By Jeremy Say

MSI has graciously let us borrow the MSI GT83VR TITAN SLI – a ~21K Malaysian Ringgit gaming laptop that came out late-mid last year, boasting variations in the 6RF (GTX 1080 graphics) and 6RE (GTX 1070 graphics) model. There is also a more expensive 7RF and 7RE model with the main difference being a 6th gen vs a 7th gen Core i7 CPU, and of course, a full RGB keyboard for the 7 series.

I sadly only had the computer for two and a half days, which leaves very little time to properly test and review this high performance Titan gaming laptop from MSI. Especially when you include the fact we had to film this lovely thing for all to see – and you can check out THAT unboxing video down below. For my thoughts and the write up – that’s just past the jump.

Good

  • 18.4” FHD (1,920×1,080), 60Hz, IPS-Level
  • Dual GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5X in SLI
  • Insanely High Performance
  • Mechanical Keyboard
  • Good Cooling System
  • Speaker Quality

Bad

  • Low refresh rate and resolution display
  • Heavy at 5.5kg for the laptop and ~1.5kg for the AC adapters
  • Keyboard for the 6RF comes in only red lights
  • Preloaded Bloatware
  • Physical Size
  • Potential to be very loud
  • Not exactly portable
  • Poor Battery Life
  • Energy Consumption at 2x 330W adapters

For those with money: 9.0/10

My Score: 8.0/10

Specifications

Display: 18.4″ FHD (1,920×1,080), 60Hz, IPS-Level

CPU: Intel Core i7-6820K 2.70 GHz up to 3.60 GHz

Graphics: Dual GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5X in SLI

Memory: 64GB DDR4-2400MHz

SSD: 2x 256GB Samsung SM951 M.2 SSD in RAID 0 (NVMe PCIe Gen3 x4 / SATA)

HDD: 1x 1TB Hitachi 2.5″ SATA HDD

Keyboard: Mechanical Backlit Keyboard (Single-Colour, Red)

Battery: 8-Cell Li-Ion 75Whr

AC Adapter: 2x 330W adapter

Dimension (WxDxH) mm 458 x 339 x 42~69

I/O: Type-C (USB3.1 Gen2 / DP / Thunderbolt™3) 1x, Type-C USB3.1 Gen2 1x, Type-A USB3.0 5x RJ45 1x, HDMI 1 x HDMI (4K @ 60Hz), Mini-DisplayPort 1x (v1.2), Audio Jack 1x Mic-in 1x Headphone-out 1x Headphone-out (HiFi / SPDIF) 1x TOSLINK SPDIF Out


The mammoth MSI GT83VR 6RF TITAN SLI

This is a not a laptop, not in the traditional sense. Just seeing the box and lifting the device out gives you a sense of sheer size – and weight of it is impressive. Lugging this thing around is no joke. It was not particularly fun moving this to our office (while still in the box) and makes me wonder how portable it really is. As someone with LAN party experience, I think I would still drag my desktop around. This would include all the cables, peripherals and, of course, 144hz monitor. Now if only MSI would upgrade the dang 60hz 1080p display panel without G-Sync and not make me bring a proper monitor along, then I might consider this a proper high end laptop. Until they do, this behemoth is pretty much a slightly portable workstation, but damn if she’s not beautiful and impressive. I got more than a few envious looks lugging her around, and that’s always a good feeling despite my sore shoulders.

I have to say that I never once entertained the thought of moving this “laptop”, especially after I finally finished clearing my workspace and plugging both mammoth 2x 330W AC adapters in. I was somewhat glad to have the massive power bricks on the table, though. This allowed me to invade and intimidate my way into my coworkers’ spaces without too much trouble (note: don’t bully your colleagues).

The MacBook Pro stacks up to the MSI GT83VR

With the big 18.4” display, getting work done was a breeze with multiple windows running at once. Even the Steelseries Cherry MX Brown keyboard was comfortable to type on, even though I’m not a fan of the softer Brown Switches. This did however lower the sound profile when typing, lest I annoy my bosses even further. One thing to note – for such an expensive keyboard, having only one colour option seems just a little underwhelming. Is it that much more expensive to have a full RGB keyboard for a high end laptop?

As for the performance, I could play anything on this thing and on whatever settings I wanted. It was like playing with no loading screens and not boot up time. Nearly everything was instantaneous. I even decided to bring in a proper racing wheel and pedals just to test out Forza Horizon 3. At one point a co-worker walked by and did a double take. He asked me what movie I was watching, which I replied by immediately crashing my car exaggeratedly with the racing wheel. Only then did he flip out when he realized I was actually playing a game. Let’s just say not much work was done that day. Most of the office was either testing out the MSI GT83VR SLI TITAN or observing. Many had to be pried off it, much like in this video.

Eventually all good things come to an end and I had to return the computer with a heavy heart. This was my office “workstation” for only a few days and it was an amazing experience. Especially when compared to my original dinky of a shit 13” laptop powered by an Intel Atom.

As the aftermath of having a wonder laptop pulled away from me finally set in, the week that followed was painful. I actually often reminisce about the MSI GT83VR TITAN SLI. The pros can quite easily outweigh the cons and that is a hefty task at 5.5kg plus 1.5kg for both adapters, with an expensive price tag.

While I could never afford one of these and would probably never buy one even if I could, the fact that I even thought about it scares me. If anyone were to ask what laptop I would want at this moment, I would definitely put this on the top of my list. Right below that would be a note to buy a luggage case to port this thing around.

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