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MSI Katana GF76 review: Gaming laptop with room for improvement

Gaming combat sword. With the Katana GF76, MSI offers a new upper mid-range gaming laptop. We review the 11UE-036 configuration with the GeForce RTX 3060 laptop GPU and the i7-11800H Tiger Lake CPU. Our review shows what the 1,600-Euro (~$1,908) gaming laptop has to offer for the money.
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MSI offers its latest gaming combat sword, the Katana GF76, which is the 17-inch sibling of the 15.6-inch Katana GF66, in various configuration options. The configuration that we have in for testing is the MSI Katana GF76 11UE-036 featuring the Intel Core i7-11800H, the GeForce RTX 3060 laptop GPU, as well as 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, and a 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, and it's the third-best configuration variant.

Among others, the device has to face competitors in the test like the Aorus 17G YD with the same CPU, as well as the MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG with the i7-10750H and the GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU, which is a superior graphics card.

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MSI Katana GF76 11UE (Katana GF76 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-11800H 8 x 2.3 - 4.6 GHz, 62 W PL2 / Short Burst, 44 W PL1 / Sustained, Tiger Lake H45
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU - 6144 MB, Core: 1425 MHz, Memory: 1750 MHz, 85 W TDP, GDDR6, 466.63, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-3200 SDRAM
Display
17.30 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, AU Optronics B173HAN04.9, IPS, glossy: no, 144 Hz
Mainboard
Intel HM570
Storage
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB, 512 GB 
, 512 GB
Soundcard
Intel Comet Lake PCH-H - cAVS
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: combo
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25.2 x 398 x 273 ( = 0.99 x 15.67 x 10.75 in)
Battery
53 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
FreeDos
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, 180-watt power adapter, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.718 kg ( = 95.87 oz / 5.99 pounds), Power Supply: 490 g ( = 17.28 oz / 1.08 pounds)
Price
1,599 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Possible contenders in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
80 %
06/2021
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
2.7 kg25.2 mm17.30"1920x1080
85 %
03/2021
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
2.9 kg26 mm17.30"1920x1080
80 %
03/2021
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
i7-10750H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
1.9 kg21.7 mm15.60"1920x1080
85 %
06/2021
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
R7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
2.5 kg22.85 mm15.60"1920x1080
84 %
06/2021
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
i7-10870H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
2.5 kg30.05 mm17.30"2560x1440
86 %
06/2021
Aorus 17G YD
i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
2.8 kg26 mm17.30"1920x1080

Case: Relatively compact for a 17.3-inch device

The MSI Katana GF76 comes in a jet-black design with a backlit keyboard that has red accents. If you don't like the somber look, the device is also available as the Sword 17 with a white chassis and blue keyboard backlighting.

Compared to some other gaming laptops, the design of the Katana GF76 is relatively modest. Fortunately, the laptop doesn't have sharp edges - as is the case with swords from which it borrows its name - but it does have an angular design. The most noticeable elements are the large air vents at the back and on the left side that are used for the "Cooler Boost 5" cooling system.

Despite the fact that the case is made of plastic, it makes a solid impression in terms of feel, and a decent one in terms of quality. As you would expect from MSI, workmanship regarding gap dimensions and the like is high quality. The hinges have been designed in such a way that the laptop can be opened with one hand, but the display remains firmly in place despite some slight wobbling.

If we include the other gaming laptops with 17.3-inch displays in our size comparison, the MSI Katana GF76 is quite compact. With its 39.8 x 27.3 cm footprint, it's smaller than the Aorus 17G YD and the MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG. Only the Schenker XMG Core 17 (Tongfang GM7MG0R) has a slightly smaller size, but it's much thicker than the Katana GF76 in exchange, which measures a good 2.5 cm.

Our test candidate weighs around 2.7 kg. This places it at the front of the 17.3-inch field, and it can even almost keep up with the 15.6-inch Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition that is equipped with the same GPU.

