MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: GE66 Raider (2021) 10UG-211
Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
The MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop review we are going to do today will look into how its purchase price stacks up against the performance on offer from the hardware housed inside it. We will also be taking a look at today’s more demanding games to see some MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop gaming frame rates to help you judge if the value to money ratio is a good deal or not.
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Gaming Laptop Analysis
Is the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - Modern AAA 2022 gaming with the Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz processor is no problem. As it meets game requirements of today it will likely hold its own against future release titles as well, this is an excellent CPU for a gaming laptop. The processor in this laptop has 8 cores, which makes it excellent for modern gamers, minimising the risk of throttling game processes due to a lack of available cores.
Graphics Card - This laptop’s GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q is an excellent gaming graphics card for 2022 gaming. AAA games often want a lot of VRAM from graphics cards. This laptop GPU has 8GB of VRAM, which isexcellent for modern gaming.
System Memory - This laptop’s 32GB of RAM is excellent for 2022 gaming.
Screen Size - The screen on this laptop is certainly a good option for game releases in 2022, but there is room for better, should your budget allow. But sometimes larger than this 15.6" is too big and this is definitely a good, portable option for some gamers. We normally choose a 17 inch laptop for gamer screen size. This larger sort of panel would help show menus in-game and game text more clearly.
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. 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.
GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop
Gamers looking at laptops will be needing to carefully consider the performance of the machine in relation to modern, often demanding, games. So getting the mobile graphics selected correctly is key to identifying the best price-to-performance laptop for you. We will take a look at the hardware and graphics card in this laptop in relation to how well it can deliver frame rates when running modern demanding or popular games like, Grand Theft Auto VI or Star Citizen. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 1080p screen resolution. With the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q inside this laptop, this graphics card solution will be capable of meeting 499 games at their minimum system requirements and 469 games at their recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games around today.
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Comparing MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
During your research for your next laptop, you have probably seen that the laptops reviewed are often the top permutation of the range and even then they were reviewed some time back against games that were released around the time of the review. Today we will be working to provide an up to date value assessment on this MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz hardware performance against today’s games and then consider how it compares to all other laptops and how it sits within its own GE66 Raider (2021) range.
The MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz is getting a 7.9 for its P2P score out of 10. This relative value will change as game performance, hardware costs and laptop expectations adjust over time. With these hardware components the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop is placed at 1st position within the GE66 Raider (2021) range, when put into the price to performance order. Those laptops closer to the number 1 position of this list are the better value propositions today.
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|Processor||Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2299||0%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2549||8%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2799||20%|
Our GE66 Raider (2021) 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 112% worse rating difference on its P2P. It's worth noting that the very best P2P model has a recorded price of $999 to consider and of course this is purely a value for performance basis. Moving to the 2nd position of the P2P ranking list sits the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, where it has a price of $1049. Our GE66 Raider (2021) laptop currently has 85% worse Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
How does the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
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. Using the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop for the best CPU laptop performer comparison tests with our laptop. This puts the top end Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor from that laptop against our review laptop’s Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz, and this comparison shows that laptop to be 24% better in performance compared to our review laptop.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop CPU can currently meet or beat 465 game’s recommended system requirements when we put the 500 most demanding games into a list. With a list of 500 Minimum system specs put in a similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 500 games.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended processor requirements, our laptop CPU performs as follows - Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop CPU is 16% better and then looking at Star Citizen our laptop CPU is 2% better and finally compared to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) it has a performance difference : 16% better.
How does the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You will likely be considering buying a graphics and pixel crunching laptop perhaps to meet the latest and future game requirements. We will therefore be wondering how our GE66 Raider (2021) review laptop competes against other GPU centric laptops in the gaming laptop market. To give us a bit of insight we will compare our laptop with a leading GPU performance laptop and see how its graphics capability performs against it. We have chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card. That graphics card performs 23% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q.
Today there are 469 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 499 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 3070 Max-Q against Grand Theft Auto VI. This video card performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 7% better performance against the game’s recommended GPU system requirements. Then we have Star Citizen and our laptop was 70% better in graphics performance and another popular title today is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) which we saw our review laptop get 7% better compared to our laptop gpu.
The MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
We thought we would explore this question about best screen resolutions for your laptop, as it comes up a lot. This MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop has a 15.6" screen and is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall and in other words has a 1080p resolution. 4K laptops have a 60Hz screen refresh rate normally, that means a game would not be able to run at more than 60 frames per second even if the hardware could deliver more. While 60FPS would provide acceptable stability, a lot of gamers would prefer higher FPS than this. However, thats not the only issue here. Modern AAA game system requirements would need more powerful gaming hardware than is normally found in laptops, to play reliably at 4K Ultra graphics settings, even at 60FPS. You can find the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz panel with 300Hz refresh rate variants.
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. If your laptop has hardware to deliver 4K you dont need the laptop to have a 4K display to enjoy modern gaming in this way. Just plug your laptop into a 4K desktop monitor, that will likely not have the 60Hz of most 4K laptop panels.
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
At the moment our advice would be, stick to the 1080p laptop panels for now. Your laptop remains portable and 4K laptop’s just aren't quite there yet. The 4K needs to be a no brainer but at the moment you will still have to lower resolution in game to get playable but sub par visuals that still can't raise above 60FPS.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor with 75Hz, is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is currently priced at $311.99 and would work well with our MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop. Our cheapest tracked price for the desktop 1440p monitor was $229.99, which we recorded on 9th Mar 2021.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Here is a 4K monitor to compliment any laptop - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. We watch a handful and it is currently the best priced at $618. It has a 144Hz refresh rate as well. Providing some more insight, this 4K Monitor has increased its price by $618 during these past two weeks. So keep your eyes out as it could be cheaper than we have recorded here today. Our 4k monitor price tracker recorded and marked its lowest price on 13th Nov 2020, it reached the lower price of $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..
As you can probably gather from the information above, it's 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.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop
The gaming mouse with today’s best price to value that would go well with the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its current price is $12.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $32.26 during these past two weeks. Our lowest price tracked for this mouse was marked down at $11.99, which we spotted 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|
Of our regular price tracked gaming headset the best value headset today is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. With its a current price of $36.99 it should work well with this MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.