MSI’s Titan series is designed to be a powerhouse, no confusion in that. It’s one of the most powerful machines they ever made. Today we are going to take a look at one of these, MSI GT73VR TITAN PRO-1005. This high-end laptop includes moderately high hardware housing a GTX 1080 GPU. Let’s see then if it could live up to its name.
- CPU – Intel Core i7 Quad-Core (7th Gen), 2.8 GHz
- GPU – 8 GB DDR5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
- Memory – 16 GB (1 x 16 GB) DDR4, extendable upto 32 GB
- Screen – 17.3-inch Full HD IPS (1,920 x 1,080)
- Storage – 1 TB SATA HDD + 512 GB SSD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – For a gaming laptop it’s configured pretty amply. It includes a powerful Intel Core i7 processor which is pretty much the standard for the gaming laptops nowadays, 16 gigs of RAM which can be configured as high as 32 GB and a hybrid storage solution comprising 512 GB of SSD (2 x 256) which are configured as RAID for faster transfer rate and 1 TB of HDD. Now, the 16 GB RAM felt a bit insufficient for such a top tier laptop, if you ask me; would have really appreciated if it came with 32 GB of RAM looking at the price tag. But other than that the machine works perfectly. Looking at the specs it can be told easily that it can handle tasks like your everyday needs pretty easily as well as hardcore stuff like running CAD software or video editing.
- Display – The display is the heart of a high-performance gaming laptop. And Titan Pro-1005 passes gracefully in that exam. It comes with a 17.3-inch wide FHD, 120 Hz panel. First of all, the display is fairly bright. With an average brightness of 300 nits, it’s sufficiently well lit to work indoors as well as the outdoors. Although working directly under a strong light source (like under the sunlight) can make your life harder with it. Now comes the colours. It showed an excellent sRGB coverage of 100% and a calibrated delta E score lurking under 1. Both of the numbers suggest a vivid display capable of recreating a vast array of colours quite accurately. Also with a contrast ratio of 1300:1 the blacks seem pretty deep making the screen even more superior. In a nutshell, you won’t need to connect an additional 4K monitor to heighten your gaming experience.
- GPU – It houses an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU which incorporates 8 GB of VRAM. The GTX 1080 is considered to be the cream of the crops among its class. Other than being a VR ready GPU (meaning your HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift is finally gonna come to work) which is very much obvious from the ‘GT73VR’ tag it also is capable of running most of the games even in 4K display settings. Powerful, ain’t it?? But I think while playing titles like Overwatch (>160 fps in 1080p Ultra, ~100 fps in 2160p), Tom Clancy’s The Division (>80 fps in 1080p Ultra, ~60 fps in 2160p) and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (>60 fps in 1080p Ultra, ~40 fps in 2160p) the native 1080p settings is enough in ultra settings rather than a full-fledged UHD settings. And the biggest positive is that you get all of these while producing a minimum amount of heat and noise.
- Portability – It isn’t light. When a laptop weighs nearly 8.59 pounds (3.9 kg) it can’t possibly be named lightweight. Also, some part of the laptop is excessively thick and beefy (especially the back area near the hinge; the thickness there can be found near 2 inches). And thanks to that it becomes excessively unwieldy and heavy to carry around on your back. While there are laptops like Alienware 17 R4 which is even heavier at 9.75 lbs there also is rig like Gigabyte P57Xv6-PC3D which weighs only 6.6 lbs. But I think the heavier build was needed to make it run as cool as stated.
- Battery – The battery backup sucks. First of all, it comes with a relatively smaller battery than Asus G752VS-XB78K or even MSI GT72VR6RE-015US. It runs only slightly more than an hour or so under heavy load like gaming full on or doing some graphics heavy stuff. The backup wasn’t any special either under regular workload (such as doing some minor internet surfing or watching movies offline) as it only lasted around 2 and a half hour. And also the miniscule battery backup also has an effect on the overall performance of the machine. Like many other high-performance laptops, the performance (especially the gaming capabilities) gets a significant hit while it runs solely on the battery. Now it is not to say that the battery has to be stellar as it would virtually be impossible for such a high power consuming machine. But a better battery backup always helps.
The MSI GT73VR TITAN PRO-1005 is one tough customer. It showed great all-round performance in almost all the sections- performance, display quality, price or even cooling. If one section where it can improve in the future is the battery backup. Other than that it’s well worth its money. It’s equally suited for a hardcore gamer or a graphics professional using it for casual gaming. Recommended.