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ROG Strix G18
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Raider GE78
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Advantages of the ASUS ROG Strix G18
  • Excellent for content creation
Advantages of the MSI Raider GE78
  • Best in class for gaming and AI
  • Very good overall build quality
  • Best in class keyboard

Key differences

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Screen Quality

8.7
ROG Strix G18
Raider GE78
8.6
18.0in
SIZE
17.3in
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
240Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
422.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
384.0 nits
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 has a better screen than the MSI Raider GE78 for content creation.

Battery

8.0 Hours
ROG Strix G18
Raider GE78
6.0 Hours
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 has 8 hours of battery life. The MSI Raider GE78 has 6 hours of battery life.

Build Quality

7.8
ROG Strix G18
Raider GE78
8.5
The MSI Raider GE78 has very good build quality, while the ASUS ROG Strix G18 has good build quality.
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Key similarities

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General Use

8.8
ROG Strix G18
Raider GE78
8.7
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
422.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
384.0 nits
8.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
6.0 Hours
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.5/10
5.6/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
5.5/10
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 and MSI Raider GE78 are both very good for general use.

Gaming and AI

9.3
ROG Strix G18
Raider GE78
9.5
10.0/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
10.0/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
240Hz
REFRESH RATE
240Hz
Yes
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
Yes
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
7.2/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
6.5/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers MSI Raider GE78 to be best in class for gaming and AI, while the ASUS ROG Strix G18 is excellent.

Engineering and Design

9.2
ROG Strix G18
Raider GE78
9.3
9.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.9/10
10.0/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
10.0/10
32.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
The MSI Raider GE78 and ASUS ROG Strix G18 are both excellent for engineering and design.

Content Creation

9.0
ROG Strix G18
Raider GE78
8.8
9.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.9/10
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
32.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers ASUS ROG Strix G18 to be excellent for content creation, while the MSI Raider GE78 is very good.

Software Development

8.6
ROG Strix G18
Raider GE78
8.6
9.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.9/10
32.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
2560 x 1600
RESOLUTION
2560 x 1600
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.5/10
The MSI Raider GE78 and ASUS ROG Strix G18 are both very good for software development.

Portability

Poor
ROG Strix G18
Raider GE78
Poor
18.0in
SIZE
17.3in
6.8 lbs
WEIGHT
6.8 lbs
1.0in
THICKNESS
1.1in
The ASUS ROG Strix G18 and MSI Raider GE78 both have poor portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Cost

$3,900
ROG Strix G18
Raider GE78
$3,799
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$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

$3,500

$4,000

The ASUS ROG Strix G18 has a price of $3,900 and the MSI Raider GE78 costs $3,799.

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How the ASUS ROG Strix G18 and the MSI Raider GE78 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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ASUS ROG Strix G18MSI Raider GE78
ASUS ROG Strix G18MSI Raider GE78

GENERAL

Price
$3,900
$3,799
Release Date
April 1, 2023May 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
15.7'' x 11.6'' x 1.06''15'' x 11.7'' x 1.13''
Weight
6.83 lbs6.83 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i9-13980HXIntel i9-13980HX
Graphics
RTX 4090 (175 W)RTX 4090 (175 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
YesYes
RAM
32 GB32 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 Hours6 Hours
Battery Capacity
90 Wh99.9 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
18"17.3"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
2560 x 16002560 x 1600
Refresh Rate
240Hz240Hz
Display Brightness
422 nits384 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7.8/108.5/10
Portability Score
5.6/105.6/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
YesYes
Fan Noise Score
7.3/106.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGBRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
8/109.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
9.6/109.5/10
Webcam
720p1080p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
YesYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
22
USB-C ports
23
USB-C Charging
YesYes
Display Outputs
34
Thunderbolt Version
44

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ASUS ROG Strix G18

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Florian Glaser | March 2023
"With the ROG Strix G18, Asus has made an almost consistently good debut in the still quite new 18-inch laptop segment. The base unit case shows a few signs of weakness in the area of stability and is something which has an effect on the perceived quality of the input devices (the chassis tends to rattle a bit). Nevertheless, thanks to generous port features (incl. Thunderbolt 4), a striking design, and extensive lighting (keyboard, LED strip on the front), gamers get a fitting gaming platform."

MSI Raider GE78

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Allen Ngo | March 2023
"Performance-wise, the GE78 offers a significant boost over the GE77 for just slightly higher power consumption. You'll have to get the RTX 4080 or 4090 configurations to see the performance advantages, however, as the RTX 4070 is closer in performance to the older RTX 3080 Ti. In terms of design, some users might prefer the 16:9 minimalistic look of the older GE77 over the 16:10 retro-inspired GE78 and vice versa. We wouldn't call one better than the other in terms of aesthetics, but we'll give the edge to the GE78 for its stronger hinges and larger keys and clickpad."

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About ASUS

ASUS, a Taiwanese electronics brand, is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. The majority of their laptops are targeted towards personal use or gaming. Their most popular product lines include the budget-friendly VivoBook, more premium ZenBook, and their TUF and ROG gaming laptops, the latter of which has a reputation for excellent gaming performance.

About MSI

MSI, also known as Micro-Star International, is a Taiwanese technology corporation. MSI is known for their wide range of gaming devices. Their series include the entry-level Cyborg/Thin and Sword/Katana series, the mid-range Bravo/Delta and Crosshair/Pulse series, and their high-end Vector, Raider, Stealth, and Titan GT series. At every performance level, MSI offers a variety of devices with varying balances between performance, battery life, weight, and price, making them a solid option to consider at every price point.

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