MSI Creator Z16P

MSRP $4,299.00

“The MSI Creator Z16P is a incredible performer, as long as you keep away from gaming.”

Professionals

  • Glorious productiveness and artistic efficiency
  • Strong construct high quality
  • Trendy attractiveness
  • Nice keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent show

Cons

  • Costly
  • Poor gaming efficiency

Laptops designed for inventive professionals have change into extraordinarily widespread during the last a number of years. Each producer has a line or two geared toward inventive work, none extra so than MSI with its aptly named Creator collection. The corporate not too long ago up to date the Creator Z16 that we reviewed final yr with the Creator Z16P, bettering the thermal design and upgrading to Intel’s Twelfth-gen CPUs.

I reviewed the top-end configuration that’s $4,299 with a Core i9-12900H, an Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti, and a 16-inch 16:10 QHD+ (2,560 x 1,600) IPS show. These are some severe elements that promise wonderful content material creation efficiency, and the Creator Z16P lived as much as its promise. It’s a well-built and engaging laptop computer that, whereas very costly, competes strongly towards different massive creator workstations — as long as you keep away from gaming.

Design

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The Creator Z16P is a solidly constructed laptop computer constructed of CNC-machined aluminum. There’s no flexing, bending, or twisting within the lid, keyboard deck, or chassis. The Creator Z16 was equally properly constructed, placing MSI’s premier creator’s laptops in good firm with the most effective you’ll discover, together with the Dell XPS 15 and XPS 17 and Apple MacBook Professional 16. MSI subjected the Creator Z16P to MIL-STD-810G testing for sturdiness, which Lenovo additionally does with its ThinkPad line and gives some extra confidence.

Aesthetically, the Creator Z16P subtly betrays MSI’s gaming laptop computer roots. Its darkish grey coloration scheme and total strains are conservative sufficient, with solely a subdued MSI emblem on the lid offering an ornamental accent. However open the lid, and also you’ll see per-key RGB lighting on the SteelSeries keyboard that’s incongruent with a laptop computer meant for productiveness and artistic work. Plus, there are aggressive vents alongside both sides that you simply often see on gaming machines. Even so, it’s a beautiful look, if a bit daring. The XPS 15, XPS 17, and MacBook Professional 16 are extra businesslike by comparability.

The Creator Z16P has small bezels across the sides and high of its 16:10 16-inch show, with a barely bigger chin than you’ll discover on the XPS 15. It’s equivalent to the Creator Z16 in width and depth, but it surely’s thicker at 0.75 inches versus 0.64 inches and heavier at 5.27 kilos versus 5.07 kilos.

That’s accounted for by an upgraded thermal design. The Status Z16P is inside fractions of an inch in width and depth of the Lenovo ThinkPad x1 Excessive Gen 4, one other 16-inch efficiency laptop computer, which is thinner at 0.70 inches and considerably lighter at 3.99 kilos. Total, the Creator Z16P is a big laptop computer that you simply received’t wish to lug round any greater than you will need to.

Ports and connectivity

Connectivity is somewhat restricted for such a big laptop computer, with two USB-C ports, (one with Thunderbolt 4 help), a USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a full-size SD card reader. Energy is offered by a proprietary connector and a 240-watt energy provide.

There’s no HDMI port, which you typically discover on bigger machines, and only one Thunderbolt 4 port is disappointing.

Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 present up-to-date wi-fi connectivity.

Efficiency

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The Creator Z16P may be configured with one in every of a number of 45-watt Intel Twelfth-gen CPUs, and my overview unit was outfitted with the Core i9-12900H. That’s a 14-core (six Efficiency and eight Environment friendly), 20-thread CPU working at as much as 5.0GHz. Paired with that was an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, with Nvidia’s Studio drivers geared toward offering the very best efficiency and reliability in a collection of inventive, engineering, and scientific purposes. On paper, the Creator Z16P must be a speedy laptop computer certainly.

My benchmarks confirmed it. The Creator Z16P scored the very best amongst our comparability group in Geekbench 5 when set in each balanced and efficiency modes utilizing the MSI Middle Professional utility that gives exact management over thermals. For essentially the most half, the utility had much less impression than I’ve seen in different MSI laptops, but it surely wasn’t as a result of the laptop computer’s thermal design restricted its ceiling — I seen just some minor throttling in efficiency mode. One distinction between this mannequin and the earlier Creator Z16 is the introduction of a vapor chamber cooler offering 76% extra cooling space and followers that present 65% extra airflow. Total, the thermal system did its job.

In our Handbrake check that encodes a 420MB video as H.265, the Creator Z16P was once more the quickest, together with beating the MSI GE76 Raider gaming laptop computer that’s thicker and has even higher thermals. The one artificial benchmark the place the Creator Z16P didn’t take first place was Cinebench R23, and right here it was simply barely behind the GE76 Raider.

