MSI GE73 Raider 8RF: 17-inch Powerhouse!

MSI GE73 8RF RAIDER

There is a familiarity with the MSI GE73 8RF. It has the same design as the GE73VR 7RF. The biggest change is the hexa-core Coffee Lake processor, which boosts the performance significantly. With the combination of the SSD and HDD storage solution and the 16GB DDR4-RAM. With the inclusion of MSI’s matte display with 120hz!

Specifications:

Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H (Intel Core i7)
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) – 8192 MB, Core: 1480 MHz, Memory: 8000 MHz, GDDR5, 256-bit connection, ForceWare 397.93, Optimus
Memory: 16384 MB, 2x 8 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-2400, 2 of 2 slots used, max. 32GB
Display: 17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, TN WLED, Full-HD; 120 Hz
Storage: Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY, 256 GB, SATA-III-SSD + HGST HTS721010A9E630, 1 TB HDD, 7200 rpm
Connections:

2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1

2 USB 3.1 Gen2

1 HDMI

1 DisplayPort,

Card Reader: SD,SDHC,SDXC

GE73 Connectivity
Additional features
Speakers: 2 speakers (3 watts), 2 subwoofers (3 watts),
Keyboard: Chiclet (SteelSeries RGB),
Keyboard Light: Yes
GE73 Raider 8RF Keyboard

Performance:

With the i7-8750H being a hexa-core CPU, it offers a solid base for rendering times in terms of Adobe Products. Along with the addition of the GTX 1070 for gaming use, it definitely is something worth considering.

In terms of storage, we have an SSD and HDD which gives you that piece of mind that you won’t run out of space for your game collection. Although, with video post-processing, the 1TB might just not be enough. With the help of the 2 slots of RAM and a maximum of 32GB, the MSI Ge73 assures a comfortable runtime with multi-tasking as the least of your worries.

Processor

The GE73 is powered by a Core i7-8750H (Coffee Lake) hexa-core processor. It is a mobile chip with a TDP of 45 watts, but it can be briefly increased to 90 watts. The processor operates at a base clock speed of 2.2 GHz. The clock speed can be increased to 3.9 GHz (six cores), 4 GHz (four cores) or 4.1 GHz (one or two cores) via turbo.

The GeekBench benchmark single-thread tests are processed in mains and battery operation at 3.9 to 4.1 GHz.

GeekBench 4.0

GeekBench Benchmark GE73 8RF

Scoring a 17,995 using Multi-Core and 4833 using the single core gives us an idea of what type of performance this league of laptop give. Generally, the average of gaming class gives you about 13,403 for Multi-Core and 4325 for Single-Core scores. This means that the MSI GE73 can definitely perform under heavy loads.

System Performance

A solid-state drive, a powerful processor, and a dual-channel enabled working memory to ensure a responsive system. The astonishing results of the PCMark benchmarks confirm that the MSI computer has more than enough power to handle gaming and video and photo editing applications. We give props to the NVMe SSD for this.

The scores, in some cases, are better than, what you’d expect from a gaming desktop with the same configuration, which is great news as it proves that the notebook has a well optimized thermal solution that successfully prevents overheating and throttling.

PC MARK 10 MSI GE73 8RF

Graphics Card

The MSI comes with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics processing unit supporting DirectX 12 and clocks up to a max of 1,873 MHz. However, this clock speed cannot be kept very long. In our test, we record an average of 1,683 MHz. The graphics core is backed by 8,192 MB of GDDR5 memory. The 3D Mark results of this GPU pretty much in the normal range.

The integrated UHD Graphics 630 of the processor is activated while the Nvidia Optimus controls the switching between discrete and integrated GPU depending on the application.

The hardware of the MSI computer is formidable enough to run all current games smoothly. Most titles can be enjoyed in Full-HD with high to maximum details. Although, the GTX 1070 still has setbacks for higher resolutions.

We check whether the frame rates remain largely constant during gaming by loading up Dota 2. We let the title run for about 60 seconds with Full-HD resolution and maximum quality settings. Frame rates drop from about 67 fps down to 18 fps. This change can barely be considered a slump.

Based on these numbers, we are able to determine that the powerhouse combo of the i7-8750H and GTX 1070 are a bit too high for the slim design of the MSI GE73 Raider 8RF. Temps jumping to 80 – 90 degrees is quite concerning but we also significant noticed no throttle in FPS which is exemplary at those temps

Battery Life

This is one of the downsides of having a powerhouse in what we can consider a portable set up. You’d expect a beefy battery equipped with it, however, the 6-cell 51 Whr battery is rather small and quite honestly, disappointing. If you’re planning on using the notebook on the go, don’t expect great battery life.

Maintenance

Like most of the MSI Gaming laptops, there are several screws you’d need to remove in order to upgrade the equipment. After the removal, you can reach all the important components. For example, you can clean the dust and dirt off the two fans without any problems and also replace the storage or RAM.

Inside the GE73 Raider 8RF

Verdict

The MSI GE73 8RF’s increase in performance is markedly higher on the multi-thread side of things than in single-core scenarios compared to its predecessor the MSI GE73VR 7RF because of the change between being a Quad Core of the i7-7700 and the i7-8750H’s 6-core set up.

Along with the GeForce GTX 1070, the processor smoothly runs all current games in Full-HD resolution with high to maximum details on its 120-Hz panel. The screen itself offers a good contrast ratio and fast response times. However, the maximum brightness could be even higher. Although it is not an IPS-screen, it delivers visibly wider viewing angles than what we are used to with TN models.

Refresh rate matters a great deal for gamers because it determines the extent of, or lack of, ghosting on a screen. Most regular displays are able to hit 60 Hz but at 120 Hz, however, games hit the sweet spot.

Nevertheless, the MSI GE73 Raider RGB 8RF is a great gaming notebook. You are sacrificing a little on the portability side to achieve gaming performance and we feel it is worth the buy.

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Post Author: Christian

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