MSI GE66 Raider 11th Gen Laptop with RTX 3070 Review

Light ’em up with the latest MSI GE66 Raider 11th Gen Gaming Laptops powered by the all-new Nvidia RTX 3070 Graphics Card. With great power comes great battery life!

MSI meant business when they came up with their GE66 Raider series of laptops last year. It was one of a kind laptop with a very cool and unique design. The build quality was mindblowing and the glass RGB bar at the bottom of the laptop aesthetically looks extremely beautiful. The laptop gives out a very premium vibe and with a matte textured finish overall. The sturdiness of the laptop promises longevity and durability. This year’s MSI GE66 Raider might be the best choice if you are more into raw CPU and GPU horsepower!

So without further delay let’s check out the all-new MSI GE66 Raider 11th Gen Gaming laptop and whether it meets our expectations or not!


MSI GE66 Raider 11th Gen Specifications

Here is the MSI GE66 Raider 11UG Specs.

CPUUp to 11th Gen. Intel® Core™ i7 / i9 Processor
OSWindows 10 Home (Free upgrade to Windows 11  when available)
Display15.6″ UHD (3840×2160), IPS-Level/ 15.6″ FHD (1920×1080), 300Hz, IPS-Level/ 15.6″ QHD (2560×1440), 240Hz, IPS-Level/ 15.6″ QHD (2560×1440), 165Hz, IPS-Level/ 15.6″ FHD (1920×1080), 360Hz, IPS-Level
ChipsetIntel® HM570
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 Laptop GPU 8GB GDDR6/ Up to 1720MHz Boost Clock, 140W Maximum Graphics Power with Dynamic Boost.
MemoryDDR4-3200 Memory Type/ 2 Slots Number of SO-DIMM Slot/ Max 64GB Max Capacity/ DDR4-3200 Memory Type/ 
Storage Capability1x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe Gen3)/ 1x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe Gen4)
WebcamFHD type ([email protected])
KeyboardPer-Key RGB Backlight Keyboard
CommunicationKiller Gb LAN (Up to 2.5G)/ Killer ax Wi-Fi 6E + Bluetooth v5.2
Audio Jack1x Mic-in/Headphone-out Combo Jack
I/O Ports1x Type-C (USB / DP / Thunderbolt™ 4), 1x Type-C USB3.2 Gen2, 2x Type-A USB3.2 Gen1, 1x Type-A USB3.2 Gen2, 1x RJ45, 1x SD Express/ 1x (8K @ 60Hz / 4K @ 120Hz) HDMI/ 1x Mini-DisplayPort
Battery99.9 Battery (Whr)
AC Adapter280W adapter
Dimension (WxDxH)358 x 267 x 23.4 mm
Weight (w/ Battery)2.38 kg
ColorTitanium Blue

GE66 Raider 11th Gen Laptop – Pricing and Availability

The all-new MSI GE66 Raider 11th Gen Gaming laptop with RTX 3070 Graphics Card is priced at $2299 and it’s readily available worldwide on all the leading Online Retailers and distributors like Amazon and also on other websites like Newegg, Exotic PC, etc. This laptop is also available at the Official US Online Store of MSI with free shipping. You can check it out here. You can also get it way cheaper if you try purchasing the MSI GE66 Raider 11UG Laptop during the Black Friday Sale or Holidays sale.

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MSI GE66 Raider 11UG – Design and Aesthetics

The GE66 Raider 11th Gen Gaming laptop is a bulky Gaming laptop that promises a lot of horsepower. It weighs around 2.38kgs and it’s very thick to be considered using it as a business laptop. Unlike most other manufacturers who have started getting slimmer chassis for their gaming laptops, MSI did the opposite thing and went with a bulkier system so that they put facilitate thicker radiators for maximum cooling.

This year’s GE66 Raider 11UH keeps the same design from the last year’s GE66. But if you possess a GE65 Raider then definitely you should try getting one of these as it is going to be a worthy upgrade of the previous year’s model. MSI also toned down the MSI Dragon shield logo on the top of the lid so that it blends in well with the dark silver surface. The laptop chassis measures 14.1 inches by 10.5 inches.

It is 0.9 inches thick but compared to the MSI GS66 Stealth which is only 0.7mm thick similar to the dimensions of the Razer Blade. There is a thick bezel just below the display with the all-new black glossy MSI Logo and reasonably smaller bezel on the top for the webcam but the sides of the display are extremely thin and look pleasant to the eye.

MSI GE66 Raider Thin bezels

The laptop is extremely sturdy but there is a slight flex on the display. It is advisable to have such a flex to withstand the shocks when you are on the go. There is a giant light bar at the bottom of the laptop that is RGB illuminated and it offers 16.7 million colors which are customizable using the Steelseries Engine App. When turned off the light bar is integrated enough that you will hardly notice anything. Aesthetically the MSI GE66 Raider is one of the best-looking Gaming Laptops that you can buy this year!

