MSI GE66 Raider (2021)

testing a gaming laptop with a GeForce RTX 3070 at maximum speed / Laptops and PCs


At the end of last year, a review of the MSI GE66 Raider model was already published on our website – then version 10SGS-062RU, equipped with an 8-core Core i9-10980HK and a GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER in the Max-Q design, came to our editorial office. “Raider”, which will be discussed today, has changed little in appearance, but under the “hood” of this version of GE66 there is NVIDIA Ampere mobile graphics. Let’s take a look at how much faster the updated gaming mobile PC is in gaming.

MSI GE66 Raider (2021)

⇡ # Technical characteristics, equipment and software

MSI’s official website reports that we will find three MSI GE66 Raider models on sale. In all cases, 8-core Intel Comet Lake processors and mobile GeForce RTX 3070 or RTX 3080 graphics cards are used. The rest of the characteristics of the novelty are shown in the table below.

MSI GE66 Raider (2021)
Main display 15.6 “, 1920 × 1080, IPS, 240 or 300 Hz
15.6 “, 3840 × 2160, IPS
CPU Intel Core i9-10980HK
Intel Core i7-10870H
Video card NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, 16 GB
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (130 W), 8 GB
RAM Up to 64 GB, DDR4-3200
Installing drives 2 × M.2 PCI Express x4 3.0 / SATA 6Gb / s mode
Optical drive Not
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 rechargeable battery 99.9 Wh
External power supply 230 watts
Dimensions (edit) 358 x 267 x 23.4 mm
Laptop weight 2.38 kg
Operating system Windows 10 Home
Guarantee 2 years
Price in Russia, according to “Yandex.Market” 195,000 rubles for a test model

A younger version of the new GE66 Raider (marking – 10UG-418RU) arrived at our test lab. It has an 8-core Core i7-10870H, 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, a mobile GeForce RTX 3070 and a 512 GB SSD. At the time of this writing, such a model could be bought for 195 thousand rubles.

Unfortunately, the manufacturer does not indicate the maximum power consumption of the GPU in its laptops, however, we see that we are talking about the most productive version of the GeForce RTX 3070. You can read more about all the features of the new NVIDIA graphics for laptops in the article “Review of the mobile version of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 : Ampere is now in laptops! ”.

MSI claims that the updated version of the GE66 Raider is the world’s first laptop with a Wi-Fi 6E wireless module. The computer uses an Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 controller that supports IEEE 802.11b / g / n / ac / ax at 2.4, 5 and 6 GHz with a maximum bandwidth of up to 2.4 Gb / s and Bluetooth 5.2.

A 2.5 Gigabit Killer Ethernet controller E3100X is responsible for the wired network in the laptop.

A fairly large external power supply with a power of 230 W was included with the laptop. Its weight is 700 grams – it will not be very convenient to carry it with you every time. Support for USB Power Delivery has not been reported.

⇡ # Appearance and input devices

Externally, the updated model has not undergone any changes. You look at the GE66 Raider – and there are strong associations with sports cars, with their audacious and aggressive design.

The main body is still made of metal. I have no complaints about the build quality: the test for bending and pushing through all kinds of surfaces – the keyboard and display lid – was passed. The lid, by the way, can be easily opened with one hand, and its maximum opening angle is 140 degrees.

The laptop looks compact. The side bezels of the display are only 5 mm wide (the screen occupies 82% of the area of ​​the top lid), and the screen itself is located a little closer to the user than usual. This is achieved through the use of special hinges – they position the screen well.

The thickness and weight of the “Raider” are not record-breaking, as a result, together with the external power supply unit, you will have to carry a little more than 3 kg of game “iron” with you in your backpack.

In my review of the 2020 model year, I already noted the GE66 Raider series motto: “Light it up!” And this word, in my opinion, means not only the advanced gaming equipment of the laptop, but also the bright MYSTIC LIGHT backlight. In a laptop, not only the keyboard is lit, but the entire front edge of the case. Naturally, the backlight can always be turned off if desired.

The laptop interfaces are separated on three sides – this arrangement turns out to be very convenient if the laptop is used more often at home and only occasionally moved from place to place. At the back, the GE66 Raider is equipped with mini-DisplayPort and HDMI video outputs, as well as an RJ-45 network port and USB 3.2 Gen2 C-type connector combined with a mini-DisplayPort. There is also a port for connecting a power supply.