Whereas the MSI Middle Professional efficiency tuning utility didn’t have a lot impression in most of our benchmarks, there was a large distinction within the Pugetbench Premiere Professional benchmark that runs in a reside model of Adobe’s Premiere Professional. The GPU closely influences this benchmark, and the Creator Z16P must be a high performer. In balanced mode, although, the laptop computer was gradual at simply 717. That’s behind each different machine in our comparability group. When switched to efficiency mode, nevertheless, the Creator Z16P hit 1,042, which is the fourth-highest laptop computer rating we’ve recorded behind the MSI GE76 Raider (1,120), the MacBook Professional 16 with the M1 Max CPU (1,167), and the Gigabyte Aero 16 (1,115). Each Intel machines had Core i9 CPUs and RTX 3080 Ti GPUs.

The Creator Z16P is a severely quick laptop computer that competes strongly with different machines in its class, together with the MacBook Professional 16. MSI gives lots of management over thermal efficiency by way of the MSI Middle Professional app, together with a mode that runs the followers at full blast. It’s also possible to activate a Sensible Auto setting that detects the working apps and mechanically switches between modes. In case you’re searching for a laptop computer that gives high efficiency for demanding productiveness and artistic workflows, the Status Z16P must be excessive in your checklist.

Geekbench
(single / multi)
Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23
(single / multi)
Pugetbench
Premiere Professional
MSI Creator Z16P
(Core i9-12900H)
Bal: 1,769 / 14,034
Perf: 1,835 / 14,051
Bal: 71
Perf: 69
Bal: 1,844 / 15,047
Perf: 1,837 / 16,084
Bal: 717
Perf: 1,042
MSI Creator Z16
(Core i7-11800H)
Bal: 1,540 / 7,625
Perf: N/A
Bal: 103
Perf: N/A
Bal: 1,444 / 9,615
Perf: N/A
N/A
Dell XPS 17 9720
(Core i7-12700H)
Bal: 1,712 / 13,176
Perf: 1,747 / 13,239
Bal: 74
Perf: 71
Bal: 1,778 / 12,696
Perf: 1,779 / 14,086
Bal: 771
Perf: 853
Apple MacBook Professional 16
(Apple M1 Professional)
Bal: 1,773 / 12,605
Perf: N/A
Bal: 95
Perf: N/A
Bal: 1,531 / 12,343
Perf: N/A
Bal: 977
Perf: N/A
Razer Blade 17
(Core i7-12800H)
Bal: 1,808 / 11,843
Perf: N/A
Bal: 73
Perf: N/A
Bal: 1,697 / 13,218
Perf: N/A
Bal: 969
Perf: N/A
MSI Creator Z17
(Core i7-12700H)
Bal: 1,744 / 11,750
Perf: 1,741 / 13,523
Bal: 88
Perf: 70
Bal: 1,805 / 11,266
Perf: 1,819 / 15,754
Bal: 897
Perf: 984
MSI GE76 Raider
(Core i9-129000HK)
Bal: 1,855 / 13,428
Perf: N/A
Bal: 72
Perf: N/A
Bal: 1,872 / 16,388
Perf: N/A
Bal: 1,120
Perf: N/A
LG Gram 16 2-in-1
(Core i7-1260P)
Bal: 1,682 / 9,035
Perf: 1,686 / 9,479
Bal: 137
Perf: 113
Bal: 1,524 / 6,314
Perf: 1,663 / 8,396
N/A

Gaming

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The Nvidia RTX Studio drivers don’t present the most effective gaming efficiency in comparison with Nvidia’s normal drivers. As well as, MSI set a TGP for the RTX 3080 Ti of 90 watts, in comparison with its most of 150 watts. You’ll be able to see this instantly within the 3DMark Time Spy check, the place the Creator Z16P fell behind the opposite laptops with the RTX 3080 Ti. As well as, regardless of all frame-limiting settings turned off within the system and within the video games, body charges had been locked at 60 frames per second (fps). I reached out to MSI to resolve the state of affairs and couldn’t give you an answer.

So, the Creator Z16P didn’t do properly in our gaming benchmarks. First, Civilization VI wouldn’t go increased than 60 fps it doesn’t matter what settings I utilized, a state of affairs that I found utilized throughout the board. In Murderer’s Creed Valhalla, it managed simply 55 (fps) at 1080p and extremely excessive graphics, which is lower than the MSI Creator Z17 with an RTX 3070 Ti. Its efficiency was additionally very inconsistent on this benchmark, hitting simply 33 fps at 1440p and excessive graphics and 43 fps at extremely excessive. In Cyberpunk 2077, the Creator Z16P managed simply 30 fps at 1080p and extremely graphics. Once more, the laptop computer was inconsistent, hitting the identical 30 fps at medium graphics however then managing 41 fps at 1440p and extremely graphics.

