The MSI Titan GT77 is gigantic, even for a 17.3-inch desktop replacement notebook. Performance is impeccable, thanks to its high-end specs that rival all but the top-end desktop PCs. For starters, my review set boasts a 16-core Intel Core i9 chip and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics. Coupled with a Cherry MX mechanical keyboard, the GT77 is as close as it gets to a desktop gaming PC — on a notebook. If you can afford its equally massive price tag (from S$7,849), that is.
- 17.3-inch Full-HD display (360Hz)
- 12th-gen Intel Core i9-12900HX chip with Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics
- 3x USB Type-A, 2x USB Type-C, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, SD card reader, Gigabit Ethernet port
- 99.9 watt-hour battery
Based solely on specs, the Titan GT77 is the most powerful laptop I have tested. It's slightly better than the MSI GE76 Raider that I tried earlier this year. The main difference, at least hardware-wise, is the Titan's Intel 12th-gen Core i9-12900HX chip. This processor has 16 cores in total, two more than the GE76 Raider. In Geekbench 5, this helped to bring about a significant boost in multi-core performance. While the Raider and Titan both scored around 1800 in the single-core test, the Titan produced 16,043 compared to 12,169 for the Raider in the multi-core test. The extra cores in the Core i9-12900HX also helped it move beyond the Apple MacBook Pro (2021), which managed 12,319 for the multi-core test. Of course, there's no contest when it comes to games. The Titan's GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics is significantly better than the MacBook Pro in the gaming graphics department.
In Metro Exodus, for example, the Titan GT77 scored 89fps at Ultra quality with ray tracing. This is slightly better than the 87fps managed by the GE76 Raider. However, the Titan's 84fps was just behind the Raider's 86fps in Watch Dogs: Legion at Ultra quality. In any case, I doubt anyone's quibbling with these performance numbers, which are among the best for gaming notebooks. The games ran at the maximum 1080p resolution on my review unit — it also has a ridiculous 360Hz refresh rate. However, the Titan in Singapore comes configured with a 4K display with 120Hz refresh rate. I was also pleasantly surprised that the GT77, unlike most gaming notebooks, has an infrared webcam that supports face recognition. There's also a fingerprint sensor.
To support its powerful innards, the rear of the Titan protrudes out prominently, filled with cooling fans and vents. MSI says there are four fans in the Titan, and the laptop certainly gets noisy when running at full speed. I didn't find it that annoying as the fan noise is a constant whine, which you can easily negate with noise-cancellation headphones. The backside is also lit by a multitude of RGB LEDs, which can be adjusted using the SteelSeries GG app. The Titan's Cherry MX low-profile mechanical keyboard is one of the best keyboards you'll find on a notebook. It feels very tactile with plenty of key travel.
Besides having a different screen resolution and refresh rate, there are also slight differences in the storage and memory configuration between my review set and the one sold in Singapore. But one thing's for sure — you'll get monstrous performance as it's more or less the same powerful hardware inside. Given its gaming chops, I think the Singapore version, and its 4K, 120Hz display, makes more sense than a 1080p screen. You'll definitely want to game at 4K if you can, and the MSI Titan GT77 is among a handful of gaming notebooks that can run 4K games smoothly. Get it now from Lazada and Shopee from S$7,849.
Note: Review unit provided by Intel.
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