System Performance

Intel’s Coffee Lake is a nice upgrade, offering up to six cores in the 45-Watt H series, compared to four in Kaby Lake. MSI offers either the Core i7-8750H, Core i7-8850H, or the Core i9-8950HK, with the latter installed in the review unit. The Core i9-8950HK offers six cores, 12 threads, and a 2.9-4.8 GHz operating window at stock speeds. There’s 12 MB of cache, and of course the 45-Watt TDP.

The review unit also comes with 2 x 16 GB DDR4-2667, and there’s two more SODIMM slots if you need more memory than that. The base models come with just a single 16 GB stick, so while you do lose out on the dual-channel memory, it’s nice that if you do want to upgrade to 32 GB of memory, you don’t need to buy two sticks of memory.

To test system performance, the GT75 Titan was run through our standard laptop tests. Comparisons are against similar systems and a few others, but if you want to compare it to any laptop we’ve tested, you can use our online Bench.

PCMark

PCMark 8 - Home

PCMark 8 - Creative

PCMark 8 - Work

PCMark 10 - Essentials

PCMark 10 - Productivity

PCMark 10 - Digital Content Creation

PCMark 10 - Overall

PCMark tests all aspects of a system, including the CPU, GPU, and storage. The extra cores in the GT75 Titan help propel it to the tops of these tests, even compared to the Clevo P870DM2 with it’s desktop class Core i7-6700K CPU.

Cinebench

Cinebench R15 - Single-Threaded Benchmark

Cinebench R15 - Multi-Threaded Benchmark

Cinebench is a pure CPU test, and with both single-threaded and multi-threaded tests, we can take a look at both the single-core performance as well as when all six cores and twelve threads are in use. With a maximum turbo frequency of 4.8 GHz, the Core i9-8950HK pulls out a nice lead on the single-threaded result, and the extra cores absolutely demolish the quad-cores in previous laptops.

x264

x264 HD 5.x

x264 HD 5.x

Another CPU test, x264 does a video conversion over two passes. The workload is quite long, and on Ultrabooks it can bump into the thermal limits of a device, but on these desktop replacement systems that’s not an issue. The MSI GT75 Titan once again flexes its extra two cores here and wipes the floor against even the fastest quad-core models we’ve tested.

Web Tests

All of our web tests are done with the latest version of Microsoft Edge, and unlike our other tests, web performance is often dictated by the browser. Over time, browsers tend to get faster at certain tasks, so even the same device may show different results later in its life.

Mozilla Kraken 1.1

Google Octane 2.0

WebXPRT 2015

Interestingly, the Kraken 1.1 and Octane results are a bit lower for this laptop compared to some of the previous generation devices we’ve tested. However the WebXPRT results do show an improvement. At the end of the day, laptops with H series CPUs tend to not struggle with web workloads regardless.

Storage Performance

You can get the GT75 Titan with just a 1 TB 7200 rpm drive, or MSI offers models with 256 and 512 GB SATA SSDs, and models with either a single 512 GB NVMe, or two 512 GB NVMe in RAID. There’s three total M.2 slots, so after purchase, there’s room to upgrade as well. It’s nice that all models come with the 1 TB spinning drive though, since the install size for games these days can be well over 100 GB per game.

As enthusiasts, it can be a bit disheartening that SSDs have become commodities for laptop manufacturers, but that is certainly the case. The review unit we received from MSI ships with the Samsung PM981 512 GB SSD. This 64-layer TLC drive is one of the best performing TLC drives around, and if you want to read more about it please check out our review.

The Samsung PM981 is perhaps not quite as fast as their Pro series with MLC NAND, but for most people, the speed difference is mostly academic. The PM981 can saturate a PCI 3.0 x4 link on reads, and still does awfully well on writes.

SSDs in laptops is a bit of a lottery, but this GT75 Titan has a great SSD. They offer this in RAID 0 as well for 1 TB total, which is going to perform marginally better, but likely not enough for anyone to really notice except on synthetic tests.

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  • bennyg - Friday, September 14, 2018 - link

    You'd think that, but all the high end DTRs have pretty similar jet turbines under load reaching above 55dBa, because they're all set to turbo themselves as high as they'll go, which is almost always limited by cooling. Idle and part load noise is a tradeoff between temps and noise up to the user via fan control schemes Reply
  • RSAUser - Saturday, September 15, 2018 - link

    You can set them all to be adaptive/set to screen resolution.
    Nvidia control panel > Manage 3D settings > Power management mode to adaptive.
    It's one of the first changes I make on any Nvidia or AMD card, what's the point in pushing twice the amount of frames needed, I'd rather use less power and have the fan quieter.
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  • PeachNCream - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - link

    For a gaming laptop, it doesn't look overly obnoxious. Maybe OEMs are finally starting to back off from the excessive bling...one can hope anyway. Is it possible to install vanilla Intel drivers instead of Killer-branded ones and still end up with a working wireless adapter? The best solution would be for MSI to use an Intel WiFi NIC to begin with, but if the end user can still escape Killer software without opening the laptop up to replace the NIC, that'd be a second place alternative to fixing that particular hardware glitch. Reply
  • GreenReaper - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - link

    A laptop that destroys your lap, the competition, and your bank balance all at once! Reply
  • ElvenLemming - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - link

    Is there a mistake in the spec table for GPU? There are two sections but the same 1080 information is in both. Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - link

    Not sure, could be there was a 1070 model in the middle that was dropped for space reasons. Just looking on Amazon there're more models than the ones that could be crammed into the table here. Reply
  • Brett Howse - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - link

    No mistake - they just have a lot of different models and there's not necessarily any sequential order for the components. Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - link

    Brett, you're missing the point. If all the laptops in the table are 1080's then you only need a single full width cell for the GPU row, not two cells each with the same stats. Reply
  • Brett Howse - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - link

    Oh I see the issue. Someone deleted one row from my carefully crafted table. There's supposed to be one model with the GTX 1070. I'll fix it up. Reply
  • RedNeon - Friday, September 14, 2018 - link

    Except that there already is a laptop with AMD Vega 56 GPU, the Acer Predator Helios 500. Reply

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