MSI GE66 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: GE66 Raider 10SGS-058
Laptop announced date: 8th October 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Today's gaming laptop review, for the MSI GE66 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, will be taking a good look at how well its price compares to the hardware we find inside it. We will also have a look at the type of gaming performance it gets when running today’s more demanding games and help you judge if this is a gaming laptop that is worth your cash.
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Is the MSI GE66 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This laptop has an excellent processor in it for meeting modern AAA CPU requirements during 2021 gaming. The 6 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - Modern AAA 2021 gaming with the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q is no problem, making this an excellent gaming laptop choice of GPU. This GPU comes with 8GB, which is excellent and plenty powerful to meet the VRAM requirements of modern 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 - Our review laptop has a 15.6" panel. We certainly feel this is a good gaming laptop size in 2021 and gives a happy balance between portability and physical gaming viewability. When laptops get much smaller, it makes it harder to see in-game menus and some of the game huds can take up a lot of the screen area, leaving less space for you to see main game playing areas on physically smaller screens. You could go larger, of course, but then the larger you go the less portable a laptop becomes. For gaming laptops that are still portable, we would go for 17 inch gaming laptops.
Refresh Rate - Refresh rates can be hard to see, when the laptop reseller doesn't make it clear. Assume 60Hz if this is the case. Ideally for a gaming laptop you want 120Hz. This means the games you run can get up to 120 frames per second, assuming the hardware inside them is powerful enough to deliver that FPS. The refresh rate caps a games deliverable FPS even if the hardware can deliver more FPS than the Hz. This laptop can be found with a screen refresh rate of 300Hz. This laptop’s high refresh rate would make it excellent for serious gaming.
GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the MSI GE66 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
As gamers, one of the biggest choices we make for a new portable machine is to select a laptop with the right mobile graphics card. With this laptop we are specifically considering how the price-to-performance of the graphics card looks and if it has the capability to run modern popular games like today’s most popular titles, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition and God of War 2018 in ultra graphics settings on its native 1080p resolution. The GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q in this machine is currently capable of running 499 games at minimum system requirements of the 500 most demanding games available today. Where as it is capable of running 476 games of the top 500 most demanding recommended system requirements.
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Comparing MSI GE66 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
As you have probably discovered during your research into buying your next gaming laptop, getting an up-to-date value assessment that enables you to compare a laptop’s hardware performance against today’s games is tricky. And especially so, when we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the GE66 Raider comes with. What we have done in this MSI GE66 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop review is give a price to performance rating to help standardise our comparisons.
The MSI GE66 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 gaming laptop is currently getting a 6.3 on our P2P rating out of 10. Higher is better and this figure will adjust as new hardware and prices shift over time Today the MSI GE66 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop sits at 4th place compared to all the other permutations of the GE66 Raider range. Laptops placed nearer to 1st place in the P2P list of the model range will be better value for your money when looking at gaming laptops in this range.
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|Processor||Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 3200MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
MSI GE66 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10875H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,899.00||42%|
|i7-10875H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2,499.00||16%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2070 Super Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2,749.00||4%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2,799.99||0%|
|i9-10980HK RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$3,611.93||26%|
Looking outside of this range lets us compare the Price to Performance rating of the very best laptops we have listed. Today's top laptop model for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and the price we have for it is $999. Our MSI GE66 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop’s price to performance is 166% worse when comparing it with the top laptop, purely on a performance for money basis, and as we know lots of things go into our decision when choosing the right laptop for us. Another one to consider is the 2nd placed Price to Performance laptop, the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. This one has a price listed as $1049 and our laptop gets 133% worse against its price to performance rating.
How does the MSI GE66 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
If you are looking for a strong CPU focused laptop then let's compare this GE66 Raider laptop with the top CPU performance focused laptop available today and see how it compares. Selecting todays ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop, we will use its mighty Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz to compare against our Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz processor from our review laptop. We can see that the top end CPU currently delivers 35% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz.
