If you bet on AMD hardware in laptops, pay attention to the MSI Alpha because it is the series where the Taiwanese manufacturer is completely committed to it. And we have new updated models.
The laptops were released a year ago claiming to be the “first 7nm gaming laptops.” A reference to the manufacturing process of used Ryzen processors, then 3000 series models. Now, new updated models arrive with prominence for the Ryzen Mobile 4000. A series that doubles the count of CPU cores over “Picasso”, improves the performance IPC (Single Thread Performance) at a double digit percentage and they promise to double the performance per watt compared to the previous generation.
MSI Alpha, now with Ryzen 7 4800H
The series is offered in two models according to screen size of 15.6 and 17.3 inches, with FHD resolution, 144Hz refresh rate and support for FreeSync Premium technology.
Do not look for the data of an ultraportable because they are intended for something else and are quite bulky, weighing 2.4 kg for the Alpha 15 and 2.6 kg for the Alpha 17. They have a good Cooler Boost 5 cooling system , with dual fans and seven heat pipes running through them to keep temperatures under control.
They are quite similar in internal hardware. Your processor is the Ryzen 7 4800H, a development of 8 cores and 16 threads, working frequency of up to 4.2 GHz, 12 Mbytes of L3 cache, a TDP of 45 watts and 7 GPU cores. Speaking of graphics, they have their own dedicated Radeon RX 5600M plenty to play at 1080p.
RAM memory options reach 64 Gbytes of DDR4-3200, while for the internal storage it has two M.2 connectors to house NVMe PCIe Gen3 SSD. It features a SteelSeries keyboard, which can optionally be equipped with per-key RGB lighting and a powered sound system with two large stereo speakers and Nahimic 3 Audio software.
In terms of ports, there is one USB Type-C, three USB Type-A (all four are USB 3.2 Gen1), a Mini DisplayPort, an HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6, and an SD card reader. Its battery is the same for the two models with a capacity of 65 Wh.
MSI hasn’t announced pricing, but the Alpha 15 is now available to pre-order from a couple of retailers in the United States, with prices starting at $ 1,299 with a 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, the per-key RGB-lit keyboard version, and Windows 10 Home pre-installed. Good gaming laptops for those who bet on AMD in CPU and GPU.