MSI GE66 Raider 11th Gen Laptop Design

MSI GE66 Raider 11th Gen Laptop – Display

The all-new MSI GE66 Raider 11UG Gaming Laptop features a 15.6 inch 2560×1440 QHD Display with a refresh rate of 240Hz. The display is crisp and bright and it’s great for typing out documents, browsing the internet, and most importantly while playing your favorite games. The Viewing angles are really good and with the 3ms response time, the display feels extremely smooth and responsive. The GE66 Raider averages at 300nits of brightness. The colors are extremely vibrant and punchy.

The display seemed to cope up well with both the dark and lighter shades. Games look extremely good on the MSI GE66 Raider 11th Gen Gaming Laptop and with the hardware, it has inside, it is enough to ramp up your Graphics settings to the top to enjoy the crispy visuals of the GE66 Raider Laptop. All the MSI GE66 Raider Gaming Laptops come with an antiglare finish so that you can use the laptop under direct lighting conditions as well. MSI switched out of the 16:10 aspect ratio this year for their laptops and decided to stick with the 16:9 aspect ratio only.

Here are the two key metrics of the MSI GE66 Raider 11UG Laptop Display

  • sRGB Color Gamut – 99%
  • DCI P3 Color Gamut – 81%
MSI GE66 Raider Display
MSI GE66 Raider Display

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MSI GE66 Raider 11UG Laptop – Keyboard and Trackpad

Keyboard

The all-new GE66 Raider’s Island Style keyboard feels extremely good both when gaming and typing. It is very clicky and almost feels like a mechanical keyboard with deep travel. The keyboard is also very functional where you can use the Fn keys to do various tasks like turning your fans to max speeds, activating crosshairs, toggling keyboard lighting, and light bar’s RGB effects and brightness. The keyboard is provided by SteelSeries and you get the Per key Lighting feature on the laptop. There are 16.7 million colors and you can personalize it whenever you want using the Steelseries Software which comes preinstalled with the Laptop. We have always said MSI has one of the best keyboards out there for laptops amongst all the other major competitor brands.

Trackpad

The MSI GE66 Raider rocks a 4.1 x 2.5-inch touchpad which is a really good size for gaming laptops. It is not slippery and it responds well to gestures like Pinch to zoom, drag, and other Windows Touch features. You will have no issues navigating throughout your system using the touchpad.

MSI GE66 Raider 11th Gen Laptop Keyboard and Trackpad

MSI GE66 Raider 11th Gen Laptop – Ports and Connectivity

MSI has a built-in plethora of ports for every prospective gamer or buyer. There are two USB Type C Ports one which supports the all-new Thunderbolt 4 while the other one is the USB 3.2 Gen 2. There is two USB TYPE A Gen 1 Ports and the other one is a USB Type-A Gen 2 Port. We also get to see an HDMI 2.0 which supports up to 8K 60hz or 4K 120Hz. There is also a mini Display Port and an Ethernet port. There is also a slot for the SD card reader as well.

On the wireless side of things, the MSI GE66 Raider features the Killer Gb LAN (Up to 2.5G) along with the Killer ax Wi-Fi 6E. The all-new Bluetooth 5.2 is also featured for seamless file transfer and music playback.

MSI GE66 Raider Back
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MSI GE66 Raider right
Image Source : Anandtech


MSI GE66 Raider 11th Gen Laptop – Battery, Webcam and Speakers

MSI chose to install the largest possible battery they could give to the MSI GE66 Raider. The whopping 99.9 W/hr battery is the maximum that is allowed for air traveling. The laptop can last for almost 5 hours on continuous web browsing and surfing when connected to wifi and brightness set at 175 nits. When gaming the laptop will not last for more than an hour because Gaming specific hardware draws more power and laptop batteries are not capable to handle those loads for a longer duration. So it is always advisable to connect your laptop to a power source whenever you are Gaming.

The webcam on the MSI GE66 Raider is one of the best you will ever have on a laptop. The integrated 1080p webcam can click extremely crispy pictures and videos. The Webcam can produce really good video quality which is perfect for both streaming and video meetings.

The all-new MSI GE66 Raider 11th Gen Gaming laptop features the 2 x 1-watt speaker set and 2 x 2-watt woofer set. It has a much wider sound range than most notebooks. The Woofers provide an extra impact when it comes to the low-end audio range.

MSI GE66 Raider

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MSI GE66 Raider 11UG Laptop – Performance

The MSI GE66 Raider 11UG Laptop features the latest Intel Core i7 11th Gen 11800H Processor. It is an Octa-Core processor with Multithreading. The processor features 16 threads which are essential when you are multitasking like streaming and playing AAA titles at the same time.

