1. Hybrid architecture
For modern games, the abundance and quality of cores is a kind of fetish. The Intel HX series processors have two more cores than the previous series of H and HK mobile processors – as many as 16. Half of them are productive, the remaining eight are energy efficient. The first ones are just responsible for the high-quality performance of difficult tasks: launching games with complex graphics, rendering, streaming, video editing. The latter are needed for simpler things, like working with documents or watching YouTube videos.
This architecture helps the computer to save energy even during a serious load – it will not heat up like a frying pan and the battery will last longer. Plus, the Intel HX series processors support up to 24 threads – this is the name of the dedicated areas inside the cores, which are able to function as independent computing centers. Their abundance significantly increases the number of parallel operations and speeds up the computer, in particular, the processing of demanding games. The HX-series processors are the first in the Intel Core mobile processor lineup to boast such performance. Previously, only desktop versions had such an architecture, for example, from the KS and F series.
2. Cool graphics support
The built-in graphics system in the processor is enough to simultaneously work with four monitors – this expands the possibilities for gaming and streaming. Probably, for this you will need to get adapters: you cannot find so many suitable connectors in laptops. But still, connecting an additional display to view comments from viewers of the broadcast or games on the big screen will be real. By the way, HX processors support image output with a resolution of up to 8K. With current versions of OpenGL and DirectX, they, like the older series, cope.
By itself, the processor will not be able to make the picture beautiful, smooth and detailed. He vitally needs a second player – a high-quality video card. MSI Raider GE77 laptops have this dream team. The 12UGS‑084 version with an Intel Core i7‑12800HX processor runs an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070Ti graphics card, while the 12UHS‑085RU with an Intel Core i9‑12900HX processor runs an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080Ti. They will provide a realistic display of light and maximum detail in the picture.
To appreciate the tandem of the processor and video card in the MSI Raider GE77 allows a large frameless display with a resolution of up to UHD. It supports refresh rates up to 240Hz, so you won’t miss an attack even in a very fast-paced game. And if you need more, HDMI, Thunderbolt™ 4 and USB Type‑C connectors can connect additional screens to your laptop.
3. Maximum clock frequency – up to 5 GHz
The clock speed reflects the number of operations that the processor can perform per unit of time. This is an important indicator for both downloading games and for gaming itself. A higher frequency helps the processor process graphics faster and read signals from the mouse, keyboard or joystick – do not hesitate when every second counts.
In normal operation, the HX-series processors support a clock speed of 2.3 GHz. This is enough for undemanding games, but modern ones with powerful graphics will not be enough : they require 3.5–4 GHz. For online games, it’s generally better to have 5 GHz so that the hardware can handle the constant stream of new information from the network. Especially for such cases, the HX series processors have a Turbo mode. With it, the Core i7 versions are capable of overclocking up to 4.70-4.80 GHz, and the Core i9 – up to 5 GHz. But this is not a new feature: similar acceleration was available in previous series of Intel mobile processors.
Another point: in order for the processor to work comfortably at the limit of its capabilities, another laptop filling is also important, in particular, a high-quality cooling system. If the fans and heat pipes can’t cope with heat removal, the processor will not be able to maintain the frequency at the maximum for a long time.
4. Large L3 cache
Cache is a fast memory from which the processor can get previously processed information without wasting time again looking for it in RAM or storage. This helps increase productivity.
The cache has three levels; the last one, L3, is the most voluminous. Its size is just more reflected in games: L1 and L2 caches are usually enough to run programs and surf the web. For comfortable gaming and running demanding games, 16-20 MB of L3 cache is enough, but in Intel Core i7 HX processors it is 25 MB, and in i9 – as much as 30 MB. Intel Smart Cache technology allows all cores to access L3 at the same time, which gives an additional performance boost. However, the cache size does not always have a noticeable effect on the game and is significant only in combination with the performance architecture and clock speed.
5. Support DDR5 RAM
Memory of the latest generation. She has several enhanced qualities. First, the high data transfer rate – Intel HX processors support DDR5 with a stream of up to 4800 megatransfers per second. Secondly, the increase in memory channels: in DDR4 there was one, in DDR5 there were two of them. More channels allow you to get information faster and increase efficiency. However, these upgrades, according to the tests, did not significantly affect the game performance.
But DDR5 has another useful feature – operation from an integrated power supply system (PMIC). The previous generation was controlled by the motherboard. PMIC, on the other hand, optimizes power consumption and starts at a lower voltage.
6. Smart technologies
There are many of them in the HX series processors, but most were present in previous models of mobile processors. For example, Smart Sound is responsible for high-quality sound transmission and voice processing without compromising performance and battery life. This is especially important for streaming and team games.
Hyper‑Threading enables per-core multi-threading, while Speed Shift enables fast speed switching depending on the complexity of the task. It will not load web pages while working at maximum – this is useful for energy efficiency. Thermal control technologies keep the filling safe even during the hottest battles. And Intel Adaptix helps to tweak the system settings so that the laptop gives out maximum performance and graphics characteristics.
The Raider GE77 is powered by a 99.9Wh battery and MSI Center app to help bring the processor to the meta level. Turn it on to extreme performance mode before a long fight in a demanding game, then the computer will activate MSI Overboost mode: it will raise the power limit of the video card to 175W, and the processor to 75W. All this without overheating: the temperature control in Raider GE77 is handled by the Cooler Boost 5 cooling system with two fans, seven heat pipes and a “PHASE-CHANGE THERMAL PAD” thermal pad.
In MSI Center, you can tweak not only performance settings: graphics settings, touchpad operation, sound transmission, keyboard backlight – everything is available for customization. The Nahimic software will further enhance the work of the sound, and to give the already stylish black gadget a futuristic look is the Mystic Light panoramic illumination, encircling the entire front of the case.
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