It’s not surprising for gaming laptops to have fantastical and ridiculous features. But, the MSI GT83VR thumbs its nose at other gaming rigs with its 18.4-inch monster display, two Nvidia GTX 1080 GPUs, and dual SSDs. In this MSI GT83VR Titan SLI review, we explain every feature of this mammoth rig, shedding light on its pros and cons.
MSI GT83VR Titan SLI – Design Features:
The slate-black lid with a pair of shiny red accents is made from brushed aluminum. Apart from the backlit dragon symbol at its center, there’s nothing special about it. Once you open the lid, you’ll notice that the keyboard is pushed towards the bottom of the deck, which is a bit odd, but this design gives easy access to the machine’s internals. The laptop’s bottom and rear are made of magnesium alloy, and we liked the fluorescent red finish on the back vents.
The two VR-capable NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU’s, each with 8GB of VRAM. put this gaming rig miles ahead of its peers. Coming to the CPU, this monster has a 2.7-GHz Intel Core i7-6820HK processor paired with an insane 64GB of RAM. This means you can run a dozen applications simultaneously without a lag. On Geekbench 3, the Titan scored a healthy 14,765, a score only possible for a desktop CPU. The dual PCI-e SSD configuration helps the laptop achieve a data transfer rate of 727 MB per sec.
The full-HD (1080p) screen is the MSI GT83VR’s biggest attraction. The 18.4-inch anti-glare IPS panel delivers a wide range of colors with superb accuracy. Also, the large keycaps make the keys more accessible. The Synaptics touchpad is very responsive and supports all Windows 10 gestures.
Thanks to the four Dynaudio speakers and a subwoofer at the bottom, the MSI GT83VR Titan SLI fills a large room with loud, crystal clear audio. In fact, the speakers are so good that you don’t need a pair of headsets or speakers while using this machine.
MSI provided a SteelSeries mechanical keyboard for a desktop-like typing experience. The keys are so good that you can reach a typing speed of over 80 wpm with 100% accuracy. Each key has 3.1 millimeters of travel and needs 75 grams of force to actuate. Overall, the backlit keyboard is highly durable and user-friendly.
MSI GT83VR Titan SLI – Battery Life and Connectivity:
The MSI GT83VR Titan SLI battery is very underwhelming as it lasted for just 2 hours upon continuous use. There’s a reason why this machine has two power bricks. Surprisingly, the heating is very low, even after an hour of gaming.
On the machine’s right, there is just a pair of USB 3.0 ports while the left houses a 3-in-1 card reader, a tray-loading Blue-ray player, 3 USB 3.0 ports, an S/PDIF, a headphone-out port, and line-in and out jacks. Towards the back, there is also an HDMI 1.4 out, a Mini Display port, a Thunderbolt 3 port, a power adapter and an Ethernet adapter.
MSI GT83VR Titan SLI – Bottom Line:
This power fantasy is out of reach for most gamers owing to its huge price tag. At $4,999, the MSI GT83VR Titan SLI burns a hole in your pocket, but if you can afford it, you’re in for a gaming experience that blows your mind.