Getting massive amounts of performance from a desktop system is easy, you just buy the big graphics cards, the big power supply, big coolers, and plug it all in. Trying to get massive amounts of power in a laptop form factor, however, is not so easy. The latest system from MSI is designed for those who need something that’s just as powerful as an enthusiast grade desktop system but has just enough portability to be mobile. While at its heart this is setup in a way to be a powerful gaming system, it’s configuration means it’ll power through workstation tasks, rendering, even scientific applications if you really need to. Of course, all this performance doesn’t come cheap, and you won’t be getting much change from £3000, but do you get good value for money? Let’s take a look!
“MSI is the world’s 1st gaming notebook to have this latest NVIDIA next gen. GPU solution onboard. Performance of NVIDIA’s next generation GeForce® GTX 1080 GPU is expected to improve more than 40% than GeForce® GTX 900M Series. With the innovative Cooler Boost cooling solution and MSI’s special gaming features catered for gamers, the NVIDIA’s latest GeForce® GTX 1080 GPU shall be able to release its full performance completely on MSI gaming laptops. By offering “one click to VR” solution and a totally immersive and smooth gaming experiences, the new MSI gaming laptops is going to shatter desktop performance cliché and amaze gamers with refreshing point of views on MSI gaming laptops.”
Equipped with a powerful Intel CPU, dual Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics cards, dual NVMe M.2 drives in RAID 0, and high-performance DDR4 memory, this beast of a laptop should have no issues with demanding workloads or games. It should look great too, with a 3840 x 2160 display, capable of displaying 100% of the Adobe RGB range, although you can get a 120 Hz 1080p option too.
Packaging and Accessories
The box for the GT73VR Titan is huge, which is to be expected given the 17.3″ laptop housed within. The box is very tough too, which should keep the hardware safe while in transit.
All the features are detailed on the box, although not all are relevant to this model as some features are optional (display type, CPU, HDD configuration, etc.)
In the box, you’ll find the laptop, of course, as well as this rather terrifying looking power adapter configuration. There are two power bricks which are wired together with a Y-splitter, and require two plugs from your mains supply.
Both power bricks then connect into a power hub, which feeds both supplies through a shorter heavy duty power cable that plugs into the laptop… that’s pretty hardcore, and should be your first sign that this system is no joke when it comes to power.
You’ll also find a collection of documentation for warranty, setup, the usual stuff really, it’s all pretty straightforward.
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