The MSI GT80S 6QE is just like the other notebooks in the GT80 Titan family in that this is a serious gaming notebook for a very specific niche within the PC gaming community. This notebook isn’t just made for “gamers” … it’s for people who are willing to pay a premium for a Skylake processor with DDR4 memory, a high speed SSD RAID array, dual GTX 980M MXM graphics cards in SLI, terrific speakers, and a desktop-class mechanical keyboard.
If you have the budget to spend $4500 on a gaming notebook that meets those requirements then the GT80S 6QE certainly fits the bill … but you have to accept a few issues. First, the cooling fans generate a lot of noise even by gaming notebook standards. Second, the 18.4-inch display looks great but it also suffers from uneven backlight brightness and that might be frustrating to some owners. Speaking of frustrations, our review unit suffered from inconsistent wake from sleep issues that required a full reboot of Windows. Those kinds of problems really shouldn’t exist when you’re asking people to pay more than $3000 for a high performance gaming notebook.
Overall, we are impressed by the raw power that this notebook delivers and we still consider this to be a recommendable gaming notebook if you’re looking for a full wattage 6th generation Intel processor with DDR4 RAM, a crazy fast SSD, SLI graphics and an incredible keyboard. This is a genuinely impressive gaming rig that delivers “bleeding edge” performance. Unfortunately, this notebook falls just short of earning our Editors’ Choice Award because the frustrations we previously mentioned are simply excessive for a notebook in this price range.
- Outstanding performance
- Fantastic mechanical keyboard
- Great speakers
- MXM graphics cards and multiple upgrade options
- Loud cooling fans
- Sometimes odd mix of metal and plastic
- Uneven screen brightness
- Wake from sleep issues