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MSI GT73VR Titan Pro-201 Gaming Laptop Review

The MSI GT73VR Titan Pro-201 features an Intel Core i7-6820HK and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, and comes with a hefty price tag of $3,599. Will the flagship Pascal GPU give the MSI Titan Pro enough performance to dominate its competition?

Price Analysis And Conclusion

MSI’s contender for the ultra-high-end gaming laptop market delivers on its promises.The MSI GT73VR Titan Pro-201 offers excellent performance, matched only by its solid build quality, and bold aesthetics. It powers through all but the most demanding games with ease, and it gives the most demanding ones a good run for the money. This is, by far, the most powerful laptop we’ve tested (for now, of course!)

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But the Titan Pro-201’s performance isn't cheap. At $3,599, this laptop is more than $1,000 more expensive than the next best performer, the Asus G752VS OC Edition, which definitely gives the MSI laptop a run for its money. In productivity and synthetic benchmarks, the two systems trade blows. In gaming, the Titan Pro far exceeds the G752VS OC Edition in many games, but in a handful, the performance difference is close enough to question whether an extra $1,100 is worth it.

However, the Titan Pro-201 is but one of several Titan Pro configurations. Ours in particular includes 64GB of memory and two 512GB SSDs running in RAID 0. More modest (if you can say that about a system with a GTX 1080) configurations are available. For example, the Titan SLI-058 features two GTX 1070s in SLI for $100 less. This could be a much more compelling system considering how close our single GPU Asus G752VS OC Edition performs.

Less expensive Titan models with lower-end configurations exist as well. For example, the Titan Pro-202 contains 32GB of memory and one 512GB SSD for $500 less. You can also find a Titan Pro model with a UHD display, 16GB of memory, and no SSD for $2,800. It's not quite the $2,500 we’re aiming for in comparison to the G752VS OC Edition, especially considering the lack of an SSD, but it might be compelling to potential customers fixated on that GTX 1080 (we'd love to see how that does at 4K, given the struggles the P37X V6 had at that resolution, albeit with a GTX 1070 GPU). For $2,400, there's a similar model running a GTX 1070 as well.

Finally, MSI also offers more powerful Titan configurations for more adventurous gamers (by which we mean: those with deeper pockets.) The Titan SLI is also available with a massive 18.4" IPS display, an Intel Core i7-6820HK, and two GTX 1070s in SLI. One such model is available for $3,500, but with only 16GB of memory, a 256GB SSD, and a 1TB hard drive. For $500 more, the memory and storage are bumped to to 64GB and a 512GB SSD, respectively. An even more powerful configuration with an Intel Core i7-6920HQ and two GTX 1080s in SLI is available for $5,000. The Titan Pro-201 costs 72% of this, so the discerning high-end buyer would depend on the GTX 1080 SLI configuration performing an extra 28% better, or more.

Still, gamers considering a GTX 1080-equipped laptop are those who value pure, unadulterated performance above all. The best of anything inevitably carries a high price tag, and so far the MSI GT73VR Titan Pro-201 fits the bill.


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  • Poozle
    I love laptop reviews, but could you perhaps do non super thick laptops and not even gaming laptops? A few laptops I want to see are thin and powerful, EX Razers Pascal line up, Surface book performance base, Surface Pro 4 (If you have not already, I will check for a review after this) I love your reviews, but I want to see more of them :D
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  • TechyInAZ
    18880044 said:
    I love laptop reviews, but could you perhaps do non super thick laptops and not even gaming laptops? A few laptops I want to see are thin and powerful, EX Razers Pascal line up, Surface book performance base, Surface Pro 4 (If you have not already, I will check for a review after this) I love your reviews, but I want to see more of them :D

    If you want to see regular laptop reviews, go to our sister site @ www.laptopmag.com.
    Reply
  • g-unit1111
    $3300 for 1080P when their 4K model retails for $1,000 less? No thanks.
    Reply
  • quilciri
    Can I have a gaming laptop that doesn't look like a douchebro Axe body spray plug in Fast & Furious please?
    Reply
  • Steve_166
    One huge issue with it, It has 4 ram slots, two are on the bottom and easy to access. But the other two are on the top of the main board and require removal of everything to upgrade them.
    Reply
  • FritzEiv
    18880044 said:
    I love laptop reviews, but could you perhaps do non super thick laptops and not even gaming laptops? A few laptops I want to see are thin and powerful, EX Razers Pascal line up, Surface book performance base, Surface Pro 4 (If you have not already, I will check for a review after this) I love your reviews, but I want to see more of them :D

    Maybe some day, but our focus right now is on Gaming Laptops. As TechInAZ mentioned, Laptop Magazine (our sister site) has such reviews.
    Reply
  • FritzEiv
    18880181 said:
    Can I have a gaming laptop that doesn't look like a douchebro Axe body spray plug in Fast & Furious please?

    Maybe Axe should get into this market. But yes, we've got a dozen gaming laptops in the labs, with more on the way, so hopefully some of them will look more like Old Spice deodorant.
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  • urbanj
    18880174 said:
    $3300 for 1080P when their 4K model retails for $1,000 less? No thanks.

    why would you want to game @4k?......especially on such a small screen?

    That's called throwing your money out the window.
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  • g-unit1111
    18880392 said:
    18880174 said:
    $3300 for 1080P when their 4K model retails for $1,000 less? No thanks.

    why would you want to game @4k?......especially on such a small screen?

    That's called throwing your money out the window.

    A 4K laptop that goes for $1999 with a GTX 1070 vs 1080P for $3600 is throwing your money out the window ? Right. You could buy two or 3 laptops for that price. :sarcastic:
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  • wifiburger
    i'm puzzled why they sent you the 1080p model, maybe the 4k has a bad screen and they are trying to hide it :-)
    Reply