MSI GT80 Titan SLI Gaming Laptop with Mechanical Keyboard Now Available

MSI GT80 Titan SLI Gaming Laptop with Mechanical Keyboard Now Available

MSI recently released its latest high-performance gaming laptop and the world’s first gaming laptop built with a mechanical keyboard – the MSI GT80 Titan SLI. From the name alone, “GT80 Titan SLI”, you’ll have an idea that this gaming laptop is powered by two NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards, namely GTX 980M discrete graphics processor in SLI for the ultimate gaming experience. The GT80 Titan SLI is actually the answer to my question a few months ago, “is there a laptop with a mechanical keyboard?”.

It features a SteelSeries mechanical Cherry MX Brown switch with Red backlights. Aside from the powerful graphics processor, it’s also powered with the latest Intel Core i7 quad-core Haswell processor, up to 24GB of DDR3L memory, lots of storage options both hard drive and solid-state drive and many more features that is geared towards mobile gamers. Check out the rest of its features, specifications, prices, and where to buy below. I’ve also added some videos regarding the MSI GT80 Titan SLI below.

MSI GT80 Titan SLI Features

The MSI GT80 Titan SLI is the world’s first gaming laptop built with a mechanical keyboard featuring Cherry MX Brown switches. Mechanical keyboards are thicker so there are some adjustments that were implemented to accommodate the keyboard. Unlike most gaming laptops where the keyboard is usually near the screen, this time it’s farther from the screen and there is a space between the keyboard and the display. That space houses all the components, like motherboard, GPU, CPU, memory and etc of this gaming laptop. The keyboard section is just dedicated to the keyboard alone, along with a unique trackpad.

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Under the hood, the MSI GT80 Titan SLI is powered by the latest 4th gen Intel Core i7 quad-core Haswell processor paired with, not one, but two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with dedicated 8GB of VRAM in SLI mode. Just imagine the performance potential in this gaming laptop. The CPU and GPU are paired with up to 24GB of DDR3L memory, although I’m not really sure if you can expand it further to 32GB.

Like most of MSI’s gaming laptops, the MSI GT80 Titan SLI has lots of storage options. It’s built with a 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive and you can install several M.2 SATA SSDs and configure it with Super RAID 3 to achieve a really fast read/write speed. Both the models GT80 Titan SLI-001 and GT80 Titan SLI-009 comes with a 1TB hard drive + two 128GB SSD in RAID 0 configuration. “Super RAID 3” is actually MSI’s marketing term for this feature.

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This gaming laptop features a larger 18.4-inch display with a 1920×1080 Full HD resolution, with anti-glare coating. Not sure why MSI didn’t opt for a 4K display since two GTX 980M is already capable of driving 4K resolution. But two GTX 980M in a 1080p setting is somewhat overkilled for some games especially that doesn’t require a really high-end graphics card. Nevertheless, thanks to the high-performance graphics processing power, the MSI GT80 Titan SLI supports Matrix display up to 4 display max to expand the vision for extreme gaming experience or multi-tasks.

The MSI GT80 Titan SLI doesn’t come short when it comes to connectivity options. It features Killer E2200 Game Networking, Killer N1525 Wireless-AC, Bluetooth, Card reader, 5x USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 1.4 port, 2x mini DisplayPorts, mic, headphone, and SPDIF. It even got a Blu-ray disc burner. I don’t think Asus has this kind of gaming machine (as of today). So far Asus’ flagship gaming laptop is the ASUS ROG G751JY-DH72X. It’s cheaper, but I think the MSI GT80 Titan SLI wins when it comes to features and performance.

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Sometimes or most of the time it’s hard to imagine and appreciate a gaming laptop just by reading the white paper. So there are videos below regarding the MSI GT80 SLI gaming laptop for your reference. The videos will show you more features including some benchmarks of the GT80 Titan.

