Instead of trying to be ultra-thin like Alienware’s x17, MSI’s GE76 Raider ($3,399 as tested) is a large-screen gaming laptop with a thicker design.
While gaming, its size provides it with thermal muscle that allows it to operate quietly, and it has decent connectivity and a webcam and speakers that are above-average in terms of quality.
That’s about it for the 17.3-inch rig’s main redeeming qualities; otherwise, it falls short of expectations.
The GE76 Raider’s chassis, which measures a big 1.08 by 15.6 by 10.6 inches and weighs a hefty 6.39 pounds, has remained unchanged from our March 2021 review.
In terms of dimensions and weight, the Alienware x17 is slimmer (0.84 by 15.7 by 11.8 inches), but it’s also more substantial: 7.05 pounds.
In comparison to the Asus ROG Zephyrus S17, both are noticeably bulkier (0.78 by 15.5 by 10.4 inches, 5.73 pounds).
To me, the Raider’s gaming laptop status is sealed by its angular hinges, huge cooling vents, and multi-zone RGB lightbar.
In the SteelSeries app, the lightbar and RGB keyboard illumination can be customised. 360 Hz, however, there is no other frequency. Bright
Fast-paced games can be played on the GE76 Raider thanks to its full HD (1,920-by-1,080-pixel) screen resolution and 360Hz refresh rate.
Even with Intel’s top-of-the-line Core i9 HK-series processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, our review unit could only manage 268fps in Rainbow Six Siege at low settings.
Testing The MSI GE76 Raider!
With an eight-core, 16GB Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD, and Windows 10 Home, the $3,399 GE76 Raider model 11UH-053 reviewed here is well-equipped.
One year is the normal duration of the guarantee. Lenovo Legion 7i Gen 6 costs $3,269 with the same components, so the price is in line with what you’d expect to pay for a laptop of this calibre.
Tests of Productivity and Originality in the Workplace
UL’s PCMark 10 simulates several real-world productivity and office processes to measure overall system performance and includes a storage subtest for the primary drive.
PCMark 10 Thanks to its PCIe Gen 4 SSD, the GE76 Raider performed exceptionally well in the storage test.
The CPU is the focus of three other benchmarks, which measure a PC’s suitability for processor-intensive tasks by employing all of its available cores and threads.
Primate Labs’ Geekbench 5.4 Pro, on the other hand, runs a wide range of popular apps, from PDF rendering to speech recognition to machine learning, using the Cinema 4D engine of Maxon’s Cinebench R23.
A 12-minute video clip from 4K to 1080p quality is then converted using the open-source video transcoder HandBrake 1.4, which is free and open-source software (lower times are better).
It’s Puget Systems’ PugetBench for Photoshop(Opens in a new window), which uses the Creative Cloud version 22 of Adobe’s iconic image editor to score a PC’s performance in content production and multimedia applications.
In addition to standard and GPU-accelerated Photoshop functions such as resizing, rotating, and storing images, this addon can also perform several masking, gradient fill, and filter operations.
Testing in the field of graphics and video games
We do both synthetic and real-world gaming tests for Windows PCs. Both Night Raid and Time Spy, two of UL’s 3DMark’s DirectX 12 game simulations, are included in the latter (more demanding, and suitable for gaming rigs with discrete GPUs).
Our OpenGL benchmarking is done with GFXBench 5, which is a cross-platform GPU benchmark.
F1 2021, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Rainbow Six Siege represent simulation, open-world action, and competitive/esports shooter games accordingly in our real-world gaming testing.
Using laptops, we run Valhalla and Siege three times (twice at Ultra quality for Valhalla, and once at Ultra quality for Siege), while F1 2021 is run twice, once at Ultra quality and a third time with Nvidia’s DLSS anti-aliasing switched on for Nvidia GeForce RTX laptops.
Batteries and Displays Are Tested
With screen brightness set to 50% and audio volume set to 100%, PCMag plays a locally stored 720p video file (the open-source Blender movie Tears of Steel) until the system shuts down.
During the test, Wi-Fi and keyboard backlighting is disabled.
As well as measuring the colour saturation of a laptop screen (how much of the sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI-P3 colour palettes it can show) and brightness in nits (candelas per square metre), we employ a Datacolor SpyderX Elite monitor calibration sensor and accompanying software.
However, there are a few positive aspects to this person.
Isn’t the perfect 17.3-inch esports laptop that MSI GE76 Raider aims for? Despite its strong points—quiet fans and a lightning-fast PCI Express Gen 4 SSD—the system’s flaws outweigh its strong points.
To be honest, given the size of this laptop, we were shocked by the performance of the Core i9-series CPU and the GeForce RTX 3080 GPU in our esports testing.
The biggest disappointment is the dull display. Both the 17.3-inch Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 and Alienware x17 and the 16-inch Lenovo Legion 7i Gen 6 are better possibilities, but the Lenovo Legion 7i Gen 6 is faster.