The MSI Titan GT77 wants to replace your desktop with powerful components, a ton of RGB lighting and some strong upgrade options. But you have to be willing to pay a lot of money to get the top configuration, and for that you should get a 1080p webcam.
- +Very powerful performance
- +Good looks
- +Tons of storage and memory
- +Plenty to upgrade
- +A mechanical keyboard is comfy
- -720p webcam
- -Wildly expensive
- -1080p, 360 Hz display is washed out
Even the best gaming laptops won’t ever be able to completely replace a desktop machine, according to diehard PC builders. With an Intel Core i9-12900HX, the company’s most potent mobile processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, and a ton of storage, the MSI Titan GT77 is coming to refute that claim.
It’s common for desktop replacements to be large and cumbersome, but this Titan has shrunk from the last time we saw it despite still being a pretty large laptop.
Additionally, it features a mechanical keyboard and, depending on your configuration, a ton of other extras. There are also numerous chances for future upgrades. However, it’s pricey and only becomes more so from there, reaching almost $5,000 on the configuration we tested after starting at more than $2,500. You must pay the cost if you wish to replace your desktop.
Design of the MSI Titan GT77
The revamped MSI Titan GT77 is stylish in terms of large desktop replacements. Don’t misunderstand me. Still very large. Without a car, you won’t want to transport things from place to place. Even so, it has a striking sportscar look and is a little bit smaller than the previous, 9.2-pound 2019 design.
The Titan is similar to a spaceship and a Ferrari when closed. With the exception of the MSI dragon shield emblem (which, of course, illuminates in RGB because, well, why not? ), the black, plastic lid is quite simple. Before you even open this notebook, you’ll also notice that the Titan has some clutter in the trunk with some lines for texture. However, on the Titan, that’s just exhaust for hot hair. Alienware has been doing this for years to put additional ports at the back of the laptop. But hey, that has RGB lighting as well (and takes the place of the front RGB light bar on MSI’s current GE76 Raider).
When the lid is lifted, a 17.3-inch display with modest bezels is seen (though particularly large along the bottom).
Black plastic covers the entire deck, which is contrasted by the RGB mechanical keyboard (more on that below).
Below the screen, a few of the same lines may be made out, giving the various components of the laptop some consistency.
Next to the trackpad is a tiny fingerprint scanner that I found to be useful when I was wearing a mask and was unable to utilize Windows Hello facial recognition.
With dimensions of 15.63 x 12.99 x 0.91 inches and a weight of 7.28 pounds, the Titan is substantial but considerably smaller than the original design. In fact, it is lighter and smaller in several dimensions than the MSI GE76 Raider (8.8 pounds, 15.6 x 11.2 x 1 inch). Perhaps in part as a result of the Titan’s complete move to plastic.
The Asus ROG Strix Scar G733Q weighs 5.95 pounds and measures 15.55 x 11.11 x 1.08 inches, whilst the Alienware x17 R2 weighs 6.82 pounds and measures 15.72 x 11.79 x 0.84 inches.
It’s encouraging to see MSI fill the Titan, which is just under an inch thick, with ports.
The power jack, two USB-A ports, a full-size SD card reader and a 3.5 mm headphone jack are all located on the left side of the device.
A third USB-A port, two Thunderbolt 4 connectors over USB Type-C, mini DisplayPort, and HDMI for video, as well as an Ethernet socket, are all located on the right side of the device.
Given the presence of Thunderbolt 4, I believe MSI might replace this tiny DisplayPort port with an additional USB-C or USB-A port.
MSI Titan GT77 Specifications
CPUIntel Core i9-12900HXGraphicsNvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti (16GB GDDR6, 1,395 MHz Max Boost Clock, 175 W max graphics power)Memory64GB DDR5-4800Storage4TB PCIe Gen 4 SSDDisplay17.3-inch, 1920 x 1080, 360 HzNetworkingKiller Wi-Fi 6E AX1675 (2×2)Ports2x Thunderbolt 4, 3x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 2, Ethernet jack, SD card reader, HDMI, Mini DisplayPortCamera720p, IRBattery99.9 WHrPower Adapter330WOperating SystemWindows 11 ProDimensions (WxDxH)15.63 x 12.99 x 0.91 inches (397 x 330 x 23 mm)Weight7.28 pounds (3.3 kg)Price (as configured)~$4,999, not available with 1080p display in the U.S.
Productivity Performance on the MSI Titan GT77
The MSI Titan GT77 is the first laptop that we’ve reviewed that has a CPU from Intel’s 12th Gen HX series. The top-of-the-line Intel Core i9-12900HK processor, which powers the Titan, has 16 cores (eight performance cores and eight efficiency cores), 24 threads, and a boosted rate of 5 GHz. Additionally, our evaluation device had an incredible 64GB of RAM and 4TB of SSD storage.
The Titan achieved a single-core score of 1,851 and a multi-core score of 15,999 on Geekbench 5, an all-around performance test that mainly relies on the CPU.
While the MSI GE76 Raider and Alienware x17 R2 both have an Intel Core i9-12900HK, they didn’t perform as well on multi-core tests as they did on single-core tests (13,456 for the Raider, 13,710 on the Alienware).
With its AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733Q scored 1,487 on the single-core test and 8,231 on the multi-core test.
