Our opinion on the MSI Stealth 15 A13VF-036FR
High Definition for the Ultrabook creative gaming laptop MSI Stealth 15 A13VF-036FR equipped with a 15-inch IPS 4K anti-glare screen with a frequency of 120Hz which improves fluidity in games but also with fast SSD storage with a large capacity of 1 TB which reinforces its responsiveness. Suitable for recent games thanks to its high-end GeForce RTX 4060 ray tracing NVIDIA Ada Lovelace graphics card, it is also suitable for multimedia work accelerated by the GPU and the powerful core combining 16 GB of RAM with an Intel Raptor Lake-H processor Core i7-13620H. Also on the program for this versatile Windows 11 laptop designed to play and create a backlit keyboard (but without numeric keypad) or even connectivity with Wi-Fi 6 and USB-C.
Features of the MSI Stealth 15 A13VF-036FR
|15.6″ Ultra HD 4K IPS 120Hz 100% DCI-P3 (3840×2160, anti-glare/matte)
|Intel Core i7-13620H Raptor Lake-H (10 cores: 6P 2.4 GHz / 4E 1.8 GHz)
|Installed RAM (max)
|16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR5 5200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots (occupied)
|NVIDIA Ada Lovelace GeForce RTX 4060 8 GB dedicated GDDR6 (90W 2250MHz), Intel Iris Xe integrated into the processor and Optimus
|1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4) + 1 free M.2 slot
|2 USB 3.2 (Gen2) + 2 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2, 1 chargeable), HDMI 2.1 (8K@60Hz, 4K@120Hz)
|6-axis Wi-Fi (2×2), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet
|Yes, 4-zone RGB (1.7mm stroke)
|2 speakers (2 x 2W), Nahimic 3 Audio Enhance
|Windows 11 64-bit
|Announced autonomy / Battery
|4 hours / Li-Polymer 3 cells 53.5Whr
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)
|2.1 Kg / 358.3 x 247.9 x 19.9
The MSI Stealth 15 A13VF-036FR faces the competition
The MSI Stealth 15 A13VF-036FR is currently displayed in promotion at Amazon and offers an attractive configuration/price ratio for its category where it is one of the only ones to offer a 4K screen with such a recent and efficient processor and graphics card.
If this MSI Pulse 17 B13VFK-284FR does not meet all your criteria, you will find other configurations for gaming with a similar budget in our gaming laptop guide. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, it will have the greatest impact on performance.
Chassis, connections, screen of the MSI Stealth 15 A13VF-036FR
Cooled by Cooler Boost Trinity+ technology using 3 fans, 5 heat pipes and air vents, this versatile, gamer-oriented and creative laptop has a gamer appearance thanks to its thin and light black design with angular lines.
This versatile multimedia Ultrabook has good connectivity with its USB-C (but not Thunderbolt!), its Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6 ax wireless modules to communicate and connect remotely, its practical HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or monitor for example, its Ethernet and audio ports but also its 3 USB including 2 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) guaranteeing transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 devices are connected.
Designed with the help of SteelSeries to adapt to the habits of players, the chiclet keyboard does not include a numeric keypad while this functionality is standard from 15 inches to facilitate the entry of numbers.
In any case, we can backlight the keys of the chiclet keyboard to better distinguish them in a dimly lit environment.
The screen clearly stands out with its Ultra HD 4K definition, which is significantly higher than Full HD and ideal for displaying (Very) High Definition content such as videos thanks to its 16:9 format. As a bonus, the screen is adorned with a frequency of 120Hz higher than the standard 60Hz, which reinforces general fluidity, including in games.
Creative people will be all the more attracted as the screen is adorned with DCI-P3 and IPS specifications implying much more faithful colors than average with significant viewing angles, both horizontal and vertical. As it is anti-reflective, the screen also offers better visibility than a shiny panel in a bright environment (e.g. outdoors).
Performance, autonomy of the MSI Stealth 15 A13VF-036FR
The MSI Stealth 15 A13VF-036FR may be of interest to those who wish to equip themselves with a versatile High Definition laptop PC that performs well in gaming and creation equipped with recent components.
It delivers solid general performance capable of satisfying a maximum of users. Because it is based on an Intel Raptor Lake-H Core i7-13620H processor and 16 GB of RAM.
This core will interest creators because it notably ensures faster multimedia processing than a classic Quad/Hexa Core and 8 GB DDR4, the difference being particularly notable in areas requiring CPU and RAM resources taking advantage of multi-core, such as photo editing , video editing or 3D rendering.
In addition, the dedicated onboard GeForce RTX 4060 graphics card accelerates processing under software using multi-core, such as Sony Vegas, VSDC or Adobe Photoshop/Premiere, which creative people will appreciate there too.
However, the GeForce RTX 4060 ray tracing is a dedicated high-end NVIDIA Ada Lovelace graphics card capable of running recent games. On the other hand, as 4K requires more GPU calculations than Full HD, which implies a lower number of fps, some concessions may be necessary for the most demanding titles.
In any case, the GeForce RTX 4060 is activated/deactivated automatically and in real time by NVIDIA Optimus technology depending on the tasks performed.
However, Optimus favors as much as possible the Intel Iris Xe graphics solution inserted in the Core i7, although it is much less powerful. Because the Iris Xe consumes little energy, which promotes autonomy.
In this regard, while waiting for more concrete tests, expect around 4 hours of battery operation in light use.
Still, in practice the GeForce RTX 4060 is used by Optimus to carry out graphics work deemed too heavy for the Iris Xe, typically for gaming.
As for storage, MSI logically opts for a very comfortable 1 TB SSD to accommodate multiple files, games and software.
In addition, an SSD offers, remember, very interesting advantages compared to a hard drive such as greater shock resistance, lower energy consumption, silent operation or even greater speed.
As a result, the SSD guarantees much better responsiveness and fluidity on a daily basis than a simple hard drive.
Thanks to the SSD we benefit, for example, from much faster game/software launches, processing and starts/stops, or even faster arrival on online game cards.
Finally, in the event of heavy loads (e.g. games, treatments) expect heat and noise from this High Definition creative gaming laptop PC.
If necessary to contain temperatures, you can use a ventilated support (remember to check the dimensions carefully!).