MSI GT80 Titan SLI Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅09-02-15
Closer Look

In likeness to its name, GT80 ‘TITAN’ SLI is rather substantial in size – measuring 45.6 x 33 x 4.9 cm. There is no denying this notebook has been designed primarily for gamers due to the bulky exterior and sharp accents. MSI has given our notebook a professionally crafted brushed aluminium lid which has the MSI gaming badge which will glow once the unit is powered up.

If the size of this notebook doesn’t live up to the name then the specification certainly does:

Processor: Intel core i7 4980HQ (2.8GHz – 4GHz)
Memory: 32GB 1600MHz DDR3
Graphics GeForce GTX 980M SLI (8GB GDDR5)
Storage: 4 x 256GB M.2 SSD + 1TB 7200RPM

Although this notebook has colossal dimensions, this is surely the highlight. GT80 SLI won’t be winning any awards for being compact or portable because this notebook is designed to be big and powerful. The specifications above are testament to this very fact!

Flipping the notebook over onto the reverse side reveals a large single panel. This panel can be removed, but is to be detached at the user’s own risk – removing the panel voids warranty.

On the underside there are various locations for ventilation and a series of rubber pads to prevent the unit from slipping on smooth surfaces.

Unlike other notebooks which do not have ports at the back (due to the panel being so thin) GT80 Titan SLI has a series of ports to take advantage of. There are two mini DisplayPorts, HDMI, the power port, and an RJ45 LAN port offering gigabit connectivity.

Using any of the video ports allows the user to output to a 4K display.

Running down the left-side of GT80 Titan SLI there are a selection of different ports and features. MSI include:

• Bluray burner (HL-DT-ST BD-RE BU20N)
• SDHC/XC card reader
• 3x USB 3.0 ports
• Optical SPD/IF audio port
• Gold plated headphone/microphone jacks

Additional to this, underneath the optical drive is a large area of ventilation for one of the GTX 980M’s to push out unwanted heat.

Over on the alternate side there are just two USB 3.0 ports and the same ventilation panel for the second GTX 980M.

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