MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider (GTX 1070, 8GB GDDR5) Gaming Laptop
Red and black are the dominating colors in the MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider. The display cover is decorated with an illuminated MSI logo and red stripes, which are inserted into the structure of the display cover. However, the red stripes are only glued on and not illuminated. The case is mainly made from plastic and aluminum. The surfaces of the top of the base and display cover have an aluminum finish, while the frame around the display and the bottom of the case are made of “regular” plastic. The aluminum surfaces are very susceptible to fingerprints, although they can be removed easily with a moist rag. Due to its size, the base can be twisted minimally, and such attempts are accompanied by some quiet creaking noises. The same goes also for the display cover, which could have been more robust in the pressure test. During the pressure test, we also observe some slight give in the center of the base. However, this remains within limits and is not very pronounced. The hinges hold the display in position well. However, they are hard to move, and opening the case with one hand does not succeed. We observe a slight bounce after moving the display lid, but it does not last long.
The features of the MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider are good, and all the important connections are there. The connections are distributed over both sides, with most of them on the left. This creates a clear advantage for right-handed users, since it leaves enough space on the right side of the device to operate a mouse. The power plug is angled, so that the cable will not be in the way either. The MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider offers a total of four USB connections, with one having the USB Type-C Gen.2 standard. The remaining USB connections, which have the standard size, can optionally be illuminated by a red light. The test unit offers an HDMI connection (4K @ 60Hz) and a mini DisplayPort for external monitors. The positioning of the connections is fine, so that they do not interfere with any neighboring connections.
The card reader is on the right side, right next to the two USB-3.0 connections. It can handle all the standard formats such as SD, SDHC, and SDXC. Inserted storage cards only stick out by a few millimeters, which protects them from inadvertent harm. The performance of the card reader inside the MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider is very good, which is clearly confirmed by our measurements. With our reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II), the test unit achieved 176 MB/s copying jpg files, and 200 MB/s in sequential reads. We also saw in the GT72VR 7RE, that MSI uses very fast card readers.
The MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider offers LAN as well as WLAN. Both of the communication modules are made by Killer and are common in gaming laptops, due to very low latencies. The WLAN module is the Killer Wireless AC 1435 module, to be exact. In our measurements, the MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider achieved 682 MBit/s while receiving and still 525 MBit/s while sending. Those values are not as good as the SD-card reader before, but our test unit does rather well in the comparison. During the time of our testing, there were no abnormalities in the WLAN connections. With the wired network connection, speeds up to 1 GBit/s are possible.
There are hardly any security features in the MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider. Outside, we can only see the Kensington-Lock port. The users will have to do without a fingerprint sensor. There is a Trusted Platform Module 2.0 (TPM), however.
The MSI Dragon Center provides a good overview of the system components and their loads. The tool offers a multitude of presets in the “System tuner” tab. For example among other things, you can overclock the graphics card here. You can also set up your own profiles without any problems, which can then be activated while gaming via the smartphone, for example. Of course you need to connect your smartphone first, which worked without a hitch during the test. The smartphone app also offers the option to survey the system data.