The MSI GE66 Raider has performance capable of running multithreaded workloads like Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects with ease. The 16GB RAM with 1TB SSD is a boon for Content Creators who would want to edit their content while they are on the go. The 100% sRGB display is also responsible for calling this laptop a content creator’s laptop as well with a tremendous amount of horsepower.

The Nvidia RTX 3070 8GB Graphics card is the full-blown 140W GPU that is capable of pulling out amazing results whether you are gaming or editing your content. Their all-new Ampere Architecture with 2nd Generation Ray Tracing Cores delivers great performance while being power efficient at the same time.

The Dynamic Boost 2.0 automatically delivers the needed power between the GPU, CPU, and the GPU Memory for a better performance boost. Whisper Mode 2.0 uses AI to control fan speeds to deliver better acoustics and the best performance possible. The Resizable Bar Feature allows the CPU to access the GPU frame buffer so that it improves performance in many games. DLSS uses AI rendering features that deliver more performance using the same power. It is only possible due to the groundbreaking Research by the Nvidia team to deliver such features in Mobile Graphics Market.

3D Mark Time Spy13119
3D Mark Firestrike Extreme50360
PCMark 10 Benchmark7560

These are some of the Gaming benchmarks of the MSI GE66 Raider 11UG Gaming Laptop.

GameFrames Per Second
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla52
Doom Eternal195
Valorant209
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War79
Shadow of Tomb Raider105
GTA148
Cyberpunk 207756
MSI GE66 Raider 11UG-271 15.6-Inch QHD Gaming Laptop

MSI GE66 Raider 11UG Laptop – Thermals

The Thermals on the MSI GE66 Raider 11UG Gaming Laptop are taken care of by the Cooler Boost 5 Dual Fan Cooling System. Both the fans vary in size and blades. The bigger one has 53 blades while the smaller fan has 37 blades. In our experience, the GE66 Raider does get hot if you are using it on your lap for long periods of time.

The fan blades are also made thinner which would facilitate more airflow. The six copper heat pipes are enough to carry away the heat from the system. The brand is always known for its massive radiators and Cooler Boost 5 Advanced Thermal solution to give the best thermal temperatures so that your system doesn’t overheat and throttle even at extreme loads.

MSI GE66 Raider internals

GE66 Raider 11th Gen Gaming Laptop – Software Bundle

MSI provides a free copy of the Windows 10 Home Edition on purchase of every MSI Gaming Laptop. Windows 10 can be upgraded to Windows 11 using the same license key, so you dont have to worry about the new Operating system release. Apart from this, you would also find the MSI Center, previously known as the MSI Dragon center, which helps you control and customize the laptop independently. You can monitor your system settings and optimize the laptop to provide a better gaming experience. You can also control your fan speeds, your RGB Settings using the MSI Mystic Light Sync, etc. The new functions were also added such as the MSI Smart Image Finder, UI Skin Option, etc.

msi center

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MSI GE66 Raider 11UG Gaming Laptop – FAQ

How much Warranty does MSI GE66 Raider 11th Gen Gaming Laptop have?

All MSI Gaming laptops carry a 2 Year Standard Warranty.

Can I upgrade GE66 Raider RAM and SSD?

Yes definitely, you can swap out the 2x 8GB sticks and replace those with 2x 16GB sticks. It shouldn’t be a problem at all. The same goes for the SSD. You can upgrade your storage by adding one more NVMe SSD on the empty M.2 Slot. Check out the Top 5 Best SSD for Gaming. But make sure you do it in an authorized MSI Service Center as removing the Factory seal stickers will void your warranty.

MSI GE66 Raider Laptop

Should you buy an MSI GE66 Raider 11th Gen Gaming Laptop?

Yes, definitely. The MSI GE66 Raider is an enthusiast-level gaming laptop with all the necessary features installed for you to game on it. Starting with the performance part, the all-new Intel 11th Gen 11800H Octa-core Processor with 8 cores and 16 threads is excellent for multitasking and gaming as well. Content creators who use Adobe software like Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, etc would benefit massively from the multithreaded processor structure.

The Nvidia RTX 3070 8GB Graphics Card is enough o pull off any games at their maximum settings without having to tone down the settings at all. The 2nd Gen RT Cores and other features of the all-new Ampere Graphics cards would definitely bump up your laptop performance whether you are gaming or rendering 3D or VFX Content. The resolution of the display is 2560×1440 which is rated at 100% sRGB so you will get to enjoy the MSI True Color feature along with the fastest 240Hz Refresh

Yes, it is definitely not a laptop that you can take out on business meetings, for those you can check out the Razer Blade 14 which would serve both purposes. The MSI GE66 Raider 11th Gen Laptop is costly but it is worth every penny if you have the budget for it!

That’s all for now
Until next time.


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