Powerful in games with its high-end game ray tracing GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card, the MSI GE66 10SF-205 Raider is a new high-performance versatile laptop with a 15-inch IPS Full HD 300Hz screen adopting a high frequency of 300Hz to improve the fluidity in games. Oriented creators, it delivers solid performance with its Comet Lake-H Hexa Core i7 processor and its good amount of RAM which accelerates processing, just like the RTX 2070 and the fast 1TB SSD storage which reinforces reactivity. This computer also benefits from a backlit chiclet keyboard (but without numeric keypad) as well as Wi-Fi ax and USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity.
MSI GE66 10SF-205 Raider Specs
|Screen (s)||15.6 ” Full HD LED IPS 300Hz 100% sRGB 3ms thin edges 5mm (1920×1080, anti-reflective / mat)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-10750H Comet Lake-H (2.6 GHz, 6 cores)|
|RAM installed (max)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 2666 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Turing GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel UHD 630 integrated into the processor and Optimus|
|Storage||1 TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x2) 1 free M.2 SSD slot SATA / NVMe PCIe 3.0|
|Connectivity||2 USB 3.0 1 USB 3.2 (Gen2) 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2) 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen2x2), HDMI 2.0, mini-DisplayPort, SD / SDHC / SDXC|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i), Bluetooth 5.0 Gigabit Ethernet (Killer E3100)|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes, SteelSeries RGB per button|
|Audio system||2 speakers (2x2W) Nahimic3 Dynaudio|
|Operating system||Windows 10 64 bit|
|Autonomy announced / Battery||7 hours / Li-Ion 4 cells 99.9Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.38 Kg / 358.3 x 267 x 23.4|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the MSI GE66 10SF-205 Raider
With its black chassis with angular lines and touches of color, it sports a rather elegant design for a gaming laptop.
It is cooled by Cooler Boost 5 technology combining 2 fans with heat pipes and ventilation grilles. It also has Matrix Display technology to display content on 4 screens (max), including the PC screen and up to 3 external screens.
This computer targeting gamers and oriented gamer is equipped with a good connection consisting of 2 USB 3.2 Type-C, Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi ax modules ( newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac ) to communicate and connect wireless remote control, practical HDMI and mini-DisplayPort video outputs for easy connection to a TV and / or monitor, for example, audio and Ethernet ports as well as 3 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) ensuring secure transfers ” performing up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if you plug in USB 3.0 devices.
A RGB backlight system by key equips the chiclet keyboard which is practical to discern it in the dark. It comes from a partnership with SteelSeries to adapt to the habits of players but does not include a numeric keypad on its right while it is a standard 15 inches, which will disappoint some.
In any case, players will be delighted to be dealing with a screen adopting a refresh rate of 300Hz because it enhances responsiveness in games compared to the standard 60Hz. Thanks to its 100% sRGB and IPS characteristics, the screen also displays colors more faithful to the average as well as comfortable viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically. Anti-reflective treatment, it also offers better visibility than a shiny panel in a light environment (eg outside). It lends itself well to displaying High Definition content and in particular videos due to its precise Full HD definition and 16: 9 format.
Performance, autonomy of the MSI GE66 10SF-205 Raider
The MSI GE66 10SF-205 Raider can appeal to those who have a comfortable budget and intend to invest in a versatile, performance-oriented and creation-oriented laptop.
As it benefits from the high-end dedicated graphics card GeForce RTX 2070 NVIDIA Turing with ray tracing, this computer is capable of running recent games at a good level of detail.
The GeForce RTX 2070 can also be used by software using GPU computing power to speed up processing, such as Adobe Premiere / Photoshop or Sony Vegas.
In practice, the GeForce RTX 2070 is activated / deactivated automatically and in real time by the NVIDIA Optimus technology on board, depending on the tasks performed.
Optimus favors as much as possible the Intel UHD 630 solution integrated into the processor despite its very modest benefits because it is energy efficient and therefore promotes autonomy. The GeForce RTX 2070 is therefore activated by Optimus to perform graphics processing that is too heavy for the Intel UHD 630, the 2 obviously allowing to watch photos and videos.
Responsiveness is an essential parameter in games and MSI takes this into account here because it incorporates SSD storage. With its large capacity of 1 TB, the SSD competes with hard drives in this area while being more energy efficient, more impact resistant, quieter and much faster.
Thanks to the SSD, this PC is much more fluid and responsive on a daily basis than if it were based on a hard drive. The SSD guarantees for example game / software launches, processing and start-up / shutdowns much faster than a hard disk, or even faster arrival on online game cards.
In addition, a second M.2 slot is free to add another SSD if necessary to this PC.
he heart of this gamer-oriented computer is up to the task, supporting the RTX 2070 well in games. It is in fact built around an Intel HM470 chipset, a Hexa Core i7-10750H Comet Lake-H processor and a good amount of 16 GB RAM. These components deliver overall power capable of satisfying demanding users, whether players or creators.
The latter will appreciate obtaining much faster processing than with a Quad Core processor and 8 GB DDR4, the difference being particularly noticeable in areas that consume CPU and RAM resources taking advantage of the multicore architecture, such as photo editing, video editing or 3D rendering.
Also keep in mind that the contribution of the 6 cores of the Hexa Core is variable in games compared to the 4 cores of a Quad Core.
Finally in terms of autonomy while waiting for more complete tests, bet on about 7 hours of battery operation in light use for this laptop which is certainly not an Ultrabook but whose thickness and weight are contained.
In any case, expect this PC to be heard and heat up in the event of heavy demand (eg games, treatments).