MSI GE65 Raider First Look

Among the so many laptops announced at Computex this year, one of the laptops that caught our attention was the MSI GE65 Raider. Unlike most other laptops, though, it features enough horsepower to run anything you could possibly throw at it, and do so with an impeccable FHD 240Hz IPS thin-bezel display.


As far as the design is concerned, the GE65 Raider looks quite conspicuous when closed – just another gaming laptop. However, once one opens it, one relegalizes that that it is not; it not only comes with a fully-lit RGB keyboard developed in partnership with Steelseries, but also two 2W speakers and two 3W woofers built right in to deliver some incredible sound.

Above the display, there’s a 720p HD webcam, and under the laptop, you will find a two-toned mesh design to prevent the laptop from overheating by providing it with a constantly ventilating it with cool air.

On the left, it’s port central, with a Gigabit LAN port, a Mini-DisplayPort, an HDMI port capable of putting out 4K video at 60fps, a USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C port and a USB3.2 Gen2 Type-A port, and two individual 3.5mm jacks for microphone and headphones, respectively. On right, there’s two USB3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports.


For its insides, the GE65 Raider comes in several variants, starting with a 9th-gen Intel Core i7 and going up to a Core i9 processor. RAM starts at 16GB and can go as high as 64GB.

Same goes for the GPU, starting with a GeForce RTX 2060, going up to an RTX 2080, and lest us not forget, the display is powered by a 240Hz panel, meaning that all horsepower won’t be limited by the display.

There’s even space for not just your standard 2.5” HDD, but also two M.2 slots for SSDs, with one being just NVMe and the other supporting both NVMe and SATA M.2 drives. There’s also a 6-cell 51Whr battery powered all of this, and the laptop comes with either a 180W charger, or 280W one, depending on the variant.

Initial Impressions

MSI GE65 Raider is a compelling option for both gamers and creators. Its high-refresh-rate display is useful for gamers on the move, and of course one cannot ignore all that RGB, but the ability to hook up two monitors – one with HDMI, and one with the Mini-DisplayPort – also makes it an interesting option for creators who need all that screen real estate. That, combined with all the horsepower involved, makes this a very capable machine. Stay tuned for the detailed review.

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