The latest 8th gen Intel Core processors have
been available for PC owners for quite a while now. The laptop market is also
finally being treated with these new and improved SKUs. MSI is one of the first
brands to bring laptops powered by 8th gen Intel CPUs to India and
while the official launch is on April 17, 2018, thanks to some kind people at
MSI we were able to get a hands-on experience with one of the three upcoming
laptops. The laptop that we got is the GE73 Raider RGB.
Some of you might remember that we had previously reviewed
the GE73 with a 7th gen Intel Core i7 CPU. In case you missed that
then you can read the review here: https://goo.gl/czctQt
The reason I brought that up is because the new GE73 RGB
Edition is essentially the same laptop but with the addition of RGB lighting on
the front panel. The two lines which look like inverted 7s are now RGB backlit
with 24 individual zones for some impressive and seamless lighting motion. I am
sure that the moment you open the laptop all eyes will gravitate towards it.
The RGB lighting can be controlled by the Mystic Lights app that is MSI’s RGB
control app. But these lights aren’t just for ornamental purpose, they can also
be programmed to respond to your gaming status. The Steelseries keyboard also
gets per key RGB lighting that can again be controlled via the software and
there is also a dedicated button for changing the lighting modes for it. What I
appreciate is that the lights on the cover and the keyboard can be controlled
individually. Apart from this the fit and finish remains much like the previous
version which means that this laptop is still a fingerprint magnet. The 3 USB
3.0 ports get red lighting for easy access in case there is no ambient
Coming to the specs, this laptop gets the 6 core, 12 thread
Intel Core i7 8750H processor. The processor clocks at 2.2GHz stock but can
boost up to 4.2GHz. The difference in core count and the higher clock speed is
immediately evident as you fire up the Cinebench CPU test. We achieved an
impressive score of 1039 for the CPU and 103fps in the OpenGL test. The laptop
gets 16GB of DDR RAM running at 2400MHz. In terms of storage you get 512GB via
two NVMe M.2 SSDs in RAID 0 and a 1TB HDD. Your gaming needs are taken care of by an
Nvidia GeFore GTX 1070 GPU. Gaming performance on the previous GE73 was already
great and with the new 6 core i7 CPU, things are looking bright for people with
productivity workloads as well. While I did not get to test that now (but soon
I will) I am sure that the two extra cores will surely reduce render times and
allow for multiple apps to be open and working without a flaw.
The display is a 17.3 inch 1080p TN panel with a super fast
120Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time. Although technologies like G-Sync and
FreeSync are still missing. We did not have enough time to test the colour
calibration but MSI claims that this is a 94% NTSC panel and it has been
calibrated for 100% sRGB plus there are different display modes as well. So we
expect the overall result to be quite satisfying, at least for gamers. There
was also no apparent colour or contrast deterioration when viewing the display
from the extreme angles. This new GE73 RGB Edition also gets a new and improved
Dragon Center app that looks even more futuristic and has a lot of helpful
features as well. This time around there are presets as well, that can control
not just the clocks speeds for your CPU, GPU and fan speed. It can also store
lighting information in the same preset profile. MSI is trying to turn Dragon
Center into a unified solution for all your regular and basic needs. There is
also the new and improved Nahimic 3 app for sound calibration and settings. We
did not have too much time to mess with it but the sound from the two gigantic
speakers is still loud and clear.
The price for the new GE series starts from Rs 1,64,990 and the laptops are already available for
pre-order. This base price is for the GE63 that gets a smaller display. We are quite happy with what MSI is offering
in this update of the GE73 and are looking forward to seeing the two other
laptops – GS65 Stealth Slim & GT75 Titan, when they launch on 17th
April 2018. Be sure to check back in this space as we will be covering not just
the launch but also be conducting a full review of these mean machines!
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