Briefly, gaming on the Creator Z16P was an actual disappointment. The show’s quick 165Hz refresh price is totally wasted, and one can solely hope that there have been points with the drivers on my overview unit that MSI would possibly be capable of tackle.

Murderer’s Creed
Valhalla
(1080p/1200p
Extremely Excessive)
Cyberpunk
2077
(1080p/1200p
Extremely)
Civilization VI
(1080p Extremely)
Fortnite
(1080p/
1200p Epic)
3DMark
Time Spy
MSI Creator Z16P
(RTX 3080 Ti)
55 fps 30 fps 60 fps 60 fps Bal: 9,251
Perf: 10,054
MSI Creator Z16
(RTX 3060)
50 fps N/A 92 fps 56 fps Bal: 6,322
Perf: N/A
Dell XPS 17 9720
(RTX 3060)
23 fps 45 fps 111 fps 111 fps Bal: 6,757
Perf: 6,958
MSI Creator Z17
(RTX 3070 Ti)
60 fps 61 fps N/A 85 fps Bal: 8,763
Perf: 9,263
Razer Blade 17
(RTX 3080 Ti)
83 fps 52 fps 193 fps 104 fps Bal: 12,634
Perf: N/A
MSI GE76 Raider
(RTX 3080 Ti)
93 fps N/A 169 fps N/A Bal: 12,421
Perf: N/A

Show and audio

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There’s only one show possibility with the MSI Creator Z16P, and it’s a 16-inch 16:10 QHD+ (2,560 x 1,600) IPS contact show working at 165Hz. Throughout my testing, the show was extraordinarily brilliant with dynamic colours that weren’t blown out or oversaturated. Blacks had been true sufficient that textual content popped on a white background. It was an pleasurable show.

After I utilized my colorimeter, I discovered a panel simply on the verge of being wonderful. Brightness was excessive at 461 nits, properly above our 300-nit normal, and the distinction was 990:1, slightly below our most popular 1,000:1 threshold. Colours had been wider than common at 100% of sRGB and 89% of AdobeRGB, with an accuracy of DeltaE 0.89 (lower than 1.0 is taken into account wonderful). The Dell XPS 17‘s IPS show is considerably higher throughout the board, however the Creator Z16P’s show matched the opposite IPS panels in our comparability group.

In fact, OLED shows are additionally superior, as with the Dell XPS 15. The MacBook Professional 16’s mini-LED show had higher distinction however not a lot wider colours and it was much less correct. Observe that the distinction distinction between the OLED show and the MacBook’s is because of a distinction in colorimeters used to check them; they each present equally inky blacks.

The one factor holding the show again from being an optimum selection for creators is the AdobeRGB gamut. Usually, we prefer to see this quantity within the 90s. Nevertheless, it’s nonetheless ok for all however essentially the most demanding professionals, and it’s a step up from the show on the Creator Z16.

Brightness
(nits)
Distinction sRGB gamut AdobeRGB gamut Accuracy DeltaE
(decrease is healthier)
MSI Creator Z16P
(IPS)
461 990:1 100% 89% 0.89
MSI Creator Z16
(IPS)
382 800:1 92% 71% 1.28
Dell XPS 17 9720
(IPS)
543 1,870:1 100% 100% 0.58
Dell XPS 15 9520
(OLED)
391 28,130:1 100% 96% 0.42
Apple MacBook Professional 16
(XDR)
475 475,200:1 100% 90% 1.04
Razer Blade 17
(IPS)
313 890:1 100% 90% 0.84
MSI Creator Z17
(IPS)
355 840:1 100% 87% 1.35

4 audio system, two downward-firing on the underside of the chassis and two upward-firing above the keyboard, put out important quantity. It’s sufficient to fill a medium-sized room, and the standard was good, with clear mids and highs and a contact of bass. You received’t want a pair of headphones for music and Netflix binging.

Keyboard, touchpad, and webcam

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The per-key RGB lighting on the keyboard is enjoyable however pointless. Thankfully, that’s not this keyboard’s defining characteristic. Slightly, the keyboard has wonderful spacing and properly sized keycaps, with mild and exact switches that includes a crisp bottoming motion. It’s nearly as good because the keyboard on laptops just like the Dell XPS 17, which is excessive reward.

The touchpad is properly sized and considerably bigger than its predecessor, with a easy floor that helps Microsoft Precision touchpad drivers and your complete repertoire of Home windows 11 multitouch gestures. The clicks are quiet and assured, a drastic enchancment over the Creator Z16’s loud and stiff buttons.

The show can also be touch-enabled, offering one other handy technique to management the working system. Oddly sufficient for a clamshell laptop computer, there’s help for an energetic pen that’s included within the field. It not solely helps Home windows 11 inking however gives a distant mode by way of Bluetooth for controlling displays.

