MSI Alpha 15 (B5Ex) - Specs

HDD/SSD
up to 1000GB SSD
M.2 Slot
2x 2280 M.2 NVMe slots See photo
RAM
up to 64GB
OS
Windows 10 Home, No OS
Dimensions
359 x 259 x 23.95 mm (14.13" x 10.20" x 0.94")
Weight
2.35 kg (5.2 lbs)
Body material
Plastic / Polycarbonate, Aluminum
Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A 2.0
  • 2x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), DisplayPort
  • HDMI 2.0
  • Card reader
  • Ethernet LAN 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • Audio jack 3.5mm Combo Jack
Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera HD
  • Backlit keyboard optional
  • Microphone
  • Speakers 2x 2W, Nahimic 3D Audio
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

 

Display Profiles

Health-Guard

The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

Now the profile has a higher color temperature which makes is suitable for working through the whole day (not only at night) and simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

Pro Tip: As the Health-Guard profile simulates paper and has as accurate as possible colors, it could be a great tool for prepress designers!

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Design and Gaming

The second profile type is Design and Gaming – it combines our previous “Web Design” and “Gaming and Movie Nights” profiles in one, so it’s aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well (or maybe you’re a designer who likes to relax with some games or movies from time to time?).

“Design and Gaming” takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Just as our previous Gaming profile, this one also regulates the first steps out of black so you can have even faster reflexes when playing in dark virtual environments…or just see everything in the darkest scenes in movies.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Office Work

The third profile is Office Work and it should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing.

Office Work aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Office Work Profile

You’ll find more information about the profiles HERE.

 

Buy our profiles for AUO B156HAN08.0 (AUO80ED) / 15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 144 Hz, IPS

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Office Work - screen profile

Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

$4.96
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Design and Gaming - screen profile

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

$4.97
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Health-Guard - screen profile

Health-Guard

Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

$4.98
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All
$9.99
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CPU performance

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the CPUs that come in the MSI Alpha 15 (B5Ex) series.

Results are from the Cinebench 20 Multi-core test (the higher the score, the better)
price
5214
performance

 

MSI Alpha 15 (B5Ex) in-depth review

Okay guys, prepare for something big today - we have our first take on the RDNA 2 architecture. The laptop in question is the MSI Alpha 15 (B5Ex), and it's equipped with the Radeon RX 6600M. Indeed, this is not a top dog of a graphics card, but it should be comparable to the RTX 3060 to some extent. Of course, you will need a powerful CPU in order to eliminate any bottleneck opportunity. This is why for the time being, MSI offers its device only with the Ryzen 7 5800H. This means that MSI is[...]

Read the full review

Pros

  • Two SODIMM slots, two M.2 PCIe x4 slot
  • Rigid structure
  • Lacks PWM (AUO B156HAN08.0 (AUO80ED))
  • 93% sRGB coverage and accurate colors with our Gaming and Web design profile (AUO B156HAN08.0 (AUO80ED))
  • Fast pixel response times and 144Hz refresh rate (AUO B156HAN08.0 (AUO80ED))
  • Powerful hardware
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • No SD card reader and Thunderbolt 4
  • Runs hot

Inside MSI Alpha 15 (B5Ex) - disassembly and upgrade options

 

Games you can play on this laptop series

Apex Legends
 
Bench
268
fps
199
fps
139
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
FIFA 21
 
 
Bench
285
fps
255
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
ARK: Survival Evolved
177
fps
86
fps
67
fps
44
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Minecraft
 
 
Bench
1549
fps
72
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Red Dead Redemption 2
115
fps
63
fps
36
fps
-
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
GTA V
174
fps
141
fps
75
fps
45
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
99
fps
85
fps
70
fps
61
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
World of Tanks
 
Bench
540
fps
314
fps
147
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
The Witcher 3
200
fps
155
fps
130
fps
89
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Battlefield 5
195
fps
166
fps
151
fps
139
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
PES 2021
 
 
Bench
247
fps
185
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
DOTA 2
233
fps
194
fps
186
fps
157
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
241
fps
167
fps
153
fps
126
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
DOOM Eternal
 
Bench
215
fps
199
fps
172
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Total War: THREE KINGDOMS
219
fps
127
fps
79
fps
58
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Metro Exodus
 
Bench
150
fps
62
fps
29
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
League of Legends
 
Bench
676
fps
-
-
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Borderlands 3
119
fps
105
fps
78
fps
60
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Need For Speed Heat
 
Bench
108
fps
96
fps
87
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Overwatch
 
Bench
322
fps
271
fps
175
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Rocket League
671
fps
324
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Team Fortress 2
 
 
Bench
197
fps
177
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
TC: Six Siege
362
fps
294
fps
290
fps
287
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Gears 5
181
fps
120
fps
102
fps
80
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Warframe
 
 
Bench
483
fps
254
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Halo: Reach
289
fps
248
fps
201
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Far Cry New Dawn
 
Bench
115
fps
99
fps
90
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
PES 2020
 
 
Bench
247
fps
185
fps
 
 
 
1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)
Hearthstone
 
Bench
530
fps
540
fps
60
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
DOOM
 
Bench
200
fps
200
fps
200
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
For Honor
 
Bench
169
fps
159
fps
129
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Darksiders Genesis
159
fps
142
fps
132
fps
108
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

 

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