MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider


MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider (GE73 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1480 MHz, Memory: 8000 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 385.41, Nvidia Optimus
16384 MB 
, 2x 8 GB SO-DIMM DDR4-2400, dual channel, 2 of 2 slots occupied, max. 32 GB
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, Chi Mei N173HHE-G32 (CMN1747), TN WLED, 120 Hz, glossy: no
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY, 256 GB 
, M.2-SSD + HGST HTS721010A9E630, 1 TB HDD, 7200 RPM
Realtek ALC1220 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: headphone connection (SPDIF), microphone port, Card Reader: SD,SDHC,SDXC
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.1
height x width x depth (in mm): 28.5 x 419 x 285 ( = 1.12 x 16.5 x 11.22 in)
51 Wh, 4730 mAh Lithium-Ion, 6 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Webcam: HD (720p, 30 fps)
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 2x 2W speaker + 2x 3W woofer, Keyboard: chiclet (Steelseries RGB), Keyboard Light: yes, 230 W power supply, 24 Months Warranty
2.88 kg ( = 101.59 oz / 6.35 pounds), Power Supply: 950 g ( = 33.51 oz / 2.09 pounds)
2000 EUR



Average Score: 75.98% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 9 reviews)
price: 60%, performance: 85%, features: 62%, display: 84% mobility: 68%, workmanship: 77%, ergonomy: 85%, emissions: 74%

Reviews for the MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider

85.9% MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider (i7-7700HQ, GTX 1070, Full HD) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
Here comes some color! The MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider offers very good gaming performance at a weight below 3 kg (~6.6 lb). The 17-inch laptop masters even long gaming sessions. Whether there are weaknesses and if so where, you can find out in our review with a multitude of benchmarks.
70% MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider Review
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
The MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider is a very expensive laptop, andwe’d consider going the DIY desktop route with this sort of budget. Then again, you can’t exactly stuff a desktop into your backpack, and not everyone has the space, which is why such laptops exist. Looking at the competition, Dell has its Alienware 17 with a similar configuration (no 120Hz display but you do get 512GB SSD) which commands a higher price, and then there's HP’s Omen 17-an009tx, which is priced a tad lower and features a very similar core configuration as the Raider, including the 120Hz display.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/27/2017
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 90% display: 80% workmanship: 70%
80% MSI GE73 VR Raider Gaming Laptop: Full, in-depth review
Source: PC World English
MSI GE73 VR Raider is a solid package, particularly if you’re behind the curve and looking to catch up. It’s got great specs and all the bells and whistles you want out of a gaming laptop. All told, it can run pretty much everything out at the moment without breaking too much of a sweat.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider – Review
Source: Hardwareheaven English
The MSI is a couple of hundred quid more expensive than the HP, but the extra cash results in a notebook that’s more versatile in every key department and better in many important areas. If you’re in the market for a 17.3in gaming notebook, the MSI is a better choice.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/22/2017

Foreign Reviews

Review: MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider
Source: El chapuzas Informatico Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Elegant design; slim size; light weight; high autonomy; good connectivity. Negative: High price; mediocre speakers.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/04/2017
Recensione MSI GE73VR 7RE Raider: gaming Full HD a 120 Hz
Source: Italian IT→EN
Positive: Compact size; light weight; stylish design; good cooling system; top speakers; comfortable keyboard. Negative: Short battery life; poor display; no Thunderbolt 3.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/12/2017
68% Test du MSI Raider GE73VR, le PC portable gamer qui aurait dû nous faire craquer
Source: 01Net French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/28/2018
Rating: Total score: 68% performance: 70% mobility: 70%
[Fiche P4G] MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider
Source: Portables4Gamers French FR→EN
Positive: Nice performance; comfortable keyboard; good display; decent speakers. Negative: Low autonomy; noisy under loads.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/22/2018
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider Vs Dell Alienware 17 R4 – Битва Титанов
Source: RU→EN
Positive: Large screen; slim size and light weight; nice performance. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/02/2017
Đánh giá laptop chơi game MSI GE73VR Raider: Nâng cấp toàn diện, giá cao nhưng hợp lý
Source: Tinh Te VN→EN
Positive: Elegant design; metal case; powerful hardware; compact size; comfortable keyboard; large screen; nice display; good cooling system; good speakers. Negative: Easy getting fingerprints; noisy under loads; high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/31/2017


