MSI GE76 Raider review: A monstrous gaming laptop in RTX 3080 Ti and Core i9

Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

Build

MSI has kept the same design as in 2021 and that is why we find here the metal chassis, solid and decorated on the hood of the dragon of the brand. The RGB is also always in the spotlight with a strip of LEDs on the front of the chassis, which will add a bit of color to its surroundings but won’t just make fans.

The LEDs are in the spotlight.

The LEDs are in the spotlight.

If the touchpad is small and frankly anecdotal – the PC is clearly aimed at gamers who will necessarily be using their favorite mouse or a controller – there’s a lot more to say about the keyboard. Very responsive and decorated with a rough coating to hold the fingers well, it shows some interesting shortcuts at the level of the function keys (change the performance profile, cut the webcam or change the RGB profile, for example). It is, of course, customizable at will with RGB backlighting, key by key. SteelSeries GG software allows you to create all color variations of the LED strip and keyboard and assign lighting effects as needed.



Backlight can be adjusted per key


The keyboard is effective

As often on the models gaming, the connection is very complete and the GE76 Raider can serve as a side model: we discover on the edges three USB-A ports, a USB-C port, an SD card reader, a jack connection; on the back of the PC, the patented charger connector, an Ethernet port, a Mini DisplayPort, a USB-C Thunderbolt 4 port, and an HDMI port. Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E are included for fast connectivity and the webcam films in Full HD at 30 fps. It’s not compatible with Windows Hello, but the display is frankly satisfactory in bright light. In low light, the display is much noisier, but the image remains usable.

The connection is ultra-complete.

The connection is ultra-complete.

Once the 13 Phillips screws are removed, you can access the RAM and M.2 SSD modules, all of which are interchangeable. Useful to change the configuration and replace an element that no longer works.

RAM and SSDs are accessible under simple covers.

RAM and SSDs are accessible under simple covers.

Despite the thickness of the chassis and the two fans installed in it, this PC gets warm. The thermal envelope of the processor and graphics card is frankly high, which makes sense. If the PC blows quietly in silent mode at 38.5 dB in game, the performance mode increases it to 50.8 dB, giving the impression of having a real hair dryer on the desk. In office automation under CineBench it is not much better as we recorded 48.3 dB. In terms of in-game heat, the PC has plenty to spare with 65°C peaks at the air outlets and a 41°C keyboard towards the center. However, in heavy processing under CineBench, it is much better with only 34°C recorded at the center.

In game, the PC heats up and ventilates a lot.

In game, the PC heats up and ventilates a lot.

Editor's rating: 5 out of 5

Performance

The MSI GE76 Raider is equipped with one of the best processors of the moment: the Core i9-12900HK from Intel. It is clocked at 2.9 GHz and has a TDP of 45 W, which can reach an impressive 200 W over long periods (56 s). The frequency in turbo mode goes up to 5 GHz, but the HK suffix tells us that the CPU is overclockable. On our test model, it is accompanied by two 1 TB SSDs and 32 GB DDR5 RAM, but we note that the commercial model is equipped with 64 GB RAM.

With a CPU index of 168, the MSI GE76 Raider turned out to be one of the best performing PCs in our comparison. It far exceeds AMD’s excellent Ryzen 7 5800H and even the newer Ryzen 9 6900HS. The Core i9-12900H of the Asus Strix Scar 17, which we tested, still fares slightly better with a score of 176. Indeed, it was able to maintain regular operating frequencies at 4 GHz in video encoding under HandBrake, while the Core i9 of our MSI stabilized on average at 3.8 GHz.

The SSDs are also very fast, with sequential read speeds of 6.8 GB/s and 5 GB/s write.

Editor's rating: 2 out of 5

Mobility / Autonomy

With its 17.3-inch screen and a massive chassis (39.7 x 28.4 x 2.6 cm), the MSI GE76 Raider can be called a portable computer, but not really portable. It also barely fits in a classic backpack, and it’s not his 2.9 kg that solves things. It will also be necessary to add the 1 kg charger, bringing the whole to almost 4 kg!

The power supply is huge.

The power supply is huge.

During our Netflix video test in Chrome, headphones plugged in and volume set to 50%, the PC lasted 4 hours and 11 minutes. It’s not much and other competitors do better, but it’s within the norm for a PC gaming† In any case, it will be necessary to stay connected with the sector to play in good conditions. Running on battery would greatly affect performance.

Strengths

  • Graphics card and processor performance.

  • Very complete connection.

  • Very well calibrated plate.

  • Huge screen refresh rate.

  • Replaceable SSD and RAM.

  • Advanced RGB customization.

Weak points

  • PC difficult to transport.

  • Lots of noise and heat.

  • Screen brightness a bit low.

  • 1kg charger.

Conclusion

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Editor's rating: 4 out of 5

How does the assessment work?

The MSI GE76 Raider is definitely one of the best PCs gaming of the moment. With its GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and Intel Core i9, it is able to run any game at its maximum capacity, while demanding software performs its tasks smoothly and very quickly. The build quality and 360 Hz display are not perfect, but very well made, and it’s only minor details that affect them. If this machine misses the top rung, it’s mainly because of its limited autonomy – although the players still remain connected to the sector.

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