MSI Modern 15 (A11X) vs. MSI Modern 14 (B11X)

Here is a side by side comparison between MSI Modern 15 (A11X) and MSI Modern 14 (B11X) specs including CPU, RAM, storage, battery, display, and more.

Key Differences

MSI Modern 15 (A11X) image

MSI Modern 15 (A11X)

MSI Modern 14 (B11X) image

MSI Modern 14 (B11X)

MSI Modern 15 (A11X) Pros

Reasons that MSI Modern 15 (A11X) is better than MSI Modern 14 (B11X).

Supports larger memory

MSI Modern 15 (A11X) supports a larger memory capacity than the MSI Modern 14 (B11X). It supports up to 64GB versus 32GB of system memory on the MSI Modern 14 (B11X).

Max system memory size
MSI Modern 15 (A11X)
64 GB
MSI Modern 14 (B11X)
32 GB
11% larger display

MSI Modern 15 (A11X) has a 15.6-inch screen size 11% larger than the 14-inch MSI Modern 14 (B11X).

Display size
MSI Modern 15 (A11X)
15.6-inch
MSI Modern 14 (B11X)
14-inch

MSI Modern 14 (B11X) Pros

Reasons that MSI Modern 14 (B11X) is better than MSI Modern 15 (A11X).

Slightly faster CPU performance

Intel Core i7-1195G7 inside MSI Modern 14 (B11X) has a 7% better multi-core CPU performance score than the Intel Core i7-1165G7 inside MSI Modern 15 (A11X).

Geekbench 5 multi-core score
MSI Modern 14 (B11X) - Intel Core i7-1195G7
4,808
MSI Modern 15 (A11X) - Intel Core i7-1165G7
4,487
MSI Modern 14 (B11X) - Intel Core i7-1165G7
4,487
MSI Modern 14 (B11X) - Intel Core i5-1155G7
4,198
MSI Modern 15 (A11X) - Intel Core i5-1135G7
3,980
MSI Modern 14 (B11X) - Intel Core i5-1135G7
3,980
About 19% lighter

MSI Modern 14 (B11X) weighed 2.87 pounds, 19% lighter than the 3.53 pounds MSI Modern 15 (A11X).

WeightMSI Modern 15 (A11X)MSI Modern 14 (B11X)
Pound
3.53 lbs.
2.87 lbs.
Kilogram
1.60 kg
1.30 kg

MSI Modern 15 (A11X): Our analysis and reviews

MSI Modern 15 (A11X) image

What we like

Reasons to like about MSI Modern 15 (A11X).

Supports Windows 11

MSI Modern 15 (A11X) exceed all minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

RequirementsMSI Modern 15 (A11X)
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Core i5-1135G7 → Intel Core i7-1165G7
4GB RAM8GB → 64GB
64GB Drive256GB → 4TB
2 Cores CPU4 cores
Upgradable storage

MSI Modern 15 (A11X) comes with two M.2 slots that you can easily upgrade and install an additional SSD to expand the storage on the device. Learn more.

Upgradable memory
Two RAM slots. Learn more.
Supports discrete graphics
Configurable up to NVIDIA GeForce MX450 2GB GDDR6

MSI Modern 14 (B11X): Our analysis and reviews

MSI Modern 14 (B11X) image

What we like

Reasons to like about MSI Modern 14 (B11X).

Supports Windows 11

MSI Modern 14 (B11X) exceed all minimum system requirements for Windows 11.

RequirementsMSI Modern 14 (B11X)
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorIntel Core i5-1135G7 → Intel Core i7-1195G7
4GB RAM8GB → 32GB
64GB Drive256GB → 2TB
2 Cores CPU4 cores
Upgradable storage

MSI Modern 14 (B11X) comes with a single removable M.2 SSD slot that you can replace and upgrade in the future. Learn more.

Upgradable memory
One RAM slot. Learn more.
Supports discrete graphics
Configurable up to NVIDIA GeForce MX450 2GB GDDR6

Key Features

MSI Modern 15 (A11X)MSI Modern 14 (B11X)
At Glance
Released in
2020
16:9 FHD
15.6”
1080p 60Hz
Weight
3.53 lb
1.60 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-1165G7
4C/8T, 2.80 → 4.70 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,374
Single Core
Geekbench 5
4,487
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
96 Execution Units, 400 → 1300 MHz
Upgradable up to
64GB
3200 MHz DDR4
NVIDIA GeForce
MX450
2GB GDDR6
Released in
2020
16:9 FHD
14”
1080p 60Hz
Weight
2.87 lb
1.30 kg
Up to
Intel Core i7-1195G7
4C/8T, 2.90 → 5.00 GHz
Geekbench 5
1,458
Single Core
Geekbench 5
4,808
Multi-Core
With integrated
Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
96 Execution Units, 400 → 1400 MHz
Upgradable up to
32GB
3200 MHz DDR4
NVIDIA GeForce
MX450
2GB GDDR6

Availability

MSI Modern 15 (A11X)MSI Modern 14 (B11X)
Released20202020
Stores

Exterior

MSI Modern 15 (A11X)MSI Modern 14 (B11X)
Size Comparison
MSI Modern 15 (A11X)MSI Modern 14 (B11X)
Dimensions14.05” x 9.20” x 0.67” (356.8 x 233.75 x 16.9 mm)12.56” x 8.62” x 0.66” (319 x 219 x 16.9 mm)
Weight3.53 lbs (1.6 kg)2.87 lbs (1.3 kg)
Colors
Urban Silver Carbon Gray
Carbon Gray Beige Mousse Bluestone
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Keyboard
    • Backlight Keyboard (Single-Color, White)
    • 1.5mm key travel
  • Touchpad
    • Precision touchpad support multitouch gestures and intuitive response.
  • Keyboard
    • Backlight Keyboard (Single-Color, White)
    • 1.5mm key travel
  • Touchpad
    • Precision touchpad support multitouch gestures and intuitive response.

