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MSI Raider GE78 HX 13VH laptop review: 13th gen Core i9-13950HX and GeForce RTX 4080 upgrades

The 80s gaming vibe. Are you growing tired of all the minimalistic notebook designs these days? MSI is trying something new with its latest GE78 by mixing retro aesthetics with the latest technology for a more eye-catching chassis.

Unveiled at CES 2023, the 16:10 17.0-inch Raider GE78 succeeds the 16:9 17.3-inch 2022 Raider GE77 with upgraded internals and a brand new chassis design. It ships with some of the most powerful Raptor Lake-H Intel CPUs and mobile GeForce 40 GPUs currently available on any laptop model. The MSI GE series sits just below the even more expensive and larger GT77 Titan series in terms of classification.

SKUs range from the 13th gen Core i9-13950HX CPU, 140 W GeForce RTX 4070 GPU, and 1920 x 1200 165 Hz IPS display up to the Core i9-13980HX, 175 W RTX 4090, and 2560 x 1600 240 Hz IPS display for about $4200 USD. Our specific review unit is an upper midrange configuration with the Core i9-13950HX, 175 W RTX 4080, and 1600p display for about $3700 USD.

Competitors to the GE78 include other high-end 17-inch gaming laptops like the Razer Blade 17, Asus ROG Strix Scar 17Alienware m17 R5, or the Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2. A 16.0-inch version is also available called the Raider GE68.

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MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US (GE78 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i9-13950HX 24 x 1.6 - 5.5 GHz, 183 W PL2 / Short Burst, 145 W PL1 / Sustained, Raptor Lake-HX
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU - 12 GB VRAM, Core: 2280 MHz, Memory: 2250 MHz, 175 W TDP, GDDR6, 531.18, Optimus, MUX
Memory
32 GB 
, SK Hynix, DDR5-5600, 46-45-45-89, Dual-Channel, 2x SODIMM
Display
17.00 inch 16:10, 2560 x 1600 pixel 178 PPI, AU Optronics B170QAN01.2, IPS, 240 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM770 (Raptor Lake-S PCH)
Storage
Soundcard
Intel Raptor Lake-S PCH - cAVS
Connections
5 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 4 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 3 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Killer E3000 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000/2500MBit/s), Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.3
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 380 x 298 ( = 0.91 x 14.96 x 11.73 in)
Battery
99 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 4-cel
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 11 Pro
Camera
Webcam: 1080p30
Primary Camera: 2.1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 4x 2 W subwoofers, 2x 2 W speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, SteelSeries GG, MSI Center, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
3.004 kg ( = 105.96 oz / 6.62 pounds), Power Supply: 1.382 kg ( = 48.75 oz / 3.05 pounds)
Price
3600 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Potential Competitors in Comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
88.3 %
03/2023
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
3 kg23 mm17.00"2560x1600
89.9 %
03/2023
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2.9 kg27 mm17.00"2560x1600
88.4 %
04/2023
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
R9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
2.8 kg30.7 mm17.30"2560x1440
89 %
02/2023
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
3.5 kg23 mm17.30"3840x2160
86.8 %
07/2022
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
3.1 kg25.9 mm17.30"3840x2160
89.9 %
07/2022
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
2.8 kg19.9 mm17.30"3840x2160

Case — Retro-Futuristic

According to MSI, the last GE model design prioritized minimalism with smooth flat surfaces. In an attempt to bring some style back to the series, the design of the GE78 was inspired by 8-bit games and 80s aesthetics. Thus, the latest model incorporates more curves along its rear and a reimagined light bar along the front edge consisting of individual LED RGB "pixels". The pixelated lights are similar in style to the Hyundai Ioniq 6 which itself was also inspired by retro aesthetics. The end result is a unique look that helps to visually distinguish the GE78 from the sea of other gaming laptops in the market. Whether or not the new GE78 looks better than the old GE77, however, is all a matter of taste.

Build quality doesn't take a backseat from all the aesthetic changes. The new hinges, for example, are now larger and firmer than the hinges on the GE77 and so they are likely to last longer. In fact, they look a lot like the hinges on the Asus Strix Scar series. Chassis rigidity is otherwise similar to the GE77 with minimal creaking and just a bit of warping when applying pressure on the outer lid.

There is a higher chance of gaps between materials since the GE78 skeleton consists of more individual parts than a typical unibody design like the Razer Blade. This is especially true of the rear and edges where we can notice a slightly wider gap on one side than the other on our test unit. It's not of any concern, but it's worth checking for nonetheless.

Because of the change in aspect ratio from 16:9 to 16:10, the GE78 is shorter in length but wider in width for a squarer footprint than its predecessor. It's still thinner by a couple of millimeters, however, so don't assume that the GE78 is thicker just because of its retro-inspired aesthetics. Overall weight is about 200 grams heavier than the Razer Blade 17.

