MSI GT75 Review – i9 and GTX 1080 OVERCLOCKING
3 gigahertz, all core turbo speeed 400 megahertz above the eye 78758. It can also be overclocked. I'Ve got 32 gig of ddr4 memory running at 2600, 66 megahertz and dual channel, and the four slots can support up to 64 gig. However, I think if you go above 2 sticks, you can only run at 2400, megahertz for storage, there's, 2, 256 gig m2 nvme SSDs in a raid 0 array, which filled two of the three PCIe m: dot: 2 slots and there's. Also, a 1 terabyte hard drive in the single 2.5 inch drive bay. As for the graphics there's, an Nvidia 1080 with 8 gig of gddr5 X memory and this powers, the 17.3 inch 1080p 120 hertz TN panel more on that soon. The network connectivity. This support for 802 2.11 AC Wi Fi, bluetooth version 5 and interestingly, 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The Titan has a black brushed metallic lid, with some of the interior being the same while the rest is covered by a plastic wrist rest overall, the laptop bills, extremely solid, as you'd expected this size. The dimensions of the laptop are forty two point: eight centimeters in width 31 point four centimeters in depth and up to five point: eight centimeters in height, so yeah, quite massive MSI. Have this beast listed as weighing four point: five six kilos on their website, which is basically spot on with my own testing, although once you add the two 230 watt power bricks and all required cables for charging.
That adds an additional two kilos. So around six and a half kilos all up the 17.3 inch 120 Hertz TN panel has a three millisecond response time with gsync and it's also available with a 4k IPS level panel too. So probably a hva. If you want 1440p, though, you need to look at an external monitor the viewing angles – white as bad as I expected for a laptop TN panel – basically fine side to side, but then it changes noticeably from up top or down below. You'Ll just need to look at it front on for the best experience at 100 brightness. I measured the panel at 313 nits so not too bad. Definitely bright enough for indoor use. The display comes color calibrated and I've, measured the current color gamut using the Spyder 5 Pro, and my results returned 100 of srgb, 84 of NTSC and 89 of Adobe RGB, so pretty impressive results, some of the best I've measured in a laptop and overall, I thought The screen looked great as long as you're looking at it front on I've performed. My usual backlight bleed test on the display, which involves, having the laptop show a black screen in a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding. I then take a long exposure photo to display any bleed sorry. This is a worst case scenario test. There was some noticeable bleed around the edges, as shown in the photo, but I never actually noticed this during normal usage.
However, this will vary between laptops. There was only a little screen flex while moving the display. Overall, it felt quite sturdy, owing to the fairly large hinges placed towards the corners and as you'd, expect in a laptop. This heavy there's no problem opening it with one finger, but the weight seemed pretty evenly distributed. If, for some reason, you want to run it on your lap above, the display in the center is a 1080p camera, both the camera and microphone. Alright, a little above average you'll be able to judge both for yourself. The SteelSeries keyboard is really impressive. Not only does it have full individual key RGB backlighting with a lot of customizations it's, also mechanical, so I guess that's one advantage for having such a thick laptop. It looks great types well with three millimeters of key travels: 1.5 millimeters of actuation and is hands down the best keyboard I've ever used on a laptop there's. Also, a plastic wrist rest built in giving your hands a little elevation as expected in a mechanical keyboard. The key sound very loud and clicky here's an example. To give you an idea, the numpad is a little narrow, which seems strange, given the Apple space and we've got five buttons to the right of it, which do things like open, MSI's dragon center software max out. The fan or change the keyboard lighting effects there was almost no flex on the keyboard area while pushing down fairly hard or overall.