Size comparison

405 mm / 15.9 inch 276 mm / 10.9 inch 26 mm / 1.024 inch 2.8 kg6.22 lbs395.7 mm / 15.6 inch 260.8 mm / 10.3 inch 30.05 mm / 1.183 inch 2.5 kg5.61 lbs398 mm / 15.7 inch 273 mm / 10.7 inch 25.2 mm / 0.992 inch 2.7 kg5.99 lbs397 mm / 15.6 inch 284 mm / 11.2 inch 26 mm / 1.024 inch 2.9 kg6.39 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 254 mm / 10 inch 21.7 mm / 0.854 inch 1.9 kg4.27 lbs356.2 mm / 14 inch 272.5 mm / 10.7 inch 22.85 mm / 0.9 inch 2.5 kg5.42 lbs
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Connectivity: The ports in the Katana GF76 leave room for criticism

MSI hasn't placed any ports at the back, so that everything is located on the left and right sides. Although the number of ports is relatively generous, connectivity could still be improved. There's only one USB-C port, and it doesn't support DisplayPort. Thunderbolt is not available either. External monitors can only be connected to the gaming laptop using the HDMI port that outputs 4K UHD content at up to 60 Hz.

The ports are all easy to reach, but they could have been provided with a bit more space between them on the right side of the case.

Right: 1x network (RJ45), 1x HDMI, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x combo audio
Right: 1x network (RJ45), 1x HDMI, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x combo audio
Left: 1x power supply, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 2.0 Type-A
Left: 1x power supply, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 2.0 Type-A

Communication

In addition to the Gigabit LAN port, the latest 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard is on board thanks to Intel's Wi-Fi 6 AX201 module. The Wi-Fi connection is very fast in the test, and it can position itself very far ahead in the comparison field.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1541 (1418min - 1606max) MBit/s ∼100% +11%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1394 (758min - 1577max) MBit/s ∼90%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
1371 (925min - 1499max) MBit/s ∼89% -2%
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1369 (693min - 1436max) MBit/s ∼89% -2%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1310 MBit/s ∼85% -6%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (49.8 - 1775, n=257)
1156 MBit/s ∼75% -17%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1149 (933min - 1432max) MBit/s ∼75% -18%
Average of class Gaming
  (249 - 1645, n=157, last 2 years)
1112 MBit/s ∼72% -20%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1711 (861min - 1776max) MBit/s ∼100% +31%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1330 (1014min - 1439max) MBit/s ∼78% +2%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW)
1330 (711min - 1563max) MBit/s ∼78% +2%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1302 (718min - 1672max) MBit/s ∼76%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1270 MBit/s ∼74% -2%
Average Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
  (136 - 1743, n=257)
1246 MBit/s ∼73% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (90 - 1743, n=157, last 2 years)
1182 MBit/s ∼69% -9%
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200
1169 (619min - 1217max) MBit/s ∼68% -10%
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MSI Katana GF76 11UE Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1302 (718-1672)
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1330 (1014-1439)
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW); iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1306 (711-1563)
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021) Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1682 (861-1776)
Aorus 17G YD Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1148 (619-1217)
MSI Katana GF76 11UE Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1395 (758-1577)
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1149 (933-1432)
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650x Wireless Network Adapter (200NGW); iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1371 (925-1499)
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021) Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1541 (1418-1606)
Aorus 17G YD Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1346 (693-1436)

Webcam

The webcam serves its purpose, but that's it. It has a resolution of 720p and shows relatively large color deviations in the test (∆E of 13.15).

ColorChecker
13.6 ∆E
12 ∆E
17 ∆E
13.7 ∆E
16.4 ∆E
12.3 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
24.1 ∆E
19.3 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
9 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
17.4 ∆E
12 ∆E
22.1 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
18.9 ∆E
17.2 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
10 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
ColorChecker MSI Katana GF76 11UE: 13.15 ∆E min: 2.28 - max: 24.14 ∆E

Accessories

Apart from the 180-watt power adapter, which has sufficient capacity, MSI doesn't include anything else. No accessories tailored to the device are offered as an option either.

Maintenance

11 small cross-head screws block the way into the interior. This makes it possible for the user to carry out maintenance, replacement, and upgrade procedures. The SO-DIMM slots can accommodate a maximum of 64 GB of RAM. In addition, there's a free M.2 slot for another SSD.

