MSI GE75 8SF
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Reviews for the MSI GE75 8SF
Much like how the Asus ROG GL704 is a major update over the GL703, the MSI GE75 is a major update over the GE73. This $2200 mid-range gaming laptop skips the Max-Q series entirely for full-power GeForce RTX graphics up to the RTX 2080.
Bottom line, we liked the MSI GE75 and the RTX 2070 used here is the first time we're swinging more towards recommending an Nvidia RTX laptop than not. We like the level of performance offered and the fact you don’t need a big musclebook laptop to get it -- still find it amusing Intel invented the term musclebook...
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/18/2019
Source: Ultrabook Review
In fewer words though, this a pretty good laptop and one of the very few compact and light 17-inch notebooks with powerful hardware, especially if you’re looking at the RTX 2070 and even the 2080 models. It performs great, given the hardware and its size, and it runs cool, but the build is not as sturdy as with other laptops in its class, and the battery life was also sacrificed in order to include a punchy speaker system. You should be able to accept both if you’re primarily looking for a computer than you’ll use on a desk, while plugged in, but for some, that might defeat the whole purpose behind the compact form-factor and lightweight chassis.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/07/2019
Model: The MSI GE75 8SF is a mid-range gaming laptop with good performance and design. It is aggressively curated for game enthusiasts. The reflective diamond-cut trims forms the signature “Dragon Spine” design, which is crafted from a three-dimensional surface with red anodized finish. Its unique yet aggressive aesthetic is guaranteed to stand out from the crowd. The display of the gaming laptop is a 17.3-inch matte IPS panel with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and 144 Hz. The 144 Hz display claims to be the fastest gaming display, bringing users the most vibrant visuals so they never miss a beat. The display is 15 % smaller than average 17” gaming laptops' and it has a thin bezel at 5.7 mm. Multiple displays and up to 4K (3,840 x 2,160) resolution output at 60 Hz are possible via HDMI and mini DisplayPort for some extra productivity and fun. MSI True Color Technology spawns a new height for the display technology. Each display undergoes thorough examinations and extensive factory-calibration process, guaranteeing exceptional color fidelity of close to 100 % sRGB.
Performance is delivered by an Intel Coffee Lake-H Core i7-8750H CPU, Intel HD 630 + Nvidia RTX 2070 8 GB (with Nvidia 419.17 drivers) graphic processing unit, 16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (2x 8 GB) RAM and storage of 256 GB SSD (Kingston RBU-SNS8154P3) + 1 TB 7200 rpm 2.5″ HDD (HGST Travelstar 7K1000). This loud gaming rig is powered by the new NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture and the revolutionary RTX platform. RTX graphics bring together real-time ray tracing, artificial intelligence, and programmable shading. The keyboard is one of the highlights for high-end gaming laptops. As for this model, it features per-key RGB gaming keyboard by SteelSeries. Users can customize each key to their liking and receive real-time in-game status through keyboard lighting, or even watch the lights dance to their favorite tune. Besides that, gamers will be happy to see that it features dedicated thermal solutions for both the CPU and GPU. A total of 8 heat pipes ensure maximum performance under extreme gaming. As for audio, users can feel every engine sound wave roaring past with upgraded giant speakers and the world-class Dynaudio sound system. The innovative design with five times bigger chambers generates top-notch auditory sensation. The beautiful 2 speakers + 2 woofers design not only looks mean but it also creates a realistic, fulfilling sound, and immersion. For connectivity, it has three USB-A 3.1, a USB-C gen 2 port, a HDMI 2.0, mini DP, LAN, SD card reader, mic/earphone and a Kensington Lock slot. As a conclusion, the MSI GE75 8SF is a gaming laptop with great specifications and ideal for gaming. However, it does have a higher price tag. Thus it is catered more to power users and gamers.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile: High-End laptop graphics card based on the TU106 chip with 2,304 shaders and 8 GB GDDR6 VRAM. Compared to the desktop variant, the GPU is clocked lower.
These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.
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.
8750H: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.2 - 4.1 GHz (4 GHz with 4 cores, 3.9 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++). » 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.
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).
84.6%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.