MSI's New Titan Laptops Have HX CPUs, Mechanical Keys

MSI Titan GT77
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MSI is bringing back the Titan. The company hasn't released an updated version of its flagship desktop replacement since 2019, and the new version is packed to the gills with the latest components and a complete redesign.

The new Titan will utilize Intel's 12th Gen HX mobile processors, up to a Core i9-12900HX, with graphics going up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. That's a big change from the last time we saw a Titan, which was then using an Intel Core i9-9900K desktop chip. But that 2019 laptop was 1.7 inches thick, while the GT77 is 0.91-inches thick, making for a pretty drastic reduction in size.

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Header Cell - Column 0 MSI Titan GT77MSI Raider GE67 HX/GE77 HX
CPUUp to Intel Core i9-12900HXIntel Core i7-12800HX
GraphicsUp to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (16GB GDDR6)Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (16GB GDDR6)
StorageUp to 2TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD
RAMUp to 64GB DDR5-4800Up to 32GB DDR5-4800
Display17.3-inch, 3840 x 2160 (4K), 120 Hz15.6-inch, OLED QHD display, 240 Hz on GE67 HX
  17.3-inch QHD, 240 Hz on GE77 HX
Battery99.9 WHr99.9 WHr
Starting Price$3,199 $2,499
Release DateMid-June 2022Late June 2022

MSI's new design features an RGB light bar along the backside of the laptop as well as colorful lighting on the dragon logo, letting everyone and anyone know that it's a gaming notebook.

The company claims that its OverBoost technology allows for 250W of power delivery to the CPU and GPU, which it suggests offers "desktop-caliber performance." MSI also says you get desktop-level upgradeability, with four memory slots (up to 128GB) and four m.2 slots (one of which supports PCIe Gen 5, though it won't ship with those drives just yet) for up to 32TB of storage. To cool the components, MSI is using four fans (which we've seen only in some of Alienware's X-series laptops), along with seven heat pipes and six points of exhaust.

The Titan will also get a new, mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Ultra Low switches, backlit with, yes, SteelSeries RGB. An MSI rep suggested that these aren't the same Cherry MX keys that have shown up on some Alienware laptops, but with a new profile that offers 3.5 mm of key travel, so I'm eager to try them.

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MSI is also maintaining the 17.3-inch, 16:9 screen from predecessors, but it's bumping the resolution to 4K and the speeds up to 120 Hz.

The Titan will start at $3,199 and go up to $4,949, with an expected release in mid-June.

MSI Raider GE67 HX/GE77 HX

MSI's Raider series, a mainstay on our best gaming laptops list, is also getting a bump up to Intel's HX processors. It also sounds like the GE66 and GE76, with H-series chips,  will continue to sell through retail channels.

The upgraded versions both use Intel Core i7-12800HX and either an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti or RTX 3080 Ti. The GE77 HX, however, has a 17.3-inch, 2560 x 1440 display with a 240 Hz refresh rate, while the GE67 HX gets a 15.6-inch OLED 2560 x 1440 screen at 240 Hz. Razer had previously announced a Blade 15 with a 240 Hz, 1440p OLED screen, though they haven't shown up for sale yet. It's possible MSI could beat it to market.

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Like the Titan, MSI claims the 17-inch version can also reach 250W to the combined CPU and GPU. 

The new Raiders are expected on shelves in late June, with pre-orders open today. They  start at $2,499 for the 15-inch laptop and $2,599 for the 17-inch version.

MSI is also announcing two other laptops with HX chips today: The Vector GP76, which goes up to a Core i9-12900HX and RTX 3080 Ti, and the artist-focused Creator Pro X17, which combines that Core i9 and godes up to Nvidia's RTX A5500. Exact pricing, configurations and release dates wren't announced for these laptops, other than that they're expected this summer.

Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming. He also keeps up with the latest news. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Tom's Guide, Laptop Mag, Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter: @FreedmanAE

  • JamminJamy
    Admin said:
    MSI introduced its Titan GT77 with Intel's 12th Gen HX-series processors, as well as n upd GE77 Raider.

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    I don't think you could go wrong with any of these msi machines. The Titan has more RAM and HD capacity a better screen and two thunderbolt 4 type C ports. So it should have more longevity. The look is different then the raider with the the rgb lights on the rear vs the front for the raider.

    I've had my Raider GE77 HX for about 2 weeks now and really like it. I decided to stick with the msi brand since my GE70 has lasted me over 9 years and is still going strong. I love the look of the GE77 HX with the rgb lighting and also the option to upgrade ram up to 64 gb (not as much as the titan though!). I use this for 3d visualization, design, content creation, photoshop and rendering videos and am happy with the 3070 ti gpu and i7-12800HX processor mine comes with so far. See more in my review on yt: N1YlwQBxV-YView: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1YlwQBxV-Y
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