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MSI GE75 Raider vs. Asus Strix Scar II GL704GW: Asus has the CPU performance advantage

MSI GE75 Raider vs. Asus Strix Scar II GL704GW: Asus has the CPU performance advantage
MSI GE75 Raider vs. Asus Strix Scar II GL704GW: Asus has the CPU performance advantage
These two 17.3-inch MSI and Asus gaming laptops are in direct competition with each other with the same Core i7-8750H CPU, same RTX 2070 GPU, and even the same retail price of $2200 USD. We go over the pros and cons of each model to see which one is right for you.

Once upon a time, 17-inch gaming laptops were all massive and heavy systems. While these builds still exist today, the trend towards thinner chassis designs and narrower bezels have led to surprisingly portable options without sacrificing the core gaming experience. The MSI GE75 and Asus ROG GL704 are the two best examples of 17-inch gaming laptops that balance narrow bezels with thin profiles.

For this comparison, we want to see how well an MSI GE75 Raider 8SF can compete against a similarly equipped (i7-8750H, RTX 2070, 16 GB RAM) Asus ROG GL704GW. Each model retails for about $2200 USD with 144 Hz IPS displays and a combination of SSDs and HDDs.

Chassis Quality

Both the MSI and Asus are nearly identical in dimensions. While the Asus is ever-so-slightly thinner, the MSI has a slightly smaller footprint in return. The MSI unit still wins in terms of portability as it is roughly 300 g lighter than its rival.

Chassis rigidity, however, favors Asus. Its lid, base, and hinges feel firmer and less flexible than on the MSI possibly because the overall unit is heavier and denser.

Display

It's Chi Mei vs. AU Optronics. Both are narrow-bezel 144 Hz IPS panels that advertise 3 ms response times to minimize ghosting when gaming. Contrast levels are excellent on both and nearly identical between them. The Chi Mei on the MSI, however, edges out the Asus display as it has the slightly wider color gamut, brighter backlight, and more accurate colors out of the box.

CPU Performance

Asus handily outperforms the MSI in this regard despite having the same Core i7-8750H CPU. Processor throttling is more apparent on the MSI when running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop as shown by our graph below. After accounting for throttling, the Asus CPU runs about 30 percent faster than the MSI. Asus attributes this to its Hypercool technology that specifically allows the CPU to run at faster clock rates. The extra CPU horsepower here can come in handy when aiming for frame rates above 60 FPS.

GPU Performance

Both laptops are within 5 percent of one another in 3DMark benchmarks. Indeed, their GPU-Z data show identical clock rates between their GeForce RTX 2070 GPUs unlike what we discovered on the RTX 2070 Max-Q GPUs in the Razer Blade 15 and Gigabyte Aero 15.

Note that our MSI configuration is equipped with 16 GB of single-channel RAM while our Asus houses 16 GB of dual-channel RAM. Unless if you plan on upgrading to 32 GB soon, we recommend opting for the dual-channel solution whenever possible.

Core Temperature

The Asus system runs noticeably warmer than the MSI. When running Witcher 3, the CPU and GPU in the GE75 stabilize at 70 C and 71 C, respectively, compared to 86 C and 85 C in the Asus. A quick look at their cooling solutions reveals that the MSI system has more heat pipes than the Asus (5 vs. 7). While this doesn't imply that the MSI has a more capable cooling solution, it certainly highlights a major difference between the two models.

Note that the MSI laptop can be configured with up to the RTX 2080 whereas the Asus is limited to the RTX 2070. This may explain why our MSI RTX 2070 system runs cooler because it is also capable of housing the more powerful RTX 2080.

Fan Noise 

When gaming, fan noise is very nearly the same between both systems (50 dB(A) vs. 51 dB(A)). The fans of the MSI, however, remain silent for longer and are less likely to pulse during low-medium loads.

Battery Life

Battery capacity is nearly identical between both systems (65 Wh vs. 66 Wh). Subsequently, battery life is also nearly the same at about 3.6 hours on each model. Asus has the slight edge during our test by only about 20 to 25 minutes.

Ports

Port selection is excellent on both systems. The MSI unit has everything on the Asus minus one USB Type-A port in favor of two 3.5 mm audio jacks. SD card reader performance is faster on the Asus (85 MB/s vs. 33 MB/s).

Note that Thunderbolt 3 is not available on either system.

Conclusion

It's a back-and-forth brawl between the MSI GE75 and Asus ROG GL704GW. While the former is lighter, cooler, and generally quieter, the latter is built tougher, more easily serviceable, and with faster CPU performance. They're solid options with no one choice being objectively better than the other.