The pixelated RGB "matrix lighting" along the front edge is the eyecatcher of the model
The pixelated RGB "matrix lighting" along the front edge is the eyecatcher of the model
Rear is more intricately designed than on the flatter and more minimalist GE77
Rear is more intricately designed than on the flatter and more minimalist GE77
The glossy plastic design along the center contrasts the otherwise matte look of the rest of the chassis
The glossy plastic design along the center contrasts the otherwise matte look of the rest of the chassis
Bigger hinges than on the GE77. Maximum lid angle is still limited to just ~130 degrees, however
Bigger hinges than on the GE77. Maximum lid angle is still limited to just ~130 degrees, however
Gold and red trims along the rear are purely aesthetic and unique to the GE78
Gold and red trims along the rear are purely aesthetic and unique to the GE78
Bottom is plastic while the keyboard deck and outer lid are smooth matte metal alloy
Bottom is plastic while the keyboard deck and outer lid are smooth matte metal alloy

Size Comparison

395 mm / 15.6 in 282 mm / 11.1 in 30.7 mm / 1.209 in 2.8 kg6.13 lbs397 mm / 15.6 in 284 mm / 11.2 in 25.9 mm / 1.02 in 3.1 kg6.8 lbs397 mm / 15.6 in 330 mm / 13 in 23 mm / 0.906 in 3.5 kg7.65 lbs395 mm / 15.6 in 260 mm / 10.2 in 19.9 mm / 0.783 in 2.8 kg6.12 lbs381.7 mm / 15 in 272.8 mm / 10.7 in 27 mm / 1.063 in 2.9 kg6.34 lbs380 mm / 15 in 298 mm / 11.7 in 23 mm / 0.906 in 3 kg6.62 lbs297 mm / 11.7 in 210 mm / 8.27 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 5.7 g0.01257 lbs

Connectivity — USB-C In Every Direction

Port options and positioning have changed from the GE77. Most notably, the GE78 swaps out one USB-A port for a third USB-C port and so there is now one USB-C port on each side of the chassis.

Unfortunately, the three USB-C ports are not all created equal. Firstly, Thunderbolt devices are only supported via the left USB-C port. And secondly, their DisplayPort functionalities are tied to the MUX setting. When the dGPU is active, for example, our DP external monitor would only work on the USB-C port along the right edge while it would not work on the left or rear USB-C ports. If the iGPU or hybrid GPU mode is active, our DP external monitor would only work on the left edge USB-C port while it would not work on the rear or right edge USB-C ports. We're unable to get DP working at all on the rear USB-C port.

Thirdly, MSI advertises Power Delivery but we are unable to get this working as well. Our unit would not recharge via USB-C no matter which port or how many USB-C adapters we tested.

Front: No ports. The individual LED "pixels" are visible in this picture
Front: No ports. The individual LED "pixels" are visible in this picture
Right: USB-A 3.2 Gen. 1, USB-A 3.2 Gen. 2, USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 w/ DisplayPort + Power Delivery
Right: USB-A 3.2 Gen. 1, USB-A 3.2 Gen. 2, USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 w/ DisplayPort + Power Delivery
Rear: RJ-45 2.5 Gbps, HDMI 2.1, USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 + DisplayPort, AC adapter
Rear: RJ-45 2.5 Gbps, HDMI 2.1, USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 + DisplayPort, AC adapter
Left: USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 w/ Thunderbolt 4 + DisplayPort, SD card reader, 3.5 mm headset
Left: USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 w/ Thunderbolt 4 + DisplayPort, SD card reader, 3.5 mm headset

SD Card Reader

Transfer rates form the integrated SD reader are disappointing considering the high price of the GE78. Moving 1 GB of pictures from our UHS-II test card to desktop takes about 16 seconds compared to half that on the Razer Blade 17.

Fully inserted SD card protrudes slightly from the edge. The slot is not spring-loaded
Fully inserted SD card protrudes slightly from the edge. The slot is not spring-loaded
SD Card Reader
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
152 MB/s +148%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
83.5 MB/s +36%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
77.2 MB/s +26%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
61.4 MB/s
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX (AV PRO microSD 128 GB V60)
60 MB/s -2%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
89.9 MB/s +1%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
88.7 MB/s
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX (Angelibird AV Pro V60)
86.2 MB/s -3%

Communication

A Killer AX1690i comes standard for Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 connectivity. The Killer module is essentially a rebranded Intel AX210/211 optimized for gaming laptops. We experienced no issues when paired to our Asus AXE11000 6 GHz test router.

Removable WLAN module
Removable WLAN module
Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
MediaTek Wi-Fi 6E MT7922 160MHz Wireless LAN Card
1662 (1535min - 1766max) MBit/s +45%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz
1582 (1517min, 1518.74P1 - 1636max) MBit/s +38%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1295 (1034min - 1383max) MBit/s +13%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz
1145 (867min - 1272max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
MediaTek Wi-Fi 6E MT7922 160MHz Wireless LAN Card
1680 (1647min - 1705max) MBit/s +41%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz
1672 (864min - 1737max) MBit/s +40%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz
1545 (1508min, 1510.9P1 - 1569max) MBit/s +29%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1225 (1116min - 1351max) MBit/s +3%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz
1194 (839min - 1398max) MBit/s
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz
1192 (941min - 1283max) MBit/s
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter
1715 (1595min - 1747max) MBit/s +17%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1690i 160MHz
1465 (1277min - 1529max) MBit/s
05010015020025030035040045050055060065070075080085090095010001050110011501200125013001350140014501500Tooltip
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1192 (941-1283)
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1465 (1277-1529)

Webcam

The integrated 2 MP webcam on the GE78 remains a standard on most gaming laptops. A few other makers like Razer have upped the ante to 5 MP for a sharper picture.

