• Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Input/Output: 1x Gigabit LAN, 1x Micro HDMI, 1x micro SD reader, 1x audio out, 1x line-in, 2x USB 3.0 Type A, 1x USB 3.0 Type C, 1x USB 2.0
  • Dimensions: 419.2 x 287.1 x 30.15 mm
  • Weight: 2.89kg
  • Pros:
  • Powerful speakers
  • RGB keys
  • Cons:
  • Fans can get loud

Game Raiding Powerhouse

Do you want a powerful laptop that’ll turn heads, light up your local Starbucks, and satisfy the gaming nerd in you? There are honestly a lot of options out there that fit the bill, but for this review we’ll be examining the MSI GE73 Raider 8RF.

One of MSI’s latest gaming notebooks equipped with an eight-gen Intel Core i7 mobile CPU, the GE73 Raider is a large machine with sleek metallic body. As you would expect from an MSI gaming notebook, it’s cased entirely in black. On the lid of is the MSI Dragon logo and two semi-opaque strips of plastic covering, which light up in glorious RGB when the device is powered on. Made of brushed aluminium, the GE73 Raider is well built and tough enough. While the body is thin, so that weight can be kept low, you won’t feel it flexing or bend unless a lot of force is placed on it.

Lift the lid and you’re greeted by an RGB-lit keyboard that is accompanied by a numpad. Below it is a non-clickable track pad to avoid misclicks and two buttons with solid clicks. On the left, you’ll find the Gigabit LAN, HDMI, mini-Displayport, USB 3.1 Type-A and USB Type-C ports, as well two 3.5mm jacks for audio out and line-in. As for the right side, you’ll find two more USB 3.1 Type-A ports and a SD card reader. We also noted that the three USB 3.1 Type-A ports will light up in red, which is a neat touch.

The 17.3-inch display on the GE73 Raider is excellent. Not only does it reduce glare, it’s matte so there’s no reflective gloss, and it’s a 1080p screen that has a 120Hz refresh rate – a combination that’s great for gaming. In addition, it has 100% sRGB colour range for high colour accuracy and can be connected to two other displays for a multi-monitor setup, which is useful for both gaming and professional work like video editing.

While it doesn’t have the mechanical keyboard that gamers love, this notebook’s key travel is good and provides enough tactile feedback. Since it’s well spaced out, it’s also unlikely for you to press the wrong keys.

Equipped with a relatively powerful Nvidia GTX 1070 GPU, the GE 73 Raider has enough muscle to handle games like Far Cry on High settings, or pump out high frame rates for titles like PUBG or CS:GO. It does get noticeably loud once the system starts working hard, but not enough to be noticed through the rather powerful audio output of the speakers.

CHIP CONCLUDE: It’s a bit bulky, but if you need a relatively portable machine with a lot of power to play games and some RGB bling, this will certainly be of interest to you.

(previously published in issue June 2018)