The bottom of the MSI Katana GF76 including the large fan vents
The bottom of the MSI Katana GF76 including the large fan vents

Warranty

MSI offers the usual two-year manufacturer's warranty including Collect & Return. There's no warranty extension available.

Input devices: Keyboard with number pad and Gaming Hotkey

Keyboard

MSI uses the 17.3-inch device's space for a keyboard with a solid key size and a number pad crammed to the right. Looking at the case, there would have been more room to the left and right, but this is probably not possible due to the internal components. Especially the number keys, but also the arrow keys, are quite small. On the other hand, the WASD keys, which are important for gamers, have a comfortable size, just like all the other letters. In addition, there are special Gaming Hotkeys for specific functions as well as for the usual double assignment of the F1 to F12 keys. Unfortunately, a fingerprint sensor is not on board.

The key travel is 1.7 mm. That is generally quite a lot for a laptop and solid for a voluminous gaming device. Noise development remains pleasingly moderate when typing quickly. The typing experience is good, allowing the device to be used not only for gaming but also for the occasional typing session. However, there are definitely better alternatives when it comes to office devices.

The keyboard illumination can be adjusted in three levels, and it makes sure that the keys labeled in red are well illuminated and recognizable. It glows exclusively in red. There are no modifiable colors or other gimmicks on the MSI Katana GF76.

Keyboard and touchpad of the MSI Katana GF76
Keyboard and touchpad of the MSI Katana GF76

Touchpad

The touchpad, which is only slightly recessed, is placed in the center under the space bar and measures 10.5 x 6.5 cm. It's comfortable to the touch, and the two click surfaces at the bottom left and right aren't noticeably loud. The touchpad works with pleasant precision, so there are hardly any points of criticism in our review of the Katana GF76 in this regard.

Display: Fast 144 Hz refresh rate but many weaknesses as well

In addition to the powerful hardware, the 17.3-inch display is one of the Katana GF76's highlights according to the manufacturer. It refreshes at a fast 144 Hz, which provides for a smooth gaming experience combined with the performance level. The IPS panel with LED backlight has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and a matte surface.

245
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
274
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B173HAN04.9
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 274 cd/m² Average: 250.8 cd/m² Minimum: 11 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 260 cd/m²
Contrast: 1000:1 (Black: 0.26 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.9 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5, calibrated: 3.71
ΔE Greyscale 1.6 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
41.12% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
59.51% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
39.8% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.068
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
AU Optronics B173HAN04.9, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.30
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
Chi Mei CMN176E, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.30
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
AU Optronics B156HAN08.4, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
B156HAN, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.60
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
BOE CQ NE173QHM-NY2, IPS, 2560x1440, 17.30
Aorus 17G YD
Sharp LQ173M1JW04, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.30
Display
63%
-5%
68%
76%
Display P3 Coverage
39.8
64.74
63%
37.65
-5%
68.08
71%
72.32
82%
sRGB Coverage
59.51
96.41
62%
56.27
-5%
98.46
65%
100
68%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
41.12
66.86
63%
38.9
-5%
69.35
69%
73.7
79%
Response Times
69%
-11%
79%
58%
64%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
36.8 (17.2, 19.6)
7.4 (3.8, 3.6)
80%
36.8 (19.2, 17.6)
-0%
4 (1.2, 2.8)
89%
16.8 (8.4, 8.4)
54%
13.6 (6.8, 6.8)
63%
Response Time Black / White *
26 (13.6, 12.4)
10.8 (5.6, 5.2)
58%
31.6 (18.4, 13.2)
-22%
8.4 (4.4, 4)
68%
10 (4.8, 5.2)
62%
9.2 (5.2, 4)
65%
PWM Frequency
24510 (39)
Screen
21%
-15%
21%
6%
10%
Brightness middle
260
328
26%
266.5
3%
329
27%
370
42%
286
10%
Brightness
251
314
25%
262
4%
321
28%
333
33%
282
12%
Brightness Distribution
85
87
2%
91
7%
92
8%
84
-1%
73
-14%
Black Level *
0.26
0.29
-12%
0.18
31%
0.27
-4%
0.38
-46%
0.24
8%
Contrast
1000
1131
13%
1481
48%
1219
22%
974
-3%
1192
19%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.9
1.93
51%
5.33
-37%
2.78
29%
2.41
38%
2.79
28%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
20.64
4.94
76%
18.28
11%
4.88
76%
7.32
65%
6.23
70%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
3.71
0.68
82%
4.36
-18%
1.63
56%
1.19
68%
0.82
78%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.6
2.8
-75%
4.5
-181%
2.5
-56%
3.9
-144%
3.5
-119%
Gamma
2.068 106%
2.18 101%
2.35 94%
2.106 104%
2.287 96%
2.358 93%
CCT
6511 100%
7023 93%
6289 103%
6201 105%
7302 89%
6147 106%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
67
35.6
76
69
74
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
89
55.8
99
93
96
Total Average (Program / Settings)
51% / 37%
-10% / -12%
50% / 31%
44% / 27%
50% / 32%

