MSI GT76 Titan Gaming Laptop Review – 9900K + RTX 2080 Power!
the MSI gt70 six Titan is one of the most powerful gaming laptops currently available with desktop I $9.99 hundred K CPU that MSI claim can run up to five gigahertz and r-tx 2080 graphics it should be able to run anything we throw at it so let’s find out what compromises we’ve gotta make for crazy levels of performance and who’s something like this is for in this detailed review I’ve got the 9sg configuration here meaning it’s got Intel’s eight core overclockable I $9.99 hundred K desktop CPU 200 watt Nvidia RT X 2080 graphics definitely no max Q here and 32 gig of memory and dual channel it’s got a 17.3 inch 1080p 4k screen and for storage there are two 512 gig and VM am dot two SSDs in a raid 0 array along with a one terabyte hard drive Finn network connectivity it’s got 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 there are a few different configurations available such as with 1080p high refresh screen RT X 2070 or i7 CPU you can find prices for different specs linked in the description the GT 76 has a black and silver color scheme the lid and back section is silver while the interior is black plastic despite this the build quality seems decent and it’s built like a tank I guess because it kind of is the weight is listed is 4.2 kilos on the MSI website which was spot-on with what I got when you include the 2 230 watt power bricks and all cables for charging the total weight rises to 6.6 kilos so it’s not exactly portable however it would of course be easy to transport compared to a desktop PC monitor keyboard and mouse so keep that in mind the dimensions are 39 point seven centimeters in width 33 centimeters in depth and 4.2 centimeters in height at the thickest point not actually too much larger compared to other 17 inch laptops the main difference is in the thickness this smaller footprint allows for thin screen bezels which I measured it around 8 millimeters on the sides the 17.3 inch 4k 60 Hertz IPS level screen has a matte fair and good viewing angles however there’s no g-sync here and no option of disabling optimists it’s also available with a 1080p 144 Hertz or 240 Hertz option – which is honestly probably a better match for these specs if your focus is gaming I’ve measured the color gamut using the Spyder 5 par and my results return to 99% of srgb 91% of ntsc and 96% of Adobe RGB at 100% brightness in the center I measured 417 it’s with an eleven hundred and thirty to one contrast ratio so well above average in all regards but expect different results from the 1080p panels when it came to backlight bleed there were some glow areas mainly down the bottom and I did occasionally notice this while viewing darker content but the results will vary between the laptop and panel there was a little screen flex as the lid is on the thinner side however with the hinges being out towards the corners it felt quite stable as you’d expect from such a heavy machine opening it up with one finger is no problem however despite the larger size it still felt well balanced on my lap just a bit heavier than usual although it’s got thinner bezels the 720p camera is found above the display in the center this is what the camera and microphone look and sound like on the MSI gt70 6 here’s what typing sounds like and this is what it sounds like when we set the fan to maximum speed see can still hear me over the fan even though it’s quite loud the keyboard has perky RGB backlighting which can be controlled through the included SteelSeries software it’s got 4 levels of brightness which can be adjusted with the function + plus or minus keys on the numpad unlike the previous GT 75 there’s no mechanical keyboard here however I thought it was still offering a good typing experience here’s how it sounds to give you an idea of what to expect there are plenty of lighting effects built into the software and there’s lots of room for customization despite the overall thick and heavy build that was still some keyboard flex in the plastic interior when pushing down hard however this was never noticeable during normal everyday use I found the letter keys needed 58 grams of force to actuate we’ve got the power button above the keyboard in the center on the left there’s a shortcut to enable cooler boost mode which sets the fan to max speed while the button on the right opens the msi dragon center software which is the control panel for the laptop the precision touchpad what doe right it doesn’t actually press down as it’s got dedicated left and right click buttons underneath the usual gestures are on offer and I thought it was of adequate size finger prints show up fairly easily on the matte interior but as a smooth surface they were easy to clean on the left from the back there’s an air exhaust the rectangular power
