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MSI GE75 Raider 9SG (Core i9-9880H, RTX 2080) Laptop Review

Core i9-9880H debut. After a poor debut last year with the 8th gen Core i9-8950HK, the 9th gen Core i9-9880H is actually a great buy especially if you value the high number of simultaneous threads available. Gamers will also benefit from the performance increase over a Core i7-8750H albeit just marginally.

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On April 23rd, MSI announced that it would update nearly its entire G Series of gaming laptops with 9th gen Intel CPUs or Nvidia GeForce GTX 16 GPUs. The unit we have here today is the GE75 9SG with the new Core i9-9880H to mark the first time that the GE75 series would include a Core i9 option at all. Last year's configuration topped out at the GE75 8SG with "only" the 8th gen Coffee Lake Core i7-8750H.

Other than the processor swap, the 2019 GE75 9SG is identical to the 2018 GE75 8SG down to even the RTX 2080 GPU. As such, we recommend checking out our existing reviews on the GE75 8SG and GE75 8SF for more information on the chassis, keyboard, connectivity features, and display. This review will instead focus on the performance differences between the GE75 9SG and last year's GE75 8SG/8SF and how much of a gain users can expect from the Core i9-9880H.

The MSI GE75 9SG with Core i9-9880H can currently be found online for $3400 USD while the Core i7-9750H configuration retails for $2700 USD. Can the jump from a Core i7 to Core i9 really justify the massive price difference?

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MSI GE75 9SG (GE75 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1380 MHz, Memory: 1750 MHz, GDDR6, 430.64, Optimus
Memory
32768 MB 
, DDR4-2666, PC4-21300, 19-19-19-43, Dual-Channel
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, Chi Mei N173HCE-G33, AHVA, CMN175C, 144 Hz, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM370
Storage
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR, 1024 GB 
Soundcard
NVIDIA TU104 - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headphones, 3.5 mm microphone, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Networking
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Cannon Lake-H/S CNVi: WiFi (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 27.5 x 397 x 268.5 ( = 1.08 x 15.63 x 10.57 in)
Battery
65 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD (720p)
Additional features
Speakers: Dynaudio Stereo, Keyboard: SteelSeries, Keyboard Light: yes, Dragon Center 2.5, Norton Security, MSI True Color, SteelSeries Engine 3, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.66 kg ( = 93.83 oz / 5.86 pounds), Power Supply: 978 g ( = 34.5 oz / 2.16 pounds)
Price
3300 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

428 mm / 16.9 inch 314 mm / 12.4 inch 58 mm / 2.28 inch 4.6 kg10.1 lbs428 mm / 16.9 inch 314 mm / 12.4 inch 30 mm / 1.181 inch 3.7 kg8.07 lbs419 mm / 16.5 inch 287 mm / 11.3 inch 30 mm / 1.181 inch 2.9 kg6.5 lbs399 mm / 15.7 inch 279 mm / 11 inch 27.6 mm / 1.087 inch 2.7 kg5.95 lbs397 mm / 15.6 inch 268.5 mm / 10.6 inch 27.5 mm / 1.083 inch 2.7 kg5.86 lbs399 mm / 15.7 inch 272 mm / 10.7 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 2.6 kg5.81 lbs393 mm / 15.5 inch 266 mm / 10.5 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 2.4 kg5.27 lbs
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
176.6 MB/s ∼100% +551%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
80 MB/s ∼45% +195%
MSI GE75 9SG
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
27.14 MB/s ∼15%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
26 MB/s ∼15% -4%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
207.82 MB/s ∼100% +527%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87 MB/s ∼42% +162%
MSI GE75 9SG
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
33.17 MB/s ∼16%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
32 MB/s ∼15% -4%

Communication

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
686 MBit/s ∼100% +4%
Acer Predator Triton 700
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
682 MBit/s ∼99% +3%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S CNVi: WiFi
661 MBit/s ∼96%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
271 (min: 246, max: 281) MBit/s ∼40% -59%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
681 MBit/s ∼100% 0%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Cannon Lake-H/S CNVi: WiFi
680 MBit/s ∼100%
Acer Predator Triton 700
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
551 MBit/s ∼81% -19%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
Realtek 8821CE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
327 (min: 275, max: 394) MBit/s ∼48% -52%

