MSI GE65 Raider Disassembly and RAM, M.2 SSD upgrade options


MSI GE65 Raider is a brand new game product that targets the mid-to-high-end game market. Compared to the GE63, GE65’s body design continues to be light and thin. The unit weighs 2.27Kg, and the body thickness is 26.9mm. The GE63 has a body weight of 2.6Kg and a body thickness of 29.5mm.

MSI GE65 features an Intel’s 9th generation Core Duo processor, which can be equipped with a Core i9 processor and a built-in dual memory slot. It can be equipped with up to 64GB of DDR4 2666MHz memory. It has a built-in M.2 PCIe SSD slot, an M.2 PCIe/SATA SSD hybrid slot, and a 2.5-inch hard drive bay.

Depending on the model, the NVIDIA RTX2070 or RTX2060 discrete graphics card will be available. The MSI GE65 features a narrow bezel screen design with a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS display and a 144Hz screen refresh rate.

Today, I will disassemble an MSI GE65 Raider. I will remove the bottom case to access the battery, M.2 SSD, Wi-Fi card, RAM, cooling fan, speaker, heatsink, and motherboard.

To access its internal components, the first thing to do is to remove all the screws that secure the bottom case. It is worth noting that one screw is covered by MSI’s warranty label, which means you can’t open the bottom cover privately. Otherwise, you will lose the warranty
Remove bottom case

There are no hidden screws on the bottom cover. It should be noted that the buckle on the bottom cover is tight. You need to carefully use the tool to open it slowly.
Bottom case

With the bottom cover is removed, you can access most of the internal components, including battery, SSD, RAM, Wi-Fi, heatsink, cooling fan, and speakers.
Internal components

The MSI GE65 uses four audio units, and the screw holes of the audio unit are covered with a rubber cushioning pad.

It comes with a Killer 1650X wireless card and supports Wi-Fi 6.
Wireless card

Here’s Intel HM370 chipset.
Intel HM370 chipset

This laptop comes with two Hynix 16GB DDR4 2666, which can support up to 64GB DDR4 memory.

It features a Samsung PM981 1TB NVME M.2 SSD.

MSI GE65 also reserves an M.2 SSD slot that supports M.2 PCI-E 3.0×4 SSD and SATA SSD
M.2 SSD slot

It comes with a 10.86V, 4730mAh, 51Wh Li-ion battery, Model: BTYM6H.

The left GPU fan has three copper tubes.
GPU fan

The CPU fan on the right has 4 copper tubes, which share three copper tubes with the GPU fan.
CPU fan

In this picture, you can see the entire cooling module.
Cooling module

This is the Intel i7-9750H processor.
Intel i7-9750H

This is the NVIDIA RTX2070 graphics chip.


  1. Do you plan on looking at an MSI Raider GE63 9SE? I’m wanting to know if I can add more disks/storage, but don’t think voiding the warranty is worth finding out.


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