Gaming laptops with AMD Advantage standards are indeed very promising. In this segment MSI heats up the competition with the Delta 15 A5EFK . Is this laptop able to compete with AMD Advantage laptops from other manufacturers? Check out his review as follows.
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK Desain Design
In addition to the specifications in our opinion, one of the main attractions of the MSI Delta 15 A5EFK is in the design. This gaming laptop with AMD Advantage standards dares to appear with a thin and light body design. The thickness of the body is only about 19 mm. Slender for a gaming laptop. Meanwhile, its weight of around 1.9 Kg is also still relatively light. Ideal for gamers who are highly mobile.
The body material is aluminum. Feels very solid and premium. The appearance is also very minimalist. The body cover is plain with the logo placement in the upper right corner. One added value from the design can be seen on the back and left and right sides of the body. MSI presents the design of the airflow ventilation holes with a unique pattern. Not monotonous with fin style like gaming laptops in general. This little touch makes it look more modern.
The connectivity port it carries is quite complete. This gaming laptop is equipped with one HDMI port, one USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port, two USB-A 3.2 Gen2 ports and one USB-C port that supports DisplayPort. The placement of each port is quite good. It’s just that some ports on the right side of the body do have the potential to interfere when they are being used and playing games with the mouse. In addition, MSI also has not equipped it with an SD memory card reader slot.
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK Layar screen
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK brings a screen with an IPS-Level panel whose resolution is Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels. The screen frame is relatively thin on the left and right sides of the body. The display on the screen looks sharp. For gaming, it is also very satisfying with support for a high refresh rate of up to 240 Hz. To switch the refresh rate to a lower MSI does not include a hotkey. So, it still has to be accessed via Windows settings if needed.
For standard screen color coverage, the MSI specification lists close to 100% sRGB. It can be assumed that it is only close to 100% sRGB. In practice, we observed that the color accuracy on the screen panel was quite good. Still reliable for gaming to content creation.
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK Keyboard
The MSI Delta 15 A5EFK brings a chiclet style keyboard. The keyboard is quite comfortable to use for typing or playing games. This is because the size of the button is quite large, the distance is right and the button is not too flat with the body. As a gaming laptop, the keyboard is relatively standard with RGB backlit support. Without any additional features such as anti-ghosting etc. The backlit keyboard color output setting can be accessed via the MSI Center application. There are various effects and color customization options that can be selected according to gamers’ tastes. It’s just that the color output settings don’t support per zone or per button.
Switching to the touchpad area, the touchpad mouse size it carries is quite large. Very responsive with finger touch. The left and right click buttons are integrated with the touchpad. Not noisy and quite soft when pressed.
Audio MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
The MSI Delta 15 A5EFK brings speakers in a 2 x 2W stereo configuration. The speaker hole above the keyboard looks modern with a hexagon pattern that matches the ventilation holes. The sound output is also powerful. To boost the sound performance, there is support for the Nahimic Audio feature. This feature provides surround effect options, presets to EQ settings that can be selected according to gamers’ tastes.
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK Specifications
As one of the laptops with AMD Advantage standards , the MSI Delta 15 A5EFK, comes with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor. The graphics sector uses a high-end AMD Radeon RX6700M graphics card with 10GB VRAM.
Its performance is also supported by DDR4 RAM with a size of 16GB (2 x 8GB). The good news, despite the slim body design, MSI still allows RAM upgrades up to a maximum of 64GB via the two available RAM slots. Meanwhile, for storage space, there is an NVMe PCIe Gen3x4 SSD with a capacity of 1TB. The benchmark results are as follows:
With these specifications, gamers can immediately feel fast performance for various activities. Daily productivity such as browsing, working with office applications, multitasking to video conferencing is clearly very adequate. Switching from one window to another or opening several windows at once while multitasking also feels very smooth. In testing the creation of content, the performance is also fast for video rendering. Testing rendering of 4K video files with a duration of 1 minute can be completed in only about 2 minutes 20 seconds in Extreme Performance mode.
The gaming performance is also unquestionable. The graphics-hungry AAA games like Forza Horizon 5 and Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition that we played ran smoothly on the right-aligned graphics settings in Extreme Performance mode. Its large VRAM also allows gamers to more freely configure graphics settings to get a more optimal graphic display. It’s a shame that the powerful graphics performance is not paired with a higher resolution display panel.
To suit the needs of gamers, like other modern laptops, a performance setting mode is available. In addition to the Extreme Performance mode we mentioned earlier, there are also Balanced, Silent, and Super Battery modes. All can be accessed via the MSI Center application. This application also provides a hardware system monitoring feature, and other supporting features such as the option to turn off the webcam, turn off the Windows function keys on the keyboard and much more.
Overall the thermal management of the MSI Delta 15 A5EFK is average. When in Extreme Performance mode, the Cooler Boost 5 cooling system that it carries does manage to keep the temperature so that performance remains stable. But, the cooling fan sounds quite noisy. The cooling system is also quite effective in keeping the surface temperature of the WSAD keyboard area that is often pressed cool. The hottest area is really felt at the very top of the keyboard just below the screen. If you don’t want to be disturbed by the sound of the cooling fan, you can switch to another mode. In Silent or Super Battery mode even the cooling fan is almost silent.
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK Baterai Battery
Please note that one of the AMD Advantage conditions also requires a battery with a usage time of up to about 10 hours to play videos. From our tests for standard use, the 82Whr battery it carries can be used for up to about 10 hours. Durable enough for a gaming laptop. The test was carried out with the scheme of working with the notepad application for typing, occasionally browsing, connecting to WiFi, activating the Windows battery saver option, using Super Battery mode, not using a backlit keyboard, the screen brightness level is around 50 percent.
Conclusion MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
The MSI Delta 15 A5EFK is proof that a gaming laptop with AMD Advantage standards can be packaged with a thin and light body design. The cooling system and relatively noisy fan are a bit annoying. However, it can still be compromised with its fast performance, 240 Hz screen and 1TB of storage space. The long battery life is also a plus.
Most interesting is the selling price. MSI Delta 15 A5EFK is sold at a price of around USD $1,586. With a relatively cheap selling price, quite complete features and fast performance equivalent to high-end gaming laptops, we highly recommend this laptop and can be an alternative to gaming laptops that carry Intel and Nvidia processors.
Pros of MSI Delta 15 A5EFK:
+ Fast performance
+ Competitive price
+ 240 Hz screen
+ 1TB SSD
+ Powerful speakers
+ Aluminum body design
+ Long battery life
Disadvantages of MSI Delta 15 A5EFK
– Cooling fan a bit noisy
– Average thermal management
– Not yet PCIe Gen 4 support
– Single zone backlit keyboard
– No microSD slot
MSI Delta 15 A5EFK Suitable for gamers
– Gamers : Fast performance is very adequate for AAA gaming. The screen panel also spoils the eye with support for a 240 Hz refresh rate.
– Content creators : Apart from gaming, the performance is also adequate for content creation. The screen panel is also quite accurate and still adequate for photo and video editing.
– Students : The relatively affordable selling price can still be glimpsed by students and students to support learning activities, gaming and creating content that is currently trending.
– Workers : The minimalist design that is thin and light makes it ideal for supporting the productivity of workers who still like to play games in their spare time.