Friday, 19 June 2020 12:56

MSI GE75 Raider laptop: a definitive, 17-inch, powerful, portable PC

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CONTRIBUTED REVIEW The gaming notebooks of yesteryear were thick, noisy, heavy, expensive breadbaskets that were only technically regarded as portable. The good news is that the modern equivalent is a whole different beast. It’s typified by MSI’s GE75 Raider which offers top-end, gaming-friendly components in a 17-inch chassis that, at less-than 3cm thickness, most certainly can be regarded as a portable PC.

It looks great too thanks to an elegant take on MSI’s traditional black and red livery which sees the red dragon logo framed by two “3D Dragon Spines” that are diamond cut and highlighted with a reflective, red, anodised finish.

It sits atop a svelte, 397mm chassis that’s traditionally associated with 15.6-inch models. It achieves this thanks to a thin-bezel screen which encapsulates the striking 17.3-inch IPS display. Each unit is manually calibrated in the factory to display (almost) 100% of the sRGB colour space as accurately as possible. While this will please creative professionals, gamers will warm to the variants with high refresh rates: it’s available in 144Hz and 240Hz flavours to ensure that all action is rendered silky-smooth and that nothing is missed in the heat of battle.

Below the screen is an RGB Steelseries keyboard with individually lit keys that can be customised using a plethora of decorative effects or game-specific highlights. There are also full-sized arrow keys and a number pad.

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The GE75 Raider's colourful RGB keyboard can be customised to display decorative patterns or game-specific highlights. 

Inside, the power is packed in. The GE75 Raider is available with Intel’s super-potent, 10th-Generation, Core-i9 processors with their eight Hyper-Threaded cores. The CPU can be flanked by up to 64GB of DDR4-2666 RAM and further enhanced by up to three (count’em!) hard drives: 2x super-speedy M.2 NVMe drives (one of which also supports SATA) plus a regular 2.5-inch SSD to augment storage. Graphics come courtesy of Nvidia’s latest and greatest RTX line and include the high-end 2080, 2070 and 2060 GPUs. In short, this thing flies.

If the high-spec componentry causes concern regarding thermal issues, MSI’s Cooler Boost 5 technology has you covered. Featuring dedicated CPU and GPU fans, plus (up to) eight heat pipes, you can rest assured that heat is expelled efficiently, stability is constantly maintained and that it won’t be too noisy while doing so.

Cooling can be further customised using the 2020 iteration of MSI’s Dragon Centre app which allows you to quickly overclock the computer, or reduce power to produce absolute silence when watching a movie. It can also be used to optimise for gaming with just one click: prioritising gaming resources and freeing up memory. On top of this it can stream and record game highlights, overlay a crosshair and adjust settings on the fly with an on-screen overlay. Meanwhile, the MSIApp Player, developed in an exclusive partnership with BlueStacks, brings a seamless gaming experience between mobile games and the PC platform.

If you want it to get loud, then the Dynaudio technology will fix that. The four speakers (two of which are woofers) and the 5x larger chamber ensure that multimedia sounds fantastic whether listening to films or music.

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The red, MSI dragon logo is framed by 3D, diamond-cut, red, anodised spines.

Connectivity is impressive too. There are two 3.5mm audio jacks (one of which doubles as SPDIF). There’s HDMI, mini DisplayPort, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (Type-A and Type-C) plus two, additional Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports. Networking comes courtesy of Killer Double Shot Pro which can combine the Gigabit Ethernet with AC Wi-Fi to ensure that streaming is as fast and reliable as possible.

With a long-lasting battery, sub-3KG weight (2.66KG) and 28mm thickness, it all amounts to a very powerful, desktop replacement computer that’s portable and will suit hardcore gamers and professional designers alike. Starting from $2,565 there’s a variant for all budgets and, if you act quickly, you can make use of MSI’s discounted EOFY specials – just visit the promotion site at https://au.msi.com/Promotion/EOFY2020/nb.


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