MSI GT76 Titan Front-Left
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MSI recently announced the latest update to its flagship gaming laptop line. Its GT Titan laptops differ from its already-competitive Stealth or Raider lines, in that Titans often pack the most you can fit into a laptop chassis. At the height of its complexity, the GT Titan once sported two GPUs in SLI along with two hardware-based m.2 RAIDs comprising four m.2 SSDs and a fifth HDD. They were also one of the first laptops to adopt two power bricks for feeding what are essentially mobile desktops. Back then, many balked at the idea, but now it has become somewhat common for power-hungry mobile gaming solutions. Now, in 2020, some things have changed while improving on previous concepts.

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The new GT76 Titan comes in three variations: the DT 10SGS, 10SFS, and 10SF. In traditional fashion, each tier is differentiated by things such as GPU, RAM, CPU, and display options. At the top, the 10SGS and 10SFS models use the Intel Z490 chipset, while the 10SF has the Intel WM490 chipset. On the GPU side of things, each model has its own selected card. First, the 10SGS has an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER. Then the 10SFS has an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, and lastly, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 in the 10SF. All three have a choice of IPS 17.3″ screens. Both of the top two models can be configured with either a UHD 60 Hz or FHD 300 Hz display. The 10SF can have the same UHD display, but on the FHD front, it can have either a 144 Hz or 240 Hz option. The 10SF is limited to DDR4-2666 MHz RAM, while 3200 MHz is available to the other models. With these details out in the open, let us take a look at the flagship.

Specifications for GT76 Titan DT 10SGS

  • CPU: Either mobile or desktop version of the Intel Core i9-10900K processor
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER
  • Display: 17.3″ UHD (3840×2160) 100% AdobeRGB IPS-Level, or 17.3″ FHD (1920×1080) @ 300Hz, IPS-Level
  • RAM: DDR4-2666 or DDR4-3200 (8GB x 4), 4 Slots, Max 128GB
  • Storage: 1x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe Gen3), 2x M.2 SSD Combo slot (NVMe PCIe Gen3 / SATA), 1x 2.5″ SATA HDD
  • LAN: Killer 2.5 Gb LAN
  • WiFi: Killer ax Wi-Fi + Bluetooth v5.1
  • Ports: 1x RJ45, 1x Micro SD Card Reader, 1x (4K @ 60Hz) HDMI, 1x Mini-DisplayPort, 1x Type-C (USB3.2 Gen2 / DP / Thunderbolt™3), 1x Type-C USB3.2 Gen2, 4x Type-A USB3.2 Gen2
  • Audio: 2x 2W Speaker, 1x 3W Woofer
  • Webcam: IR HD type (30fps@720p)
  • Keyboard: Per-Key RGB Backlight Keyboard
  • Battery: 8-Cell Li-Ion 90
  • Power: 2 x 230W adapter
  • Dimension: 397 x 330 x 33~42 mm
  • Weight (includes battery): 4.2 kg
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You may find it odd to see a screenshot of the bottom of a laptop, but this is to showcase how MSI redesigned the GT Titan to address the common cooling restraints in gaming laptops. The new design feature no less than 11 heat pipes and 4 fans, providing 2.25 times the airflow over the previous generation. Its cooling solution also incorporates a CNC polished copper block for the CPU, and aluminum die casting alloy (ADC10) for the module. It will be interesting to see how the CPU and GPU fare with such attention to cooling. MSI has not announced a U.S. price yet, but in the past, its fully loaded Titans can easily be in $4000 to $5000 range, or even higher. There is a listing in Australia for $7,999.00 for the 10SGS.

Peter Brosdahl

As a child of the 70’s I was part of the many who became enthralled by the video arcade invasion of the 1980’s. Saving money from various odd jobs I purchased my first computer from a friend of my...

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