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Thursday, September 20, 2018

MSI GT63 Titan 8RG Review

The Pros
Great keyboard with RGB lighting; Amazing 120-Hz display; Strong CPU and GPU performance; Dynamic speakers; Remarkably cool temps
The Cons
Lame design; Touchpad is finicky with Windows gestures; Expensive
The MSI GT63 TItan 8RG makes its brothers proud, continuing the machines' reign as some of the most powerful gaming laptops on the tech block.
Behold the titan among behemoths! MSI's GT63 Titan 8RG is a 15.6-inch laptop with a monster GTX 1080 GPU and an 8th Gen Core i7 processor, all for $2,999 (starting at $2,199). While those specs can flawlessly render your favorite virtual worlds, the gorgeous 120-Hz display and intense Dynaudio speakers immerse you in those settings. You can even put this beast in your lap and tear through fools on that clicky, RGB-lit keyboard. Although this machine's design is on the dull side and its touchpad loves going on the fritz, the GT63 Titan is an epic gaming laptop.


From the brushed aluminium to the curved etchings around the seams and the center of the lid, the MSI GT63 Titan makes a subtle but sleek impression. However, the glossy red lines and MSI's backlit logo look like they belong on a Hot Wheels toy instead of a $3,000 laptop.
Still, the interior grabbed my attention, blasting me with waves of glorious color on the RGB-backlit keyboard. Above the keyboard is a very incognito speaker vent, along with buttons to activate the fans, the XSplit Gamecaster streaming app, the SteelSeries lighting app and the power.
At 6.7 pounds and 15.4 x 10.5 x 1.6 inches, the GT63 Titan certainly lives up to its mythological name, with a thick chassis, but surprisingly, it's not the heaviest among its competitors. The Razer Blade Pro takes the heavyweight mantle, at 7.7 pounds and 0.9 inches, while the OriginPC Evo15-S is the lightest and thinnest, at 5 pounds and 0.7 inches. The Acer Predator Triton 700 landed in the middle of the pack, at 5.4 pounds and 0.7 inches.


The GT63 Titan has a ton of useful ports for all your gaming needs.
On the left, there's a Kensington lock slot, one USB 2.0 port and four audio ports: line in, line out, microphone and headphone.
The back features the power jack, a Mini DisplayPort, an HDMI port, one USB Type-C port and an RJ45 port.
Meanwhile, the right side is home to three USB 3.1 ports and a SDXC card slot.


The GT63 Titan's 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 display will blow your mind with dynamic colors, sharp details and smooth visuals brought to you by the 120-Hz panel with Nvidia G-Synctechnology.
I've never felt so right playing Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Every pigment, from the red accents on Talion's clothes to the shades of greenish-gray moss infesting the cobblestoned ground, was bold and vibrant. The 120-Hz refresh rate made the world seem so smooth and polished that I stopped playing just to test it; I played for pure entertainment, as I beat several orcs to death with Celebrimbor's hammer. And when Dugz the Armorer ambushed me, I noticed that his rusted helmet and rabid-looking teeth looked sharp enough to kill.
Every pigment in Shadow of War, from the red accents on Talion's clothes to the shades of greenish-gray moss infesting the cobblestoned ground, was bold and vibrant.
I watched the trailer for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (which was trippy) and caught details like Keira Knightley's makeup cracking upon her forehead. The land of flowers bustled with colors so vivid that they made the unrealistic CGI city look lively. The dark, hallowed tree that Clara traverses was pretty well-lit, as I could spot the curved edges on the corners of the screen.
The GT63 Titan's panel covered a spectacular 161 percent of the sRGB color gamut, toppling the 132 percent premium gaming-laptop average, the Predator Triton's 116 percent and the Evo15-S' 126 percent. However, the Titan lost to the Blade Pro, which achieved 178 percent.
Producing 274 nits of brightness, the GT63 Titan fell just slightly behind the 278-nit category average, but this machine is still plenty bright, beating the Predator Triton (269 nits) and the Evo15-S (249 nits). The MSI laptop once again lost to the Razer Blade Pro, which averaged 320 nits.

