Testing the Limit of the GT75VR Titan
WRITTEN BY 李文萱
Posted on October 25 2017
The GT75VR Titan is the new member of the GT Titan family, a name that symbolizes flagship products with top of the line everything.
The latest GT75VR strikes a perfect balance between the existing GT83VR and GT75VR, with top-tier performance and innovative mechanical keyboard but in a much decent form factor.
We're focusing on the performance and stressing the monster to the limit.
Let's see what it takes to “Unleash the Winning Moment” for gamers.
--- Test Unit ---
The test unit is the GT75VR 7RF, which comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics, Intel Core i7-7820HK overclockable CPU, and 32GB DDR4 memory.
It is also available in single GTX 1070 (7RE), or two GTX 1070s in SLI (7RE SLI).
The storage holds up to 3 M.2 SSD slots and a 2.5” HDD slot, though the configuration may vary by region, and can also be upgraded.
Benchmark – 3DMark 11
We started with the good old 3DMark 11 Performance mode. All numbers were taken from the average of 5 runs.
The 1st scenario is to run the tests with the default setting, specifically the “Sport” mode with fan speed at "Auto".
The average was P19698, almost reaching the 20000 mark. Comparing the data from other reviews, this is apparently how a decent-cooled GTX 1080 should perform.
One of the best things about the GT Titan series is the overclock headroom from the exceptional cooling.
With our 2nd scenario as a comparison for maximum performance, we switched to “Turbo” mode and set both the CPU & GPU at the maximum clock speed. (shown in screenshot).
(CPU O.C. at 4.2 GHz, GPU core +200MHz, VRAM +350MHz)
(proof that the overclocking was successfully applied)
And goodbye to the P20000 barrier! The new average clocked in at P21726, with all 5 runs above P21000.
(We look forward to seeing the GT75VR set new records on all those review sites)
Benchmark – Fire Strike
We also tried both scenarios with the iconic 3DMark Fire Strike, and received similar results.
The “Sport” mode averaged at 16079, while the “Turbo” mode boosted up the score to 18167.
Overclock Makes a HUGE Difference
The overclock contributed a significant 10%+ enhancement across the board.
This is definitely a noticeable boost, as the difference is as huge as upgrading to the next level GPU!
Benchmark – VRMark
With a GTX 1080 under the hood, the GT75VR well exceeded the VR Ready standard and scored around 10000 in VRMark Orange Room test, and hit about double the targeted frame rate.
It’s no surprise that GT75VR can handle all VR benchmark and applications with ease.
For comparison, a GTX 1060, the basic requirement for VR, averages only around 6500 in the same test.
In-Game Benchmark – Rise of the Tomb Raider
Getting back onto the gaming topic, we went with Rise of the Tomb Raider.
Had the settings at the "Very High" preset.
And tried the in-game benchmark. The results speak for themselves: outstanding frame rate to match the 120Hz display!
The actual gameplay experience also aligned with the benchmark.
The fps count from FRAPS was constantly glued to the maximum 120fps limit. A perfect result if you’re looking to game on 120Hz displays.
Stress Tests – Exploring the Cooling Limit
We've run enough tests to prove the GT75VR a performant beast. But what really matters is whether the cooling can keep up with the pace.
Decent cooling is the key to maintain that high overclock performance over long gaming sessions.
For this test, we’ve taken the GT75VR to its extreme by stressing both the GPU and CPU at the same time.
We’re using FurMark to stress the GPU and CPU-Z to stress the CPU. AIDA64 was also used to monitor whether any thermal throttling kicked in.
This synthetic load exceeds most real-life scenarios, as games or software are usually either GPU-intensive or CPU-intensive, but rarely both.
But if the GT75VR can make it here, it can make it anywhere! (← Definitely not from the lyrics)
After launching the stress test with FurMark and CPU-Z, both the CPU and GPU quickly boosted up to their max clock speed.
The CPU temperature ascended and hovered around 80°C. This is a pretty promising result as it’s over 10°C lower than the thermal threshold.
The GPU temperature was also well within the sub-70.
OK, so no throttling. Cooler Boost then?
At this point, we remembered the fan speed was set to "Auto".
Will there be a noticeable (or any) difference if we turn on the Cooler Boost and get maximum fan speed for cooling?
The GPU & CPU temperature both showed a descend after the Cooler Boost has been turned ON: GPU and GPU dropped by about 10 and 5 degrees respectively.
If we hadn’t known better, we would’ve thought it was throttling.
So yes, this is how much of a difference Cooler Boost can bring.
The interior seems legit. Does the exterior heat up?
Does a 1~2-degree difference count? That was the actual result after 20min of stress test.
We first thought it was some mistake from the measure process. But after multiple tries, we realized the cooling was just that good.
Summing up the GT75VR is an easy task:
It's THE ultimate beast with overclockable performance, and keeps cool and steady throughout.
There's more than just performance…
The new Rapid Mechanical RGB Keyboard adds even more "wow" to the GT75VR with its Per-Key RGB backlight.
And if you still haven’t noticed, even the trackpad shines. BOOYA!
To read more about the new keyboard: https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=288355.0
Or check the website for more detail on the GT75VR: https://www.msi.com/Laptop/GT75VR-7RF-Titan-Pro.html#hero-overview