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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Dell XPS 15 is a less expensive option with a mid-range price, making it a good fit for general use and some engineering tasks with its i7 processor and discrete graphics. It is lighter and has a longer reported battery life, lending better portability and convenience for on-the-go usage. The MSI GE66 Raider, while more expensive, offers top-tier performance with an i9 processor and high-end graphics, suitable for intensive gaming, 3D rendering, and machine learning tasks. It has a higher resolution display but is heavier and has a shorter battery life, which may limit mobility. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Dell XPS 15
  • Good portability
  • Very good battery life
  • Best in class speakers
Advantages of the MSI GE66 Raider
  • Excellent for engineering and design
  • Very good for gaming and AI
  • Very good overall display quality

Key differences

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Gaming and AI

6.8
XPS 15
GE66 Raider
8.9
2.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.8/10
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
3840 x 2160
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
120Hz
No
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
9.1/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
6.2/10
The MSI GE66 Raider is very good for gaming and AI, while the Dell XPS 15 is only fair.

Engineering and Design

7.8
XPS 15
GE66 Raider
9.0
9.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.5/10
2.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.8/10
16.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
The MSI GE66 Raider is excellent for engineering and design, while the Dell XPS 15 is good.

Screen Quality

7.4
XPS 15
GE66 Raider
8.2
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
3840 x 2160
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
60Hz
REFRESH RATE
120Hz
606.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
347.0 nits
The MSI GE66 Raider has a better screen than the Dell XPS 15 for general use, gaming and AI, engineering and design, and content creation.

Battery

10.0 Hours
XPS 15
GE66 Raider
6.0 Hours
The Dell XPS 15 has 10 hours of battery life. The MSI GE66 Raider has 6 hours of battery life.

Portability

Good
XPS 15
GE66 Raider
Fair
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
4.2 lbs
WEIGHT
5.2 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.9in
The Dell XPS 15 has good portability, while the MSI GE66 Raider has only fair portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Cost

$1,425
XPS 15
GE66 Raider
$2,792
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$500

$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

$3,500

$4,000

The Dell XPS 15 has a price of $1,425 and the MSI GE66 Raider costs $2,792.
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Key similarities

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General Use

8.2
XPS 15
GE66 Raider
8.4
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
3840 x 2160
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
606.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
347.0 nits
10.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
6.0 Hours
9.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
7.7/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
6.8/10
The MSI GE66 Raider and Dell XPS 15 are both very good for general use.

Content Creation

8.3
XPS 15
GE66 Raider
8.5
9.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.5/10
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
3840 x 2160
16.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The MSI GE66 Raider and Dell XPS 15 are both very good for content creation.

Software Development

8.1
XPS 15
GE66 Raider
8.5
9.0/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.5/10
16.0 GB
RAM
32.0 GB
1920 x 1200
RESOLUTION
3840 x 2160
9.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
9.0/10
The MSI GE66 Raider and Dell XPS 15 are both very good for software development.

Build Quality

8.5
XPS 15
GE66 Raider
8.5
The Dell XPS 15 and MSI GE66 Raider both have very good build quality.

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How the Dell XPS 15 and the MSI GE66 Raider compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Dell XPS 15MSI GE66 Raider
Dell XPS 15MSI GE66 Raider

GENERAL

Price
$1,425
$2,792
Release Date
May 1, 2023January 1, 2022
Overall Dimensions
13.6'' x 9.1'' x 0.71''14.1'' x 10.5'' x 0.92''
Weight
4.21 lbs5.25 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i7-13700HIntel i9-12900HK
Graphics
Arc A370M (50 W)RTX 3080 Ti (150 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoYes
RAM
16 GB32 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
10 Hours6 Hours
Battery Capacity
86 Wh99 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"15.6"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
1920 x 12003840 x 2160
Refresh Rate
60Hz120Hz
Display Brightness
606 nits347 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
8.5/108.5/10
Portability Score
7.8/106.9/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
NoYes
Fan Noise Score
9.1/106.3/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
WhiteRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
9/109/10
Speaker Quality Score
10/107.5/10
Webcam
720p1080p
Fingerprint Reader
YesNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
03
USB-C ports
32
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
34
Thunderbolt Version
44

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Dell XPS 15

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PCMag

Matthew Buzzi | May 2023
"The 2023 Dell XPS 15 is more or less exactly what you'd expect from the company flagship. Its fresh components deliver measurably superior power and longevity, while the machine's premium build and design remain intact. It may not be overly exciting, but XPS loyalists and upgraders should be more than happy."

MSI GE66 Raider

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NotebookCheck

Patrick Schüdzig | June 2022
"The MSI Raider GE66 12UHS notebook passes with flying colors. The GE66 is a high-end notebook with strong performance. The keyboard and trackpad are still very good and score well with precise inputs as well as high build quality. Thanks to a new liquid metal cooling solution, the Intel Core i9 12900HK brings a performance increase of around 50 percent over the predecessor's Intel Core i9 10980HK. The installed graphics card in our device delivers up to 30 percent higher frame rates than the RTX 2070 Super in the MSI GE66 10SFS."

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About Dell

Dell is a highly recognizable American technology company, and is one of the largest personal computer vendor by market share. Their laptops are very popular for both personal and professional use, and they also own the Alienware brand which makes mid to high end gaming laptops. Their premium XPS range of laptops offer great build quality and portability, while Latitude and Precision laptops are known for reliability, repairability and performance for business users.

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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