input and it doesn’t matter which way you plug the cable in 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port USB 3.2 gen2 type-c port with both DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 2 USB 3.0 gen to Taipei ports and 3.5 millimeter headphone and mic jacks on the right from the front there’s a micro SD card slot I’m not sure why they couldn’t fit a full sized slot in such a big machine 2 more USB 3.2 gen 2 Taipei ports USB 3.2 gen2 type-c port mini DisplayPort and HDMI 2.0 outputs followed by another air exhaust vent the back is just all there exhaust fans however it does stick out quite a bit as we’ll see later there’s a lot of cooling inside there’s also some subtle red lighting here which I wasn’t able to customize and could only turn off if I turn off the front light bar speaking of the front there’s an RGB light bar that runs along the bottom and there’s some status LEDs in the middle there are also smaller RGB light bars on the left and right sides towards the front of the machine the SteelSeries software allows us to customize the lighting effects the front bar is broken up into 24 separate zones so you can get quite granular however the sides are just a single controllable zone each there are plenty of built-in effects available or you can turn all lighting off if you prefer the lid is just smooth silver metal with a clean silver MSI logo near the top no lighting here underneath there’s a lot of air ventilation space which is great to see and the 2 – what speakers are located towards the front left and right corners they sounded above-average there was some bass thanks to the 3 watt subwoofer they got quite loud when playing music and maximum volume and the latency one results were looking good the bottom panel can be easily removed by taking out just six screws with a Phillips head screwdriver the whole back half is basically just cooling there’s a single 2.5 inch drive bay down the front left to empty memory slots in the middle the other two which I’ve got populated or on the back of the board so four in total for up to 128 gig of memory the battery is down the bottom Wi-Fi six card towards the right just below the fan and three MDOT two slots on the bottom right only the top two drives come into contact with the metal heat spreader two of the MDOT 2 slots support both nvme PCIe or solder storage while the third is nvme PCIe only you’re probably wondering about upgradability like most laptops you can replace the storage and memory no problem the GPU was soldered to the board so no chance of an upgrade there however the 9900 K is a desktop CPU this means the z3 90 motherboard uses a standard desktop socket in theory if you bought a 9700 K model you could probably upgrade to a 9900 K later considering that the 9900 K is the best chip for the socket at the moment the fact that it’s not clear whether or not Intel will often newest CPUs for this socket in the future and that we have no idea if ms I would offer support through BIOS update I wouldn’t buy with an upgrade path in mind but it could be possible depending on what Intel and MSI do the Zed 390 chipset only seems to be offered with the DT models of the GT 76 it seems that it’s also available with a standard I 7 97 50 H so that had likely be soldered to the board as usual the laptop is powered by an eight-cell 91 hour battery it looks small physically but 91 hours is still up there I’ve tested it with the screen brightness at 50% background apps disabled and all RGB lighting off while just watching YouTube videos it lasted for 4 hours and 43 minutes a fair result considering the specs Judah Optimus while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings and invidious battery boost set to 30fps the battery lasted for one hour and 20 minutes in total however 49 minutes in with 28% charge left the framerate dropped down to 13 fps until the end the battery is on the larger side but with desktop grade hardware don’t expect good battery life in gaming fortunately we aren’t given the option of disabling Optimus for better performance in games at the expense of battery life for such a high-end machine like this I think allowing us the choice would have been better I’m a little surprised they didn’t just use the Nvidia graphics only and maybe give us g-sync I don’t think anyone was expecting a beefy desktop replacement like this to have good battery life so it’s a little strange they’re forcing Optimus it also appears that you don’t have the option of just taking one power brick with you for light use as both bricks are connected to an adapter cable this then gets plugged into an additional component that connects to the actual laptop so you’ve got to take a lot of cables with you if you want to use wall power let’s move on to the thermal testing as you’d expect with this level of hardware we’ve got some pretty serious cooling with massive heat pipes and the CPU and GPU each have their own separated sections there are 11 heat pipes and 4 fans from the inside we can only see the larger of the two fans however there are another two just below the air intake vents found above the keyboard here’s what those look like from the other side as shown off in a
