he GT75 8RG Titan marks MSI’s relaunch of its most effective and massive 17-inch notebook. The desktop replacement carries a hexa-core CPU, a 120 Hz display and NVIDIA’s most effective mobile GPU to match its high-end billing. We are putting this gaming newcomer against the toughest of competitors.
MSI’s product range not merely includes compact laptops just like the GS65 Stealth Thin but also thicker devices that are mostly regarded as remaining in a single place. The very best example in addition to the 18-inch GT83 may be the new 17-inch GT75, which includes received a hardware update following release of Intel’s new Coffee Lake architecture. This ensures that the GT75 now sports a six-core processor instead of a quad-core and will come in two flavours. There may be the choice between your Core i7-8850H that clocks between 2.6-4.3 GHz with 9 MB L3 cache or the Core i9-8950HK. It has an increased base and maximum clock speed at 2.9 GHz-4.8GHz and 12 MB L3 cache. Both CPUs have unlocked multipliers.
There are no surprises with the display. MSI runs on the G-Sync capable 120 Hz panel inside our review unit, just like the one used in the prior GT75. That is a TN panel, presumably for the high response rates that TN panels can perform. The model number is CMN N173HHE-G32 for reference. We measured 5.6 ms black to white response times and 8 ms for grey to grey. They are excellent values after which none of our comparison devices can improve.
The display is convincing overall, but there are exceptions. The GT75 has limited viewing angles as a result of its TN display and has mediocre brightness too. We measured average maximum brightness at almost 250 cd/m² in True Colour mode sRGB. The GT75 includes a respectable black level and contrast ratio though, which we measured at 0.22 cd/m² and 1,100:1 respectively.
We should praise the GT75 because of its impressive colour space coverage. We measured 100% sRGB and 77% AdobeRGB, values are much more likely in a workstation or professional image and video editing devices. In comparison, the Aorus X9 DT managed 60% AdobeRGB coverage.
The 120 Hz panel has decent colour accuracy out of your box, delivering a homogenous and natural picture. We saw no tangible gain in further calibrating the display.
One reason behind the first-class system performance may be the SSD-RAID. The GT75 8RG runs two Samsung PM961 256 GB M.2-2280 NVMe SSDs in RAID 0 to increase transfer speeds. The PM961 is among the quickest consumer drives available, so it is no real surprise that running two of these in RAID 0 puts our review unit near the top of our storage devices benchmarks.
A good example of the GT75 8RG’s benchmark performance is in AS SSD. This benchmark measured roughly 3,058 MB/s sequential read speeds and slightly below 2,196 MB/s sequential write speeds. These speeds are just beaten by the ASUS G703, which has two Samsung SM961 512 GB drives running also in RAID 0. The GT75 8RG blows notebooks with single SSDs out of your water in benchmarks and is 41% quicker typically compared to the Aorus X9 DT. It should be stressed that benchmarks certainly are a way of measuring perceived performance and that used there is little noticeable difference between our comparison devices and the GT75 in this regard. If the 512 GB RAID array will not offer enough storage, then you might simply utilize the existing 1 TB HDD instead.
The computerized overclocking worked wonderfully inside our review unit. After around one hour of The Witcher 3 completely HD at Ultra settings, the GPU still clocked at 1,835 MHz. This matches the performance of all other GTX 1080 laptops inside our tests, hence why the GT75 will not stick out from the crowd here. MSI still deserves credit for designing the GT75 sufficiently to get that degree of performance from the GTX 1080 as not absolutely all our comparison devices have the ability to do this.
As the GTX 1080 is an excellent GPU, the difference in cost between your GTX 1070 equipped GT75 8RF and the GT75 8RG boils down to personal preference. Inside our opinion, a GTX 1070 will be adequate generally in most applications and games when paired with a complete HD display.