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MSI GE76 Raider 10UX 17" Gaming Laptop (2021)

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Product Overview

The 2021 MSI GE76 Raider is a high-end 17.3-inch gaming laptop powered by up to 10th-gen Intel Core i9 CPU and NVIDIA RTX 3080 GPU. It improves upon the 2020 GE75 primarily by adding the latest RTX 30-series graphics.
Apart from the GPU update, the GE76 Raider takes on the design of the GE66 Raider introduced last year: This includes extensive RGB lighting, thinner chassis, and a revised hinge design. A large, 99.9Wh battery is also included, greatly extending battery life.
The 2021 GE76 also differs from its predecessor in offering a USB-C 3.2 Gen2x2 port as well as Bluetooth 5.2 support.
Alongside the GE76 Raider, MSI also refreshed at CES 2021 the 15-inch Stealth 15M, 15-inch GS66 Stealth, 15-inch GE66 Raider, 17-inch GP76 Leopard and 15-inch GP66 Leopard, and 15-inch GF65 Thin.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Powerful enough for a gaming laptop
  • Good battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • NVMe SSD
Cons
  • Below-average CPU performance
  • Low color space coverage

What external reviewers found***

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Pros
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent RGB lighting
Cons
  • Lacks Wi-Fi 6
  • Expensive for a 17-inch gaming laptop
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No 4K display option
  • Display could be brighter
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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
FHD type (30fps@1080p)
Speakers
2 x 2W Speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
284 mm
Size | Height
25.9 mm
Size | Width
397 mm
Weight
2.9 kg

Display

Display Diagonal
17.3 inch
Display Type
IPS, matte
Refresh Rate
Resolution
FHD (1920x1080) or 4K UHD (3840x2160)

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
Operating System
Windows 10 Home
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 or 280 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 89%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The MSI GE76 Raider has a 99.9Whr battery, the largest the TSA will allow aboard an airplane. The Raider has an excellent 1080p shooter integrated in that top bezel. It's so good that I don't even have to recommend buying an external webcam.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Excellent RGB lighting
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Lacks Wi-Fi 6

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 74%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The MSI GE76 squeezes more power out of both the Core i7 CPU and GeForce RTX 30 GPU than any other gaming laptop for its size class at the moment. Less expensive GE76 SKUs with the 144 Hz panel cover only 60 percent of sRGB for noticeably inferior colors. The system suffers from major DPC latency issues and frame drops when playing 4K video content at 60 FPS on the iGPU.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Strong performance for a gaming laptop
  • Quiet under load
Cons
  • No 4K display option

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The GE76 Raider is by any standards very fast and well-suited for high-refresh gaming. But considering its size and price tag, you might hope for a power advantage that doesn't really materialize. If you like the Raider's looks, a less expensive RTX 3070 configuration might be your best bet.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • High-refresh screen
  • Excellent battery life
  • High-quality aluminum chassis
Cons
  • Expensive for a 17-inch gaming laptop
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port

pcworld[4]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from pcworld have found the following***:
MSI GE76 Raider is an unapologetically big, heavy, traditional gaming rig. It's the first gaming laptop we've seen with Wi-Fi 6E support using an Intel AX201. We had no major complaints about the per-key lit keyboard. The trackpad is well placed, with a slight metallic feel, and it supports Microsoft Precision drivers.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, light design
  • High-wattage GPU
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No Thunderbolt 3 port
  • No webcam

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score 89%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The MSI GE76 Raider is an absolute powerhouse of a gaming laptop. No matter what game you throw at this thing, you're going to be able to max it out at a high framerate. It would also work exceptionally well as a mobile workstation, thanks to the huge amount of RAM and the exceptional CPU performance on offer.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Super-fast gaming performance
  • Powerful graphics
  • Great battery life
Cons
  • Display could be brighter
  • Limited color options

User Reviews

References

1. ^ MSI GE76 Raider UH10 review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/msi-ge76-raider. 2021-04-17. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
2. ^ MSI GE76 Raider 10UH Laptop Review: A GeForce RTX 3080 PC You Can Actually Buy. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/MSI-GE76-Raider-10UH-Laptop-Review-A-GeForce-RTX-3080-PC-You-Can-Actually-Buy.528875.0.html. Retrieved 2021-03-26.
3. ^ MSI GE76 Raider Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/msi-ge76-raider. 2021-03-05. Retrieved 2021-03-26.
4. ^ MSI GE76 Raider review: High-wattage RTX 3080 GPU for the win. [pcworld]. https://www.pcworld.com/article/3611852/msi-ge76-raider-gaming-laptop-review.html. 2021-03-26. Retrieved 2021-03-26.
5. ^ MSI GE76 Raider review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/msi-ge76-raider. 2021-04-07. Retrieved 2021-04-09.

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