MSI Katana GF76 12UD-041
Average of 2 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the MSI Katana GF76 12UD-041
Any laptop, gaming focused or not, has to find a compromise between power, portability and price, and the MSI Katana GF76 is no different. It gets that balance just about right for our money too. That's no surprise really, considering MSI has been in the business of putting together quietly competent gaming laptops for a long time now. The Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti inside this review unit is slowly sliding down the ranks in terms of performance when it comes to the graphics cards you can get nowadays, but as you're also looking at one of the cheapest laptops that can still handle the top games of the moment it's a sensible pairing. The upgrade to the 12th Gen Intel processors is definitely a welcome one, but aside from that it's difficult to get too excited about anything new here – it's all satisfactory and that's about it, just as could be said of the previous GF model. It's also worth weighing up the configurations of this laptop with the more powerful GPUs inside, as they may give you a better price versus performance trade-off – it depends on your budget, but it could be worth paying a bit more for a bit more power. Ultimately the Katana GF76 delivers on value for money for your gaming above all else. It's a dependable gaming laptop rather than a spectacular one, but it certainly delivers on what it promises.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/07/2022
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Laptop Mag
The MSI Katana GF76 doesn’t do much to stand out compared to its previous models, and is still one of those budget gaming laptops that offers a bit more pizzazz with its subtle samurai look. While we have yet to get official results, I’m certain I wouldn’t recommend this configuration of the Katana GF76. The 17.3-inch display, decent battery life, and powerful 12th Gen CPU are appealing to gamers looking to save a penny or two, but the RTX 3050 Ti installed can only take it so far. Even if you upgrade to more reliable GPUs for better gaming performance, the price tag for those models don’t justify the plastic chassis, dull display, and slight performance hiccups. If you’re after a laptop that doesn’t skint on specs without bumping up the retail price, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro with RTX 3070 power, a 16-inch QHD display, and $1,529 price tag is your best bet.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/24/2022
Source: Good Gear Guide
The MSI GF76 Katana is a budget 17-inch gaming laptop with decent CPU performance. The RTX 3050 Ti GPU is a little underpowered for the latest AAA games, but you can still enjoy RTX graphics at a fraction of the cost of a more premium laptop. Although we expected better gaming performance, this laptop is still worth considering, especially if you're on an inflexible budget.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/11/2022
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: PC Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/12/2022
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU: Mid-range gaming laptop graphics card based on the Ampere GA107 chip.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
i7-12700H: Alder Lake based mobile CPU with 6 performance cores and 8 efficient cores. The performance cores offer hyper threading, leading to 20 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.
17.30": This display size is a standard format for desktop replacements (DTR). The DTR laptops are heavier to carry, need more power, but texts are easy to read and high resolutions are no problem. DTR are mainly intended for stationary desk use, where weight and energy hunger don't matter. In return, you enjoy the advantages of high resolutions (more details, better legibility).» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
With this weight, a laptop is rather heavier than average. Devices in this range shine more with screen size and performance than with mobility.
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.
75%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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