IR and a physical webcam shutter come standard for Hello support and added privacy, respectively.

ColorChecker
16.5 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
16.1 ∆E
19.7 ∆E
15 ∆E
14.8 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
17.6 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
18.2 ∆E
18.1 ∆E
9.7 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
18.9 ∆E
1.8 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
ColorChecker MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US: 13.43 ∆E min: 1.76 - max: 19.69 ∆E

Maintenance — A Bit Harder Than Before

The bottom panel is secured by 12 Philips screws. As per usual for MSI, a 'factory seal' sticker must be broken if owners want to remove the bottom panel for any servicing.

It's recommended to use a sharp plastic edge when removing the bottom panel because the latches around the edges can be quite tight. Once out, users will have direct access to 2x SODIMM slots, 2x M.2 SSD slots, WLAN module, and battery.

Accessories and Warranty

There are no extras in the box other than the AC adapter and paperwork. The standard one-year limited warranty applies if purchased in the US.

Input Devices — Larger and More Refined

Keyboard

MSI has revamped the keycaps and labeling on the keys when compared to the GE77. Key feedback is still very good if not better than before; the Space and Enter keys in particular are louder and clickier this time around for a more satisfying typing experience.

The arrow keys and numpad could use some work. Despite the large 17-inch form factor, these specific keys are small and cramped. In comparison, the arrow keys and numpad on the Lenovo Legion series are larger and more spacious. Games that often utilize the arrow keys, such as racing titles, can be more difficult to play on the MSI system.

Per-key RGB lighting effects are controlled by the pre-installed SteelSeries GG software as shown by screenshots below. The app controls the pixel "matrix" light bar along the front edge of the chassis as well.

Touchpad

The clickpad has grown in size from the tiny 10.5 x 6.5 cm surface area on the GE77 to a much roomier 13 x 8.2 cm on the GE78. Gliding on the plastic surface is stickier than expected, however, and so there is slightly more resistance when gliding at quicker speeds. Feedback when pressing down is quiet but too shallow and weak for an unsatisfying feel overall.

Keys have been redesigned for a more gamer-y look and feel
Keys have been redesigned for a more gamer-y look and feel
Larger clickpad works better for cursor control than on the GE77, but feedback and gliding can feel spongy and sticky, respectively
Larger clickpad works better for cursor control than on the GE77, but feedback and gliding can feel spongy and sticky, respectively
QWERTY key feedback is uniform and sharp despite the shallow travel
QWERTY key feedback is uniform and sharp despite the shallow travel
Numpad and arrow keys are noticeably smaller and more cramped than the main QWERTY keys
Numpad and arrow keys are noticeably smaller and more cramped than the main QWERTY keys

Display — Where's the G-Sync Support?

The GE78 is the first laptop in our database to sport the AU Optronics B170QAN01.2 IPS panel. However, all our in-house measurements show it to be essentially identical to the AU Optronics B173ZAN06.1 panel in last year's GE77 except in size (17.0-inch vs. 17.3-inch), aspect ratio (16:10 vs. 16:9), and refresh rate (240 Hz vs. 120 Hz). Core attributes like the wide P3 colors, fast response times, 400-nit brightness, and decent contrast ratio remain about the same for a similar visual experience between them.

Perhaps the most egregious aspect of the display is its terrible backlight bleeding control on our specific test unit. As shown by the screenshot below, the light bleed is noticeable especially during movie playback with black borders or when playing certain games. Some level of backlight bleeding is to be expected from most IPS panels, but it is far too substantial on a high-end laptop like our GE78.