Keyboard and Touchpad

From the pleasant, clicky sound of the keys to the silky-smooth palm rests, the GT63 Titan's SteelSeries keyboard makes typing feel amazing, even though the keys are a little shallow on paper. On top of that, the keys' techy sci-fi font and tantalizing RGB lighting make them look as good as they feel. Another neat feature is that the Fn-enabled keys light up red when you hold down the Fn key.
The keys travel at 1.3 millimeters and require 70 grams of actuation force. The keyboard falls a bit short of what we typically regard as comfortable for key travel (1.5 to 2.0mm), but the actuation surpassed our minimum 60-g requirement. I banged out 68 words per minute on the typing test, which is just above my 66-wpm average.
Using the 4.1 x 2.3-inch touchpad was like dealing with a child throwing a temper tantrum. On the surface, it looks and feels fine, but when I attempted to two-finger scroll through some PDFs, it spazzed out and randomly rotated the documents. Even the three-finger tab switching wouldn't cooperate, as the touchpad would stop scrolling whenever it felt like it.


The Titan's Dynaudio speakers will immerse you in your favorite fantasy land, and they have enough oomph to fill up a large conference room. In Shadow of War, a crashing wave reverberated from the speakers as I ran up to an orc and embraced the sweet ASMR of his meaty head crunching as I lopped it off. I loved how crisp and authentic it sounded when I tackled the next orc into a cart and the wood gave a nice, hefty thump.
The Titan's Dynaudio speakers will immerse you in your favorite fantasy land, and they have enough oomph to fill up a large conference room.
When I listened to Billy Talent's "Viking Death March," the opening guitar felt so intense and accurate flowing through the speakers, as it perfectly balanced the treble and bass. From the bass guitar to the drums, I could hear every background track vibrating through my ears, and the subwoofer below the laptop created a lovely surround-sound effect.
This impressive audio quality can be partially attributed to the Nahimic app. This allows you to fully customize your sound with a simple interface focusing on surround sound, volume stabilization, voices, bass and treble.

Gaming, Graphics & VR

The GT63 Titan lives up to its lineage, boasting enough power to show up even the Mad Titan Thanos himself. With this machine's Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU and 8GB of VRAM, I could flawlessly combo an army of orcs 61 times in Shadow of War at a smooth 100 frames per second on Ultra 1080p settings.
On the Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark at Very High and 1080p, the GT63 Titan churned out 68 fps, putting it above the 63-fps premium gaming average and the 61 fps from the Predator Triton (GTX 1080 Max-Q). The Razer Blade Pro (GTX 1080) knocked this test out better, at 73 fps.
Thanks to the Titan's Nvidia GTX 1080, I could flawlessly combo an army of orcs 61 times in Shadow of War at a smooth 100 frames per second.
The GT63 Titan took the crown on the Hitman benchmark (Ultra, 1080p), achieving 120 fps, which soars over the 91-fps category average. The Evo15-S (GTX 1070 Max-Q) had the lowest score, at 82 fps; the Predator Triton was one frame ahead of that, with 83 fps, and the Razer Blade Pro nearly caught up to the Titan, at 116 fps.
On the Grand Theft Auto V benchmark (Very High, 1080p), the GT63 Titan once again took the mantle, with 85 fps. It surpassed the 74-fps category average, the Predator Triton (59 fps), the Evo15-S (64 fps) and the Razer Blade Pro (81 fps).
The GT63 Titan is the king of VR. It maxed out the SteamVR Performance Test, with an 11 out of 11. The Titan came in a few decimals ahead of the 10.5 premium gaming average and the 10.7 from the Predator Triton, while trumping the Evo15-S' 9.3.


The GT63 Titan makes its own Infinity Gauntlet with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 32GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD with a 1TB 7,200-rpm SATA HDD. This machine snapped the universe in half, barreling through 30 Google Chrome tabs, with a 1080p movie trailer playing and Shadow of War running in the background, all without a single misstep

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