System Performance

The MSI GE75 Raider offers a choice of two CPU options, with the standard models coming with a hex-core Intel Core i7-9750H, and the top models offering an octa-core Intel Core i9-9880H. The Core i7 offers 2.6-4.5 GHz in the 45-Watt envelope, while the Core i9 adds two more cores and an even higher maximum boost frequency, with a 2.3-4.8 GHz range. MSI shipped us the top tier model, making this the first laptop we’ve tested to offer eight cores and sixteen threads.

These Coffee Lake processors should offer plenty of grunt, and MSI offers two SODIMM slots with up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory as an option. Our review unit has “just” 32 GB so we’ll have to make do. MSI also offers up to 2 TB of NVMe storage, with our unit offering 1 TB. Strangely, the drive is partitioned into two drives of 600 GB and 400 GB. Luckily if you’d rather a straight up 1 TB you can delete the second partition and extend the first one to cover the entire drive. MSI also isn’t utilizing RAID, at least on the 1 TB model, and that’s a welcome change from many of the gaming systems we see.

To see how the eight-core, sixteen-thread GE75 Raider performs, we’ve run it through our standard laptop suite.


PCMark 10 - Essentials

PCMark 10 - Productivity

PCMark 10 - Digital Content Creation

PCMark 10 - Overall

UL’s PCMark suite tests all aspects of a system, from CPU to GPU to storage, testing application opening times, rendering speeds, and more, with an array of test choices. The GE75 Raider performs very well in all of these tests, although it is not necessarily quicker than the hex-core GT75 Titan we reviewed previously, which has the same peak frequency but two less cores than the GE75 Raider.


Cinebench R15 - Single-Threaded Benchmark

Cinebench R15 - Multi-Threaded Benchmark

We’re still using the R15 version for our reviews as we build out our database of R20 results, but since Cinebench offers both single-threaded and multi-threaded workloads, it is a great way to see how a single core performs, and as you’d likely expect it performs very well. Then, add in the other seven cores and the Core i9-9880H in the GE75 Raider walks all over the competition.


x264 HD 5.x

x264 HD 5.x

This test uses the CPU to encode video, and tends to favor frequency and cores, but despite offering two extra cores and four extra threads, the limits of adding cores shows in this result, since the GE75 Raider wins, but not by as much as you’d maybe expect. On the first pass it is more or less tied with the Core i9-8950HK, and it just squeaks ahead on pass two.

Web Results

Benchmarking the web is one part CPU, and one part browser, since the scripting engine plays such a vital role. As such, we’ve standardized on Microsoft Edge with Windows 10, but it’s been showing its age in the last couple of updates. We’ll be moving to newer web tests and a new browser when Microsoft’s Chromium based Edge is available, but for now we’ll keep what we have for consistency.

Mozilla Kraken 1.1

Google Octane 2.0

Google Octane 2.0


WebXPRT 2015

Interestingly some of our older gaming laptops are at the top in our web results, and  some of that is because they are just plain fast, but also because Edge hasn’t kept its performance even over its lifetime. Still, the 4.8 GHz maximum boost frequency of the GE75 Raider provides great web performance.

CPU Conclusion

There comes a point where adding more cores doesn’t improve performance anymore, and with eight in this laptop we’re running into those limitations on several of our workloads. Still, the extra cores are still incredibly useful in some scenarios where a task is truly designed to be multi-threaded, and it of course offers added multitasking capabilities, so even though they don’t necessarily raise the absolute performance level dramatically in most tasks, they are still a benefit. It’ll be interesting to see how the extra CPU performance helps in gaming as well, which we’ll take a look at on the next page.

Storage Performance

Many gaming laptops use RAID 0, which is of little benefit in the real world, adds cost, and adds a higher chance of failure. It’s refreshing to see that MSI has skipped this on the GE75 Raider, at least up to the 1 TB model, and just stuck with a single, fast SSD. If you opt for the 2 TB model is outfitted with 2 x 1 TB drives. The review unit ships with the Samsung PM981 1 TB drive, which is partitioned into two drives of 600 GB and 400 GB.

There’s no doubt that the PM981 is fast. It saturates the PCIe link in read mode and can do almost 2400 MB/s in sequential write speed as well. The random read and write is also strong. Offering a TLC drive used to be a downside in an expensive laptop, but the real-world performance delta is low enough now that the increased size is appreciated. With up to 2 TB of NVMe storage from MSI, even large gaming libraries shouldn’t be an issue.

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  • Opencg - Friday, July 12, 2019 - link

    I dont trust any of these hybrids. Gaming laptop with what appears to be high end silicon but the clocks and tdp are very gimp.

    Expect a gimped power system, obviously gimped clocks, gimped ec throttle conditions, gimped vbios throttle limits, poor cooling system cause everyone wants to go thin.

    At the end of the day expect all the performance of a 5 year old desktop for way more money.

    If you really want something that gives you the performance of the silicon you buy look at clevo.
  • Opencg - Friday, July 12, 2019 - link

    Also expect random issues due to everything I listed where your laptop regularly drops to 1/4 its normal framerate while it throttles.
  • Tom001 - Saturday, July 13, 2019 - link

    I agree. I found old games to be very snappy and exelent rates on these so called gaming laptops. @£17 K or USD 3900 you can build a massive 3 in one or even a better budget build PC for a fraction of these gaming laptops with full future / longterm upgrade options. It just makes sense when you then will be able to aquire a proper gaming top quality screen (Which have become quite affordable lately) as its the screen we will be concentrating on all of the time. With a budget build a gamer can accomplish fenominal performance with a decent low priced board and accompaning top end CPU, super fast ssd hard drives (their pricing / cost drop by the day) and a medium GPU Card. Better buy a mid range laptop for work with excellent battery life and then shop around for your budget gaming rig. Amazing specials are on offer every now and again Newegg and Amazon. I'd rather settle for the best affordable monitor HDMI and a proper budget build as I can always connect the laptop screen as a second screen with all of the speed and functionality. Work does come first and then gaming. I guess lol :)
  • Orange_Swan - Sunday, July 14, 2019 - link

    which is why I'm going for the laptop + eGPU, for my next computer, probably something like a razor blade or a MacBook Pro
  • erple2 - Saturday, August 24, 2019 - link

    Gaming on a MacBook Pro is .. well, it's awful. It's not as good as on windows for the few games that are supported, and that assume you find a Mac game in the first place.
  • 0ldman79 - Monday, July 15, 2019 - link

    Question, when partitioning an SSD like this, does that keep the drive rewrites in that partition or does it still physically spread them out as needed?

    In other words will a 100GB partition that is used often wear out part of the drive faster than just using the entire drive as one partition?
  • PeachNCream - Monday, July 15, 2019 - link

    Partitioning doesn't adversely confine writing data to a specific portion of the SSD's physical storage area. You can split up your drive in the most nonsense way you want and still reap the benefits of wear leveling that happen behind-the-scenes and beneath any file system/partitioning you define.
  • Ronn91 - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    Thanks a lot for the post. It has helped me get some nice ideas. I hope I will see some really good result soon.
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