A Gaming laptop: MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI / Laptops and PCs

We are already accustomed to the fact that mobile graphics NVIDIA, starting with solutions on the architecture of Pascal, practical in no way inferior to the analogs that are used in desktop computers. Only for desktops on sale is GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – this is one of the first video cards that you can really recommend to all those who want to comfortably play modern games in Ultra HD resolution at the highest or highest graphics quality settings. Among the mobile solutions of the most productive today is the GeForce GTX 1080 version, but one such accelerator will not be enough for “exploits” in 4K-resolution. Therefore, MSI engineers provided the GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI model with two notebook video cards GeForce GTX 1070 which, with due optimization of SLI technology, should outpace one GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Consequently, this laptop is quite suitable for modern games in 4K-resolution. Strictly speaking, for the sake of testing this theory, I took this model for the test, although the GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI stands out against other laptops not only with the potential of the NVIDIA graphics solutions built in.


# Technical characteristics, configuration and software

Modifications MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI several, but everywhere the central processor Core i7-7820HK and a pair of mobile GPU GP104 are used. But further ahead of the gamer is a wide choice. First, there are versions with an FHD-screen – including a 120 Hz sweep frequency. Secondly, the modifications of MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI are equipped with different amount of RAM. Thirdly, in the laptop can be installed drives of different types and volumes.

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The display 17.3 “, 1920×1080, IPS
17.3 “, 1920×1080, TN + Film (120 Hz)
17.3 “, 3840 × 2160, IPS
The central processor Intel Core i7-7820HK, 4/8 cores / threads, 2.9 (3.9) GHz, 45 W
The video card 2 × NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (2048 CUDA cores, 8 GB GDDR5)
Operating memory Up to 64 GB, DDR4-2400, 2 channels, 4 slots
Accumulators HDD: 1 TB 7200 rpm, SATA 6 Gbps
SSD: 1 × M.2 in SATA mode 6 Gb / s or 2 × M.2 in PCI Express x4 3.0 mode (SATA 6 Gbps)
Optical drive No
Wireless communication module Killer Wireless-AC 1535, IEEE 802.11b / g / n / ac, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, up to 867Mbps, Bluetooth 4.1
Interfaces 5 × USB 3.0 Type-A, 1 × Thunderbolt 3.0 (compatible with USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C and DisplayPort), 4 × 3.5mm mini jack speaker / microphone / line-out / line-in, 1 × HDMI, 1 × Mini DisplayPort, 1 × RJ-45, 1 × card reader SD / SDHC / SDXC
The built in battery 75 W · h
The external power unit 2 × 230 W (19.5 V, 16.9 A)
The sizes 428 × 287 × 49 mm
The weight of the notebook 4.14 kg
Operating system software Windows 10 x64 Home Windows 10 x64 Pro
The warranty 2 years
The price in Russia according to the data of “Yandex.Market” 250 000 rub. for the tested model
The price in the USA according to amazon.com $ 3,600 for the tested model

The model, which got into the 3DNews test lab, is equipped with 32 GB of RAM DDR4-2400T. The data storage system includes a 1 GB hard drive HGST HTS721010A9E630 (32 MB buffer capacity) and two 256 MB solid state drives Samsung SM961 (MZVPW256HEGL), integrated into the RAID0 array.

The wired network in the laptop is answered by the Killer E2500 gigabit controller, and for the wireless connection is the Killer Wireless-AC 1535. The Wi-Fi module supports IEEE 802.11b / g / n / ac standards with a frequency of 2.4 and 5 GHz and a maximum bandwidth up to 867 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.1.

Finally, a qualitative IPS matrix supporting 4K resolution is used in the test sample. Additionally, the MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI supports NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, through which a special module built into the device synchronizes the screen frequency of the laptop with frame rendering on the GPU, eliminating image bursts without harming performance and response time.

As a result, MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI with this bundle can be purchased in Moscow for approximately 250,000 rubles.


External power supplies

The laptop comes with two external power supplies with a power of 230 watts each – these adapters weight the backpack by 2.2 kg. An impressive figure! However, during the testing of the MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI, I had to take it home several times, and this is a one and a half hour “journey” using underground and overland public transport – nothing terrible happened to me during this time, I did not die. In addition, these laptops are designed, rather, as a replacement for a stationary PC with the possibility of an infrequent movement of the device from point A to point B.


Connecting power supplies to a laptop

The power supplies to the laptop are connected using a special adapter, which is also included in the kit.

According to the MSI website, the GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI can be shipped with both preinstalled Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home. The test sample uses a “home” version of the Microsoft operating system. The laptop already pre-installed a number of proprietary MSI applications:

  • Dragon Center allows you to monitor the status of the main components of the system, adjust the backlight of the keyboard, as well as select the mode of operation of the laptop and the frequency of rotation of the cooling fans.
  • The SteelSeries Engine 3 manages the keyboard parameters, creates additional keyboard shortcuts, and adjusts the backlight.
  • Nahimic Audio changes the sound subsystem and microphone settings.
  • TrueColor allows you to select one of six preset image presets.

And with the MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI, a subscription to the Xsplit Gamecaster service is available, with which you can stream and record the gameplay. More information about all these utilities you can read here .

