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MSI GT63 Series

MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-048Processor: Intel Coffee Lake i7-8750H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
Display: 15.60 inch
Weight: 2.9kg, 2.92kg, 3kg
Price: 2700 euro
Average Score: 88.33% - very good
Average of 4 scores (from 5 reviews)
performance: 96%, features: 66%, display: 89%, mobility: 66%, workmanship: 78%, ergonomy: 82%, emissions: 83%

 

MSI GT63 8RG-018-Titan 4K

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

Specifications

MSI GT63 8RG-018-Titan 4KNotebook: MSI GT63 8RG-018-Titan 4K
Processor: Intel Coffee Lake i7-8750H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
Display: 15.60 inch, 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixels
Weight: 2.9kg
Links: MSI homepage
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Foreign Reviews

MSI compte un nouveau Titan : MSI GT63 Titan 8RG
Source: Portables4Gamers French FR→EN
Positive: Large screen; powerful hardware; nice design; high performance. Negative: Average battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/06/2018

 

MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046

The MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046 is a large desktop replacement: a 15.6-inch machine that is two generations newer than MSI GT62VR, but that leverages a respected NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU alongside an Intel Core i7-8750H. The GT63 Titanium 8RG, which is quite similar to the GT62, is designed for those who want a gaming computer that is as heavy as 2.94 kg and as portable as it is powerful, although it looks big due to its powerful hardware and cooling system. While the primary construction, including the internal frame and the bottom, is plastic, the display lid and top cover/palm rest are made from aluminum. Stability is quite good on the base unit, with only minor flex detectable under moderate pressure in the middle of the machine above the touchpad. While the GT63 is fairly large (especially in comparison with thinner, less powerful alternatives such as the MSI GS65 8RF Stealth Thin or Razer Blade 15), once again, it is not intended to be constantly on the move. The Intel Core i7-8750H is a formidable six-core high-end CPU based on the 14nm Coffee-Lake architecture. It clocks between 2.2 and 4.1 GHz (3.9 GHz with six cores, 4.0 GHz with four cores) and also supports Hyper-Threading. The laptop furthermore supports up to two SODIMMs of DDR4-2666 RAM, or up to four DDR4-2400 modules. Dual storage is also possible, with both a 2.5-inch HDD bay and a single M.2/NVMe slot available.

The SteelSeries keyboard is as good as ever. The chiclet-style keys are highly visible thanks to the contrast between their black backgrounds and white labels. In the dark, they now sport per-key RGB-LED backlighting. The 107x60 mm Synaptics touchpad is reasonably large, pointer movement is subject to very little lag. The basic gestures still worked without any technical sorcery. Port selection and placement are treated to a total of five USB ports (3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x USB 2.0, and 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C) as well as multiple options for video output (HDMI, mini-DisplayPort) and a full gamut of audio connections. The USB and audio ports are located on the left and right sides of the machines, but most of the other connections, i.e. power, video, Ethernet, and one of the USB ports, are on the rear. It is a decision which some users may find inconvenient. As for autonomy, battery life is expectedly poor. Lacking switchable graphics as a crutch, the machine lasted just over 3 hours with WiFi connectivity, well below any of the less powerful machines in today’s field. However, desktop replacements are not really expected to offer abundance in the category of battery runtimes. The Dragon Center software remains central to the MSI gaming laptop experience, providing resource monitoring, power management, audio/network tuning, and a few other useful features. Cooler Boost 5 is also supported, with a dedicated hardware key (as usual) located above the keyboard near the power button.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Specifications

MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046Notebook: MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
Processor: Intel Coffee Lake i7-8750H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile 8192 MB
Display: 15.60 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 2.92kg
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

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Average Score: 93% - very good

Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

 

87.3% MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046 (i7-8750H, GTX 1080, FHD) Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
Six Cores the Richer. Aesthetically, not much has changed with the GT63 since its predecessor nearly two years ago. But the upgrades to a Core i7-8750H and GTX 1080 are promising by themselves… do they live up to expectations?

Foreign Reviews

93% MSI GT63 TITAN 8RG İnceleme
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 93%
93% MSI GT63 TITAN 8RG İnceleme
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 93%

 

MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-060XES

Specifications

MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-060XESNotebook: MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-060XES
Processor: Intel Coffee Lake i7-8750H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile
Display: 15.60 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 3kg
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

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Foreign Reviews

Portátil para juegos 15,6": MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-060XES
Source: Putoinformatico Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Large screen; powerful hardware; high gaming performance; excellent display. Negative: Expensive.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/05/2018

 

MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-048

Specifications

MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-048Notebook: MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-048
Processor: Intel Coffee Lake i7-8750H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile 8192 MB
Display: 15.60 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 2.92kg
Price: 2700 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

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Average Score: 80% - good

Average of 1 scores (from 1 reviews)

 

80% MSI GT63 Titan 8RG Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
The MSI GT63 TItan 8RG makes its brothers proud, continuing the machines' reign as some of the most powerful gaming laptops on the tech block.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/19/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%

 

Comment

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).


With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile: 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.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Coffee Lake:

i7-8750H: 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.


» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.9 kg:

This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.

3 kg:


88.33%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Stefan Hinum, 2018-07-24 (Update: 2018-07-24)