Battery, Thermal And Display Testing
Battery Test - Tomb Raider 2013 Battery Rundown
To test battery life, we set each laptop’s battery profile to Balanced while running Tomb Raider’s built-in benchmark at the lowest detail preset. The frame rate is locked at 30 FPS through GeForce Experience’s Battery Boost to limit the strain on the battery. Meanwhile, a script running in the background monitors and time stamps the system’s battery percentage. The laptops are set to hibernate once battery levels reach 5%.
The MSI Titan Pro lasts the longest out of the first batch of laptops we've tested. It outlasts the G752Vs OC Edition, P37X v6, and Leopard Pro-218 by 1 minute, 12 minutes, and 27 minutes respectively. This behemoth of a machine throttles its performance to the point where it delivers more play time than its less power-hungry competitors.
At idle, the MSI Titan Pro stays pretty cool, and only barely breaks 40°C. After 15 minutes of Furmark, the heat increases significantly; the Optris detects 83.1°C emanating from the first GPU heat pipe. Aida64 logs the GPU diode's maximum temperature at 76°C. In the current batch of laptops we tested, the Titan Pro comes second only to MSI's own Leopard Pro in heat output, and only by a couple of degrees. Its cool temperature is likely the result of its clean, spacious internal layout and beefy cooling solution.
We used the SpectraCal C6 Colorimeter to measure the MSI Titan Pro’s display. Be sure to check out our Display Testing Explained article for a full description of our test methodology.
The contrast ratio is determined by dividing the white luminance by the black luminance. A good display will have a contrast ratio of at least 1000:1, but our Titan Pro exceeds that, rating closer to 1300:1. At lowest brightness, the Titan Pro's display has a white luminance of 18.2363cd/m2, a black luminance of 0.0141cd/m2, and a contrast ratio of 1295.7:1. At maximum brightness, the white luminance is 352.2879cd/m2, black luminance is 0.2616cd/m2, and the contrast ratio is 1346.6:1.
At lowest brightness, the Titan Pro's RGB balance comes close to perfect, but that changes as soon as the brightness goes up. Red and green levels plummet while blue levels skyrocket; the levels only begin to normalize at 100% brightness, but even then, the blues are too high and the greens are too low. The gamma average was 2.2745. And we can see the gamma stay near a constant 2.2 from 0-40% brightness while hovering near 2.4 at 75% brightness. In comparison to the other laptops we tested, the grayscale DeltaE 2000 and overall color average DeltaE 2000 are much too high, and that color difference is easily visible to the human eye.