Display

MSI Modern 15 (A11X)MSI Modern 14 (B11X)
Size15.6 Inches14 Inches
Info15.6" FHD (1920x1080), IPS-Level, Wide View Angle, Thin Bezel.14.0" FHD (1920x1080), IPS-Level, Wide View Angle, Thin Bezel.

Ports

MSI Modern 15 (A11X)MSI Modern 14 (B11X)
MSI Modern 15 (A11X) image
  • 1 x USB Type-C with Thunderbolt™ 4.
    Supports USB 4, DisplayPort, and Power Delivery charging.
  • 2 x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 2
  • 1 x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1
  • 1 x MicroSD Card Reader
  • 1 x HDMI (4K @ 60Hz)
  • 1 x Mic-in/Headphone-out Combo Jack
  • 1 x DC-in
MSI Modern 14 (B11X) image
  • 1 x USB Type-C with Thunderbolt™ 4.
    Supports USB 4, DisplayPort, and Power Delivery charging.
  • 2 x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 2
  • 1 x MicroSD Card Reader
  • 1 x HDMI (4K @ 60Hz)
  • 1 x Mic-in/Headphone-out Combo Jack
  • 1 x DC-in

Internal Specs

MSI Modern 15 (A11X)MSI Modern 14 (B11X)
Processor
  1. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.40 → 4.20 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 28W
  2. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.80 → 4.70 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 28W
  1. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.40 → 4.20 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 28W
  2. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1155G7
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.50 → 4.50 GHz, 8MB SmartCache, 28W
  3. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.80 → 4.70 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 28W
  4. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1195G7
    4 cores, 8 threads, 2.90 → 5.00 GHz, 12MB SmartCache, 28W

Geekbench 5 Single Core

MSI Modern 15 (A11X)1
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G71,19581.96%
2
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1165G71,37494.24%
MSI Modern 14 (B11X)1
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G71,19581.96%
2
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1155G71,32690.95%
3
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1165G71,37494.24%
4
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1195G71,458100.00%
01,458

Geekbench 5 Multi Core

MSI Modern 15 (A11X)1
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G73,98082.78%
2
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1165G74,48793.32%
MSI Modern 14 (B11X)1
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G73,98082.78%
2
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1155G74,19887.31%
3
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1165G74,48793.32%
4
11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1195G74,808100.00%
04,808
Integrated Graphics
  1. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    80 Execution Units, 400 → 1300 MHz
  2. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, 400 → 1300 MHz
  1. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    80 Execution Units, 400 → 1300 MHz
  2. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1155G7
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    80 Execution Units, 400 → 1350 MHz
  3. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, 400 → 1300 MHz
  4. 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1195G7
    Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
    96 Execution Units, 400 → 1400 MHz
Memory
  • Up to DDR4-3200 Memory Type
  • 2 Slots Number of SO-DIMM Slot
  • Max 64GB Max Capacity
  • 8GB 16GB
    3200 MHz DDR4 onboard memory.
  • 1 x SO-DIMM slot for expansion, max out at 32GB.
Discrete Graphics
MSI Modern 15 A11SB
  • NVIDIA® Geforce® MX450
    Video memory: 2GB GDDR6 VRAM.
MSI Modern 15 A11M
  • No discrete graphics
MSI Modern 14 B11SB
  • NVIDIA® Geforce® MX450
    Video memory: 2GB GDDR5 VRAM.
MSI Modern 14 B11M
  • No discrete graphics
Storage
  • 1 x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe Gen3)
  • 1 x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe Gen4)
1 x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe Gen4)

Connectivity

MSI Modern 15 (A11X)MSI Modern 14 (B11X)
Wi-Fi802.11 AX Wi-Fi 6802.11 AX Wi-Fi 6
BluetoothBluetooth 5.1Bluetooth 5.1

Battery

MSI Modern 15 (A11X)MSI Modern 14 (B11X)
Size52 Wh (3-cell Li-Polymer battery)52 Wh (3-cell Li-Polymer battery)
Power Supply
MSI Modern 15 A11M
MSI Modern 15 A11SB
MSI Modern 14 B11M
MSI Modern 14 B11SB

Software

MSI Modern 15 (A11X)MSI Modern 14 (B11X)
OS
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 10 Pro
Built-in Apps
  • MSI Center for Business & Productivity
  • MSI Center for Business & Productivity

Camera & Audio

MSI Modern 15 (A11X)MSI Modern 14 (B11X)
CameraFront-facing camera
720p (1280 x 720 HD) top mounted camera.
Front-facing camera
720p (1280 x 720 HD) top mounted camera.
Audio
  • 2 x 2W Speaker
  • Nahimic 3
  • High-Resolution Audio ready
  • 2 x 2W Speaker
  • Nahimic 3
  • High-Resolution Audio ready

Misc

MSI Modern 15 (A11X)MSI Modern 14 (B11X)
Warranty1-year Limited Warranty (Include 1 Year Global)1-year Limited Warranty (Include 1 Year Global)

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