MSI Raider GE78 HX review: powerful gaming laptop but way too noisy

With top-quality Intel and NVIDIA parts, this MSI Raider laptop almost has it all.

MSI Raider GE78 HX 14V
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Our Verdict

The MSI Raider GE78 HX 14V is a fantastic laptop with gamers in mind. Its next-generation CPU and GPU deliver some of the best performance you'll find from a laptop at the moment. While enjoying buttery-smooth gaming you'll also benefit from a comfortable laptop and an abundance of LEDs to light your room up. The display falls short of 4K but is more than enough for any FHD games. The battery could be better and when the hardware is under stress, the fans are uncomfortably loud. All in all, this is a fantastic laptop that will appeal to gamers and to creatives working in 3D industries.

For

  • Top-notch performance
  • Bright 16:10 display
  • Ergonomic keyboard

Against

  • The fan is very noisy
  • Poor battery life
  • Power port located at the rear

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The MSI Raider GE78 HX 14V is unashamedly a gaming laptop. With a modern and edgy case and an incredible LED RGB light bar, this laptop certainly looks the part. The display would have benefited from being 4K but has instead prioritised following in the footsteps of many other gaming laptops by introducing a 16:10 aspect ratio.

Under the hood, all the hardware is top-notch and of the latest generation. Beginning with an Intel Core i9 processor HX series (14th Gen) and ending with a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 Laptop GPU, the GE78 HX 14V is at the top of the rankings. This hardware delivers great performance when it comes to processing power and video rendering.

The Verdict
4

out of 10

MSI Raider GE78 HX

The MSI Raider GE78 HX 14V is a fantastic laptop with gamers in mind. Its next-generation CPU and GPU deliver some of the best performance you'll find from a laptop at the moment. While enjoying buttery-smooth gaming you'll also benefit from a comfortable laptop and an abundance of LEDs to light your room up. The display falls short of 4K but is more than enough for any FHD games. The battery could be better and when the hardware is under stress, the fans are uncomfortably loud. All in all, this is a fantastic laptop that will appeal to gamers and to creatives working in 3D industries.

Paul Hatton
Writer

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine.