The MSI GP75 is a powerful gaming laptop that’s not quite as thin as many others I’ve recently tested, so let’s see if that extra cooling space is able to give it an edge in games. I’ve tested 20 different games at all setting levels and compared it with other laptops to help you decide if it’s worth it. I’ve got the 10SFK model, which means there’s a 10th gen Intel i7-10750H processor, Nvidia RTX 2070 graphics, no Super here, 16gb of memory in dual channel, and like we saw in the GS66, MSI have chosen to use slower DDR4-2666 rather than 2933 which the 10th gen supports. There’s also a 17.3” 1080p 240Hz screen, but there are different options available.
The MSI Dragon Center software lets you select between different performance modes. I’ve done all testing with extreme mode enabled for best performance, however this does not apply any overclocking or undervolting by default. I’ve also tested with coolerboost enabled which raises fan speed. We’ll only be covering gaming performance in this review, check out full review of MSI GP75.
Let’s start out by going through all games at all setting levels, then afterwards we’ll see how MSI’s new 10th gen GP75 compares with some other laptops. Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested using the game’s built in benchmark tool, and this test is tough on pretty much any laptop regardless of specs with max settings, though 70 FPS for high settings is pretty decent. Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode, I didn’t bother testing RTX like I usually do, as it honestly doesn’t seem worthwhile in this title, but let me know if you still want to see it. The performance at ultra settings was one of the best I’ve seen out of all laptops tested, but we’ll compare with some other laptops soon. Control was tested with and without RTX enabled as it’s much more useful in this title. I’ve got the results with RTX off in purple, RTX on in the green bars which is much worse, then RTX on with DLSS enabled as shown by the red bars. At max settings the DLSS result is pretty similar to RTX off while also gaining some of the benefits of ray tracing. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in benchmark, and the results were pretty good at higher setting levels, but again you’ll see the differences when we compare with other laptops shortly.Apex Legends was tested with either all settings at maximum, or all settings on the lowest possible values, as it doesn’t have predefined setting presets. Unfortunately the results aren’t too comparable with my previous tests on the world's edge map, since season 5 decided to only give me kings canyon for 14 hours. Call of Duty Modern Warfare was tested in campaign mode, and I’ve also tested it with the settings either maxed out or at minimum. Max settings was still playing well, though minimum was hitting higher 1% lows than even the average maxed out if you want to preference frame rate. Borderlands 3 was tested using the game’s built in benchmark, and it was still possible to surpass 60 FPS with the highest setting preset in this test owing to our higher end GPU. Ghost Recon Breakpoint was also tested with the benchmark tool, and despite being another resource heavy game hitting 70 FPS at ultimate settings is a pretty good result for it. Fortnite was tested with the replay feature, and it was running without issue even at the highest epic setting preset, though medium settings could get us FPS higher than the 240Hz refresh rate of the display. Overwatch is another less demanding game and was tested in the practice range. Again, even with the epic setting preset the frame rates are very high, and stepping down just one level to ultra still hit frame rates above the screen’s refresh rate. CS:GO was tested using the Ulletical FPS benchmark, and although the results at max settings are above the refresh rate of the screen, the fps is significantly less when compared to a laptop that would allow us to disable optimus, which cannot be done with the GP75. Dota 2 was tested playing in the middle lane, and the results aren’t that far off many other laptops tested. With over 200 FPS at low settings, it’s another laptop that’s able to deliver a smooth experience with the 240Hz display. Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built in benchmark using Vulkan, low settings was once more around the refresh rate of the screen, though even maxed out performance is still very good. Metro Exodus was tested using the built-in benchmark, most parts of the game perform a fair bit better than this, so don’t take these results as a good indication of what to expect throughout the entire game, it’s more of a worst case. The Division 2 was also tested with the built-in benchmark, and aside from crashing more than ever after the latest update which made testing take about 3 times longer than normal, the results are inline with similar specced machines tested. Monster Hunter World has been added, which worked out well as I had to skip doom eternal as my frame measuring software causes it to crash after the recent update. Anyway this is my first experience with this game, and even the highest settings, it seemed to work pretty well on the 2070. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was tested with the built-in benchmark, and the performance was decent, at least better 1% lows when compared to the Alienware m15 R2 I recently covered, likely due to the CPU performance difference. Far Cry New Dawn was also tested with the games benchmark, and as a CPU sensitive test there was a similar result here where there was a notable improvement over the m15 R2 which was throttle city. The Witcher 3 was playing without problems at maximum settings, I don’t often see above 100 FPS with ultra settings, but it’s possible with the 115 watt RTX 2070 here. F1 2019 was tested using the game’s benchmark tool, and excellent performance was still possible at maximum settings, though we could gain some more frames at lower settings if you really want to utilize that 240Hz panel.
Let’s also take a look at how the MSI GP75 10SFK gaming laptop compares with other laptops, use these results as a rough guide only as they were tested at different times with different drivers.
In Battlefield 5 I’ve got the GP75 highlighted in red. The older 9th gen GP75 is also there, same RTX 2070 graphics but slightly older i7-9750H processor, and in this test we can see it’s less than 3 FPS behind, however the 1% low with the newer 10th gen model is higher comparatively. In any case, this is one of the best results in this game that I’ve gotten so far.
These are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra settings in the built-in benchmark. Again this config of the GP75 was close to the top of the graph, and the 9th gen model wasn’t too far behind it. This is typically a more CPU sensitive test, which may explain why it’s the highest result out of any 115 watt 2070 laptop I’ve tested, as it’s also the first I’ve had with a 10th gen processor.
These are the results from Shadow of the Tomb Raider with the built-in benchmark at highest settings. This more GPU demanding test again only resulted in the 10th gen 10SFK model we’re looking at here come out 3 FPS ahead of the 9th gen model. It’s also no longer the best 115 watt 2070 result though, the ASUS Zephyrus GX502 is slightly higher, probably due to the FPS boost it receives by allowing you to disable optimus.
Overall the gaming performance with the GP75 10SFK was excellent, as expected due to the RTX 2070 graphics. Even at max settings most games were playable no problem, I’m still waiting to get a laptop with the newer Super version to see how that compares. We could probably gain a couple extra FPS by upgrading to DDR4-2933 memory too, but based on the last time I tested this it wouldn’t offer that big of a difference.
Something I noticed straight away after testing out the Alienware m15 R2, was that games at lower settings were performing much better here, the CPU performance seems more consistent, though the 10th gen i7 is also able to clock higher, but that will depend on power and thermal limits which we’ll investigate in the upcoming review. Let me know what you thought of the gaming performance of MSI’s latest iteration of GP75 gaming laptop down in the comments.