Tuesday, May 12, 2020

MSI GT75 Titan

CPU: Up to 8th-generation Intel Core i9 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 2070 (8GB GDDR6) – Nvidia GeForce GTX 2080 with 8GB GDDR6 | RAM: Up to 32GB | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920x1,080) – UHD (3,840x2,160) | Storage: 1TB, 1TB HDD

Some gaming laptops just don’t pull any punches, allowing you to run any game you can think of on Ultra without breaking a sweat – and the MSI GT75 Titan is an excellent example. It’s the king of desktop replacements, fitted with 6-core Intel Coffee Lake processors, plenty of RAM and powerful Nvidia Pascal graphics. Aptly named, this is indeed a titan, and is neither portable nor cafe-friendly. However, if raw power is what you’re after, this is the best gaming laptop for you. Just be prepared to shell out the silver.

The MSI GT75 Titan is a powerful, bulky gaming laptop that plays games like an absolute dream, but is taxing to transport anywhere. Anyone who wants no-holds barred performance – with portability being a distant second thought – should give this gaming laptop a look.

Over the last few years, there’s been a growing trend among the best gaming laptops: make them thinner, lighter and more powerful than ever before. But, even among all the Razer Blade and MSI GS65 Stealth laptops of the world, sometimes you need something a little, well, bigger.

Enter the MSI GT75 Titan, a hulking behemoth of a gaming laptop that can handle anything you could possibly throw at it – putting even most of the best gaming PCs in their place. Rocking an Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, 32GB of RAM and an Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics chip, there won’t be a single game that can slow this thing down – as long as you have the cash.

This laptop is prohibitively expensive for most people, but if you have the cash to spare, and you don’t want to compromise, you’re not going to do much better than the MSI GT75 Titan. In our view, it's one of the best MSI gaming laptops of 2019.
Price and availability

The MSI GT75 Titan is undeniably an expensive device, so you’ll need a serious bankroll in order to get your hands on it.

You can pick up the starting configuration with a Core i9-8950HK, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSHD, a GTX 1080 and a 1080p, 120Hz display for $3,299 (£3,399, about AU$4,560), though this configuration isn’t available in Australia at the time of writing.

Compared to similar devices, like the the Asus ROG G703GI, which starts at $3,699 (£3,499, AU$4,599), the GT75 actually seems like a better deal. The Asus machine rocks the same starting processor and graphics configuration at its starting level, but with half the RAM, while still costing $300 (£100, AU$30) more. We know that it sounds a little crazy mentioning ‘value’ on a laptop that costs more than three grand, but considering the hardware on offer, it fits.

However, the more compelling option is going to be maxing this baby out. If you have the $4,499 (about £3,500, AU$6,226) that it costs, you can spec this thing out with 32GB of RAM, 2TB of storage – a 1TB SSD and a 1TB HDD – and a 4K UHD display with Nvidia G-Sync. And, unlike many laptops with 4K displays, the MSI GT75 Titan can actually handle gaming at that resolution – it’s worth the cash if you’re looking for a straight desktop replacement.

The MSI GT75 Titan defies all the trends of the last few years and delivers a product that looks like the tank that it is. And, that shouldn’t be surprising, considering the manufacturer. Sure, MSI delivered the ultra-svelte GS65 Stealth, but the GT75 Titan is the direct opposite – big, thick and heavy, this isn’t the kind of laptop that you take into public unless it’s to a tournament.

But, as a laptop that will likely stay at home, it’s perfect. This thing is packed front to back with RGB lighting – from the keyboard to the touchpad. This isn’t a device that’s going to blend into the background, it’s going to demand your attention, which might be something that rubs you the wrong way. Luckily, you can turn off the lights – but you’ll still have to deal with the loud fans.

Not that this doesn’t fit the laptop, though – the MSI GT75 Titan measures in at 16.85 x 12.36 x 1.22 inches (427.99 x 313.94 x 30.99mm) and weighs a massive 10.5 pounds (4.76kg). So, demanding attention actually kind of fits. Just don’t go expecting to bring this with you to Starbucks, not only will you draw weird looks, but it’s going to be a pain to drag it, and its two power bricks, along with you.

Such a large device would be worthless if it wasn’t solidly built, and luckily, the MSI GT75 Titan is a sturdy device. Both the lid and the top half of the bottom have a smooth aluminum finish that feels nice to the touch. However, the bottom half of the base is plastic and has a bit more give to it. But, we recognize that’s necessary with all the ventilation that the powerful hardware requires, not to mention the price.


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