GPU Performance

MSI does offer the GT75 Titan with the NVIDIA GTX 1070, but most of the lineup features the much faster GTX 1080. NVIDIA’s Pascal cards are very well understood at this time, with the Pascal notebook lineup launching over two years ago, but Pascal was a great launch for NVIDIA, and even today the GTX 1080 is a stout performer. Although NVIDIA has recently announced the successor to Pascal in their Turing based RTX lineup, they’ve not yet announced mobile versions yet for notebooks, so the GTX 1080 still rules the roost here.

What does change is that the MSI GT75 Titan offers the fastest CPU we’ve yet seen in a laptop, so it will be interesting to see how it compares to other laptops we’ve tested with the GTX 1080. Certain games like DOTA 2 are generally CPU bound, and the extra grunt of the Core i9-8950HK may allow it to pull ahead.

MSI also offers a 1920x1080 120 Hz display with G-SYNC on most of the GT75 Titan lineup, so the extra framerate won’t be wasted, and the other option is a 3840x2160 model which will certainly bump into the limits of a single GTX 1080.

3DMark

Futuremark 3DMark Fire Strike

Futuremark 3DMark Sky Diver

Futuremark 3DMark Cloud Gate

Futuremark 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited

Futuremark 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited - Graphics

Futuremark 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited - Physics

As usual, we’re starting off with a couple of synthetics before moving on to actual game benchmarks. 3DMark offers sliding levels of complexity, with Fire Strike at the top, and Ice Storm Unlimited something that’s available to run on low-end devices like integrated GPUs and tablets.

On Fire Strike, the single GTX 1080 can’t quite surpass the SLI GTX 1080 in the GT83VR Titan, but it does outperform the Clevo with the Core i7-6700K and single GTX 1080. Some of that might be down to drivers, since NVIDIA has had a lot of time to tweak Pascal, but as we’ve already seen, the Core i9 in the GT75 Titan is plenty fast.

In fact we can see that in the easier tests, since all of them tend to be CPU bound on high-end GPUs. All of the other 3DMark tests other than Fire Strike offer better performance on the GT75 Titan than any other laptop we’ve tested.

GFXBench

GFXBench GL 4.0 Car Chase Offscreen

GFXBench GL 4.0 Manhattan 3.1 Offscreen

GFXBench 3.0 Manhattan Offscreen 1080p

GFXBench 3.0 T-Rex Offscreen 1080p

GFXBench isn’t the most relevant test around since it’s built on OpenGL for the desktop, but it doesn’t take long to run it, so here it is. All of the results are based on the 1920x1080 offscreen results, and all of the tests fall into ridiculous range on a laptop with a big GPU.

Dota 2

Dota 2 Reborn - Enthusiast

As mentioned earlier, Dota 2 can quickly become CPU bound once you get a large GPU involved, and that’s the case here. The Clevo’s 95-Watt Core i7-6700K was the quickest at this test previously, but the GT75 Titan has just squeaked by. You can see that the SLI in the GT83VR Titan has no affect at all, since it’s completely CPU bound, and possibly not very good with SLI.

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider - Enthusiast

We’re in the middle of transitioning away from some of our older gaming tests, and Tomb Raider is one that’s on the way out, although it can still be punishing on medium range GPUs. This is a game that does very well with SLI, and the GT83VR Titan still dominates, but on single GPU systems the GT75 is at the top.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider - Enthusiast

The newer sequel is an even more demanding game, and offers DX12 as well. Running on the Very High settings also requires at least 4 GB of VRAM. It’s also not well suited to SLI, with the GT83VR Titan only ahead by a small amount.

Civilization VI

Civilization VI Enthusiast

This is another game that tends to be CPU bound, and it also appears to appreciate extra cores and threads made available to it, since the GT75 Titan is well ahead of any previous laptop we’ve tested.

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite - Enthusiast

Another game that will be phased out is Bioshock Infinite, but it’s almost a tragedy since we have such a backlog of devices tested on this game. Even today it can bring even laptops with GPUs to their knees, but not laptops with the GTX 1080. The combination of GTX 1080 and Core i9 has once again set a new standard for this test.

Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor - Enthusiast

Unlike some of the other games, Shadow of Mordor is mostly GPU bound at our enthusiast settings, with the GT75 right in line with other laptops offering a single GTX 1080.

Shadow of War

GT75 Titan - Shadow of War

Shadow of War will be replacing Shadow of Mordor, and as this is the first laptop we’ve tested on it, we have just the one result. The benchmark is much more demanding than the previous game though, with scores down quite a bit even at just a 1920x1080 resolution.

F1 2017

GT75 Titan - F1 2017

With an even newer version of this game launched, this may be the only result for F1 2017 to appear in a review, but the GT75 Titan has no issues with this Codemasters racing simulator.

Far Cry 5

GT75 Titan - Far Cry 5

The latest in the Far Cry franchise is also a new test for us. The GTX 1080 can’t quite average a framerate which exceeds the 120 Hz refresh on the display, so G-SYNC will be welcome here.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

GT75 Titan - Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Finally, we have the latest in the Tomb Raider series, Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The GTX 1080 can't quite achieve the native refresh of the panel on this game, coming under under 100 FPS average, so the G-SYNC capabilities of this display will be of benefit.

GPU Conclusion

The GTX 1080 is definitely a known commodity at this point, and will remain the fastest laptop GPU available until NVIDIA refreshes it. The Core i9-8950HK in the GT75 does help out on some games, with a couple of them significantly higher thanks to the six-core CPU.

System Performance - Coffee Lake H Display Analysis
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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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