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MSI GE66 Raider 10UX 15" Gaming Laptop (2021)

NEX score 71%

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Product Overview

The 2021 MSI GE66 Raider is a high-end 15.6-inch gaming laptop powered by up to 10th-gen Intel Core i9 CPU and NVIDIA RTX 3080 GPU. It improves upon the 2020 model by adding the latest RTX 30-series graphics.
Apart from the GPU update, the 2021 GE66 Raider only differs from the 2020 version at two points: a USB-C 3.2 Gen2x2 port is newly available, and Bluetooth 5.2 is newly supported. The two units are otherwise identical.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Excellent performance from Intel Core i9-10980HK CPU and RTX 2070 Super GPU
  • Good 1080p webcam
Cons
  • Mediocre battery life

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Gorgeous 4K OLED display
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Sleek design
Cons
  • Lackluster speakers
  • Mediocre battery life
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2x2 + 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2 + 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 + 1x HDMI + 1x mini-DisplayPort + 1x Audio combo + 1x RJ45 + 1x SD card
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5.2

Construction

Battery | Capacity
99.9 Wh
Camera | Front
IR HD type (30fps@720p)
Speakers
2 x 2W Duo Wave speakers by Dynaudio system

Dimensions

Size | Depth
267 mm
Size | Height
23.4 mm
Size | Width
358 mm
Weight
2.38 kg

Display

Display Diagonal
15.6 inch
Display Type
IPS
Refresh Rate
144 Hz
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080)

Function

Audio
Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer, High-Resolution Audio ready
Chipset
Intel HM470
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB, RTX 3070 8GB, RTX 3080 8GB, or RTX 3080 16GB
Keyboard Backlight
Per-Key RGB gaming keyboard by SteelSeries
Processor
Up to Intel Core i9-10980HK
RGB Lighting
Mystic light

Performance

Memory | Capacity
2x slots, Max 64GB
Memory | Type
DDR4 3200 MHz
Power Supply
230 W adapter
Storage
2x NVMe M.2 SSD by PCIe Gen3

Production

Debut
2021-01-14 (CES 2021)

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External Reviews

laptopmag[1]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The GE66 Raider Dragonshield has a decent webcam, and as far as laptop webcams go, that might as well be high praise. MSI's 1TB SSD copied 25GB of data, and showcased a transfer rate of 1,087 megabytes per second. The laptop lasted 5 hours and 10 minutes, which is just short of the 5:23 premium gaming laptop average.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Gorgeous 4K OLED display
  • Sleek design
  • Comfortable keyboard
Cons
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Lackluster speakers

User Reviews

References

1. ^ MSI GE66 Raider Dragonshield review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/msi-ge66-raider-dragonshield. 2021-01-24. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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