Today we’ll be taking a quick look at the MSI GE75 Raider 9SG Gaming Laptop, and this is one of the first laptops we’ve tested with a large 17-inch screen at Funky Kit. The model we received features an Intel Core i7 9750H processor, a GeForce RTX 2080, and 16GB DDR4-2666 ram. It’s very similar to MSI GE65 Raider 9SF in terms of features, but this time the GE75 Raider 9SG comes with a larger 17.3-inch 144Hz IPS panel, and a more powerful GeForce RTX 2080.
This laptop is regarded as a desktop replacement … so what does that mean? Well, in my opinion any laptop that features a large 17.3-inch screen, a high-end processor and a powerful graphics card, such as a GeForce RTX 2080 would qualify as a desktop replacement. With all these high-end features, you’ll need the extra cooling as well as a decent size chassis to house everything in. This will mean a larger footprint and a heavier laptop overall.
The MSI GE75 Raider 9SG measures 397 x 268.5 x 27.5mm in dimension, and weighs a total of 2.66 kg (5.86 lbs). So as you can see, it’s neither compact or light-weight, and you probably don’t want to carry it out too often.
Apart from the high-end Intel Core i7 9750H processor and a GeForce RTX 2080, it also includes 16GB of DDR4-2666 ram, as well a SSD boot drive with 512GB capacity, and a storage drive of 1TB capacity.
As with all MSI GE-series of laptops, it comes with some great features designed for the gaming enthusiasts. such as the per-key RGB gaming keyboard by Steelseries, Killer LAN and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), 4 giant speakers with sound by Dynaudio.
For cooling, it comes plenty of exhaust vents and features a total of 8 heat pipes cooled by twin fans, to ensure maximum cooling performance during extreme gaming.
We would like to say thanks to MSI for supplying the review sample. For those who don’t know who MSI is, here’s a little blurb taken from their website …
As a world leading gaming brand, MSI is the most trusted name in gaming and eSports. We’ve dedicated countless hours and committed numerous resources to the eSports community to support the world’s most aspiring and best gamers and use their knowledge and expertise in our products in return. MSI integrated all gamers’ aspirational functions in its gaming rigs, eliminating the tedious trial and error by themselves and pushing the performance beyond limits. The determination to surpass past achievements has made MSI a ‘True Gaming’ brand with gaming spirit throughout the industry!
Dedicated to gamer-driven innovation, MSI leverages its remarkable R&D strengths to craft top-notch, well-acclaimed notebook PCs, graphics cards, motherboards, and desktop PCs. Now, MSI GAMING Series receives gamers’ unanimous acclaim and the Pro Series has an excellent reputation for quality and durability. All these distinctive products have made MSI a forerunner in the high-end market. Also adding to the lineup are cloud servers, tailor-made IPCs, intelligent robotic appliances and human-centric vehicle electronics that further demonstrate MSI’s strengths and endeavors in artificial intelligence, commercial and IOT(Internet of Things) markets.
I’m glad that the MSI GE75 Raider 9SG features a GeForce RTX 2080 (non Max-Q), which means I should get some decent performance in all of our benchmarks. And although our review model only comes with a 144Hz IPS panel, it’s definitely more than enough for most enthusiast gamers, especially when you have a large 17.3-inch screen.
If all goes well and the laptop produces the results we’re expecting, then this could really mean a viable replacement for your desktop.
Let’s get busy and start with the specifications and features of the MSI GE75 Raider 9SG gaming laptop in our next page.
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