The gaming laptop segment is one of the most profitable around, and MSI has focused their laptops almost exclusively on this market for the last couple of years. Today we are taking a look at the MSI GT75 Titan, otherwise affectionately known as the GT75 Titan-093. The GT lineup is the top of the range for MSI, and the GT75 Titan offers all the accoutrements you’d be expecting in a gaming laptop.

MSI continuously updates their GT lineup with the latest equipment, and for the 17.3-inch GT75 they’ve moved exclusively to the hex-core Intel Coffee Lake lineup, with the Core i7-8750H, Core i7-8850H, and Core i9-8950HK options. These are all 45-Watt CPUs, but the Core i9 offers overclocking in addition to a higher base and boost frequency at stock speeds.

GPU options are all NVIDIA. AMD doesn’t offer Vega in any sort of laptop form factor at the moment, so for now, NVIDIA has this market all to themselves. The GT75 can be had with a GTX 1070, GTX 1070 SLI, or GTX 1080.

There’s lots of storage options, starting with just a 1 TB 7200 rpm drive, and then adding in SSDs for the boot drive, with either a 256 GB SATA, 512 GB SATA, or 512 GB NVMe or dual 512 GB NVMe in RAID on the higher models. If you want to add your own storage, the laptop offers 3 M.2 slots so you can mix and match flash storage.

The low-end models come with a single SODIMM of 16 GB DDR4-2400, and the high-end models come with 2x16 GB DDR4-2667. Since this is a gaming laptop, it does of course offer SODIMM slots, so you can add more RAM after purchase, unlike an Ultrabook. There are four slots, so the laptop could handle up to 64 GB of DDR4.

MSI GT75 Titan
Component GT75 TITAN-058 GT75 TITAN-055 GT75 TITAN-056 GT75 TITAN-094 GT75 TITAN-093
(Model Tested)
GT75 TITAN-04K-071
CPU Intel Core i7-8750H
6 Core, 12 Thread
2.2 - 4.1 GHz
9MB Cache, 45W TDP
Intel Core i7-8850H
6 Core, 12 Thread
2.6 - 4.3 GHz
9MB Cache, 45W TDP
Intel Core i9-8950HK
6 Core, 12 Thread
2.9 - 4.8 GHz
12MB Cache, 45W TDP
GPU NVIDIA GTX 1080
2560 CUDA Cores, 160 TU, 64 ROPs
1556-1733MHz
10 Gbps GDDR5X 256-bit 8GB
RAM 16GB DDR4 2400 x 1
4 SODIMM Slots 64 GB Max
16GB DDR4 2666 x 1
4 SODIMM Slots 64 GB Max
16GB DDR4 2666 x 2
4 SODIMM Slots 64 GB Max
Display 17.3" 1920x1080 120Hz TN
170° viewing angle sRGB
17.3" 3840x2160 60Hz IPS
Adobe RGB
Storage 256GB M.2 SATA
1 TB 7200rpm
3 M.2 slots
512GB M.2 SATA
1 TB 7200rpm
3 M.2 slots
1 TB 7200rpm
3 M.2 slots
512GB M.2 NVMe
1 TB 7200rpm
3 M.2 slots
512GB M.2 NVMe x 2 (1TB RAID)
1 TB 7200rpm
3 M.2 slots
Network Killer Gigabit Ethernet
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 2x2:2
Bluetooth 5.0
Aquantia 10Gbps Ethernet
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 2x2:2
Bluetooth 5.0
I/O USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A x 5
USB-C Thunderbolt 3 x 1>br />SDXC
mini DisplayPort 1.2
HDMI 2.0
Keyboard SteelSeries Mechanical Per-Key RGB with Anti-Ghost
Audio ESS Sabre HiFi DAC
3.5mm Headphone, Mic, Line In, Line Out
Dynaudio Tech Speakers
3W Stereo + 5W Subwoofer
Battery 8 cell 75Wh Li-Ion 8 cell 90Wh Li-Ion
AC Adapter 330W 330W 2 x 230W
Dimensions 428 x 314 x 57.9 mm
16.85 x 12.36 x 2.28 inches
Weight 4.56 kg
10.05 lbs
4.50 kg
9.92 lbs
4.56 kg
10.05 lbs
MSRP $2,799 $2,999 $2,799 $3,299 $3,999 $4,499

As you can see, there's quite a few different models available depending on what channel you end up purchasing from, and of course the third party resellers of MSI will likely be able to customize further. There's also a single model called the GT75 Titan-057 which comes with a GTX 1070, and costs $2,399 that's not in the above table in order to prevent it becoming even more complicated.

