MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: GE66 Raider (2021) 10UH-210
Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Today's review of the gaming MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop explores the performance to value relationship of its hardware components. We will be comparing some of the most demanding games to see some expected frame rates for the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
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Is the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz processor in the laptop is an excellent gaming CPU choice for 2021 gaming. 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 graphics card is excellent at running AAA titles released during 2021. 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 - The 32GB RAM found in this machine is considered an excellent 2021 amount for modern AAA titles and a solid gaming machine.
Screen Size - The screen on this laptop is certainly a good option for game releases in 2021, 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. While a smaller laptop provides better portability than perhaps a 15 or 17 inch gaming laptop, it will also compromise your viewability when in game.
Refresh Rate - A gaming laptop wants to have a higher refresh rate to accommodate more frames per second(FPS) in the games it runs. The refresh rate is like a hard cap on the games deliverable FPS. The better the refresh rate the more FPS the laptop can deliver in games, up to the panels refresh rate hertz, and then the sharper the in game play is when the player moves about. 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 3080 8GB Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB 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: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition or God of War 2018. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 1080p screen resolution. The GeForce RTX 3080 8GB 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 484 games of the top 500 most demanding recommended system requirements.
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Comparing MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
If we want to look at the gaming value offered by the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop compared tto other gaming laptops, we focus on the performance ability of the hardware and then the relative price of the laptop. Of course a laptop is often more than just its core tech components, like CPU and GPU, but for this exercise we want a standardised way of looking across laptops to see what value they have to today’s laptop gamer. So we consider $2799 of each laptop and its core hardware capability in running modern games.
The MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz is getting a 6.7 for its P2P score out of 10. This relative value will change as game performance, hardware costs and laptop expectations adjust over time. Today the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop sits at 3rd place compared to all the other permutations of the GE66 Raider (2021) 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 i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB 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||20%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 64GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2549||11%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2799||0%|
The best performing laptop for Price to Performance is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. So if we compare this MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop to that laptop we can see that it performs 153% worse on Price to Performance rating. Out of interest, the top P2P laptop currently has a recorded price of $999. Another great model is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which we have priced at $1049. Our GE66 Raider (2021) laptop is 121% worse on Price to Performance.
How does the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB 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?
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. The CPU performance laptop we picked today is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. Its processor is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which delivers 24% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop CPU can currently meet or beat 472 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.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop CPU performs against today's popular games. Our Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz compared against recommended processor requirements for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition delivers 44% better performance while against God of War 2018 it’s 44% better and finally compared to Far Cry 6 it has a performance difference : 16% better.
How does the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB 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?
One of the key hardware aspects in any laptop is certainly the graphics card. Our GE66 Raider (2021) laptop’s GPU solution can be compared against a laptop that has one of the most powerful GPU’s around today, which will give us a relative benchmark. And will help us know how this laptop performs against the top end GPU laptop available today. 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 15% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q.
Our laptop GPU beats 484 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 499 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
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 God of War 2018 which currently our GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q is 59% better next let's see how well it runs against Far Cry 6. We can see it is 11% better. Ok finally lets see it against Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition. Here our laptop is 80% better.
The MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB 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? Screen refresh rate on a 4K panel laptop will normally be 60Hz and this will cap out any game’s Frames Per Second at 60 even if it’s hardware could deliver more FPS. Along with that upset most AAA games would struggle to reach that 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on most laptop hardware today. With higher the better refresh rates for your laptop monitor, this particular MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop is available in 300Hz variety.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
If you are looking for a desktop monitor with a reasonable refresh rate to accompany the well priced MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop, then the 1440p ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS is our favourite today. It has a 75Hz refresh rate and is currently priced at $311.99. We like to price track our favourite laptop hardware and peripherals. And as a point of note the lowest tracked price for this 1440p monitor was recorded on 9th Mar 2021, which was priced at $229.99.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
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 GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop. It is priced at $618. 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. Interestingly we spotted this 4k monitor at its lowest recorded price on 13th Nov 2020, where it was priced up as $549.99.
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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 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 Priced Mouse and Headset for MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop
A mouse that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz 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. Over the past couple of weeks this mouse has dropped its price by $32.26, giving us extra confidence in matching it with today’s laptop as a good purchase. To give some extra insight into this mouse, we had it price tracked on 15th Aug 2020, where it was at its lowest price of $11.99.
|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|
If you are looking for a good value headset to go with your MSI GE66 Raider (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop, then the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $36.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it priced at $34.99.