MSI GE66 Raider

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The 3DNews test lab recently tested quite a few gaming laptops equipped with an 8-core Core i9 and GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics (both in Max-Q design and conventional). Therefore, we know what to expect from the next novelty – MSI GE66 Raider (10SGS-062RU), and we also know what to pay close attention to when buying a laptop of this class. Let’s take a look at how MSI engineers have handled the cooling solution for some of the hottest laptop components and find out how the Taiwanese company’s new gaming laptop can attract potential buyers.

MSI GE66 Raider

⇡ # Specifications, equipment and software

At the time of this writing, there were only three MSI GE66 Raider models on the official Russian MSI website. All possible characteristics of the laptop are listed in the table.

MSI GE66 Raider
Main display 15.6 “, 1920 × 1080, IPS, 240 Hz, 3 ms, 72% NTSC
CPU Intel Core i9-10980HK
Intel Core i7-10750H
Video card NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER MAX-Q, 8 GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8 GB GDDR6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6
RAM Up to 64 GB, DDR4-3200
Installing drives 2 × M.2 PCI Express x4 3.0 / SATA 6Gb / s mode
Optical drive No
Interfaces 2 × USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C (shared with DisplayPort)
1 × USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C
1 × 3.5mm mini jack
1 × RJ-45
1 × HDMI
1 × mini-DisplayPort
1 × card reader
Built-in battery 99.9 Wh
External power supply 230 watts
Dimensions 358 x 267 x 23.4 mm
Laptop weight 2.38 kg
operating system Windows 10 Home
Warranty 2 years
Price in Russia, according to “Yandex.Market” 239,000 rubles for a test model

According to a long-standing tradition, we have received the top version of “Ryder”, which in computer online stores can be identified by the marking 10SGS-062RU. Modifications to this laptop include Core i9-10980HK and GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q chips, 32GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD. Such a “monster” costs an average of 239,000 rubles. For version 10SF-016RU (with Core i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 2070, 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of SSD) in Moscow retail they ask an average of 140,000 rubles. Finally, modification 10SFS-029RU (Core i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB of SSD) at the time of this writing cost 198,000 rubles.

The Killer 1650 chip is responsible for wireless connection in all versions of the MSI GE66 Raider, which supports IEEE 802.11b / g / n / ac / ax standards at 2.4 and 5 GHz and a maximum bandwidth of up to 2.4 Gbps. Moreover, this controller supports the Bluetooth 5.1 standard. The Killer 3100 controller is responsible for the wired connection, the throughput of which reaches 2.5 Gbps.

The set with the laptop comes with an external power supply unit with a power of 230 W and a mass (with all wires) of about 700 grams. Support for USB Power Delivery has not been reported.

⇡ # Appearance and input devices

MSI GE66 Raider definitely grabs attention and evokes various associations among users. So I wanted to compare the hero of the review with a sports car, because the laptop has a squat, aggressive and daring design. In front and on the sides, we see beveled corners, in the back there are curly grilles for the outlet of heated air.

The laptop seemed to me very compact, although photographs do not convey this feeling to the full. Here, of course, it is better to hold and twist the device in your hands. However, the diminutiveness of the GE66 Raider is achieved due to the fact that the display is moved closer to the user (the laptop hinges are not located at the very edge), and the screen frames are thin here – on the sides their thickness is only 6 mm. Also, the keyboard does not have a number pad.

In general, it seems that we are not dealing with a 15.6-inch model of a gaming laptop, but rather with a 14-inch mobile PC, although we are still facing a “tag” with standard characteristics. So, the weight of the MSI GE66 Raider is 2.4 kg, and the case thickness is 23 mm.

The main body is made of metal. I have no complaints about the build quality: the test for bending and pushing through all kinds of surfaces (keyboards, display lids) has been passed. By the way, the lid can be easily opened with one hand, and its maximum opening angle is approximately 140 degrees.

