XMG Neo 15 (M21) vs MSI Bravo 15 2021 (Ryzen)

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CPU Intel Core i7 11800H
GPU Radeon RX 5500M 4GB
RAM
Storage

Review

Evaluation of XMG Neo 15 (M21) and MSI Bravo 15 2021 (Ryzen) important characteristics
Performance
System and application performance
Gaming
Performance in popular 3D games
Display
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Connectivity
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Case
Design, materials, durability and usability
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Key Differences

What are the key differences between the notebooks
Advantages of the XMG Neo 15 (M21)
  • Higher screen refresh rate: 165 versus 144 Hz
  • Can run popular games at about 101-137% higher FPS
  • Slightly easier to carry: weighs 150 grams less (around 0.33 lbs)
  • Higher number of cutting-edge USB Type-C ports: 2 versus 1
  • Features a much bigger (~74%) battery – 93 against 53.5 watt-hours
  • Includes an old-school USB-A port
  • Thinner bezels and 6% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Around 22% better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • High-speed PCI Express Gen 4 interface
  • 33% sharper screen – 188 versus 141 pixels per inch (PPI)
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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs

Case

Weight 2.2 kg (4.85 lbs) 2.35 kg (5.18 lbs)
Dimensions 359.8 x 243 x 26 mm
14.17 x 9.57 x 1.02 inches
359 x 259 x 24.9 mm
14.13 x 10.2 x 0.98 inches
Area 874 cm2 (135.6 inches2) 930 cm2 (144.1 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~76.8% ~72.2%
Side bezels 7.2 mm 6.8 mm
Colors Black Black
Transformer No No
Opening angle 135° -
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber No No
Number of fans 2 2
Noise level 55 dB -

Display

Size 15.6 inches 15.6 inches
Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Refresh rate 165 Hz 144 Hz
PPI 188 ppi 141 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:9 16:9
Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels 1920 x 1080 pixels
HDR support No No
Touchscreen No No
Coating Matte Matte
Display tests
Contrast 1200:1 -
sRGB color space 98.5% -
Adobe RGB profile 69.2% -
DCI-P3 color gamut 68.5% -
Response time 14 ms -
Max. brightness

Battery

Capacity
Battery type Li-Po Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery No No
Charging port position Bottom Left
Charge power 230 W 150 W
Weigh of AC adapter 890 gramm -

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 1.9-2.3 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.6 GHz 4.2 GHz
Cores 8 6
Threads 16 12
L3 Cache 24 MB 16 MB
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics for 11th Gen (32 EU) Radeon RX Vega 7
Fabrication process 10 nm 7 nm

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 115 W -
Nvidia Optimus MUX -
Type Dedicated Dedicated
Fabrication process 8 nm 7 nm
GPU base clock 1387 MHz 1375 MHz
GPU boost clock 1702 MHz 1645 MHz
FLOPS 13.1 TFLOPS 4.632 TFLOPS
Memory size 6 GB 4 GB
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus 192 bit 128 bit
Memory speed 14 Gbps ~14 Gbps
Shading units 3840 1408
DirectX support 12 12
GPU performance
Neo 15 (M21) +183%
13.1 TFLOPS
4.632 TFLOPS

RAM

RAM size
Channels 1x8 GB 1x8 GB
Clock 3200 MHz 3200 MHz
Type DDR4 DDR4
Upgradable Yes Yes
Total slots 2 2
Max. ram size 64 GB 64 GB

Storage

Storage size
Bus PCI-E Gen 4.0 (4x) PCI-E Gen 3.0 (4x)
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x256 GB 1x256 GB
Upgradable Yes Yes
Total slots 2 1
NVMe Yes Yes

Sound

Audio chip Realtek ALC1220 -
Speakers 2.0 2.0
Power - 2x2W
Dolby Atmos No No
Loudness 79 dB -
Microphones 1 2

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard v6 v6E
Bluetooth v5 v5.1
Fingerprint No No
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 720
Ports
USB-A 3x USB 3.2 2x USB 3.2
USB Type-C 2x USB 4.0 1x USB 3.2
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 4 No
HDMI 1x HDMI 2.1 1x HDMI 2.0
DisplayPort No No
VGA No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) Yes Yes
SD card reader Yes No
Proprietary charging port Yes Yes

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Mechanical Island
Numpad Yes Yes
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 2 mm 1.7 mm
Touchpad
Size 11.6 x 7.4 cm -
Surface Plastic Plastic
Windows Precision Yes Yes
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