Laptop announced date: 2nd April 2020
Last reviewed: 21st August 2020
If you adjust the spec you are looking at on a gaming laptop, the price hikes up and makes it harder to judge price to performance. Today's MSI GE75 Raider i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop review is going to give us all a good sense of these sorts of values. We will take a look at what sort of performance you can expect the MSI GE75 Raider i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
Is the MSI GE75 Raider i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This laptop processor can run modern AAA titles with little problem and is an excellent laptop CPU gaming choice for 2020. This laptop CPU has 8 cores. This is excellent for modern AAA gaming as the games start to require more cores for simultaneous activities.
Graphics Card - This graphics card, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q, is excellent for running 2020 AAA titles. The graphics solution in the laptop also has 8GB of VRAM. This is an excellent gamers amount of VRAM and plenty for today’s big games.
System Memory - A laptop with 32GB of system memory, like this laptop, makes it an excellent amount of RAM for the AAA gaming needs of 2020 and into the future.
Screen Size - This panel, which is 17.3", is excellent for displaying 2020 AAA game details and having some nice space to showcase games on. We are often looking for a gaming laptop to have at least a 17 inch screen, to give the gaming laptop enough viewability for game details. The smaller the screen, the harder it can be to see some details on the game menus and hover over tips, that are so common in games nowadays.
Refresh Rate - The higher the screen panel refresh rate, the better for gaming laptops. The refresh rate is the number of times a second the screen is capable of refreshing the game’s image. If a laptop can deliver 100 frames per second (FPS) in a game and your laptop has a 60Hz refresh rate, then you will only get a max of 60 frames per second. The higher the refresh rate and the game’s FPS the smoother the sharpness is as the screen view moves around in game. Ok so after that refresh rate recap we can see that this laptop can be found with the excellent gaming refresh rate of 300Hz. However, you can always look for others, but try to find something with more than 60Hz.
Getting a good price to performance gaming laptop is what we are all trying to do when looking for our next mobile machine. The key component in this is usually the graphics card. So we will of course be considering this hardware setup and how well it could run modern popular games like Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs Legion and Assassins Creed: Valhalla to help us know if this graphics card and laptop is a good price to performance point. We do this by considering the gaming frame rates achieved at its native 1080p resolution while the games would be running at Ultra video settings. The GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q card that's powering the MSI GE75 Raider i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 500 at min system specs and will run 490 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
During our research for the next best gaming laptop purchase we decided to compare MSI GE75 Raider i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 will compare across all permutations of the GE75 Raider model range. This will give us a good sense of how well it sits in terms of cost to performance within its own lineup, and will better help us decide if this laptop represents good value to us today.
This laptop gets a 6.4 for P2P. As not all laptops and their prices are of course valued equally we can see that this version of the GE75 Raider laptop is in 3rd position on the best Price to Performance value rating. Those closer to 1st place are simply better gaming laptop options regarding the gaming performance they deliver for their price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
MSI GE75 Raider i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2,199.00||24%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2,399.00||10%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2,849.00||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2999.77||8%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
Our GE75 Raider laptop should also be compared to today’s best Price to Performance model, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. When stacked up against this, our laptop has 167% worse rating difference on its P2P. It's worth noting that the very best P2P model has a recorded price of $986.99 to consider and of course this is purely a value for performance basis. Right, now let's look at one more of the top placed Price to Performance models today. Comparing our GE75 Raider laptop against the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 shows us that our laptop gets 148% worse rating against it for price to performance. The other laptop does currently have a listed price of $858.54 to consider.
As a point of benchmark lets see how well our laptop looks when directly compared on processing performance against the top CPU focused laptop currently available. So the laptop we have chosen for its CPU performance is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p, which comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor. That processor performs 23% better compared to our review laptop’s Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz.
Today there are 496 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our CPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 500 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum processor system requirements.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended cpu system requirements. First off we have the Watch Dogs Legion which currently our Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz is 35% better next let's see how well it runs against Assassins Creed: Valhalla. We can see it is 35% better. Ok finally lets see it against Cyberpunk 2077. Here our laptop is 35% better.
