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MSI Raider GE76 gaming laptop has the fastest of everything.


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MSI’s top-end 17-inch Raider GE76 gaming laptop computer comes with state-of-the-art parts that allow it fly. It’s stacked with an Intel Core i9-12900HK CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GPU. That processor is the most recent Intel cellular Alder Lake structure, which splits the cores into performance-optimized and efficiency-optimized (like Apple’s M1 chips). And whereas the RTX 3080 Ti is only a new iteration of Nvidia’s prime cellular GPU, the MSI reveals how properly it performs if you push it — and never even to the max — in a system that enables it to attract full energy. 

In different phrases, the parts are performing higher than they might on a laptop computer with a fairly thin-and-light design; these need to compromise on energy for the sake of cooling, battery measurement and AC adapter measurement. The draw back is that the Raider is much more conventional. It additionally lacks Nvidia’s Advanced Optimus, which is healthier at juggling the inner and discrete GPUs than the older model of Optimus used within the Raider GE76. 

Like

  • Fast
  • Has a full array of connectors
  • Decent battery life for a 17-inch gaming laptop computer

Don’t Like

  • Expensive
  • Loud followers
  • Doesn’t incorporate Nvidia’s Advanced Optimus
  • Relatively small touchpad
  • Not loopy concerning the keyboard really feel

The Raider GE76 is available in about seven totally different configurations that vary in worth from $1,599 (with an i7-12700H, RTX 3060 and 1080p 360Hz show) to $4,199 (i9-12900HK, RTX 3080 Ti and 4K 120Hz show). Our take a look at system configuration is not obtainable right here, however the closest possibility, with an i9-12900HK, RTX 3080 Ti and 1440p 240Hz show for $3,999 is definitely higher; 4K could be overkill for 17 inches and 1080p is OK, however QHD is excellent. (Since exchange-rate conversions bear no relation to the regional pricing, I have never included them.)

It’s fairly expensive general, and at present nonetheless in preorder, since it is not transport till round late March. It’s undoubtedly value ready to see what’s on the market across the similar time.

MSI Raider GE76

MSI Raider GE76
Price as reviewed N/A (closest configuration is $3,999)
Display 17.3-inch 360Hz 1080p 
PC CPU Intel Core i9-12900HK
PC Memory 32GB DDR5-4800
Graphics Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
Storage 2TB NVMe SSD (with DirectStorage assist), SD card reader
Ports 4 x USB-A, 1 x USB-C/Thunderbolt, 1 combo audio, 1 x HDMI 2.1, 1 x Mini DisplayPort 1.4
Networking Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675, 2.5Gb Killer E3100
Operating system Microsoft Windows 11 Pro (21H2)
Weight 6.4 kilos (2.9 kilograms)

The laptop computer’s display screen is not on the GPU bus, so the battery life is extremely depending on whether or not you bear in mind to modify into hybrid mode. (In hybrid mode, the rendering and acceleration are carried out by the Nvidia GPU and handed over the system bus to the CPU to render to the display screen, which could make it a bit slower.) That means you need to manually power it to make use of the discrete graphics — it might probably’t toggle backwards and forwards intelligently and routinely, and you need to reboot to modify. MSI does have a utility that routinely switches out and in of “excessive” mode as you launch video games. 

My efficiency take a look at outcomes place it as greatest in school — or shut — throughout the board, and by a major margin in some instances. Single-core velocity, historically Intel’s robust level, can be spectacular. When you mix all of the advances in GPU and CPU within the system, it turns into a powerhouse for video modifying (although when you actually need to you in all probability need a greater display screen than the run-of-the-mill mannequin I examined, which is optimized for refresh fee).

You can overclock the GPU and VRAM as much as 200MHz every by way of MSI’s utility. Simply bumping the GPU up by 100MHz lifted efficiency on Rift Breaker’s GPU take a look at and FireStrike Ultra by about 6%, and Port Royal (which measures Nvidia’s RTX ray-tracing efficiency) by about 7%. That’s fairly good and means there’s room for extra uplift, so long as you are prepared to place up with the fan noise.

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The touchpad feels slightly small relative to the dimensions of the laptop computer.


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This is not actually a “laptop computer” laptop computer. It’s a desktop substitute, so I’m unsure how vital slightly additional battery life is. Still, if you let the system use its clever energy dealing with (with out forcing it into save-battery-at-all-costs mode) it lasted about 5 to six hours streaming video constantly over Wi-Fi, which is unusually lengthy for a standard 17-inch gaming system. It’s huge and comparatively heavy, with a kind of mondo energy bricks that add one other two kilos to the carry weight. It can even get fairly loud, even in hybrid mode, although it does not appear to run notably scorching. 

