MSI Raider GE78 HX (13VX) review – one of the best gaming devices comes at a high price

Temperatures and comfort, Battery Life

Max CPU load

In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.

Average P-core frequency; Average E-core frequency; CPU temp.; Package Power

Intel Core i9-13950HX (55W TDP)0:02 – 0:10 sec0:15 – 0:30 sec10:00 – 15:00 min
MSI Raider GE78 HX (13VX)4.29 GHz @ 2.44 GHz @ 84°C @ 181W3.98 GHz @ 2.36 GHz @ 86°C @ 153W3.70 GHz @ 2.25 GHz @ 87°C @ 128W

Due to the absurd amount of cores, this processor performs amazingly. Its P-cores clock really high, while the E-cores are a bit more laid back. We were super impressed by the 181W power target for short loads.

Real-life gaming

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min)GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min)
MSI Raider GE78 HX (13VX)2418 MHz @ 74°C @ 173W2415 MHz @ 76°C @ 173W

It’s good to know that the Raider GE78 HX (13VX) doesn’t have issues cooling down the RTX 4080, and nearing its 175W TGP limit.

Comfort during full load

The disadvantage here is that the laptop is really loud when you play games. Of course, we used the High Performance preset, so it can deliver the highest performance possible. In terms of temperature, the externals are pretty well insulated from the insides.


Now, we conduct the battery tests with the Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. This device’s 99.99Wh battery lasts for 7 hours and 55 minutes of Web browsing, or 5 hours and 28 minutes of video playback.

Brightness: 180 nits; HDR: Off
Time to Full Discharge: Higher is Better

In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.

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1 year ago

Microcenter currently has the MSI GE78, I9 with the 4070 processor for 2049. Hell of a deal for the specs.