No edge-to-edge glass or OLED options. Mini-LED is only available on the pricier Titan GT77
No edge-to-edge glass or OLED options. Mini-LED is only available on the pricier Titan GT77
Narrow side bezels
Narrow side bezels
Slight graininess to the matte panel
Slight graininess to the matte panel
Heavy uneven backlight bleeding on our specific test unit
Heavy uneven backlight bleeding on our specific test unit
378
cd/m²
375.5
cd/m²
365.8
cd/m²
372.5
cd/m²
398.6
cd/m²
369
cd/m²
402.8
cd/m²
410.9
cd/m²
386.2
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B170QAN01.2 tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 410.9 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 384.4 cd/m² Minimum: 19.54 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 398.6 cd/m²
Contrast: 867:1 (Black: 0.46 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.05 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.99, calibrated: 1.02
ΔE Greyscale 6.5 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
86.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99.9% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
97.6% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.11
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
AU Optronics B170QAN01.2, IPS, 2560x1600, 17.00
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
BOE NE170QDM-NZ1, IPS, 2560x1600, 17.00
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
BOE0B69, IPS, 2560x1440, 17.30
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
B173ZAN06.C, Mini-LED, 3840x2160, 17.30
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
AU Optronics B173ZAN06.1, IPS, 3840x2160, 17.30
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
AU Optronics B173ZAN06.9, IPS, 3840x2160, 17.30
Display
-16%
0%
1%
-1%
1%
Display P3 Coverage
97.6
69.1
-29%
98.3
1%
94.9
-3%
96.6
-1%
99.4
2%
sRGB Coverage
99.9
99.7
0%
100
0%
99.9
0%
99.8
0%
100
0%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
86.5
69.8
-19%
85.9
-1%
92.4
7%
85.8
-1%
87.3
1%
Response Times
-117%
-30%
-565%
-13%
-34%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
4.2 ?(1.9, 2.3)
12 ?(5.4, 6.6)
-186%
5.3 ?(2.4, 2.9)
-26%
38.4 ?(13.6, 24.8, n)
-814%
5.8 ?(1.6, 4.2)
-38%
7.5 ?(2.1, 5.4)
-79%
Response Time Black / White *
6.4 ?(2.8, 3.6)
9.4 ?(4.9, 4.5)
-47%
8.6 ?(3.7, 4.9)
-34%
26.6 ?(9.2, 17.4, n)
-316%
5.6 ?(1.9, 3.7)
12%
5.6 ?(1.6, 4)
12%
PWM Frequency
2380 ?(100)
Screen
27%
27%
77665%
-32%
36%
Brightness middle
398.6
417.3
5%
327
-18%
606
52%
381
-4%
503
26%
Brightness
384
387
1%
320
-17%
602
57%
371
-3%
486
27%
Brightness Distribution
89
87
-2%
89
0%
93
4%
84
-6%
84
-6%
Black Level *
0.46
0.42
9%
0.38
17%
0.0001
100%
0.52
-13%
0.44
4%
Contrast
867
994
15%
861
-1%
6060000
698862%
733
-15%
1143
32%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.05
2.14
47%
1.01
75%
4.8
-19%
1.08
73%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
8.68
4.09
53%
4.01
54%
8.2
6%
4.54
48%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
1.02
0.42
59%
0.41
60%
1.8
-76%
2.53
-148%
0.6
41%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
6.5
3.1
52%
1.6
75%
6.5
-0%
1.3
80%
Gamma
2.11 104%
2.19 100%
2.168 101%
2.63 84%
2.151 102%
CCT
7518 86%
6040 108%
6659 98%
6596 99%
6541 99%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-35% / -3%
-1% / 13%
25700% / 49847%
-15% / -20%
1% / 19%

* ... smaller is better

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. P3
vs. P3

The display is set to P3 colors out of the box by default. While color accuracy isn't bad, the model is not calibrated at factory unlike on the MSI Creator series. We recommend applying our calibrated ICM profile above to get more accurate colors from the panel especially since it covers sRGB and P3 entirely. We're able to bring down the average grayscale and color DeltaE values to just 2 and 1.02, respectively, with our X-Rite colorimeter.

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
6.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2.8 ms rise
↘ 3.6 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 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 15 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
4.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.9 ms rise
↘ 2.3 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 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 11 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.5 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 not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17673 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility remains about the same as on the GE77. The mini-LED panel on the Titan GT77 is even brighter by 1.5x for better outdoor visibility, but the model itself is much larger than our GE78.

Outdoors on bright overcast day
Outdoors on bright overcast day
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors on bright overcast day
Outdoors on bright overcast day
Wide IPS viewing angles. Colors and contrast degrade only from extreme angles
Wide IPS viewing angles. Colors and contrast degrade only from extreme angles

Performance — Intel 13th Gen + Mobile GeForce RTX 40

 
 

Testing Conditions

We set our unit to Extreme Performance mode, Auto fan mode, Discrete Graphics mode, and Windows Best Performance mode prior to running any benchmarks below. Annoyingly, the MSI power modes do not sync with Windows and so it is possible to have MSI Center set to Extreme Performance mode and Windows set to Power Saver mode simultaneously.

Another fan mode is available called Cooler Boost mode which raises the fans to their highest RPMs regardless of the onscreen activity. This doesn't necessarily improve performance, however, as our Stress Test section below will show.

Note that MSI Center will automatically set itself to Extreme Performance mode when running on Discrete Graphics mode even when you tell the software to run on Balanced mode. It would be better to simply gray out any performance mode options if they are incompatible with the current GPU selection to avoid confusion.

Advanced Optimus is not supported and so a reboot is required when switching between the discrete GPU (MUX) and MS Hybrid mode. G-Sync is not supported on the internal display.

Processor

Raw CPU performance is one of the fastest on any laptop regardless of size or manufacturer. The 13th gen Core i9-13950HX in our MSI would outperform the latest Zen 4 Ryzen 9 7945HX in the competing Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI by up to 5 percent and 15 percent in multi-threaded and single-threaded tests, respectively. The year-over-year gains over the previous 12th gen Core i9-12900HX in last year's GE77 is also significant at 45 percent.

As impressive as the Core i9-13950HX may be, potential buyers may still want to consider the lesser Core i9-13900HX configuration instead because the performance differences between the two processors are within just 5 percent of one another.

