MSI Bravo 15 C7VF-220XES, laptop to play with maximum FPS

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He MSI Bravo 15 C7VF-220XES or simply MSI C7VF-220XES, is a mid-high-range gaming laptop, which houses an AMD® Ryzen™ 7 7735HS processor in the company of an RTX 4060 graphics card and 32GB of RAM. Likewise, it outlines a 15.6-inch FHD screen with a 144Hz refresh rate ready for gaming. If you are interested in knowing how it performs in real life and what its advantages and disadvantages are, we invite you to join us in this review.

Technical characteristics of the MSI C7VF-220XES

MSI C7VF-220XES
DESIGN
Dimensions 359 x 259 x 24.9mm
Weight 2.25kg
Colors Black
SCREEN
Screen technology IPS, 144Hz
Dimension 15.6 inches
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Multitouch No
PERFORMANCE
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 7735HS
GPU Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060, GDDR6 8GB
RAM 32GB DDR5 (16GB x 2)
STORAGE
Ability 1TB SSD M.2 NVMe PCIe
memory card device No
Optical unit No
OPERATING SYSTEM
Version FreeDOS
CAMERA
Resolution HD
CONNECTIVITY
Wifi 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth Yes, 5.1
Connection ports
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 type-A
  • 1 x USB 2.0 type-A
  • 1 x 3.5mm audio/microphone combo
Video connectors HDMI 2.1, USB-C with DisplayPort
Battery Lithium-ion, 3 cells, 53.5 Wh
Official site M: YES

Layout and keyboard

The MSI Bravo 15 C7VF-220XES has the same chassis as all the models in its series, so we won’t give it any points for creativity, and that also applies to its build quality, since it is a chassis made of plastic, which flexes in some parts, such as the screen lid and keyboard edges. Being a gaming laptop, the least we can expect is for it to be slim and light, so it doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone to say that it has a 24.9mm profile and a weight of 2.25 kilos.

MSI Bravo 15 C7VF-220XES - Design

With that in mind, the bezels surrounding the screen are relatively thick and the touchpad is a bit small, so we’ll rate its design as mediocre. The most daring thing about the MSI C7VF-220XES is a 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard, which we can control from the MSI Center application to achieve a lighting effect according to our preferences. If we can give the keyboard a thumbs up, it not only looks cool with those transparent WASD keysbut also provides good travel and response when typing, not to mention that it is full size and includes number keys.

MSI Bravo 15 C7VF-220XES - Keyboard

Bottom panel houses two speaker outputs. In addition, here we see several ventilation grilles and the heat pipes inside. The hot air comes out through these grilles and through an additional one on the left side of the device. When this equipment is put to work at its maximum (or to play) we will definitely feel the increase in temperature in these places, as well as in some parts of the keyboard.

Screen

The MSI Bravo 15 C7VF-220XES is equipped with a 15.6-inch IPS screen with FullHD resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio and 144Hz refresh rate. We can praise its fluidity and GTG response time, making it suitable for enjoying video games with high frame rates per second and performing well in competitive titles. Likewise, it has a slightly higher brightness than usual (290 nits) and does not exhibit flickering at any brightness level.

MSI Bravo 15 C7VF-220XES - Screen

The only valid complaint is that the color representation is mediocre, being sufficient for gaming and consuming multimedia content, but not for editing tasks where color accuracy is critical, since it barely covers the 45% NTSC gamut and 56% of sRGB.

The speakers are not much, but they do their job in an acceptable manner, providing a balanced sound, but with deviations in the high and mid tones that audiophiles will surely not miss.

Hardware and features of the MSI Bravo 15 C7VF-220XES

Like the MSI Bravo 15 C7VF-233XES that we talked about the other day, this device is powered by a processor AMD Ryzen™ 7 7735HS, which consists of 8 cores and 16 threads at a base frequency of 3.2Ghz. It is accompanied by a respectable graphics card RTX 4060 8GB of video memory, not to mention the presence of 32GB DDR5 RAM in double channel. In terms of storage, a NVMe PCIe (Gen4x4) with 1TB capacity.

With that in mind, this combo of components is enough for most applications and video games that a user may try to run on the laptop. For example, the Ryzen™ 7 7735HS on board the MSI Bravo 15 C7VF-220XES notes more than 14,000 points in the Cinebench R23 Benchmarkwhile the GPU achieves a score of 27,000 in 3DMark: Fire Strike.

MSI Bravo 15 C7VF-220XES - Performance

As you might guess, this laptop has what it takes to run demanding games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Alan Wake 2 at 60FPS with high graphics and 1080p resolution (with the help of DLSS). Meanwhile, Competitive titles like Valorant and Fortnite can surpass the 144FPS mark with competitive graphics settings.

In another vein, the team keeps temperatures under control using a cooling system with a shared heat pipe and two fans.

MSI Bravo 15 C7VF-220XES - Cooling

Everything sounds very good up to this point, but we must note thatl MSI Bravo 15 C7VF-220XES does not include operating system by default, so we will have to install one before starting to play or work.

Autonomy

The battery always tends to be the Achilles heel of gaming laptops and the MSI Bravo 15 C7VF-220XES is no different from the rest in this regard. Its 53Wh battery can give us at most 7 hours of local video playback at half brightness and everything else OFF. In demanding scenarios, such as games, we can expect an hour and a half of use or two depending on the game.

Connectivity

At the wireless level the device consists of Wi-Fi 6 plus Bluetooth 5.1, typical for a modern laptop. When it comes to physical connections, on the left side of the MSI C7VF-220XES laptop is the power plug, a USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) port, and a USB 2.0 port. Then, on the right, we find a LAN port, followed by an HDMI 2.1 connector, a USB-C 3.2 (Gen. 1) port with support for DisplayPort, another USB Type A 3.2 (Gen. 1) and a Audio.

Connectivity

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, it’s a shame that none of the laptops in this series have ThunderBolt 4, especially for the price range where they are located.

Availability and price of the MSI Bravo 15 C7VF-220XES

Those interested in the MSI Bravo 15 C7VF-220XES can purchase it through the PC Components store.

PROS:
  • Good CPU+GPU performance
  • 32GB DDR5 RAM
  • 144Hz display
  • Top-notch keyboard
  • MUX Switch
CONS:
  • Autonomy leaves something to be desired
  • Does not include OS and installing Windows 11 can be problematic
  • No Thunderbolt 4
  • Screen color accuracy is mediocre
  • Plastic body
8
Total score
Design and materials
7
Screen
8
CPU performance
9
GPU performance
8
Battery
7
Connectivity
9

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