# Appearance and input devices

The MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI has a recognizable design. The top cover of the notebook is made of ground aluminum and decorated with decorative red stripes and a logo that is highlighted during the work of the laptop.

The most important thing is the quality of the device assembly, and here it is impossible to find fault with the MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI. Aluminum is made including the area around the keyboard. The rest of the case is made of durable matte plastic. The hinges are tight, and therefore the top cover with the screen is clearly positioned in different positions and does not jar during the game and during typing. The maximum opening angle is approximately 120 degrees.

The thickness of the MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI in the closed state is 49 mm. The laptop is rather big, but it’s strange to expect otherwise from the model with a 17.3-inch screen and two GeForce GTX 1070 on the “board.”

The bottom of the laptop is equipped with two large grilles, by which air “makes its way” to the fans of the cooling system. On the table MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI firmly stands at the expense of four rubber feet.

Bottom, closer to the front panel, holes for speakers and subwoofer are output.

There are no connectors on the front panel of the MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI. In this part of the laptop are only indicators of device activity. But in the back, in addition to the connector for connecting power supplies, there is an Ethernet port, Mini DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3.0 (compatible with USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C and DisplayPort) and HDMI 2.0. It turns out that you can connect up to three external monitors to the laptop.

Three USB 3.0 A-type connectors and four 3.5-mm mini-jacks are disassembled in the left panel. On the right side there are two more USB 3.0 Type-A, an SD card slot and a Kensington lock slot.

As for ergonomics, the interfaces of MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI are divorced logically and successfully. See, this laptop most of the time will stand in one place. Therefore, such ports as RJ-45, mini-DisplayPort and HDMI are more convenient to use when they are removed from the rear – they will not be connected to them very often, but they are less disturbed at such an arrangement.

For a long time, MSI gaming laptops have been using keyboards developed in conjunction with SteelSeries. The model GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI was no exception. In the island-type keyboard, buttons of standard size 15 × 15 mm with a stroke of 1.9 mm are used. Pressing is felt quite clearly, backlash and false positives I did not notice. In short, playing with such a keyboard is very comfortable.

Traditionally, for MSI notebooks, the Windows button is located on the right – and this is the only thing that MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI had to get used to for a long time, although the logic in such an action is traced: in shooters, when the WASD block and the left Ctrl are often used, there is a chance to accidentally press the Windows button during the game. However, for those who want to use a more familiar option, there is an appropriate setting in the BIOS. The keys Shift and Enter are as they should be in the gaming laptop: large and comfortable. The control buttons, activated in combination with the Fn modifier, are located on the entire F1-F12 series, as well as on the “arrows” and the digital block.

The MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI keyboard has three levels of backlight brightness. With the help of the software, you can choose the color and type of luminescence for the four zones. The three areas are directly on the keyboard, and the fourth is the touchpad (by the way, this is the Synaptics HID). The size of the sensor area is large enough – 109 × 65 mm, there is support for multi-touch technology. The touchpad buttons are pressed very tightly, so not everyone will like it.

On the right side of the laptop there are five more keys that activate the following functions:

  • Turning the device on and off.
  • Transition from discrete graphics to embedded in the GPU processor.
  • Activation of the maximum speed of cooling fans.
  • Launch of the Xsplit Gamecaster program.
  • Download the saved SteelSeries Engine 3 profiles for the keyboard and touchpad.

The MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI uses a webcam with a Full HD resolution of 30 Hz. The image quality is characterized as above average – “webcam” produces a fairly clear picture, although in a room with artificial lighting, the video is still a bit “noisy”. But using a laptop for streaming with a regular camera is quite possible.

# Internal structure and upgrade possibilities

It’s very easy to get to the MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI components – you need to unscrew the five screws and then remove the plastic bottom entirely .

GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards are made in the form of removable form factor motherboards MXM. The cooling system has a rather bizarre shape. So, the central processor is cooled by three heat pipes, a radiator and a fan located on the right side of the case. From these same elements are two more long heat pipes that cool the power converter of one of the graphic adapters. The radiator and fan located on the left side of the chassis cool the graphics chips. I note that passive cooling is also provided for M.2-drives, and the MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI is the first gaming laptop, the creators of which took this issue seriously and did not confine themselves to the usual thermal padding.

In principle, upgrade MSI GT73VR 7RE Titan SLI there is no sense for a very long time. 32 GB of RAM is enough for a long time – for today and 16 GB of RAM is enough in any modern games . The system uses four modules Kingston MSI24D4S7D8MB-8, which operate at an effective frequency of 2400 MHz with delays of 17-17-17-39. We can only get to two of the four SO-DIMM sockets, the other slots with RAM are soldered on the back of the PCB.

Only one of the three M.2 ports (“M” key, Socket 3) is not used – this connector works in SATA 6 Gb / s mode. The remaining ports have two Samsung SM961 NVMe-drives with a total capacity of 512 GB. SSDs are integrated in a RAID array with interleaving. Under them is the only seat for a 2.5-inch SATA-drive, supporting the installation of devices up to 9.5 mm thick. In this model of the MSI laptop it has a hard drive HGST HTS721010A9E630.

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