Maintenance

MSI GE75 8SF. The GE75 9SG is equipped with one more heat pipe for a total of 7 since it has to cool a more powerful RTX 2080 GPU
MSI GE75 8SF. The GE75 9SG is equipped with one more heat pipe for a total of 7 since it has to cool a more powerful RTX 2080 GPU

Display

The same Chi Mei N173HCE-G33 AHVA panel graces both the GE75 9SG and GE75 8SG. Thus, all our comments on the GE75 8SG display apply here. The screen is brighter than most 17-inch gaming laptops with an excellent contrast ratio, very fast black-white and gray-gray response times to reduce ghosting, fast 144 Hz native refresh rate for smooth animations, and surprisingly accurate colors out of the box. This is a very high quality panel with almost no graininess issues unlike what we observed on the budget 17-inch Dell Inspiron 17 3780.

Color space covers approximately 92 percent of sRGB to be good enough for most amateur graphic artists. This is, after all, a panel designed primarily for gaming purposes. The main problem with the display is the heavy uneven backlight bleeding on our specific test unit as shown by the picture below. While some clouding is expected from most IPS-based displays, its presence here on a >$2000 gaming laptop is surprising.

Matte display with no glossy options
Matte display with no glossy options
Narrow bezels on three sides of the display
Narrow bezels on three sides of the display
Moderate-heavy uneven backlight bleeding
Moderate-heavy uneven backlight bleeding
Subpixel array (127 PPI)
Subpixel array (127 PPI)
376.4
cd/m²
393.6
cd/m²
362.8
cd/m²
358.6
cd/m²
400.7
cd/m²
361.7
cd/m²
358.8
cd/m²
383.3
cd/m²
356.3
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei N173HCE-G33
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 400.7 cd/m² Average: 372.5 cd/m² Minimum: 21.44 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 400.7 cd/m²
Contrast: 1179:1 (Black: 0.34 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.33 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6, calibrated: 1.39
ΔE Greyscale 1.3 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
92.1% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 58.2% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.24
MSI GE75 9SG
Chi Mei N173HCE-G33, AHVA, 17.3, 1920x1080
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AU Optronics B173HAN04.2, IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
B173HAN04.0 (AUO409D), IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
CMN N173HHE-G32 (CMN1747), TN, 17.3, 1920x1080
Acer Predator Triton 700
AUO B156HAN04.2 (AUO42ED), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
Chi Mei N173HHE-G32 (CMN1747), TN WLED, 17.3, 1920x1080
Response Times
-383%
-23%
1%
-435%
-133%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
7.2 (3.8, 3.4)
40 (20, 20)
-456%
7.2 (3.6, 3.6)
-0%
8 (4.4, 3.6)
-11%
44.8 (21.2, 23.6)
-522%
28 (16.4, 11.6)
-289%
Response Time Black / White *
6.6 (3.2, 3.4)
27 (16, 11)
-309%
9.6 (4.4, 5.2)
-45%
5.6 (3.8, 1.8)
15%
29.6 (15.6, 14)
-348%
13.6 (11.8, 1.8)
-106%
PWM Frequency
26040 (10)
26000 (19)
0%
25000 (14)
-4%
Screen
-34%
-17%
-14%
-94%
-40%
Brightness middle
400.7
322
-20%
288
-28%
240
-40%
291
-27%
273
-32%
Brightness
372
303
-19%
287
-23%
248
-33%
277
-26%
273
-27%
Brightness Distribution
89
84
-6%
91
2%
83
-7%
84
-6%
90
1%
Black Level *
0.34
0.32
6%
0.2
41%
0.22
35%
0.22
35%
0.26
24%
Contrast
1179
1006
-15%
1440
22%
1091
-7%
1323
12%
1050
-11%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.33
2.97
-123%
2.33
-75%
2.14
-61%
5.52
-315%
3.52
-165%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.51
5.08
-45%
5.34
-52%
5.04
-44%
10.72
-205%
6.34
-81%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.39
2.29
-65%
2.47
-78%
1.54
-11%
2.09
-50%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.3
2.26
-74%
1.19
8%
1.62
-25%
6.59
-407%
3.11
-139%
Gamma
2.24 98%
2.45 90%
2.41 91%
2.28 96%
2.44 90%
2.43 91%
CCT
6735 97%
6892 94%
6710 97%
6846 95%
7816 83%
6999 93%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
58.2
57
-2%
57
-2%
77
32%
58
0%
76
31%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
92.1
87
-6%
88
-4%
100
9%
89
-3%
100
9%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-209% / -87%
-20% / -18%
-7% / -11%
-265% / -151%
-87% / -60%