* ... smaller is better

In addition to the modest brightness, the remaining values are also rather poor. The display doesn't even cover 60% of the sRGB color space. Response times, which are even more relevant for gamers, aren't all that good either. While we could extend this list by quite a bit, we'll keep it short: The displays of most of the comparison devices are significantly better, and they have refresh rates that are at least as fast.

CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: Grayscales
CalMAN: Color saturation
CalMAN: Color saturation
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: Grayscales (calibrated)
CalMAN: Color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: Color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN: ColorChecker (calibrated)

Although the brightness of around 250 cd/m² isn't particularly high, unfortunately, the device is still acceptable for outdoor use - at least when the sun isn't shining too brightly. This is mostly due to the matte and non-reflective display.

However, since the device is relatively bulky by design due to it being a gaming laptop, it's unlikely to be used outdoors. The anti-glare panel also has an advantage when gaming indoors. The matte display hardly reflects any light sources, which means that you always have a good view of the game.

MSI Katana GF76 11UE vs. sRGB (59%)
MSI Katana GF76 11UE vs. sRGB (59%)
Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid
MSI Katana GF76 11UE vs. AdobeRGB (41%)
MSI Katana GF76 11UE vs. AdobeRGB (41%)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13.6 ms rise
↘ 12.4 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 49 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (23.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
36.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.2 ms rise
↘ 19.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 37 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (37.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 15366 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Viewing-angle stability is excellent thanks to the IPS panel, allowing content to be easily recognized even from oblique viewing angles.

Thanks to the IPS panel, content can still be recognized from very oblique viewing angles as well
Thanks to the IPS panel, content can still be recognized from very oblique viewing angles as well
The device is also suitable for outdoor use with some limitations
The device is also suitable for outdoor use with some limitations

Performance: Gaming laptop with fast CPU

MSI offers the Katana GF76 in many different configurations. In addition to two variants (11SC-081 and 11UC-210) with the Intel Core i5-11400H, most models are equipped with the Intel Core i7-11800H from the Tiger Lake generation. These include the Katana 11US-083 that comes with the GeForce RTX 3050 laptop GPU, various models with the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti laptop GPU, and finally, the top model with the GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU.

Our MSI Katana GF76 11UE-036 test device is one of the best configuration variants. It's equipped with the Intel Core i7-11800H Tiger Lake CPU, the GeForce RTX 3060 laptop GPU, 16 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, and a 512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD.

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Processor

Intel's Core i7-11800H is a CPU from the Tiger Lake generation specifically designed for gaming laptops and workstations. MSI makes maximum use of the 45-watt TDP and allows a short-term peak of up to 60 watts. The clock rate goes from a minimum of 2.3 GHz to a maximum of 4.6 GHz in single-core Turbo mode as well as 4.2 GHz for all cores. Thanks to the L3 cache that has increased to 24 MB, among other things, the new Tiger Lake CPU offers significantly more performance than the Intel Core i7-10875H (Comet Lake H) predecessor with clock speeds of 2.3 to 5.1 GHz and 16 MB of L3 cache.