It was really solid. The touchpad uses synaptics drivers and was very smooth to the touch the touchpad itself. Doesn'T, physically click down, but you've got separate, left and right click keys to which, of course, also have their own RGB lighting, because why not no issues using the touchpad? In my testing, it worked well for the IO starting out on the left. After the massive air exhaust fan, we've got three USB 3.1 gen2 type, a ports followed by four 3.5 millimeter audio jacks four line in and out microphone input and headphone output on the right. There are two more USB 3.1 gen2 type: a ports, an SD card slot and past the air exhaust fan there's a Kensington lock, although I think having your laptop, this heavy might be enough security there's more on the back, including the 10 Gigabit Ethernet port mini DisplayPort. 1.2 output, USB 3.1 gen2 type c, which also supports Thunderbolt 3 with 4 lanes and DisplayPort HDMI port and the power input in addition to the rear io. There are also massive air exhaust vents in the corners msi. Note that you can run up to 3 4k external displays. However, as i don't have that many i haven't tested that the type c port also lets you charge an external device with 5 volts 3 amps. The front just has 3 status LEDs in the center. On the back of the metallic lid there's, the MSI logo in the center, which lights up white and it's covered by Gorilla Glass, so it sticks out from the little little fingerprints show up fairly easily on both the lid and interior they're.
Easy enough to wipe away inside from the plastic wrist rest, but it's a bit more difficult to clean dirt from the metal grooves underneath there's some rubber feet that stop it sliding around, while in use, although it's heavy enough for that to not really be an issue. There'S also heaps of air intake, vents and it's worth noting that the air holes are quite large, so no problems for airflow but dust buildup may be a problem long term. The to to what speakers and single five watt subwoofer are found underneath what's the front left and right corners, as you might expect in a huge laptop. The speakers are pretty good. They get really loud, have some bass and still sound fairly clear, even at high volume. The laptop can be opened up easily with the Phillips head screwdriver inside there's, a lot going on lots of heat pipes with massive fans, additional memory slots in the center. The other two, with our memory installed on the other side of the board, followed by the Wi Fi card. The large heat sink towards the front covers the three MDOT two slots, including the two we've got in rate zero. As the boot drive and the 2.5 inch drive bay is under here, the graphics also appear to use the MXM standard, so in theory it can be replaced but I'm, not sure if upgrades are supported powering the laptop appears to be a 75 watt hour battery, at Least that's what I found when opening it up MSI as website notes that it has an 8 celled 91 hour battery.
However, that doesn't match what I saw in my unit. Hardware info also reported the same 75 watt hour battery so I'm, not sure if there's another one under there or something or it's just a mistake, with a full charge and just watching youtube videos with the screen on half brightness keyboard lighting off and background apps disabled. I was able to use it for 2 hours and 42 minutes longer than I expected. Thanks to the larger than usual battery, the laptop was also tested using the Nvidia 1080 graphics. For this whole test, I wasn't able to use the Intel integrated graphics even after disabling g sync. Apparently this can be done but requires a reboot to apply. However, I wasn't able to test it in the time I had so. It may be possible to get better battery life outside of games while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings. An invidious battery boost set to 30fps the battery lasted for one hour and 24 minutes, but dropped down to 15 FPS when it had 25 charge remaining. So I guess it wasn't enough to power the hardware at that level. Overall, the battery life isn't too terrible when you consider the specs inside, but given the ample space we saw, I would have thought a larger battery would have been possible. Thermal testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, it's cold here at the moment, it's winter in Australia, so expect warmer temperatures in a warmer environment at idle.
The CPU and GPU were both running on the cooler side in the 30s, as shown down the bottom in light blue working our way up the graph in dark blue while playing watchdogs to at stock out of the box settings, the temperatures rise quite a bit, but Still acceptable going up again to the green bar I've manually, maxed out the fan so it's a fair bit louder as you'll hear soon, but it does give us a 10 degree improvement when applying a 4.8 gigahertz, all core overclock to the CPU and 200 megahertz overclock. To the GPU in yellow the temperature of the CPU rises up quite a bit with the fan back at stock speed, applying a minus zero 1.50 volt CPU under volt in orange. Above this, only just slightly drop the temperature, with the overclock applied going up to the lighter red bar. The temperature drops a bit with the fan, also maxed out now for the stress tests. This was done running a to 64 and the heav'n benchmark. At the same time, to try and utilize both CPU and graphics, at stock settings in dark red, it was running alright, but by maxing out the fan in pink that temperatures dropped a fair bit in purple. The same configuration was run, but I've raised the power limit, which is why the temperature shoots up, and it was actually thermal throttling at this point. By default, the turbo power boost max value was set to a 45 watt TDP.