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US Intel Core i9-13950HX: Ø4856 (4818.7-5120.98)
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX: Ø4920 (4749.47-5204.94)
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS Intel Core i9-12900HX: Ø3290 (2874.6-3561.89)
MSI GE67 HX 12UGS Intel Core i7-12800HX: Ø3215 (3163.31-3383.24)
Eurocom RX315 NH57AF1 Intel Core i7-11800H: Ø1697 (1672.94-1779.91)
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2 Intel Core i9-13900HX: Ø4802 (4757.37-4969.56)
CPU Performance Rating: Percent
Cinebench R23: Multi Core | Single Core
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender: v2.79 BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 | 7z b 4 -mmt1
Geekbench 5.5: Multi-Core | Single-Core
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
CPU Performance Rating
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
88.8 pt
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
88.4 pt
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
83.4 pt
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
 
82.4 pt
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
72 pt
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
67.9 pt
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
52.4 pt
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H
51.9 pt
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
51.3 pt
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M22)
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
51.3 pt
SCHENKER Compact 17 -2!
Intel Core i7-10875H
38.3 pt
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T -12!
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
32 pt
Cinebench R23 / Multi Core
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
32664 (29653.8min - 32664.5max) Points
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
32623 (30004.7min - 32622.9max) Points 0%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
32379 Points -1%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (24560 - 33277, n=7)
29352 Points -10%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
23124 Points -29%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
19965 Points -39%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M22)
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
14410 Points -56%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
13872 Points -58%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
13445 Points -59%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H
10522 Points -68%
Cinebench R23 / Single Core
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
2113 Points
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
2092 Points -1%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (1952 - 2113, n=7)
2067 Points -2%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H
1908 Points -10%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
1907 Points -10%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
1903 Points -10%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
1863 Points -12%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
1554 Points -26%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
1554 Points -26%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M22)
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
1552 Points -27%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
12574 Points
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
12541 Points 0%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (8697 - 12648, n=7)
10973 Points -13%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
10025 Points -20%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
8828 Points -30%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
7511 Points -40%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M22)
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
5582 Points -56%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
5306 Points -58%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
5152 Points -59%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H
4069 Points -68%
SCHENKER Compact 17
Intel Core i7-10875H
3281 Points -74%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
803 Points
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
802 Points 0%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (742 - 816, n=7)
788 Points -2%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
742 Points -8%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
741 Points -8%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
712 Points -11%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H
699 Points -13%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
612 Points -24%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M22)
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
605 Points -25%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
596 Points -26%
SCHENKER Compact 17
Intel Core i7-10875H
484 Points -40%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
5205 (4749.47min - 5204.94max) Points +2%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
5121 (4818.7min - 5120.98max) Points
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
4970 (4757.37min - 4969.56max) Points -3%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (3625 - 5227, n=7)
4565 Points -11%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
3562 Points -30%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
3101 (2605.18min - 3101.02max) Points -39%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M22)
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
2343 (2309.07min - 2343.16max) Points -54%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
2315 (2247.19min - 2314.81max) Points -55%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
2161 Points -58%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H
1851 Points -64%
SCHENKER Compact 17
Intel Core i7-10875H
1495 Points -71%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
741 Points -86%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
303 Points
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
299 Points -1%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
294 Points -3%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (274 - 303, n=7)
293 Points -3%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
280 Points -8%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
274 Points -10%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H
258 Points -15%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M22)
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
250 Points -17%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
250 Points -17%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
245 Points -19%
SCHENKER Compact 17
Intel Core i7-10875H
212 Points -30%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
151 Points -50%
Blender / v2.79 BMW27 CPU
SCHENKER Compact 17
Intel Core i7-10875H
338 Seconds * -235%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H
307 Seconds * -204%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
227 Seconds * -125%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
221 Seconds * -119%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M22)
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
216 Seconds * -114%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
175 Seconds * -73%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
150.5 Seconds * -49%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (100 - 137, n=7)
112.4 Seconds * -11%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
101 Seconds * -0%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
101 Seconds *
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
100 Seconds * +1%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
127283 MIPS 0%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
127033 MIPS
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
123364 MIPS -3%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (99351 - 127295, n=7)
115415 MIPS -9%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
86541 MIPS -32%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
77003 MIPS -39%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M22)
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
64333 MIPS -49%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
62024 MIPS -51%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
61988 MIPS -51%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H
47259 MIPS -63%
SCHENKER Compact 17
Intel Core i7-10875H
42211 MIPS -67%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
7332 MIPS +4%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
7064 MIPS
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
6999 MIPS -1%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (6445 - 7064, n=7)
6775 MIPS -4%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
6357 MIPS -10%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
6255 MIPS -11%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H
5926 MIPS -16%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
5805 MIPS -18%
SCHENKER Compact 17
Intel Core i7-10875H
5780 MIPS -18%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M22)
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
5779 MIPS -18%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
5734 MIPS -19%
Geekbench 5.5 / Multi-Core
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
21853 Points
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
20779 Points -5%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (16776 - 21853, n=7)
19501 Points -11%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
18372 Points -16%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
16448 Points -25%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
15144 Points -31%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M22)
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
10254 Points -53%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
10040 Points -54%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
10021 Points -54%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H
9716 Points -56%
SCHENKER Compact 17
Intel Core i7-10875H
7719 Points -65%
Geekbench 5.5 / Single-Core
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
2097 Points
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
2081 Points -1%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
2053 Points -2%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (1805 - 2097, n=7)
2013 Points -4%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
1949 Points -7%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
1868 Points -11%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H
1797 Points -14%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
1575 Points -25%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M22)
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
1565 Points -25%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
1481 Points -29%
SCHENKER Compact 17
Intel Core i7-10875H
1350 Points -36%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
34.5 fps
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
34.4 fps 0%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
33.8 fps -2%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (26 - 34.5, n=7)
30.7 fps -11%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
26 fps -25%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
22.5 fps -35%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M22)
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
18.2 fps -47%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
16.8 fps -51%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
16.8 fps -51%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H
12.7 fps -63%
SCHENKER Compact 17
Intel Core i7-10875H
11 fps -68%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M22)
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
79.5 s * -70%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
57.3 s * -22%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
57.2 s * -22%
SCHENKER Compact 17
Intel Core i7-10875H
54.8 s * -17%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
46.8 s *
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
45.7 s * +2%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (32.8 - 52.1, n=7)
44.7 s * +4%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
42.4 s * +9%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H
39 s * +17%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
34.7 s * +26%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
32.8 s * +30%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
SCHENKER Compact 17
Intel Core i7-10875H
0.555 sec * -45%
Corsair Voyager a1600
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
0.4897 sec * -28%
Alienware m17 R5 (R9 6900HX, RX 6850M XT)
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
0.486 sec * -27%
SCHENKER XMG Core 15 (M22)
AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
0.4783 sec * -25%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H
0.4463 sec * -17%
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE G733CX-LL014W
Intel Core i9-12950HX
0.4251 sec * -11%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX
0.4239 sec * -11%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX
0.4159 sec * -9%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (0.3823 - 0.4121, n=7)
0.3956 sec * -3%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX
0.3823 sec *
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX
0.3799 sec * +1%

