As any real PC gamer will tell you, you really need to get a desktop PC for gaming. But what if you’re on the road a lot or you want to play with others in a coffee shop or in your neighbor’s house? Or perhaps you need a laptop for both school and work and you want to hit two birds with one stone by also accommodating your need for gaming? And what if you don’t care how much the gaming laptop costs as long as it’s the best? In that case, you will love the MSI GT80 Titan SLI.
Even at first glance, the MSI GT80 Titan SLI looks classy and formidable. This monster of a laptop already looks expensive. And it’s huge and heavy, measuring 17.95 x 13 x 1.9 inches and weighing a massive 9.9 pounds.
But its gaming features fulfill the implied promise of its awe-inspiring design. The Titan was among the trailblazers in the mechanical keyboard design, and that makes it 5 to 10 times more able to handle all those incessant key smashing. The red backlit keys also offer stronger feedback, and for those who want to justify its use for school or work the keyboard also lets document writers type more words per minute.
The display is also more than sufficient. The 18.4-inch screen with the 1920 x 1080 panels offers crisp details and expansive viewing angles. It’s quite bright too. For the graphics, you get two Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M GPUs in SLI configuration, with 16GB of VRAM between them. What all this means is that you can play your game on Ultra settings and you won’t have any trouble at all. Its 113 fps for Bioshock on high is almost double the laptop fps average.
For audio, it’s not so bad either. It sure is loud – it can blast 98 decibels from about 2 feet away. You also have a very long list of available ports, and it doesn’t get all that hot especially with the fans in turbo.
Since you don’t want your expensive gear to become obsolete in just a year, the Titan also offers a removable top panel, so that you can easily upgrade the video cards or add a hard drive to the 5 hard-drive bays.
Pros and Cons
The pros and cons of the MSI GT80 Titan SLI are easy enough to figure out. You have all the gear you need for gaming, and of course it can handle any business or school application you can think of so you can justify your purchase with your parents or your spouse. It’s truly fast, the graphics are awesome, the keyboard is superb, and the sound isn’t bad at all.
But the price (which, if you must know, is at least $3,400) can be – shall we say, overwhelming. You better have lots of extra money lying around, or this one will remain a dream. And what’s really aggravating is that the battery life isn’t impressive by any standards – 2 hours and 20 minutes. No kidding.
MSI GT80 Titan SLI is only for those with deep pockets, but then again so are Porsches. And the MSI GT80 Titan SLI is the Porsche 911 of the gaming laptop industry. So buy if and only if you’re a serious gamer and a desktop PC just won’t cut it. And make sure you have a nearby socket for your charger!