MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: GE66 Raider (2021)
Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Its not easy trying to find out how well today’s laptops compare against other mobile gaming solutions. This review will take a look at the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz and compare it against today's current demanding games. We will also be working out how its release price relates to the performance of the laptop, to give us a guide on how well the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz hardware compares to other laptops available today.
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Is the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz 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 2021. 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 is considered an excellent 2021 choice for modern AAA games. 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 64GB RAM can deal with everything modern games can throw at it and is a good step towards this being an excellent gaming laptop choice.
Screen Size - The 15.6" screen on this laptop is a good size for a 2021 gaming laptop. 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 - If you are focused on a gaming laptop then ideally you want a refresh rate of 120Hz or 144Hz or more. A lot of laptops come with 60Hz and this will stop your games being able to run in more than 60 Frames per second. Even if you hardware is capable of far more frames per second. If you were to get the 300Hz laptop screen option that we see this is available with then this would be an excellent refresh rate gaming laptop choice.
GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop
While it can be tricky to work out the best price to performance hardware for a gaming laptop, we will be looking at how well this mobile graphics card can run demanding games that are available today or coming out over the coming months.We will consider how well it can perform while gaming at Ultra graphics setting on a 1080p resolution, which is the native resolution for this laptop. We will also look at a few of the more popular games like, Far Cry 6 or New World. This laptop has the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 499 games at minimum system requirements and 476 games at their recommended system requirements.
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Comparing MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz 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 (2021) comes with. What we have done in this MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop review is give a price to performance rating to help standardise our comparisons.
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 7.4 for P2P out of 10. Here we look at how our version of this GE66 Raider (2021) laptop compares against the other laptops in the range. This laptop is currently 2nd in this range for hardware value. Laptops closer to the 1st position of the model range represent the better gaming performance bang for your buck.
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|Processor||Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q|
|RAM||64GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB 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||8%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2549||0%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2799||11%|
We will now check against leading Price 2 Performance laptops outside of this model range to see how the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz compares. Looking at the best gaming laptop on price to performance, our laptop has 128% worse rating between its price to performance rating and today's best valued laptop, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 that is currently priced at $999. Right, now let's look at one more of the top placed Price to Performance models today. Comparing our GE66 Raider (2021) laptop against the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 shows us that our laptop gets 99% worse rating against it for price to performance. The other laptop does currently have a listed price of $1049 to consider.
How does the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
One of the key components in a laptop is of course its CPU. So let's see if our GE66 Raider (2021) laptop compares favourably when placed against the laptop that has one of the most powerful CPU’s around today. This comparison will at least help us know how this laptop performs against the top end CPU laptop and we can then see the amount of money we might have to pay to get that sort of laptop. This top tier processor focused laptop is currently the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. With a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz CPU in it that performs 24% better compared to our laptop’s Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz.
A snapshot today of performance for our processor, we can currently see it beating 472 of the 500 most demanding games available right now. This is considering their recommended system requirements. For a the top 500 Minimum system specs this is 500 games.
How about we compare our laptop processor performance against Battlefield 2042 recommended processor requirement? Our laptop gets 35% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Far Cry 6, which shows the review laptop’s cpu against that game’s system specs gets 16% better performance. We also see the 46% better performance from our laptop cpu when looking at the game New World for it’s processor requirements.
How does the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Wondering how strong this laptop is in the GPU department, then let's have a look at it compared to one of the current best GPU performing laptops available today and this should show us the relative graphics performance of our review model. A top tier graphics focused laptop is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. Housing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB GPU that performs 23% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q.
Currently 476 games of the top 500 most demanding games today (recommended graphics requirements) can run on the review laptop’s GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q. Or 499 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum GPU specs can run on it.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended gpu system requirements. First off we have the New World which currently our GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q is 70% better next let's see how well it runs against Battlefield 2042. We can see it is 8% worse. Ok finally lets see it against Far Cry 6. Here our laptop is 5% better.
The MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
There is a lot of talk about getting 4K capable monitors and our review laptop has a 1080p native resolution, and a physical 15.6" panel. Lets explore if it would be better for you to grab a laptop with a 4K screen rather than the 1080p offered here? A 4K panel laptop is often restricted to 60Hz. This means that even if you did have the hardware inside your laptop to run a game at 4K, you wouldnt be able to get more than 60 FPS. Most laptop hardware, and desktop hardware for that matter, is not capable of 4K ultra graphics on modern games. This particular laptop refresh rate options are 300Hz.
To get back some of those missing FPS on a AAA game we lower the game’s displayed screen resolution and get some stability in the game’s performance. This is usually a last resort for gamers though and not the sort of action taken by someone who has just shelled out for a new 4K laptop. Lowering down from a native 4K resolution, perhaps to 1080p or 1440p ups the game’s FPS but veering from the native 4K resolution leaves a game looking blurry. Definition of graphics drops and surely this puts forward the need to question someone’s choice for a 4K gaming laptop. If the new 4K laptop has the performance to play modern games at 4K resolution, then perhaps the laptop’s 15 or 17 inch screen isnt enough to fully enjoy the high pixel count? So if you have or can get a desktop monitor that delivers more than the 60Hz frame rate limiter, for that gaming experience then you can keep your laptop mobile and still enjoy high end gaming.
Possibly a suitable purpose for a 4K laptop would be if you were keen to watch 4K streaming services like Netflix. At which point perhaps it's enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop?
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
Here is today’s best priced 1440p gaming monitor that could accompany the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz, ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS that is currently priced at $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
Today's best priced 4K gaming monitor comes with a 144Hz refresh rate. It is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz and is currently priced at $618. It's interesting that even though this is a well priced 4K monitor today, our price tracking shows it has gone up in price by $618 during recent weeks. Helping us to round out our information for this 4k monitor we can see it reached a low price on 13th Nov 2020, we noted the low price at $549.99.
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However, you could be after watching 4K streaming content on your laptop, while on the move. Then perhaps the 17inch laptop screen and 4K resolution is going to net a more enjoyable experience than a 1080p alternative.
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.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop
A great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is 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. 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|
|**||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|
You could pick up a headset to go with the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz. In our spotlight at the moment is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which today is $36.99. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.