%
35.9
17%
39.2
9%
33.5
22%
37.9 (29.9 - 55.6, n=1060)
12%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The 14 Evo also surpasses the comparison field in terms of heat development. The highest graphics performance also leads to the highest temperatures in 3D mode. In view of a maximum bottom temperature of 61 °C (~142 °F), the 14-inch laptop shouldn't necessarily be placed on the lap under full load. A maximum of 54 °C (~129 °F) in our The Witcher 3 test is also quite a lot. However, most users will probably only rarely put their business laptop under such load. The case surfaces stay fairly cool under normal conditions. We couldn't measure more than 30 °C (~86 °F) on the chassis in idle usage.

The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3
Stress test
Stress test
Full load - Top
Full load - Top
Full load - Bottom
Full load - Bottom
Max. Load
 50 °C
122 F
49 °C
120 F
50 °C
122 F
 
 46 °C
115 F
46 °C
115 F
39 °C
102 F
 
 41 °C
106 F
37 °C
99 F
34 °C
93 F
 
Maximum: 50 °C = 122 F
Average: 43.6 °C = 110 F
54 °C
129 F
57 °C
135 F
61 °C
142 F
44 °C
111 F
53 °C
127 F
52 °C
126 F
37 °C
99 F
41 °C
106 F
42 °C
108 F
Maximum: 61 °C = 142 F
Average: 49 °C = 120 F
Power Supply (max.)  48 °C = 118 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 43.6 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 50 °C / 122 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 61 °C / 142 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.6 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(-) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 41.3 °C / 106 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(-) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 41 °C / 105.8 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28 °C / 82.4 F (-13 °C / -23.4 F).
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
R7 4800U, Vega 8 R4000
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
R7 PRO 4750U, Vega 7
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
R7 4700U, Vega 7
Average of class Office
 
Heat
11%
14%
13%
16%
12%
Maximum Upper Side *
50
41
18%
43.8
12%
43.6
13%
39.5
21%
38.4 (26 - 62.5, n=1027)
23%
Maximum Bottom *
61
44.4
27%
43
30%
52.6
14%
43.6
29%
41.7 (28 - 71.6, n=1027)
32%
Idle Upper Side *
28
28
-0%
24.8
11%
22.4
20%
25.9
7%
28.8 (21.2 - 40, n=928)
-3%
Idle Bottom *
29
29.8
-3%
28.6
1%
27.2
6%
26.6
8%
30.4 (22.1 - 44.9, n=928)
-5%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

Unfortunately, the sound quality doesn't live up to the purchase price. According to our audio analysis, the bass and the mids are particularly lacking. The maximum volume of 75 dB is also modest. The competing ZenBook 14 performs better almost across all frequency ranges and can be turned up higher (up to 87 dB). To enjoy media content, headphones or external speakers should be plugged into the 14 Evo.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038392534.439.23140.848.74029.3345026.128.16325.1298021.224.410018.220.712518.525.216018.426.820020.428.825017.636.731514.841.840012.246.15001150.163010.654.780010.462.4100011.468.8125010.869.616001165.2200010.960.6250011.860.1315012.154.3400012.452.7500012.757630012.959.8800012.856.91000012.7561250012.351.31600011.951.2SPL24.374.8N0.629.5median 12.3median 54.3Delta1.89.842.544.642.534.436.134.431.331.431.330.43030.43331.33330.332.330.330.831.230.831.129.931.138.22938.25127.9515826.95865.325.265.369.828.569.873.824.873.878.721.378.778.518.678.577.71777.780.616.780.679.716.879.77816.8787416.37472.516.872.566.817.866.86921.36972.416.572.470.714.470.764.413.864.457.81457.861.314.261.360.615.960.687.53187.571.81.571.8median 69.8median 17median 69.874.17hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseMSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (75 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (11% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 78% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 17% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 21%, worst was 51%
Compared to all devices tested
» 74% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 20% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (12.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 7.8% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 40% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 48% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 29% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy management

Energy consumption

Even though the competition needs a bit less power, we would describe energy consumption as decent. 5 to 11 watts in idle usage speak for good battery life. Under load, our measuring device displayed between 39 and 65 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.6 / 1.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5 / 7 / 11 Watt
Load midlight 54 / 65 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
R7 4800U, Vega 8 R4000
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
R7 PRO 4750U, Vega 7
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
R7 4700U, Vega 7
Average of class Office
 
