MSI GT80S 6QF Notebook Review

MSI GT80S 6QF Notebook Review

The new MSI GT80 series is the most advanced and expensive notebook available in the market. It has an excellent performance and impressive sounds that completely immerse you into the game. GT80 models are powered by high-end processors namely; 2.6 to 3.5 GHz Core i7-6700HQ, 2.9 to 3.8 GHz Core i7-6920HQ and 2.7 to 3.6 GHz core i7-6820HK. The latter comes with a free multiplier which compensates for the standard clocks. This model is also equipped with quality graphics cards; GTX 970M and GTX 980 M with SLI configuration. MSI GT80 6QF which is the top model is powered by the latter. It also features the latest 32 GB DDR4 RAM which is coupled with two 256 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD to provide an exceptional gaming performance. The widescreen display features a standard resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. GT80 6QF is easily one of the best gaming laptops in terms of performance which makes it perfect for wealthy gamers.


Power and Performance

MSI GT80 6QF is powered by Intel Core i7-6920HQ 2.9 GHz Skylake processor which can be turbo boosted to 3.8 GHz. This is combined with 8GB DDR4-2133 memories that occupy four slots. These are the main components that contribute to its exceptional gaming performance. You can run any latest game on this machine and be sure of smooth gaming. It scored 174 and 888 points on Cinebench R15 Single and Multi-core tests respectively, making it the top notebook among its peers. Under the hood are dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 GPUs in an SLI configuration. This means the pixel information is rapidly or two times displayed into quality gaming pictures.


Before your eyes, is a Full HD 18.4-inch panel equipped with True Color technology used to provide accurate colors. The manufacturer has maintained the same viewing angles and brightness distribution used in previous models. Game pictures look very coherent and natural at wider viewing angles. This high-end notebook has a descent color space coverage. The 58 percent AdobeRGB and 89 percent RGB ensure that your games are presented accurately. This guarantees top position while playing highly competitive games. Tests indicate fast response times in MSI GT80 6QF which eliminates after images that cause moving objects to appear blurry. There is no flickering at 80 percent brightness although sensitive users may experience it at lower setting with a frequency of 250 Hz.


6QF is equipped with two storage drives to ensure that there is enough space to store your games and other files. It features a two 256 GB NVMe PCl-e M.2 SSD in a RAID array plus a 1 TB HDD capable of 7200 RPM. Modern solid sate drives can manage speeds of more than 1000 MB/s which come in handy during competitive gaming. The two M.2 models are capable of 2891 MB/s and 2408 MB/s for read and write accordingly. The conventional HDD ensures that you don’t run out of storage space.


In terms of connectivity, GT80 6QF is also highly advanced. It features 5 USB 3.0, 1 USB 3.1 Type-C, 1 HDMI, 1 Mini Display and 1 LAN ports. It also features an in-built Bluetooth V4.1, 1 Hi-Fi port and an SD card reader. These allow you to transfer data to and from your computer to and from external devices and connect to the internet. Killer E2400 Gigabit Ethernet and Killer Wireless-AC 1535 LANs allow you to download new games and also update the existing ones. You can also interact with other players online.

Other Features

MSI GT80 6QF is equipped with 4.1 Sound by Dynaudio, an Audio which immerses you into the game. There are also microphone and headphone jacks that can be used for serene gaming. The Full HD webcam is capable of 30 frames per second and can take 1080p images. Therefore, you can record quality videos of your gaming sessions. It also comes with a mechanical keyboard and a touchpad with numpad function which provide a new typing experience and ultra responses. The whole unit is a bit heavy with a weight of 4.5 kg and comes with Windows 10.


-Equipped with a powerful processor
-Allows for expansion and upgrades
-Highly responsive touch-pad
-FHD display with accurate colors
-Large storage capacity
-High-end GPUs that can be replaced
-Offers advanced connectivity
-Equipped with powerful sounds


-Driver dependency problems
-Can overheat during competitive gaming
-Less powerful power adapter and low battery run-time
-Generates a lot of noise
-Consumes a lot of power
-Slightly heavy
-No 4K and G-Sync capabilities

Final Verdict

The new 6QF with Skylake technology provides an exceptional gaming performance. Most of its aspects are extremely amazing including a powerful processor, high performance and replaceable GPUs, powerful sounds, unlimited storage, high connectivity and upgradability. The only downsides are noise generation, high power consumption and low battery life. The display is also too standard for a notebook. There are no display technologies like G-Sync and 4K. However, you can achieve quality pictures at the right settings. This model excels in fundamental gaming aspects like speed, storage and sounds. These three aspects allow 6QF to claim the tittle of one of the best gaming laptops.