MSI GT63 8RG-018-Titan 4K
Reviews for the MSI GT63 8RG-018-Titan 4K
Source: Portables4Gamers FR→EN
Positive: Large screen; powerful hardware; nice design; high performance. Negative: Average battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/06/2018
Model: I think we are going towards an era where even in gaming mobility starts to matter a lot. Why do I think that? Well, we are seeing 15-inch devices, actually even 13-inch devices packed with high performance components trying to make gamers happy. Some fail at that mission, some deliver. MSI’s GT63 variation in my opinion is another try at this point. It comes with 8th Gen. i7 8750 Intel processor as well as a Geforce GTX 1080 mobile graphics card packed in a 15.6 inch case. The GT63 is actually nothing new. It has the same case as the GT62 series, but of course it is more powerful. 6-core CPUs are starting to come to light and we will see more and more models equipped with 8th Gen. processors.
The device comes with some rather new technologies such as Bluetooth 5 and HDMI 2.0b. On the other hand it lacks Thunderbolt 3. Considering the 2,900 Euro price tag, this is unfortunate. As the name suggest, the screen has 4K resolution. It provides good amount of contrast and brightness. But I am not sold, yet. Reason for that is, I am not sure about heat management. My past experience tells me during high loads the fans will kick in and system sound will be a point of criticism. The other thing is 6-core CPUs as i said are just coming around and it might be a bit better to see how they are going to perform. There will be lots of variations of course. This could be a potential for people with tight budgets. Because while 8th Gen. SKUs will be expensive, old models will highly likely become cheaper to clear the stocks. Okay, going back to GT63. With around 3 kg of weight, packed with tons of performance (benchmarks clearly indicate that it is above the top of the competition right now), possible buyers will be able to play all the modern games with highest settings available. Here comes the “but”: Lack of Thunderbolt connections makes it harder for the device to be future proof. You can attach an external GPU when needed.
The cheaper 1080p SKU comes with a 120 Hz screen and might actually be a better option while it will help to achieve longer battery times. Speaking of which, battery capacity is 75 Wh and can be considered average in terms of run times (GTX 1080 is mostly guilty of this).
As in all my reviews, the question is “Would I buy it”? Lets be honest with this one. It will be hard to be mobile with this powerful device, right? I will always have to be connected to an outlet. Then why should I opt for a 15.6 inch screen? I have had different devices in the past and when I am not mobile my preference is to have bigger screens for a better view. The MSI GT73 Titan or GT75 models can be another option to go. They at least have Thunderbolt 3 and room for better heat management. Moreover, it is better to wait for 8th Gen. processors benchmarks, how they perform and then make a better judgement. To summarize, if you have the budget, wait a bit and see what other models will show up. Then make your decision.
Hands-on article by Ümit Yılmaz Güneş
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop): Pascal based laptop graphics card using GDDR5 graphics memory. Should offer a similar performance to the deskto GTX 1080. However, there is also a more power efficient "Max-Q" version that performs worse than the normal GTX1080 and is used in thin and light laptops.
These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
8750H: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.2 - 4.1 GHz (4 GHz with 4 cores, 3.9 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++). » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.
MSI is not present in the smartphone market. As a laptop manufacturer, MSI has a medium market share and is not among the Top 10 global manufacturers. The ratings of MSI laptops are above average in the tests (as of 2016).
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