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
5121 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
272 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
303 Points
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Performance Rating
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
93.3 pt
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
72 pt
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
70.1 pt
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
69 pt
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
 
64.6 pt
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
56.8 pt
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
26.1 pt
AIDA64 / FP32 Ray-Trace
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
52479 KRay/s +88%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
28957 KRay/s +4%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
27883 KRay/s
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
27594 KRay/s -1%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (18131 - 28957, n=7)
24817 KRay/s -11%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
20004 KRay/s -28%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
5706 KRay/s -80%
AIDA64 / FPU Julia
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
227882 Points +61%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
144303 Points +2%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
141829 Points
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
130870 Points -8%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (102591 - 144303, n=7)
127039 Points -10%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
110093 Points -22%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
28086 Points -80%
AIDA64 / CPU SHA3
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
8525 MB/s +23%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
7093 MB/s +3%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
7029 MB/s +2%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
6905 MB/s
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (4981 - 7093, n=7)
6323 MB/s -8%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
5123 MB/s -26%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
1933 MB/s -72%
AIDA64 / CPU Queen
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
180473 Points +29%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
141385 Points +1%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
140103 Points
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
139649 Points 0%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (131931 - 140103, n=7)
136822 Points -2%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
102056 Points -27%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
83594 Points -40%
AIDA64 / FPU SinJulia
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
29598 Points +76%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
17179 Points +2%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
17057 Points +2%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
16799 Points
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (12381 - 17057, n=7)
15365 Points -9%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
12924 Points -23%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
7257 Points -57%
AIDA64 / FPU Mandel
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
118401 Points +69%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
71038 Points +2%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
69911 Points
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
66924 Points -4%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (46539 - 71038, n=7)
61883 Points -11%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
52105 Points -25%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
15575 Points -78%
AIDA64 / CPU AES
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
236139 MB/s +75%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
183146 MB/s +36%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
167732 MB/s +24%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
136551 MB/s +1%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (99981 - 204491, n=7)
135969 MB/s +1%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
134830 MB/s
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
41612 MB/s -69%
AIDA64 / CPU ZLib
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
2090 MB/s +1%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
2069 MB/s
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
2059 MB/s 0%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
1958 MB/s -5%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (1472 - 2069, n=7)
1854 MB/s -10%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
1393 MB/s -33%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
585 MB/s -72%
AIDA64 / FP64 Ray-Trace
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
28105 KRay/s +83%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
15573 KRay/s +1%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
15367 KRay/s
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
14948 KRay/s -3%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (9787 - 15573, n=7)
13467 KRay/s -12%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
10864 KRay/s -29%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
3181 KRay/s -79%
AIDA64 / CPU PhotoWorxx
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
50323 MPixel/s
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
47710 MPixel/s -5%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (40233 - 50864, n=7)
47552 MPixel/s -6%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
44308 MPixel/s -12%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
40896 MPixel/s -19%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
37573 MPixel/s -25%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
31421 MPixel/s -38%

System Performance

PCMark 10 results are consistently ahead of the GE77 running on last generation hardware especially in the Digital Content subtest where GPU performance is favored.

We experienced an issue on our unit would it some sometimes not wake from sleep which would then require a hard reboot each time. The issue would seemingly occur more often in dGPU mode rather than MS Hybrid mode.

