A Ti­tan in more than just name

MSI GT75VR 7RF Ti­tan Pro

GAX (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Koh Wanzi

MSI’s new GT75VR 7RF Ti­tan Pro be­longs to a rar­efied breed of lap­tops that has al­ways seemed slightly puz­zling to me. They’re hulk­ing pieces of plas­tic and me­tal, with swoop­ing lines and gap­ing ex­haust vents rem­i­nis­cent of mus­cle cars.

They also tend to cost up­ward of RM15,000, so they’re of­ten pil­lo­ried for cost­ing more than a high-end desk­top. At RM17,999, the Ti­tan Pro is a prime can­di­date for such crit­i­cism, even if it’s armed to the teeth with com­po­nents that can put a desk­top to shame. The 120Hz dis­play is one of its key fea­tures, and it’ll let you take full ad­van­tage of the pow­er­ful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and over­clock­able pro­ces­sor un­der the hood. Games should ap­pear but­ter-smooth, but we’d have also liked to see G-SYNC sup­port at this price. The TN panel also pro­duces slightly muted col­ors, which is es­pe­cially no­tice­able if you’re used to IPS gam­ing dis­plays. Fur­ther­more, view­ing an­gles are poor, typ­i­cal for a TN screen. That said, most gamers will prob­a­bly care more about the 120Hz refresh rate than color re­pro­duc­tion. One stand­out fea­ture is sup­port for 10Gbps Eth­er­net, cour­tesy of the Aquan­tia AQ­tion 10Gbit Net­work Adapter. This is a first for a lap­top. Then, there’s the SteelSeries Rapid RGB me­chan­i­cal key­board, which may just be one of the best parts of this lap­top. It uses low-pro­file Kailh switches, and you get up to 3.4mm of to­tal key travel dis­tance. The key­board feels great, and there’s a nice clicky feel to the switches. The 512GB NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 pro­vides blaz­ing­fast stor­age per­for­mance, with speedy se­quen­tial read and write speeds, so nearly every as­pect of the lap­top comes tuned for top-notch per­for­mance.

How­ever, th­ese lux­u­ries come at a price, and the Ti­tan Pro is aw­fully thick and heavy. It mea­sures 58mm thick and weighs 4.56kg. Bat­tery life isn’t great ei­ther, so you’ll need its huge power adapter with you at all times if you do try to bring it with you be­yond your desk.

An­other gripe we have is how noisy the fans are. The cooling sys­tem does its job well, but the fans are so loud they ac­tu­ally get in the way of voice chat in Dis­cord or Skype

CON­CLU­SION A super pow­er­ful gam­ing lap­top bogged down by chunky de­sign, noisy fans, and steep price.

The Ti­tan Pro sup­ports out­put to three ex­ter­nal 4K dis­plays.

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