The GE66 Raider motto is simple: “Fire it up!” In this trivial and understandable slogan, the manufacturer has laid not only a reference to the high level of performance of the series notebooks, but also a hint of the presence of MYSTIC LIGHT backlighting – in the laptop, in addition to the keyboard, the entire front edge of the case glows. So it turns out that with the backlight the laptop looks bright and catchy, and without it – strictly and not too pretentious.

The promo video is attached.

The laptop interfaces are separated on the left, right and back sides of the case. The least used ports are located at the back, as well as a connector for connecting a power supply. MSI GE66 Raider has two USB 3.2 Gen2 C-type ports, one of which is combined with DisplayPort. The laptop also has one USB 3.2 Gen2 A-type, a pair of full-format USB 3.2 Gen1 (aka USB 3.0), an Ethernet connector, HDMI and mini-DisplayPort outputs, and a card reader.

As I said, the keyboard did not receive a digital block – and this is, so to speak, a trend for 15-inch laptops. As always, the keyboard in MSI notebooks is designed in collaboration with SteelSeries. Since we are constantly testing MSI products, regular readers of the site are familiar with the layout and functionality. The MSI GE66 Raider keyboard is very similar to the HID of the recently tested MSI GF65 Thin 9SEXR.

In general, typing text and playing on Ryder’s keyboard turns out to be quite convenient. Only the small Fn and Ctrl buttons will have to get used to, as well as the location of Home, PgUp, PgDn and End in the far right column. As for the rest, the keys were fine with me, especially the large Shift, Ctrl (left), Enter and Backspace. Pressing any button is smooth, but with a tangible impact. The keyboard works quite quietly.

I also have no particular complaints about the touch panel. But playing in any case will be handy with a mouse.

⇡ # Internal structure and upgrade possibilities

The bottom of the laptop can be easily removed: we unscrew all the screws – and carefully pry the bottom detachable plate with a plastic card. Of course, in the case of our configuration, there is no point in doing this, but modifications with a smaller amount of RAM and SSD, I suppose, will need to be “refreshed” over time – and this can be done without any problems.

The GE66 Raider cooling system inspires confidence. We see that the cooler includes seven heat pipes of various lengths and shapes. They transfer heat from the chips to rather large copper heatsinks – and a pair of fans blow hot air out to the sides and back of the case.

⇡ # Testing methodology

The updated gaming laptop testing methodology puts more emphasis on PC gaming. Measurement of the performance of laptops was carried out using various software.

Games (Full HD resolution):

  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive. DirectX 9. Benchmark card. Maximum quality, MSAA 8x + FXAA.
  • World of Tanks enCore. DirectX 11. Benchmark. Ultra Mode, TSSAA HQ.
  • Dota 2. DirectX 11. Recording a match. Maximum quality.
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. DirectX 11. Training mode. Ultra mode.
  • The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. DirectX 11. Novigrad and surroundings. Maximum quality.
  • GTA V. DirectX 11. Built-in benchmark (last scene). Maximum quality, FXAA + 2x MSAA, advanced quality settings – on, 16x AF, image resolution scaling – off.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition. DirectX 11. Riverwood and surroundings. Highest quality, TAA. No mods.
  • Total War Three Kingdoms. DirectX 11. Built-in benchmark. Max. Mode, TAA.
  • Far Cry New Dawn. DirectX 11. Built-in benchmark. Maximum quality, HD textures – on, TAA.
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. DirectX 11. Built-in benchmark. “Highest” mode.
  • Metro: Exodus. DirectX 12. Built-in benchmark. Ultra mode.
  • Battlefield V. DirectX 12. The Last Tiger Mission. Ultra mode, TAA, DXR – off.
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider. DirectX 12. Built-in benchmark. Maximum quality, DXR – off, TAA.
  • Gears 5. DirectX 12. Built-in benchmark. Ultra mode.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2. Vulkan. Built-in benchmark (last scene). Maximum quality (advanced settings – off), TAA.
  • DOOM Eternal. Vulkan. Beginning of the game. Ultra mode.
  • Horizon Zero Dawn. DirectX 12. Built-in benchmark. Top quality, TAA.

