MSI GT75 8RG-086NL
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the MSI GT75 8RG-086NL
Source: Tweakers NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/03/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Tweakers NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/17/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
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 (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.
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.
This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» 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).
80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.