Review of gaming notebook MSI GT73VR 6RE Titan SLI 4k

| September 27, 2016

MSI GT73VR 6RE Titan SLI 4k
Display 17.3 inches 3840h2160 points, 255-ppi, matt
CPU Intel Core i7-6820HK (4/8 kernel / threads, 2.7 / 3.6 GHz, 45 W)
RAM 32 GB (4 GB 8, DDR4, 2400 MHz, dual-channel mode)
The video chip processor Intel HD Graphics 530 (350/1050 MHz)
Discrete graphics card 2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
SSD 2x 256 GB (PCIe NVMe, RAID0)
HDD 1x 1000 GB (7200 rev / min, HGST HTS721010A9E630)
Ports and connectors 1x Thunderbolt 3,
5x USB 3.0 Type-A,
1x Mini DisplayPort,
1x HDMI,
1x RJ-45 (1 Gbit / s)
4x mini-jack,
SD card reader
Wireless interfaces Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1 (Killer Wireless-AC 1535)
Battery 79 Wh
Dimensions (WxDxH) 428x287x49 mm
The weight 4.14 kg
Price $4459.92

Appearance and ports

MSI GT73VR 6RE Titan SLI 4k good is the fact that it is even more compact than the MSI GT72VR 6RE Dominator Pro Tobii with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. last shell thickness is 58 mm, while the model with two graphics cards – 49 mm. It is very strange that not vice versa. But MSI GT73VR 6RE Titan SLI 4k heavier than about 400 grams, and even worse, calls for just two power supply at 230 watts. So this model is still difficult to call a mobile, and an abundance of wires on the table does not give her elegance.

Exterior MSI GT73VR 6RE continues the tradition of gaming laptops of this company: a body made of plastic and metal panels black color, which is set off by red elements. Particularly well looked red edging ventilation grilles on the rear panel. A pair of red stripes on the metal present and the cover. Closed laptop looks very attractive, especially the creators of failed back face. But the ventilation holes on the sides, on the contrary, in my opinion, made quite tasteless and spoil the overall look.

Topkeys collects fingerprints, but otherwise looks pretty good. On it is the keyboard by SteelSeries in zones with adjustable backlighting. It looks particularly bright thanks to the fact that the edges of the keys are made transparent. Just below it is not very large touchpad. Its size is enough for comfortable work, while he is not too big, so you will not hurt him at work with the keyboard. Although, in the case of MSI GT73VR 6RE Titan SLI 4k, you touchpad is hardly useful at least once in all the time. To the right of the keyboard manufacturer has placed a few buttons: the top includes a laptop, just below the key allows you to select between discrete graphics and a built-in processor, the next activates the maximum cooling mode, another starts XSplit Gamecaster and, finally, the latter switches the keyboard profiles.

Location quite good connectors. It is evident that there was no place in the optical drive, which MSI likes to equip laptops. But the ports really a lot. For example, USB 3.0 as five pieces, two on the right side and three on the left. The last is also just four mini-jack.

In the middle of the back edge raised a few more connectors. Left – RJ-45 Gigabit LAN card, then Mini DisplayPort 1.2, Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) and HDMI 2.0. C one hand, reach for it far away, on the other hand, if you connect multiple monitors, spaghetti of wires at least be away from your eyes.

Display and Sound

Recall that the most powerful in the line of gaming notebooks, MSI GT83VR 6RE Titan SLI, is equipped with a matrix with a resolution of just 1920×1080 pixels, while its iron would be nice to show themselves in games and 3840h2160 points. Fortunately, the 17.3-inch display has a review of the protagonist-UHD display, that for such a diagonal rather fittingly. Moreover, in contrast to the said screen a more expensive laptop from MSI GT73VR 6RE we did not notice the flicker lighting tiring. MSI also adheres to the right decision to do a matte coating matrix that prevents glare and reflections which would greatly hinder play. Finally, the laptop supports G-SYNC technology, which delivers more of the same adversity – picture breaks. Unfortunately, for technical reasons, we could not test this display detail.

Audio MSI GT73VR 6RE Titan SLI 4k is not very pleased. Sound, no doubt, is clearly more interesting than the Ultrabook – the effect that a separate “subwoofer”, and in general a large power of the speakers. But it was too dirty, he recalls not very highly compressed MP3-tracks, not cassette recording. With built-in software to control the sound, unfortunately, I managed to make it worse than it was. As we already reported after the publication of the Russian office of the MSI, the problem lies in a conflict with the audio driver, the latest update Windows 10. And, after installing a new driver and a new version at a special sound program management Nahimic 2 audio software is much more expressive.

Performance

MSI GT73VR 6RE Titan SLI 4k was very interesting in its characteristics and in many disciplines can compete with much more expensive model – MSI GT83VR 6RE Titan SLI. But first things first.

We begin, as usual, with the processor. In this model, installed Intel Core i7-6820HK – not just a powerful quad-core chip, but also in addition to the unlocked multiplier. Its default frequency is 2700 MHz core and 3600 MHz “turbo”. But the user gets out of the box it is already overclocked to 4000 MHz. The frequency can be increased by another 100 MHz, but if greedy and bring to 4200 MHz, the CPU is unstable. All the tests we carried out at the frequency which is set manufacturer – 4000 MHz. And as you can see in the graphs, the overclocked Intel Core i7-6820HK easily outperforms even more senior in the family, and expensive chip – Intel Core i7-6920HQ.

