Review: MSI GT73VR Titan laptop
The best gaming notebook?
- Very powerful
- NVMe RAID SSDs
- Great speakers
- MU-MIMO WiFi
- Runs quiet under load
- Wide range of SKUs
MSI's portable gaming monster does it all. It's incredibly fast at, well, everything and yet it runs quiet too. The screen is good, the peripherals and other features are good. It's expensive, but worth it!
Naturally, the combination of eight logical CPU cores running at 4GHz, two PCIe SSDs, a GTX 1080, and 32GB of RAM ain’t cheap, hence the $4,999 sticker. That’s about as costly as a laptop can get (not counting the even pricier 4K version at $5,499). There are more affordable SKUs with lower-powered graphics chips, CPUs, RAM and hard drives starting at $2,899 and with so many of them, there should be a spec to suit most buyers.
Since GTX 1080-based notebooks are still hard to find (believe me, I looked), it’s tough to say whether the MSI is priced fairly. Still, it seems fair to say the MSI GT73VR is priced fairly in the realm of extreme hardware.
What’s more, I was impressed by how quiet the MSI GT73VR’s is under load, which made the Origin EON17-X by comparison seem distractingly noisy. Even with the CPU at 100 percent, the GT73VR was barely audible. Of course, when the GPU fires up, you’ll hear that.
Overall, the MSI GT73VR Titan is an extremely solid platform. It’s loaded with next-gen technology, runs quietly for the most part, and hovers at the top of all of our benchmark charts. My only complaint is with the 4.2GHz overclocking option, which turns out to not be an option at all. Otherwise, this is one extremely sweet gaming notebook that seems to have what it takes to dominate its class.
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