However, it was possible to raise this using Intel, XTU, so we're also getting much better performance now, but that also results in higher temperatures. Boosting the power limit allowed it to reach an 88. What TDP in this workload, if we applied the minus 0.15 volt CPU? Wonderful. Third, the temperatures dropped back quite a bit as shown in dark blue because it removes the thermal throttling and the TDP drops back to 64. But once we add on the CPU and GPU overclocks again in black, the thermal throttling is hit again even with the fan. Maxed out and we reach an 86 watt TDP. These are the average clock speeds while running the tests for the temperatures just shown. So you might need to pause and refer back to the previous graph to get a full picture of how performance was affected. While gaming at stock speeds down the bottom in blue and green, we can see the default 4.3 gigahertz all called turbo speed. If the 89 50 HK is being hit, while playing no throttling err in this title, when we applied the CPU and GPU overclock simular, the average clock speeds for both rice respectively. However, some power limit throttling was now taking place due to the previously mentioned 45 watt. Tdp limit, which was the default by under vaulting the CPU in orange. This was essentially removed and no real change to the performance in light red as thermal throttling wasn't a problem here.
As for the stress tests, the power limits for tling was hitting hard at stock speeds in dark, red and pink, but once the power limit was boosted in purple we're getting the expected 4.3 gigahertz, so full stop turbo speed and then, finally, with the overclock applied in Black we're getting a boost that there was still thermal throttling, preventing us reaching the full 4.8 gigahertz, even with the fan, maxed out still really good results there, much better than say the Dell g7, which can't even sustain its stock boost clocks, let alone overclocking. These are the clock speeds I got while just running CP during these stress tests, without an eg, P load and at complete default stock settings. The power limit throttling from the 45 watt TDP was capping us in blue. After raising the power limit in Intel XT year, it was possible to reach the full 4.3 gigahertz turbo boost, speed and then in both overclocked results. In green and yellow, I went for a 4.9 gigahertz ol core of a clock. Thermal throttling became the enemy with the yellow bar and we were running with a 120 watt TDP at this point, with the minus 0.15 EV volt under multiplied, we can finally reach the full potential of the 4.9 gigahertz on all six cores with a 112. What TDP now with much less frequent thermal throttling, although there was still some present so quite close to maxing it out in this workload, but still very impressive results? Similarly, here are the average clock speeds if the 1080 graphics, while only running the heaven benchmark with the 200 megahertz overclock applied we're getting around the 170 megahertz boost, getting us to just over 2000 megahertz, pretty nice, the external temperatures of the laptop, where you'll actually be Putting your hands were running very cool, regardless of the test, even with the power limit, boosted, CPU and GPU overclocked.
Without increasing the fan, the keyboard and wrist rest area never really rose above the high 30s, so it was perfect uncomfortable with all times. As for the fair noise produced by the laptop Olay, you ever listen to some of these tests at idle that was still audible and then basically any other time. It was quite loud as expected, while gaming with the fans of default speeds, it was louder than many other gaming laptops maxed out and then, when we max out the fans here, it sounds like a jet taking off. I didn't notice any coil one in my unit, although you'd be unlikely to hear it through the fans anyway. Finally, let's take a look at some benchmarks. The games were tested with the 1080 graphics and Dino and CPU overclocked, the graphics at a 200 megahertz core of a clock and 100 megahertz memory of a clock applied, while the I 9 only had a small boost to 5 gigahertz and single core the rest of The cores were left default and the CPU was also under vaulted by minus 0.15 au volts. I wanted to test the best performance because I think, if you're looking at a powerful laptop like this that's, how you'll be running it, I intended to run with a higher CPU overclock but long story short. I completed a day's worth of benchmarking. After discovering my settings in x2, you were overridden by MSI's Dragon center software, which loaded up after I set them.
