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MSI Delta 15 A5EFK-050ID Reviews: Fast and Cheap AMD Advantage Gaming Laptop

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Reviews MSI Delta 15 A5EFK-050ID

The AMD Advantage standard does make the choice of upper-middle class Gaming Laptops even more lively. Prospective buyers now get more diverse choices with the existence of Gaming Laptops that offer CPU and GPU solutions from AMD. Of course, the Gaming Laptop with AMD Advantage standards not only offers high performance but also super complete Gaming features and the most advanced AMD technology in it.

For those of you who are currently looking for an AMD Advantage Gaming Laptop, this product may be of interest to you, especially if the criteria are fast, full-featured, and not too expensive.

The AMD Advantage Gaming Laptop that we will review this time is the MSI Delta 15.

For now, Delta 15 is the highest product with the fastest performance and the most complete Gaming features for Gaming Laptops from MSI that use AMD CPU and GPU solutions. Interestingly, among all the AMD Advantage Laptops that we find on the market today, this MSI Delta 15 is not the cheapest option, but also not the most expensive.

So, this laptop will definitely be perfect for those who are looking for a middle class AMD Advatage Gaming Laptop.

Let's start the discussion, starting from the Main Specifications of MSI Delta 15 A5EFK-050ID!

MSI Delta 15 A5EFK-050ID Specifications

Processor

  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
  • Codename – Cezanne
  • CPU Architecture – Zen 3
  • Fabrication – 7 nm
  • 8-Core/16-Thread
  • Total L3 Cache – 16 MB

Integrated Graphics

  • AMD Radeon Graphics with 512 Stream Processor 
  • This laptop automatically allocates 512 MB of system RAM for IGP and its size cannot be changed.

Memory/RAM

  • 16 GB DDR4 3200 MHz Dual Channel
  • There are two SO-DIMM slots so you can still upgrade by replacing the default RAM 
  • According to MSI, the RAM capacity of this laptop can be upgraded up to 64 GB

Storage

  • 1 TB SSD M.2 NVMe PCIe 
  • A second M.2 slot is provided so that it can increase capacity without disturbing the main SSD.
However, it is quite unfortunate, the position of the RAM slot and M.2 slot is not facing the bottom side of the laptop, making it difficult for the upgrade process because the motherboard must be removed from the body in order to be accessible.

Discrete Graphics

  • AMD Radeon RX 6700M 10 GB GDDR6
  • Equipped with 2304 Stream Processor with Memory Bus 160 Bit
  • Of course, the AMD Smart Access feature or also known as Resizable BAR has been active on this laptop. This feature can improve gaming performance in certain games.

Wireless Connectivity

  • Using Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 module
  • Supports Wi-Fi 6E (6 GHz, 5 GHz, and 2.4 GHz Bands)
  • Supports Gigabit Wi-Fi
  • Support Bluetooth V5.2

Battery Capacity

  • 82 Wh

Operating System

  • Windows 10 which of course can be upgraded to Windows 11 for free later.

MSI Delta 15 A5EFK-050ID Body Design

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Form Factor

  • Clamshell

Material

  • aluminum

Color

  • Carbon Gray

Design

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The shape and curves of the MSI Delta 15 body remind us of MSI Laptops from the Bussiness & Productivity line such as Modern, Prestige, and Summit. Of course there is nothing wrong with this because it makes the appearance of the MSI Delta Fifteen far from the impression of gaming and more of a professional class laptop.

Even the Thunderbird logo is also kept to a minimum by placing it on the back corner of the screen and on the side of the screen hinge.

The laptop body is also decorated with a "Tornado" themed hole motif with a Hexagonal shape on the air vents.

Dimension

  • Length – 35.7CM
  • Width – 24.7CM
  • Thickness – 1.9 CM
  • It's thin! Especially if you remember the hardware specifications

Heavy

  • Laptop – 1.96 KILO GRAM
  • Not only thin, the weight of this laptop is quite light, under 2 KG
  • Charger – 565 GRAM
  • It is quite light considering its power output reaches 240 Watts
  • Total – 2.52 KG

Display

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  • 15.6 Inch
  • Full HD resolution 1920 x 1080 Pixels
  • Refresh Rate 240 Hz (SS Display Refresh Rate)
  • This is the refresh rate usually found in high-end gaming laptops
  • Of course there is AMD FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate technology on this laptop
  • Panel IPS-Level
  • Close to 100% sRGB
While based on our tool measurements the results are:
  • Maximum brightness level – 302 Nits
  • Gamut Coverage 96.5% sRGB | Gamut Volume 98.5% sRGB 
  • Delta E 2000 (Maximum) - 1.23
The resulting color accuracy is also quite good. This indicates that this laptop screen is not only suitable for gaming but also for content creator.

The screen uses an Anti-Glare surface so it is more comfortable when using because it is free from annoying reflections.