PCMark 10 / Score
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
9016 Points +3%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
8884 Points +1%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
8771 Points
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
  (7888 - 8771, n=2)
8330 Points -5%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
7449 Points -15%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
7139 Points -19%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
6993 Points -20%
PCMark 10 / Essentials
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
11983 Points +4%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
11761 Points +2%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
11488 Points
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
  (11078 - 11488, n=2)
11283 Points -2%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
11166 Points -3%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
10254 Points -11%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
9761 Points -15%
PCMark 10 / Productivity
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
11087 Points +6%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
10755 Points +3%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
10474 Points
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
9851 Points -6%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
9682 Points -8%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
  (8271 - 10474, n=2)
9373 Points -11%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
9102 Points -13%
PCMark 10 / Digital Content Creation
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
16424 Points +8%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
15430 Points +1%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
15221 Points
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
  (14535 - 15221, n=2)
14878 Points -2%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
10578 Points -31%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
9822 Points -35%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
9062 Points -40%
CrossMark / Overall
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2195 Points +16%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2169 Points +14%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2139 Points +13%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
2037 Points +7%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1899 Points
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1792 Points -6%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
  (1592 - 1899, n=2)
1746 Points -8%
CrossMark / Productivity
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2047 Points +11%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2032 Points +10%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1977 Points +7%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
1917 Points +4%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1846 Points
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1745 Points -5%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
  (1509 - 1846, n=2)
1678 Points -9%
CrossMark / Creativity
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2514 Points +24%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2423 Points +19%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2328 Points +14%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
2313 Points +14%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2035 Points
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
  (1780 - 2035, n=2)
1908 Points -6%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1893 Points -7%
CrossMark / Responsiveness
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2090 Points +24%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1861 Points +11%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1845 Points +10%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1681 Points
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
1671 Points -1%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1643 Points -2%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
  (1342 - 1681, n=2)
1512 Points -10%
PCMark 10 Score
8771 points
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AIDA64 / Memory Copy
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
77283 MB/s
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (61938 - 78494, n=7)
73266 MB/s -5%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
70863 MB/s -8%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
68327 MB/s -12%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
63863 MB/s -17%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
60030 MB/s -22%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
48948 MB/s -37%
AIDA64 / Memory Read
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
85378 MB/s
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (62368 - 86207, n=7)
78833 MB/s -8%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
75155 MB/s -12%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
72930 MB/s -15%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
62807 MB/s -26%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
62684 MB/s -27%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
59759 MB/s -30%
AIDA64 / Memory Write
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
76482 MB/s
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (59501 - 80441, n=7)
72257 MB/s -6%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
67857 MB/s -11%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
67353 MB/s -12%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
60389 MB/s -21%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
58602 MB/s -23%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Intel Core i9-12900H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
58004 MB/s -24%
AIDA64 / Memory Latency
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
92.8 ns * -10%
Average Intel Core i9-13950HX
  (84.4 - 99.5, n=7)
90.3 ns * -7%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Intel Core i9-13900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU
87.6 ns * -4%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
86.8 ns * -3%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Intel Core i9-13950HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU
84.4 ns *
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Intel Core i9-12900HX, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
83.9 ns * +1%

* ... smaller is better

DPC Latency

LatencyMon reveals DPC issues when opening multiple browser tabs of our homepage even when set to the iGPU only. Nvidia has acknowledged a bug with its latest graphics drivers resultingin high DPC latencies as well.

4K video playback at 60 FPS is imperfect with 6 dropped frames during our minute-long test video. Repeating the test would not improve our results. 

DPC Latencies / LatencyMon - interrupt to process latency (max), Web, Youtube, Prime95
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
4710.9 μs * -35%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Laptop GPU, i9-13950HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
3493.7 μs *
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1684.6 μs * +52%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU, R9 7945HX, WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
1489 μs * +57%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, i9-13900HX, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
664.4 μs * +81%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
388.5 μs * +89%

* ... smaller is better

Storage Devices — Ready For PCIe5 SSDs

Our test unit ships with a 2 TB Samsung PM9A1 which is one of the fastest PCIe4 x4 NVMe SSDs available. The drive would have no issues maintaining transfer rates of over 7000 MB/s even when stressed as shown by our DiskSpd loop results below. This is to be expected since the GE78 can support even faster PCIe5 SSDs once they become widely available.

