Sure, portable laptops, but when it comes to games, bigger can be better. MSI's GT63 Titan ($ 2,199 to start; $ 2,999 when tested) extinguishes the thinness for the powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 paired with an Intel Core i7-8750H and 32GB RAM with a SODIMM slot to store. It makes for a powerful engine, although it uses the most tired MSI design and has a fussy touchpad when it comes to Windows 10 movements.
The MSI GT63 Titan is a powerful gaming machine with a comfortable keyboard, but it could use a new design and a better touchpad.
Love it or hate it, MSI has stuck with its usual design for the Titan. It has a black, aluminum lid with a brushed pattern. MSI’s logo is silver above a red dragon shield, which is flanked by two black and red stripes.
Lifting the lid shows a 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 screen, surrounded by a very thick bezel which I hope MSI will cut down. The metal deck has the same brush pattern as the cover and has an RGB chiclet-style keyboard.
There are ports on three sides of the laptop. On the left is the Kensington lock slot, USB 2.0 port and four audio jacks: line in, line out, headphones and microphone. The right side is home to SDXC memory card readers and a trio of USB 3.1 Type-A ports. Behind there is an Ethernet jack, USB Type-C port, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, and power jack.
Weighing 6.7 pounds and 15.4 x 10.5 x 1.6 inches, Titan is bigger than most other 15-inch laptops. The Origin EVO15-S is 14.9 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches and 5 pounds, and the Acer Predator Triton 700 is 15.6 x 10.5 x 0.7 inches and 5.4 pounds. The outline is the Razer Blade Pro, a 17.3-inch laptop 16.7 x 11 x 0.9 inches and 7.7 pounds.
- Display 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 120Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, G-Sync
- CPU Intel Core i7-8750H
- Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X)
- Memory 32GB DDR4-2666MHz
- SSD 512GB NVMe SSD
- HDD 1TB, 7,400-rpm
- Optical ✗
- Networking Killer N1550 2x2 ac Wi-Fi, Ethernet jack
- Video Ports HDMI, Mini DisplayPort 1.2
- USB Ports 3x USB 3.1 Type-A
- 1x USB 2.0 Type-A
- 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
- Audio 4x 2W speakers
- 1x subwoofter
- 1x headphone jack
- 1x microphone jack
- 1x line in
- 1x line out
- Camera 1080p webcam
- Battery 75Whr
- Power Adapter 330W
- Operating System Windows 10 Pro
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 15.3 x 10.5 x 1.6 inches
- Weight 6.7 pounds
Gaming, Graphics and VR
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB) on Titan is enough for some intense games. I play Middle-earth: Shadow of War in the Ultra setting at 1080p, and the performance varies greatly, usually hovering around 50 frames per second (fps) but drops as low as 28 fps. When I pressed to the Very High setting, it ran at 99 to 100 fps stable.
Titan performed poorly on Metro: Last Light, running at 52 fps, which was below average (64 fps), only beating Predator (45 fps).
But for VR, you are ready. This machine obtained a perfect score of 11 on the SteamVR test, beating average (10.5), Triton 700 (10.7) and EVO15-S (9.3).
I tested Titan by running Metro: Last Light benchmark 10 times (about half an hour or so). Laptops play games with an average of 76.9 fps throughout the track. It remained in the 70s and 80s in most of the runs, although for some runs towards the end, it dropped to a low 70s before rebounding for the last two runs. CPU ran at an average of 3.1 GHz and the average temperature was 89 degrees Celsius (192 degrees Fahrenheit). GPU is measured on average 83 degrees Celsius (181 degrees Fahrenheit).
With an Intel Core i7-8750H series processor, 32GB of RAM and a 512GB PCIe-NVMe SSD, simple workloads are no match for the Titan. With 30 tabs open, including one streaming a YouTube video, I noticed no performance issues. To truly tax it, you need to be doing serious creative work or gaming.
On Geekbench 4, the Titan earned a score of 20,137, higher than the premium gaming average (19,253) as well as the Blade Pro, Triton 700 and EVO15-S.
The G-Sync screen is 15.6 inches, 1920 x 1080, producing vivid colors, although I hope to change the brightness to one or two levels. When I watched the footage for Shazam !, Billy Batson's red hoodie appeared on the gray wall in the orphanage's office, but some other details were too little shadow.
