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MSI Katana GF76 hands-on review: GPU matters

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MSI Katana GF76 Specs

Price: $1,249/£824
CPU: Intel Core i7-12700H
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
RAM: 16GB
Storage: 512GB NVMe PCIe Gen3x4
Display: 17.3 inch FHD (1920 x 1080), 144Hz
Battery: N/A
Size: 15.6 x 10.7 x 0.99 inches
Weight: 5.7 pounds

Gaming laptops can come with all the bells and whistles to pique the interest of power-hungry PC gamers. From sizeable 17-inch displays with 165Hz refresh rates to become fully enveloped in the high-octane action onscreen to sleek, gamer-esque designs making the bold statement “this isn’t your average laptop,” these features appeal to anyone hunting down a portable powerhouse that can play the latest games.

But it’s all for naught if there isn’t a capable GPU stuck inside. That’s the case with the MSI Katana GF76 we received, sporting an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. Sure, it has the ability to offer ray-tracing graphics in a number of titles, but its overall performance is plain disappointing. It kind of defeats the purpose of a gaming laptop, right?

The good news is the Katana GF76 comes in a number of configurations, up to a more attractive RTX 3070 Ti. What’s more, each model boasts a powerful Intel 12th Gen i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of storage. Of course, that bumps up the price, and the laptop can’t escape its dim display, flimsy plastic lid, and average keyboard and touchpad.
 

MSI Katana GF76 price

The MSI Katana GF76 we received is equipped with an Intel i7-12700H CPU, an RTX 3050 Ti GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD. This comes out to around $1,249 in the US (opens in new tab) and £824 in the UK. I don’t say “around” lightly though, as third-party retailers scatter these prices all over the place. For example, Electronic Express currently has it at $1,119 at a discount, down from $1,349, while antonline sells it for $1,309.36. Clearly, it can be picked up for cheaper, and the UK is getting a far better deal (that converts to $985).  

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