Professional creators may be interested in the lightweight MSI GF66 11UD-029FR Katana , a powerful laptop PC with its Octo Core i7-11800H Intel Tiger Lake processor and its large amount of 32 GB RAM which accelerates multimedia processing like the card Graphics GeForce RTX 3050 Ti NVIDIA Ampere also able to run a maximum of games. This versatile black computer running Windows 10 Pro also benefits from a fast 1TB SSD storage which enhances its responsiveness, a 15-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare screen whose frequency of 144Hz improves fluidity in games, a backlit chiclet keyboard but also a Wi-Fi ax and USB-C connection.
Features of the MSI GF66 11UD-029FR Katana
|Screen (s)||15.6 ” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz 45% NTSC (1920×1080, anti-glare / matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-11800H Tiger Lake-H (2.3 GHz, 8 cores)|
|RAM installed (max)||32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel Iris Xe integrated into the processor and NVIDIA Optimus|
|Storage||1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4) 1 free 2.5-inch slot|
|Connectivity||2 USB 3.0 1 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI (4K @ 60Hz)|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201), Bluetooth 5.1 Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8111, 1 Gb / s)|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes, red (1.7mm stroke)|
|Audio system||2 speakers, Nahimic 3 Audio Enhance|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Pro 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||6 hours / Li-Polymer 3 cells 53.5Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.1 Kg / 359 x 259 x 24.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the MSI GF66 11UD-029FR Katana
It is a relatively sober gamer allure that sports this light laptop with its black frame with angular lines and touches of red.
It is cooled by Cooler Boost 5 technology which uses 2 fans, 6 heat pipes and air vents.
This versatile computer runs Windows 10 Pro, a more complete system than classic Windows 10 with its advanced network management and security tools such as BitLocker.
It is equipped with good connectivity including Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi ax modules ( more recent and efficient than Wi-Fi ac ) to communicate and connect remotely wirelessly, a useful HDMI video output for easy connection this PC has a TV or a monitor for example, Ethernet and audio ports, 1 USB-C without forgetting 3 USB including 2 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) guaranteeing transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 devices are connected to it.
The chiclet keyboard design was made in partnership with SteelSeries to suit gamer habits. Of course, a backlighting system is in place to improve the readability of the keys in a dark environment.
The screen is adorned with a refresh rate of 144Hz higher than the standard 60Hz which has the effect of improving fluidity in games, something of interest to players. On the other hand, the colorimetry of the screen is average (which will certainly disappoint creatives), lower than that of more high-end IPS panels. IPS technology guarantees at least large vertical and horizontal viewing angles. For the rest, the screen adopts classic specifications for this type of PC, namely a Full HD definition with 16: 9 format suitable for High Definition content such as videos. But also an anti-reflective treatment for better visibility in a bright environment (eg outside) than a shiny panel.
Performance, battery life of the MSI GF66 11UD-029FR Katana
The MSI GF66 11UD-029FR Katana targets those who want to acquire a versatile 15-inch performance laptop PC oriented creation and game.
The all-round power provided by this versatile computer is sure to appeal to demanding users, including gamers and designers.
Because this PC is built around an Intel HM570 chipset, a Tiger Lake-H Intel Octo Core i7-11800H processor and a large amount of RAM of 32 GB above average.
This core guarantees much faster processing than a Quad / Hexa Core processor and 8/16 GB DDR4. The difference is particularly important in work requiring CPU and RAM resources using multicore, such as video editing, 3D rendering or photo editing, enough to appeal to creators.
They will also be interested in the dedicated GeForce GTX 3050 Ti onboard graphics card because it speeds up processing in software that takes advantage of GPU computing power. This is for example the case with Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere / Photoshop.
In addition, the GeForce GTX 3050 Ti is able to support a maximum of games if we agree to settings under titles that are greedy in graphics resources to benefit from good gameplay.
NVIDIA Optimus technology assesses graphics needs in real time based on the tasks performed and activates the GeForce GTX 3050 Ti if necessary. This GPU is in fact required when the more modest services of the Intel Iris Xe solution (equivalent to an entry-level GPU and more powerful than the previous generation Intel UHD 630) integrated into the Octo Core i7 prove to be insufficient to perform the requested tasks.
Of course, whether with the GeForce GTX 3050 Ti or the Iris Xe, you can watch photos and videos. But the Iris Xe is privileged as much as possible by Optimus because it is energy efficient which promotes battery life.
In this regard, expect about 6 hours of battery operation in light use.
On the storage side, MSI opts for an SSD with a large capacity of 1 TB interesting, a 2.5 inch slot being free if necessary to add a second SSD or a hard drive.
Compared to the latter, remember that an SSD is silent while being more energy efficient, more robust and much faster.
Under treatments, in games and more generally on a daily basis, the SSD provides much better fluidity and responsiveness than a simple hard drive.
Thanks to the SSD, for example, we benefit from a faster arrival on the cards of online games or even faster starts / stops, games / software launches and much faster processing.
Finally, this versatile multimedia laptop PC geared towards pro creation and games heats up and is heard in the event of heavy loads (eg treatment, games) but its low weight makes it easier to transport.