In the benchmarks, the MSI Katana GF76 isn't quite able to keep up with the Aorus 17G YD, which has the same CPU but a higher PL2 value, or the CPU average. Thanks to the newer CPU, however, it positions itself clearly ahead of the competitors in our comparison field that are equipped with the Intel Core i7-10750H as well as the Intel Core i7-10870H. Here, the current Tiger Lake H generation shows what it's capable of and its considerable performance gain. Nevertheless, it's well known that the CPU has to give way to the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H from the Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition in some cases. On battery power, the CPU only achieves a good 60% of its performance level when plugged in during the Cinebench benchmark.

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MSI Katana GF76 11UE Intel Core i7-11800H: Ø1681 (1645.14-1822.57)
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG Intel Core i7-10750H: Ø1192 (1113.24-1257.82)
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE Intel Core i7-10750H: Ø1090 (1079.56-1097.57)
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition AMD Ryzen 7 5800H: Ø1977 (1921.88-2004.51)
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021) Intel Core i7-10870H: Ø1367 (1316.83-1382.98)
Aorus 17G YD Intel Core i7-11800H: Ø1943 (1915.62-2089.21)
Cinebench R23
CPU (Single Core)
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Core i7-11800H
1497 Points ∼100% 0%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Core i7-11800H
1497 Points ∼100%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
1430 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (1095 - 1619, n=77, last 2 years)
1354 Points ∼90% -10%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Core i7-10750H
1248 Points ∼83% -17%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H
1225 Points ∼82% -18%
CPU (Multi Core)
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Core i7-11800H
12862 Points ∼100% +16%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
12195 Points ∼95% +10%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Core i7-11800H
11080 Points ∼86%
Average of class Gaming
  (4621 - 14363, n=78, last 2 years)
10671 Points ∼83% -4%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H
8408 Points ∼65% -24%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Core i7-10750H
6921 (6730.84min - 6920.58max) Points ∼54% -38%
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Core i7-11800H
579 Points ∼100%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
559 Points ∼97% -3%
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Core i7-11800H
541 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Gaming
  (312 - 634, n=186, last 2 years)
494 Points ∼85% -15%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Core i7-10750H
483 Points ∼83% -17%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H
476 Points ∼82% -18%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
Intel Core i7-10750H
460 Points ∼79% -21%
CPU (Multi Core)
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Core i7-11800H
4818 Points ∼100% +14%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
4711 Points ∼98% +12%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Core i7-11800H
4214 Points ∼87%
Average of class Gaming
  (1397 - 6321, n=187, last 2 years)
3667 Points ∼76% -13%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H
3244 Points ∼67% -23%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
Intel Core i7-10750H
2998 Points ∼62% -29%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Core i7-10750H
2673 Points ∼55% -37%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
232 Points ∼100% +3%
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Core i7-11800H
227 Points ∼98% 0%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Core i7-11800H
226 Points ∼97%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Core i7-10750H
202 Points ∼87% -11%
Average of class Gaming
  (108 - 254, n=196, last 2 years)
200 Points ∼86% -12%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
Intel Core i7-10750H
198 Points ∼85% -12%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H
196 Points ∼84% -13%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Core i7-11800H
2089 Points ∼100% +15%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
2005 (1921.88min - 2004.51max) Points ∼96% +10%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Core i7-11800H
1823 (1645.14min - 1822.57max) Points ∼87%
Average of class Gaming
  (536 - 2804, n=208, last 2 years)
1559 Points ∼75% -14%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H
1382 Points ∼66% -24%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
Intel Core i7-10750H
1258 (1113.24min - 1257.82max) Points ∼60% -31%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Core i7-10750H
1098 (1079.56min - 1097.57max) Points ∼53% -40%
Blender 2.79 - BMW27 CPU
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Core i7-10750H