display at Computex in june a messiah also using cnc polished copper blocks the smoother surface should help improve contact between the dies and the block the MSI dragon Center software allows us to swap between four modes which from lowest to highest to eco comfort sport and turbo I’ve tested all modes and I’ll note that when running on battery the top two Sport and turbo are not available in turbo mode we’re also given the option to easily overclock the CPU and GPU up to 5 gigahertz on the CPU and plus 150 mega Hertz on the GPU core and plus 250 megahertz on the GPU memory we can of course tweak these further with third-party tools learn but these options are quickly available through MSI is interface so even if you don’t know what you’re doing you can easily boost performance in terms of fan speed I’ve tested either with the default automatic speed or cooler boost enabled which basically sets the fan speed to maximum for best cooling thermal testing was completed in an ambient room temperature of 21 degrees Celsius so expect different results in different environments I’d idle the CPU was fine and the GPU was a fair bit warmer comparatively the rest of the results are from combined CPU and GPU workload and it meant to represent West case scenarios as I ran them for extended periods of time the gaming results towards the upper half of the graph were tested by playing watchdogs turn as I find it to use a good combination of processor and graphics the stress test results shown in the lower half of the graph from running the aida64 CPU stress test with only the stress CPU option checked and the heaven’ GP benchmark at max settings at the same time to fully load the system in eco and comfort modes whether gaming or under stress tests the GPU was thermal throttling at around 91 degrees Celsius this is expected as these modes are designed for quite a operation so the trade-off is extra heat the main limitation for the CPU when the multi-core stressed asked was thermals we can see it was throttling at 97 degrees Celsius in most of these tasks the GPU gradually lowers in temperature as each mode increases the fan speed the gaming results on the other hand aren’t bad at all in sport or turbo mode they’re within reason given the specs these are the clock speeds for the same tests to shown CPU performance was lowest in Eco mode as this caps the power limit of the CPU to 55 watts but it’s worth calling out that these speeds even in this worst case performance mode are better than most six core i7 9750 H laptops I tossed with comfort mode the CPU clock speed rises however the GPU speeds stay the same if you recall in the last graph it was still thermal throttling in comfort mode the GPU speeds rise up in sport mode as this increases the fan speed likewise CP performance increases for the same reason more fan speed helps reduce the thermal limitations turbo mode improved upon this a little more and then there was some extra CPU improvements with under vaulting and adding a cooling pad as these help address the thermal throttling the GPU speed is the highest in these two modes as I’ve got the GPU overclocks enabled through Dragon sonar in this particular game we’re also hitting msi is 5 gigahertz claimed after some basic tweaks the cooling pad wasn’t needed either though it helps however this will of course vary by game these are the average TDP values during these same tasks we can see the r-tx 2080 was approaching its 200 watt limit in turbo mode when under stress test this particular game isn’t have enough on the GPU to demand more than 160 watts I guess anyway these are pretty crazy results on average with the GPU sitting in 195 watts we’ve also got the CPU around the 120 mark so that explains the temperatures I’ve got some Cinebench CPU benchmarks from the different modes so we can get an idea of CPU early performance it’s worth considering an i7 9750 h best case scores around 3000 points in multi-core so we’re getting a nice boost from both higher clock speeds and those two additional cause despite thermals being the limitation in this specific workload the cooling pattern undervolt hardly made much extra improvement just for comparison here’s how the best results compare against some other eight core machines that I’ve recently tested i’ve also tested shadow of the Tomb Raider with the game’s built-in benchmark tool just to show average frame rates from each mode the results were interesting even in the lowest Eco mode we’re still getting exceptional performance from a laptop and this was while the fans were on the quieter side as you’ll hear shortly so quite a gaming is definitely possible as for the external temperatures where you’ll actually be putting your hands at idle in Eco mode the keyboard was around 30 degrees Celsius pretty normal stuff with the combined CPU and GPU stress test running and still in Eco mode it’s now around 40 degrees but as you hear soon the fan is hardly going moving up to comfort mode it’s about the same no major changes sport mode increases the fan speed so although we’re now getting higher performance the external temperatures are a bit better again in turbo mode despite now delivering high levels of performance it’s even cooler due to the faster fans here’s what it
looks like playing an actual game for an hour with the same turbo mode and fans on order again no issues at all here’s how the fans sound with these different modes in these same tests I’d idle in the lowest eco mode the fans were still audible thir my noise floor is between 34 and 35 so it’s still quiet I actually found when just browsing the internet on battery it was even quite on in the stress tests with Iker it’s still on the quieter side and comfort mode was basically the same which is honestly quite impressive when you consider that you can still play games with well above average levels of performance quieter operation with good performance is a real possibility at the expense of thermals of course sport mode Rises the fans up quite a bit it’s about 11 decibels higher now in turbo mode with the fan on order whit’s