MSI’s Titan used to be the company’s top-performing gaming notebook, rivaled only by desktop-adjacent devices like Alienware’s Area-51m in terms of performance and power. Such devices, while impressive, are quite a niche product and the company hasn’t refreshed the Titan line in a few years.
Today, during the MSIology press conference, the company announced the return of the Titan line. It looks like the new Titan GT77 will be one of the most powerful gaming laptops you can buy (if not the most powerful) this year, including Intel’s desktop-class Core i9-12900HX and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, along with four slots for up to 128GB DDR5-4800 RAM. The device will achieve 250W of combined power to the CPU and GPU using MSIs OverBoost Technology†
250W is getting close to the point where we would expect a device to require multiple power bricks. But the spec sheet I’m looking at states that the Titan GT77 only has one 330W adapter. That’s a bonus to the laptop’s portability — though at 6.82 pounds, it’s heavier than anything I’d imagine most people would want to carry. (And just in case it’s not obvious, don’t buy this expecting it to have any kind of battery life.)
Elsewhere, the Titan GT77 will include the various features that make MSI laptops, well, MSI laptops, including an RGB light bar and a mechanical RGB keyboard with Cherry MX Ultra Low switches. It contains four memory slots and four M.2 slots. All screens are 120Hz with a resolution of 3840 x 2160.
MSI has not abandoned its presence in the more mainstream big screen gaming world – it has also announced two new additions to the Raider line, the Raider GE77 HX and GE67 HX. In addition to their 12900HX CPU and RTX 3080 Ti GPU, these laptops will include an option for a 240Hz QHD OLED display with a claimed 0.2ms response time. This screen is new this year and is something we’ll probably only see on some very high-end gaming laptops. Razer announced last month that its flagship Blade 15 would be among their ranks.
These won’t be cheap laptops, although the Raiders are definitely a better value. The Titan starts at $3,199 for a Core i7-12800HX/RTX 3070 Ti/32GB/1TB model, while the fully-spec Core i9-12900HX/RTX 3080 Ti configuration is a whopping $4,949. The Raider GE77HX starts at $2,599 (Core i7-12800HX / RTX 3070 Ti / 16GB / 1TB), and the GE76HX starts at $2,499 (same specs as the base GE77HX, with OLED).
The Titan will be preordered sometime today, and the Raider will arrive at the end of June, MSI says.
Correction Jun 2 11:59 ET: An earlier version of the article incorrectly stated that the Raider’s screen has a response time of 2ms. MSI claims to have a response time of 0.2 ms. We regret the mistake.