MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD-226 15.6″ 144Hz 3ms Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti, 16GB, 512GB NVMe SSD, Win10

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PROS: The performance of this machine is excellent for the price and the screen is a great improvement over the screen of my old Dominator Pro.

The additional M.2 slot and Sata slot are also welcome to add more storage space compared to my latest laptop, which only had one M.2 slot and one Sata slot when there was room for 4 or 2 people. Currently, I have filled M.2s (500GB EVO 960 OS Drive and 1TB Intel 660p Storage Drive) and Sata slot (Seagate Firecuda 2TB Storage / Backup) and the computer recorded them without any problem.

It may have the separately preset CPU and GPU fans, which is good compared to my latest machine.

CONS: The default fan speed setting is ready for immediate use. The setup turned off the fans until the CPU or GPU reached an eerie temperature, then immediately accelerated to 60% and started from there. As a result, almost all applications open the machine absolutely silently to the motor.

The Dragon Control Center is useful for changing the fan speed. However, if you try to set a custom fan speed curve, the temperature axis of the bar graph is measured by an ambiguous color bar that does not scale to the actual graph. This is a problem because I want to set the exact temperature on the fan speed curve, but I have to use trial and error to find out where each of the fan settings are on the temperature axis.

Opening the case to access additional drive bays is tedious and is likely to scratch the case. There are around 15-20 screws on the bottom of the machine that need to be removed to remove the bottom half of the laptop case, and then you need to separate the thing. I found that using the smallest flat head screwdriver I had was the easiest way, but be careful, scratching your case is a breeze. I recommend setting the machine on its side and using its pry tool to approach the back of the side to separate the chassis and then pull it apart with your hands. Honestly, what MSI would have stuck with the way they configured the Dominator Pro setup in terms of the number of screws and easy panel removal.

Otherwise, the location of the USB port might be better and the speakers are missing a bit.

Overall Rating: Overall, I would recommend this computer if you can get it below 1500 and email at a discount. Use this discount to add as much storage space or to replace the operating system drive with something better than the OEM drive you are using. The fan noise is annoying, but once I have my earpiece I can no longer hear it and the machine works spectacularly if you adjust it a bit. If MSI could update Dragon Center software to address the ambiguous temperature scale, that would be nice, but there is alternative software for it and it could definitely be worse.

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