So in theory, you could overclock all cause as that's. What I did for my temperature testing. I was able to get mine to 4.9 gigahertz on all six cores stable in games, and this should help a little in improving the performance. But in the few games I've retested to check, I wasn't actually seeing a difference. So I didn't waste another day, redoing. All of the tests fortnight was running really well at all setting levels. Even at epic settings I was seeing 140 FPS averages with the 1 lows still quite high, but keep in mind. The results will vary based on what's, going on in game, however, which was tested playing with the butts, and it was running extremely well. It'S got a 300 FPS cap and the averages of most of the setting levels are close to that and epic settings played perfectly well. Thug G was tested using the replay feature and once again, it ran really well live in at Ultra settings, which usually isn't the case as this game. Doesn'T seem to be that well optimized, but no problems at all here. Csgo was tested with the. U local benchmark, and these are the best results I've ever seen in a laptop, really great frame rates at all setting levels. Rainbow six siege was tested with the built benchmark and again really good results. Even the 1 lows at Ultra settings are well above the 120 Hertz refresh rate of the display have tested far cry 5 again with the built in benchmark and yet again really great results at max settings.
Over 100 FPS at Ultra Assassin's Creed origins was also tested, with the built in bench mark and again, nasally playable at all setting levels with no issues. Dota 2 was tested using a fairly intensive replay. So this should be a worst case scenario. Realistically, you'll probably get better results in this, while actually playing and even in this intensive test. The averages are quite high for this test on a laptop testing battlefield. One in the first campaign mission ran perfectly well at Ultra settings if, in the one percent, lows are above 100 and I didn't notice any dips, while playing rise of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in benchmark yet again great results with average frame rates. At Ultra settings above the refresh rate of the panel watchdogs, doesn't usually run at high frame rates on most laptops, but it was running extremely well here, even at Ultra settings. Ghost Recon is another fairly resource intensive game, but it was still playable at max settings. But much better results at the lower levels. The Witcher 3, usually doesn't, run quite well at Ultra settings, but here it was again running perfectly fine. Maxed out granted with hair works off ashes of the singularity was tested as a more CPU demanding title to get an idea of how the eye 9 goes and again, probably the best results. I'Ve seen in this game in a laptop lately now on to the benchmarking tools, I've tested, Heaven Valley and super position from Unigine, as well as fire strike time.
Spy in VR mock from 3d mark just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results, this is the first laptop I've ever had with the Nvidia 1080 in it, and combined with the i9 CPU in a laptop that can actually run it at high clock speeds, we're, getting extremely high results in All games – all the games tested ran perfectly fine maxed out at 1080p, and it should run pretty decent at high resolutions too. If you connect an external monitor for raw CPU performance, I've run a few Cinebench benchmarks with the iron at varying settings at stock it's performing a little less than a reference 8750 H. But once we raise the default 45 watt power limit in X to you under volt, the CPU start overclocking, we get some serious power for a laptop chip in crystal disk mark the to 256 gig m2 nvme SSDs in the raid 0 array was performing well. All therefore nvme drives in raid 0. I expected better, considering these speeds are possible. Without raid, each of the 256 gig nvme SSDs is listed with a 2800 megabyte per second read an 1100 megabyte per second right so combined. We are getting better than this, but it could probably be improved much more with better SSDs. The 1 terabyte 7200 rpm hard drive was getting 111 megabytes per second in both sequential reads and writes. While the SD card slot was tested with a V 90 rated card.
So the cards shouldn't be a bottleneck. The results are all right, all there on the lower side compared to say the UHS to SD reader of the era 15 X. As for the price here in Australia, it's going for around five thousand nine hundred Australian dollars at the time of recording all three thousand nine hundred US dollars in the US, so yeah quite expensive. You can check the links in the description for updated pricing or to see the different configurations available. So what did you guys think if the MSI gt70 5 Titan gaming laptop or as I like to call it the tank? Obviously, this isn't for everyone. In fact, it seems to be a pretty nice product. Yes, it has serious gaming power and just about every feature you could want in a laptop, but all of that comes with many drawbacks, namely a high cost running quite loud and a form factor that's, quite heavy and thick for something that's meant to be portable, especially If you need to take those to power bricks with you personally, I'd, probably look at spending the money on a full gaming PC and still get a decent laptop at the same price, but that's just me. Otherwise, the Titan is definitely offering an amazing gaming experience for a laptop. Let me know what you guys thought down in the comments and leave a like to. Let me know if you found the review useful thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.