quite loud then with the fan at max speed in Cola burst it’s very loud you’ll definitely want headphones for that the results from the Titan were quite impressive when you consider that it was possible to hit 5 gigahertz on average sustained over a cause at least in these workloads with some tweaks yes it does run hot if you stress it hard in turbo mode and thermals were the main limitation even once under vaulted end with the cooling pad in use but honestly that’s always going to be expected when you stick in 9900 K in a laptop the fact is the performance is still there despite this the r-tx 2080 also runs up to 200 watts which is fairly crazy let’s see how well it actually does in some games next I’ve tested the games with all CPU cores overclocked to 4.9 gigahertz however as we saw in the thermal testing it’ll really depend on the workload as to whether or not this ever gets hit that said I had to drop this down from 5 gigahertz as some games were crashing I’ve also got the graphics overclocked to the maximum the dragon center lets you easily set along with colla boost enabled I’ve tested games at 1080p and 4k resolutions 1440p wasn’t tested as it wasn’t a default resolution of the machine and I couldn’t easily add it as a custom resolution battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode I’ve got our TX on shown by the green bars and our TX off shown by the purple bars at 1080p it was still quite playable even with our TX on at ultra settings where I was able Davidge above 60fps however we could get much higher than this with our TX off at 4k it was still playable with our TX off we’re almost 60 FPS averages reached at Ultra settings however 4k r-tx wasn’t going so well to the point where my framerate recording software kept failing to record one percent load on and I’ve never seen that before control was tested by running through the start of the game and again I’ve tested both Ahti oksanen green and r-tx off in purple RTX was playable at 1080p and it actually looks good in this game we’re just under 60 fps with all settings maxed out however as you can see much higher is possible with RTX off at 4k r-tx is basically unusable while low settings played ok again near 60fps however with medium and high presets at this resolution there were noticeable issues due to the lower frame rates Wolfenstein Youngblood was also tested playing through the start of the game this game doesn’t yet have r-tx available but it’s meant to be coming soon this one uses Vulcan and the performance was nothing short of excellent at 1080p I wasn’t really seeing any noteworthy differences between the different setting levels at this resolution there was hardly any changes between minimum and maximum so might as well just max it out so that it looks its best this is definitely a title that would benefit more from the 1080p 144 Hertz or even 240 Hertz screen options at 4k the results are honestly still excellent and much better than I was expecting if you’re using the 4k screen like I’ve got here it’s limited to 60 Hertz and I was saying above this for the 1% lower even at maximum settings so not only is it looking great but it’s playing perfectly smoothly while doing it Ghost Recon breakpoint was tested with the game’s built-in benchmark tool and as expected due to the specs these are some of the best results I’ve seen with this title so far at 1080 P even ultimate settings was averaging well above 60 fps granted the 1% low was down quite a bit Ultra looks much better in that regard at 4k the results are hit hard however 60 fps was still possible with the very high setting preset so still some fair results fortnight was tested using the replay feature and the results were a bit lower than I was expecting however this is my first time testing these specs with the new chapter 2 map so it could just be a bit more resource intensive in any case there’s absolutely no problems playing with Max at 4k epic settings was still quite usable with 60fps averages however we could more than double this
just by dropping down to medium settings if you want to see the results from more games check the dedicated gaming benchmark video in the top right corner where I’ve tested way more titles let’s also take a look at how this config of the MSI gt70 6 Titan compares with other laptops use these results as a rough guide only as they were tested at different times with different drivers I’ve tested battlefield 5 with ultra settings and I’ve got the GT 76 highlighted in red near similarly spec machines in this test it’s taking the lead in terms of average framerate although it was only just ahead of the ax soos mothership but it’s worth considering that costs mortar the 1% lower was lower there and slightly behind the Alienware 51 mm however it’s still higher than the average FPS from our 1660 Ti machines down the bottom so an impressive result here are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra settings in the built-in benchmark this time the Titan was a little behind the other 2080 machines in average framerate however the 1% low is right up there with the best result from the asou smother ship so again pretty crazy results compared to most others these are the results from shadow of the Tomb Raider with the built-in benchmark at highest settings the Titan was in between the Alienware 51m and a soos mothership basically