403 Seconds * ∼100% -42%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
Intel Core i7-10750H
358 Seconds * ∼89% -26%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H
326 Seconds * ∼81% -15%
Average of class Gaming
  (179 - 633, n=164, last 2 years)
320 Seconds * ∼79% -13%
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Core i7-11800H
284.1 Seconds * ∼70% -0%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Core i7-11800H
284 Seconds * ∼70%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
253 Seconds * ∼63% +11%
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Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
5591 MIPS ∼100% +1%
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Core i7-11800H
5547 MIPS ∼99% +1%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Core i7-11800H
5511 MIPS ∼99%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H
5393 MIPS ∼96% -2%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
Intel Core i7-10750H
5236 MIPS ∼94% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (2945 - 6174, n=165, last 2 years)
5213 MIPS ∼93% -5%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Core i7-10750H
5209 MIPS ∼93% -5%
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Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
53902 MIPS ∼100% +19%
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Core i7-11800H
48261 MIPS ∼90% +7%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Core i7-11800H
45311 MIPS ∼84%
Average of class Gaming
  (15146 - 75612, n=165, last 2 years)
44187 MIPS ∼82% -2%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H
40876 MIPS ∼76% -10%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
Intel Core i7-10750H
36161 MIPS ∼67% -20%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Core i7-10750H
33084 MIPS ∼61% -27%
Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Core i7-11800H
1583 Points ∼100% +1%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Core i7-11800H
1568 Points ∼99%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
1481 Points ∼94% -6%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Core i7-10750H
1310 Points ∼83% -16%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
Intel Core i7-10750H
1304 Points ∼82% -17%
Average of class Gaming
  (703 - 1777, n=164, last 2 years)
1303 Points ∼82% -17%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H
1264 Points ∼80% -19%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Core i7-11800H
9317 Points ∼100% +10%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Core i7-11800H
8470 Points ∼91%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
7522 Points ∼81% -11%
Average of class Gaming
  (2783 - 11393, n=164, last 2 years)
7166 Points ∼77% -15%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H
6688 Points ∼72% -21%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
Intel Core i7-10750H
6392 Points ∼69% -25%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Core i7-10750H
6355 Points ∼68% -25%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Core i7-11800H
15.8 fps ∼100% +19%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
14.7 fps ∼93% +11%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Core i7-11800H
13.3 fps ∼84%
Average of class Gaming
  (4.4 - 19.8, n=164, last 2 years)
12.2 fps ∼77% -8%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H
11.1 fps ∼70% -17%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
Intel Core i7-10750H
10.4 fps ∼66% -22%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Core i7-10750H
9.35 fps ∼59% -30%
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Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
57.4 s * ∼100% -17%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H
56.1 s * ∼98% -14%
Average of class Gaming
  (23.9 - 113, n=156, last 2 years)
54.4 s * ∼95% -11%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
Intel Core i7-10750H
50.9 s * ∼89% -3%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Core i7-11800H
49.2 s * ∼86%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Core i7-10750H
45.2 s * ∼79% +8%
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Core i7-11800H
39 s * ∼68% +21%
R Benchmark 2.5 - Overall mean
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
Intel Core i7-10750H
0.592 sec * ∼100% -6%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Core i7-10750H
0.589 sec * ∼99% -5%
Average of class Gaming
  (0.4907 - 1.088, n=159, last 2 years)
0.585 sec * ∼99% -5%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H
0.577 sec * ∼97% -3%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Core i7-11800H
0.559 sec * ∼94%
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Core i7-11800H
0.558 sec * ∼94% -0%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
0.524 sec * ∼89% +6%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1823 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
187 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
226 Points
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System performance

