Allow us to fake we’re desktop individuals, desirous about constructing a brand new system. What would we search for? If we’re after a gaming system, clearly, we’d like an enormous GPU. A really beefy CPU is a pleasant contact as nicely if we need to preserve the GPU fed. Loads of reminiscence, numerous storage, and possibly numerous ports for enlargement. Add in a pleasant RGB keyboard, maybe a excessive refresh show, and many cooling. Now allow us to think about we pack that right into a 2.9 kg / 6.4 lb bundle. That appears not possible, doesn’t it? What if we added in a 99.9 Wh UPS as nicely? Now that’s actually loopy. Let me current to you the MSI GE76 Raider, which brings all of this collectively into the 2021 model of MSI’s Raider sequence of gaming laptops.
Raider: The Gaming Desktop Alternative
MSI isn’t any stranger to gaming methods, having nearly completely targeted on them for the higher a part of the final decade. The corporate affords a lineup of units, together with the true “desktop substitute” Titan platform, “enthusiast-level” Raider sequence, and the extra delicate Stealth choices, in addition to a couple of extra choices to hit lower cost factors as nicely. Within the gaming laptop computer world, MSI actually covers your complete spectrum, and with a few of the most really useful units in the marketplace. They typically don’t come low cost, however they’re at all times packed filled with efficiency and options.
Which brings us to the 2021 MSI GE76 Raider lineup, which has simply been refreshed to incorporate the newest Intel Tiger Lake-H processors coupled with NVIDIA’s Ampere laptop computer graphics. The unit MSI despatched us for evaluation options the Intel Core i9-11980HK processor, with a 5.0 GHz most increase frequency and overclocking choices. Intel’s present flagship processor is coupled with NVIDIA’s flagship within the RTX 3080 Laptop computer (henceforth referred to as the 3080L) GPU. There are two SODIMM slots for DDR4, which permit as much as 64 GB of system reminiscence, and two M.2 slots for storage.
On the show aspect, MSI affords loads of decisions for his or her 17.3-inch GE76 Raider, and the entire choices supply high-refresh, which is unbelievable. The evaluation unit shipped with a 360 Hz 1920×1080 panel, however for people who would like the next decision, MSI has each 165 Hz and 240 Hz 2560×1440 shows, and even a 120 Hz 3840×2160 show. All of the shows are “IPS-Degree” panels as nicely, which means they aren’t the outdated Twisted Nematic TFT which forces horrible viewing angles on the recipient, which is unbelievable. The shows all have a distinct segment that they fill, and it’s nice to see this a lot selection in a product when different units have targeted nearly completely on the e-Sports activities goal.
|MSI GE76 Raider|
|Part||GE76 Raider Choices||As Examined|
|CPU||Intel eleventh Era Core
45W TDP 4.6 GHz Max Increase
65W TDP 5.0 GHz Max Increase
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Collection Laptop computer
RTX 3060L 6GB GDDR6
RTX 3070L 8GB GDDR6
RTX 3080L 8/16 GB GDDR6
|GeForce RTX 3080L 16 GDDR6
165W TDP w/Dynamic Increase
|Show||17.3-inch IPS-Degree Excessive Refresh
|17.3-inch 1920×1080 360 Hz|
|Reminiscence||2 x DDR4-3200 SODIMM
As much as 64 GB Most
|32 GB DDR4-3200|
|Storage||1 x PCIe 4.0 M.2
1 x PCIe 3.0 M.2
|1 TB PCIe 4 NVMe|
|Keyboard||SteelSeries Per-key RGB Backlit|
|Webcam||1920×1080 decision 30 FPS|
|Audio||Dynaudio 2 x 1W audio system / 2 x 2W woofers
3.5 mm headset jack
|I/O||1 x Kind-C Thunderbolt 4
1 x Kind-C 3.2 Gen2
2 x Kind-A 3.2 Gen1
1 x Kind-A 3.2 Gen2
1 x SD Specific
1x HDMI (8K@60Hz)
1 x Mini-DisplayPort
|Networking||Killer AX1675 Wi-fi
Wi-Fi 6E w/Bluetooth 5.2
Killer E3100G 2.5 Gbps Ethernet
|Dimensions||397 x 284 x 25.9 mm
15.6 x 11.2 x 1.02 inches
|Weight||2.9 kg / 6.9 lbs|
|Value||Core i7 / RTX 3060L Begins At $1499 USD
Core i7 / RTX 3070L Begins At $2249 USD
Core i7 / RTX 3080L Begins At $2999 USD
MSI has outfitted the GE76 Raider with a SteelSeries keyboard providing per-key RGB backlighting, and there are doubtless sufficient ports to fulfill nearly anybody. There are USB Kind-C, one in all which helps Thunderbolt 4 and the opposite which is USB 3.2 Gen 2, two USB Kind-A Gen 1 ports, and a USB Kind-A Gen 2 port. We additionally get HDMI 2.0, which helps as much as 8K output at 60 Hz / 4K 120Hz, mini-DisplayPort, 2.5 Gbps Ethernet, and even an SD card reader. It will be a shock to see that not fulfill nearly any potential purchaser.
MSI has packed within the largest battery attainable at 99.9 Wh. Batteries bigger than this can’t be taken on an airplane, which makes this kind of a authorized restrict for laptops, and to attempt to assist with battery life, MSI affords each hybrid-graphics mode (NVIDIA Optimus) in addition to discrete graphics mode. Sadly, they don’t do that through NVIDIA’s new Superior Optimus, however as an alternative with the extra conventional multiplexer which signifies that a reboot is required.
What’s extra when you suppose “that is nice, however a 17-inch gaming is simply too huge for me” MSI additionally has refreshed the GE66 Raider which is the 15.6-inch smaller sibling of this succesful and well-equipped gaming pocket book.
As common, allow us to begin the evaluation by going over the design.