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MSI GE65/GE75 Raider costs over $1500 USD, has one of the slowest SD card readers we've seen

MSI GE65/GE75 Raider costs over $1500 USD, has one of the slowest SD card readers we've seen
MSI GE65/GE75 Raider costs over $1500 USD, has one of the slowest SD card readers we've seen
Want to move 1 GB of files from your SD card? Be prepared to wait 40 seconds on the MSI compared to just 8 seconds on the Gigabyte Aero 15 or Aero 17. Perhaps it's time for MSI to integrate faster SD card readers onto its GE series. The slow transfer rates on the MSI stick out like a sore thumb on an otherwise high-end gaming laptop.
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The GE65/GE75 Raider is an upper mid-range gaming laptop from MSI that sits just below the flagship GT series. The least expensive configuration at the moment with 10th gen Intel and GeForce RTX 2060 graphics costs about $1800 USD. For that much money, one would expect the system to feature fast components from top to bottom. Unfortunately, one aspect of the system performs far below average.

The SD card reader on the MSI GE series is one of the slowest we've seen on any gaming laptop even when compared to models that retail for almost half the price. The SD card reader on the HP Omen 15, for example, has a transfer rate of 87 MB/s compared to just 33 MB/s on the MSI. Moving 1 GB of pictures from our UHS-II SD card to desktop takes almost 40 seconds on the MSI to be three times slower than on the HP.

Of course, a slow SD card reader won't impact the gaming experience and many competing gaming laptops don't even have card readers at all like the Asus Zephyrus GX701, Alienware m15/m17 series, or the newer Lenovo Legion models. If you're a content creator or hobbyist who rely on the SD card reader, however, then the super-slow transfer rates on the GE75 are going to be an annoyance. 

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
208.5 MB/s ∼100% +661%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
207 MB/s ∼99% +655%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
80.5 MB/s ∼39% +194%
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
80 MB/s ∼38% +192%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.4 MB/s ∼13%
MSI GE75 8SF
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.2 MB/s ∼13% -1%
MSI GE75 9SG
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.14 MB/s ∼13% -1%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26 MB/s ∼12% -5%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR XB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
245 MB/s ∼100% +678%
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2070 Max-Q 300 Hz
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
208.3 MB/s ∼85% +561%
HP Omen 15-dc1020ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87 MB/s ∼36% +176%
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
85 MB/s ∼35% +170%
MSI GE75 8SF
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
33.25 MB/s ∼14% +6%
MSI GE75 9SG
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
33.17 MB/s ∼14% +5%
MSI GE75 Raider 10SE-008US
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
31.5 MB/s ∼13%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27 MB/s ∼11% -14%

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Allen Ngo, 2020-07- 1 (Update: 2020-07- 1)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.