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MSI Creator Z16 (A11Ux) - Specs

HDD/SSD
up to 8000GB SSD
M.2 Slot
2x 2280 M.2 NVMe slots See photo
RAM
up to 64GB
OS
Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Home
Dimensions
359 x 256 x 16.3 mm (14.13" x 10.08" x 0.64")
Weight
2.30 kg (5.1 lbs)
Body material
Aluminum
Ports and connectivity
  • 2x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
  • 2x USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4, DisplayPort
  • Card reader MicroSD
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • Audio jack 3.5mm Combo Jack
Features
  • Fingerprint reader optional
  • Web camera HD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Speakers 4 Stereo Speakers with Dynaudio
  • Optical drive

All MSI Creator Z16 (A11Ux) configurations

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Display Profiles

Health-Guard

blankThe 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

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Design and Gaming

blankThe 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

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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

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Office Work

blankThe 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

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You’ll find more information about the profiles HERE.

 

Buy our profiles for AUO B160QAN02.P (AUOBF99) / 16.0", WQXGA (2560 x 1600), 120 Hz, IPS

In addition to receiving efficient and health-friendly profiles, by buying LaptopMedia's products you also support the development of our labs, where we test devices in order to produce the most objective reviews possible.

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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GPU performance

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the GPUs that come in the MSI Creator Z16 (A11Ux) series.

Results are for the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)

 

MSI Creator Z16 (A11Ux) in-depth review

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From making high-end gaming laptops to somewhat affordable office solutions, MSI is now well established in the portable computing industry. A couple of years ago, a market emerged seemingly out of nowhere - the content creator one. And last year, MSI converted its GS66 device into the MSI Creator 15. We can't say it was a total hit among its target audience, but it was good enough to deserve our "Editor's choice" award. Today, however, we mark a step in a completely different direction, reg[...]

Read the full review

Pros

  • Aluminum design and great build quality
  • Large arrow keys, RGB backlight, and responsive touchpad
  • 2x SODIMM + 2x M.2 PCIe x4
  • No PWM (MNG007DA1-1 (CSO1600))
  • Full sRGB, and DCI-P3 coverage + 92% Adobe RGB coverage (MNG007DA1-1 (CSO1600))
  • 120Hz refresh rate with fast pixel response times (MNG007DA1-1 (CSO1600))
  • 2x Thunderbolt 4 + MicroSD card slot
  • IR face recognition + fingerprint reader

Cons

  • Underperforming CPU
  • Uneven color uniformity
  • Relatively difficult to upgrade

Inside MSI Creator Z16 (A11Ux) - disassembly and upgrade options

 

Games you can play on this laptop series

Apex Legends
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149
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FIFA 21
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GTA V
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178
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85
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58
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ARK: Survival Evolved
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155
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98
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79
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49
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Minecraft
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Red Dead Redemption 2
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105
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76
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45
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19
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Cyberpunk 2077
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109
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67
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
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Assassin's Creed Valhalla
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103
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88
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74
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48
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Battlefield 5
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167
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137
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126
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116
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PES 2021
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The Witcher 3
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207
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153
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129
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88
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DOOM Eternal
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Bench
204
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191
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CS:GO
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Bench
427
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393
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338
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League of Legends
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Bench
473
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394
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344
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DOTA 2
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181
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151
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148
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126
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World of Tanks
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Bench
674
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315
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166
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Assassin's Creed Odyssey
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97
fps
89
fps
80
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59
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PUBG
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192
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152
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143
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126
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Borderlands 3
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117
fps
102
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79
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63
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Total War: THREE KINGDOMS
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207
fps
121
fps
81
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62
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Metro Exodus
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Bench
117
fps
64
fps
30
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Rocket League
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Need For Speed Heat
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Bench
107
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93
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84
fps
 
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Warframe
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Team Fortress 2
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PES 2020
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Overwatch
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Bench
269
fps
227
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176
fps
 
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider
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111
fps
94
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92
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66
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Far Cry New Dawn
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Bench
108
fps
93
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83
fps
 
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TC: Six Siege
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317
fps
252
fps
253
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253
fps
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For Honor
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Bench
166
fps
159
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127
fps
 
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Resident Evil 2
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207
fps
181
fps
161
fps
138
fps
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Halo: Reach
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292
fps
253
fps
213
fps
 
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Gears 5
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160
fps
122
fps
107
fps
83
fps
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DOOM
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Bench
200
fps
200
fps
200
fps
 
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Darksiders Genesis
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163
fps
147
fps
138
fps
114
fps
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Hearthstone
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Bench
544
fps
535
fps
60
fps
 
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TC: Wildlands
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104
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98
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85
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55
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