MSI Raider GE78 HX Gaming Laptop Review – A mighty contender

The MSI Raider GE78 HX Gaming Laptop is one of a kind, with its unique aesthetics paired with top-of-the-line hardware from both Nvidia and Intel.

We haven’t posted a proper review for a few weeks and are back with a new Laptop Review today. So we got the MSI Raider GE78 HX Gaming Laptop to have some fun with it. This laptop has strikingly good looks and an amazing CPU+GPU Combination and is built like a tank.

Gaming Laptops are getting taller day by day. With the increased adaptation of 16:10 aspect ratio displays, it has become necessary to have larger displays as it is great for content creation, day-to-day usage and multitasking.

The GE78 HX Raider Laptop has been redesigned over their last year’s model around the newer 16:10 screen size, and it looks more aggressive than ever with the racing car-inspired look and tasty Glass RGB Lighting at the bottom. Even if it carries a heavy price tag, the Core i9 13th Gen and the RTX 4080 make it look like a steal deal with all the features that come with it.

So without further delay, let’s quickly jump into the MSI GE78 Raider Gaming Laptop Review and see if it’s worth the hype!

MSI Raider GE78 HX Gaming Laptop Review - A mighty contender

MSI GE78 HX Gaming Laptop Review

These are the following that we will be covering in this article.

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MSI Raider GE78 HX Laptop Specifications

Here are the specifications of the MSI GE78 HX Gaming Laptop.

ProcessorUp to Intel 13th Gen Core-i9 13950HX
Graphics CardNvidia GeForce RTX 4080 12GB GDDR6
RAM32GB DDR5 5600MHz
DIsplay17-inch 16:10 QHD 2K 240Hz Refresh Rate with 100% DCI P3 IPS Level
Storage1TB NVMe Gen4 SSD
WebcamHD 1080p 30fps with Shutter
PortCard Reader SD7.0
2x USB 3.2 Gen2
1x Thunderbolt 4
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2/ DP
1 USB 3.2 Gen 2/ DP & PD
Wireless communicationKiller Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i
Killer E3100G LAN Port
Bluetooth v5.3
Audio2 x 2W Speaker
4×2 Duo Wave Woofer
1 x Headphone/Mic Combo Jack
Battery4 Cell 99Whr with 330W adapter
Dimension397x330x23 mm

MSI GE78HX Raider Price and Availability

The MSI GE78 Raider HX is now available with all the major online and offline retailers. It had a launch price of around $2999. However, the price will change depending on your location and availability. However, this is the current pricing of MSI GE78HX on Amazon.

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MSI GE78HX Raider Gaming Laptop Design

MSI GE78HX Raider Gaming Laptop Design

The all-new MSI GE78HX Raider is an amazing gaming laptop with great gaming-like aesthetics, and it embraces the true identity of a Gaming Laptop. Raiders in the last generation laptops didn’t have the looks and flare the new 2023 models have right now. It looks more like the MSI Titan’s smaller brother with a full black aluminium lid and an RGB Dragon Sheild at the back.

The laptop comes in a full black design and features its signature Lightbar on the front of the laptop. It looks amazing and is filled with RGB square bulbs, giving a retro feeling to the laptop. The 17-inch laptop comes with minimal bezels on all sides. It is a great laptop, and it is extremely durable and weighs around 3.1kgs but is compact enough to fit inside your Laptop backpack.

MSI Raider 2023 GE78HX Display

MSI Raider 2023 GE78HX Display

The all-new Raider GE78HX Gaming Laptop features a 2560×1600 Resolution with a refresh rate of 240Hz. The all-new redesigned model features a 16:10 aspect ratio display, giving you more space for productivity and gaming. The inbuilt RTX 4080 is perfect for pushing the extra performance to fit the new resolution displays.

We tested the display quality of the Raider GE78HX, and the quality of the panel blew us away. The MSI GE78HX Raider features a 163% DCI-P3 Color Gamut with 115.4% sRGB. These types of displays, along with the fast 240Hz refresh Rate, make this laptop a great companion for both Gaming and Content Creation. This laptop also features brightness up to 412nits.

MSI GE78HX Raider Keyboard and Trackpad

MSI GE78HX Raider Keyboard and Trackpad

Although this time, the Raider didn’t go for the mechanical keyboard you would normally find on a Titan; instead, it went for a full-size keyboard and a number pad. This keyboard has a built-in macro. With the new design, MSI highlighted the WASD keys so that it becomes more visible. You can use those keys to play, pause media, or change the fan speeds. The large translucent arrows are cool and can be a handy addition, especially when gaming.

The keys on the keyboard have linear key travel, and the only issue is that it has a 5.1 x 3.2-inch touchpad which is quite large, and it responds well to all the Windows Gestures. The giant touchpad has the advantage of having extra room; it feels solid when you click it.