On the left of the Raider you will find USB 3.2 Gen2 A- and C-types and a 3.5-mm combo port for connecting a headset, on the right – a couple of USB 3.2 Gen1 A-types and a card reader that supports SD cards of XC / HC formats …

The keyboard in the GE66 Raider hasn’t changed – it’s still created in collaboration with SteelSeries. There is (traditionally) no digital block, but playing and typing while sitting at a laptop turns out to be quite convenient. You will only have to get used to the small Fn and right Ctrl, 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, left Ctrl, Enter and Backspace. Pressing any button is smooth, but with a tangible impact. Typing on the keyboard is pretty quiet.

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

Finally, MSI should be commended for using the Full HD webcam – many other manufacturers still install modules that deliver 720p maximum. The picture quality of such a “webcam” turns out to be quite enough for video calls even in a shaded room.

⇡ # Internal structure and upgrade possibilities

I’d like to make modern laptops as easy as possible to upgrade. After all, buying an expensive device, you want to be able to extend its “shelf life” in the future by replacing, for example, SSD with a faster model or by increasing the amount of RAM. Fortunately, the test GE66 Raider is quite easy to understand: we unscrew all the screws – and carefully (so as not to leave ugly burrs on the case) we pry the bottom detachable plate with a plastic card.

The “Raider” cooling system consists of six heat pipes of different lengths and shapes, two large copper radiators and a pair of tangential fans. Due to this design, heated air leaves the laptop case not only from the back, but also from the sides.

Externally, the GE66 Raider cooler inspires confidence, but we will definitely test its efficiency further.

There is definitely a sense to look under the laptop lid some time after purchase. Firstly, one more SSD can be installed in a pair to the main drive – not everyone will be satisfied with the initial volume of 512 GB. Secondly, 16 GB of RAM will not always suffice for games, but its volume can be increased.

It turns out that you won’t have any problems with the GE66 Raider upgrade.

⇡ # Testing methodology

The gaming laptop testing methodology places an even greater emphasis on gaming. Measurement of the performance of laptops was carried out using various software.

Games (Full HD resolution):

  • World of Tanks EnCore RT. DirectX 11. Benchmark. Ultra mode, RT – off.
  • Counter Strike: Global Offensive. DirectX 9. FPS Benchmark card. Multi-core processing – incl. Maximum quality.
  • The Witcher III: Wild Hunt. DirectX 11. Novigrad and environs. Maximum quality.
  • GTA V. DirectX 11. Built-in benchmark. Maximum quality, FXAA + 2x MSAA, advanced quality settings – on, 16x AF, image resolution scale – off.
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. DirectX 11. Training mode. Ultra mode.
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider. DirectX 12. Built-in benchmark. Maximum quality, DXR – off, TAA.
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. DirectX 11. Built-in benchmark. “Highest” mode.
  • Battlefield V. DirectX 12. The Last Tiger Mission. Ultra mode, TAA, DXR – off.
  • Red Dead Redemption 2. Vulkan. Built-in benchmark. Maximum quality (advanced settings – off), TAA.
  • Gears 5. DirectX 12. Built-in benchmark. Ultra mode.
  • Metro: Exodus. DirectX 12. Built-in benchmark. Ultra mode.
  • Horizon Zero Dawn. DirectX 12. Built-in benchmark. Top quality, TAA.
  • Death Stranding. DirectX 12. Prologue. Maximum quality.
  • A Total War Saga: TROY. DirectX 11. Built-in benchmark. Max mode, 4x AA (Ultra HD – no AA).
  • DOOM Eternal. Vulkan. Beginning of the game. Ultra mode.
  • Watch Dogs: Legion. DirectX 12. Built-in benchmark. Maximum quality, TAA, DXR – off, DLSS – off.
  • Cyberpunk 2077. DirectX 12. A trip in the city. Impressive quality mode, DXR – off, DLSS – off.

Game performance was measured using the well-known CapFrameX program. It allows you to get the render time of each frame. The use of the 99th percentile instead of the minimum number of frames per second is due to the desire to cleanse the results of random performance fluctuations that were triggered 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 2.91.2. Determining the speed of the final rendering in one of the popular free software 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 R23. Measuring the speed 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 (the 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 resource-intensive 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 the DisplayCAL 3 application.

The battery life of the laptop was tested in two modes. The first load option – web surfing – involves the alternate opening and closing of tabs on 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 the .mkv format and Full HD resolution is played in the built-in Windows 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 Graphic arts Storage device Battery
MSI GE66 Raider (2021) 15.6“, 1920 × 1080 Intel Core i7-10870H, 8/16 cores / threads, 2.2 (5.0) GHz, 45 W 16 GB, DDR4-3200, two channels NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop 8GB GDDR6 SSD, 512 GB 99.9 Wh
ASUS Zephyrus G15 15.6“, 1920 × 1080 AMD Ryzen 5800HS, 8/16 cores / threads, 2.8 (4.4) GHz, 35 W 16 GB, DDR4-3200, two channels NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop 8GB GDDR6 SSD, 1 TB There is no data

⇡ # Display and sound

A 4K version of the GE66 Raider is available for sale. The peculiarity of this IPS-matrix is ​​support for the color space AdobeRGB. The rest of the models use a Full HD display with a refresh rate of 240 (this is exactly what we have on our test) or 300 Hz.