* ... smaller is better

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
6.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3.2 ms rise
↘ 3.4 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 6 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
7.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3.8 ms rise
↘ 3.4 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 5 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 26040 Hz ≤ 10 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 26040 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 10 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 26040 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9270 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoors on cloudy day
Outdoors on cloudy day
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors on cloudy day
Outdoors on cloudy day
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

The 9th gen Core i9-9880H is indubitably the star of the show. When compared to the 8th gen Coffee Lake-H Core i7-8750H or even i9-8950HK, the i9-9880H carries two additional physical cores for a total of 16 threads versus "only" 12 threads on the aforementioned last generation processors. There is also an unlocked Core i9-9980HK CPU for potentially even faster performance than the i9-9880H although such an option is only available on the higher-end MSI GT75 series.

Nvidia Optimus is included for automatic graphics switching to the integrated UHD Graphics 630. G-Sync is not available as a result.

Processor

How much performance can an extra 4 threads bring to the table? When compared to the hexa-core Core i7-8750H on the GE75 8SG, the octa-core Core i9-9880H on the GE75 9SG is about 60 percent faster in multi-threaded workloads according to CineBench R15. This is also 25 percent faster than the last generation Core i9-8950HK and just 13 percent slower than the full-on desktop Core i9-9900K in the Eurocom Sky X7C. Single-thread performance, however, remains nearly identical to the 8th gen Coffee Lake-H series and so users will have to exploit all cores of the new 9th gen i9-9880H in order to see the massive performance gains.

Perhaps more surprisingly, Turbo Boost sustainability is very good. By running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop to observe CPU performance over time, the initial score of 1728 points drops to 1610 points by the third loop to represent a performance dip of just 7 percent as shown by our chart below. Clock rates drop from 3.9 GHz to a more stable 3.6 to 3.7 GHz range as detailed in our Stress Test section.

See our dedicated page on the Core i9-9880H for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R15
CineBench R15
CineBench R20
CineBench R20
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MSI GE75 9SG GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1619 (1602.44-1728.31)
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1887 (1855.46-1948.65)
Eurocom Sky X4C GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1307 (1221.26-1330.45)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K
Intel Core i9-9900K
212 Points ∼97% +12%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Intel Core i9-8950HK
205 Points ∼94% +8%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
192 Points ∼88% +2%
Average Intel Core i9-9880H
  (183 - 197, n=6)
192 Points ∼88% +2%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
190 Points ∼87% +1%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
189 Points ∼87%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
Intel Core i7-8750H
176.28 Points ∼81% -7%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-54-53Z2
Intel Core i5-9300H
176 Points ∼81% -7%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
175 Points ∼80% -7%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
142 Points ∼65% -25%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K
Intel Core i9-9900K
1968 Points ∼45% +14%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
1721 Points ∼39%
Average Intel Core i9-9880H
  (1401 - 1721, n=6)
1553 Points ∼35% -10%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1378 Points ∼31% -20%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
1359 Points ∼31% -21%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
1115 Points ∼25% -35%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
Intel Core i7-8750H
1068.63 (min: 913.12, max: 1068.63) Points ∼24% -38%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
897 Points ∼20% -48%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-54-53Z2
Intel Core i5-9300H
757 Points ∼17% -56%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
742 Points ∼17% -57%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
Average Intel Core i9-9880H
  (441 - 467, n=2)
454 Points ∼88% +3%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
441 Points ∼86%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
429 Points ∼83% -3%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
362 Points ∼70% -18%
CPU (Multi Core)
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
3712 Points ∼54%
Average Intel Core i9-9880H
  (2953 - 3712, n=2)
3333 Points ∼48% -10%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
2427 Points ∼35% -35%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
1685 Points ∼24% -55%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
15071
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
42456
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6967
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
82.03 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
18.94 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
2.11 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
133.39 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1721 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
189 Points
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks rank our i9-powered GE75 9SG consistently ahead of last year's i7-powered GE75 8SG by a few percentage points. This tells us that only power users who can exploit the multi-threaded performance of the Core i9-9880H will notice any advantages over the last generation Core i7-8750H as day-to-day workloads are just marginally faster when all else is equal.

PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Aorus X9 DT
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, Transcend TS1TMTE850
8740 Points ∼73% +4%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0)
8732 Points ∼73% +4%
MSI GE75 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
8419 Points ∼70%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
7697 Points ∼64% -9%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
Radeon RX 560X (Laptop), 3550H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4451 Points ∼37% -47%
Productivity
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0)
8968 Points ∼93% +7%
MSI GE75 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
8416 Points ∼87%
Aorus X9 DT
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, Transcend TS1TMTE850
8277 Points ∼85% -2%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
7759 Points ∼80% -8%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
Radeon RX 560X (Laptop), 3550H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
6209 Points ∼64% -26%
Essentials
Aorus X9 DT
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, Transcend TS1TMTE850
9777 Points ∼89% +2%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0)
9776 Points ∼89% +2%
MSI GE75 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
9608 Points ∼87%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
8968 Points ∼82% -7%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
Radeon RX 560X (Laptop), 3550H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
7471 Points ∼68% -22%
Score
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0)
6558 Points ∼84% +4%
Aorus X9 DT
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, Transcend TS1TMTE850
6387 Points ∼82% +1%
MSI GE75 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
6306 Points ∼81%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
5816 Points ∼75% -8%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
Radeon RX 560X (Laptop), 3550H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4237 Points ∼55% -33%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Aorus X9 DT
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, Transcend TS1TMTE850
6055 Points ∼93% +1%
MSI GE75 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
6004 Points ∼92%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0)
5801 Points ∼89% -3%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
5574 Points ∼86% -7%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
Radeon RX 560X (Laptop), 3550H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4877 Points ∼75% -19%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Aorus X9 DT
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, Transcend TS1TMTE850
5859 Points ∼96% +29%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0)
5720 Points ∼94% +26%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4918 Points ∼81% +8%
MSI GE75 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
4550 Points ∼75%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
Radeon RX 560X (Laptop), 3550H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4041 Points ∼66% -11%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4550 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
6004 points
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Storage Devices

Unlike our previous two GE75 test units with Kingston SSDs, MSI has equipped this latest SKU with the more expensive Samsung PM981. Transfer rates are faster across the board at well over 2000 MB/s according to AS SSD versus just 900 MB/s on the Kingston KC400. Of course, the exact SSD included will vary depending on region and reseller and so not all GE75 9SG SKUs will ship with the Samsung PM981.

See our table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
MSI GE75 9SG
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0)
Acer Predator Triton 700
2x SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND) (RAID 0)
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NY
AS SSD
-28%
9%
10%
-2%
-84%
Copy Game MB/s
1054.21
474.73
-55%
295.55
-72%
Copy Program MB/s
198.24
234.73
18%
192.94
-3%
Copy ISO MB/s
3193.07
686.8
-78%
412.55
-87%
Score Total
4899
2405
-51%
4771
-3%
4066
-17%
3282
-33%
881
-82%
Score Write
2127
878
-59%
2091
-2%
1553
-27%
1243
-42%
254
-88%
Score Read
1805
1026
-43%
1721
-5%
1691
-6%
1350
-25%
417
-77%
Access Time Write *
0.05
0.044
12%
0.031
38%
0.038
24%
0.041
18%
0.097
-94%
Access Time Read *
0.067
0.063
6%
0.08
-19%
0.056
16%
0.062
7%
0.235
-251%
4K-64 Write
1799.48
708.48
-61%
1733.9
-4%
1235.98
-31%
913.1
-49%
172.7
-90%
4K-64 Read
1641.92
848.05
-48%
1576.8
-4%
1346.92
-18%
1056.86
-36%
351.41
-79%
4K Write
89.17
86.84
-3%
122.46
37%
97.68
10%
92.99
4%
38.34
-57%
4K Read
27.02
35.71
32%
53.01
96%
38.37
42%
41.47
53%
14.07
-48%
Seq Write
2381.34
828.44
-65%
2347.01
-1%
2196.29
-8%
2371.95
0%
425.71
-82%
Seq Read
1358.11
1418.7
4%
910.97
-33%
3058.28
125%
2517.2
85%
511.18
-62%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3087 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 2399 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 453.6 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 337.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1465 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 2370 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 44.98 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 116.1 MB/s

GPU Performance

The GeForce RTX 2080 performs identically to last year's GE75 despite the much faster Intel 9th gen CPU. 3DMark Time Spy results are within just 3 percent of the 2018 GE75 8SG with the 8th gen Core i7-8750H. The additional cores of the i9-9880H have minimal impact on gaming performance as most titles are not optimized for 16 simultaneous threads.

