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  1. saturnotaku

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    Spotted this laptop on Costco.com and figured it might be worth starting a discussion topic. Nice to see another all-AMD gaming laptop. Too bad it's not using Ryzen 4000, but it doesn't seem like a bad deal otherwise. Link with pictures.

    Product Details

    Processor & Memory:
    • Ryzen 7 3750H Processor 2.3GHz
    • 16GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM
    Drives:
    • 512GB NVMe Solid State Drive
    • No Optical Drive
    Operating System:
    • Microsoft® Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
    Communications:
    • 802.11 Wireless-AC 2x2 WLAN + Bluetooth® 5.0
    • Integrated 720P HD Webcam
    • Killer Gaming Network E2600 (10/100/1000) Ethernet LAN
    Graphics & Video:
    • 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz 3ms Display
    • 4GB AMD Radeon™ RX5500M Graphics
    Audio:
    • 2x 2W Giant Speakers
    • Nahimic 3
    Keyboard:
    • Steel Series Per-key RGB with Anti-Ghosting Key+ Silver Lining
    Ports & Slots:
    • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
    • 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1
    • 1x HDMI
    • 1x Media Card Reader
    • 1x Audio Port
    Power Supply:
    • 6-Cell 51Wh Li-Ion Battery
    Additional Information:
    • Dimensions: 14.08" x 9.76" x 1.08"
    • Approximate Weight: 5.07lbs
    Price: $949.99
     
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    It is fairly inexpensive and seems like a pretty decent budget option. Should have the respectable MSI build quality and cooling, too.

    I know the idea of jumping to Team Red is getting to be fairly popular with some folks, but the performance with 3750H and RX 5500M is going to be rather low compared to the equivalent typical ho-hum belly-button gamer turdbook with 9750H and low-mid range NVIDIA graphics. The battery seems like it is not very big. I wonder what kind of run time can be expected?

    https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+Ryzen+7+3750H&id=3441

    https://www.videocardbenchmark.net/...vs-GeForce-RTX-2060-(Mobile)/4193vs4091vs4085

    It's really too bad you cannot buy laptops equipped with a good quality webcam at any price point. That needs to change. There's no excuse for all laptops to have webcams less capable than some of the crummiest cell phones available. Maybe people being ordered to work from home and use teleconferencing more frequently will create some pressure for all of them to try harder.
     
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    The Alpha was an entry into Ryzen world by MSI.
    The next replacement is Bravo series... but too bad, the GPU is not AMD blood family.
     
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    I posted the Costco version because it seems to have the best combination of specs for the price. There's a cheaper version of the same laptop from Newegg, XoticPC, and HIDevolution but it has a smaller SSD and only 8 GB of RAM. It might be worth waiting to see if Costco puts it on sale even an extra $50 off would make it that much more appealing. That being said, while the RAM looks easy enough to upgrade, the SSD requires you to disassemble the cooling setup because the M.2 retention screw is located under the heatpipes. Pretty boneheaded move there, MSI.
     
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    Oh man, yeah... that was really dumb. There are probably a lot of people venturous enough to upgrade storage that will be terrified over the idea of removing the heat sink and having to replace the stock TIM with something better. Plus, that is just extremely inconvenient.
     
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