• Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6820HK
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1080 SLI
  • Memory: 32GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD, 512GB SSD
  • Others: WiFi, Bluetooth, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1x Thunderbolt 3, 5x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1x Mini-DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, 1x LAN, 1x SD(XC/HC)
  • Dimensions: 458 x 339 x 42~69mm
  • Weight: 5.5kg
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Mechanical keyboard
  • Dynaudio speakers
  • Cons:
  • Loud when hot
  • Capped at 60Hz
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark Work: 4,120 points
  • PCMark Home: 4,732 points
  • PCMark Creative: 5,875 points
  • 3DMark Fire Strike: 19,796 points
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme: 14,650 points
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 8,940 points
  • 3DMark Time Spy: 9,882 points

Unleash The Mobile Titan

If you think gaming on a laptop wasn’t a possible feat, we’re about to prove you wrong. No, I think it’s better to say that MSI is about to prove you wrong. One of the most powerful laptops to date, the MSI GT83VR finds itself sitting inside the CHIP office ready to be tried and tested.

The massive GT83VR is definitely aesthetically pleasing, with MSI’s signature red and black motif along with a dragon. With its size you would be wondering what has been put inside the laptop to make it so large? The GT83VR has a fully-functional TKL cherry MX brown keyboard built right into it, with the touchpad on the right acting as both a touchpad and a numpad.

The display is an 18.4-inch IPS display with Full HD resolution. We would have liked to see a display with high refresh rates of at least 120Hz especially at this price point, and we’ve seen it before on MSI’s other laptops so we were slightly disappointed on this. Under the hood there’s two GTX 1080’s working in SLI, 32GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and an Intel Core i7-6820HK.

The laptop performs fast and smooth, from starting up the laptop to multi-tasking on multiple programs and browser tabs. The combination of the i7-6820HK and GTX 1080 SLI plows through every game we put it through, which is why a higher refresh rate display would’ve been nice, as the laptop definitely has the power to hit those high frames consistently. You could say that the laptops great performance and hardware is slightly underutilised, but we’re not complaining because it works just fine.

The MSI GT83VR can get quite loud when hot, especially when the fan starts churning out all that hot air. But the on the bright side the laptop definitely keeps cool, and a cool laptop means a laptop with a long lifespan.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The only thing that should be keeping you from getting this gaming monster is budget, and if you have the budget for it, we don’t see why you aren’t getting it already?

(previously published in issue December 2016)