Nonetheless, the extra CPU horsepower can come in handy if targeting very high frame rates. Titles like Witcher 3 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider show 10 percent gains in FPS each which is not insignificant when targeting a stable 144 FPS. If targeting 60 FPS, however, the Core i9 will likely be overkill.

Running Witcher 3 shows no recurring frame dips to suggest smooth gaming performance and no interrupting background activity.

See our dedicated page on the GeForce RTX 2080 for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
Port Royal
Port Royal
DLSS 2K
DLSS 2K
Time Spy
Time Spy
3DMark
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
MSI GE75 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H
5538 Points ∼65%
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
4655 Points ∼55% -16%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
3721 Points ∼44% -33%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
3020 Points ∼35% -45%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
11294 Points ∼77% +16%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
9816 Points ∼67% +1%
MSI GE75 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H
9754 Points ∼67%
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
8512 Points ∼58% -13%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700
6977 Points ∼48% -28%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
6716 Points ∼46% -31%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
5783 Points ∼39% -41%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
5697 Points ∼39% -42%
Schenker Compact 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
5408 Points ∼37% -45%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop), 3550H
1789 Points ∼12% -82%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
10820 Points ∼79% +17%
MSI GE75 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H
9266 Points ∼68%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
9018 Points ∼66% -3%
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
8098 Points ∼59% -13%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700
6942 Points ∼51% -25%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
6639 Points ∼49% -28%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
5773 Points ∼42% -38%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
5679 Points ∼42% -39%
Schenker Compact 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
5569 Points ∼41% -40%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop), 3550H
1909 Points ∼14% -79%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
27620 Points ∼68% +12%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
25203 Points ∼62% +2%
MSI GE75 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H
24623 Points ∼61%
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
21515 Points ∼53% -13%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700
21104 Points ∼52% -14%
Acer Predator Triton 700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
18120 Points ∼45% -26%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
17980 Points ∼44% -27%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
17335 Points ∼43% -30%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
15731 Points ∼39% -36%
Schenker Compact 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
14193 Points ∼35% -42%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-54-53Z2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
9292 Points ∼23% -62%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK
7374 Points ∼18% -70%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop), 3550H
6331 Points ∼16% -74%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
MSI GE75 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H
16523 Points ∼73%
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
13644 Points ∼60% -17%
Schenker Compact 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
12916 Points ∼57% -22%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700
12643 Points ∼56% -23%
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
11825 Points ∼52% -28%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
11625 Points ∼51% -30%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
11339 Points ∼50% -31%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
11115 Points ∼49% -33%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-54-53Z2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
9159 Points ∼41% -45%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
9099 Points ∼40% -45%
Acer Predator Triton 700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
9075 Points ∼40% -45%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK
8450 Points ∼37% -49%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop), 3550H
6399 Points ∼28% -61%
1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), 2700X
37989 Points ∼75% +12%
MSI GE75 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H
34050 Points ∼67%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H
33741 Points ∼66% -1%
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H
29453 Points ∼58% -14%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700
28621 Points ∼56% -16%
Acer Predator Triton 700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
23694 Points ∼46% -30%
MSI GE73 8RF-008 Raider RGB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H
23261 Points ∼46% -32%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H
22005 Points ∼43% -35%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop), 8750H
20157 Points ∼40% -41%
Schenker Compact 15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop), 9750H
18750 Points ∼37% -45%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-54-53Z2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop), 9300H
13125 Points ∼26% -61%
Dell XPS 15 9570 Core i9 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, 8950HK
9032 Points ∼18% -73%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop), 3550H
8220 Points ∼16% -76%
3DMark 06 Standard
39973 points
3DMark 11 Performance
27116 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
41840 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
18947 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
9266 points
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Shadow of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Highest Preset AA:T
MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
110 fps ∼100% +1%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
109 fps ∼99%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
  (90 - 123, n=5)
105 fps ∼95% -4%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
99 fps ∼90% -9%
Asus Zephyrus S GX701GX
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
78 (min: 42) fps ∼71% -28%
MSI GL73 8SE-010US
Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
65 fps ∼59% -40%
Schenker Compact 15
Intel Core i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
65 (min: 43) fps ∼59% -40%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-54-53Z2
Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
44 (min: 9) fps ∼40% -60%
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