Graphics power is a primary laptop hardware area for consideration and so let's check our GE75 Raider by comparing it against a top GPU focused laptop thats available today. We have the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K as one of today’s best graphics crunching laptop. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card in it, which currently has 23% better performance compared to our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q.
Our laptop’s GPU can currently run 490 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended Graphics Card requirements. This figure is 500 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop GPU performs against today's popular games. Our GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q compared against recommended graphics requirements for Cyberpunk 2077 delivers 50% better performance while against Watch Dogs Legion it’s 50% better and finally compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla it has a performance difference : 50% better.
There is a lot of talk about getting 4K capable monitors and our review laptop has a 1080p native resolution, and a physical 17.3" panel. Lets explore if it would be better for you to grab a laptop with a 4K screen rather than the 1080p offered here? The refresh rate of a 4K laptop panel is often 60Hz. This figure sets a 60 frames per second cap that locks a game to no matter the capability of the hardware in the 4K laptop. However, today’s AAA games, when running at Ultra graphics settings and 4K resolution, usually require hardware that we don't see in laptops or desktops to even reach that 60FPS cap. A higher refresh rate is better and this MSI GE75 Raider i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 variant is available with 300Hz versions.
Dropping a game’s screen resolution down below the native 4K resolution to 1080p or 1440p, would possibly deliver the much needed FPS for stable modern AAA gaming. Down scaling that native resolution comes at a price, though. As soon as you step away from the native resolution of any monitor/ panel it lowers the clean definition of a game as the physical number of screen pixels don't match those being sent by the game. The game starts to look blurry. The laptop has got 4K capable hardware? Well when you are not on the move, plug the laptop into a 144Hz or better desktop monitor that’s 28inches and comes with a 1440p or 4K resolution to enjoy modern gaming without FPS or size limits.
If you stream 4K content, films, services like Netflix then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be better than the 1080p alternative that the majority of laptops provide.
We think don't spend your extra cash on getting a 4K laptop to game on, as it's likely to feel disappointing to buy a super shiny new 4K laptop, then have to lower the resolution while playing your games, delivering a blurry in-game experience, and only getting up to a maximum 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K panel restriction.
The 1440p gaming monitor that has a great price today and should be a nice accompaniment to the MSI GE75 Raider i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. Its current price is $294.99 and it has a 75Hz refresh rate. We like to review tracked prices for our suggested hardware and this 1440p monitor is no different. We spotted its lowest price, recorded on 5th Aug 2020, where it cost $272.99.
Today’s most competitive 4K gaming monitor by price is Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz and could work well with the MSI GE75 Raider i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop. It is priced at $829.99. This 4K monitor, during these past couple of weeks, has increased its price by $799. It’s still a solid purchase to accompany this laptop but it means you may find it for even cheaper at the moment, if you look around. For some extra info about this 4k monitor, during our price tracking we can see the lowest price recorded by us was $797.05, which was on 11th Aug 2020.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
The primary 4K use would most likely be streaming movie and TV content at that resolution, assuming you have access to these services in 4K. At which point perhaps its enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop..
Paying extra for 4K gaming in a laptop is not really a good investment of your cash at the moment. We would put our extra cash in to a 1080p with better graphics card or maybe a nice mouse or headset. Because with the 4K laptop you may be sad when having to drop your favourite modern games screen resolution to get an ok frame rate. Or perhaps lowering the graphics setting to increase 4K FPS up to a stable and playable amount, only to hit a 60FPS ceiling due to the 60Hz 4K panel limit.
A mouse that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the MSI GE75 Raider i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Of the mice we price track, it is one of the best valued mice today and currently priced at $11.99. Price watching this mouse shows that it has had a price drop by $19 during the past couple of weeks, which gives us more reason to select it to go with today’s laptop. Another point of interest was that we saw this mouse priced at $11.99, which we tracked on 15th Aug 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$16.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$44.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$55.99|
We price track a number of good value gaming headset and the one that currently stands out is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, which is currently available for $47.14. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 on 12th Mar 2020.