In our case, we are talking about the Sharp LQ156M1JW03 – a matrix that has long proven itself from the best side. In my opinion, the GE66 Raider display is great not only for gaming and entertainment in general, but also for serious (professional) creative endeavors.

MSI GE66 Raider (2021) (matrix – Sharp LQ156M1JW03)
Minimum brightness 14 cd / m22
Maximum brightness 280 cd / m22
Colorful temperature 7039 K
Contrast 958: 1
SRGB color space 95%
Color gamut Adobe RGB 66%
Gray scale deviation: average (maximum) 1.1 (1.93)
Extended Test Deviation: Average (Maximum) 1.17 (2.69)
Viewing angles correspond to the declared
Glow effect is present
PWM not seen at all brightness levels

As for the sound, here too I have nothing to find fault with. By laptop standards, the acoustic potential of the GE66 Raider is very good: the bass is clearly audible, and the middle and top do not sink, as is often the case in inexpensive “plastic” laptops.

⇡ # Efficiency of the cooling system

As always, you can play with the laptop’s operating modes in the MSI Dragon Center application. In the tables below, you can see how the laptop performs when using the Extreme Performance and Balanced presets and with the Cooler Boost function enabled, which forces the cooler fans to run at maximum speed.

Summary data on the operation and configuration of the laptop
Laptop operating mode Extreme Performance Balanced Extreme Performance + Cooler Boost
Declared GPU frequency (Boost) and memory speed 1620 MHz, 14 Gbps 1620 MHz, 14 Gbps 1620 MHz, 14 Gbps
Cyberpunk 2077 Real GPU Frequency: Min, Max, Average 1500 MHz 1470 MHz 1730 MHz
1950 MHz 1905 MHz 1950 MHz
1559 MHz 1543 MHz 1758 MHz
Maximum noise level 36 dBA 35.1 dBA 50.9 dBA
Average power consumption: GPU, CPU 114 watts 111 watts 127 watts
27 watts 26 watts 30 watts
GPU Temperature: Medium, Maximum 86 ° C 86 ° C 66 ° C
87 ° C 87 ° C 67 ° C
CPU Temperature: Medium, Maximum 84 ° C 82 ° C 66 ° C
99 ° C 98 ° C 88 ° C
Performance
3DMark Time Spy, points 9770 9227 10269
3DMark Fire Strike, points 21194 15684 22187
Unigine Superposition, 1080p Extreme, points 6730 6454 6890
Extreme Performance Mode

Extreme Performance Mode

Balanced mode

Extreme Performance + Cooler Boost

Extreme Performance + Cooler Boost

Heating of the laptop case (games, nominal operating mode)

Heating of the laptop case (games, nominal operating mode)

Immediately, it is striking that the laptop is configured for the quietest possible operation – even in Extreme Performance mode, the laptop functions really quietly. Yes, the average heating of the processor and graphics goes above 80 degrees Celsius, but in fact, playing with the GE66 Raider turns out to be very comfortable – using a headset is completely unnecessary, and the keyboard does not heat up much. At the same time, we see that enabling the Cooler Boost function allows you to seriously reduce the temperature of the chips, while increasing their performance. However, in this mode, the laptop cannot be called quiet.

Let me draw your attention to the fact that GE66 Raider supports Dynamic Boost 2.0 technology. This means that from now on, the power consumption of the CPU and GPU can constantly change, adjusting to the conditions that provide the maximum FPS in a particular game.

We see that in games that seriously load the GeForce RTX 3070, the maximum power consumption of the graphics chip really reaches the declared 130 W, and then the GPU power changes depending on the conditions (the capabilities of the cooler, for example) and the BIOS settings of the laptop.

As always, MSI engineers make the most of the hardware installed in the laptop. That is why the central processor gets very hot when performing resource-intensive tasks, because its power consumption exceeds the passport TDP level (for Core i7-10870H – 45 W). We can see that the PL1 value varies between 70-74 W, but the Extreme Performance mode is set in such a way that the cooler dissipates an average of 56 W. In Balanced mode, this figure turns out to be noticeably lower – in such conditions the laptop can be considered cold and almost silent.

