MSI GS66 Stealth review: Stealthy looks hide a mountain of power

The MSI GS66 stealth is quite the looker, and it's packed full of power.

Msi Gs66 Stealth
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MSI has made quite a name for itself in the gaming PC space, with everything from motherboards to graphics cards and laptops. The latest powerhouse from MSI is the GS66 Stealth, a laptop that certainly delivers on that moniker. Not only does it look sleek, but it includes a bevy of powerful specs and an impressive 300Hz display.

Of course, backing up those specs is a pretty hefty price. Is it worth the $2,799 MSI is asking for it?

If you're shopping for a new gaming laptop during Amazon Prime Day, then the MSI GS66 is worth considering. However, since its launch, the price of the high-end model reviewed here has dropped a fair amount to around $2,650. If you don't see a price lower than that, then you may want to hold out until after Prime Day for a sale.

MSI GS66 Stealth 10SGS-441 technical specifications

Msi Gs66 Stealth

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Display15.6 inches
1,920 x 1,080 (FHD)
Non-touch, anti-glare
300Hz refresh rate
Processor10th Gen
Intel Core i7-10875H
Up to 5.1 GHz (boost)
RAM32GB (16GB x 2) DDR4 3200MHz
Storage512GB M.2 NVMe SSD
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q
Ports3x USB 3.2 Gen 2
1x Thunderbolt 3
1x USB-C 3.2
HDMI (4K @ 60Hz)
1x audio combo
1x Killer LAN E3100 (ethernet)
Audio2x 2W Dynaudio speakers
ConnectivityIntel Wi-Fi 6 AX201(2x2 ax)
Camera720p HD webcam
Windows Hello IR cam

What you'll love about the MSI GS66 Stealth 10SGS-441

Msi Gs66 Stealth

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The days of chunky laptops are mostly over, and gaming PCs are catching up, even if they're still thick by the standard of Ultrabooks that are on the market. At just under an inch thick, the GS66 Stealth manages to pack in a ton of ports while keeping things looking and feeling sleek. The matte black finish, which blends in without screaming "gamer," makes it easy for you to take this laptop out and about without drawing a ton of attention.

That isn't to say it isn't a little on the large side, however. You're dealing with a 15.6-inch laptop with a 16:9 display that weighs in at over four-and-a-half pounds. However, that also gives the keyboard and trackpad plenty of breathing room to work with.

Speaking of the trackpad, it's delightfully large on the GS66 Stealth. Wider trackpads have become more common on laptops nowadays, and the GS66 Stealth takes that cue, giving you plenty of room to work with (even if you'll switch to a mouse for gaming). Likewise, the keyboard is plenty spacious, with a good amount of key travel.

The keyboard is where you'll find the only traditional "gamer" flourish as well: RGB lighting. MSI has partnered with Steelseries for its laptop keyboards, relying on the company's software to control RGB lighting. This partnership has resulted in a keyboard that both looks and feels great for both gaming and general productivity work.

One of the best aspects of the GS66 Stealth is its screen. MSI went all out with its panel choice, fitting in a 1080p display with a whopping 300Hz refresh rate. While you're not going to push that refresh rate to its limit with modern games, it opens up a lot of breathing room for older games to push framerates to the max. With a 3ms response time, you'll get a very snappy experience as well.

Beyond the refresh rate, though, the screen just looks phenomenal. Colors are very vibrant, and the anti-glare coating is fantastic for cutting down on glare. Combined with the refresh rate, it just feels very snappy and downright looks excellent, whether gaming or getting some work done.

The internals, of course, are the real draw here. MSI hasn't spared anything when it comes to this configuration. For reference, MSI sent the GS66 Stealth 10SGS-441, which comes packed 32GB of RAM, a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, and NVIDIA's RTX 2080 SUPER with Max-Q graphics.

As you'd expect with such beefy specs, the performance here is excellent. In games like Overwatch and Destiny 2, I was pushing frame rates in excess of 100 frames per second (FPS) at high settings. Running older games, like World of Warcraft or CS:Go will result in even greater framerates.


Time Spy (Higher is better)

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MSI GS66 StealthRTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q7,375
Maingear VectorGTX 1660 Ti6,161
Lenovo Legion Y740 15RTX 2070 Max-Q6,406
Lenovo Legion Y740 17RTX 2080 Max-Q7,128
Lenovo Legion Y730GTX 1050 Ti2,568
Lenovo Legion Y7000GTX 10603,975
Dell G7 15 7588GTX 10603,792
Acer Predator Triton 700GTX 10805,809
ASUS ROG ZephyrusGTX 10805,551


Fire Strike (Higher is better)

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MSI GS66 StealthRTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q17,260
Maingear VectorGTX 1660 Ti14,052
Lenovo Legion Y740 15RTX 2070 Max-Q14,669
Lenovo Legion Y740 17RTX 2080 Max-Q16,303
Lenovo Legion Y730GTX 1050 Ti6,890
Lenovo Legion Y7000GTX 106010,137
Razer Blade 15GTX 107013,560
Acer Predator Triton 700GTX 108014,572
HP Omen 15GTX 10608,722


Geekbench 4.0 Benchmarks (Higher is better)

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DeviceCPUSingle coreMulti core
MSI GS66 Stealthi7-10875H4,70421832
Maingear Vectori9-9750H5,25723,718
Lenovo Legion Y740 15i7-8750H4,97522,294
Lenovo Legion Y740 17i7-8750H5,06722,578
Lenovo Legion Y730i7-8750H4,79319,085
MSI PS63 Moderni7-8565U4,90914,466
Lenovo Legion Y7000i7-8750H5,13422,540
Razer Blade 15i7-8750H4,87217,910
Acer Predator Triton 700i7-7700HQ4,83415,298


PCMark Home Conventional 3.0

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MSI GS66 Stealth4,747
Maingear Vector4,451
Lenovo Legion Y740 154,789
Lenovo Legion Y740 175,102
Lenovo Legion Y7303,731
Lenovo Legion Y70004,097
Acer Predator Triton 7004,205
Dell G7 15 75883,853


CrystalDiskMark (Higher is better)

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MSI GS66 Stealth3,247 MB/s2,711 MB/s
Maingear Vector2,801 MB/s1,581 MB/s
Lenovo Legion Y740 153,395.1 MB/s1,549.7 MB/s
Lenovo Legion Y740 173,356.5 MB/s1,388.1 MB/s
Lenovo Legion Y7303,244.8 MB/s1,335.4 MB/s
MSI PS63 Modern3,300 MB/s1,875 MB/s
Lenovo Legion Y70003,493.5 MB/s1,653.8 MB/s
Razer Blade 152,722 MB/s1,217 MB/s
Dell G7 15 7588521.5 MB/s303.4 MB/s

The SSD in the MSI GS66 Stealth is among the fastest we've measured. This should translate to speedy performance, whether gaming or doing general computing work.

What you'll dislike about the MSI GS66 Stealth 10SGS-441

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While the MSI GS66 Stealth looks excellent and feels like a solid laptop, there are a few downsides with its build quality. Despite a largely metal chassis that doesn't show any bending or squishiness, MSI has included some plastic in the build that distracts from an otherwise premium feel. The entire hinge mechanism, while not super distracting, is plastic, for example. Likewise, there's a plastic strip at the front edge of the laptop where your wrists rest.

The trackpad and keys didn't bother me while using the GS66 Stealth, but they could represent a sticking point for some. If you're used to clicky mechanical keys under your fingertips, then the GS66 Stealth's keys will feel a little soft by comparison. Likewise, the clicking action on the otherwise excellent glass trackpad is a bit on the mushy side.

It's worth noting, too, that the typical cautions when buying a gaming laptop apply here. Battery life is just okay; I was hitting between six and eight hours in general use with the GS66 Stealth, which isn't great but is expected. For powering back up, you'll also have to carry around a somewhat bulky power brick. Again, this isn't anything unexpected with a gaming laptop, but it's worth keeping in mind.

Lastly, there's the price: this is definitely on the premium end of gaming laptops. The particular model MSI sent me comes in at $2,700, which is a lot to drop on a laptop. It's certainly not alone in this space, but you'll want to seriously compare it to other options on the market before making a decision.

Should you buy the MSI GS66 Stealth 10SGS-441 gaming laptop?

Msi Gs66 Stealth

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With gaming laptops gradually getting slimmer and more stylish, there are a lot of options out there nowadays. The MSI GS66 Stealth certainly turns in a high performance that makes it worth the money, but it also has some stiff competition. Its bigger cousin, the GS75 Stealth, however, made our list of the best gaming laptops alongside entries from Razer, ASUS, and others.

If you're planning to do more office work than game, you'll want to turn your attention to the slew of great Ultrabooks out there for better portability and battery life. If you have the cash to drop and want to get one of the best portable PC gaming experiences out there, however, the MSI GS66 Stealth is worth snagging.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl