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Review: MSI GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro Gaming Laptop

Review: MSI GT73VR 7RF Titan Pro Gaming Laptop

The MSI GT73VR Titan Pro is probably everything you can ask for in a gaming laptop. The company has refreshed their notebook with the latest Intel i7-7820HK processor, and it’s hard to not to fall in love with it. Though it comes with a little chunk in the trunk, the performance on this beast is truly amazing.

Tech Specs

Processor Intel Core i7-7820HK
Display 17.3-inch IPS 4K Ultra HD
Graphics Card GTX 1080 8GB
Storage 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Ports USB 3.0, MiniDP, USB Type-C Thunderbolt, HDMI, SD Card Reader, 3.5mm audio

Under the hood, the MSI GT73VR Titan Pro packs a hefty Intel Core i7-7820HK processor, alongside a GTX 1080 GPU. There’s 32 gigs of DDR4 RAM, and a dual storage setup comprising of 512GB SSDs and a 1TB HDD. Not only that, you get a UHD 4K display to witness your graphics in all their glory. By the specs alone, this is as good as it gets when it comes to gaming laptops. AND, it has the looks to boast of too, albeit it follows a similar design and color scheme as the rest of the MSI gaming laptops. Mind you, this device weighs over 4kg, so carrying it around is no easy task.

The laptop is quite sturdy and the build quality leaves little to be desired. The metallic lid has the MSI Dragon logo in the middle, with red LED strips surrounding it on both sides. You can find quite a few vents and grills to facilitate heat flow. This is also one laptop that gives you almost all the options when it comes to connectivity and ports. There are three USB 3.0 ports on the left side along with a set of 3.5mm ports, while the right side has two more USB 3.0 ports and an SD Card Reader. Vents are present on both the sides. On the back, you can find red grills on both ends, while the ports, including one Thunderbolt USB Type-C, a MiniDP, an HDMI Port, the charging port and a LAN RJ45 port sit in the middle.

The keyboard deck is metallic as well, and houses a full-size SteelSeries designed keyboard like we’ve seen in all MSI gaming laptops. No complaints here, as the keys are well-placed and big enough to be used comfortably. The keyboard has full RGB backlights, so you can tinker around and light it up in a number of ways. The touchpad keys may feel a little hard, but it’s large and responsive, definitely one of the better touchpads you will find on a gaming laptop. There’s a treat for RGB fans here as well, as the touchpad has an RGB outline, which again can be customize.

Performance and Benchmarks

As anyone can tell by the specs, the MSI GT73 is very aptly named as the Titan. The GTX 1080 leaves everything else in the dust when in comes to 1080p, and even when running a game at 4K, you can obtain 30 FPS by tweaking the settings a bit.

Like always, we started out our benchmarks with Rise of the Tomb Raider. GTX 1080 powered laptop soared, offering 100+ FPS on both DX 11 and DX 12. Note that AA and VSync were turned off, and the game was running at 1080p on Very High preset. Switching to Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, we got an average framerate of 68 FPS on Ultra preset, which showed a very slight increase on DX 12, going up to 68.9.

This is the only laptop that I have tested yet, that gives above 60 FPS in Ashes of the Singularity on the Crazy preset, making it the definitive notebook for anyone who wants to play that game on the highest settings. Checking out intensive open world titles like GTA V and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we were easily impressed with the graphics performance, with the laptop running GTA V at an average 76 FPS and Witcher 3 at 75.8 FPS. All the titles were tested at the highest preset, with both AA and VSync turned off.

The display is equally impressive and the games reflect beautifully on the screen. It has great contrast and high brightness, making it easier to use in well lit areas. The colors and shades also look quite vibrant. To support the high framerates that you get in games, the display has G-Sync, eliminating any tearing issues you might face. It comes with MSI True Color app which lets you tweak the color and display settings according to your liking. There are certain presents for gaming, movies etc, but you can adjust the settings manually as well.

When it comes to cooling, the laptop is a little loud, but it does the job really well. The laptop obviously gets warm under heavy load, but the heat is dissipated quite effectively and you won’t experience any discomfort even when using it for long gaming sessions. The max temperature we observed was close to 80 C.

As it is a gaming laptop (and a really powerful one at that), we didn’t expect the battery life to be amazing, and to no surprise, the laptop lasts only about 2 hours of average use. Anyone who wants to move it around will have to carry the power brick as well, for longer sessions. Apart from that, this is as good as a gaming laptop can be.

The MSI GT73VR Titan Pro is a dream come true for any gamer, albeit an expensive one. It comes at a price point of INR 3.3 lakhs, but that includes a top of the line Intel i7 processor, a GTX 1080, a great SteelSeries keyboard and a 4K UHD G-Sync display. If you take into account all the good stuff and try building a PC that offers the same performance, you might just end up spending the same amount of money. For hardcore gamers who have the money to spend and don’t like to make any sort of compromises, this could be the perfect companion.

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