MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!

MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!
9 min read
16 October 2020

MSI’s Bravo 15 gaming laptop features an all  AMD design with AMD Ryzen 5 4600H processor   and Radeon RX 5500M graphics, but just how well  does it perform in games? MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!I’ve tested it in 20   different titles and compared it with other  gaming laptops to show you the differences.

All testing was done with the highest performance  mode and coolerboost enabled for best results.

Microsoft flight simulator was tested  in the Sydney landing challenge. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!  This is quite the resource heavy test, but  high end settings weren't too terrible,   medium was much better though, while the  low-end preset was just below 60 fps. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!Death Stranding was still able to run above 60  FPS even with the highest setting preset in use,   and there was hardly any measurable difference  between maxed out and the default preset either. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested using  the game’s built in benchmark tool,   and it’s not possible to run the test  at ultra settings due to the 4gb VRAM   limitation of the RX 5500M graphics,  though medium still got us above 60 FPS. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode,  this one was playing fairly well even with   the highest ultra setting preset, which  was still able to average above 60 FPS,   then only minor additional gains  stepping down to the high preset.MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games! Control was tested with RTX disabled  as that’s not currently possible with   the 5500M. I don’t think this game  needs mega high frame rates to enjoy,   and medium settings were just under the  magic 60 FPS point and playing well.MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!Shadow of the Tomb Raider was  tested with the built in benchmark,   high settings were needed to surpass 60 FPS  while the lowest preset boosted this over 100,   but we’ll check out how other laptops compare  with the Bravo in this title and more soon. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!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.   It was playing well with max settings, though  minimum settings would make better use of the   120Hz panel, where even the 1% low  is near the screen’s refresh rate. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!Call of Duty Modern Warfare was tested in campaign  mode with either max or min settings for the same   reason. It was still going fine at max and was  around the 60 FPS mark again, while minimum   settings would give us 1% lows above even the  average of max if you prefer smoother gameplay. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!Fortnite was tested with the replay feature,  and as a less demanding game the highest epic   setting preset was still above 60 FPS,  though medium settings would push this   above the screen’s 120Hz refresh rate, while low  settings moved even the 1% low near this point. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!CS:GO was tested with the ulletical  FPS benchmark, and high frame rates   were possible without any problems as  is typically the case from this test. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!Dota 2 was tested playing in  the middle lane with bots,   again no problems at all even at higher  setting levels with these esports titles.MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games! Overwatch was tested running through the practice  range. Max settings was still above 100 FPS,   though ultra pushed the 1% low to around the  screens refresh rate, so again no problems at all. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!Rainbow Six Siege was tested with  the built in benchmark using Vulkan,   again high frame rates even at the higher  setting presets, so no problems here either. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!Metro Exodus was tested using the  built in benchmark, for some reason   the extreme preset kept crashing so  I wasn’t able to collect data for it,   but based on the 32 FPS at ultra  settings it probably wouldn’t be great. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!Monster Hunter World was tested running through  the main town. The 1% lows aren’t far behind the   averages, so the results should be fairly  consistent, and high settings was above   60 for the 1% low while low settings could  best take advantage of the 120Hz display. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!Borderlands 3 was tested using  the game’s built in benchmark,   and there was a pretty large difference  between medium and high settings,   so probably worth sticking to medium  for that big frame rate increase. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!  Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is another that  was tested with the games benchmark,   and 60 FPS was possible with the high  preset, a fair result given the game   doesn’t need a super high frame rate to play. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!The Witcher 3 was playable at ultra settings,   even the 1% low was near 60 FPS, but there was  a substantial boost to be had by lowering just   one level to high settings, which in  my opinion still looks great anyway. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!F1 2020 was tested with the games benchmark tool,   and it sees a similar behaviour where lowering  down one level from max offered a nice boost,   in this case high settings would push the  average FPS above the screens refresh rate. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!Far Cry New Dawn was also tested with the games  benchmark, ultra settings was still above 60 FPS,   though this seems to be a more CPU heavy test  so the 4600H might be holding up the score.

Now let’s take a look at how the all AMD Bravo 15  compares against other laptops, use these results   as a rough guide only, as they were tested  at different times with different drivers.

I’ve tested Battlefield 5 in  campaign mode at ultra settings,   and the Bravo 15 is highlighted in red. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!This is  only the second 5500M laptop I’ve ever tested,   and despite the GPU reporting as running at a  lower power limit compared to MSI’s Alpha 15,   the Bravo is a fair bit ahead of the  Alpha, probably due to the CPU difference,   as we know the newer Zen2 options  obliterate the older 3750H. Either way,   the 5500M still seems to sit in between the  1650 and 1660 Ti options on the Nvidia side.

These are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra  settings in the built in benchmark. MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!This test   depends more on the processor, which probably  explains why the Alpha 15 with the same 5500M   graphics is further below now. Interestingly  the 5600M in the Dell G5 SE was just above it   with the same processor, I suppose due to  the GPU mattering a bit less in this test.   Again though, the Bravo 15’s 5500M is in  between the Nvidia 1650 and 1660 Ti options.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested  with the games benchmark tool with the   highest setting preset.MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games! The 5600M in the G5 is  now 27% ahead of the 5500M as this is a heavier   GPU test - let me know if you’d be interested  in a video comparing those two graphics options.   The Bravo was just three frames ahead of the  Alpha with the same GPU, so that CPU difference   matters a bit less here compared to Far Cry  5, at least at these higher setting levels.

Overall the 5500M is certainly capable  of delivering a good gaming experience,   just expect medium to high settings in  more demanding AAA titles if you want   to maintain 60 FPS averages, though as we’ve  just seen it of course depends on the game.

MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games!The 120Hz screen in my unit has a 22.3ms average  gray-to-gray response time, so not a great result   given we need an 8.33ms response time for all  transitions to occur within the refresh window.   

MSI Bravo 15 (4600H + 5500M) Tested In 20 Games! It’s one of the slower results when  we compare it against other laptops,   but similar to a number of other  more budget friendly gaming laptops,   and hey at least not as bad as the far more  expensive razer blade stealth at the top.

I hope this has been useful. Anyway let me know what you thought of the MSI  Bravo 15s gaming performance down in the comments.

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