MSI GT83VR Titan SLI Evaluation: GTX 1080 SLI!

Do you want the most powerful gaming laptop you can buy for money? Do you still have $ 5,000 left? Look no further than the MSI GT83VR 7RF Titan SLI, a monster gaming laptop with two GeForce GTX 1080s inside. It's simply the most powerful gaming laptop we've tested at Catrachadas.

The GPU configuration is obviously the most impressive part of the GT83VR, but you also get a premium Core i7-7920HQ processor, 64 GB DDR4 memory, and a dual SSD solution in RAID 0. You get faster in every facet of this laptop hardware and more expensive components than a typical slot machine.

To fit into such powerful hardware, the MSI GT83VR is massive. This machine not only has an 18.4-inch display, but is also 5.5 kg heavy and up to 69 mm thick. Without taking into account the two enormous 330 watt power modules that are required for the power supply. Sure, there is a battery in the GT83VR technically, but if you plan to use it for more than an hour, it is a must to drag the Power Bricks around.

So the GT83VR isn't a particularly portable laptop, but that's not a problem. This machine will sit on a desk most of its life and will only move from place to place when absolutely necessary. The good news is that an equivalent desktop PC with this type of hardware is even bigger and more cumbersome. So if you want to carry a slot machine from time to time, it may make more sense to buy a laptop like the GT83VR.

Enormous vents on the sides and back of the GT83VR exhaust that are drawn in through the base and cool both the GPUs and the CPU with reasonable efficiency. The sheer volume of metal heat sinks and heat pipes add to the weight of the GT83VR, although these coolers are required for games without throttling.

A second important feature is the large, space-consuming mechanical keyboard. The mechanical keyboard of the GT83VR is equipped with Cherry MX RGB Speed ​​Silver key switches and differs from all other laptop keyboards I use. The clickable tactile feedback, excellent responsiveness and first-class range of this keyboard essentially correspond to the mechanical keyboard of my desktop PC and offer an equally good experience. You won't get this from many other (if any) gaming laptops.

Since each key is RGB-lit, the keyboard of the GT83VR can be fully customized using the included SteelSeries software utility. You can choose from a range of cool preset effects or customize the color of each key to your liking. For example, you can use different profiles to only illuminate the buttons required for the game you are playing. And of course RGB is all the rage these days. So it's great to see that it's included on this laptop too.

The keyboard is more raised than a traditional desktop keyboard and there is no wrist wringing. Therefore, it is not the most convenient keyboard for long typing times. However, I had no problems using the keyboard for long gaming sessions, and that's the main focus of this monster laptop.

In this test, I was concerned about the unusual position of the trackpad – a byproduct of the mechanical keyboard's inclusion. As it turns out, his position is certainly unorthodox, but not terrible to use. After a few days of getting used to it, the trackpad is perfect for navigating the operating system.

The secondary function of this trackpad, with which it can be used as a touchscreen-like numpad, is not that impressive. Trying to do calculations or do serious work on a touch surface is bad compared to the experience that the mechanical keyboard offers right next to it. And for games, you still want to connect an external mouse.

With so much space on the sides of the GT83VR, MSI has added an impressive range of ports. You get five USB 3.0 Type A ports (three on the left, two on the right) as well as two 3.5 mm audio jacks, an optical SPDIF audio port, a HiFi audio port and an SD card reader. On the back are Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, Mini-DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3. In this laptop there is even a Blu-ray drive for those who still use discs.

The speaker system included in the GT83VR consists of four 3 W tweeters and one 3 W woofer. The audio provided by this laptop has more depth than many other gaming laptops, but it's still not particularly surprising, mainly due to pronounced midtones. With such a wide range of ports for connecting external speakers, you should stick to them.

The strangest aspect of the GT83VR is the display. It's an 18.4-inch 1080p IPS LCD with a refresh rate of just 60 Hz. This is a laptop with two GTX 1080s in SLI inside, which is more than enough to play modern games at 1080p 60 FPS easy to play. The hardware of this laptop is more suitable for a high-refreshing 1080p display with at least 120 Hz or, alternatively, a slightly higher resolution.

MSI could have easily integrated a 4K panel into the GT83VR to demonstrate the performance of its dual GPU configuration. G-Sync would have been a cherry on top, but again there is no variable update.

I suppose the reason for this display choice is MSI numbers, where a lot of people will connect a bigger external monitor for games. If you spend that much money on a laptop, it would be a waste to only play on an 18.4-inch display. However, the portability factor would be directly influenced by such a selection. Admittedly, connecting a 3440 x 1440 ultrawide monitor or something 4K would really light up the Dual GTX 1080s.

The display itself is of reasonable quality, with a good peak brightness (329 nits) and a good, if not outstanding color accuracy in sRGB mode. The contrast ratio of 710: 1 is a bit low for my taste, but the viewing angles are very solid. You probably don't want to work creatively on the GT83VR's display, but it looks good and works well for gaming.

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