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MSI GE76 Raider review: a powerful gaming laptop for excitement and adventure

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  • MSI GE76 Raider Specifications
  • Design and keyboard
  • Laptop screen
  • Connectors and webcam
  • Component performance
  • Autonomy MSI GE76 Raider
  • Total
  • Should I buy
  • Review MSI GE76 Raider Notebook - Video
  • Unlike the Alienware x17, a gaming laptop withlarge screen MSI GE76 Raider does not try to appear thin. Indeed, in addition to productive iron, a powerful cooling system is placed in its case for quiet operation of the device during games. There are also a lot of connectors, when the quality of the webcam and sound from the speakers is also pleasantly surprising.

    But in practice these are all the advantages 17.3inch GE76 Raider - otherwise it is not very impressive. Performance for such a laptop is average, especially in esports games. The display is dull and the build quality is not good enough.

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    MSI GE76 Raider Specifications

    Screen

    17.3 inch IPS, resolution 1920 × 1080 pixels, refresh rate 360 ​​Hz, 3 ms, 16: 9, non-touch, matte

    CPU

    Intel Comet Lake-H Core i9-10980HK, 8C / 16T

    Video card

    Intel UHD + Nvidia RTX 3080 16GB GDDR6 (155W Max-P with Dyn Boost, GeForce 461.92), with MUX and without Optimus

    RAM

    64 GB DDR4 3200 MHz (2 DIMMs)

    Inner memory

    1 × 2TB SSD (Samsung PM981) - 2 M.2 NVMe 80mm slots

    Connection

    Wi-Fi 6E (Killer AX1675x), Bluetooth 5.2, 2.5 Gigabit LAN

    Ports and connectors

    2 × USB-A 3.1 gen1, 1 × SUB-A 3.2 gen2, 2 × USB-C 3.2 gen2 (one with DP, no charging), HDMI 2.0, miniDP, LAN, SD card reader, microphone / headphone, Kensington lock

    Battery

    Power supply 99.9 Wh, 280 W, no USB-C support

    Additionally

    RGB backlit keyboard, HD + IR webcam, four speakers

    Dimensions and weight

    397 x 284 x 25.9 mm 2.97 kg + 1.01 kg Power block and cables, EU model

    Price

    From 270 thousand rubles

    Design and keyboard

    The previous version of the MSI GE76 Raider was released in March 2021 and since then the dimensions of the laptop have not changed: 39.7 x 28.4 x 2.59 cm and a weight of 2.97 kg.

    Outwardly, this is undoubtedly a gaming laptop, its cornersand the sides are pointed, the fans are large, and the SteelSeries keyboard has RGB lighting, which can be individually configured for each key through a special program.

    Alas, the build quality of the GE76 Raider is not impressive. Although the lid and palm rest are made of high quality aluminum, all other elements are plastic, and due to their thickness, the case appears to be empty.

    Membrane-type keys have long travel, butthere is no clear feedback when pressing. A mechanical keyboard could fit on such a thick laptop. MSI did this already in 2018 with the GT75 Titan. The layout is also a bit odd: there is no left Fn button, and the Home and End keys are combined with Page Up and Page Down.

    The touchpad without split keys is quite large, but you have to press too hard.

    Laptop screen

    The MSI GE76 Raider's large 17.3-inch screen with 1920 x 1080p resolution and 360Hz refresh rate is well-suited for esports.

    In most games, the laptop rarely gives out 360 fps,even at low graphics settings in Rainbow Six Siege, you will have no more than 270 fps. And this despite the top-end Intel Core i9 HK series processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card. There is also no support for Nvidia G-Sync technology to bridge the gaps.

    The picture quality is even more disappointing,because the display on the GE76 Raider is noticeably dim. Peak brightness is only around 175 nits. The color coverage is also not the widest: 95% for RGB space and 71% for Adobe RGB. The display's only advantage is its good anti-reflective coating.

    Connectors and webcam

    The MSI GE76 Raider gaming laptop has enough connectors to connect everything you need.

    On the sides there are three USB ports 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 × 2 Type-C, SD card slot and headphone combo jack. At the back are HDMI and Mini-DisplayPort outputs, a Thunderbolt 4 USB-C connector, an Ethernet port and a charging connector. An Intel Killer AX1675x network card with Wi-Fi 6E support is installed inside.

    MSI is to be commended for its webcam resolution1080p instead of the usual 720p. However, there is a lack of a protective cover. The GE76 Raider does not have biometric protection like an IR camera for face recognition, or a fingerprint scanner.

    Component performance

    The version of MSI GE76 Raider I tested runs on the flagship Intel Core i9-11980HK processor.

    The laptop also has:Nvidia RTX 3080 graphics card with 16GB VRAM, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD and Windows 10 Home operating system. Core i9-11980HK laptops are rare. Even less often, they manage to realize the full potential of this powerful processor. Unfortunately, the GE76 Raider does not apply to such models.

    Unlike Intel H-series processors with TDP 45The Core i9-11980HK has a peak power consumption of 65W. In doing so, the GE76 Raider lowers it to 45W, which results in a 2.6GHz clock speed limitation instead of 3.3GHz. And this significantly reduces the performance of the chipset.

    The TDP of the GeForce RTX 3080 video card reaches 155 watts. Few laptops can boast of such an indicator. MSI is also to be commended for the new PCIe 4.0 SSD.

    Cooling fans for gaminglaptops are quiet. The case hardly heats up. The warmest areas are at the top of the keyboard, which you are unlikely to touch with your hands. The video card heats up to 86–87 ° C - a lot, but no throttling. The processor temperature does not exceed 70-75 ° C.

    MSI GE76 Raider benchmark resultsperformance is about the same as other top-tier gaming laptops. In GeekBench 5.4.1, the device scores 8501 points in multi-core mode. This is better than the MSI Delta 15 (8406 points), but inferior to the Alienware x17 (8981) and Lenovo Legion 7i (9745).

    For a gaming laptop, the realgaming performance. Here the GE76 Raider shows itself at the level of the Alienware x17, although its hardware is more powerful. In Assassin's Creed Valhalla at 1080p with maximum settings, you will have about 80 fps, and in F1 2021 - 108 fps.

    Autonomy MSI GE76 Raider

    At first glance, it seems that such a powerful 17.3-inch gaming laptop is unlikely to last more than two or three hours on a single charge. But, the GE76 Raider performs very well.

    When watching videos in 720p quality with brightness50% battery life is 5.5 hours. Of course, if you play, this figure will drop significantly. But the performance of such a device on battery power will be limited anyway. So I advise you to always carry the charger with you.

    Total

    MSI GE76 Raider unlikely to become a benchmarkamong 17.3-inch laptops for esports. However, it has its advantages: quiet operation of the cooling system, fast SSD, many connectors, decent speakers and a high quality webcam.

    Alas, there are plenty of shortcomings too.The performance of the Core i9 HK-series processor and GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card is limited. Considering the size of the case, this is strange. The main problem with the GE76 Raider is the very low display brightness. Among 17.3-inch laptops, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 or Alienware x17 is the preferred option, although the 16-inch Lenovo Legion 7i Gen 6 is the best.

    Should I buy

    MSI's flagship large-screen gaming laptopThe GE76 Raider incorporates the latest top quality components based on the best mobile Intel 11 processor. But in practice it doesn't do as well as it should be.

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