MSI's upcoming Titan 18 HX laptop may have the power to dominate the scene
PC brand MSI has a verifiable beast on its hands that we think will be its next flagship laptop: the Titan 18 HX.
Company originally unveiled the model late December. Very little was revealed about the Titan 18 at the time, other than that it would be “the world's first laptop” with an 18-inch 4K (3,840 x 2,400 pixel resolution) Mini LED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. But recently, a product listing was found on Chinese shopping platform JD.com that was translated by news site VideoCardz. It says that the computer will be available in two different versions: one with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 graphics card, while the other has the GeForce RTX 4090. Both will apparently be powered by an Intel Core i9-14900HX CPU, a processor I'm not even out yet. Only we know exists due to other leaks.
Initial benchmark tests show that the i9-14900HX is slightly more powerful than the current Intel Core i9-13900HX processor. However, VideoCardz claims that the machine will come with a “new 270W TDP mode” to further improve hardware performance. According to the report, the feature will stay within Intel's MTP (Maximum Turbo Power) limits, allowing the processor to maintain “higher clock speeds for longer periods.”
All this hardware is going to take a lot of power – the Titan 18 HX is going to be one hungry gaming laptop.
VideoCardz states that the computer will be “accompanied by a 400W power supply.” Images of this offering were not available, but it is safe to assume that it will be one large stone. Other notable features include a massive 4TB SSD, 128GB of RAM that is upgradeable to 192GB, a six-speaker system, and a Cherry MX mechanical RGB keyboard.
It's worth pointing out that NotebookCheck claims the Titan 18 will support Wi-Fi 7. We tried to verify the claim ourselves by double-checking the product listing on JD.com, but this requires you to understand Chinese to create an account. We don't speak the language, so unfortunately we couldn't go any further. Fortunately, MSI said last month that it plans to show off the Titan 18 HX more at CES 2024, which kicks off on January 9.
As for the launch, it looks like the laptop will be released in Taiwan and China first. The first is specifically mentioned in MSI's December post. No word on if or when it will arrive in other regions. However, considering that the previous model, the MSI GT77 Titan, was widely released, it's probably safe to say that interested customers will see the Titan 18 HX on sale sometime this year. The price tag is also unknown, although VideoCardz theorizes that it could cost “well north of $4,000.” So start saving those pennies.
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