Gaming performance was measured using the well-known MSI Afterburner software. It allows you to get the render time of each frame. The use of the 99th percentile instead of the indicators of the minimum number of frames per second is due to the desire to clear the results of random spikes in performance that were provoked by reasons not directly related to the operation of the main components of the platform.

Testing the laptop in games and applications was carried out with the activation of the fastest mode suitable for these tasks.

Applications:

  • Corona 1.3. Testing the rendering speed using the renderer of the same name. This measures the build speed of a standard BTR scene used to measure performance.
  • Blender 2.83. Determining the speed of the final rendering in one of the popular free packages for creating 3D graphics. The time taken to build the final pavillon_barcelona_v1.2 model from Blender Benchmark is measured.
  • x265 HD Benchmark. Testing the speed of video transcoding to H.265 / HEVC format. The tables and graphs show the average integer value obtained after five test runs.
  • CINEBENCH R20. Measuring the performance of photorealistic 3D rendering in the animation package CINEMA 4D, CPU test. The tables and graphs show the average integer value obtained after five test runs.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro 2020. Rendering the project in 4K resolution.
  • Topaz Video Enhance AI v1.2.3. Performance testing in an AI-based program to improve video detail. The test uses the original video at a resolution of 1280 × 720, which is enlarged by 150% using the Artemis-HQ model: P, HQ, MC.

Complex benchmarks:

  • Futuremark PCMARK10 Professional Edition 2.1.2177. Testing in Essentials scenarios (typical work of the average user: running applications, surfing the Internet, video conferencing), Productivity (office work with a word processor and spreadsheets), Digital Content Creation (digital content creation: photo editing, nonlinear video editing, rendering and 3D rendering -models).
  • 3DMark Professional Edition 2.11.6846. Testing in Time Spy and Fire Strike scenes.
  • Unigine Superposition Benchmark. Tested in 1080p Extreme mode.

Testing the laptop in demanding applications was carried out in the default mode without any adjustments to the parameters of the CPU and cooler.

Display testing is performed using the X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter and DisplayCAL 3 application.

The battery life of the laptop was tested in two modes. The first load option – web surfing – implies the alternate opening and closing of tabs of the sites 3DNews.ru, Computeruniverse.ru and Unsplash.com with an interval of 30 seconds. For this test, we use the Google Chrome browser that was current at the time of testing. In the second mode, video of .mkv format and Full HD resolution is played in the built-in Windows OS player with the repeat function activated. In all cases, the same display brightness was set at 200 cd / m22and also turned off the keyboard backlight (if any) and sound.

In games and other applications, the results of the following laptops are considered:

Test participants
Model Screen CPU RAM Graphics Storage device Battery
ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 15.6 ”, 3840 × 2160, IPS Intel Core i9-10980HK, 8/16 cores / threads, 2.4 (5.3) GHz, 45 W 32GB DDR4-3200 Dual Channel NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q, 8 GB GDDR6 SSD, 2 TB 90 Wh
ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR 17 17.3“, 1920 × 1080, IPS Intel Core i9-10980HK, 8/16 cores / threads, 2.4 (5.3) GHz, 45 W 32GB DDR4-3200 Dual Channel NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB GDDR6 SSD, 2 TB 66 Wh
MSI GE66 Raider 15,6 ”, 1920 × 1080, IPS Intel Core i9-10980HK, 8/16 cores / threads, 2.4 (5.3) GHz, 45 W 32GB DDR4-3200 Dual Channel NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q, 8 GB GDDR6 SSD, 1 TB 99.9 Wh

⇡ # Display and sound

All three versions of the GE66 Raider sold in Russia use the Sharp LQ156M1JW03 IPS matrix. It supports Full HD resolution and 240Hz vertical refresh rate with 3ms response.

