Is it worth it. 120 Hz over 60Hz and sacrifice other things?

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by WolfmanPatriot, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. WolfmanPatriot

    WolfmanPatriot Newbie

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    Here is my situation. I am looking for a new laptop.
    I can get a great deal on the MSI Titan 18.4" screen. The thing has everything I want.

    Model
    Brand
    MSI
    Series
    GT Series
    Model
    GT83 TITAN-016
    Quick Info
    Color
    Aluminum Black
    Operating System
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-8850H 2.60 GHz
    Screen
    18.4" IPS
    Memory
    32 GB DDR4
    Storage
    1 TB HDD + 512 GB SSD
    Optical Drive
    BD Burner (9.5 mm)
    Graphics Card
    Dual GeForce GTX 1070 SLI
    Video Memory
    16 GB GDDR5 (8 GB each)
    Communication
    Gigabit LAN and WLAN
    Dimensions (W x D x H)
    17.12" x 13.34" x 1.65"-2.71"
    Weight
    12.13 lbs.
    CPU
    CPU Type
    Intel Core i7 8th Gen
    CPU Speed
    8850H (2.60 GHz)
    Number of Cores
    6-core Processor
    Core Name
    Coffee Lake
    Turbo Frequency
    Up to 4.30 GHz
    CPU L3 Cache
    9 MB
    Chipset
    Chipset
    Intel CM246
    Display
    Screen Size
    18.4"
    Touchscreen
    No
    Wide Screen Support
    Yes
    Display Type
    Full HD
    Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Panel
    IPS
    LCD Features
    WideView IPS-Level Non Reflection
    Operating Systems
    Operating System
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
    Graphics
    GPU/VPU
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI
    Video Memory
    16 GB (8 GB each)
    Graphic Type
    Dedicated Card
    Storage
    SSD
    512 GB
    HDD
    1 TB
    HDD RPM
    7200 RPM
    HDD Interface
    SATA
    Storage Spec
    1 TB SATA 7200 RPM HDD + Super RAID 4 512 GB NVMe SSD (256 GB x 2)
    Memory
    Memory
    32 GB
    Memory Speed
    DDR4 2666
    Memory Spec
    16 GB x 2
    Memory Slot (Total)
    4
    Memory Slot (Available)
    2
    Max Memory Supported
    64 GB
    Optical Drive
    Optical Drive Type
    BD Burner (9.5 mm)
    Communications
    LAN
    Killer Gaming Network E2500
    WLAN
    Killer N1550 Combo (2x2 ac)
    Bluetooth
    Bluetooth 5.0
    Ports
    Thunderbolt 3
    Yes
    USB
    3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
    Video Port
    1 x Thunderbolt 3, 1 x Mini DisplayPort
    HDMI
    1 x HDMI (4K @ 60Hz)
    Audio Ports
    1 x Microphone Jack, 1 x Headphone Jack, 1 x SPDIF, 1 x TOSLINK (ESS Sabre HiFi)
    Audio
    Speaker
    Dynaudio Tech Speakers 3W x 4 + Subwoofer 3W x 1
    Output Device
    Virtual Reality Ready
    Yes
    Input Device
    Touchpad
    Multi Touch / NumPad
    Keyboard
    Mechnical Cherry MX Silver Switch, Multi-backlight Steel Series KB 88 Keys
    Backlit Keyboard
    Backlit
    Webcam
    FHD type (30fps@1080p)
    Card Reader
    SD (XC / HC)
    General
    Style
    Standard
    Type
    Gaming & Entertainment
    Usage
    Consumer
    Power
    AC Adapter
    230W x 2
    Battery
    8-cell (75 Wh) Li-Ion
    Dimensions & Weight
    Dimensions (W x D x H)
    17.12" x 13.34" x 1.65"-2.71"
    Weight
    12.13 lbs.

    It is on sale plus a rebate.
    The only drawback is the 60Hz screen which I would not have noticed if it were not mentioned in a review. Plus, it requires 2 outlets, bricks to plug in.
    For the same monmey or slightly less, I can, of course get one with a 120Hz monitor, but I will not get the same amount/and/or quality memory. Same with hard drive. Most do not have the thunderbolt 3. Some have 1. Then there is speaker quality, no blueray (which isnt a biggie but nice) Some have the killer gaming, many do not. Then there is the wifi quality and so on. Plus, the titan is thick and does not have the heating issues most the others do. Now, I am not a big gamer. I do enjoy games, tomb raider, batman etc, but I think the titan would be an overall workhorse. I do understand it is for refresh rate which is nice for games, but is the picture quality much better? tough decision when spending this much money on something that I will want to last a long time. Possibly my last computer. (Heart disease)

    Wanting all those other features in the titan, including the 18.4 screen, do you think I will regret not having a 120Hz screen? I have looked here and there but havent seen much of answers, especially for Pc's Mpost questions are if they are worth the money in TV monitors.
    Any help, opinions would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. rlk

    rlk Notebook Evangelist

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    You haven't said what you're going to do, so it's very difficult to evaluate. For gaming (a subject I'm not qualified to discuss) it reputedly might help. For other purposes, it's unlikely to make a difference.

    More importantly for picture quality is whether it's an IPS (it is) vs. TN, and the color gamut (usually expressed as a fraction of NTSC or perhaps AdobeRGB). Typical screens cover basically the full sRGB gamut, which is about 72% of NTSC. Wide gamut screens are usually close to 100% NTSC or AdobeRGB (AdobeRGB I think is an even wider gamut). That will yield brighter colors.

    Personally I think FHD is rather low resolution for an 18.4" screen, but that's a matter of personal preference.
     
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  3. stamar

    stamar Notebook Prophet

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    External monitor would work fine. But is the performance of the 1070 sli more than a 2080?

    I mean is this monster even as good as a regular 15 inch msi titan?
     
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