The screen frame is already using a thin design. The thinnest sides are right and left with a thickness of 4.2 MM which makes the Screen to Body Ratio level reach 82%. Of course, the top side is still a bit thick because it houses the 720P 30 FPS camera.

Interestingly, the hinge of this laptop screen can be straightened up to 180°. Meanwhile, the F12 key to quickly rotate the screen display like on the MSI Bussiness & Productivity series Laptop is also here. This allows users to quickly show the screen display to the other person in front of them

Not to forget, this Laptop screen can also display an OSD (On Screen Display) in the form of a Crosshair which is commonly found on Gaming Monitors. Crosshair position and color can be changed via MSI Center Software.

Audio

Equipped with 2 speakers with the direction of sound output to the laptop base. Nahimic Software is provided to set sound profiles and activate the Sound Tracker feature when playing games. Although not using the solution from Dynaudio, the sound produced by this laptop is quite loud and the quality is quite good.

Connector

  • Left
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  • 1X DC-IN
  • 1X USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
  • 1X USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
  • 1X 3.5 MM Audio Combo Jack
  • Right
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  • 1X USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
  • 1X USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
  • Support Display Output with Display Port protocol
  • 1X HDMI
  • 1X Kensington Lock Slot
Unfortunately, this Gaming Laptop is not equipped with an Ethernet/LAN connector. Why is that? Because to play games online, a cable connection will certainly be more stable. Fortunately this can still be overcome by using a USB to Ethernet/LAN converter.

Keyboard

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Even though it doesn't use a SteelSeries Keyboard, the design and layout of the Keyboard keys on this Laptop is still similar to other MSI Laptops with SteelSeries Keyboards. However, unlike in Alpha and Bravo, the Keyboard on this Laptop is not equipped with Numpad buttons. This makes the keyboard position more to the center which also makes the Palmrest area wider.

Interestingly, the left-Ctrl key on this laptop is made the same size as the left-Shift key so that it is easily accessible by fingers.

For the arrow keys have the same size as the other keyboard keys

Keyboard features Backlit RGB lighting with one color zone that supports MSI Mystic Light technology
  • Backlit lamp color and effect can be adjusted via the MSI Center Software.
  • Meanwhile, the brightness level can be adjusted via the Slider in the same software.
  • Light effects can also be changed quickly by pressing the F8 key.

Touchpad

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The position of the Touchpad Center to Body which unfortunately makes the Touchpad area quite far shifted to the right from the location of the Spacebar button. This poses the risk of the right palm easily entering the Touchpad area when typing which may reduce comfort. Fortunately this can be overcome by turning off the Touchpad while typing. The touchpad is of course already using the Windows Precision Driver.

Cooling System

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MSI Delta 15 uses Cooler Boost 5 cooling system. Cooling system This laptop is equipped with 6  copper heatpipes and 2 fans.

Both fans draw air into the laptop through the vents on the bottom and top of the keyboard. Meanwhile, for the air exhaust leads to the right, left, and right-left rear.

Performance MSI Delta 15 A5EFK-050ID

There are five performance profiles that can be set through the MSI Center Software, namely:
  • Extreme Performance
  • Balance
  • Silent 
  • Super Battery
  • User
  • In this mode the user can set the Performance Level in Low, Medium, or High Settings.
  • Fan Speed   can also be set in Settings Auto, Advanced, or Cooler Boost which runs the fan at 100% speed continuously.
Performance profiles can also be changed quickly by pressing the F7 key.

Cinebench R15 20X Loop

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The highest score that can be achieved in Balanced mode is 1933 points and has increased to 2057 points when using User mode with High Performance Level. Meanwhile, the score that can be maintained is at 1840-1850 points when using Balanced mode and increases to 1950-1960 points in User mode with High Performance Level.

Working Temperature Cinebench R15 20X Loop

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In Balanced mode, the processor temperature fluctuates in the range of 82-92 °C in a number of initial runs of the test and then decreases slightly to the range of 82-90 °C. Meanwhile, when using User mode with Performance Level High and fan speed at 100% , the processor temperature fluctuates in the range of 86-92 °C.

Blender 2.92

BMW27 Scene
  • CPU Rendering
  • 3 Min 41 Seconds
  • GPU Rendering (OpenCL) with RX 6700M
  • 2 Min 28 Seconds
Blender GPU Rendering Working Temperature

When using User mode with Performance Level High and fan speed at 100% , the highest temperatures are in the 56-57 °C range for the processor and 65-66 °C for the Discrete GPU.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2021

4K60 to Youtube 4K60 with 2 Min 7 Second Video


Renderer – Mercury Playback Engine Software Only
  • 11 Min 27 Seconds
Renderer – Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (OpenCL)
  • 2 Min 54 Seconds

FHD60 to Youtube FHD60 with 2 Min 7 Second Video


Renderer – Mercury Playback Engine Software Only
  • 3 Min 39 Seconds
Renderer – Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (OpenCL)
  • 1 Min 18 Seconds

Working Temperature 4K Video Export with OpenCL acceleration


When using User mode with Performance Level High and fan speed at 100% , the highest processor temperatures are in the range of 62-63 °C and 65-66 °C for Discrete GPUs.

