Recently, MSI sent us their latest Creator series high-performance laptop, the Creator 17 A10SGS. For high-end design users, the biggest highlight is the 17.3-inch 4K Mini-LED display with a peak brightness of up to 1000nits. It has passed the DisplayHDR1000 certification, supports 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut and True Color 2.0 technology, it also has 240 local dimming areas.
The overall design of Creator 17 is similar to the Prestige series P75, it is equipped with the Intel’s 10th gen Core i7-10875H processor, 32GB DDR4 memory, 1TB NVMe SSD and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics card.
The critical spotlight of this model is Mini-LED technology. Therefore, before introducing the product, let’s discuss this core technology brought by MSI.
Core Technology Specification
Micro-LED and OLED is similar technology. Firstly, they are all composed of light-emitting diodes, so both technologies are self-luminescent, which means each red, green, and blue sub-pixel can generate light source of its own, and it’s not like LCD which requires a backlight. Therefore, Micro-LED displays can also provide extremely high contrast and black level, which is the same as OLED, and a TFT panels.
Secondly, Micro-LED technology is an LED miniaturisation and matrix technology, in simple terms, it can make the LED unit smaller than 50 microns, which can be achieved just like OLED that each pixel is individually addressed and driven to emit light. The advantages of Micro-LED technology are not only inherited the high efficiency, high brightness, high reliability and fast response time of inorganic LEDs but also has the characteristics of self-luminescence without backlight. Smaller size, Thin-n-Light, and energy-saving are the main effects.
Thirdly, from the structural principle, Micro-LED is simpler and has better quality, the TFT substrates, LED dies, and driver ICs are not very important, but its biggest problem is the well-known mass transfer. To make LEDs miniaturised requires a wafer-grade process level. For example, a 4K-level Micro-LED screen requires more than 8 million LEDs to be highly integrated, so theoretically it is extremely difficult to apply to a small-sized screen, the cost and heat generation are also extremely considerable.
Then, the difference between Micro-LED and OLED is material composition. The “O” in OLED stands for organic material, which refers to the use of organic materials in the pixel stack that can generate light. But the Micro-LED technology uses inorganic gallium nitride materials, which are often used in ordinary LED lighting products. This technology can reduce the requirements for polarisation and encapsulation layers and make the display panel thinner. That’s why the components of Micro-LED are usually very small, which is less than 100μm in width, thinner than a human hair.
Now, we can talk about Mini-LED Technology. Mini-LED is an LED with a grain size of about 100 microns, which was first proposed by EPISTAR. Mini-LED is between the traditional LED and Micro-LED, in short words, it is an improved version of the traditional LED backlight.
Compared with Micro-LED, it has a higher processing procedure than Micro-LED and has special-shaped cutting characteristics. It can also achieve a form of the high-curved backlight with a flexible substrate. It adopts a local dimming design and has better colour rendering, which can bring more fine HDR partition to the LCD panels, and the thickness is also close to OLED, which will save up to 80% of the power. Therefore, it is good for demanded backlight applications such as power saving, thinning, HDR, and special-shaped displays such as mobile phones, TVs, car panels and Gaming laptops and other products.
Compared with Micro-LED, Mini-LED technology is less difficult, easier to achieve mass production for developing a large number of LCD backlight market, and the product economy is better. According to industry estimates, if an LCD TV panel with a Mini-LED backlight design is used, the price is only about 60% to 80% of an OLED TV panel, the brightness and picture quality are similar to those of OLED, and more efficiency in the power saving.
However, whether it is Mini-LED or Micro-LED, their internal luminescence is not based on organic coatings, but inorganic metal semiconductors that are more “old” in nature and simpler in principle, such as gallium phosphid, Gallium nitride, zinc selenide, aluminium carbonitride, etc. Compared with expensive high-powered OLED, Mini-LED has great advantages in terms of life span, use environment, response time, power consumption, temperature and cost.
So let’s dig in the details.
MSI CREATOR 17 A10SGS Tech Specs from Official Website
The Creator 17 is using a UHD LG B173ZAN05.0 IPS-level panel. According to MSI, this mini-led screen has a 100% DCI-P3 coverage and also, HDR1000 support will enable the ultimate gaming and movie performance.
We took some snapshots from the laptop, all source videos are from the Internet for testing purposes.
The video player we are using ‘Potplayer’ with hardware acceleration enabled
Hardware & Software Introduction
Run-time Benchmark Test
The Creator 17 equipped with RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics card is undoubtedly a gaming dominator. We will not test further detailed benchmarks except some most popular games.
We are pressure testing this workstation by using AIDA64.
Test room temperature : 20℃±2℃
CPU Idle temperature : 52℃±2℃
GPU idle temperature : 49℃
Under AIDA64 Single FPU pressure test, this Intel i7-10875H is running normally
Under AIDA64 CPU & GPU pressure test, the Intel i7-10875H is throttling down around 14%
The CPU package temperature is around 95℃±2℃, GPU temperature is around 84℃±2℃
We are satisfied with the whole cooling system for MSI Creator 17, not to mention the noise problem, this 7 heat pipe cooling system can suppress RTX 2080 Super Max-Q and Intel 10875H
This laptop is pretty noisy during full speed fan spinning. It’s about maximum 52dB(A), average around 48dB(A) when a full load, around 35dB(A) when idle. But luckily this load cooling system is cool and practical considering the powerful hardware.
As a designer’s laptop, MSI can proudly boast a machine that isn’t expensive or bulky. Designers always have stringent performance requirements; they need multi-core, large-sized memory, screens with extremely high colour accuracy, and so on. With the gradual update of the chip design process today, laptops can already handle some complex jobs that were impossible before–with the emergence of multi-core low-power processors and Max-Q version GPUs. Intel and NVIDIA invited this concept, and the manufacturers actively cooperated. At present, users can fully enjoy the smooth experience of “workstation” on a laptop.
MSI Creator 17 has the most advanced hardware configuration at present. Not only that, but this Mini-LED screen that supports multiple colour spaces is also basically the most advanced screen at present. It is not only suitable for 3D design but also photo and video editing. Because of its powerful specs and equipped with the top-level RTX 2080S Max-Q, the gaming performance is also outstanding. It is also extremely lightweight, making this 17-inch laptop only 2.38KG, and the silver-tone will not appear obtrusive on any occasion.
At present, the top configuration price of this Creator 17 is price–AU$6,899, extremely high. Advanced technology has just been launched, and it needs the cost support. Only when technology becomes popularised, the price will slowly drop. Therefore, this laptop is not an ordinary product that people will consider.
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MSI Creator 17 10TK OFFICIAL WEBSITE: HERE