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Review: MSI GT83VR 6RF Titan SLI

by Parm Mann on 9 September 2016, 15:30

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

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Test Methodology

Comparison Laptops

System Name
Form Factor
17.3in
17.3in
17.3in
17.3in
17.3in
18.4in
18.4in
CPU
Intel Core i7-6820HK
Intel Core i7-6820HK
Intel Core i7-4720HQ
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
Intel Core i7-6820HK
Intel Core i7-6920HQ
Intel Core i7-6920HQ
CPU Base Frequency
2.7GHz
2.7GHz
2.6GHz
2.6GHz
2.7GHz
2.9GHz
2.9GHz
CPU Turbo Frequency
3.8GHz
3.6GHz
3.6GHz
3.5GHz
3.6GHz
3.8GHz
4.1GHz
CPU Cores / Threads
4 / 8
4 / 8
4 / 8
4 / 8
4 / 8
4 / 8
4 / 8
CPU TDP
45W
45W
47W
45W
45W
45W
45W
Memory
64GB DDR4 (4x16GB)
32GB DDR4 (2x16GB)
16GB DDR3 (2x8GB)
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
16GB DDR4 (2x8GB)
64GB DDR4 (4x16GB)
64GB DDR4 (4x16GB)
Memory Speed
2,400MHz at 17-17-17-39-2T
2,666MHz at 18-18-18-43-2T
1,600MHz at 11-11-11-28-1T
2,133MHz at 15-15-15-36-2T
2,133MHz at 15-15-15-36-1T
2,133MHz at 15-15-15-36-2T
2,400MHz at 17-17-17-39-2T
Integrated GPU
-
Intel HD 530
Intel HD 4600
Intel HD 530
Intel HD 530
-
-
Dedicated GPU(s)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 8GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 8GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 3GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 8GB
2x Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 8GB
2x Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB
Display
17.3in LGD04E8 Full-HD IPS (1,920x1,080)
17.3in SHP145E UHD IPS (3,840x2,160)
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)
Battery Capacity
88Wh
74Wh
76Wh
76Wh
83Wh
75Wh
75Wh
Wireless
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
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 1535
Killer Wireless-AC 1535
Network
Realtek Gigabit Ethernet
Intel Gigabit Ethernet
Realtek Gigabit Ethernet
Realtek Gigabit Ethernet
Killer E2400 Gigabit Ethernet
Killer E2400 Gigabit Ethernet
Killer E2400 Gigabit Ethernet
Primary Storage
512GB Toshiba THNSN5512GPU7 NVMe M.2 SSD
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
2 x Toshiba THNSN5256GPU7 NVMe M.2 SSDs in RAID 0
2 x Samsung MZVPV256HDGL NVMe M.2 SSDs in RAID 0
Secondary Storage
1TB HGST Travelstar 7K1000 2.5in HDD
1TB Seagate Spinpoint 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
Optical Drive
Blu-ray reader
-
DVD writer
DVD writer
Blu-ray writer
Blu-ray writer
Blu-ray writer
Power Supply
230W External
240W External
180W External
180W External
230W External
330W External
2 x 330W External
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit
Dimensions (W x D x H)
416mm x 322mm x 49mm
408mm x 296mm x 26.6mm
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
Weight
4.3kg
3.7kg
2.8kg
3.0kg
3.8kg
4.5kg
5.5kg
Standard Warranty
TBC
Two years
Two years
Two years
Two years
Two years
Two years
Date Reviewed
August 2016
April 2016
March 2015
February 2016
October 2015
March 2016
September 2016
Price When Reviewed
TBC
£2,400
£1,750
£1,350
£1,999
£3,990
£4,399

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.

Gaming Benchmarks

3DMark DX11, default Fire Strike test.
Gaming A selection of modern titles are tested at various resolutions.

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Display Datacolor's Spyder 4 Elite professional monitor analyser is used to return a quantitative assessment of display quality.
Power Consumption Noted for system idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and whilst playing Dirt Rally.
Temperature Noted for CPU idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and whilst playing Dirt Rally.
Battery Life Measured while looping a high-definition movie clip with 50 per cent screen brightness and flight mode enabled.