The MSI GF66 12UD-065FR Katana represents an interesting solution for those who are looking for a multimedia laptop designed to create and play. Because this creator-oriented gaming laptop is able to run many games with its NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3050 ray tracing graphics card that also accelerates processing like the Intel Alder Lake-H processor with 12 hybrid cores Core i5-12500H and 16 GB of powerful RAM. Featuring a 15-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare screen that improves fluidity in games with its 144Hz frequency, this versatile black laptop benefits from a comfortable 1 TB fast SSD storage that enhances its responsiveness, a backlit keyboard or connectivity with Wi-Fi ax and USB-C, all under Windows 11.
Features of the MSI GF66 12UD-065EN Katana
|Screen(s)||15. » Full HD LED IPS 144Hz (1920×1080, anti-glare/matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-12500H Alder Lake-H (12 cores, 4P 2.5 GHz, 8E 1.8 GHz)|
|Installed RAM (max)||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Video card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB GDDR6 dedicated (60W, boost 1600MHz), Intel Iris Xe integrated into the processor|
|Storage||1TB M.2 SSD (PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe)|
|Connection||2 USB 3.0 1 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI 2.0 (4K@60Hz)|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201), Bluetooth 5.2 Ethernet Gigabit (Realtek RTL8111HS-CG, 1 Gb/s)|
|Backlit keyboard||Yes, red (1.7mm stroke)|
|Audio system||2 speakers (2 x 2W), Nahimic 3 Audio Enhance|
|Operating system||Windows 11 64-bit|
|Announced battery life / Battery||6 hours / Li-Polymer 3 cells 53.5Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.25 Kg / 359 x 259 x 24.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the MSI GF66 12UD-065FR Katana
It sports a relatively sober gamer look with its black design with angular lines and touches of red cooled by Cooler Boost 5 technology via 2 fans, 6 heat pipes and air vents.
The connectivity built into this creator-oriented gaming laptop is good, including Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi ax wireless modules (newer and more powerful than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect remotely, a convenient HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or 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 you connect USB 3.0 devices.
We can obviously backlight the keys of the chiclet keyboard to better distinguish them in low light atmosphere. Its design was made with the help of SteelSeries so that it is adapted to the habits of the players.
Gamers will appreciate that the screen enhances fluidity in games thanks to its 144Hz refresh rate higher than the standard 60Hz. The screen also lends itself very well to the display of High Definition content such as videos because it adopts a Full HD definition associated with a 16/9th format. Treated anti-reflective, the screen also ensures better visibility than a shiny slab in bright environments (e.g. outdoors). In addition, thanks to its IPS technology, it has significant horizontal and vertical viewing angles.
Performance, autonomy of the MSI GF66 12UD-065EN Katana
The MSI GF66 12UD-065FR Katana may be of interest to those looking for a versatile 15-inch performance laptop focused on creation and gaming.
It delivers solid overall performance to satisfy a maximum of users because it is built around 16 GB of comfortable RAM as well as an Intel Alder Lake-H Core i5-12500H processor with 12 hybrid cores.
The latter are particularly exploited under greedy works exploiting multi-core and RAM, such as photo editing, video editing or 3D rendering, which will seduce creatives. In these areas, we particularly feel the difference compared to a classic Quad Core.
Creators will also appreciate that the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti dedicated graphics card is embedded. Because it accelerates processing under software exploiting GPU computing power, such as Sony Vegas or Adobe Photoshop/Premiere.
Players may also be interested in the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti ray tracing NVIDIA Ampere because it is able to run many games if you agree to settings under the opus demanding graphics resources in order to get a good gameplay.
That being said, the Optimus technology present prefers as much as possible the Iris Xe integrated into the Core i5 hybrid Alder Lake-H to the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. It must be said that the Iris Xe allows like the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti to watch photos and videos but also to play modest titles while consuming netmnet less energy which promotes autonomy.
In this area, count on about 6 hours of battery operation in light use for this versatile multimedia laptop oriented gamers and creatives whose storage is up to the task.
It is indeed entrusted to an SSD which is more energy efficient than a hard disk, more resistant to shocks, silent and much faster.
In practice, the SSD guarantees a much better fluidity and responsiveness to use than a simple hard disk, which implies in particular much faster processing as well as starts/stops and launches of games / software, or a faster arrival on the cards of online games.
In addition, the SSD offers a large capacity of 1 TB that rivals what hard drives offer in this area the vast majority of the time, which is particularly appreciable to install and store multiple files and software / games on this creator-oriented gaming laptop.
Finally, expect that in case of high demands (eg treatments, games), the latter heats up and is heard, at levels however contained for this type of multimedia PC designed to create and play.