The Test Platform: MSI's Raider GE76

For 2022, MSI has not updated the underlying chassis for the new Alder Lake product, and as such our review of the GE76 Raider from 2021 with Tiger Lake does not fundamentally change in terms of chassis design and cooling. This is still a big, relatively heavy desktop-replacement system. It features an aluminum surface where you will be touching it, and a polycarbonate base.

MSI generally builds a very solid product, and for 2022 they have upgraded the cooling with a new phase-change thermal pad which allows them to wick heat away from the processor and GPU quicker, without some of the negatives of a pure-liquid thermal compound and crystallization that can occur.

The system offers a per-key RGB backlit keyboard from SteelSeries. There is a 1080p webcam as well, and the system now offers an AI-based setting to let the system automatically switch the power levels for the user without having to manually do it, although the manual options are still there. MSI has updated their Silent mode to now leverage the microphones on the system to match the noise floor of the room, which lets them extract more power from the processor, and more fan speed, while still being inaudible.

The Raider GE76 offers lots of connectivity, including a single Thunderbolt 4 port, an additional USB Type-C port, and several USB Type-A ports. There is also a SD card reader which is still convenient when uploading from a camera.

The system offers Wi-Fi 6E support thanks to the Killer AX1675 Wi-Fi adapter, and also includes the Killer E3100G 2.5 Gbps Ethernet adapter.

MSI offers a range of display options, with a 1920x1080 144 Hz panel on their least expensive Raider GE76, a 1920x1080 360 Hz panel which is in the sampled unit, a 2560x1440 240 Hz panel, and a 3840x2160 120 Hz offering.

On our Tiger Lake sample we reviewed late last year, the display accuracy was not up to par with typical MSI offerings. Thankfully that appears to have been a one-off, which we do see from time to time even on devices that are hardware calibrated at the factory. MSI does allow you to use a built-in tool to calibrate the display, but you do need a supported colorimeter.

Thanks to Portrait Displays for the use of their Calman software so we can continue to accurately measure displays for our reviews.

As you can see, the color accuracy of this sample is much improved over the Tiger Lake model from last year that we received.

Brightness and Contrast

Display - Max Brightness

Display - Black Levels

Display - Contrast Ratio


Display - Grayscale Accuracy

Portrait Displays Calman


Display - Gamut Accuracy

Portrait Displays Calman


Display - Saturation Accuracy

Portrait Displays Calman

Gretag Macbeth

Display - GMB Accuracy

Portrait Displays Calman

The MSI Raider GE76 is a fantastic test bed for Intel's Alder Lake system, with a powerful cooling system, and a great build quality.

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  • blanarahul - Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - link

    That has always been the case with Intel CPUs for the past 4-5 years. Desktop Alder Lake touches 240 watts to beat AMD and laptop Alder Lake crosses 110 watts in a portable chassis to beat AMD.

    I am looking forward to how the 6800H performs.
  • Yojimbo - Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - link

    You're looking at the wrong laptop as a basis for this discussion.
  • FMinus - Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - link

    Looking at how this loses to 4800U from 2020 at 30W in CB20, this does not bode well for Intel in anything but 100W+ scenarios. 6000 U series will walk over anything Intel puts out. A shame really. The efficiency cores seem to be a waste of die space, what I suspected.
  • IntelUser2000 - Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - link

    Actually you are mistaken. The E cores are what allows them to achieve this performance level. Without it it'll be worse.

    So the problem is the P cores are too inefficient.
  • Spunjji - Thursday, January 27, 2022 - link

    The E cores aren't actually very efficient in terms of power - just die area. Their main purpose is marketing: they let Intel advertise a "14 core" CPU and scrape out wins in multi-threaded productivity benchmarks (when power isn't constrained).
  • demian_thorne - Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - link

    I hope the “right” laptop does not cause 3rd degree burns :)
  • Spunjji - Thursday, January 27, 2022 - link

    You say they're looking at the wrong laptop, but it's the laptop Intel provided, so it's worth asking yourself why Intel would provide this specific laptop. Much like the Ice Lake and Tiger Lake launches, Intel is front-loading reviews with high benchmark scores from an over-cooled platform that the vast majority of end users will not see reflected in actual products.
  • drothgery - Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - link

    It's not great, but anything using an H-series CPU is going to spend a lot more time plugged in than on battery, and it's better than Tiger Lake H or Comet Lake H, so it's not like they're getting worse there.
  • yeeeeman - Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - link

    this is a performance oriented laptop. I think having the OPTION to get the highest performance with close to unlimited power is good. If you keep it on balanced power profile it will consume 70W and lose about 10% of performance, so still a LOT faster than any other laptop.
  • Kamen Rider Blade - Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - link

    Then go get a desktop AlderLake PC. You'll get even more Performance!

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