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MSI GT76 Titan is one of the fastest — and loudest — laptops we've tested

MSI GT76 Titan is one of the fastest — and loudest — laptops we've tested (Image source: MSI)
MSI GT76 Titan is one of the fastest — and loudest — laptops we've tested (Image source: MSI)
It takes two large 60 mm fans and eleven copper heat pipes to cool both a 125 W CPU and 200 W GPU in a laptop chassis. However, the resulting fan noise will be as large and in charge as the resulting performance.
Allen Ngo, 🇩🇪

MSI introduced its high-power 17.3-inch GT76 Titan DTR last year equipped with the then-top-of-the-line Core i9-9900K CPU and GeForce RTX 2080 GPU. It was one of the fastest gaming laptops money can buy due to its pairing of a full-fledged desktop CPU and a full-power mobile GeForce GPU. The 2020 refresh ups the ante by swapping out the CPU and GPU for the even faster and newer Core i9-10900K and mobile GeForce RTX 2080 Super, respectively, to retain the crown of "fastest gaming laptop".

Synthetic benchmarks like CineBench and 3DMark show the 2020 GT76 Titan to be just a few percentage points behind our "proper" desktop PC reference running on the GeForce RTX 2080 Super and identical Core i9-10900K CPU. When considering the much smaller laptop form factor of the GT76, the numbers and temperatures are impressive.

A major drawback to the GT76 — aside from its two massive AC adapters — is fan noise. The machine is actually quieter than expected when running undemanding loads like web browsing or video streaming, but the opposite is true when running games or other demanding applications. Witcher 3, for example, induces a steady fan noise of 60.7 dB(A) compared to "only" ~50 dB(A) on most other gaming laptops. MSI also has a turbo fan mode called "Cooler Boost" which, when activated, will bump fan noise even louder to over 66 dB(A). Laptops very rarely ever reach 60 dB(A) in any of our testing conditions let alone 66 dB(A).

The good news is that Cooler Boost mode isn't necessary when running games. CPU and GPU temperatures will be a little warmer at 59 C and 83 C from 53 C and 77 C, respectively, but frame rates and clock rates remain identical in spite of the quieter fan noise (60.7 dB(A) vs. 66.6 dB(A)). Instead, Cooler Boost mode is recommended if running extreme applications that require 100 percent utilization of the processors involved.

Fan noise has always been a problem with many gaming laptops and not just the GT76. If you want that extreme performance, then audible fans are going to be inevitable. We just hope that the next generation of laptops are going to be better and not worse in this regard.

Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Intel Core i9-10900K
Intel Core i9-10900K
6381 Points ∼100% +3%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57AF1
AMD Ryzen 9 3900
6321 Points ∼99% +2%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
Intel Core i9-10900K
6181 Points ∼97%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
4926 Points ∼77% -20%
Average of class Gaming
  (1397 - 6321, n=141)
3026 Points ∼47% -51%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Intel Core i9-10900K
Intel Core i9-10900K
532 Points ∼100% +8%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
509 Points ∼96% +3%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
Intel Core i9-10900K
493 Points ∼93%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57AF1
AMD Ryzen 9 3900
490 Points ∼92% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (312 - 524, n=140)
452 Points ∼85% -8%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57AF1
AMD Ryzen 9 3900
2804 (2664.54min - 2804.07max) Points ∼100% +12%
Intel Core i9-10900K
Intel Core i9-10900K
2620 Points ∼93% +4%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
Intel Core i9-10900K
2513 (2424.1min - 2512.72max) Points ∼90%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
2022 Points ∼72% -20%
Average of class Gaming
  (196 - 2804, n=637)
933 Points ∼33% -63%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Intel Core i9-10900K
Intel Core i9-10900K
224 Points ∼100% +9%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
Intel Core i9-9900K
212 Points ∼95% +3%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
Intel Core i9-10900K
206 Points ∼92%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57AF1
AMD Ryzen 9 3900
197 Points ∼88% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (77 - 220, n=631)
162 Points ∼72% -21%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU
Average of class Gaming
  (179 - 901, n=96)
381 Seconds * ∼100% -113%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57AF1
AMD Ryzen 9 3900
179 Seconds * ∼47% -0%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
Intel Core i9-10900K
179 Seconds * ∼47%
Intel Core i9-10900K
Intel Core i9-10900K
167.3 Seconds * ∼44% +7%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Intel Core i9-10900K
Intel Core i9-10900K
5954 MIPS ∼100% +11%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
Intel Core i9-10900K
5349 MIPS ∼90%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57AF1
AMD Ryzen 9 3900
5134 MIPS ∼86% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (2480 - 5811, n=97)
4932 MIPS ∼83% -8%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57AF1
AMD Ryzen 9 3900
75612 MIPS ∼100% +12%
Intel Core i9-10900K
Intel Core i9-10900K
70968 MIPS ∼94% +6%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
Intel Core i9-10900K
67252 MIPS ∼89%
Average of class Gaming
  (3034 - 75612, n=97)
37404 MIPS ∼49% -44%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Intel Core i9-10900K
Intel Core i9-10900K
1449 Points ∼100% +8%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
Intel Core i9-10900K
1336 Points ∼92%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57AF1
AMD Ryzen 9 3900
1246 Points ∼86% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (703 - 1428, n=79)
1227 Points ∼85% -8%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Intel Core i9-10900K
Intel Core i9-10900K
11414 Points ∼100% +6%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
Intel Core i9-10900K
10725 Points ∼94%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57AF1
AMD Ryzen 9 3900
10190 Points ∼89% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (2783 - 11393, n=79)
6655 Points ∼58% -38%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset
Intel Core i9-10900K
Intel Core i9-10900K
21 fps ∼100% +6%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
Intel Core i9-10900K
19.8 fps ∼94%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57AF1
AMD Ryzen 9 3900
18.9 fps ∼90% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (1.7 - 19.8, n=96)
10.3 fps ∼49% -48%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Intel Core i9-10900K
Intel Core i9-10900K
76.02 s * ∼100% -65%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57AF1
AMD Ryzen 9 3900
59.4 s * ∼78% -29%
Average of class Gaming
  (23.9 - 95.8, n=73)
55.8 s * ∼73% -21%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
Intel Core i9-10900K
46.2 s * ∼61%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean
Average of class Gaming
  (0.531 - 1.088, n=77)
0.615 sec * ∼100% -8%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
Intel Core i9-10900K
0.567 sec * ∼92%
Schenker XMG Apex 15 NH57AF1
AMD Ryzen 9 3900
0.546 sec * ∼89% +4%
Intel Core i9-10900K
Intel Core i9-10900K
0.528 sec * ∼86% +7%

* ... smaller is better

3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop), R7 2700X
11477 Points ∼100% +7%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10900K
10718 Points ∼93%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
10243 Points ∼89% -4%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
9908 Points ∼86% -8%
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
9638 Points ∼84% -10%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10900K
11010 Points ∼100%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop), R7 2700X
10931 Points ∼99% -1%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
10290 Points ∼93% -7%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
9921 Points ∼90% -10%
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
9629 Points ∼87% -13%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop), R7 2700X
27075 Points ∼100% +12%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
25597 Points ∼95% +6%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
25126 Points ∼93% +4%
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
24416 Points ∼90% +1%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10900K
24211 Points ∼89%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop), R7 2700X
22441 Points ∼100% +4%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
21988 Points ∼98% +2%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10900K
21653 Points ∼96%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
21102 Points ∼94% -3%
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
20902 Points ∼93% -3%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10900K
20919 Points ∼100%
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
17605 Points ∼84% -16%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
16243 Points ∼78% -22%
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop), R7 2700X
13548 Points ∼65% -35%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop), R7 2700X
37958 Points ∼100% +10%
Alienware m17 R3 P45E
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
35128 Points ∼93% +1%
MSI GT76 Titan DT 10SGS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10900K
34623 Points ∼91%
Asus Strix Scar 17 G732LXS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Mobile, i9-10980HK
34021 Points ∼90% -2%
MSI GT76 Titan 10SGS fan noise profile. The orange curve represents Witcher 3 with Cooler Boost off while the green curve represents the same game but with Cooler Boost on. The Red and Blue curves are from web browsing and video streaming
MSI GT76 Titan 10SGS fan noise profile. The orange curve represents Witcher 3 with Cooler Boost off while the green curve represents the same game but with Cooler Boost on. The Red and Blue curves are from web browsing and video streaming

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Allen Ngo, 2020-10- 9 (Update: 2020-10- 6)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.