these machines are on a completely different level compared to the others due to the high own specs as we’ve seen MSI gt70 6 Titan is offering serious levels of performance which is to be expected it’s a thick machine with an overclockable 8 core desktop 9900 K CPU and r-tx 2080 graphics capable of running up to 200 watts 1080p gaming was of course no problem at all if you’re using it primarily for gaming you’d probably be better served by the 1080p 144 Hertz or even 240 Hertz option with the 4k screen I’ve got here 1440p would also likely be fine with these specs based on my experience with other laptops that have similar hardware while native 4k was hit or miss depending on the game and setting level but for the most part I’d say these specs are 4k capable for a laptop now for the benchmarking tools tested heaven Valley and superposition from Unigine as well as by a strike times by and portroyal from 3d mark just pause the video if you want a detailed look at these results I’ve used crystal disk mark to test the storage and the one terabyte raid 0 array which contains to 512 gig m2 nvme SSDs was performing quite nicely the 1 terabyte 7200 rpm hard drive was also performing well as far as spinning rust is concerned unfortunately I don’t have a micro SD card to test with so haven’t been able to test the speed of this slot for updated pricing check the links the description as prices will change over time at the time of recording in the US with the 9900 K r-tx 2084 k screen but double the memory it’s about 4600 US dollars alternatively you could get with the 240 Hertz screen same r-tx 2080 graphics but 9700 k cpu instead for $1,100 less and honestly in games the 9700 K will give pretty similar performance anyway so depends if you’re going to be running CPU heavy workloads you could even go 9700 K and RT X 2070 for $2,500 so quite a bit less still there are a few options here in Australia with the same specs I’ve tested here we’re looking at 6,900 Australian dollars which seems like a bargain compared to the is soos mothership I recently reviewed sir who is MSI gt70 6 titanfall rather than your typical laptop it’s definitely more of a desktop replacement that also happens to be somewhat more portable I know I’d prefer to do a trip with this than a mini ITX system for the high levels of power in this form factor the trade-off is of course a higher price thickened machine high temperatures and loud fair noise assuming you want the best performance as we saw it can still blow away other high end laptops while running much quieter in comfort or eco modes but I digress you could of course build a mini ITX system with the same specs for far less and then even add on a mid-range laptop so it really depends how badly you want the one portable unit with battery screen keyboard and touchpad included for most people a more mid-range laptop with decent GPU would be a lot cheaper but if you want one of the best options available and it could be fear it’s unfortunate that that doesn’t seem to be a planned upgrade path like the Alienware 51m though as I mentioned in that review we don’t actually know how that will go yet so to conclude you’re getting desktop level performance in games from this desktop replacement machine the high-end specs put it far above most high-end laptops there was more screen bleed in my unit than I’d like at this price point but that will vary by unit with this Hardware it’s pretty much a given that the machine will be larger heavier hotter and have poor battery life while gaming it is what it is I’m a little disappointed that MSI didn’t give us the option of disabling Optimus for better performance instead we’re stuck with it
enabled which also prevents the possibility of g-sync or fast sync I think people buying such a large machine like this aren’t planning on using it for the battery life you’d be buying this for the high levels of performance which needs more power so at least having the option of using the discrete GPU with a MUX which would have been nice the two power brakes need to be brought along when you travel unfortunately they’re connected by the cables so you don’t have the option of only taking one for later workloads which could have helped improve portability I wasn’t personally a fan of the 4k screen here at least for gaming although it can definitely play many games well at 4k 60 Hertz is a bit limiting you could instead opted for the 1080p 144 Hertz or 240 Hertz option learn hopefully msi updated once 4k 120 hertz panels are more widely available the 4k panel was above average in terms of color gamut brightness and contrast it looked great and I’d happily use it for tasks like photo or video editing otherwise the only thing I didn’t personally like was the micro SD card slot it’s a huge laptop why not just give us a full sized slot there’s lots of RGB lighting here if that’s your thing all of which can be customized quite a bit with the software though that will be subjective but it does definitely make it stand out I’m very interested to hear what you think about MSI gt70 6 Titan gaming laptop / desktop replacement down in the comments based on the price it’s definitely more of a niche product so is it something you’d consider getting let me know down in the comments and if you’re new to the channel consider getting subscribed for future tech videos like this one