As always, we recommend checking out our individual reviews on the MSI GE75 Raider 8SF and Asus ROG GL704GW for more pictures, comparisons, and details on each.

MSI GE75 Raider 8SFAsus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
Advantages+ Brighter display
+ More accurate colors
+ Per-key RGB lighting
+ Quieter fans during low-medium loads
+ Cooler CPU and GPU temperatures
+ Dedicated S/PDIF port
+ More internal storage bays
+ Louder speakers
+ Lighter

+ More rigid chassis
+ Slightly thinner
+ Easier to service
+ More USB Type-A ports
+ Faster CPU Turbo Boost performance
+ Stronger hinges
+ Faster SD card reader

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Size Comparison

399 mm / 15.7 inch 273 mm / 10.7 inch 26.4 mm / 1.039 inch 2.9 kg6.37 lbs397 mm / 15.6 inch 268.5 mm / 10.6 inch 27.5 mm / 1.083 inch 2.6 kg5.82 lbs
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
Intel Core i7-8750H
174 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (163 - 177, n=86)
172 Points ∼99%
MSI GE75 8SF
Intel Core i7-8750H
166 Points ∼95%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
Intel Core i7-8750H
1204 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (863 - 1251, n=93)
1107 Points ∼92%
MSI GE75 8SF
Intel Core i7-8750H
1066 Points ∼89%

CineBench R15 Multi-Thread Loop Stress Test

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MSI GE75 8SF Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø918 (910.89-1045.5)
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW Intel Core i7-8750H, Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø1187 (1126.76-1226.54)
3DMark
2560x1440 Port Royal Graphics
MSI GE75 8SF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
4231 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
  (3958 - 4467, n=9)
4210 Points ∼100%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI GE75 8SF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
7789 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
  (7006 - 8000, n=11)
7569 Points ∼97%
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
7431 Points ∼95%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI GE75 8SF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
20236 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
  (18169 - 21138, n=12)
19796 Points ∼98%
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
19236 Points ∼95%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI GE75 8SF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
26097 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
  (23335 - 26975, n=14)
25440 Points ∼97%
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-8750H
24172 Points ∼93%
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
7227 Points ∼100%
MSI GE75 8SF
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
6161 Points ∼85%
Productivity
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
7331 Points ∼100%
MSI GE75 8SF
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
7218 Points ∼98%
Essentials
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
8780 Points ∼100%
MSI GE75 8SF
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
8277 Points ∼94%
Score
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5555 Points ∼100%
MSI GE75 8SF
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
5138 Points ∼92%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5663 Points ∼100%
MSI GE75 8SF
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
5338 Points ∼94%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
4861 Points ∼100%
MSI GE75 8SF
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
3662 Points ∼75%
MSI GE75 8SF
8750H, GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
8750H, GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8, AHVA, 1920x1080, 17.3
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
16.4
19
Idle Average *
21.9
22
Idle Maximum *
25.4
29
Load Average *
90.7
102
Load Maximum *
222.9
231
Witcher 3 ultra *
203.3
190

* ... smaller is better

MSI GE75 8SF
8750H, GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 65 Wh
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
8750H, GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 66 Wh
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
372
WiFi v1.3
212
235
Load
67
Witcher 3 ultra
52
MSI GE75 8SF
Chi Mei N173HCE-G33, , 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
B173HAN04.0 (AUO409D), , 1920x1080, 17.3
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
9.6 (5.2, 4.4)
17.6 (8.4, 9.2)
Response Time Black / White *
10.4 (5.2, 5.2)
11.2 (6.8, 4.4)
PWM Frequency
25770 (17)
Screen
Brightness middle
370.4
295
Brightness
348
291
Brightness Distribution
89
96
Black Level *
0.29
0.24
Contrast
1277
1229
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.26
3.2
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.02
6.64
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.21
2.52
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.4
2.16
Gamma
2.2 100%
2.46 89%
CCT
6747 96%
6872 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59.7
57
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
94.4
87
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

MSI GE75 8SF
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3256GJ1
Asus ROG Strix Scar II GL704GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
Noise
off / environment *
28.3
29
Idle Minimum *
33.5
29
Idle Average *
33.6
32
Idle Maximum *
35
40
Load Average *
38
46
Witcher 3 ultra *
50
51
Load Maximum *
56.9
52

* ... smaller is better

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Allen Ngo, 2019-03-15 (Update: 2019-03-18)
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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.