MSI GT83VR 7RF-206 Titan SLI
Average of 5 scores (from 8 reviews)
Reviews for the MSI GT83VR 7RF-206 Titan SLI
A study in what is possible. With the 18-inch GT83VR 7RF, the gaming expert MSI shows what is currently technically possible (in terms of performance) in the notebook segment. Intel's most powerful mobile Kaby Lake processor is accompanied by two Pascal GPUs. However, the price is as extreme as the speed: over 5000 Euros (~$5600) makes the GT83VR 7RF an expensive toy for enthusiasts.
The MSI GT83VR 7RF Titan SLI is highly specced out which, at a cost, offers up unparalleled gaming performance from a laptop. Don’t let the lower overall score fool you, after all the poor battery performance drags it down. This is one beast of a gaming laptop if you have the cash to spare.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 80% performance: 95% display: 90% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90%
Source: Pocket Lint
Unsurprisingly, given the beauty of the design and the specs, it garnered a Best Choice Award at Computex this year as well.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/02/2017
Source: PC Mag
You can check out the full review of the MSI GT83VR Titan SLI on our sister site, Computer Shopper, for all the benchmark numbers, but suffice to say that the system had no trouble playing 3D games at full HD resolution with all of the quality settings set to Ultra. Essentially you need an external 4K display to use the full potential of this gaming behemoth, which is the main drawback keeping it from earning our top accolades.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/27/2017
The GT83VR Titan is an upgrade over the original GT80 Titan. The newer components are faster, and the excellent chassis has stayed the same, but the competition, even from MSI’s own gaming laptops, has simply moved quicker than this 18.4-inch behemoth could keep up with, and that’s a shame, because it’s still a well-built, powerful system. It just needs a better display to justify the price tag.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/13/2017
The biggest issue that will stop most people from buying the GT83VR is price. This laptop starts at $4,400 for a base model without an SSD, and to do this laptop justice with proper fast storage, you’ll need to spend more like $4,800. That’s a lot of money to spend on a single system, putting the GT83VR out of the reach of most consumers. We'd have found the price more palatable if a 4K or G-Sync display would have been part of the package. But ultimately, if you want the best possible hardware in a laptop form factor, I guess you need to pay a hefty premium.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Computer Shopper
In essence, to fully appreciate the GT83VR’s Titan SLI graphics cards, you’ll need to hook it up to a 4K display or a whole brace of 1080p ones. That rather defeats the purpose of getting a notebook by doing that, since it’s no longer a self-contained package once you plug in a display. This is made gawkier by the fact that the GT83VR is so big—you’ll need to mount your monitor up rather high to see over the GT83VR’s built-in display, or use the laptop with the screen folded shut and with an external keyboard and mouse. (In other words, just like a laptop-shaped conventional desktop.)
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/30/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Laptop Mag
The MSI GT83VR Titan SLI is back with some new tricks up its sleeve. This gaming behemoth is the first in the world to feature Cherry MX Speed Silver switches, so you can spam out special moves that much faster. Even better, the Titan finally got with the program and got some customizable RGB backlighting. But this beast's beauty is more than skin-deep; it offers searing transfer speeds, impressive dual-GPU graphics power, a Kaby Lake processor and whisper-quiet fans.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/20/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
Source: Portables4Gamers FR→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; nice performance; comfortable keyboard. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/13/2018
The MSI GT83VR 7RF-206 Titan SLI is the world's first gaming laptop to feature a keyboard with Cherry MX Speed Switches for faster fragging. This laptop is also one of the first gaming rigs to ship with Intel's 7th-generation Kaby Lake processor. It even packs dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs in the SLI configuration. Because these are 10-Series GPUs, it's a given that the Titan is VR-ready. As for storage, the laptop packs a 512GB PCI-e SSD in a Super-RAID-4 configuration and a 1TB 7,200-rpm hard drive that is capable of duplicating 4.97 GB of multimedia files in 5 seconds. The Titan is just as big as it is beautiful. Clad in brushed aluminum, the 13.1-pound, 16.9 x 12.4 x 1.7~2.5-inch rig cuts an imposing, desk-monopolizing figure. The front of the laptop features an inviting sheen of the notebook's aluminum lid, which is accented with a pair of glowing red darts, a backlit dragon sigil, and a gleaming chrome MSI label. The rear vents are rimmed in red aluminum and have an alluring glow. Opening the lid reveals a large mechanical keyboard and a digital touch/number pad occupying the space where users would normally find a palm rest. That just leaves the large dragon-etched panel at the top. As cool as it looks, it is not simply for show. Users can remove this piece to access the RAM and solid-state drives.
MSI has swapped the Titan's Cherry MX Brown switches on the mechanical keyboard for Cherry Speed Silver switches, making it the first and only gaming laptop with this feature. Cherry claims these switches are shallower than others, so that gamers don't have to press down as hard to shoot or move. The Speed Silver switches have 3.4 mm of travel, which is a little deeper than the 3.1-mm Brown switches. The laptop features an 18.4-inch, 1920 x 1080 IPS display, which serves up plenty of vivid hues and crisp detail. The Titan's eye-catching display is a result of its ability to reproduce 114 percent of the sRGB gamut. However, in terms of brightness, the panel only manages to average 295 nits. As for battery life, dual-wielding GPUs require a lot of power. It was not surprising to find that the Titan can only last a little more than 2 hours. Booming bass and warm, clear mids and highs await from the Titan's powerful Dynaudio speakers and bottom-mounted subwoofer. The speakers of this laptop deliver crisp cymbals, deep lows and lilting vocals on upbeat tracks. The notebook also includes the software Nahimic 2, which allows users to toggle through its many presets, namely Music, Comm, Movie, Shooter, Strategy, Role Play, and Racing. The laptop is furthermore overflowing with ports and slots. This includes 5 USB-3.0 ports, a full-size HDMI port, a Thunderbolt 3 port, and even a DisplayPort. The MSI GT83VR 7RF-206 Titan SLI is as hardcore as it can get for a gaming laptop. There are not many competitors in the market. The only let-down are its relatively low screen resolution and brightness.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop): Two high-end GTX 1080 graphics card combined in an SLI combination. The gaming performance depends on the SLI profile support for the used game and can range from nothing to nearly 90% gains compared to a single GTX 1080.
These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
7920HQ: Quad-core notebook processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture running at 3.1-4.1 GHz. It is the top model of the Kaby Lake H-series in the beginning of 2017 and therefore also the fastest mobile consumer processor. The chip also integrates the HD Graphics 630 GPU clocked at 350 - 1100 MHz and is manufactured in a 14 nm process (improved compared to Skylake).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This is a very large display size for laptops on a desk without mobile use.» 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).
83.62%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
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