However, in outdoor scenes, such as when a hero tries (and fails) to fly from the halfpipe, everything is very bright. When I play Middle-earth: Shadow of War, a dark screen makes it difficult to see in the orc cave, but I can still see Talon's red shirt between the brown and gray robes..
The Titan screen includes an excellent 161 percent of the sRGB color gamut, easily surpassing the premium gaming average (132 percent) and both EVO15-S and Triton 700.
The MSI display measures an average of 274 nits of brightness. That falls just short of the average 278-nit premium game and the Razer Blade Pro, but is more luminous than EVO15-S and Triton 700.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The Titan Titan keyboard offers 1.3 millimeters of travel, which is smaller than we want to see on a gaming laptop (at least 1.5 millimeters, please!), But, maybe because 70 grams of actuation style is needed, it feels clicky and comfortable. . At 10fastfingers.com, I reached 115 words per minute, which is at the top for me, even though the error rate continues to increase by three percent.
The 4.1 x 2.3-inch touchpad is a bit too plastic for my taste, but good enough to surf the web and other simple tasks. It doesn't use Windows precision drivers (MSI chooses Synaptics), and when Windows moves, like tapping three fingers to call Cortana or swiping three fingers up to display all open windows, it works, sometimes they need some frustrating experiments. .
The speakers on Titan were loudly comfortable, easily filling the small conference room when I jammed into The Darkness. "I Believe In Thing Called Love." Guitar, drums and vocals are all clear and distinctive, and while the bass is not strong, I can still Exit. My music experience improved after I entered the Nahimic software and activated surround sound, even though I did not find other features useful for music.
When I play Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the music is rather calm, but the orcs snort and breathe as they chase Talion and the clash of weapons produces a sharp and clear sound.
To remove the base cover, you need to remove six screws (one placed under the factory seal sticker). These are all Phillips head screws. My only challenge is a screw that is deep enough, so I need a longer screwdriver.
Most of the inside is taken by heat pipes and MXM modules. The PCIe-NVME SSD can be replaced by removing one screw, but the HDD requires a few more because it is attached to the bracket. There are two open RAM slots. Even though we have 32GB of RAM, please note that it's very easy to install a stick there when you want to increase.
Software and Warranty
As with most MSI game machines, the most useful part of preinstalled software is Dragon Center, which allows you to adjust system performance and fan speed, see CPU, GPU, memory, and storage usage and activate Gaming Mode to optimize the game applies to systems, including Dota 2, Overwatch, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Rocket League. The True Color MSI software allows you to change screen temperature, which might be good for some late night games.
But there is a little bloatware on Titan. These include the Music Maker Jam, the Microsoft Minesweeper version, Mahjong, jigsaw puzzles, as well as a series of word games, plus LinkedIn, Evernote, PowerDirector 4 (for video editing) and PhotoDirector 8. There are also standard junk from every Windows 10 build, like two different versions of Candy Crush, Disney Magic Kingdoms and Royal Revolt 2: Tower Defense.
MSI sells the Titan GT63 with a one-year warranty.
The MSI GT63 Titan we tested was the most expensive model - $ 2999 - with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 32GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB VRAM, 512GB PCIe-NVMe SSD, 1TB, 7,200-rpm HDD and 1080p screen.
The cheapest option is $ 2,199, which uses the same CPU but crashes the graphics to GTX 1070, 16GB RAM and less storage with 256GB PCIe-NVMe SSD.
There are various models, including one for $ 2,799 with 4K and GTX 1080 screens but the same memory and storage options from the cheapest models.
MSI GT63 Titan is a high-performance gaming laptop with a comfortable keyboard and easily expandable parts. The red and black designs are getting older, and I hope the look is a little brighter. I also want the Windows precision touchpad for productivity use, even though if you are one of the many gamers who carry a mouse with their keyboard, you might not mind the same as me.
If you want something thinner, Origin EVO15-S is a little cheaper when configured the same (but with the GTX 1070 Max-Q, the only graphic option available), at $ 2,632. The appearance, however, is no brighter than Titan. Razer Blade Pro has a better screen (and bigger, if it's your bag) and a more attractive design, but uses the 7th generation Intel Core processor. And if you want a GTX 1080, like Titan, the price starts at $ 3799.99, which is much more expensive.
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