A lot of adjectives entered my mind once I received the MSI GT80 Titan laptop for review: humongous, gigantic, gargantuan, elephantine, massive, mammoth, monumental, etc. That was my first impression when I laid my eyes upon it. It easily dwarfs all other laptops in the market. The name Titan was derived from Greek Mythology. They were GIANT deities of incredible STRENGTH. Admittedly, I have never seen a laptop as big as this in the flesh. It has roughly the same footprint of two 13” -inch laptops. That is why the name Titan fits perfectly.
A laptop of this size comes with a slew of features and specs that befits its name. An 18.4” 1920×1080 screen, Windows 8.1, 2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-4980HQ CPU, up to 32GB RAM using 4 SO-DIMM slots, Dual mSATA SSD Hard Drives in RAID configuration, Full-size Mechanical Keyboard, BluRay/DVDRW Dual Layer Optical Drive, Dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M SLI Graphic Cards, 802.11ac Killer N1525 Wireless, 5 USB3.0 ports, an HDMI & 2 Mini Display ports that can simultaneously be used for up to 4 displays, 4 Dynaudio Speakers and 1 Subwoofer with 3 independent amplifiers, all encased in an aluminium and magnesium chassis and weighs 10 pounds more or less.
First impressions are sometimes the ones that you will never forget. And as soon as I plugged in the power brick and turned it on, it took no less than a few seconds for it to get started. This laptop is definitely fast! I searched the program menu for a game to test what this baby can do. In less than a minute of pressing the power button, it was running Witcher 3 all in Ultra High settings. I was pleasantly surprised that it was able to play with nary a hiccup nor a glitch. I was mesmerised with all the details that was displayed on the screen, from individual strands of hair, to the veins of leaves on the trees, I was spending a lot of time just looking at the display, admiring what was in front of me. Even when the main character was running or riding a horse, I didn’t notice any slowdown or loss of framerate during the game.
Convinced that this machine can handle all the graphical stress, I minimised the game screen and opened a browser to surf the internet. I checked my email, paid bills through my online bank, browsed through music and gaming forums, watched some funny YouTube videos, played and downloaded new skins for Pinball FX2, and watched a BluRay of The Empire Strikes Back, all without closing any tabs, windows, or programs. I was also listening to music thru Spotify. I was constantly switching between windows and programs the whole time I was using it. The Titan didn’t even flinch. Not one single bit. I was definitely impressed. Multitasking is certainly one of this machine’s strengths. There is so much power in this machine; it’s getting somewhat downright scary… but in a good way.
After a few hours of use, all this power will produce heat. But don’t worry, the aluminium and magnesium cover and chassis together with the extra large exhaust vents all around and under, easily dissipate the heat. If it still feels a bit warm to the touch, there is a button that makes the fans spin in Turbo-mode to cool down the machine faster. The fan noise though gets a bit loud. Better switch to headphones to muffle the fan noise during crucial gaming moments.
Some things to note… When I unplugged the Titan’s power brick from the wall socket, there was a bit of a loss in the framerate while playing Witcher 3. The details are still there though. I’m not sure if when unplugged, it senses it and somewhat lowers the GeForce GTX980’s performance or it automatically switches to the integrated graphics chip to save battery life. But nonetheless, if you are to use this machine for gaming, it is wise to keep it always plugged in.
I also connected an XBOX One controller into one of its USB Ports to try to use it for gaming. It sensed the controller quickly and I was able to use it flawlessly for Witcher 3. I suppose I would also be able to use it in other games too. The Titan is also the first laptop that has a mechanical keyboard. Mechanical keyboards are more durable than ordinary membrane type keyboards by a few million more key presses. So expect the keyboard to last. It also comes with extra gold colored metal W, A, S, D, & Esc keys that you can replace easily. As a gamer, you should know that these keys are the ones that are frequently used and abused during intense fragfests. A soft gel-type wrist rest is also included in the package.
I still have a lot to write about this laptop, but my editor told me to keep my review within the 700-word range. I’m over the limit by a few hundred words and there are still a lot of things that has been left uncovered. But in a nutshell, it is hard to find any faults with the MSI 2QE GT80 Titan SLI other than its weight and size. But if you are really serious with gaming, or if you want a VERY powerful laptop, this is one machine that is truly worth considering. If you have the money…
OS: Windows 8.1
CPU: Intel® Core i7-5950HQ
CPU Speed: 2.9 – 3.7GHz w/ Turbo Boost
Chipset: Intel® HM87
Color: Aluminum Black
Screen Size: 18.4″ Full HD WideView Non Reflection
Resolution: 1920×1080 (16:9)
GPU: Dual GTX980M SLI
Visual Experience: True Color Tech
Video Memory: 16G GDDR5 (8GB each)
Keyboard: Mechnical Cherry MX Brown Switch, Red backlight Steel Series KB 88 Keys
- Audio: Nahimic Sound
- Speaker: Dynaudio Tech Speakers x 4 + Subwooferx1
- Memory: 24GB DDR3L 1600MHz
- HDD Capacity: Super RAID 256GB(128GB M.2SATA SSD*2 RAID 0) + 1TB 7200RPM
- LAN: Killer™ E2200 Game Networking
- WLAN: Killer N1525 Combo (2*2 ac)
- Video Port: HDMI 1.4 x 1, mDP x 2
- USB: USB 3.0 x 5
- Battery Pack: 8 cell
Weight: 9.9 lbs
- SRP: Php 250,000.00
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