Demanding gamers and versatile users looking for a powerful 17-inch laptop, the MSI GP76 10UG-648XFR has a few things to consider. Armed for expert gaming thanks to the GeForce GTX 3070 Ampere, it also takes care of all kinds of complex tasks thanks to the 10th generation Core i7-10870H (8 cores) supported by 16 GB of RAM and boosted by SSD storage of 512 GB. 144 Hz borderless screen, full connectivity, neat design, multicolored backlighting by button and MSI technologies, everything is there to accompany you in the heart of the action, on condition of going beyond its limited battery life, its chassis in part plastic or fairly limited connectivity (without Thunderbolt 3). Also keep in mind that it comes without a full operating system.
Specifications MSI GP76 10UG-648XFR Leopard
|Screen (s)||17.3 “Full HD LED IPS 144Hz 100% sRGB (1920×1080, anti-glare / matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-10870H Comet Lake (2.2 GHz, 8 cores)|
|Installed RAM ()||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 8 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel UHD 630 and Optimus|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4) 1 free M.2 slot (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4)|
|Connectivity||3 USB 3.2 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2, DP), HDMI 2.0 (4K @ 60Hz)|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201), Bluetooth 5.1 Gigabit Ethernet (Intel Ethernet I225-V, 2.5 Gb / s)|
|Backlit Keyboard||Yes, RGB per key, Silver Lining Print|
|Audio system||2 XL speakers (2 x 2W), Nahimic 3 Audio Enhancer|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||6 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 4160mAh 65Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.9 Kg / 397 x 284 x 25.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the MSI GP76 10UG-648XFR
The MSI GP76 Leopard radically changes its face compared to the previous generation (GP75 Leopard) by opting for a very angular silhouette with the screen hinge offset towards the front and most of the connections offset on the rear face. MSI’s aesthetic signature is there but most will find this Leopard GP76 quite discreet and able to slip into a serious environment, at least when we stop at its uniformly black color. The design of its case and the Steel Series keyboard with multicolored backlighting per key which shines through the entire height of the keys (Silver Lining Printing) nonetheless attracts the eye.
Next, let’s talk about the 17.3-inch screen that catches the eye on this MSI GP76 10UG-090FR. And for good reason, highlighted by a thin frame, it sports high-end specifications: IPS panel with a refresh rate of 144 Hz , enough to offer fluid and detailed images during your gaming sessions. Especially since the viewing angles are wide thanks to the IPS panel which, it should be noted, is generally not noticed for its liveliness. Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 px) is the most suitable for gamers and allows you to get the most of your High Definition content while the matte coating prevents ambient light from being reflected on the screen, improving comfort (especially in dark scenes).
Let’s continue with a tour of the connections also thought for the players. This is quite small for a 17-inch gamer with the only dedicated video output being an HDMI 2.0 port and the absence of a card reader. There are also four USB ports including three USB 3.2 (Gen2) and one USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2; DP) without Thunderbolt 3 support. You also benefit from the latest generation of the 802.11 AX WiFi module , Bluetooth 5.1 and Gigabit Ethernet.
Performance, battery life of the MSI GP76 10UG-648XFR
The component that attracts all the attention here is the graphics card, a GeForce RTX 3070generation Ampere (2021). This is a high-end GPU capable of meeting the needs of very demanding gamers, exceeding the capabilities of a GeForce RTX 2080 Turing. It is able to ensure smooth rendering on all of the user’s favorite games, by taking advantage of Ray-Tracing on compatible games with sharp details and a high FPS count. The RTX 3070 is also valuable for software exploiting GPU computing power in accelerating processing, even if the gain in this profile is not necessarily obvious compared to an RTX 3060. This is for example the case in multimedia under Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere / Photoshop, which will interest creators, especially with 8 GB GDDR6 of dedicated memory.
Opposite, we do not have just any processor. This is the Core i7-10870H Octo Core , a 10th generation Comet Lake CPU very close to the Core i7-10875H in terms of power. In fact, it roughly aligns with the performance of a 9th generation Core i9-9880H. This results in a complete management of the versatile use composed of video editing, 3D rendering, programming or parallelization, with complex calculations and the provision of 8 cores is invaluable for boosting execution times.
With 16 GB of RAM , the multitasking scope is comfortable, enough to offer a smooth use of the system whatever your current tasks.
Note also that this PC is supplied with FreeDos, a utility that does not allow optimal use of all its capabilities. It will therefore be necessary to install a complete operating system such as Linux or Windows to take advantage of a perfectly functional environment.
Finally, with approximately 5 hours of battery life in Web browsing with active Wifi, the MSI GP76 10UG-648XFR is not intended to be really far from a power outlet, except for occasional office use.