MSI Raider GE78

MSI Raider GE78

MSI Raider GE78

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BEST RATING
Gaming & AI:
4.9
GENERAL USE: Very Good8.7/10
GAMING/AI: Best in Class9.5/10
ENG/DESIGN: Excellent9.3/10
SOFTWARE DEV: Very Good8.6/10
CONTENT CREATION: Very Good8.8/10
PORTABILITY: Poor5.5/10
BATTERY: Good7.0/10
OVERALL SCREEN QUALITY: Very Good8.4/10
OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Best in Class9.7/10
SIZE: 17.3"

The MSI Raider GE78 is a high-end laptop with substantial storage and a powerful combination of an Intel i9 processor and Nvidia RTX graphics, well-suited for gaming and intensive engineering or 3D/machine learning tasks. It features a large and high-refresh-rate display but is heavy, which affects its portability. The battery life is on the lower side. It is priced at the higher end of the spectrum, reflecting its premium components and performance capabilities. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.








Evaluation

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Pros
  • Powerful Main Processor
  • High-end GPU
  • Large, High-refresh-rate Screen
  • Ample Storage and RAM
  • Numerous Ports, USB-C Charging
Cons
  • Short Battery Life
  • Heavy and Thick
  • Poor Portability

Ratings by Category

Gaming & AI:
4.9
PerfectRec’s Gaming and AI Score strongly emphasizes graphics processing capability as well as AI performance, while also taking into account other factors that impact suitability for gaming and AI work. While performance (especially graphics performance) is the most important factor determining this score, we also give modest weight to screen quality, heat management, keyboard quality, and storage.
Keyboard Quality:
4.9
The Keyboard Quality score is based on the PerfectRec experts’ assessment of tactile feedback, typing comfort, keyboard reliability and typing noise.
Engineering & Design:
4.8
The MSI Raider GE78 is equipped with a top-tier Intel i9 processor and Nvidia's RTX 4090 GPU, complemented by a substantial amount of RAM, which makes it excellent for demanding engineering and design tasks that require high computing power.
Content Creation:
4.7
PerfectRec’s Content Creation Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for photo editing, and video editing work. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
General Use:
4.6
The MSI Raider GE78 is ideal for general use due to its powerful CPU and ample RAM, which ensure smooth multitasking and fast application performance, alongside a high-quality IPS screen that provides sharp images and vibrant colors. However, its size, weight, and modest battery life make it less portable, leaning it towards stationary use rather than on-the-go tasks.
Software Development:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Software Development Score takes into account the many different features of the laptop that make it more or less suitable for software development. In addition to a strong emphasis on overall performance, this score also places very high importance on screen quality. Heat management, storage, keyboard and speaker quality are also incorporated, with fan noise rounding out this score.
Build Quality:
4.6
PerfectRec’s Build Quality Score incorporates case materials, display and keyboard flex, hinge quality, chassis rigidity, and overall reliability. Our assessment of build quality includes many details that are difficult to quantify. Our laptop experts use their best judgment to produce the final score.
General Use Screen Quality:
4.5
The general use screen score is based on the screen technology, contrast ratio, resolution, brightness, color gamut and color accuracy. This score does not take into account specialized display features for specific use cases, such as high refresh rate for gaming.
Battery Life:
4.0
PerfectRec’s Battery Life rating is based on hours of battery life in typical usage scenarios.
Operating Noise:
3.5
PerfectRec’s Operating Noise Score is based on fan noise measurements. Laptops with a fanless design, such as Macbooks, receive the maximum score.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$3,799
Release Date
May 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
15'' x 11.7'' x 1.13''
Weight
6.83 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i9-13980HX
Graphics
RTX 4090 (175 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
Yes
RAM
32 GB
DDR Memory Version
5

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 Hours
Battery Capacity
99.9 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
17.3"
Display Technology
IPS
Resolution
2560 x 1600
Refresh Rate
240Hz
Display Brightness
384 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
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8.5/10
Portability Score
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5.6/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
Yes
Fan Noise Score
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6.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGB
Warranty Period
1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
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9.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
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9.5/10
Webcam
1080p
Fingerprint Reader
No
Backlit Keyboard
Yes
Number Pad
Yes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
2
USB-C ports
3
USB-C Charging
Yes
Display Outputs
4
Thunderbolt Version
4

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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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