The MSI Vector GP76 Leopard has a design that is reminiscent of older gaming laptops with excessive angles, an aggressive red and black color scheme, and a strong appearance that could withstand being run over by a truck. There will undoubtedly be a group of people who still yearn for the sleek, polished appearance that will be common in 2021, when you might easily mistake a powerful gaming device for a typical office laptop.
It has a brand-new GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card and an Intel Core i7-10750H processor. This ensures that this laptop can handle nearly any game you throw at it on high graphics settings, along with the 16GB of RAM. The MSI Vector GP76 is an advancement over the company’s previous Leopard line of less expensive (but still high-end) gaming laptops. We are here with our MSI Vector GP76 review.
A gigantic 17.3-inch, 1080p display with a 360Hz refresh rate, an Intel Core i7 CPU coupled with an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU, and 16GB of RAM are all included with the Vector GP76, which starts at $1,799. For a little more money, you can upgrade to our review model, which has a Core i9 processor, an RTX 3070 It graphics card, and 32GB of RAM.
The MSI brand is well-known for producing high-quality gaming laptops. In reality, the company offers a sizable selection of gaming laptops. Comparing MSI Gaming Series laptops to other gaming laptops with comparable specifications, they provide strong performance and good value for the money.
MSI Vector GP76 review: Design
As we’ve already mentioned, we’re not huge fans of the design, but if you enjoy the slightly dated retro throwback, then this may potentially be a breath of fresh air from all the most recent releases that are desperately attempting to seem like edgy business laptops, like the Lenovo Legion 7i.
Not only does it appear tough, but the entire laptop chassis feels incredibly well made. The base plate of the keyboard didn’t flex at all, and the display hinge is equally sturdy. Although we wouldn’t advise testing its durability, the MSI Vector GP76 Leopard seems capable of handling the demands of a hectic life if you need a gaming laptop.
The SteelSeries keyboard, which uses an odd font that would be more at home on an energy drink, also adds to the laptop’s archaic appearance. This keyboard font has previously appeared on MSI laptops, so it might suit your preferences, which is OK, but it feels like a somewhat risky choice. Additionally, because it isn’t mechanical, it makes a quieter sound while maintaining responsiveness, which is an advantage if you dislike the “tappy” noises made by gaming keyboards.
However, the integrated RGB lighting is extremely good, and each key can be personalized for in-game real-time responsiveness. There are several different light effect modes available, and if you want to watch the lights change in response to the music you’re playing, you may program it to do so.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The SteelSeries keyboard in the MSI Vector GP76 features somewhat smaller but gripping keys with a medium pressure point and medium travel, and it hasn’t altered in generations. Even if the stroke is a little softer than usual, longer texts can be written without any issues. The layout has the following qualities to consider: The arrow keys are 15x15mm in size, like the majority of other keys, however the Enter key is separated, while the right Shift, number block, and F keys are smaller.
With modified DE labelling, the keyboard thus matches that of the US market. Some function keys can do two different tasks. The low noise level is one benefit. The “SteelSeries Engine 3” software allows for the configuration of individual key backlighting and supports up to 10 simultaneous keystrokes. The touchpad is not the largest at 10.5 x 6.5 cm, but it glides quite smoothly and operates very precisely. The integrated click buttons do not provide the best feedback and only work under extreme pressure.
The touchpad is not the largest at 10.5 x 6.5 cm, but it glides quite smoothly and operates very precisely. The integrated click buttons do not provide the best feedback and only work under extreme pressure. However, there are clickpads that are considerably worse available.
MSI Vector GP76 review: Display
The 17.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 display on the MSI Vector GP76 obviously puts speed over resolution, with a blisteringly fast 360Hz refresh rate that will appeal to gamers that prefer rapid-twitch FPS games or racing games. To test the Vector GP76, I watched the most recent trailer for HBO’s upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon. At close range, I could tell that the full HD resolution squeezed onto a 17.3-inch display lacks crispness, but stepping back a little bit, which is possible with a panel this size, eliminated those concerns.
The final scenario has a burst of flame that highlights the display’s brightness and HDR capabilities due to the black background and the almost white-hot flames. The colours are outstanding. I could see every inch of my arrows’ path as they flew through the air and whacked an enemy soldier from my perch atop a neighboring structure thanks to the 360Hz refresh rate. I greatly enjoyed watching my Raven Clan Cloak move with ease as I hurried to re-join my boat.
Our colorimeter found that the MSI Vector GP76 accurately reproduced 82.3% of the DCI-P3 colour gamut, just shy of the average premium gaming laptop’s 83.3%. That was sufficient to outperform the M17 R4 (80.6%), but the Blade 17 (84%) triumphed by a slim margin over the Strix Scar 17 (82.5%).