System performance paints the same picture: The Aorus 17G YD usually performs even better, and the Katana GF76 doesn't entirely reach the CPU/GPU average, either. However, compared with the other devices, it performs well, which is mainly thanks to the new CPU generation. Therefore, there are no problems in everyday use, and the laptop runs at a fast speed.

PCMark 10
Score
Aorus 17G YD
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
7073 Points ∼100% +9%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (6505 - 6865, n=3)
6692 Points ∼95% +3%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
6505 Points ∼92%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
6465 Points ∼91% -1%
Average of class Gaming
  (3952 - 7884, n=176, last 2 years)
6041 Points ∼85% -7%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H, Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
6017 Points ∼85% -8%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
5685 Points ∼80% -13%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
5390 Points ∼76% -17%
Essentials
Aorus 17G YD
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
10295 Points ∼100% +6%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (9695 - 10522, n=3)
10084 Points ∼98% +4%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
9695 Points ∼94%
Average of class Gaming
  (7148 - 11266, n=174, last 2 years)
9597 Points ∼93% -1%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
9589 Points ∼93% -1%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
9182 Points ∼89% -5%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
9093 Points ∼88% -6%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H, Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
8652 Points ∼84% -11%
Productivity
Aorus 17G YD
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
9259 Points ∼100% +4%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
8913 Points ∼96% 0%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
8874 Points ∼96%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (8660 - 8874, n=3)
8798 Points ∼95% -1%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H, Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
8657 Points ∼93% -2%
Average of class Gaming
  (5813 - 10066, n=174, last 2 years)
8179 Points ∼88% -8%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
7729 Points ∼83% -13%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
7217 Points ∼78% -19%
Digital Content Creation
Aorus 17G YD
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
10075 Points ∼100% +16%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (8684 - 9423, n=3)
9174 Points ∼91% +6%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
8684 Points ∼86%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
8582 Points ∼85% -1%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H, Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
7893 Points ∼78% -9%
Average of class Gaming
  (3670 - 12250, n=174, last 2 years)
7770 Points ∼77% -11%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
7526 Points ∼75% -13%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
6047 Points ∼60% -30%
PCMark 8
Home Score Accelerated v2
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
5458 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
 
5458 Points ∼100% 0%
Aorus 17G YD
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
5265 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Gaming
  (2832 - 6277, n=92, last 2 years)
4556 Points ∼83% -17%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
4073 Points ∼75% -25%
Work Score Accelerated v2
Aorus 17G YD
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
7104 Points ∼100% +14%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
6208 Points ∼87%
Average Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
 
6208 Points ∼87% 0%
Average of class Gaming
  (4265 - 7104, n=92, last 2 years)
5666 Points ∼80% -9%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
5375 Points ∼76% -13%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
5458 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
9135 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
6208 points
PCMark 10 Score
6505 points
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DPC latencies

The Katana GF76 exhibited very high latencies in our test, and these were confirmed over multiple repetitions. This implies that the device isn't ideal for real-time audio and video editing. That said, this always remains a momentary snapshot.

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MSI Katana GF76 11UE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
4527 μs * ∼100%
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H, Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
1082 μs * ∼24% +76%
Aorus 17G YD
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
1063.6 μs * ∼23% +77%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
788.37 μs * ∼17% +83%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
742.6 μs * ∼16% +84%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
428.6 μs * ∼9% +91%

* ... smaller is better

Storage

The SSD installed in the MSI Katana GF76 is not really able to convince in the test. On one hand, it's relatively small for a gaming device with 512 GB. However, thanks to the free M.2 slot (NVMe PCIe Gen 3), an additional SSD can be added later if necessary. Furthermore, the device is also available with a 1 TB SSD and an otherwise identical configuration for an extra charge in the form of the Katana GF76 11UE-058.

The built-in model's operating speed is modest. In our benchmarks, it predominantly lands at the bottom of the list, it achieves significantly worse rates than most comparison models, and it also scores 10% worse than the average of all devices equipped with this SSD. It's not a clear performance bottleneck in everyday use though. However, copying operations and the like can sometimes take a bit longer than in other gaming laptops.

MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
Aorus 17G YD
Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
Average Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
 
