MSI blog post explores the GE76 Raider's crypto mining capabilities
With the severe graphics card crunch here to stay until silicon yields improve, miners are now looking at gaming laptops to satiate their crypto needs. We've already seen hordes of Hasee laptops being used by miners in China. It appears that someone at MSI got inspired by the prospect of mining on gaming laptops and decided to write up an entire blog post discussing how its top-of-the-line MSI GE76 Raider gaming laptop would fare in the crypto world.
Videocardz stumbled upon the blog post, which seems to have been written up in February 2021. It talks about the MSI GE76 Raider's mining prowess, which is apparently on par with a desktop-grade GeForce RTX 3070. This particular SKU uses top-of-the-line hardware, such as the Intel Core i9-10980HK processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card. MSI plans on posting an update after one month of using the laptop for mining crypto, although it doesn't specify which kind. At the very least, MSI admits that the GE76 Raider is not the most 'cost effective' when it comes to mining.
Regardless of the MSI GE76 Raider's mining capabilities, this is a very bad look for MSI. Gamers are already on edge about sky-high hardware prices, and the last thing they want to see is OEMs marketing their products as mining-ready. Perhaps MSI could learn a thing or two from Zotac, who faced the internet's wrath for Tweeting that its Nvidia 3000 series graphics cards were 'hungry for coin.'