DaVinci Resolve (Free Version)

4K60 to Youtube 4K60 with 2 Min 7 Second Video

  • 5 Min 31 Seconds

FHD60 to Youtube FHD60 with 2 Min 7 Second Video

  • 1 Min 18 Seconds

Working Temperature 4K Video Export

When using User mode with Performance Level High and fan speed at 100%, the processor temperature was in the range of 84-90 °C and then increased to the range of 90-96 °C. While the highest temperature of Discrete GPU only reaches the range of 70-71 °C.

Discrete GPU Test

3DMark Time Spy Graphics Score (DirectX 12)
  • RX 6700M – 9860 Points 
  • A score like that places the RX 6700M's performance between the RTX 3060 which scores 8673 points and the RTX 3070 which produces a score of 11049.
  • Meanwhile, when compared to the RX 6600M which produces a score of 8260 points , the RX 6700M has a performance advantage of around 19%.

MSI Delta 15 A5EFK-050ID Gaming Test

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DOTA 2  (1080P | Fastest | Render Scale 100%)

  • 120-170 FPS

CSGO (1080P | Low)

  • 210-400 FPS

Death Stranding (1080P | Very High)

  • 100-120 FPS

Shadow Of The Tomb Raider (1080P | Highest | Ray Traced Shadow Quality – Medium)

  • 90-110 FPS

Red Dead Redemption 2 (1080P | Ultra)

  • 60-70 FPS

Cyberpunk 2077 (1080P | Ultra | Crowd Density – High | Ray Tracing – Off)

  • 50-60 FPS although sometimes there is a slight Drop to 48 FPS

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (1080P | Very High)

  • 70-80 FPS

Gaming Temperature by Running Assassin's Creed Valhalla for 30 Minutes

  • Processor temperature is stable in the range of 79-82 °C 
  • While the temperature of the Discrete GPU is in the range of 79-80 °C

Body Surface Temperature by Running Assassin's Creed Valhalla for 30 Minutes

  • The hottest keyboard key area is located around the U key with temperatures up to 45 °C
  • The temperature of the area on the top side of the keyboard also shows a fairly high temperature in the range of 49 °C
  • Meanwhile, the ASDW button is in the 38-39 °C . range
  • Meanwhile, the temperature of the Palmrest area is kept safe below 35°C

MSI Delta 15 A5EFK-050ID Storage Test

CrystalDiskMark
  • Read – 2407 MB/s
  • Write – 1672 MB/s
This includes the performance of a mid-range SSD which is already quite fast.

Battery MSI Delta 15 A5EFK-050ID

Setting: Brightness 50% | Volume 25% | Balanced Mode | Refresh Rate 240 Hz

P1080P Video Playback

  • 11 Hours 11 Minutes
This result is the result of battery life that we really expect from an AMD Advantage Gaming Laptop. Quite surprising indeed considering the 240 Hz screen.

Charging

  • 30 Minutes – 27% 
  • 60 Minutes – 51%
  • 90 Minutes – 75%
  • 120 Minutes – 91%
  • 150 Minutes – 99%
  • Full 100% – 2 Hours 54 Min
Charging time to full is still not fast but if you look closely, the battery is actually charged up to 99% in 2.5 hours. Especially considering the relatively large battery capacity. It is also seen that when it is close to full, battery charging experiences a slowdown which is actually quite natural when charging.

Price MSI Delta 15 A5EFK-050ID

The official price for the MSI Delta 15 A5EFK-050ID is ,-

However, at this time, MSI is holding a "Spring Rush Promo" where prospective buyers can get a discount for the purchase of an MSI Delta 15 Laptop. Promo period starts from January 17 to February 28, 2022.

Purchase Bonus

  • MSI Stealth Trooper Backpack

warranty

  • 2 years

Conclusion

Things to note

  • It's difficult to access the RAM and M.2 slots, so we highly recommend visiting the Service Center if you want to upgrade RAM or SSD.
  • No Ethernet connector provided
  • The position of the Touchpad is quite far from the location of the Spacebar button
  • Battery charging time is not fast enough

Interesting Points

  • The appearance of a professional-class laptop, far from the impression of gaming, so it is still suitable for those who are looking for a high-performance laptop for work.
  • Thin and light body
  • Processor performance is still pretty fast
  • Smooth gaming even with Ultra graphics settings
  • Performance in Content Creation is quite satisfactory
  • The working temperature is still within safe limits, especially considering the thin body
  • 240 Hz display with high Color Gamut and low Delta E
  • Suitable for competitive Gaming and serious Content Creation
  • Efficient battery
  • Adequate number and type of connectors
  • Wi-Fi 6E dan Bluetooth V5.2
In the end, the MSI Delta 15 is suitable for those who are looking for an AMD Advantage Gaming Laptop that is inexpensive but still offers high-end performance and features.