Top 5 reasons to BUY or NOT buy the MSI GL75

The MSI GL75 prooves that a 17.3″ gaming laptop and decent price tag are a possible combination. Hardware-wise, you can rely on an Intel Core i7-9750H – a 6-core Intel Coffee Lake CPU that packs a good amount of power and it is no coincidence that MSI chose this processor – it has a great price/performance ratio and is pretty much the standard in the gaming laptop market. The same thing applies for the GPU options – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 and GTX 1660 Ti – both are fast-enough for the newest gaming titles and they don’t cost a fortune.

Our test device is equipped with the GTX GPU. So, MSI has put reasonably priced but still capable hardware inside of this big laptop and the result isn’t bad at all. We are going to explain to you its pros and cons in a minute. If you haven’t already checked our in-depth analysis regarding this device you can find it here.

Here are our Top 5 picks about the MSI GL75.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/msi-gl75/


3 reasons to BUY the MSI GL75

1. Good keyboard and touchpad

The keyboard is a comfortable one and it comes with a standard red backlight – if you want more you can pick the optional per-key RGB unit. Apart from that, the keycaps have decent travel alongside clicky feedback. It also features full-sized arrow keys. Additionally, the touchpad has a big and comfortable size, and it’s precise to use at the same time.

2. Adequate cooling solution that leads to high performance

The cooling has 7 heat pipes and two fans. The end result is that the Core i7-9750H boost pretty high (with a so-so temperature) and a relatively cool GPU with rather high clock speed. Plus, you have the option to boost the fan speed with a single keypress for additional performance enhancement.

Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

Core i7-9750H (45W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
MSI GL75 3.53 GHz (B+36%)@ 88°C 3.53 GHz (B+36%)@ 95°C 3.08 GHz (B+18%)@ 82°C
MSI GS75 Stealth 3.56 GHz (B+37%)@ 95°C 3.36 GHz (B+29%)@ 95°C 3.20 GHz (B+23%)@ 95°C
Acer Predator Helios 300 17 (2019) 3.09 GHz (B+19%)@ 55°C 3.10 GHz (B+19%)@ 59°C 2.99 GHz (B+15%)@ 66°C
HP Pavilion Gaming 15 2019 3.57 GHz (B+37%)@ 81°C 2.88 GHz (B+11%)@ 73°C 2.66 GHz (B+2%)@ 73°C
Lenovo Legion Y7000 (2019) 3.34 GHz (B+28%)@ 72°C 3.15 GHz (B+21%)@ 82°C 2.99 GHz (B+15%)@ 79°C
Lenovo Legion Y540 2.78 GHz (B+7%)@ 74°C 3.08 GHz (B+18%)@ 90°C 2.87 GHz (B+10%)@ 79°C
ASUS ROG G731 3.38 GHz (B+30%)@ 87°C 3.43 GHz (B+32%)@ 94°C 2.63 GHz @ 73°C
ASUS ROG G531 3.41 GHz (B+31%)@ 95°C 3.23 GHz (B+24%)@ 95°C 2.72 GHz (B+5%)@ 79°C

Real-life gaming

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min) GPU frequency/ Core temp (max fans)
MSI GL75 1714 MHz @ 66°C 1708 MHz @ 68°C 1726 MHz @ 62°C
Lenovo Legion Y7000 (2019) 1669 MHz @ 66°C 1646 MHz @ 71°C
Lenovo Legion Y540 1761 MHz @ 76°C 1752 MHz @ 82°C
Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-54) 1660 MHz @ 78°C 1635 MHz @ 84°C

3. The good side of the display

The 17.3-inch 120Hz IPS display (AUO B173HAN04.7 (AUO479D)) has nice viewing angles, a very good contrast ratio – 1360:1 and it doesn’t use PWM to adjust its brightness levels. Ultimately, this means, you can use the laptop as long as you like, without experiencing any negative effect in this aspect.


2 reasons not to BUY the MSI GL75

1.The bad side of the display

Unfortunately, the display isn’t perfect. It has slow pixel response times, which will result in severe ghosting, especially in a combination with a refresh rate of 120Hz.

2. Loud fans during load

As we said, the performance of this laptop is high thanks to the cooling, but its fans are way too loud under load and that leads to bad comfort during gaming.

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