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MSI GF76 12UC-024XFR Katana Specs and Details

A gaming laptop oriented multimedia creator offering the choice of operating system, the MSI GF76 12UC-024XFR Katana with a 17-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare screen that improves fluidity in games with its 144Hz frequency benefits from a fast SSD storage with a large capacity of 1 TB that enhances its responsiveness. This versatile black laptop is powerful thanks to its Intel Alder Lake-H 12-core Core i5-12500H processor and 16 GB of RAM that accelerate processing like the NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3050 ray tracing graphics card able to support many games. There is also a backlit keyboard and connectivity with Wi-Fi ax and USB-C, but without Thunderbolt.

MSI GF76 12UC-024XFR Katana Specs and Details

Specifications of the MSI GF76 12UC-024XFR Katana

Screen(s) 17.3” Full HD LED IPS 144Hz 100% sRGB (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 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)
Keypad Yes
Windows Hello
Audio system 2 speakers (2 x 2W), Nahimic 3 Audio Enhance
Operating system
Announced battery life / Battery 6 hours / Li-Polymer 3 cells 53.5Whr
Weight / Dimensions (mm) 2.6 Kg / 398 x 273 x 25.2

Chassis, connectors, screen of the MSI GF76 12UC-024XFR Katana

It sports a relatively discreet design for a gaming laptop whose codes it adopts with its black color, its touches of red and angular lines.

Its cooling is provided by Cooler Boost 5 technology using 2 fans, 6 heat pipes and air vents.

Keep in mind that to exploit the full potential of this versatile multimedia laptop, it is necessary to install a complete system on it such as a Linux or Windows distribution.

For example, we will be able to take advantage of NVIDIA Optimus technology that determines in real time the graphics needs according to the tasks performed. When necessary, Optimus automatically switches in real time between the IRIS Xe graphics solution integrated into the processor and the dedicated board

The Intel Iris Xe is preferred as much as possible by Optimus despite its more modest performance because its reduced power consumption promotes autonomy compared to the more greedy and powerful GeForce RTX 3050. Whether with one or the other, you can watch photos and videos but also play titles not too greedy in graphic resources.

The connectivity integrated into this creator-oriented gaming laptop is good, consisting of Bluetooth 5.0 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 made up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if you connect USB 3.0 devices.
However, we regret that MSI did not exploit the support of Thunderbolt by the Alder Lake to integrate this connection.

Designed with the help of SteelSeries to adapt to the habits of gamers, the chiclet keyboard can be backlit of course which is convenient for you to better discern your keys in the dim light.

MSI GF76 12UC-024XFR Katana Specs and Details

Thanks to its 100% sRGB and IPS characteristics, the screen displays more faithful colors than average with significant viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically. Gamers will particularly appreciate that it adopts a refresh rate of 144Hz higher than the standard 60Hz as it thus enhances fluidity in games. Due to its Full HD definition and its 16/9th format, the screen is also very well suited to High Definition content such as videos. As it is anti-reflective, the screen also offers better visibility in bright environments (e.g. outside) than a shiny slab while being more restful for the eyes in prolonged use.

Performance, battery life of the MSI GF76 12UC-024XFR Katana

The MSI GF76 12UC-024XFR Katana targets those who want to acquire a versatile 17-inch performance laptop focused on creation and gaming offering the choice of operating system.

It relies on a 12-core Intel Alder Lake-H processor hybrid, the Core i5-12500H combined with 16 GB of RAM to provide solid overall performance to satisfy a maximum of users.

This core guarantees much faster processing than a classic Quad Core and 8 GB DDR4. Thanks to hybrid cores, we particularly feel the difference in CPU and RAM intensive areas that take advantage of multi-core, such as video editing, photo editing or 3D rendering.

Enough to interest creators, especially since the dedicated GeForce RTX 3050 embedded graphics card also accelerates processing under software using multi-core, such as Sony Vegas or Adobe Photoshop / Premiere.

Players will also be interested in the GeForce RTX 3050 ray tracing with NVIDIA Ampere architecture because it is able to support many games as long as you agree to settings under opus demanding graphics resources to benefit from good gameplay.

We appreciate to find in terms of storage a SSD of 1 TB, significant capacity rivaling what offers the vast majority of hard drives in this field.
As a bonus compared to the latter, remember that an SSD is silent, more energy efficient, more resistant to shocks and much faster.

MSI GF76 12UC-024XFR Katana Specs and Details

On a daily basis thanks to the SSD, processing is much faster, as are game/software launches and starts/stops, and for example, we reach the cards of online games faster. In general, the SSD guarantees a much better fluidity and responsiveness than a simple hard disk.

Finally in terms of autonomy, count on about 6 hours of operation on battery in light use (with Optimus, about 2 times less without Optimus) for this creator-oriented gaming laptop, while waiting for more concrete tunes. In any case, it is necessary to expect heating and noise in case of strong stresses (eg games, treatments).

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