Other highlighted features:

  • Super-efficient dual-fan cooling design with Cooler Boost 3
  • Intelligent wired and wireless networking with Killer DoubleShot Pro
  • Easy-to-upgrade design for components and MXM graphics cards
  • One-touch switch between touchpad & numeric keypad
  • The whole new feature “SHIFT” brings you total control over the system’s balance between performance and temperature
  • Killer Double Shot Pro (Killer Gb LAN + Killer 802.11 a/c WiFi) with Smart Teaming
  • Evolution of Sound by Dynaudio 4 + 1 speaker system, 2 speakers for each channel
  • Audio Boost 2 with 3 independent amps for a best sound experience
  • SteelSeries Engine 3 to customize every key and devices for personalizing your play style
  • XSplit Gamecaster for easily recording gaming moments, broadcasting and sharing live gameplay sessions to Twitch, YouTube, UStream and more

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MSI GT80 Titan SLI Specifications

ModelGT80 Titan SLI-001GT80 Titan SLI-009
Item Code9S7-181212-0019S7-181212-009
OSWindows 8.1 64bitWindows 8.1 64bit
CPUIntel® Core™ i7-4720HQIntel® Core™ i7-4980HQ
CPU Speed2.6GHz to 3.6GHz w/ Turbo Boost2.8GHz to 4GHz w/ Turbo Boost
ChipsetIntel® HM87Intel® HM87
ColorAluminum BlackAluminum Black
Screen Size18.4″ Full HD Wide View Anti-Reflective18.4″ Full HD Wide View Anti-Reflective
Resolution1920×1080 (16:9)1920×1080 (16:9)
GPUDual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980M SLIDual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980M SLI
Video Memory16GB GDDR5 (8GB each)16GB GDDR5 (8GB each)
KeyboardSteelSeries Mechanical Cherry MX Brown Switch Red BacklitSteelSeries Mechanical Cherry MX Brown Switch Red Backlit
AudioSound Blaster Cinema 2Sound Blaster Cinema 2
SpeakerDynaudio Premium Speakers w/ SubwooferDynaudio Premium Speakers w/ Subwoofer
Memory16GB DDR3L 1600MHz24GB DDR3L 1600MHz
HDD Capacity128GB M.2 SATA SSD x 2 RAID 0 + 1TB HDD (7200RPM)128GB M.2 SATA SSD x 2 RAID 0 + 1TB HDD (7200RPM)
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Disc BurnerBlu-ray Disc Burner
LANKiller™ E2200 Game NetworkingKiller™ E2200 Game Networking
WLANKiller™ N1525 Wireless-ACKiller™ N1525 Wireless-AC
Card ReaderSD (XC/HC)SD (XC/HC)
Webcam1080p FHD1080p FHD
USBUSB 3.0 x 5USB 3.0 x 5
Video PortHDMI 1.4 x 1, DP x 2HDMI 1.4 x 1, DP x 2
Audio PortMic-in x 1, Headphone-out x 1, SPDIFMic-in x 1, Headphone-out x 1, SPDIF
AC Power AdaptorOutput: 19V DC, 330W Input: 100~240V AC, 50/60Hz universalOutput: 19V DC, 330W Input: 100~240V AC, 50/60Hz universal
Battery Pack9 Cell9 Cell
Dimension17.95″ (L) x 13.02″ (W) x 1.93″ (H)17.95″ (L) x 13.02″ (W) x 1.93″ (H)
Weight9.9 lbs9.9 lbs

Price and Where to Buy

addtocart-blueThe MSI GT80 TITAN SLI gaming laptop is now available. It comes in two models like what you see from the specifications table above. Both come with a manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of $3,399.99 for the GT80 Titan SLI-001, and $3,799.99 for the GT80 Titan SLI-009. The package includes a backpack, palm rest, gold keycaps kit, Dragon keychain, and a mouse pad. MSI is also offering a 2-year limited warranty which includes a 1-year global warranty.

Both models are available and can be ordered from B&H Photo Video and they are currently selling both models with lesser than MSRP prices. At the time this article was published, B&H is selling the GT80 Titan SLI-001 for only $3,299.99, while the GT80 Titan SLI-009 for only $3,699.99.

MSI GT80 Titan SLI Reviews/Previews

Here’s a video of the GT80 Titan SLI from LinusTechTips during CES 2015:

Here’s an MSI GT80 Titan full review including benchmarks from PlaytechNZ:

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