Our laptop’s CPU can currently run 451 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended processor requirements. This figure is 499 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz.
Games these days have a range of processor requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop CPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition and our laptop processor gets 39% better performance rating. Next we have God of War 2018 where our CPU gets 31% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Far Cry 6, which has a performance difference of : 9% better, when put against our laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz.
How does the MSI GE66 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now lets see how well our review laptop holds up compared against graphical performance with the top performing GPU laptop available today. A good laptop to compare against, that is GPU focused, would be the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. This showcases one of the laptops for the current cheapest price, while still housing one of the most powerful laptop GPUs. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB graphics card slotted inside it, which can deliver 23% better performance when compared to our GPU, GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q from our review laptop.
Interestingly we can see 476 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s GPU performance capability. This is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games around today. For minimum system requirements in this same area the number is 499 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended graphics requirements, our laptop graphics card performs as follows - Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition our laptop video card is 69% better and then looking at God of War 2018 our laptop GPU is 50% better and finally compared to Far Cry 6 it has a performance difference : 4% better.
The MSI GE66 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
This laptop’s panel has a physical 15.6" 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? Today’s 4K laptops normally have a 60Hz screen refresh rate which would mean that should the laptop’s hardware be capable of running a 4K game, it would be restricted to a cap of 60 frames per second. As game system requirements continue to push for more powerful hardware, the components in a laptop, and many desktops as well, are simply not capable of delivering playable frame rates at Ultra graphics settings and a 4K resolution. With a bigger refresh rate helping your FPS this MSI GE66 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has 300Hz screen refresh rate variants available.
So lowering a game’s screen resolution down to 1080p or 1440p during your gaming of modern AAA games will help get more frames per second. But in doing so, by down scaling the game resolution will then make the game look blurry on a native 4K laptop panel. So the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming maybe lost at this point. A 1080p laptop can still have some powerful gaming hardware in it and if it is good enough to run AAA games at larger resolutions like 4K or 1440p then attach it to a desktop monitor while you are at home and stationary. If the desktop monitor is pretty good then it wont have a 60Hz refresh rate limiting its FPS count in game. And is likely to be a whole lot more enjoyable playing on a 24 inch or larger monitor than the more standard 15 or 17inch screen normally found on gaming laptops.
So why would you get a 4K capable laptop? If you enjoy movies or Netflix at 4K and have access to 4K content via those types of services then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be a great experience, but we still think you wouldn't miss that 4K.
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.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
If you wanted a desktop monitor to go with the MSI GE66 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop then this ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS would go well and has 75Hz and today’s price of $311.99. For extra price trend information on this desktop 1440p monitor, it reached its lowest tracked price on 9th Mar 2021, where it would cost $229.99.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
If you wanted to pick up a 4K desktop monitor to go alongside this laptop then the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz looks well priced right now. At $618 it also has a 144Hz refresh rate. We have noticed that this 4K monitor has raised its price by $618 recently. And while it is a good 4K monitor even at this current price, it could probably be found for a bit cheaper. 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 use we can think of is for streaming 4K movie and TV content, assuming you have access to these services. If this is your primary use for the laptop, rather than gaming then it certainly might be worth considering this.
We still feel it's not the time to spend extra cash for the 4K gaming laptop due to the limitations laid out above. It would surely feel somewhat disappointing to boot up your new 4K laptop, only to then realise you have to drop down the resolution on modern titles to get them to run smoothly. And then see that anything you play is somewhat less sharp than you have seen on your older PC and capped at a maximum of 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K screen tech.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for MSI GE66 Raider i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop
A mouse that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the MSI GE66 Raider i7-10750H 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 $12.99. We have seen this mouse lower its price during these past couple of weeks by $32.26, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for this laptop. Further to our mouse information, this mouse had a lowest price recorded by us of $11.99 dated on 15th Aug 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||IBats X8 gray 9 Btns||$12.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$49.29|
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its price tag today is $36.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value headset. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.