MSI GT73VR Titan Pro Review
Micro-Star International has just unleashed a beast of a gaming PC named GT73VR Titan Pro. Last summer, the Taiwanese company announced that it will soon release a line of gaming laptops that will be at par with desktop rigs in the market. The GT73VR Titan Pro may be a huge piece of equipment, but it can be considered as a laptop with its 17.3 inch screen connected to the body by a hinge. It was designed from the ground up to be a powerful gaming computer to match with desktop units.
MSI GT73VR Titan Pro Review Summary
If you have gaming in mind, display is highly likely on top of your list as well as display options and alternatives. With the GT73VR Titan Pro, gamers have different video outputs that can connect the laptop up to three different monitors. You can choose from HDMI, Mini Display Port 1.2, and a Thunderbolt 3 or USB Type-C. All three ports can be found at the back of the device along with the power cable and Ethernet port. There are also three USB 3.0 ports found on the left side with audio, headphone, and a microphone jack. While on the right side, there are additional USB 3.0 ports, a card reader and a Kensington lock slot.
The best part of all these features is the 17.3 inch 4K display with 1920 x 1080 resolution. What gives this monster the oomph it needs is the 120Hz refresh rate which is double what the other gaming laptops offer.
The starting retail price is roughly $2000 and the top of the line configuration will set you back up to $3600. It may be a big dent in your bank account but you will surely get what you were promised when it comes to hardware performance.
• Quiet operation
• Fast memory with 512GB Dual PCIe SSDs on RAID 0
• Great performance
• Cannot overclock as advertised to 4.2GHz
• History of fan not work properly
MSI GT73VR Titan Pro
There was no room for compromise when this behemoth was designed, it comes with the top-end Intel Skylake processor and the fastest and the best of graphics on the market with Nvidia desktop-grade GPU. Fully equipped with a 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-6820HK (eight-core, 8MB cache, up to 3.6GHz) and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X RAM), Intel HD graphics 530, and VR ready which gives you a hint on the massive capabilities of this monster laptop.
Since MSI had gaming in its intentions when the laptop was designed, its tests results showed strong benchmarks all across the board. With a native 1080p resolution, it is capable of 120 hz refresh rate. This added responsiveness will surely make a difference when playing games that require quick reflexes like Counter Strike. The fluid control surely makes all the difference.
Let us not forget the keyboard and touchpad. GT73VR Titan Pro comes equipped with SteelSeries 3 keyboard chiclet style with LED backlight. Below the keyboard is the Synaptic touchpach with soft rubber pad with two mouse buttons and lined with LED.
This not just a powerful gaming device but also one of the most flexible ones; looking into the device, you will discover a choices and options when it comes to customization combinations. It might seem a little intimidating finding that middle ground with the right price and the right performance balance. However, there is no need to worry because this machine can handle whatever pretty much anything.
The chassis holds 10 heat pipes to alleviate the heat of this monster PC from its CPU and GPU with help from its robust cooling system. There is only one test which showed a slightly lower score and that is 114 on the battery life tested with Futuremark’s PowerMark benchmark. The test was done in balanced mode with a combination of activities from browsing to a more strenuous job. For gaming rigs, heat is always a problem. This machine has more than its share of heat, what with the full-scale Core i7 and an 8GB video RAM on the GTX 1080. On top of the heat pipes and fans, there are also the large air vents which add some more touches of a sci-fi spaceship to an already alien looking computer. There is only a slight problem with the fans. They sometimes can’t keep up with the heat.
Although the Intel Core i7-6820HK runs at 2.7 GHz, it can be overclocked up to 4.2GHz. However, the GT73VR Titan Pro has problems when overclocked to 4.0 GHz and faster. Windows 10 hangs and has to be rebooted. MSI says that this is a problem with a Windows update. MSI has promised a solution but with an indefinite time frame.
There are other gamer laptops out there which are have 17 inch monitors. However, the Titan Pro is a heavyweight which is not really portable. It is not something that you buy because you want to carry it around. Rather, with this size, and larger, these are big gaming rigs which you bring to special events or competitions. It is heavy as it weighs 9 pounds. You do not bring this with you everyday to wherever it is you are going.
As a gaming PC, the MSI GT73VR Titan Pro is a powerful unit, capable of taking on the competition. It is a full-featured computer which has desktop level capabilities. However, its size and heft would mean that you would be thinking hard about moving around with it.
There is nothing like it currently in the market making it the leader of its kind easily. Among the battery of tests, there is not one model that can beat the robust offering of the MSI GT73VR Titan Pro. It may be bulky, it may be expensive, but it all amounts to a gaming laptop that cannot be beaten when it comes to performance, the awesome resolution and graphic display, as well as the high frame refresh rate. The battery might be on the weak side, but it does not amount to much loss since users get the best out of this device with loads of customization options available to them.