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MSI GE66 Raider vs. Asus ROG Strix Scar G532: Nothing but the facts

MSI GE66 Raider vs. Asus ROG Strix Scar G532: Nothing but the facts
MSI GE66 Raider vs. Asus ROG Strix Scar G532: Nothing but the facts
Both of these competing systems can be configured with up to the same Core i7-10980HK CPU, GeForce RTX 2070 Super GPU, and 300 Hz 1080p display. If you're in the market for a high-end gaming laptop, which one would be the better option?
Allen Ngo, 🇩🇪

MSI and Asus recently launched their respective high-end 15.6-inch gaming machines this quarter and they both have a lot in common with each other. Aside from having the exact same 10th gen Core i7 to Core i9 Comet Lake-H CPUs, GeForce Super GPUs, and 240 Hz to 300 Hz display options, the two laptops even share a similar LED bar feature along their front edges. However, there's no question about which system is the more optimal choice.

The MSI GE66 comes out on top over the Asus during our testing simply due to it being smaller, longer-lasting, and with more overall features without needing to sacrifice performance, core specifications, or increased weight. Our table below summarizes its advantages when compared to the Asus system which offers no 2.5 Gbps WLAN, no SD reader, or even a webcam.

There's a simple reason why the MSI system is able to offer more than the thicker Asus alternative and that's because the GE66 is a newer design. MSI only recently made public the GE66 at CES 2020 whereas the Asus G532 is merely an internal refresh utilizing the same chassis as last year's G531. Asus may have had a yearlong head start, but that meant MSI would have more time to refine their own competing design.

This isn't to say that the Asus G532 doesn't have its own list of advantages. Most notably, the laptop has three M.2 storage slots compared to "only" two on the MSI and it supports Asus' proprietary Keystone feature as well. Even so, it's a shorter list that, to some users, might not make up for the other disadvantages against the MSI system. The Asus may still be worth picking up if you can find it at a lower price point and if you don't care about the extra ports and features of the MSI.

There are still a couple of things that we want to see improved upon on both laptops. Firstly, CPU temperature when gaming averages above 90 C to be a lot warmer than what most gamers are comfortable with. Secondly, fan noise is very loud at well over 50 dB(A) each. These systems are really pushing the boundaries on what gamers would consider acceptable in this regard.

As usual, see our full reviews on the MSI GE66 Raider and Asus ROG Strix Scar G532 to learn more about each model. 

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MSI GE66 RaiderAsus ROG Strix Scar G532 
+ Slightly smaller in all dimensions
+ Larger clickpad
+ Larger arrow keys
+ SD card reader
+ 2.5 Gbps RJ-45
+ Larger 99 Wh battery with longer runtimes
+ Webcam
+ Mini-DisplayPort
+ 2x USB Type-C ports
+ Smaller clickpad but with dedicated mouse buttons
+ 3x M.2 2280 storage slots
+ Asus Keystone security support
+ More auxiliary keyboard keys
360 mm / 14.2 inch 275 mm / 10.8 inch 24.9 mm / 0.98 inch 2.4 kg5.21 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 267 mm / 10.5 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 2.4 kg5.35 lbs
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
AU Optronics B156HAN12.0, IPS, 15.60, 1920x1080
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
Sharp LQ156M1JW03 (SHP14C5), IPS-Level, 15.60, 1920x1080
Response Times
-14%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
14.4 (6.8, 7.6)
16.4 (6.8, 7.6)
-14%
Response Time Black / White *
9.2 (4.8, 4.4)
10.4 (6, 4.4)
-13%
PWM Frequency
23580 (19)
Screen
1%
Brightness middle
307.2
291
-5%
Brightness
301
278
-8%
Brightness Distribution
91
91
0%
Black Level *
0.21
0.25
-19%
Contrast
1463
1164
-20%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.85
1.19
36%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.92
3.04
22%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.26
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2
1.9
5%
Gamma
2.15 102%
2.216 99%
CCT
6479 100%
7018 93%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
65
70
8%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.7
92
-8%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-7% / -1%

* ... smaller is better

Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, 2x Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8 (RAID 0)
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
Noise
-7%
off / environment *
26.5
30
-13%
Idle Minimum *
27.1
30
-11%
Idle Average *
32.2
35
-9%
Idle Maximum *
34
44
-29%
Load Average *
52.4
53
-1%
Witcher 3 ultra *
57.5
53
8%
Load Maximum *
57.5
55
4%

* ... smaller is better

Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, 2x Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8 (RAID 0), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00, IPS-Level, 1920x1080, 15.60
Power Consumption
4%
Idle Minimum *
8
6
25%
Idle Average *
9.8
14
-43%
Idle Maximum *
25.8
25
3%
Load Average *
169
108
36%
Witcher 3 ultra *
201
195
3%
Load Maximum *
271.6
280
-3%

* ... smaller is better

Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, 66 Wh
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
i9-10980HK, GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, 99.99 Wh
Battery Runtime
12%
Reader / Idle
486
454
-7%
WiFi v1.3
293
364
24%
Load
88
106
20%
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
3871 Points ∼100%
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
3843 Points ∼99% -1%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
490 Points ∼100%
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
476 Points ∼97% -3%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1733 (1604.75min - 1733.1max) Points ∼100%
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1708 (1581.15min - 1708.45max) Points ∼99% -1%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
211 Points ∼100%
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
206 Points ∼98% -2%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
279 Seconds * ∼100%
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
278 Seconds * ∼100% -0%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
5525 MIPS ∼100%
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
5463 MIPS ∼99% -1%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
47806 MIPS ∼100%
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
46976 MIPS ∼98% -2%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1368 Points ∼100%
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
1352 Points ∼99% -1%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
8586 Points ∼100%
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
8104 Points ∼94% -6%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
13 fps ∼100% 0%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
13 fps ∼100%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
53.4 s ∼100% +10%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
48.4 s ∼91%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
0.565 sec * ∼100%
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
Intel Core i9-10980HK
0.564 sec * ∼100% -0%

* ... smaller is better

3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
8389 Points ∼100%
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
8328 Points ∼99% -1%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
8531 Points ∼100%
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
8419 Points ∼99% -1%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
22836 Points ∼100% +3%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
22183 Points ∼97%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
16523 Points ∼100% +7%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
15465 Points ∼94%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
30568 Points ∼100%
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
30309 Points ∼99% -1%
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Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 G532LWS GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, 2x Intel SSD 660p 1TB SSDPEKNW010T8 (RAID 0); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1622 (1604.75-1733.1)
MSI GE66 Raider 10SFS GeForce RTX 2070 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1610 (1581.15-1708.45)
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Allen Ngo, 2020-07-27 (Update: 2020-07-28)
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Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
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.