MSI Titan GT77 review: High-end life support for the Intel Core i9-12900HX and NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti

The MSI Titan GT77 is one of the few laptops that (so far) hosts the new 12th Gen Intel Core HX-Series processors (CPU), designed to deliver desktop performance on a mobile platform. These CPUs are some of Intel’s most powerful to date, and understandably the PC built around them has to have a support system that can keep up with the power demands and thermal output. The monster Titan GT77 is one of those laptops.

I already wrote a standalone Intel Core i9-12900HX review to get a better idea of how the CPU performs compared to other high-end options, and it’s now time to take a closer look at the Titan GT77 itself. It’s big, it’s expensive, and it’s brimming with extra features. Is it your next powerhouse laptop?

MSI TITAN GT77: PRICE, AVAILABILITY, AND SPECS

Intel supplied Windows Central with a review unit of the MSI Titan GT77. It has inside an Intel Core i9-12900HX CPU, an NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti Laptop graphics card (GPU), 64GB (4x16GB) of DDR5-4800MHz RAM, three 1TB Samsung PM9A1 PCIe 4.0 NVMe solid-state drives (SSD), and a 17.3-inch display with FHD resolution.

The Titan GT77 is available to buy directly from MSI, and it’s also listed at many major third-party retailers, including Amazon, Adorama, Best Buy, B&H, and Newegg. The exact configuration I’m testing is not a standard setup, and I wasn’t able to find it for sale. Models available to the public have an upgraded UHD display and less storage.

More specifically, a Titan GT77 with Core i9-12900HX CPU, NVIDIA RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, 64GB of RAM, 2TB of SSD storage, and 120Hz UHD display is listed at about $4,800 at MSI and Amazon.
If you don’t need that much power, the most affordable model currently sits at about $3,100 at MSI, Amazon, and B&H. It has an Intel Core i7-12800HX CPU, NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, 32GB of DDR5 RAM, a 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD, and a UHD display.
Here’s a look at the exact specifications found in my review unit.
MSI Titan GT77
OS Windows 11 Home
Processor 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900HX
RAM 64GB (4x16GB) DDR5-4800
Dual-channel
Graphics NVIDIA RTX 3080Ti Laptop GPU
Storage 3TB (3x1TB) M.2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD
Samsung PM9A1

The Titan GT77 weighs in at just more than 7 pounds (3.3kg), but it measures only 0.9 inches (23mm) thin. That’s not bad in the world of powerhouse gaming laptops, but the laptop makes up for it with an extended portion behind the display hinges that houses the extra hardware and cooling system. The laptop is about 13 inches (330mm) deep, whereas something like the XPS 17 Ultrabook measures less than 10 inches deep. Yes, it’s a big laptop, but it’s still far more mobile than an actual desktop.
The chassis is primarily made up of PC/ABS plastic with a Black Core color scheme. The lid sports an RGB MSI logo, some curved lines, and nothing else. This helps keep the weight down. The bottom panel is notably thin and cheap, but the rest of the laptop is pretty rigid. Fingerprints are an issue, so pack along a cleaning cloth.

Exhaust vents live along the entire rear edge of the laptop, and there’s some built-in and customizable RGB lighting to go along with them. There are also exhaust vents on both sides of the laptop, though there’s no RGB. The bottom of the laptop has some enormous intake vents, and there’s a secondary intake on the top of the chassis just behind the lid.

Due to the exhaust vents taking up so much space along the back edge, all ports are installed on the sides of the laptop. This makes for much messier cable management, but at least there is a generous port selection. The right side has two Thunderbolt 4 ports, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, RJ45 Ethernet, and USB-A 3.2 (Gen 2). The left side includes a proprietary charging port, two more USB-A 3.2 (Gen 2), an SD card reader (UHS-I), and a 3.5mm audio jack. As for wireless connectivity, Killer Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 are on board.

The Titan GT77 comes with four 2W speakers. Two are set up to flank the keyboard on either side, while the other two are installed in the corners on the bottom of the laptop. Nahimic software is onboard, allowing you to tune the sound to your liking with presets and individual sliders. The audio quality is impressive; I could feel the bass in my hand when using the WASD keys, and its volume climbs quite loud without distorting. You’ll still be able to enjoy your game’s audio whether or not you have a headset handy.
A front-facing webcam lives above the display. It has a 720p resolution, an IR sensor for Windows Hello, and a shutter that can be enabled with a keyboard shortcut or through the MSI Center software. I’d like to see at least a 1080p resolution on a laptop this grand, but the IR camera ⁠— something not usually seen on a gaming PC ⁠— is a welcome addition. Another biometric security is available through a fingerprint reader built into the right-hand palm rest.

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