MSI offers two display choices, with a 120 Hz 1920x1080 TN panel, or a 3840x2160 60 Hz IPS option with 100% Adobe RGB gamut support. Both displays offer G-SYNC functionality as well.

Finally, there’s plenty of inputs, with five USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports, a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port, and an SD card slot. There are also four 3.5 mm audio jacks, a Killer Wireless-AC 1550 802.11ac 2x2 network card, and, the first laptop we’ve reviewed with a 10 Gigabit Aquantia Ethernet port.

But wait – there’s more. MSI has outfitted the GT75 with a fully mechanical keyboard from SteelSeries, with per-key RGB lighting.

Yes it’s big. Yes the bezels are large. Yes it weighs just over 10 lbs. But this system is designed for performance, not actually sitting in one's lap, so we’ll have to see how it does with its primary function. But first, let’s go over the design.

Design
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  • DanNeely - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - link

    At least on high end laptops like this one, I'd be interested in seeing 1440p/4k results when possible. Yes, for most titles that's still going to be an aspirational target, for another year or two; but with current high end GPUs being overkill for 1080p seeing how much farther you can push is useful; and 2080SLI (when supported) and the upcoming 7nm generation will likely be able to hit acceptable framerates in at least some titles and being able to look back against the prior generation will be beneficial. Reply
  • darkich - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - link

    I find it beyond ridiculous that you're actually fine with a 1080p TN with this screen size and this GPU, for this price in this day and age!

    Can someone please explain..why would anyone need hulking 1080p POS if there are many laptops that are less than half lighter, far sleeker, cost half the price and can play EVERY game at 1080p 60fps?!?
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  • darkich - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - link

    ..heck, excuse me but I have to straight up say that anyone buying this with a 1080p screen is a total idiot, sorry.
    Just see no point.
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  • darkich - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - link

    ..oh and also, why are you ignoring the fact that not being able to play at 4K 60fps is NOT an excuse for not having a 4K screen??
    Is it that complicated to lower the resolution in the game settings??
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  • npz - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - link

    I'd get the 1080p screen. I do NOT want to scale. Period.

    The TN panel has a wide viewing angle at 120 deg, good color gamut 94%NTSC and good accuracy (see the display tests) and can do 120hz with 3ms latency, much better than the 4k panel.
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  • Death666Angel - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - link

    All I see here is a reference to the horizontal viewing angles ("..turn your head slightly..."). That's never been an issue with my TN panels (HP w2408h and some notebooks). The vertical angles are usually crap. It's often tough to get a uniform picture on 24"+ monitors. It's not as bad on laptops, but even my 14" notebook had issues with it. If I were to believe that vertical viewing angles are just as good they'd need to be specifically mentioned, ideally with pictures like notebookcheck and prad.de do. And IPS panels have developed 120Hz+ capabilities as well. :) Reply
  • Brett Howse - Thursday, September 13, 2018 - link

    If you can't see the point of a 120 Hz display versus a 60 Hz display then I don't think anyone will be able to help you. Reply
  • darkich - Friday, September 14, 2018 - link

    Fair enough.
    I'd still take a far more quality and detailed image on a 17" over grainy 120Hz any day
    Reply
  • Brett Howse - Friday, September 14, 2018 - link

    Well if you really are interested in this laptop but the 1920x1080 is holding you back, they do have a 3840x2160 IPS with G-Sync as well. Reply
  • darkich - Sunday, September 16, 2018 - link

    Soo..that brings us back to my initial point, right?
    Why are you wasting your time on this 20 year old screen specs then?
    Why aren't you reviewing the said IPS option instead ?
    Benchmarking this laptop would only make sense at at least 1440p and with a screen that can actually showcase games in their full glory.
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