MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
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Reviews for the MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
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?
Source: Chip.de DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/13/2018
Rating: Total score: 93%
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
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.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
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.
15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.
The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
With this weight, a laptop is rather heavier than average. Devices in this range shine more with screen size and performance than with mobility.
MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI) was founded in 1986 in Taiwan. MSI is especially known as a manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards for PCs, but also offers computer accessories, complete systems, motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktop PCs, monitors and other components. However, the Microstar brand name in Germany belongs to the Medion company. MSI is known for its gaming products and has developed a wide range of gaming laptops and desktop PCs. The company is also active in workstations, servers and industrial automation. MSI has offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
90.15%: There are not very many models that are rated better. Most of the assessments are in percentage ranges below that. The tested product is not considered perfect, but the sources give a clear purchase recommendation.
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