MSI’s powerful, portable gaming laptops go all-in on GeForce RTX 30-series

MSI will go all-in on Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 30-series mobile GPUs with its upgraded gaming notebook lineup, as well as Intel’s 10th- and 11th-gen Core CPUs.

MSI GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat

Let’s start with MSI’s head-turning GE76 Raider Dragon Edition Tiamat. The laptop features artwork of Tiamat, one of the primordial gods. And no, it’s not just paint or a sticker—the artwork has an engraved look and texture on the lid and keyboard.

The GE76 Raider Dragon Edition includes a 17.3-inch screen with refresh rates ranging from 144Hz to 300Hz at 1080p resolution, as well as a 4K UHD option. The 6.4 lbs. laptop will run off of a 230-watt to 280-watt power brick depending on your chosen GPU. Of course, the GPUs you can choose from are Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3070, or RTX 3060 Max-Q.

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MSI’s new GeForce 30-based GE76 will feature a 1080p webcam

The GeForce RTX 3080 is the full power version, which should outclass laptops using the energy-efficient Max-Q version. Despite the belief that few people need large batteries in a gaming laptop, as you should usually plug into the wall while playing, MSI will stuff a 99.9 watt hour battery inside the GE76 Raider Dragon Edition.

MSI is also apparently betting on Intel this cycle. The CPU options range from Intel’s 6-core Core i7-10750H to the 8-core Core i7-10870H.

Perhaps more important in this Zoom-obsessed world is the webcam. MSI equipped the GE76 Raider Dragon Edition with a 1080p unit—a nice bump from typical 720p webcams. MSI didn’t skimp on networking options either, with both Killer LAN-based 2.5GbE and Wi-Fi 6E onboard. Wi-Fi 6E is the latest wireless standard and uses relatively clear 6GHz bands.

We don’t know the pricing of the spiffy Dragon Edition, but the Titanium Blue version of the GE76 Raider will range from $1,500 to $2,900.

For those who want a smaller screen and less weight, MSI will also offer the 5.25 lbs. GE66 Raider that will range in price from $2,200 to $2,800. Unfortunately, the GE66 Raider won’t come in a Dragon Edition.