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  • Soon Kai Hong

A Creator's Perspective With MSI Stealth GS77

Now we reviewed this pretty recently. This is the MSI Stealth GS77 and it’s a solid 17.3–inch gaming laptop through and through. It’s got an updated, more minimalistic design. It sports a great CPU and GPU combo to tear through all those games. It has a nice large IPS display with a high refresh rate that not only looks great, but feels nice. But today we’re putting it through a different set of tests, and see if this can be the do it all laptop for not just gaming, but everything else. Thanks to MSI for sponsoring this video and with that said, let’s get into it.

So as mentioned earlier, we did a review of this very laptop before and if you’ve yet to check that out, you can do so via clicking on the link up above on in the description down below. Do watch that if you want to know more about the laptop itself and especially with regards to gaming performance and temperatures.

But today we’re taking a look at the other side of the coin, or laptop in this case. As MSI claims, this laptop is made for both business and gaming. Now business includes professionals, and professionals include creatives. So in that regard, let’s take a look at how this performs outside of gaming scenarios.

First up, the specs. For our config, we have the latest 12th-Gen Intel Core i7-12700H, we have the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070Ti with 105 watts TGP, 32GB of DDR5 RAM and 1TB of PCIe 4.0 SSD storage.

Using MSI Center, there will be various profiles to choose from. Super Battery, Silent, Balanced and Extreme Performance. In addition, you can turn on Cooler Booster in Extreme Performance which basically tunes the fans to maximum speed. For the following benchmarks, we’ll focus on all of them except Super Battery.

So first up, let’s talk about the performance CPU and GPU in various benchmark applications for a general overview.

Sure enough, it performs admirably in Cinebench R23. Silent yields the least performance as expected, with the CPU power limited and fans on the minimum. Balance is literally just that and it brings the multi-core score above 10,000 and a good increase in single-core as well, now nearing 1700. Bring it up to Extreme Performance and the multi-core score now nears 13,000 while adding on Cooler Boost brings that up to basically 14,000.

We now move on to DaVinci Resolve, and we tested on both 1080p projects and 4K projects. At 1080p, there’s no doubt that this can render really fast. Even on the Silent profile, it could render faster than real-time. But of course, we definitely suggest using Extreme Performance mode or even with Cooler Booster turned on if you don’t mind the noise. The same can be said for the 4K projects, in which it can handle with relative ease as well, and still, in real-time too.

For you 3D artists out there, Blender 3.1 gives a good baseline of what you can expect. We ran the basic benchmark, which includes running the Monster, Junkshop and Classroom scenes. With just the Intel Core i7-12700H, it got a respectable score in terms of samples per minute at 109, 65 and 49 respectively. Turn on Cooler Booster and performance increases ever so slightly just for the Monster scene while the rest remains the same.

Now Blender does also support the use of the GPU for rasterization instead and these are the results for the very same tests. 1468, 857 and 760 respectively. Turn on CoolerBooster and the performance rises yet again just for the Monster scene, achieving a slightly higher 1485 while the other two remained relatively the same.

We move on to V-Ray and this offers 3 separate tests using just the CPU, using CUDA and using RTX. For the standard test, the Core i7 scored just slightly above 11,000 vsamples. While for the CUDA test, the RTX 3070 Ti scored roughly 1200 vpaths. Lastly we have the RTX test and it came up to around 1570 on the vrays. We also turned on CoolerBooster and ran through the tests yet again and the results are yet again, slightly higher across the board.

But all we’ve just shared are just benchmarks. While they do give you a good baseline of what to expect, the numbers don’t necessarily translate to real-world experiences all the time. So in that regard, we fired up DaVinci Resolve and we just used it to edit one of our videos and this is our experience with it.

Safe to say, starting a project and importing footage was really easy and smooth. Just slot in your SD card into the SD card reader, transfer it to your drive in a folder of your choice and you can simply navigate within Resolve and bring it into the project. With everything in the project, we created a new timeline with our standard settings and we’re basically off to the races. Previewing footage in the window and dragging and dropping onto the timeline was of no issues at all. Even just scrubbing through the 4K 25P footage shot using a Sony A7III on the timeline was of little to no difficulty for that Core i7-12700H and RTX 3070 Ti combo.

The only real time we experienced any hiccups was really only the slight delay between pressing the play button, and for it to actually play. But even then, it’s miniscule at best.

We move on to add on more effects, add some text graphics as needed and we move on to color correction and grading. This process would usually tax the system a little more but the Stealth GS77 certainly handled it with ease. And even playing back footage that has been graded on the timeline was smooth with zero dropped frames. On the occasion that we needed to discuss with our colleague regarding the shots and edit style, we just hopped on to Google Meets or Zoom and chatted. The laptop has a good enough webcam and the microphones are half decent as well. After which, we can just put on the finishing touches. In the end, we turned on Turbo Mode and clicked render. In less than the length of the final edit itself, it’ll be rendered and ready to be uploaded and shared.

To sum up, it was a really solid experience and it certainly gives you that confidence in terms of performance, no matter where you may be. Now of course, here are some downsides that’s for sure. Nothing is perfect. But as you’ve just seen, the MSI Stealth GS77 really does perform especially given its form factor. It’s stealthy in nature, pun intended, but yet packs the punch to power all your gaming AND professional needs. Just make sure that you have a big enough backpack to carry it around and definitely keep the power adapter close by as well. If you do so, you’ll be all set.

Once again, thanks to MSI for sponsoring this video and if you’ve any questions, let us know in the comments section below. And if you would like to, do check out our affiliate links in the description below. If you do, thanks for your support. Do like this video, subscribe to us on YouTube, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok, till the next one, see ya!

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