A versatile multimedia gaming pc oriented creator, the MSI GL66 12UGK-054FR Pulse is able to run recent games thanks to its high-end NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 ray tracing graphics card that accelerates processing like the large amount of RAM of 32 GB and the Alder Lake-H Intel Core i7 processor with 14 powerful hybrid cores. Featuring a fast 1TB SSD storage that enhances its responsiveness, this laptop designed to play and create adopts a 15-inch 2.5K IPS DCI-P3 anti-glare High Definition screen with more faithful colors than average, an RGB backlit keyboard or connectivity with Wi-Fi ax and USB-C, all under Windows 11 Pro.
Features of the MSI GL66 12UGK-054FR Pulse
|Screen(s)||15.6” 2.5K QHD IPS LED 165Hz DCI-P3 thin edges (2560×1440, anti-glare/matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-12700H Alder Lake-H (14 cores, 6P 2.3 GHz, 8E 1.7 GHz))|
|Installed RAM (max)||32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots (occupied)|
|Video card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6 dedicated (boost 1390MHz, TDP 105W with Dynamic Boost), Intel Iris Xe integrated into the processor and NVIDIA Optimus|
|Storage||1TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4) 1 free M.2 slot (PCIe 4.0 x4)|
|Connection||2 USB 3.2 (Gen1) 1 USB 2.0 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI (4K@60Hz)|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6 ax (2×2, Intel Wi-Fi AX201), Bluetooth 5.2 Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8111HS-CG, 1 Gbps)|
|Audio system||2 x 2x2W speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 11 Pro 64-bit|
|Announced battery life / Battery||4 hours / Li-Polymer 3 cells 53.5Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.25 Kg / 359 x 259 x 23.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the MSI GL66 12UGK-054FR Pulse
It sports a gamer design and yet original with its dark design with angular lines, black interior and gray shell.
Its cooling is provided by Cooler Boost 5 technology using 2 fans, 6 heat pipes and air outlets.
The operating system here is Windows 11 Pro, a more complete edition than classic Windows 11 due to its advanced network management and security tools like BitLocker.
This creator-oriented gaming laptop is equipped with good connectivity including 1 USB-C (but not Thunderbolt, too bad!), Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E ax wireless modules (newer and more powerful than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect remotely, a useful HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or monitor for example, Ethernet and audio ports 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 plug in USB 3.0 devices.
The chiclet keyboard can obviously be backlit which is very convenient to better discern its keys in the dim light.
As it adopts a refresh rate of 165Hz, the screen enhances fluidity in gaming compared to the standard 60Hz. In addition, thanks to its DCI-P3 and IPS specifications, the screen reproduces colors much more faithfully than average while ensuring significant vertical and horizontal viewing angles. In addition to gamers and creators, the screen will interest lovers of High Definition content and especially videos with its 2.5K QHD definition superior to Full HD and its 16/9th format. As it is anti-reflective, the screen also offers better visibility in bright environments (e.g. outside) than a shiny slab.
Performance, autonomy of the MSI GL66 12UGK-054FR Pulse
The MSI GL66 12UGK-054FR Pulse targets those looking for a versatile 15-inch laptop that is powerful in gaming and creation suitable for High Definition.
Demanding users will be delighted with the beautiful overall power provided by this creator-oriented gaming laptop because it is built around a large amount of RAM of 32 GB and a Core i7-12700H Intel Alder Lake-H processor.
This core will particularly appeal to creators because it guarantees much faster processing than 8/16 GB DDR4 and a Quad/Hexa Core processor. The difference is especially important under RAM- and CPU-intensive jobs that take advantage of multi-core, such as video editing, 3D rendering, or photo editing. In these areas, the 14 hybrid cores of the Alder Lake-H are particularly exploited and deliver their full potential.
Creatives will be all the more seduced as the geForce RTX 3070 dedicated graphics card accelerates processing under software that takes advantage of multi-core, such as Adobe Premiere/Photoshop or Sony Vegas.
A high-end dedicated graphics card, the GeForce RTX 3070 ray tracing NVIDIA Ampere targets in any case above all the players because it is able to run the recent and greedy games.
NVIDIA Optimus technology loads as needed to automatically turn on/off the GeForce RTX 3070 in real time. In order to favor autonomy, Optimus makes maximum use of the Intel Iris Xe graphics part integrated into the Core i7-12700H Intel Alder Lake-H despite its much more modest performance because it consumes little energy.
Of course with one or the other of these graphic solutions, it is of course possible to look at photos and videos.
The storage is up to the task, entrusted to an SSD with a large capacity of 1 TB rivaling what the vast majority of hard drives on the market offer.
In addition to the latter, let’s remember the advantages of an SSD: greater resistance to shocks, reduced energy consumption, silence of operation or even greater velocity.
As a result, thanks to the SSD, we reach the cards of online games faster than with a simple hard drive while the launches of games / software, processing and starts / stops are much faster.
More generally, the SSD ensures a much better fluidity and responsiveness to use than a simple hard disk.
If the 1TB SSD is comfortable, storage scalability is required because an M.2 slot is free.
Finally, on the autonomy side, while waiting for more concrete tests, bet on about 4 hours of operation on battery in light use for this versatile multimedia gaming laptop oriented creator that is heard and heats up when it is strongly pushed (eg games, treatments).