The test results of the laptop display are shown in the table and in the screenshots below. In general, I have no complaints about the Sharp LQ156M1JW03 matrix used in the GE66 Raider. This is a high-quality display with characteristics that allow you not only to play comfortably, but also to work. Perhaps, it is worth noting only the low maximum brightness level of the matrix. Working in bright sunny weather in front of a large office window can be uncomfortable, although the screen is anti-reflective.

MSI GE66 Raider (Sharp LQ156M1JW03 matrix, measured parameters)
Minimum brightness 14 cd / m22
Maximum brightness 260 cd / m22
Colorful temperature 7083 K
Contrast 1000: 1
SRGB color space 96.7%
Color gamut Adobe RGB 67%
Gray scale deviation: average (maximum) 0.4 (1.26)
ColorChecker24 Deviation: Average (Maximum) 0.53 (3.42)
Viewing angles Meet the declared
Glow effect Present
PWM Not seen at all brightness levels

The sound in the laptop also did not disappoint. The bass is clearly audible, and the mids and the top do not sink, as is usually the case in inexpensive “plastic” notebooks. In general, when playing the same “The Witcher”, I did not have a strong desire to put on a headset.

⇡ # Efficiency of the cooling system

According to the methodology, we check the operation of gaming laptops in various operating modes, if any, in those where the laptop demonstrates the highest level of performance. In MSI Dragon Center, you can select Extreme Performance and Balanced presets, but in both cases, the GE66 Raider test sample showed similar results in terms of both performance and cooling efficiency. So the table shows the indicators of one mode – extreme, since it is the default setting.

Summary of laptop operation and setup
Laptop operating mode “Extreme Performance”
Declared GPU frequency (Boost) and memory speed 1230 MHz, 11 Gbps
Real GPU frequency in The Witcher III: minimum, maximum, average 1515 MHz
1845 MHz
1555 MHz
Maximum noise level 43.4 dBA
Average power consumption: GPU, CPU 89.6 watts
48.2 watts
GPU Temperature: Medium, Maximum 68 ° C
69 ° C
CPU Temperature: Average, Maximum 87 ° C
99 ° C
Performance, points
Test results in 3DMark Time Spy 8700
Test results in 3DMark Fire Strike 19772
Test results in Unigine Superposition (1080p Extreme) 5443
Nominal operating mode

Rated operating mode

If you constantly read laptop reviews on our website, then you know that MSI engineers tune the BIOS so that the laptop’s CPU works at its maximum capacity – within the limits of the cooling system. So in the “Extreme performance” mode, the average frequency of all eight cores of the Core i9-10980HK was 4.3 GHz, and the chip itself warmed up to 99 degrees Celsius at its peak.

The real frequency of the graphics chip during a two-hour session in the game “The Witcher-3” varied in the range from 1515 to 1845 MHz, and the average figure was 1555 MHz. We are dealing with the Max-Q version of the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER, the processor of which heats up to 69 degrees Celsius – this figure can even be called low, because the standard heating threshold for Turing chips is 83 degrees Celsius.

In games, the laptop runs noisy, but the sound of the coolers is low-frequency, which means that such noise is perceived quite comfortably by ear. In general, the cooling system of the test model does its job well.

I specially test laptops in the game “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”, so it heavily loads not only the graphics core, but also the central processor. However, let’s see how the GE66 Raider cooler performs when performing other resource-intensive tasks that primarily load the CPU. To do this, I use the Adobe Premiere Pro 2020 video editor, which can seriously load even the most powerful 8-core mobile chips from AMD and Intel.

The PL1 value for the Core i9-10980HK varies in the range from 73 to 90 W – this is a very serious figure for a chip with a passport TDP of 45 W. As a result, the average frequency of an 8-core processor was 3.7 GHz, and in fact, we hit the threshold of the cooler’s efficiency. The proof of my words are the heating indicators of the hottest core: the maximum temperature was 97 degrees Celsius, and the average temperature was slightly less.