RAM size is not as pointless giant, like MSI GT83VR 6RE Titan SLI, but still very solid – 32 GB. In total, the laptop 4 DDR4 memory standard bracket with a frequency of 2400 MHz, and as can be seen from the results of testing in AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark, RAM is very fast.

In the notebook does not turn off the integrated graphics core into the CPU, but the system is not able to switch to it automatically. So every time you want to work a little longer for a laptop without a mains connection, you need to press a special button directly below the power button and wait until MSI GT73VR 6RE Titan SLI 4k reboot. MSI explains this decision by saying that in this case, the user can always be sure what kind of graphics card will be used, rather than relying on NVIDIA Optimus technology.

But the most interesting – two video cards NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. We have already tested the laptop with a 1070 GTX – MSI GT72VR 6RE Dominator Pro Tobii, so the graphics card itself tells about the second time and will not go straight to testing. As it would seem, a notebook with two GTX 1080 and Intel Core i7-6920HQ must stay ahead in all tests of the protagonist with two GTX Review 1070. But we have seen that the performance of the overclocked processor MSI GT73VR 6RE Titan SLI 4k higher than that of the CPU in the MSI GT83VR 6RE Titan SLI. This does not affect the results of the laptops in the benchmark 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: a laptop with a more expensive CPU and GPU wins. But in the present state of affairs games opened.

At medium graphics settings is leading MSI GT73VR 6RE Titan SLI 4k, as the load on the graphics card and, as such, the graph is not as strong and, in fact, the number of frames per second is highly dependent on the CPU. Even at very high settings, the protagonist of this review still wins MSI GT83VR 6RE Titan SLI in two games out of three. What does this mean? That’s right, two 1080 MSI GT83VR 6RE Titan abut the Intel Core i7-6920HQ performance and do not reveal their potential. And so that they able to overtake a tandem of two in 1070 with a more powerful processor. Thus, it happened that should have been: NVIDIA has released a video is far more productive than they were before in laptops, and Intel has not yet managed to provide the market with a mobile processor that can “bleed” two GTX 1080. And who knows, possibly two GTX 1070 would be issued the number of frames per second with an even more powerful CPU.

Since MSI GT73VR 6RE Titan SLI 4k display resolution support 3840h2160, it would be a sin not to check how ready for this his “iron”. On one hand, even at very high settings 4K we obtain more or less playable FPS. However, after you have experienced all the charm of a hundred or more frames per second, 40 FPS, you will already seem an infringement of your rights.

To store the data used in the most optimal way to this point: the fast SSD, besides united in RAID0, plus a hard disk. Two SSDs, each with 256 GB. They support a modern interface and NVMe PCIe 3.0 protocol, which allows them to show excellent results, which is several times higher than in the aforesaid SSD c SATA 3.0 interface, which is still less than 5 years ago, was an accomplishment just for geeks and demanding fans. Moreover, even among the newest drives are different models for performance, but if you pay attention to the test results on the chart below, you could see that the SSD from MSI GT73VR 6RE Titan SLI 4k one of the fastest. It is also quite fast running hard drive capacity of 1 TB. In total, the amount of storage of 1.5 TB.

Temperature of CPU and graphics chip during the stress test – 85-86 degrees. This in itself is not small, but compared to other productive laptops fit into the norm. And by the way, the temperature is much lower than that of the MSI GT83VR 6RE Titan. Powered laptop is not quiet during the heavy load starts to resemble a vacuum cleaner, but it is silent in 2D-applications.

Runtime expectedly low. Slightly increase can be due to switching modes, the programmed MSI itself, and manual transfer to laptop mode of the integrated video core.

Very impressed with the easy access to accessories, with simple, even by the standards of MSI notebooks. It is necessary to unscrew six bolts and virtually slight movement of the hand to remove the bottom cover. Underneath you can see a lot of things. The battery, which, despite its not large, has a capacity of 79 Wh. Two GTX 1070 in the MXM form factor, which in theory gives you the opportunity to replace them. But, of course, not 1080, because they consume more energy. Another interesting thing you will notice – Solid State Drives are hidden under the radiator. This is a great solution because modern SSD without special cooling can heat up and go into throttling, and hence lose efficiency.

Conclusion

The two graphics cards in a laptop – so, in the best sense of the word, the perversion involved in individual companies. So this time we had to leave a review without the usual section competitors. Maybe something similar to us please Alienware in the coming months – and then we will write about it.

MSI GT73VR 6RE Titan SLI 4k we liked much more than the flagship model of this manufacturer – MSI GT83VR 6RE Titan SLI. The main hero of this review is not only much cheaper and more compact, it is also just as productive and has a decent display. Though he is not equipped with the most powerful, and the second on the performance of NVIDIA graphics cards, thanks to the Intel Core i7-6820HK overclock the processor are excellent show themselves in games, not worse tandem GTX 1080 c less powerful processor.

As always, MSI pleases thought out storage system. Surprisingly fast SSD even carefully hidden under the radiator, so as not to lose performance at peak performance. Also, the laptop has easy access to components and a large number of today’s connectors. The cooling system copes with the load, and the keyboard has customizable backlighting. Slightly spoil the impression of only mediocre sound speakers and the need to use two power supplies.

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