MSI GE66 Raider 10SGS has an impressive 300Hz screen, good overall Gaming performance
MSI GE66 Raider Gaming Laptop

The MSI GE66 Raider 10SGS has an impressive 300Hz screen, good overall Gaming performance, and long battery life.

Just a glance

This is the MSI GE66 Raider, the most beautiful gaming laptops that I’ve ever come across. 

it has this iconic light strip on the front that hasn’t been attempted on any gaming laptops. 

there are a whole lot of features to be excited about. and it offers Impress performance under their hood. 

The gray chassis is made of aluminium and the entire build feels pretty sturdy despite having a plastic frame. 

It has on the back the embossed MSI dragon branding instead of the usual laser engraved one.the MSI has made the GE66 more compact and thinner than its predecessor. 

but due to the large 99.9 watt hour battery, it has gained quite a bit of weight at 2.38 kilograms. 

and the ports on this laptop are located at very practical locations.

the MSI GE66 uses a 240hz 15.6 inch full HD IPS panel, it’s an excellent display with good contrast and accurate colours. 

the laptop maintains a decent temperature of 55 to 60 degrees Celsius when doing productivity tasks although fan noise is still audible. 

The keyboard offers a sturdy and silent typing experience with no flags and the area remains cool all the time.

FOR

  • good performance
  • Much improved battery life
  • Beautiful 15.6 inch 300Hz screen

AGAINST

  • The laptop design is still not visually appealing
  • It looks like a jet engine with higher levels of performance
  • The speakers are still indifferent

Specs

CPUIntel Core i9-10980HK (8 Core, 16MB Intel Smart Cache, up to 5.3GHz)
GraphicsNvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Max-Q)
RAM32 DDR4 2666MHz 2 Sockets; Max Memory 64GB
Screen15.6″ FHD (1920×1080) IPS, 300Hz
Storage1TB NVMe SSD
ConnectivityKiller 802.11 ax Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth v5.1
CameraFHD ([email protected])
Weight5.2 Lbs (2.38kg)
Size14.09 x 10.51 x 0.92 inches ( 35.7886 x 26.6954 x 2.3368 cm  )
Specifications Table

Design

the MSI GE66 Raider is a flagship in the real deal gaming laptop line,

it focuses more on the thin and light look, and it’s more of a hybrid between a working laptop and a casual gaming laptop. 

it’s designed to give you the best top-notch gaming experience.

This machine is not too heavy, only around 2.3 kilograms, but it definitely doesn’t have a light personality. 

MSI GE66 Raider Design
MSI GE66 Raider Design

some of you might find this design familiar because it’s actually a mini version of the gigantic MSI GT76 from last year. 

The overall design of the MSI GE66 Raider is indeed very unique, looking from behind, it’s almost like a spaceship. 

Overall I like how the MSI GE66 Raider looks, it has a pretty compact design, relatively lightweight, but it still possesses these really cool edgy features. 

MSI GE66 Raider Back Design
MSI GE66 Raider Back Design

but the finishing quality of their products is a little bit weak, this strip has many gaps in the assembling process. 

you can just lightly pry it out with my finger, and it already starts to come out.

there’s the MSI logo raised up in this almost three-dimensional dragon sculpture, it looks like a shield, very cool.

 The rest of the build is quite sturdy, I can feel it when typing, the frame is made more solid, not flexing at all when you press on it.

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Display

There’s one valuable thing that it possesses is the 240hz screen.

such a high refresh rate screen, always provokes the passion inside any gamers. 

I found MSI GE66 Raider very smooth, very addictive together with the ultra powerful rtx 2070 graphics card, pushing FPS numbers sky high. 

so gaming on this MSI GE66 Raider is such an exciting experience, and also very comfortable with the smoothness that the display provides. 

image and colour quality is good, similar to other standard full HD IPS panels.

Ports

On the left side, the MSI GE66 Raider has a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C (20 Gbps) port, there is also a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A (10 Gbps) port, in addition to a 3.5mm headphone and microphone jack . And, the SD Card Reader is also great.

There are more ports on the back of the laptop, namely HDMI 2.0, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, RJ45 Ethernet port, and a dedicated port for the MSI charger.

Keyboard and Touchpad

For the MSI GE66 Raider keyboard, it has expanded the keycaps,

Especially the left Ctrl key, compared to the GE65 Raider.

But there were also some changes like the navigation keys (but not all of them) pressed into the right column, and the arrow keys that were not compensated enough to be easy to select.

MSI GE66 Raider Keyboard and Touchpad

In general, the keys are very close together and very flat, making it easy for fingers to move to other keys by mistake.

And due to the large number of changes and the proximity of the keys to each other to misuse of pressure at times during the game, but the frequent use of this will not be a problem you face.

The keyboard is also completely practical, as it contains some navigation keys, such as Home and Page Up, and you can use them to turn off the webcam or enter Game Mode, among others.

The MSI GE66 Raider has a 4.1 x 2.5 ”touchpad that delivers a healthy amount of grip for control.

MSI’s led

from the front the MSI GE66 Raider will stand out even more, it has a very thick strip of led right at the front edge. 

you can easily customize the colours and effects in the mystic light app. 

and MSI’s led is amongst my favourite in laptops, it’s super bright and clear.

LEDs in some other products are like this, if they’re bright, they’re very glaring. 

if they’re not glaring, they’re quite dull, but MSI’S led it’s bright and clear. 

it’s really attracts all the eyes when you put it in front of people, this led strip is just enough for you to stand out.

Performance

‘When we tested its gameplay running the Shadow of the Tomb Raider benchmark (1920 x 1080, highest setting), the GE66 Raider averaged 75 fps, which is greater than the MSI GS66 Stealth average of 66 fps.

The Far Cry New Dawn standard (1920 x 1080, Ultra) ran at 99fps on the MSI GE66 Raider.

That is 10fps more than Asus and Alienware and 14fps more than the average GS66 Stealth.

The MSI GE66 Raider has higher performance and efficiency than other devices here. Its 8,347 score outperformed all cores over the ROG Zephyrus Duo.

It also has a GE66 Stealth 6261 with a lower Intel Core i7-10750H CPU, 32GB DDR-2666 RAM and 512GB SSD memory, which is very good.

Battery Life

The MSI GE66 Raider features a 99Wh battery, but although the battery offers a great deal of performance in a more portable package, you will need to bring a charger if you plan to use it all day.

When we told the battery of the MSI GE66 Raider, it lasted for about 4 hours and 57 minutes and the test was web browsing with the screen at 150 nits brightness, which is very good.

Buy if for

The MSI GE66 Raider device has a strong performance and features a high-resolution screen, it is very suitable for the gaming environment, as it can run many games that require graphics without any problem.

GE66 also has a long battery life, so if you watch movies all day, play games or surf, the battery will not get in the way of anything.

Don’t buy if for

GE66 doesn’t have powerful speakers because of the music for gaming. Add noisy fans to the mix and headphones are absolutely in demand.

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