The attempt to increase the frequency of the Core i9-10980HK has failed. Yes, we are dealing with a chip with an unlocked multiplier, but the cooling system will not allow overclocking. Downvolting in the case of the GE66 Raider turned out to be impossible – in the XTU program, the ability to lower the CPU voltage was simply blocked.

Laptop Cooling System Performance in Adobe Premiere Pro 2020
“Extreme Performance”
CPU frequency Average 3.7 GHz
CPU temperature Maximum 97 ° C
Average 95 ° C
Noise level Maximum 41.7 dBA
CPU power consumption The average 69 watts
Время на исполнение тестовой задачи (меньше – лучше) 773 с

⇡#Производительность ноутбука

Мы уже тестировали лэптопы с графикой GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER (как обычной, так и Max-Q), а потому представленные ниже результаты не станут для читателей какой-то неожиданностью. Естественно, тестовая версия GE66 Raider тянет все современные игры, что называется, на максималках — и мне нравится, что производитель не стал внедрять в эту модель матрицу с 4K-разрешением.

Результаты тестирования в играх, Full HD, FPS
AVG 1% MIN
Многопользовательские игры
World of Tanks enCore 182 129
Dota 2 131 80
Counter Strike: Global Offensive 282 80
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds 178 125
Старые, но все еще популярные игры
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt 109 72
GTA V 85 58
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition 158 115
(Относительно) современные игры
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey 63 54
Far Cry New Dawn 97 70
Total War Three Kingdoms 71 60
Red Dead Redemption 2 61 47
Battlefield V 106 69
Metro: Exodus 73 35
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 101 77
Gears 5 92 64
DOOM Eternal 185 143
Horizon Zero Dawn 81 55

А еще не менее естественно и то, что «Райдер» является отличной мобильной рабочей станцией, ведь в лэптопе установлены самые быстрые решения Intel и NVIDIA.

Ниже приведены результаты тестирования ноутбука в комплексном бенчмарке PCMARK10.

В ряде тестов (архивирование, работа с графикой и фото- и видеоконтентом, взаимодействие с браузерами, а также офисными приложениями) важную роль играет накопитель ноутбука. В лэптопе MSI был установлен SSD Western Digital WDC PC SN730.

⇡#Автономная работа ноутбука

В ноутбуке установлен литий-ионный аккумулятор на 99,9 Вт⋅ч — это максимальная емкость батареи, позволяющая взять устройство с собой на борт самолета. Как видите, несмотря на это, MSI GE66 Raider не бьет рекордов автономности при яркости дисплея в 200 кд/м2, но перед нами все же очень мощный ноутбук, который в легких сценариях работы (веб-серфинг, просмотр видео) работает почти шесть часов.

Время автономной работы, яркость экрана 200 кд/м2
Веб 5 ч 51 мин
Просмотр видео 5 ч 47 мин

⇡#Выводы

В последнее время в тестовой лаборатории гостят исключительно высокопроизводительные и дорогие лэптопы, и в который раз мне не за что журить протестированную модель — MSI GE66 Raider не имеет критичных недостатков. Да, вам может что-то не понравиться в лэптопе, но это сугубо индивидуальная «непереносимость». Я внимательно читаю комментарии к обзорам и вижу, что одним не нравится отсутствие цифрового блока, другим дизайн, третьим автономность, четвертым еще что-то.

В сухом остатке мы имеем качественно собранный ПК, c высокой производительностью в играх и профессиональных приложениях. Система охлаждения успешно справляется с отводом тепла от Core i9 и RTX 2080 SUPER, пусть и делает это довольно шумно. Экран — классный, автономность — выше среднего для игровых ноутбуков, функциональность и возможности апгрейда — отличнейшие. И за все это придется отдать больше 200 тысяч рублей.

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