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Review: MSI GT80S 6QF Titan SLI

by Parm Mann on 8 March 2016, 13:25

Tags: MSI, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Test Methodology

Comparison Laptops

System Name
MSI GT80S 6QF-236UK
Form Factor
15.6in
17.3in
17.3in
17.3in
18.4in
18.4in
17.3in
CPU
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
Intel Core i7-6820HK
Intel Core i7-4980HQ @ up to 4.0GHz
Intel Core i7-6920HQ
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
CPU Base Frequency
2.6GHz
2.6GHz
2.6GHz
2.7GHz
2.8GHz
2.9GHz
2.6GHz
CPU Turbo Frequency
3.5GHz
3.6GHz
3.5GHz
3.6GHz
4.0GHz
3.8GHz
3.6GHz
CPU Cores / Threads
4 / 8
4 / 8
4 / 8
4 / 8
4 / 8
4 / 8
4 / 8
CPU TDP
45W
47W
45W
45W
47W
45W
47W
Memory
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
16GB DDR3 (2x8GB)
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
32GB DDR3 (4x8GB)
64GB DDR4 (4x16GB)
16GB DDR3 (2x8GB)
Memory Speed
2,133MHz at 15-15-15-36-2T
1,600MHz at 11-11-11-28-1T
2,133MHz at 15-15-15-36-2T
2,133MHz at 15-15-15-36-1T
1,600MHz at 11-11-11-28-2T
2,133MHz at 15-15-15-36-2T
1,600MHz at 9-9-9-27-1T
Integrated GPU
Intel HD 530
Intel HD 4600
Intel HD 530
Intel HD 530
Intel Iris Pro 5200
-
Intel HD 4600
Dedicated GPU(s)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 8GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 8GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 3GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 8GB
2x Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 8GB
2x Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 8GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 4GB
Display
15.6in LGD040E Full-HD IPS (1,920x1,080)
17.3in LGD0469 Full-HD IPS (1,920x1,080)
17.3in LGD0469 Full-HD IPS (1,920x1,080)
17.3in LGD0469 Full-HD IPS G-Sync (1,920x1,080)
18.4in SDC4C48 Full-HD LCD (1,920x1,080)
18.4in SDC4C48 Full-HD LCD (1,920x1,080)
17.3in CMO1720 Full-HD LCD (1,920x1,080)
Battery Capacity
76Wh
76Wh
76Wh
83Wh
75Wh
75Wh
60Wh
Wireless
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
Killer Wireless-AC 1535
Killer Wireless-AC 1525
Killer Wireless-AC 1535
Killer Wireless-AC 1525
Network
Realtek Gigabit Ethernet
Realtek Gigabit Ethernet
Realtek Gigabit Ethernet
Killer E2400 Gigabit Ethernet
Killer E2200 Gigabit Ethernet
Killer E2400 Gigabit Ethernet
Realtek Gigabit Ethernet
Primary Storage
256GB Samsung MZHPV256 NVMe M.2 SSD
2 x 128GB LiteOn LMT-128L9M mSATA SSDs in RAID 0
256GB LiteOn L8T-256L9G M.2 SSD
128GB Toshiba THNSN5128GPU7 NVMe M.2 SSD
4 x Toshiba THNSNJ256G8NU M.2 SSDs in RAID 0
2 x Toshiba THNSN5256GPU7 NVMe M.2 SSDs in RAID 0
240GB Kingston SM2280S3240G SSDNow M.2 SSD
Secondary Storage
1TB HGST Travelstar 7K1000 2.5in HDD
1TB HGST Travelstar 7K1000 2.5in HDD
1TB HGST Travelstar 7K1000 2.5in HDD
1TB HGST Travelstar 7K1000 2.5in HDD
1TB HGST Travelstar 7K1000 2.5in HDD
1TB HGST Travelstar 7K1000 2.5in HDD
1TB WD Blue 2.5in HDD
Optical Drive
DVD writer
DVD writer
DVD writer
Hitachi Blu-ray writer
LG Blu-ray writer
LG Blu-ray writer
-
Power Supply
200W External
180W External
180W External
230W External
330W External
330W External
180W External
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
Dimensions (W x D x H)
385mm x 270mm x 20.9mm
417mm x 287mm x 22.5mm
421mm x 290mm x 24.9mm
428mm x 294mm x 48mm
456mm x 330mm x 49mm
456mm x 330mm x 49mm
417mm x 287mm x 29.98mm
Weight
2.4kg
2.8kg
3.0kg
3.8kg
4.5kg
4.5kg
3.3kg
Standard Warranty
Two years
Two years
Two years
Two years
Two years
Two years
Three years
Date Reviewed
December 2015
March 2015
February 2016
October 2015
March 2015
March 2016
February 2015
Price When Reviewed
£1,700
£1,750
£1,350
£1,999
£3,500
£3,990
£1,349

CPU Benchmarks

HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching PiFast test is used to benchmark the computational power of each system's CPU.
Cinebench Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses as many cores as possible.
HandBrake Free-to-use video encoder that stresses all CPU cores.

Memory and Storage Benchmarks

AIDA64 Benchmark that analyses memory bandwidth and latency.
CrystalDiskMark Popular free-to-use storage benchmark, used to gauge sequential performance and aggregated 4K QD32 speeds.

System and Gaming Benchmarks

PCMark 8 System-wide examination that uses the Home preset, run with OpenCL acceleration.
3DMark DX11, run at the Firestrike default test.
Alien Isolation Native resolution, various quality settings
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Native resolution, various quality settings
Total War: Rome II Native resolution, various quality settings

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Power Consumption Noted for system idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and for GPU playing Aliens vs. Predator.
Temperature Noted for CPU idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and for GPU playing Aliens vs. Predator.
Battery Life Measured while looping a high-definition movie clip with 50 per cent screen brightness and flight mode enabled.