As we know, comparing two gaming laptops is never easy as it becomes important to pit every attribute against each other. Plus, not every laptop scores well in every department and we need to choose one that strikes the perfect balance without performing badly in any given aspect.
Considering the current wave of popularity surrounding gaming laptops, it is prudent enough to compare the MSI GP65 Leopard with the Razer Blade 15. Regardless of the option you choose, you get the best-in-class gaming experience.
Although the question remains, to what end?
The best way to compare two gaming laptops is by analyzing the flagship models and the maximum processing firepower that they can churn out. With the MSI GP65 Leopard, you can expect a 10th gen Intel Core i7 processor, which assumes a turbo clock speed of up to 5.0GHz. The Razer Blade 15, on the other hand, stacks in a more powerful chipset but the increments are negligible to a professional gamer.
Still, the Razer trounces the MSI GP65 Leopard in terms of maximum RAM allocation with the former offering 32GB in comparison to the 16GB featured by MSI. Therefore, you can be more liberal with your games and mods with the Razer Blade 15 in play.
Storage-wise, the Razer Blade 15 falls back a bit, if space is what you are looking at. While the 1TB SSD is still good for storing most files and games, the MSI is storage-heavy with a 2GB HDD and a 200GB SSD to rely on. This, in turn, offers the best of both worlds and even keeps prices to a minimum.
If processing performances are your priority, the Razer Blade 15 edges past the MSI GP65 Leopard, albeit by a small margin.
We had the chance to review both the laptops, while they were already helming RTX series graphics cards. However, we were more impressed with the Razer Blade 15, owing to the availability of the RTX 2080 Super dGPU. Our review model handled the most demanding games like Metro Exodus and the new Cyberpunk 2077 with seamless ease, allowing our experts to reach 60fps or more without breaking a sweat.
The MSI GP65 Leopard, however, isn’t left behind as you can still manage to play high-end games like DOTA 2, Control, COD, and more, hitting decent fps counts for each. MSI makes room for the RTX 2060 graphics card that can still support ray tracing and DLSS, helping you get the visual experience for every game you play.
That said, if you are a professional gamer for whom even the smallest performance increments are important, the Razer Blade seems like a slightly better choice.
On paper the display-centric specifications are mostly comparable with both the laptops feature 15.6-inch 1080p screens. However, the Razer allows you to take the refresh rates up to 300Hz, which is good enough for most FPS and basic multiplayer games.
However, if your preferences are restricted to high-end titles with ray tracing turned on at most times; you wouldn’t need to worry about the higher refresh rates.
This means, if the display is one of your priorities while looking for a premium gaming laptop, there is nothing much to choose between the Razer Blade 15 and the MSI GP65 Leopard.
The Razer Blade 15 qualifies as one of the more aesthetic gaming notebooks in the market. It doesn’t play by the rules and ensures that you only have to carry a heft of 4.63 pounds while moving the gaming laptop around. MSI GP65 Leopard, in comparison, weighs well beyond the 5-pound market. Also, it assumes a rugged design, making it look like a thick gaming slab.
Other Aligned Features
As far as functionality is concerned, the Razer Blade 15 leads by a significant margin. However, before we start counting the good things about the Blade 15, it is necessary to take a closer look at how the MSI GP65 Leopard can make a difference.
The MSI-tagged gaming laptop brings in a standard backlit keyboard and that too with a dedicated number pad, making it one of the better units for accounting and other professional tasks. Razer, on the other hand, Razer features a standard yet durable keyboard with the Razer Synapse enhancement for modulating the backlights.
Connectivity-wise, both these notebooks feature a handful of type-C and type-A ports. However, the Blade 15 adds to the functionality by offering two Thunderbolt 3 ports into the mix. Plus, the Wi-Fi 6 support makes it a better bet as compared to the MSI GP65 Leopard.
As both laptops are meant for top-of-the-line games, you cannot expect them to house long-lasting battery modules. Still, the Razer Blade 15 edges past the MSI GP65 Leopard owing to the 5-hour battery backup as compared to MSI’s 4-hour promise.
In terms of raw power and gaming performances, both these laptops are exceedingly powerful and can be termed as exceptional bets. However, if budget isn’t an issue, we would recommend purchasing the Razer Blade 15 as it allows better gaming coverage whilst allowing you to adhere to the aesthetic brilliance.
The MSI GP65 Leopard, on the other hand, is a better bet if you are interested in a dual-storage unit and planning to use the top-shelf professional resources in addition to the games.