MSI Vector GP76 review: Audio
The MSI Vector GP76 is virtually silent when it is idle, and since Silent mode does not limit CPU speed, there is no very unpleasant fan noise under reasonable load or audible high-pitch frequencies.
However, when playing in Extreme mode, the volume increases to a point where it can be irritating. Here, an external sound system or headphones are recommended, while Silent mode is also an option. But even in Balanced mode, there are only very tiny performance losses and the noise quality is significantly better.
MSI Vector GP76 review: Graphics
With the addition of the most recent Intel Core processors and Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series graphics, MSI just updated its whole array of gaming laptops. One of them is the MSI Vector GP76, which has the features of a 12th-generation Intel Core i9 processor, 16GB RAM, and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070Ti graphics. The cost of the laptop is Rs. 2,23,000
Despite being one of MSI’s most cheap laptops, the MSI Vector GP76 didn’t skimp on the internals for gamers. With 8GB of VRAM, Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU is more than capable of handling practically any gaming workload you can throw at it, especially on a 1080p display.
To examine how it compared to the competition, we put it through our standard battery of gaming benchmarks. In our test group, only the Razer Blade 17 (Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, 89 fps) was faster than Assassin’s Creed Valhalla at 86 frames per second on Ultra settings. The Alienware m17 R4 (Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, 78 fps), and Strix Scar 17 (Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070Ti, 77 fps) were next
MSI Vector GP76 review: Performance
The SSD on the MSI Vector GP76 is a bit slow when it comes to CrystalDiskMark, although there are undoubtedly SSDs that are far quicker. Nevertheless, you ought to be able to experience quick speeds generally, especially while starting it up. For those who are curious, it makes use of the 1TB Micron 2450 SSD. The MSI Vector GP76 performed admirably in Cinebench R20 thanks to its Intel Core i7-12700H processor. In this test, it was able to comfortably place among the top five scoring laptops on our list of benchmarked laptops.
Even while it’s not as good with the RTX 3060 GPU, graphic performance is still quite respectable. In the 4K Optimized benchmark run by Unagile Superposition, it was able to achieve a score of 7,280. This indicates that you might not want to use this laptop for anything that requires 4K resolution, but 1440p should still work just fine. On the other hand, the MSI Vector GP76 fared excellently in 3DMark Time Spy, despite falling just shy of the 10,000 point. However, the laptop’s CPU and GPU configuration is unquestionably showing promise.
Battery Life and Heat
Average battery life has increased over the previous model by 20%. With the exception of the compact Zephyrus M16, the remainder of the test field does not give much more even with better batteries. In our WLAN test, at 150 cd/m2 brightness, in balanced Windows performance setting, little over 5 hours were feasible. It took about 2.5 hours to fully recharge the 65 Wh battery. This notebook is considerably lengthier than many others in any class.
The standby consumption of 0.5 watts is pleasing and indicates a standby time of more than 5 days. For a gaming computer, the idle consumption of 15.6 watts is average to good. Under load and gaming combined, the constant maximum consumption is little under 200 watts. In theory, a high value is preferable in this situation because it allows the GPU to use a lot of power and function more quickly.
Depending on the mode, the value should range from 50 to 80 watts under pure CPU load. According to the table above, consumption values are lower in Balanced and Silent modes. A peak load of just under 320 watts doesn’t happen in normal use and only appears for a very brief period at the start of the combined stress test.
At the time of publication, it doesn’t appear that our review model (12UGS-434) is offered outside of Germany. The 12UGS-298 and the 12UGS-61 are the two alternatives that Amazon US offers. The first has an Intel i7-12700H, while the second has an Intel i9-12900HK. Depending on the selected SSD configuration, prices start at US$ 2,449.00 and US$ 2,649.00, respectively, however they are liable to vary.
A different MSI Vector GP76 model, the GE76 Raider with an RTX 3070 and 32GB of RAM, costs $1,999 (about £1,460, AU$2,630), but it looks (in our opinion) far better. This is significantly more expensive than some other gaming laptops employing the most recent mobile Ampere cards.
Another 17-inch option with an RTX 3070 GPU, 32GB of RAM, and an i7-10870H CPU is the Gigabyte Aorus 17G, which costs $2,099/£2,199/AU$3,599. This costs a little more, but it also has a 300 Hz display and an integrated mechanical keyboard, so for some people, the extra money is worthwhile.
The MSI Vector GP76 offers gamers a lot of what they desire in terms of performance, keyboard, and 360Hz refresh rate display, but its excruciatingly short battery life and generally subpar thermal performance make it difficult to recommend over some of the rivalry.
Now, if you never, or at least infrequently, use your laptop without a charger and you always game while wearing a headphone, that substantially alters the situation for you. Despite the Vector GP76’s few flaws, we still advise not buying it before at least looking over our list of the best gaming laptops. However, even with these flaws, the remainder of the package is outstanding and undoubtedly provides a great gaming experience.