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MSI GT75VR Titan Laptop Review

The new MSI GT75VR Titan 17.3” gaming laptop really lives up to its name and offers profound improvements over previous generation models in both aesthetics as well as real world performance. This sleek machine boasts serious horsepower and is packed with features not found in any other laptop on the market. If you’re looking for a desktop replacement unit that offers bleeding edge performance, then the GT75VR Titan is well worth its steep asking price of 3,299 US dollars.



DESIGN

As expected from a laptop coming from a gaming brand, the GT75VR sports the ubiquitous red and black color theme that is practically synonymous with gaming at this point in time. The rear vents on the laptop body really complete the look. From a purely visual standpoint alone, through and through, this machine is geared towards the most demanding gaming enthusiasts.



BUILD QUALITY

As for build quality of the GT75VR, the bottom chassis is made out of a metal alloy proprietary to MSI. The elevated palm cover is made of the same material as well, making this machine feel extremely solid and robust. Though I would’ve preferred brushed aluminium for the screen’s bezels for example, the build quality is top notch as you would expect from a laptop of this asking price.



FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

– Intel Core i7-7820HK 2.90 (up to 3.90) Ghz Processor
– Windows 10 Home / Windows 10 Pro
– 16GB DDR4-2400, 4 Slots, Max 64GB
– Latest GeForce® GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
– Rapid Mechanical RGB Keyboard by SteelSeries
– Per-Key RGB Backlight customization
– Killer Multi GIG
– 17.3″ Full HD (1920×1080), 120 Hz Refresh Rate
– Exclusive Cooler Boost Titan Technology
– Exclusive Super RAID 4
– Thunderbolt™ 3
–  MSI SHIFT Technology by Dragon Center
– Exclusive ESS SABRE HiFi DAC
– Nahimic 2+ & Nahimic VR Sound Technology
– Sound by Dynaudio system
– True Color 2.0 Technology
– WTFast free premium license for 2-month
– XSplit Gamecaster free premium license for 1 year
– Matrix Display

Upon opening the laptop, you’ll find a very bright RGB mechanical keyboard. This is not your typical mechanical keyboard mind you. This is an all new ‘rapid mechanical’ low profile rgb keyboard with an extremely short travel distance of three millimeters and only 1.5 millimeters of actuation distance. I got used to typing on the low-profile keyboard rather fast, and it felt extremely tactile and precise. It sounds and feels like a much quieter Cherry MX blue switch, which is definitely a plus in my book. Without a doubt, this is the best keyboard I’ve ever come across on a laptop. The machine weighs a hefty 4.56kg and measures 30 millimeters to 57 millimeters. Due to its weight and sizable footprint, the GT75VR is not the most portable of machines. It is meant to be a desktop replacement unit, after all. It won’t fit into most backpacks and laptop bags, but what it lacks in portability it makes up for in performance. Certain sacrifices have been made in order for MSI to pack in all the performance possible into every nook and cranny of this machine.

One of the highlights of the laptop is of course its display; the massive 17.3 inch screen is capable of 1080p resolution and comes with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, with a 120Hz refresh rate paired with a super low 3ms response time. The TN panel has better viewing angles than most TN panels out there, but there still is noticeable color shifting as you might expect. It simply is not possible to break the laws of physics, unfortunately. Equipped with the latest Surround mode technology, users can expand their gaming real estate across 3 external displays of up to 4K UHD resolution. MSI also offers True Color Technology, which guarantees exceptional color fidelity close to 100% sRGB. The MSI GT75VR also comes equipped with 16GB of the latest DDR4-2400 memory architecture and is over 40% faster than previous generation DDR-1600 ram. MSI is the world’s 1st gaming notebook manufacturer to have the latest NVIDIA GPU solutions onboard. Performance of the next generation GeForce® GTX 1070 is expected to improve more than 40% than GeForce® GTX 900M series GPUs. The innovative Cooler Boost design allows the GPU to unleash its full potential only on MSI laptops. To be able to unleash the full power of the graphics chipsets, the laptop features MSI Shift technology, which automatically overclocks your system with a touch of a button. It can be used to push your system to the extreme or extend battery life.



When it comes to cooling, the GT75VR really shines. The palm rest does not get warm after long gaming sessions, and the keyboard doesn’t heat up like most laptops do either. The downside of such effective cooling is the system fan noise, but it shouldn’t bother you at all if you use headphones while gaming on this machine. The Cooler Boost Titan cooling solution allows the Intel Core i7-7700HQ and GTX 1070s to release their full performance.

Speaking of audio, the GT75VR has the best audio quality I’ve heard on a laptop. This is due to the Dynaudio speakers built-in. I’d be more than happy to game on this without using external speakers or headphones as the built-in sound solution is loud enough to fill a small room.  The GT75VR features Nahimic VR audio.



Nahimic VR is the world’s first audio solution to bring the 7.1 sound stage to a regular stereo headset. Armed with specific audio algorithms that are capable of producing 3d sound over HDMI and USB output, the result is a breathtaking aural experience for gamers. Top end MSI notebooks come with ESS SABRE Hifi Audio DACs for high resolution 24 bit audio. Partnered with Dynaudio, the GT75VR is packed with top-notch audio features. Dynaudio speakers boost power amplitude 50% more than conventional laptop speakers, meaning the volume is 10 dBA louder.


PERFORMANCE & BENCHMARKS

3D Mark Firestrike Score: 18396

Cinebench CPU Score: 771

Unigine Heaven Extreme
Score: 3106

Average FPS: 135
Min FPS: 28
Max FPS: 241

Rise of the Tomb Raider, Max 1080p, SSAA
109 FPS average


Call of Duty World War 2 Max 1080p, 2x TXAA:
110 FPS average
Min FPS –  75
Max FPS – 146



DOOM Ultra 1080p 8x AA
108.5 FPS average
Min FPS –  75
Max FPS – 145


VERDICT

The MSI GT75VR Titan is an extremely fast machine capable of eating up anything you throw at it. Not only does it look great, it sounds great as well thanks to its Dynaudio sound system. The mechanical keyboard is far superior to any other conventional laptop keyboard in just about every way and the machine can play games with ultra settings without breaking a sweat. The TN panel with near 100% sRGB ratio is excellent and you’d be hard pressed to find a better TN panel out there. If you have the money to spend, I would definitely recommend the GT75VR 7RE Titan as a desktop replacement unit.