GE78HX Gaming Laptop – Ports and Connectivity

GE78HX Gaming Laptop - Ports and Connectivity Left

On the left side of the laptop, you will find a Thunderbolt 4 Port, SD Card Slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

GE78HX Gaming Laptop - Ports and Connectivity Right

On the right side of the laptop, it comes with two USB 3.2 Gen2 Type A Ports and one single USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C Port.

GE78HX Gaming Laptop - Ports and Connectivity Back

You will find an Ethernet Port, HDMI 2.1 and one more USB Type C Port at the back of the laptop. The Power jack is also at the back of the MSI GE78 HX Laptop. On the Wireless side, this laptop features the Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i paired with Bluetooth v5.3.

MSI GE78HX Laptop Audio, Webcam and Battery


The audio on the MSI GE78HX Gaming Laptop is amazing. It is really loud, and the top two speakers and four woofers did justice to all the various types of music I have listened to.

The audio was clear when gaming and you could distinguish between faraway gunfire, and the ingame audio was perfect. The speakers on the GE78 HX are amazing, and the preinstalled Nahimic Software has profiles built in for music, movie, gaming etc. Trust us, it sounds amazing out of the box, so leave all the sound settings as it is.


The MSI Raider GE78HX features a 1080p Webcam and a privacy shutter you normally don’t find on Gaming Laptops.

The camera works well, and because it is an IR Webcam, it will help you log in to Windows using Facial Recognition. The FR works well and logs me in within a second. The quality of the webcam is excellent, and it is great for video calls and conferencing. Since it is a gaming laptop, this webcam can also be used for streaming.


As expected, MSI’s 99Whr was not a long-lasting battery when we tested it out, and it had life for around two and half hours while browsing the web, streaming videos with brightness set to 150nits. It is better to plug the laptop into an external power source using the included laptop charger for gaming.

MSI Raider 2023 GE78 Performance

The MSI GE78 Raider 2023 Gaming Laptop is powered by Intel Core i9 13th Gen Processors and an RTX 4080 Graphics Card.

We tested the laptop in Gaming and Non-Gaming Applications, and here are the results.

MSI GE78HX Gaming Performance

Shadow of Tomb Raider172108
GTA V15889
Red Dead Redemption 211269
Far Cry 6125109
Borderlands 3146102

MSI GE78HX Productivity Performance

Handbrake Video Transcoding Test4:08sec
File Transfer Test1715.14 Points
Geekbench 5Single core – 2121 Points/ Multi Core – 21063 Points

GE78 Raider Thermals and Noise

The MSI GE78 Raider HX Gaming Laptop features a dual-fan cooling system. MSI is always known to have the best cooling solutions for Gaming Laptops. The Coolerboost 5 Thermal Solution features a CPU and GPU Shared Pipe design with a total of 6 heat pipes to prevent thermal throttling of any sort.

We tested the temperatures on this laptop using a thermal gun and found that it is around 38 degrees at the centre of the keyboard, while the area around the touchpad was cooler at around 27 degrees Celsius. However, using a separate keyboard and mouse when gaming is advisable.

The hottest point, on the other hand, is the bottom of the laptop, where it measured around 45 degrees. To be honest, the temps are pretty much okay, and it is pretty normal for a machine of this calibre.

MSI GE78 Raider Gaming Laptop – FAQ

What free software do you get with GE78 Raider Laptop?

These are the following free software that you will get with the MSI GE78 Raider HX Laptop.

  1. Microsoft Windows 11 Operating System
  2. MSI Center (All in One App for Hardware Monitoring, Customizations, Switching power profiles etc.)
  3. MSI True Color (Alter Screen Temperatures and Toggle Blue Light Effects)
  4. MSI App Player (Run Android apps on Windows)
  5. Nahimic Audio (On Board Audio Customization)
  6. Steelseries GG (Keyboard RGB and Lightbar RGB)

How much warranty does MSI provide on Raider GE78?

According to MSI, the Raider GE78HX Gaming laptop Carries a 1 Year Limited Warranty, which includes the 1 Year Global Warranty.

Is MSI Raider GE78 Upgradable?

Yes, the MSI GE78 Raider Gaming Laptop is upgradable. There is an extra SSD Slot to expand your storage, and the RAM can be easily swapped out if you want to install higher capacities of RAM.

MSI Raider GE78 Gaming Laptop – Verdict

The MSI Raider GE78 Gaming Laptop is very powerful, and unlike the last generation models, the laptops are much more compact and offer a great performance paired with a bright display and many ports. Yes, the fans get loud when under heavy load, but that is fine, considering the power this thing puts out. If you want a more powerful laptop, the ASUS ROG Strix Scar or the MSI Titan GT77 HX Can be your best flagship laptop.

Although to be honest, we are surprised with both the performance and the aesthetics of the MSI GE78 HX Laptop, and we recommend this laptop to anyone looking to get a high-end Gaming Laptop for themselves.

So this was all about the MSI Raider GE78 Gaming Laptop and its performance. Let us know in the comments below if you think we have missed anything.

That’s all, folks!

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