On our file transfer test, which copies 25GB of test files, all of the laptops performed admirably, but the Titan GT77 truly breezed through the obstacle. With speeds of 2,639.03 MBps, MSI’s most recent desktop replacement easily outperformed Alienware (2,268.18 MBPs), Raider (1,774.50 MBps), and Scar (1,449.66 MBps).
The Titan completed our assignment in 3 minutes and 59 seconds using Handbrake, which we used to transcode a 4K movie to 1080p on PCs. That is substantially quicker than the Strix and faster than both the Raider and the Alienware (4:44 and 4:45, respectively) (6:11).
Since this was our first look at the Core i9-12900HX, we decided to perform our Cinebench stress test on gaming laptops to see how they would fare. Let me add that it smashed through the workload. It had a good start with a score of 22,112.12 and never fell below 20,896.57. All things considered, that’s fairly stable.
The E-cores of the CPU ran at 2,909 GHz, while the performance cores averaged 3,732.71 GHz. The average temperature of the Core i9-12900HX was 89.28 degrees Celsius.
Keyboard and Touchpad on the MSI Titan GT77
A mechanical keyboard with low-profile Cherry switches and 3.5 mm of key travel has been installed in the Titan by MSI. Although I’m not sure if it feels especially profound to me, I do love the way it feels.
Given that the Titan is a gaming laptop, it makes reasonable that the keys have linear switches.
Although I personally prefer tactile keyboards when typing, these linear switches provide a good tactile feel and sound.
(At least for a laptop.
(Let’s not jump to conclusions.)
The only strange thing about it is that the arrow keys, Numpad, right control, and function keys all feel like standard membrane switches.
They don’t fit the switches because they are a little smaller.
Some games do employ Cherry switches, therefore I wish MSI had designed the arrow keys to fit them.
I was able to type 116 words per minute with 98 percent accuracy using monkey type. Although they’re convenient for typing, they’re actually better for quick-twitch gaming because they pop up and can be swiftly tapped again.
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Given how many gaming laptops have tiny trackpads, the 5.2 x 3.3-inch touchpad is a good size (after all, most gamers use external mice). But in Windows 11, this trackpad is slick and offers lots of space for motions. Although the click is a touch shallow, I could grow used to it.
Display on the MSI Titan GT77
A 17.3-inch, 1080p, 360 Hz display was used to evaluate the MSI Titan GT77. Although that would probably be the best setup for esports players, it turns out that this exact screen won’t be available in the US. However, because we have the equipment, we place it under our light meter and colorimeter because readers from other parts of the world might still be able to learn something from the statistics.
Despite what the colorimeter told us, the 1080p monitor appears to be a bad idea to me. The display seems washed out (and, oddly enough, it seemed worse in the middle of the screen). Typically, the Thor: Love and Thunder trailer is awash in color. While present on the Titan, each of the colors appeared flat. Only their crimson capes stood out at all in moments where Thor and Jane Foster (who is also, technically, Thor) fought in the streets. The rest was simply kind of boring.
The same problems appeared when playing video games. Control has a lot of red illumination, although it is sometimes so washed out that it seems pink. Everything seems uninteresting even in well-lit areas.
Nevertheless, the Titan’s display performed admirably on our colorimeter, covering 98.4% of the sRGB color gamut and 69.4% of the broader DCI-P3 range. However, the Alienware, Strix, and Scar all outperformed the sRGB gamut and performed better on DCI-P3 (the Strix did the best at 77.3 percent ).
The Titan’s brightness rating of 318 nits is respectable, although the Alienware is marginally brighter (325 nits). At 259 nits and 261 nits, respectively, The Raider and Scar 17 were a little bit dimmer.
Battery Life on the MSI Titan GT77
When it comes to battery life, we don’t typically have high expectations for gaming laptops, especially for desktop replacements. But the Titan took us by surprise in a small way.
In our battery test, laptops with screens set to 150 nits browse the internet, stream videos, and run OpenGL tests while they are connected to Wi-Fi. Six hours and five minutes passed while the Titan struggled. Although it isn’t a complete work day, it is still superior to the rivals we tested it against. The Alienware x17 R2 didn’t even reach three hours while the Raider ran for 4:57, the Strix for 3:44, and the Raider for 4:57.
Software and Warranty on the MSI Titan GT77
MSI Center is the name of the primary piece of preinstalled software from MSI. It used to be known as Dragon Center and now offers some hardware monitoring capabilities along with a confused version of its lighting program, Mystic Light. As months have passed, this still feels a little underwhelming, thus I kind of wish MSI will return to the old Dragon Center.
In fact, I had to install the Steelseries GG software, which previous MSI laptops had, to access some of the lighting options. Here, I had the ability to change the keyboard’s per-key modifications and the device’s backlighting.
The other MSI programs are less useful in any other case. You may use MSI App Player to run some Android applications. Due to the fact that Windows 11 now supports some (albeit a limited number and not from the Google Play Store). You can eliminate blue light and select from various color profiles with MSI True Color.
Filler is still present. MSI includes applications like Music Maker Jam that ought to be optional. Nahimic is on board to provide for improved audio control.
The Titan GT77 is offered by MSI with a 12-month warranty.