Laptop Cooling System Performance in Adobe Premiere Pro 2020
Extreme Performance Balanced
CPU frequency Average 3.6 GHz 2.7 GHz
CPU temperature Maximum 97 ° C 75 ° C
Average 95 ° C 71 ° C
Noise level Maximum 36.8 dBA 35.3 dBA
CPU power consumption Average 56 watts 30 watts
Time to complete a test task (less is better) 843 s 1056 s
Extreme Performance

Balanced

⇡#Производительность ноутбука

Выход ноутбучной графики GeForce RTX 30 создал довольно интересный прецедент. Как мы уже рассказывали, отныне версий того или иного ГП может быть несколько. Вот в GE66 Raider используется GeForce RTX 3070, максимальная мощность которой составляет 130 Вт. Но в продаже вы встретите лэптопы с такой же графикой, рассчитанной максимум на 100, 90 или даже 80 Вт. Думаю, очевидно, что такие лэптопы, в которых формально используется одна и та же графика («GeForce RTX 3070 для ноутбука»), будут обладать разной производительностью. И иногда эта разница будет колоссальной.

Наглядный пример приведен ниже.

Например, в ASUS Zephyrus G15 тоже используется мобильная версия GeForce RTX 3070. Разница с GE66 Raider заключается только в том, что в этом лэптопе GPU имеет ограничение по питанию видеокарты в 100 Вт. И мы видим, что GE66 Raider оказывается быстрее на 3-8 % в режиме Extreme Performance и на 7-11 % — при включении функции Cooler Boost.

Полагаю, GE66 Raider опередит даже некоторые игровые лэптопы с GeForce RTX 3080, если в этих моделях флагманский процессор NVIDIA будет «задушен» до уровня 80-90 Вт.

Естественно, такое положение дел вносит путаницу — выбирать ноутбук с графикой Ampere сложно. Что ж, тем полезнее становятся наши обзоры.

Результаты тестирования в играх, Full HD, FPS (больше — лучше)
MSI GE66 Raider (GeForce RTX 3070 130 Вт)
AVG 1% MIN
World of Tanks 237 157
CS: GO 318 113
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds 123 82
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt 93 63
GTA V 70 fifty
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 93 71
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey 61 45
Red Dead Redemption 2 74 60
Gears 5 80 fifty
Metro: Exodus 75 40
Death Stranding 130 one hundred
A Total War Saga: TROY 73 48
DOOM Eternal 220 175
Horizon Zero Dawn 90 65
Watch Dogs: Legion 74 60
Battlefield V one hundred 70
Cyberpunk 2077 55 35

Тестирование ноутбука в играх проводилось в режиме Extreme Performance, но мы выяснили, что включение функции Cooler Boost увеличит FPS в среднем на 3 %. В то же время производительности GE66 Raider оказывается достаточно, чтобы комфортно играть во все 17 игр, используемых нами в методике тестирования, — и в большинстве случаев речь идет о максимальном качестве графики.

Заметно полноценная GeForce RTX 3070 ускоряет лэптоп и при выполнении ресурсоемких задач.

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 установлен SSD Western Digital WDC PC SN730 — не самый быстрый накопитель по меркам NVMe-моделей. Например, скорости линейных чтения и записи не превышают 3 Гбайт/с. Случайные операции тоже выполняются небыстро. Все это сказывается на результатах тестирования PCMARK 10, который, как известно, любит быстрые SSD.

⇡#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… Тем не менее перед нами очень мощный ноутбук, который в легких сценариях работы (веб-серфинг, просмотр видео) работает почти семь часов — это вполне себе достижение.

Время автономной работы, яркость экрана 200 кд/м2
Веб 6 ч 58 мин
Просмотр видео 6 ч 45 мин

⇡#Выводы

В прошлом году я хвалил MSI GE66 Raider — было за что. Не меньшего количества теплых слов достойна и обновленная версия «Рейдера», ведь ключевым улучшение лэптопа, по сути, стало применение новой графики NVIDIA Ampere. В итоге перед вами довольно быстрая игровая система с неурезанной GeForce RTX 3070 для ноутбуков. Производительности такого ускорителя оказывается вполне достаточно для того, чтобы играть в разрешении Full HD во все современные игры — преимущественно на максимальном качестве графики.

Кроме того, GE66 Raider оснащен классным дисплеем, качественной клавиатурой и отличным набором портов и видеовыходов. Автономность устройства — пусть и не рекордная — позволит пользоваться им вдали от дома весь рабочий день. Наконец, «Рейдер» обладает хорошими возможностями апгрейда запоминающих устройств.

Да, при этом MSI GE 66 Raider даже в младшей модификации никак не назовешь дешевым, но модели с графикой класса GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER и раньше стоили под 200 000 рублей.

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