CDM 8
CDM 8
AS SSD
AS SSD
Model supports up to two PCIe4 x4 NVMe SSDs in RAID. PCIe5 SSDs are also supported when they become widely available
Model supports up to two PCIe4 x4 NVMe SSDs in RAID. PCIe5 SSDs are also supported when they become widely available
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 7066 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 5249 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 726.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 541.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 4484 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 4436 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 80.57 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 232.3 MB/s
Drive Performance Rating - Percent
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
83 pt
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
76.1 pt
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
72.7 pt
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
72.3 pt
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
53.1 pt
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
43.9 pt
DiskSpd
seq read
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
5598 (5462.22min - 5597.85max) MB/s +32%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
4265 (4201.21min - 4264.91max) MB/s +1%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
4233 (4196.61min - 4232.61max) MB/s
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
3834 (3626.9min - 3834.31max) MB/s -9%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
3713 (3643.38min - 3713.01max) MB/s -12%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
3377 (3319.03min - 3377.04max) MB/s -20%
seq write
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
7533 (7482.85min - 7532.79max) MB/s +72%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
4387 (4345.42min - 4387.07max) MB/s
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
4173 (4063.65min - 4172.96max) MB/s -5%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
3706 (3661.84min - 3706.09max) MB/s -16%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
2743 (2563.98min - 2742.87max) MB/s -37%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2700 (2597.32min - 2699.87max) MB/s -38%
seq q8 t1 read
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
11242 (10740.3min - 11242.2max) MB/s +59%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
7085 (6214.7min - 7085.23max) MB/s
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
6695 (6233.69min - 6694.56max) MB/s -6%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
6661 (6277.2min - 6660.66max) MB/s -6%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
6264 (5914.09min - 6264.25max) MB/s -12%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
5018 (4382.25min - 5017.89max) MB/s -29%
seq q8 t1 write
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
9942 (9912.92min - 9941.76max) MB/s +90%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
5219 (5185.74min - 5219.39max) MB/s
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
4959 (4940min - 4958.51max) MB/s -5%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
4939 (4932.28min - 4939.42max) MB/s -5%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
4905 (4886.66min - 4904.61max) MB/s -6%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
3125 (3099.17min - 3124.97max) MB/s -40%
4k q1 t1 read
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
83.1 (79.37min - 83.07max) MB/s +9%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
83 (80.56min - 82.99max) MB/s +9%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
83 (80.23min - 83.02max) MB/s +9%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
76.2 (75.22min - 76.22max) MB/s
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
59.8 (59.59min - 59.78max) MB/s -22%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
53.7 (52.37min - 53.65max) MB/s -30%
4k q1 t1 write
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
286 (284.91min - 285.72max) MB/s +25%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
228 (227.02min - 228.2max) MB/s
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
222 (221.38min - 221.87max) MB/s -3%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
213 (205.52min - 212.72max) MB/s -7%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
163.8 (162.54min - 163.76max) MB/s -28%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
124 (123.44min - 123.99max) MB/s -46%
4k q32 t16 read
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
4075 (4059.83min - 4075.02max) MB/s +18%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
3934 (3812.88min - 3933.78max) MB/s +13%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
3467 (3436.61min - 3466.79max) MB/s
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1469 (1266.81min - 1469.47max) MB/s -58%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1359 (1291.24min - 1359.27max) MB/s -61%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
857 (717.83min - 857.03max) MB/s -75%
4k q32 t16 write
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
3503 (3468.77min - 3503.3max) MB/s +49%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
3129 (3011.94min - 3128.85max) MB/s +33%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2354 (2252.28min - 2353.53max) MB/s
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1424 (1251.47min - 1423.75max) MB/s -40%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
494 (480min - 493.6max) MB/s -79%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
305 (269.91min - 305.05max) MB/s -87%
AS SSD
Score Total
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
8951 Points +8%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
8252 Points
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
7807 Points -5%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
6019 Points -27%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
4850 Points -41%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
4118 Points -50%
Score Read
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
3399 Points +7%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
3177 Points
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2951 Points -7%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2035 Points -36%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1885 Points -41%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
1204 Points -62%
Score Write
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
3882 Points +11%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
3511 Points
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
3397 Points -3%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
3235 Points -8%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
2387 Points -32%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1877 Points -47%
Seq Read
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
9511 MB/s +69%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
5638.22 MB/s
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
5053.82 MB/s -10%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
4923.15 MB/s -13%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
4077.84 MB/s -28%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
3846 MB/s -32%
Seq Write
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
7181 MB/s +61%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
4458.9 MB/s
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
3797.23 MB/s -15%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
3628.78 MB/s -19%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2631.22 MB/s -41%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
1821 MB/s -59%
4K Read
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
82.47 MB/s +20%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
77.59 MB/s +13%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
72.8 MB/s +6%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
68.69 MB/s
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
58.36 MB/s -15%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
51.29 MB/s -25%
4K Write
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
247.61 MB/s +27%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
196.8 MB/s +1%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
194.62 MB/s
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
194.44 MB/s 0%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
177.9 MB/s -9%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
170.35 MB/s -12%
4K-64 Read
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2811.14 MB/s +10%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2544.4 MB/s
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2381.4 MB/s -6%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
1418.53 MB/s -44%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
1011 MB/s -60%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
768 MB/s -70%
4K-64 Write
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
3271.86 MB/s +14%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
2870.73 MB/s
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2822.91 MB/s -2%
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
2801.72 MB/s -2%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
2008 MB/s -30%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
981 MB/s -66%
Access Time Read
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
0.121 ms * -246%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
0.042 ms * -20%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
0.036 ms * -3%
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
0.035 ms *
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
0.031 ms * +11%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
0.03 ms * +14%
Access Time Write
MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
0.064 ms *
Eluktronics Mech-17 GP2
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
0.063 ms * +2%
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13VI
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
0.023 ms * +64%
Razer Blade 17 Early 2022
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
0.021 ms * +67%
Asus ROG Strix G17 G713PI
WD PC SN560 SDDPNQE-1T00
0.019 ms * +70%
MSI Raider GE77 HX 12UHS
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
0.017 ms * +73%

* ... smaller is better

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MSI GE78HX 13VH-070US: Ø7068 (6691.59-7088.79)

GPU Performance — 175 W Graphics

The model currently offers three mobile GPU options: the GeForce RTX 4070, 4080, or 4090. Jumping from the mobile 4070 to the mobile 4080 will boost performance by 40 to 60 percent while jumping from the mobile 4080 to the mobile 4090 will only boost performance by about 10 percent. Knowing how these three mobile GPUs compare to one another should help in deciding which GE78 configuration to buy.

Our RTX 4080 configuration offers 30 to 50 percent faster raw performance than the mobile RTX 3080 Ti in last year's GE77. If the title supports DLSS 3 like Cyberpunk 2077, then performance can be up to 2x to 3x faster. We recommend checking out our dedicated review page on the mobile RTX 4080 for more benchmarks and comparisons related to the mobile GeForce 40 series.

The mobile RTX 4080 should not be directly compared to the desktop RTX 4080 which is significantly more power-hungry and even faster by about 1.5x.

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