Laptop announced date: 2nd April 2020
Last reviewed: 18th August 2020
Gaming laptops are often expensive when compared to similar specced desktops. So today’s MSI GE75 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop review will be focusing on helping us demystify it’s performance capability in relation to its price. We will take a look at some of the latest demanding games to see the types of FPS returns we could expect to see for this mobile gaming price point.
Is the MSI GE75 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This processor is an excellent 2021 hardware component for running modern AAA games. With 6 of CPU cores available, this processor doesn’t have to worry too much about gaming processes bottlenecking as few games will be able to use all of these cores completely
Graphics Card - This laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q comes with a good performing graphics card for AAA 2021 gaming. 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 - An excellent amount of system memory, the 32GB is capable of running AAA titles during the 2021 gaming year and we would expect beyond that as well.
Screen Size - The 17.3" of physical panel screen, found in this laptop, is an excellent size to deal with the viewability requirements of 2021 AAA gaming on the move. The hardware will still need to run the games properly but this is the right sort of size screen for modern mobile AAA gaming.
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. We can see this laptop can support high gaming refresh rates, with 300Hz screen panel built in. This is excellent refresh rates for gaming. More than 60Hz would still be suitable for gaming.
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 Grand Theft Auto VI, Battlefield 6 and Resident Evil 8 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. With the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q inside this laptop, this graphics card solution will be capable of meeting 492 games at their minimum system requirements and 357 games at their recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games around today.
When we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the GE75 Raider laptop comes with, it gets very difficult to understand what value each permutation of this laptop will offer. To help us compare laptops based on their direct gaming value and capabilities, we defined a price to performance rating and allocated it to every laptop we review. Because as you have no doubt discovered during your research, it is very difficult to compare laptops for value against all other laptops. Even within their own model range. As soon as you adjust a single component and the laptop price shifts, what has that done to the gaming value of your laptop and is it still ok value for money? So we use a P2P rating to standardise the way we can look at all laptops. Of course laptops have tonnes of other values that are breathed into them when they are designed and they are not just about price to performance. But this is certainly a good way for us to help see the bigger picture, especially for a gaming laptop.
Our price and performance review leads us to allocate all laptops a P2P rating out of 10, which is relative to all laptops for comparison purposes and gets adjusted over time as the prices for hardware adjust and new more capable hardware is created. This laptop is currently given a 6.9 for P2P out of 10. There look to be a number of GE75 Raider versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 2nd in the Price to Performance order. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position represents the better value laptop from a purely gaming performance and price tag perspective.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
MSI GE75 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2070 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||17%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2,499.00||0%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2,849.00||6%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2999.77||14%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||Price Unknown|
Now how does this laptop match to the top laptop for P2P today? The top laptop for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a price of $999.00. This MSI GE75 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is currently 149% worse rating when comparing price to performance. Again only comparing against Price to Performance we can see that the second best model in today’s P2P ranking list is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, and our laptop is 135% worse when compared against this price to performance rating. The price of the 2nd best laptop is listed as $853.00.
CPU performance is always going to be something we are interested in, when looking to buy a new laptop. So if we compare this GE75 Raider laptop to a CPU focused laptop, we will pick today’s top CPU performing laptop at the cheapest price point, then we can use this as a good measuring point for our laptop in question. We have chosen our comparison CPU focused laptop today as the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz, which comes armed with the Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz laptop CPU. This top tier CPU is currently delivering 45% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz.
Today there are 463 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.
A game’s listed recommended CPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop CPU. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop processor. First off let's look at Battlefield 6 which shows our laptop CPU has 17% better performance than it. How about Resident Evil 8, where we see our CPU is 3% worse. Then there is 9% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto VI.
Looking for a new gaming laptop often leads us quickly to consider the sort of performance the mobile graphics card can deliver. Mobile graphics cards are often underpowered versions of their desktop equivalent, but still often very capable. To gauge the performance ability in this graphics department we compare our laptop to a GPU focused laptop that is around at the moment, to help provide us with a good graphics performance metric and comparison. We have the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz as one of today’s best graphics crunching laptop. It comes with a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile video card in it, which currently has 46% better performance compared to our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q.
Today there are 357 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our GPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 492 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum Graphics Card system requirements.
Some of the most popular games today are really the primary benchmark for any laptop’s ability, so we thought we should compare our laptop GPU GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q against Grand Theft Auto VI. This video card performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 7% worse performance against the game’s recommended GPU system requirements. Then we have Battlefield 6 and our laptop was 1% better in graphics performance and another popular title today is Resident Evil 8 which we saw our review laptop get 1% better compared to our laptop gpu.
This laptop’s panel has a physical 17.3" screen that delivers 1920x1080 pixels natively. But should you consider moving from this 1080p laptop and searching for a 4K laptop instead, with the intention of getting better visuals for your games or movies? With 60Hz being the usual screen refresh rate on 4K laptop panels this would cap a game to run at no more than 60 frames per second, even if the 4K laptop hardware could deliver more. And then most AAA games require more powerful hardware than a laptop houses to play stable 4K Ultra graphics setting games, even at a passable but, some would consider, a bit low, 60FPS. This review laptop has 300Hz refresh rate versions available.
As a somewhat last resort a gamer could lower a game’s displayed screen resolution away from the 4K laptop’s native pixel count. Dropping down to 1080p or maybe 1440p would deliver more frames per second in game and help provide a more stable FPS in modern AAA games. But taking this action, moving away from the native 4K resolution, immediately reduces game graphics definition and makes it look blurry. Not an ideal situation on a new gaming 4K laptop. And if your laptop does have the power to run some of the modern games in 4K Ultra, you are likely to want to enjoy them on a larger than 17inch laptop panel. So at a later point perhaps buy a dedicated monitor for your desk that isnt 60Hz restricted, for those games, thus keeping your laptop for mobility.
If you are looking to view 4K streaming content, while keeping yourself mobile with your laptop, then maybe a 4K resolution panel would be a better experience than the normal 1080p. In general, we think it's probably not worth the extra money for any visual gains you might not spot, without a direct comparison, especially if you are thinking to game on your laptop as well.
As you can probably gather from the information above, its probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
Here is today’s best priced 1440p gaming monitor that could accompany the MSI GE75 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS that is currently priced at $299.00. To help you get a bit more insight into the pricing trends of this 1440p monitor, we have price tracked this monitor and saw its lowest price recorded at $229.99, which was taken on 9th Mar 2021.
A well priced 4K gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. It has a price today of $629.99 and should be a nice accompaniment to the MSI GE75 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop. Providing some more insight, this 4K Monitor has increased its price by $629.99 during these past two weeks. So keep your eyes out as it could be cheaper than we have recorded here today. Interestingly we spotted this 4k monitor at its lowest recorded price on 13th Nov 2020, where it was priced up as $549.99.
[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..
Hold that 4K gaming laptop cash for perhaps a more powerful GPU or fancy mouse or headset. That's our usual advice. Otherwise it might be a bit disheartening to pay for a 4K gaming laptop, and then be forced to turn the resolution down on modern games to get them to run smoothly.
A well priced gaming mouse at the moment, that will go nicely with the MSI GE75 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Today it is priced at $12.99. It’s price, over the past couple of weeks, has increased a bit, by $12.99. So with a little look around you should be able to find some more savings on this mouse. Reviewing all our records the lowest tracked price we have for this mouse was recorded on 15th Aug 2020, where it was priced at $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Logitech MX Master 2S||$57.95|
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 $39.99. Exploring the price trends for this headset shows us it has increased its price by $39.99 over the past two weeks, so perhaps there are still deals that can be found on this headset. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 where we saw it for $25.98.