Most PC gamers regard gaming laptops with utter disdain, with good reason. Nevertheless, several late-2016 releases have shown considerable promise in breaking the endless stream of underperforming, yet overpriced devices. One of the gaming laptop lineups that stood out in the sea of mediocrity was the MSI Titan series.
Ever since its release, the Titan GT83 VR’s performance benchmarks have been off the charts. However, MSI seems to be perfecting the laptop further, with a refresh in the first quarter of 2017.
Even though its outlandish size may give you the feel of a desktop, it is still easier to move than an actual desktop. Considering that it does this without compromising on hardware and performance, it is an impressive machine, to say the least.
The changes in the refreshed versions might seem minimal for some; a few of the additions will appeal to core gamers who value an optimal gaming experience.
First, the unchanged
– MSI still provides dual NVidia GTX 1080/1070/1060 options to buyers.
– Third Generation SSDs still provide lightning fast loading and boot times.
– The digital Numpad that turns into a touchpad also stays.
– It retains the Full HD (1080p) display; MSI chooses not to go 2K/4K.
– The 16 GB of RAM remains unchanged as well.
Are you wondering if anything changed at all in this, so called, refresh?
Here’s what changed
– An overclockable Intel Kaby Lake processor, the latest Intel offering – Core i7-7820HK, will now power the MSI Titan. Although its operating temperatures, cache sizes, and the number of cores is equal to the i7-6820HK that previously powered the MSI Titan, the 7820HK provides a significant operating frequency boost. It now runs at a whopping 3.9 GHz while the 6820HQ musters a comparatively lower 3.6 GHz.
– The GT83 VR will now feature a full mechanical keyboard with brand-new Cherry MX Silver switches. Previously dubbed Cherry MX Speed, these mechanical switches completely transform the gaming experience on a laptop keyboard. Although they don’t provide the satisfying ‘clack’ of the MX Blue switches, the tactile feedback is noticeable.
Even though the continued absence of a higher resolution screen is a bummer, MSI is on the right track. In fact, the GT83 VR outperforms several high-end desktop rigs, showcasing awe-inspiring benchmarks and frame rates.
What do you get when you add a full mechanical keyboard and the most powerful CPU available, to already powerful gaming laptops?
This behemoth can run games at bizarrely high graphic settings, without breaking a sweat. Additionally, the full mechanical keyboard offers an inimitable gaming experience, which until now was exclusive to desktops.
However, MSI still needs to sort out several kinks that stop hardcore gamers from opting for these gaming laptops. I, for one, hope to see a screen resolution upgrade soon, one which truly tests the limits of the hardware inside the MSI GT83 VR.