Model: While most gamers would balk at the sight of a thick unwieldy gaming notebook, there are still some who would be willing to contend with a slightly thicker gaming notebook if it doesn’t end up sacrificing performance but deliver extra feature on top of the premium pricing. One such example is the MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider which still appeals to the traditional gamer. The MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider is equipped with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor with 16 GB of RAM, a combination of a 512 GB SSD and a 1 TB hard disk and last but not least an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070 graphics processor. The GE73VR 7RF Raider sports MSI’s standard black and red accents without looking over the top when compared to its market competitors. The whole chassis is made out of brushed aluminium, which solidifies its premium build quality not to mention it is quite rigid and sturdy. What is even more welcome is that unlike most manufacturers MSI has made sure the device is easily user serviceable. You only have to remove its single base cover in order to access its components. Because this is a 17-inch notebook it naturally means that there should be plenty of space on deck for a full-sized keyboard. What may irk some users that it seems to have a slightly cramped keyboard, which isn’t really making use of the abundant real estate. This is counteracted with its good key travel distance, speed and consistency. The keyboard also comes bundled with a SteelSeries Engine 3 software to control its RGB backlighting. However, this cannot be said for its touchpad, which feels somewhat spongy and wrongly positioned.

As this is a gaming notebook, GPU performance is important. The Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070 sports 2048 cores, which is slightly more than the desktop version. Hence, you can be certain that the GE73VR 7RF Raider packs a solid punch and is able to handle most if not all games at ultra settings. This is emphasized by the VR in its name, which indicates this notebook is VR ready. Although this notebook comes with 16 GB of RAM by default, which occupies both slots, users can actually expand its memory up to 32 GB if they so desire by getting 2x16 GB sticks.The GE73VR 7RF Raider sports a 1080p screen which feels a little scrawny for a notebook of this size what less of a GPU which was designed to handle 4K. This is not necessarily a bad point by all means if you intend to game in a constant 60 FPS or above. The included display unfortunately neither supports G-Sync nor Freesync supported. What somewhat makes this up is that it is a 120 Hz panel. The display is reasonably bright and scores well in sRGB ratings at 100%. Hence, users who do some media creation on the side will benefit from it. MSI did not spare a cent by equipping the GE73VR 7RF Raider with two speakers and two subwoofers, which allows bass to be solid although surprisingly the mids feel a little weaker than what one would expect. While the battery life does not always apply to notebooks of this size and caliber it is still quite interesting to know that with the power optimizations of the Pascal based GPU the GE73VR 7RF Raider was able to pull 3 hours and 57 minutes on Wi-Fi. Overall, the GE73VR 7RF Raider is as hardy as most MSI made notebooks not to mention the quality and features offered.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop): Pascal based high-end mobile graphics card based on a cut down GP104 (like the GTX 1080) and GDDR5 graphics memory. Successor to the GTX 980M with a 10 Watts higher TDP. Similar to the desktop GTX 1070 performance wise, but with more shaders and lower clock speeds.

These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

7700HQ: Quad-core notebook processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture. Besides four CPU cores (including Hyper Threading), the chips also integrates the HD Graphics 630 GPU and is manufactured in an improved 14 nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.88 kg:

This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.

MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.

MSI is not present in the smartphone market. As a laptop manufacturer, MSI has a medium market share and is not among the Top 10 global manufacturers. The ratings of MSI laptops are above average in the tests (as of 2016).

75.98%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum, 2017-08-18 (Update: 2017-08-18)