Home windows 11 Hi there passwordless login is offered by each an infrared digital camera with facial recognition and a fingerprint reader on the palm relaxation. In my testing, each strategies had been quick and dependable.

Lastly, the webcam is a Full HD model, which was nice to see. Video high quality was wonderful in each brilliant and low lighting circumstances, making the Creator Z16P an ideal machine for videoconferencing.

Battery life

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The Status Z16P has 90 watt-hours of battery capability, which is a good quantity for a laptop computer with a big, high-resolution show and quick elements. However it’s no assure of nice battery life, which we didn’t see within the Creator Z16 with the identical measurement battery and a slower CPU.

In our web-browsing check that cycles via some widespread and complicated web sites, the Status Z16P managed simply 4.75 hours, the sort of rating we often see with gaming laptops. The Dell XPS 17 lasted virtually three hours longer. In our video check that loops an area 1080p film trailer, the MSI hit 5.5 hours, one other low rating that the XPS 17 beat handily. Lastly, within the PCMark 10 Purposes battery check that’s the most effective indication of productiveness battery life, the Status Z16P shut down at round 5.5 hours,

In fact, the standout right here is the Apple MacBook Professional 16, which completely trounced its Home windows competitors regardless of being roughly as quick. The Status Z16P was embarrassed by the MacBook’s longevity.

The Status Z16P isn’t a extremely transportable workstation. Do any sort of intensive inventive work, and also you’ll in all probability run out of juice in a few hours. The facility brick is massive and heavy, so plan accordingly.

Net searching Video PCMark 10
Purposes
MSI Creator Z16P
(Core i9-12900H)
4 hours, 42 minutes 5 hours, 24 minutes 5 hours, 37 minutes
MSI Creator Z16
(Core i7-11800H)
5 hours, 20 minutes 8 hours, 12 minutes N/A
Dell XPS 17 9720
(Core i7-12700H)
7 hours, 36 minutes 13 hours, 5 minutes 7 hours, 3 minutes
Dell XPS 15 9520
(Core i7-12700H)
9 hours, 38 minutes 12 hours, 40 minutes 11 hours, 14 minutes
MSI Creator Z17
(Core i7-12700H)
4 hours, 23 minutes 4 hours, 32 minutes N/A
Razer Blade 17
(Core i7-12800H)
3 hours, 11 minutes 3 hours, 41 minutes N/A
Apple MacBook Professional 16
(Apple M1 Professional)
18 hours, 35 minutes 23 hours, 11 minutes N/A

Value and configurations

The MSI Creator Z16P is available in 4 pricey configurations. The entry-level mannequin is $2,899 with a Core i7-12700H, 16GB of DDR5 RAM, a 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD, and an Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti. On the excessive finish was my overview unit, which prices $4,299 and contains the Core i9-12900H, 64GB of DDR5 RAM, a 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD, and an RTX 3080 Ti.

Our take

The MSI Creator Z16P is among the quicker Home windows machines you should buy for inventive work, and its show is nice sufficient for all however essentially the most demanding creators. It’s additionally a really costly laptop computer, which means it’s an funding greatest made by those that want the utmost in efficiency and don’t wish to change to MacOS.

Players ought to positively look elsewhere, although, as a result of the Creator Z16P severely underperformed on this space. I’m undecided if it was a driver or {hardware} downside, however the laptop computer merely didn’t reside as much as its potential.

Are there any options?

There are a number of nice laptops with bigger shows aimed on the inventive market. One is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Excessive, with a fifth-generation on the best way with Intel Twelfth-gen CPUs. It’s a stable machine with comparable specs and a extra inexpensive worth.

Two choices when you’re keen to go somewhat smaller or somewhat bigger are the Dell XPS 15 and 17. Each additionally supply Core i9 CPUs, however their GPUs aren’t as highly effective. They’re extra transportable, nevertheless, and cheaper, making them nice choices for these whose inventive duties are a bit much less demanding.

However perhaps essentially the most compelling competitor is the Apple MacBook Professional 16. When configured with its Apple M1 Max CPU, it’s as quick because the Creator X16P and across the identical worth. Its show is healthier, and also you received’t discover a machine with a higher-quality construct.

How lengthy will it final?

The MSI Creator Z16P is well-built, and that’s a superb factor given how costly it’s. The elements are updated and may maintain you creating content material for a few years. MSI presents one yr of unintentional harm safety with a restrict of 1 declare per laptop computer. In any other case, the industry-standard single yr of guarantee safety is disappointing at these costs.

Do you have to purchase it?

Sure, when you’re a creator who calls for essentially the most efficiency. In case you’re a gamer, although, you’ll wish to take into account a distinct machine.

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