•  Date Published: 16 Mar 2023
  • Intel Core i9-13980HX
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 (Laptop, 175W)
  • 17.0”, QHD+ (2560 x 1600), 240 Hz, IPS
  • 4000GB SSD
  • 32GB DDR5
  • 3.10 kg (6.8 lbs)

Pros

  • Loaded with RGB
  • Zero-compromise performance
  • 99.4% DCI-P3 coverage and accurate color representation thanks to our Gaming and Web design profile (AUO B170QAN01.2 (AUO04A6))
  • Doesn't use PWM for brightness adjustment (AUO B170QAN01.2 (AUO04A6))
  • 240Hz panel has very quick pixel response times (AUO B170QAN01.2 (AUO04A6))
  • Top-tier GPU supports 175W TGP
  • Wi-Fi 6E and 2.5Gbit Ethernet support
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • 2x DDR5 SODIMM + 2x M.2 PCIe x4 slots (one with Gen 5 SSD support)

Cons

  • Loud during gaming
  • Quite expensive
8.6
Excellent
quality
8.5 Display Excellent
9.7 Gaming EXCEPTIONAL
9.0 Workstation EXCEPTIONAL
5.7 Portability Average

Portability

MSI Raider GE78 HX (13Vx)
14.96" x 11.73" x 0.91" Dimensions
3.10 kg (6.8 lbs) Weight
Average 17.0-inch laptop
2.87 kg (6.3 lbs) -7% Weight

Specs

  • HDD/SSD
  • 4TB SSD
  • M.2 Slot
  • 1x 2280 M.2 PCIe 5.0 x4 + 1x 2280 M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4  See photo
  • RAM
  • 32GB DDR5
  • OS
  • Windows 11 Pro
  • Body Material
  • Plastic / Polycarbonate, Aluminum
  • Dimensions
  • 380 x 298 x 23 mm (14.96" x 11.73" x 0.91")
  • Weight
  • 3.10 kg (6.8 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), DisplayPort
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 4.0, Thunderbolt 4, DisplayPort
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps), Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • 2.1 (8K@60Hz / 4K@120Hz)
  • Card Reader
  • SD
  • Ethernet LAN
  • 10, 100, 1000, 2500 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.3
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • FHD IR
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • 2x 2W Speakers + 4x 2W Woofers, Dynaudio, Nahimic 3
  • Optical drive
  • Gifts
  • HP USB-C G5 Essential Dock

DISPLAY: 17.0-inch, 2560x1600, IPS

  • Name
  • AUO B170QAN01.2 (AUO84A6)
  • Diagonal
  • 17.0"
  • Pixel density
  • 177.58 ppi
  • Brightness
  • 507 cd/m2
  • sRGB
  • 100%
  • PWM frequency
  • No PWM (Flicker-Free)
  • Panel Type
  • IPS
  • Resolution
  • 2560x1600
  • Becomes "Retina" from
  • 19 inches (49 cm)
  • Contrast
  • 1240:1
  • dE Color Checker
  • 3.3 0.8
  • PWM Rating
  • 10.0: (safe)

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Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Health-Guard

Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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CPU Performance: Intel Core i9-13980HX

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