MSI GT80 GTX 980M 8GB SLI Titan Laptop Review

by - 8 years ago




There are few things more exciting than reviewing a gaming laptop that you know has a reputation to live up to. Naturally, when the courier dropped off the GT80 Titan I couldn’t wait to get my claws into it. It has a specification list that puts most desktops to shame and has been paraded by MSI for a couple of months now as their latest and greatest flagship gaming laptop, promising nothing but the best for followers of MSIs “Dragon Army”. In preparation for meeting this monster in person, I had a brief look around the MSI website and was impressed to see just how much has been crammed into this machine. There were the usual claims of speed, “ultimate performance” and the likes, but below this was a tech spec list long enough to possibly justify these claims and had me wide-eyed with interest from the off.

I decided to leave to the official blurb behind and just dive in, as to not be influenced by big claims or rose-tinted glasses, so let the unboxing begin!


  • Name: MSI GT80 Titan
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4980HQ @ 2.8GHz (up to 4.0GHz Turboboost)
  • RAM: 32GB 1600MHz DDR3 (8GB*4)
  • SSD: 4 x 256GB PCIE SSD
  • HDD: 1TB 7200RPM
  • GPU: 2 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 8GB in SLI
  • LAN:10/100/1000/Gigabits Base T (Killer)
  • WLAN: Killer 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Built-in Bluetooth™ V4.0
  • Monitor: 18.4″1920 x 1080 Anti-glare LED backlit
  • Keyboard: SteelSeries Red backlit mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Brown Switches
  • I/O: 5x USB3.0, 1x HDMI, 2x Micro Displayport, SD Reader, Mic-in, Headphone-out, line-in, line-out, 1x 1Gb LAN, Optical Out
  • Webcam: FHD Webcam
  • ODD: BD-RW (6x)
  • Battery: Built-in 89 W/h lithium-Ion
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Dimensions: 45.6 x 33 x 4.9 cm
  • Weight: 4.5Kg (w/ Battery)
  • Warranty: 2 year collect and return, 1 Year Global
  • Price: £3499.99 Inc VAT

The box comes loud and proud with the MSI logo on it.  Now I know this laptop is big, but this box is huge. On opening it we see why, there are extra goodies in there too, I spy a backpack!


Removed from the outer box and separated from the backpack, this still weighs quite a fair amount


When you lift the lid of the outer box you are immediately presented with a rather nice black envelope sealed with an MSI sticker; we’ll open this in the next section


You can immediately see the laptop on the left in a protective bag and there is a cardboard section on the right which houses the power supply.


When you lift the laptop out of the box, there is a whole host of goodies waiting for you underneath





Article Index

  1. Introduction
  2. A Closer Look
  3. A Closer Look Continued
  4. Test Procedure
  5. System Performance - PCMark 8
  6. 3DMark and 3DMark11
  7. Unigine Heaven and Valley
  8. Bioshock Infinite, Metro Last Light and Tomb Raider
  9. CPU Performance - Cinebench and SuperPi
  10. Memory Performance
  11. SSD, HDD and USB 3.0 Performance
  12. Networking Performance
  13. Noise, Power Consumption and Temperatures
  14. Battery Life
  15. Final Thoughts
  16. View All

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3 Comments on MSI GT80 GTX 980M 8GB SLI Titan Laptop Review

  • Avatar Ole fra trondheim says:

    Great review. Too bad the machine is absolutely ugly as hell

  • Avatar Cg Data says:

    1080p for such a beast is laughable. Laptop manufacturers should push panel manufacturers to produce 3/4K panels for >15″, It is sad that there is no 17″ laptop with 3k/4k panel exist as of today.

  • Avatar PulloGorko102 says:

    I don’t think the American version gives you a mouse.

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