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MSI Katana 17 Series

MSI Katana 17 B13VGKProcessor: Intel Alder Lake-P i7-12650H, Intel Raptor Lake-H i7-13620H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU, NVIDIA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU
Display: 17.30 inch
Weight: 2.6kg, 2.759kg
Price: 1500, 2100 euro
Average Score: 78.03% - good
Average of 3 scores (from 9 reviews)
price: 70%, performance: 79%, features: 52%, display: 82%, mobility: 55%, workmanship: 83%, ergonomy: 81%, emissions: 77%

 

MSI Katana 17 B13VFK

Specifications

MSI Katana 17 B13VFKNotebook: MSI Katana 17 B13VFK
Processor: Intel Raptor Lake-H i7-13620H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU 8188 MB
Display: 17.30 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 2.759kg
Price: 2100 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

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Average Score: 76% - good

Average of 2 scores (from 4 reviews)

 

Reviews

82.1% MSI Katana 17 B13V laptop review: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 makes its debut | Notebookcheck
The high-end models of Nvidia's new laptop GPUs recently debuted and are now followed by the mid-range RTX 4060 - a card we were able to test in the MSI Katana 17 B13V.
How to open MSI Katana 17 (B12V) - disassembly and upgrade options
Source: Laptop Media English
Support, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/26/2023
How to open MSI Katana 17 (B12V) - disassembly and upgrade options
Source: Laptop Media English
Support, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/26/2023
76% Geek Review: MSI Katana 17 Gaming Laptop
Source: Geek Culture English
A great pick for gaming, but not so much for everything else. The MSI Katana 17 shows great promise at becoming one of the sharpest blades on the market, but ultimately falls short of its potential with an underwhelming display performance.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/03/2023
Rating: Total score: 76% price: 70% performance: 70% workmanship: 85%
76% Geek Review: MSI Katana 17 Gaming Laptop
Source: Geek Culture English
A great pick for gaming, but not so much for everything else. The MSI Katana 17 shows great promise at becoming one of the sharpest blades on the market, but ultimately falls short of its potential with an underwhelming display performance.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/03/2023
Rating: Total score: 76% price: 70% performance: 70% workmanship: 85%

 

MSI Katana 17 B12VFK

Specifications

MSI Katana 17 B12VFKNotebook: MSI Katana 17 B12VFK
Processor: Intel Alder Lake-P i7-12650H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU 6144 MB
Display: 17.30 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 2.6kg
Price: 1500 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

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Reviews

[REVIEW] MSI Katana 17 (B12V) - MSI is fighting for the budget crown
Source: Laptop Media English
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/13/2023
MSI Katana 17 (B12V) review – affordable notebook with a MUX switch
Source: Laptop Media English
As a gaming notebook in 2023, the Katana 17 (B12V) is fairly competitively priced. It offers wide configuration options based on capable GPUs from NVIDIA’s RTX 4000 roster. It’s worth mentioning that its RTX 4060 didn’t manage to fill its 105W TGP limit, but it ran pretty close with 85W detected by GPU-Z during full load. For all performance-based tests, we used the Extreme Performance preset through the MSI Center. Interestingly, there is a function that allows the use of a battery-saving display mode, which runs the screen at 60Hz. As a result, the device offers 6 hours and 30 minutes of Web browsing, or 5 hours and 30 minutes of video playback – about 50% better than the MSI Sword 17 (A12V), which lacks this function. MSI Katana 17 (B12V)’s IPS panel has a Full HD resolution, comfortable viewing angles, and good contrast. Unfortunately, it covers only 51% of the sRGB color gamut, and has slow pixel response times, despite the 144Hz refresh rate. On the bright side, the panel doesn’t use PWM for brightness adjustment.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/26/2023
How to open MSI Katana 17 (B12V) - disassembly and upgrade options
Source: Laptop Media English
Support, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/26/2023

 

MSI Katana 17 B13VGK

Specifications

MSI Katana 17 B13VGKNotebook: MSI Katana 17 B13VGK
Processor: Intel Raptor Lake-H i7-13620H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU 8192 MB
Display: 17.30 inch, 16:9, 2560 x 1440 pixels
Weight: 2.6kg
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

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Foreign Reviews

Обзор игрового ноутбука MSI Katana 17 B13VGK-471RU: я — твой Клинок Фронтира
Source: 3DNews.ru RU→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; big screen; good cooling system; nice display. Negative: Average battery life; no Thunderbolt port.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/28/2023
Обзор ноутбука MSI Katana 17 B13VGK-471RU: обновленная модель известной игровой серии
Source: Ixbt RU→EN
Positive: Great display; big screen; excellent battery life; nice gaming performance. Negative: Mediocre connectivity.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/04/2023

 

Comment

MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI) was founded in 1986 in Taiwan. MSI is especially known as a manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards for PCs, but also offers computer accessories, complete systems, motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktop PCs, monitors and other components. However, the Microstar brand name in Germany belongs to the Medion company. MSI is known for its gaming products and has developed a wide range of gaming laptops and desktop PCs. The company is also active in workstations, servers and industrial automation. MSI has offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.


These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.

NVIDIA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Laptop GPU: High-end graphics card for laptops based on the Ada Lovelace architecture. Offers 8 GB GDDR6 (128 Bit) and is configurable with a TGP of 35 - 115W (+ Dynamic Boost). 

NVIDIA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Laptop GPU: High-end graphics card for laptops based on the Ada Lovelace architecture. Offers 8 GB GDDR6 (128 Bit) and is configurable with a TGP of 35 - 115W (+ Dynamic Boost). 

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Raptor Lake-H:

i7-13620H: Alder Lake based mobile CPU with 6 performance cores and 4 efficient cores. The performance cores offer hyper threading, leading to 16 threads that can be processed. The CPU clocks from 1.8 to 4.9 GHz and supports vPro.

Intel Alder Lake-P:

i7-12650H: Alder Lake based mobile CPU with 6 performance cores and 4 efficient cores. The performance cores offer hyper threading, leading to 16 threads that can be processed. The CPU clocks from 1.7 to 4.7 GHz and supports vPro.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.6 kg:

With this weight, a laptop is rather heavier than average. Devices in this range shine more with screen size and performance than with mobility.

2.759 kg:


78.03%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Current Prices
MSI Katana 17 B13VGK
MSI Katana 17 B13VGK
MSI Katana 17 B12VFK
MSI Katana 17 B12VFK
Stefan Hinum, 2023-07-10 (Update: 2023-07-10)