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MSI GT83VR 6RF-028UK GTX 1080 SLI Laptop Review

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Rating: 8.0.

The ‘Titan’ moniker is iconic in the world of technology – Nvidia have used it to great effect for many years now and after MSI released their first Titan laptop back in 2014, the name has become synonymous with cutting edge hardware. My colleague Leo has already taken a look at the GT83VR 6RF for the KitGuru TV channel, but today I analyse it in more detail for the main site. This laptop features a massive 18.4 FHD inch panel, 64GB of DDR4 memory, full mechanical keyboard, Core i7 6920HQ and dual Nvidia GTX 1080’s running in SLi.

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Regular KitGuru readers will have seen our previous reviews of the MSI Titan, but if you want to recap on the history of MSI Titan Gaming laptop reviews then head to the links below.

MSI GT80 Titan (SLI GTX980ms) – January 28th 2015. Read HERE.
MSI GT80S 6QF (SLI GTX980s) – January 13th 2016 on KITGURU TV. Read and watch HERE.
MSI GT83VR 6RF (SLI GTX1080s) – October 10th 2016 KITGURU TV. Read and watch HERE.

Nvidia GTX1080 – Mobile and Desktop
Platform
Desktop
Mobile
Codename
GP104
GP104
Architecture Pascal Pascal
Process 16nm 16nm
Transistors (bn) 7.2 7.2
Core Clock (Mhz) 1,607 1,556
Boost Clock (MHz) 1,733 1,733
Peak GFLOPS 8,873 8,873
SM units 20 20
Texture Units 160 160
Shaders 2,560 2,560
ROPs 64 64
Memory Size 8GB 8GB
Memory Bus 256 bit 256 bit
Memory Type GDDR5x GDDR5x
Memory clock 10Gbps 10Gbps
Memory bandwidth 320 320

To say the latest MSI GT83VR 6RF is powerful would be an understatement – our first indication of the sheer system demand is the dual power supplies MSI have in the box.

For the first time in history, Nvidia have been able to maintain the full amount of ROPs, SM units, shaders and Texture Units on the mobile GPU. It is worth pointing out that a mobile version of the Nvidia Titan graphics card has never made it into one of the MSI ‘Titan’ laptops. MSI like to keep you guessing.

The only real difference between the desktop and mobile GTX1080(s) in the latest iteration of the MSI Titan laptop is the core clock speed, running slightly slower at 1,556mhz instead of 1,607mhz. Boost clock however remains the same, at 1,733mhz.

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MSI have equipped the GT83VR with the Intel Core i7 6920HQ processor rather than the i7 6820HK – the unlocked Intel processor which features in the latest MSI 17 inch gaming laptops. While the 6920HQ is clocked slightly higher out of the box (+200mhz), the 6820HK (the ‘K’ signifies it is unlocked) can easily be overclocked to 4GHz via the ‘turbo mode’ in the MSI Dragon software. With the 6920HQ installed, there is no turbo mode offered, so the processor will generally be running slower than the overclocked 6820HK.

MSI have been keen to focus on their proprietary triple fan ‘Cooler Boost Titan’ cooling system. Even though the 6RF is housed inside a huge 18.4 inch chassis, the cooling system is going to have to work hard to maintain a stable, effective thermal profile.

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  • SQUiRREL

    Don’t buy MSI until they have fixed the issues with the GT72 and GT80: Read more: http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads/gt72-gt72s-and-gt80-gt80s-owners-gpu-upgrade-discussion.795236/ and here: https://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18746748

  • TheDizz

    That’s really pathetic!

  • SQUiRREL

    What is pathetic?

  • TheDizz

    What MSI has done and then the way they’ve responded.

  • SQUiRREL

    Yep. My GT72 is not upgradable like MSI advertised.

  • TheDizz

    You have the GTX 880M? Has anyone attempted at placing eurocom’s MXM maxwells in there?

  • SQUiRREL

    Nope, the 980m. eurocom’s MXM are MSI branded boards. I haven’t seen anyone try it yet.

  • CyberHelix

    Seems like the GT83VR is a step down from even the GT73VR lol. Raid 0 instead of Super Raid 4. No 120 Htz display, no 4K or turbo mode.

    Not even G-Sync from my understanding according to MSI support. So what exactly are you paying extra for here?

    Doesn’t seem like you’re getting much of anything here. Other than the two GTX 1080. Not worth as i think might just go back to Asus. Wait for their new GX800 to come out.