Power Consumption
21%
9%
30%
28%
-13%
Idle Minimum *
5
4.8
4%
4
20%
2.6
48%
2.8
44%
7.3 (1.3 - 32, n=1045)
-46%
Idle Average *
7
6.5
7%
6.3
10%
5
29%
4.8
31%
11.1 (3.7 - 42, n=1045)
-59%
Idle Maximum *
11
7.7
30%
7.7
30%
5.6
49%
6.7
39%
13.4 (4.8 - 67, n=1045)
-22%
Load Average *
54
29.6
45%
48.3
11%
39.8
26%
28
48%
37.2 (7.43 - 99.3, n=1030)
31%
Witcher 3 ultra *
39
28.6
27%
49
-26%
37.1
5%
57
-46%
Load Maximum *
65
57.8
11%
57.6
11%
49.9
23%
31
52%
46.4 (12.2 - 129, n=1032)
29%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

The battery capacity of 52 Wh is in the range of the competition, which has 48 to 67 Wh. The 14 Evo's runtime is more than solid in practical scenarios. In our Wi-Fi test with reduced display brightness (approx. 150 cd/m²), the 14-incher shut down after about 7.5 hours. However, the comparison devices do even better: They achieve between 10 and 13 hours in the WLAN test. Only in an ideal case (low load and low brightness) is it possible to squeeze more than 10 hours out from the MSI laptop's battery.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 45min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
7h 31min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 08min
MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005
i7-1185G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 52.4 Wh
Asus ZenBook 14 UX425EA
i7-1165G7, Iris Xe G7 96EUs, 67 Wh
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
R7 4800U, Vega 8 R4000, 61 Wh
HP EliteBook 845 G7 Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
R7 PRO 4750U, Vega 7, 53 Wh
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R4XJ
R7 4700U, Vega 7, 48.85 Wh
Average of class Office
 
Battery Runtime
116%
50%
76%
65%
6%
Reader / Idle
825
1554
88%
1623
97%
1392
69%
595 (101 - 3537, n=825)
-28%
WiFi v1.3
451
786
74%
619
37%
795
76%
715
59%
435 (105 - 1124, n=429)
-4%
Load
68
194
185%
79
16%
114
68%
102 (37 - 259, n=802)
50%
H.264
968
458 (139 - 910, n=215)

Pros

+ decent battery life
+ small size
+ compact power adapter
+ comfortably light
+ stylish design
+ Thunderbolt 4

Cons

- poor webcam
- not many ports
- poor sound
- soldered RAM
- coil whine

Verdict

MSI Prestige 14 Evo, review device provided by MSI Germany.
MSI Prestige 14 Evo, review device provided by MSI Germany.

With the Tiger Lake generation, Intel is trying to close the performance gap to AMD, which was long overdue.

However, the plan has only been partially successful. While graphics performance makes a big leap forward in the case of the Core i7-1185G7 (Iris Xe Graphics G7), the relationship between the processor performance and the cost is still better with AMD. In the corresponding price range, the main competitor already offers octa-core processors with 16 threads instead of quad-core ones with eight threads, which rewards certain applications with a significantly higher performance. In addition, the AMD models are more energy-efficient (lower heat development, higher battery life).

MSI has successfully created a nice all-rounder for on-the-go use here.

Otherwise, MSI has focused more on the mobility aspect than on the professional aspect. The port range and maintenance/upgrade options (soldered RAM) fall victim to the compact and light case. The quality of the webcam and the speakers could also be criticized. In return, the Prestige 14 Evo scores points with a stylish design and a large touchpad, among other things.

Price and availability

The MSI Prestige 14 Evo is currently available in the A11M-005 configuration (i7-1185G7, Iris Xe, 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB SSD) for around 1,300 Euros (~$1,580) at Notebooksbilliger.de and Amazon.de, among others.

MSI Prestige 14 Evo A11M-005 - 12/09/2020 v7
Florian Glaser

Chassis
81 / 98 → 83%
Keyboard
79%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
63 / 80 → 78%
Weight
73 / 20-75 → 96%
Battery
77%
Display
87%
Games Performance
70 / 78 → 90%
Application Performance
93 / 95 → 98%
Temperature
77%
Noise
79%
Audio
61%
Camera
39 / 85 → 46%
Average
74%
83%
Office - Weighted Average

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Florian Glaser, 2020-12-15 (Update: 2020-12-15)
Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming
Growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 90s, I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood. Especially computer games radiated a great fascination for me even then. From Monkey Island to Lands of Lore to Doom, everything was gambled that you could get your hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with focus on high-performance gaming notebooks.