While it performs exceptionally properly on all counts, that is resulting from all the brand new parts in it, and that is the primary time we have examined them. I do anticipate to see a variety of programs that carry out comparably as 2022 wears on.

Among the laptop computer’s performance-related perks is assist for DirectStorage, Microsoft’s programming interface for high-bandwidth SSD file operations in Windows (and the Xbox Series X/S), that, mixed with its Samsung SSD and PCIe 4 bus, delivers fairly a pleasant rating of two,802 on 3DMark’s SSD performance test (we’re nonetheless constructing our database of comparability numbers). 

A number of swings, some misses

MSI’s additionally one of many first firms to accomplice with BlueStacks for its mobile-gaming-on-laptop expertise. Incorporated into its MSI App Player, it theoretically permits you to play Android video games on the laptop computer as in the event that they had been written for a PC — a much bigger display screen, high-power processing, full controller assist and extra. 

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But it is actually hit or miss, at the very least on the MSI. For occasion, Dead Cells, which is listed on BlueStacks’ website as a suitable recreation, would not run. Little Adventures did, however after I rotated it to panorama to make the most of the larger display screen, it actually simply rotated the sport, leaving it mendacity on its aspect. The App Player is solely emulating a cellphone — if the sport does not assist panorama or a controller, it will not. And it does not inform you that; you simply have to find by trial and error. The Home display screen for the participant reveals BlueStacks-optimized video games, however at the very least an informal look-through did not flip up a single A-lister.

Given the dimensions of the laptop computer, the touchpad is just too small, and I’m discovering it intermittently nonresponsive. Plus, the MetalSeries keyboard feels mushy; quiet, however extra like gel than membrane. I do just like the laptop computer’s lighting design, however I’m a sucker for a lightbar (in addition to underglow). 

And MSI touts the total HD (1080p) webcam, however there’s much more to an excellent webcam than decision. Most of the very best have a variety of supporting intelligence to ship respectable autoexposure and white stability on the very least, however this one’s fairly meh, even in managed lighting. It must be tremendous for fundamental videoconferencing, however it’s possible you’ll need to purchase a greater exterior one when you care about picture and particularly when you plan to stream.

If you are available in the market for a speedy improve over no matter you are gaming on now, the MSI Raider GE76 undoubtedly delivers — so long as you are prepared to plonk down some huge cash earlier than seeing what the remainder of the competitors does with comparable parts, or what arrives slightly later this 12 months in a thinner-and-lighter package deal (between March and June) than the Raider line.

Performance snapshot

Geekbench 5 (multicore)

Asus ROG Flow X13 with XG Mobile

Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 (G533QS)

Note:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Cinebench R23 CPU (single core)

Asus ROG Flow X13 with XG Mobile

Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition (G513QY)

Note:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Far Cry 5 (1080p)

Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition (G513QY)

Asus ROG Flow X13 with XG Mobile

Note:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency (FPS)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider gaming take a look at (1080p)

Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition (G513QY)

Asus ROG Flow X13 with XG Mobile

Note:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency (FPS)

3DMark Time Spy

Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition (G513QY)

Asus ROG Flow X13 with XG Mobile

Note:

NOTE: Longer bars point out higher efficiency

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra

Asus ROG Flow X13 with XG Mobile

Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition (G513QY)

Note:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

3DMark Port Royal

Note:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency

Procyon Video (Premiere Pro)

Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition (G513QY)

Asus ROG Flow X13 with XG Mobile

Note:

Higher scores point out higher efficiency

SpecViewPerf 2020 SolidWorks (1080p)

Asus ROG Flow X13 w/ XG Mobile

Note:

Longer bars point out higher efficiency (FPS)

Configurations

Alienware m17 r4 Microsoft Windows 10 Home (20H2); 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-10980HK; 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,933MHz; 16GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 512GB SSD + 953GB RAID 0
Asus ROG Flow X13 with XG Mobile Microsoft Windows 10 Home (2004); 3.3GHz AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS; 6GB DDR4 SDRAM 4,266MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 (16GB GeForce RTX 3080 cellular in XG Mobile)
Asus ROG Strix G15 AMD Advantage Edition Microsoft Windows 10 Home (21H1); 3.3GHz AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 3,200MHz; 12GB AMD Radeon RX 6800M; 512TB SSD
MSI Raider GE76 Microsoft Windows 11 Pro (21H2); 2.9GHz Intel Core i9-12900HK; 32GB DDR5 SDRAM 4,800MHz; 16GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti; 2 x 1TB NVMe SSD