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MSI Leopard 15.6" 144Hz Laptop: i7-11800H, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, RTX 3070

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Costco Wholesale offers their Members: MSI Leopard GP66 Gaming Laptop (11UG-290) on sale for $1,499.99. Shipping is $9.99.

Thanks to community member jaytielle for finding this deal.

Specs:
  • 15.6" 1920x1080 Full HD 144Hz IPS display (non-touchscreen)
  • Intel Core i7-11800H Octa-Core (16 Thread) Processor
  • 16GB 3200MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 1TB PCIe M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB Graphics Card
  • Killer 802.11ax WiFi 6 (2x2), Bluetooth 5.2
  • Windows 10 Home 64-Bit (free Upgrade to Windows 11 when available)
  • Steel Series RGB Keyboard w/ Anti-Ghost Keys
  • Integrated 720p HD Webcam, 2x 2W Stereo Speakers
  • 4-Cell 65Wh Li-Ion Battery
  • Weight: 5.25 lbs.
  • Ports:
    • 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A
    • 1x HDMI-Out
    • 1x Mic-In/Headphone-Out Combo Jack
  • 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty + Costco 2nd Year Warranty, Free Technical Support

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    • Sale valid from 9/23/21 through 10/18/21 while supplies last.
    • This deal is $300 off (16.67% savings) the retail list price of $1,799.99.
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    • Rated 4.2 stars out of 5 overall based on over 2060 reviews on Costco
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Cloud0123 asked this question on 09-30-2021 at 04:12 PM
09-30-2021 at 08:18 PM
Redeem information from there site here. https://us-store.msi.com/Battlefield-2042 Also some store like micro center print code on their receipt. Have you check there.
10-02-2021 at 04:15 PM
Unfortunately, I don't think Costco model qualifies for BF2042. It is not listed under the MSI page and Costco is not mentioned in the NVIDIA promo page for retail partner.

Edit: Also confirmed from their support. Costco is not a participating retailer.
danielnmai asked this question on 10-01-2021 at 10:34 AM
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This is a great deal for a raw performance focused powerhouse as it has very little battery life due to Intel and a small 60wh battery, so don't buy it if you plan on running it on battery power. This laptop strangly has very poor ports, having no USB C port. The display is a standard 144hz panel

If these aren't issues for you this laptop has unparalleled horsepower at this pricepoint right now and is built well
there is usb-c, but it is not thunderbolt
My advice: don't buy MSI. They'll stop supporting their old hardware about 6 months after releasing the replacement model. DAMHIK.

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This is a great deal for a raw performance focused powerhouse as it has very little battery life due to Intel and a small 60wh battery, so don't buy it if you plan on running it on battery power. This laptop strangly has very poor ports, having no USB C port. The display is a standard 144hz panel

If these aren't issues for you this laptop has unparalleled horsepower at this pricepoint right now and is built well
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Quote from BoastfulMice8832 :
This is a great deal for a raw performance focused powerhouse as it has very little battery life due to Intel and a small 60wh battery, so don't buy it if you plan on running it on battery power. This laptop strangly has very poor ports, having no USB C port. The display is a standard 144hz panel

If these aren't issues for you this laptop has unparalleled horsepower at this pricepoint right now and is built well
I bought a recent GP66 and agree with everything you said here. Except mine does have a USB C port.... Could be a variation in the models or could be worth verifying this one actually doesn't have the port.
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there is usb-c, but it is not thunderbolt
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I bought a recent GP66 and agree with everything you said here. Except mine does have a USB C port.... Could be a variation in the models or could be worth verifying this one actually doesn't have the port.
It looks like the Intel Gen 10 versions of the GP66 had USB C while the Gen 11 version (like this one) swapped that out for a mini-DisplayPort

My understanding from looking around at talk of this model is that the Costco version is a slightly downgraded version of the GP66 with a 144Hz 1080p screen instead of either 165Hz 1440p or 240Hz 1080p on other versions.

The thing that most makes me hesitate on this deal is that I can't figure out if any of the internals are different, for example the regular GP66 has a second empty M2 slot, and I'm curious if that is different here. I'm also wondering if the TDP on the GPU could possibly be different than the regular models I've seen reviews for. I can't find any details or even a place to download documentation or drivers for the Costco model on the MSI site.

*edit* I take back that last bit, I swear when I looked last week on the MSI site it made you select a full model number to download drivers and 11UG-290 was not listed, now it seems to only want the first part "11UG"
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this is a great deal for a powerful 3070 and costco warranty.
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I'm curious about the actual performance of this 140w 3070. Anyone know how good it is? Or any equivalent desktop counterpart?

Also, how's cooling for this laptop?
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Great gaming laptop
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I'm curious about the actual performance of this 140w 3070. Anyone know how good it is? Or any equivalent desktop counterpart?

Also, how's cooling for this laptop?
It's pretty close to a 3060 in terms of fps.
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I was waiting for this deal to go live. Can anyone comment on the LE76 3060 ($1300) vs this deal? Thanks
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Which is better? I bought ge76 may return rebuy, I dont need the number pad on the side, I just want for stationary gaming. its 200 dollars difference. so 200 more I lose screen size, but gain 32% cpu across all their testing.

1299 GE76 17 inch i7-11800h, 3060
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1499 GP66 15 inch i7-11800h, 3070

according to notebookcheck

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU → 100% n=13
Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU → 132% n=13
Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU → 140% n=13
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I was waiting for this deal to go live. Can anyone comment on the LE76 3060 ($1300) vs this deal? Thanks
I love my ge76 but im considering upgrading for future proofing, but that said the ge76 is great
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It looks like the Intel Gen 10 versions of the GP66 had USB C while the Gen 11 version (like this one) swapped that out for a mini-DisplayPort

My understanding from looking around at talk of this model is that the Costco version is a slightly downgraded version of the GP66 with a 144Hz 1080p screen instead of either 165Hz 1440p or 240Hz 1080p on other versions.

The thing that most makes me hesitate on this deal is that I can't figure out if any of the internals are different, for example the regular GP66 has a second empty M2 slot, and I'm curious if that is different here. I'm also wondering if the TDP on the GPU could possibly be different than the regular models I've seen reviews for. I can't find any details or even a place to download documentation or drivers for the Costco model on the MSI site.

*edit* I take back that last bit, I swear when I looked last week on the MSI site it made you select a full model number to download drivers and 11UG-290 was not listed, now it seems to only want the first part "11UG"
2 nvme slots. 1 pcie 4 1 pcie 3

I called msi and asked, as I bought pcie 4 drive for my current laptop, I will be switching over

the costco isnt listed. but hers the stuff
https://us.msi.com/Laptop/GP66-Le...cification
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My advice: don't buy MSI. They'll stop supporting their old hardware about 6 months after releasing the replacement model. DAMHIK.
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