MSI GT63 Titan (8SG/8SF)
- Display: 15. 6" FHD, G-Sync, IPS-Level 144Hz 3ms 72%NTSC, 100%sRGB
- Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H 2. 2 - 4. 1GHz
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8G GDDR5X
- Memory: 16GB (16G*1) DDR4 2666MHz DDR4-2400x4 or DDR4-2666x2; Max Memory 128GB
MSI GT63 Titan (8SG/8SF) Prices
MSI’s GT63 Titan is essentially a 15.6-inch version of the 17.3-inch GT75 Titan. Out of MSI’s seven different gaming laptop lines, the GT series is positioned as the most extreme, with only high-end hardware on board. Like its larger sibling, the GT63 is a traditional desktop replacement that doesn’t make any compromises in terms of size.
MSI GT63 Configurations
MSI does not have an online configurator that lets you configure the GT63 on your own. Instead, it’s sold in two distinct configurations in 2019: 8SG and 8SF. The main difference is that the 8SF is equipped with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 and the 8SG is shipped with the RTX 2080. Both of these graphics cards are the faster models without the Max-Q Design designation (used in e.g. the Alienware m15 and the 15-inch Razer Blade), meaning that they are clocked much closer to the desktop versions of the RTX 2070 and 2080.
The CPU used is usually the very common, 6-core Intel Core Core i7-8750H.
Unlike most competitors, the GT63 has four RAM slots that can hold up to 128 GB of up to 2,666 MHz (when using two slots) or 2,400 MHz (four slots) of system memory. Compared to the GT75, the GT63 has less room for storage, however, but will hold one SSD in the M.2 form factor (NVMe PCIe Gen3/SATA) as well as a standard 2.5″ SATA hard drive (or SSD).
Interestingly, the battery capacity is 90 Wh, which is the same size as the larger Titan.
Both the 8SG and 8SF base configurations can be equipped with one of two display options – 4K (2160p) or FHD (1080p). Both are IPS-type panels, but the 1080p model has a faster, 144Hz refresh rate.
From a gaming performance perspective, the graphics card (GPU) is the most important component by far. The 15-inch titan comes with either GeForce RTX 2080 (8SG) or an RT 2070 (8SF). None of them are the lower-performing Max-Q Design versions but are more similar to the desktop versions of the cards. Clock rates and performance are improved, at the cost of more heat and higher power consumption.
The above scores are averages of a range of benchmark runs (user-submitted and/or professional) on representative systems. Exact scores will vary between systems and individual runs.
The performance bump from the Max-Q versions of the same GPUs is quite noticeable. A “standard” laptop RTX 2070 practically performs on par with the more expensive RTX 2080 Max-Q. However, compared to full-size desktop cards, the laptop RTX cards still have slightly lower clocks by default.
Both of the two GPU alternatives will provide smooth gaming even at 4K resolution.
While not as large as the 17-inch Titan, the 15.6″ GT63 is still large by today’s standards. As such, it has more space, not only for capable cooling but also for a wide range of ports. The GT63 has a large selection of connectivity options. Unfortunately, while there is a USB-C port, it’s not Thunderbolt 3 compatible, but a slower USB3.1 Gen2 port. There are also 3x Type-A USB3.1 Gen2, 1x Type-A USB2.0, 1x RJ45, 1x ([email protected]) HDMI, as well as an SD card slot.
The keyboard (by Steelseries) offers individually RGB-backlit keys.
Video review, GenTechPC (Core i7-8750HK + RTX 2080, 144Hz 1080p panel)
Specification: MSI GT63 Titan (8SG/8SF)