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MSI GT75 8RG-086NL

Specifications

MSI GT75 8RG-086NL
MSI GT75 8RG-086NL (GT75 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i9-8950HK 6 x 2.9 - 4.8 GHz, Coffee Lake-H
Memory
32 GB 
Display
17.30 inch 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixel 255 PPI, glossy: no
Storage
512 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD
Connections
5 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Card Reader: undefined, Sensors: Motion sensor, Fingerprint reader
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 58 x 428 x 314 ( = 2.28 x 16.85 x 12.36 in)
Battery
75 Wh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Additional features
Keyboard Light: yes
Weight
4.6 kg ( = 162.26 oz / 10.14 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)

 

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Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)

Reviews for the MSI GT75 8RG-086NL

80% MSI GT75 8RG-086NL - Reviews
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/03/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% MSI GT75 Titan Review
Source: Tweakers Dutch NL→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/17/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%

Comment

Model: I am not a big fan of desktop replacements and I have mentioned this in my other reviews. But today, I am reviewing another desktop replacement, the so called MSI GT75. My unliking for desktop replacements is not because of their performance or whatsoever, but just due to their immobility. With over 4 kg of weight, it is for sure going to sit most of the time on your desk and not on your lap. Carrying it around is another issue with all the required cables and connectors as well. Since MSI GT75 8 series indicates that it is using 8th Gen Coffee Lake processors, they come with the newest connections as well. Such as Thunderbolt 3. The biggest issue? Well, it is the required power consumption to get most out of this laptop. You get not just one, but two power connectors and they need to be connected to each other with a so-called bridge. So, when you want to plug in this device to an outlet, well you will be needing 2 outlets. The total weight? Over 2.1 kg. So, if you want to carry this so-called laptop, you need to carry something about 7 kg, which almost equals an ATX case. Would you still call it mobile?

The best parts? You get the fastest i9 processor, 4K screen and GTX 1080 GPU, all sounds good. The cooling solution is just fine, case design etc. all delivers what is necessary. I am assuming most of the users will plug in a separate keyboard and a mouse and gonna use this performance monster with additional screens. In the end, it will become your desktop.

For me what matters is the option to upgrade. With 32 GB of RAM and 1.5 TB of disk space (512 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD) I doubt you will be needing any upgrades for performance for a while. The only bottleneck in the near future could be the GPU. I would have never thought that a GTX 1080 can be the bottleneck of a system, but here I am eating my words. It is not that the GTX 1080 can't deliver, it is what Nvidia’s Turing cards can provide. The newest GPUs are expected to come with GDDR6 and double the size of memory. They are meant for 4K gaming, where a single GTX 1080 falls short in some titles (by fall short I mean above or close to 60 fps of course). My emphasis is on GPU because, when you buy something like this, which costs over 4000 Euros, you want it to last at least for a few years. But hear me out my friend, it is not possible in today’s technological world. Lets say you buy this laptop, how much it will loose from its value next year when the market is flooded with Turing GPUs?

Overall, you will get what you ask for. The main question needed to be asked is, "Which one is more favorable for you?". Being close to 7 kg - actually over 7 kg with all adapters - should you buy a desktop instead, which you can upgrade as much as you like? Or go for this and play games with your friends whenever and wherever you want as long as you can reserve two power outlets for you.

Hands-on article by Ümit Yılmaz Güneş

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.

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


i9-8950HK: On Coffee Lake architecture based processor for big and heavy laptops. Integrates six processor cores clocked at 2.9- 4.8 GHz (4.3 GHz with 6 cores) that support HyperThreading. Manufactured in an improved 14nm process (14nm++). Offers an unlocked multiplier that allows overclocking of the CPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


17.30": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


4.6 kg:

A laptop in this weight range is a heavyweight that you rarely carry around. This is meant for desktops and the devices tend to score with a large display and high performance and replace desktop devices.


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.


80%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.


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

 

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Stefan Hinum, 2018-08-12 (Update: 2018-08-12)