MSI Vector 16 HX A13V review – Titan Performance in a 16-inch Package

Nowadays, you can find a lot of high-end devices in a 17-inch or 18-inch form factor. On the other hand, if you want a smaller machine with top-end hardware, your choice is fairly limited. Still, with the aid of Vector 16 HX A13V, MSI tries to prove that a 16-incher can perform as well as some of its bigger siblings with larger displays. Specs-wise, the device is a true monster. You get a choice of Intel Raptor Lake HX CPUs with tons of cores and the latest and greatest NVIDIA Ada Lovelace GPUs with the highest possible power limits.

Display-wise, there are two IPS variants. The base one is a 144Hz 1200p unit and you can opt for a 240Hz 1600p model. There are no fancy OLED or 4K panels here. The absence of G-Sync support is quite strange given the price tag of the notebook. Still, there is a MUX switch for the best possible graphics performance, when the AC adapter is plugged in. For longer battery life, you can find an iGPU-only mode in the MSI Center app.

It’s great to see that one of the M.2 slots is compatible with Gen 5 NVMe drives. Speaking of internals, the Cooler Boost 5 cooling solution is quite massive with its six heat pipes, which is quite a logical solution considering the 175W video card under the hood. You can also rely on Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth 5.3 for connectivity, a big battery, a rich port selection, and a per-key RGB keyboard.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System:


Specs, Drivers, What’s in the box

MSI Vector 16 HX (A13Vx / A14Vx) - Specs

  • Innolux N160JME-GTK (CMN1621)
  • Color accuracy  5.9  3.5
  • up to 16000GB SSD
  • RAM
  • up to 96GB
  • OS
  • Windows 11 Pro, Windows 11 Home, No OS
  • Battery
  • 90Wh, 90Wh, 4-cell , 90Wh, 4-cell
  • Body material
  • Plastic / Polycarbonate, Aluminum
  • Dimensions
  • 357 x 284 x 22.20 - 28.55 mm (14.06" x 11.18" x 0.87")
  • Weight
  • 2.70 kg (6 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), DisplayPort
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 4.0, Thunderbolt 4, DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • 2.1 (8K@60Hz / 4K@120Hz)
  • Card reader
  • Ethernet LAN
  • 10, 100, 1000, 2500 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax/802.11be
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.3/5.4
  • Audio jack
  • 3mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • HD with 3D Noise Reduction (3DNR)
  • Backlit keyboard
  • optional
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • 2x 2W Stereo Speakers, Nahimic 3D Audio
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot
  • Kensington Lock

All MSI Vector 16 HX (A13Vx / A14Vx) configurations



All drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here:

What’s in the box?

Inside the package, you’ll find some manuals and a huge 330W barrel plug charger.

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