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
2%
66%
25%
98%
132%
11%
Write 4K
107.3
143.7
34%
157.3
47%
116.95
9%
145.7
36%
227.4
112%
202 (107 - 286, n=7)
88%
Read 4K
45.46
45.1
-1%
46.69
3%
44.56
-2%
51.34
13%
91.28
101%
47.9 (45.1 - 50.4, n=7)
5%
Write Seq
978.3
978.2
0%
2389
144%
1551.63
59%
3036
210%
2241
129%
977 (965 - 985, n=7)
0%
Read Seq
1255
1163
-7%
2196
75%
1682.12
34%
2837
126%
4496
258%
1299 (1043 - 1990, n=7)
4%
Write 4K Q32T1
578.8
519.1
-10%
407.6
-30%
497.75
-14%
510.7
-12%
660.6
14%
531 (335 - 625, n=7)
-8%
Read 4K Q32T1
299.6
302.7
1%
518.5
73%
436.8
46%
582.4
94%
711.5
137%
301 (298 - 303, n=7)
0%
Write Seq Q32T1
977.7
980.7
0%
2401
146%
1461.4
49%
3294
237%
1540
58%
978 (968 - 982, n=7)
0%
Read Seq Q32T1
1977
1983
0%
3344
69%
2363.9
20%
3522
78%
6806
244%
1922 (1631 - 1986, n=7)
-3%
AS SSD
24%
195%
83%
203%
308%
32%
Seq Read
1703.52
1658.71
-3%
3001.79
76%
2082
22%
2875.85
69%
5150.38
202%
1486 (252 - 1748, n=7)
-13%
Seq Write
715.57
921.32
29%
2420.33
238%
825
15%
2802.79
292%
3920.13
448%
892 (716 - 941, n=7)
25%
4K Read
37.77
51.03
35%
48.46
28%
42.41
12%
55.33
46%
46.6
23%
46.9 (36.2 - 60.2, n=7)
24%
4K Write
65.99
120.1
82%
114.31
73%
98.28
49%
106.9
62%
145.76
121%
110 (66 - 171, n=7)
67%
4K-64 Read
441.17
463.54
5%
1872.64
324%
1255.39
185%
1662.47
277%
2071.25
369%
416 (164 - 472, n=7)
-6%
4K-64 Write
734.85
908.68
24%
1881.76
156%
737.69
0%
2101.1
186%
3267.27
345%
788 (263 - 926, n=7)
7%
Access Time Read *
0.191
0.179
6%
0.045
76%
0.109
43%
0.067
65%
0.078
59%
0.1373 (0.087 - 0.191, n=7)
28%
Access Time Write *
0.053
0.032
40%
0.101
-91%
0.17
-221%
0.037
30%
0.029
45%
0.0339 (0.019 - 0.053, n=7)
36%
Score Read
649
680
5%
2221
242%
1506
132%
2005
209%
2633
306%
611 (379 - 701, n=7)
-6%
Score Write
872
1121
29%
2238
157%
918
5%
2488
185%
2805
222%
988 (429 - 1178, n=7)
13%
Score Total
1816
2130
17%
5565
206%
3136
73%
5520
204%
7716
325%
1898 (976 - 2144, n=7)
5%
Copy ISO MB/s
912.17
2420.79
165%
1390.81
52%
2028.86
122%
3190.41
250%
958 (675 - 1277, n=4)
5%
Copy Program MB/s
278.92
705.47
153%
644.79
131%
691.17
148%
986.86
254%
394 (248 - 609, n=4)
41%
Copy Game MB/s
144.65
1489.63
930%
1101.18
661%
1513.01
946%
2096.31
1349%
472 (145 - 977, n=4)
226%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
13% / 15%
131% / 148%
54% / 62%
151% / 165%
220% / 244%
22% / 24%

* ... smaller is better

Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 1977 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 977.7 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 299.6 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 578.8 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1255 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 978.3 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 45.46 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 107.3 MB/s

Continuous load read: DiskSpd Read Loop, Queue Depth 8

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MSI Katana GF76 11UE GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB: Ø1979 (1771.46-1985.81)
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H, Kingston OM8PCP3512F-AB: Ø1982 (1865.42-1986.64)
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR: Ø3364 (2975.99-3380.61)
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe: Ø1328 (1003.91-2428.29)
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021) GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-10870H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB: Ø3487 (3249.53-3515.25)
Aorus 17G YD GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ: Ø6694 (6517.29-6743.18)

Graphics card

Compared with other gaming laptops using the GeForce RTX 3060 laptop GPU, the MSI Katana GF76 11UE-036 isn't quite able to keep up most of the time. It scores slightly less points in most benchmarks and also ends up below the GPU average. This shows that MSI isn't exploiting the full potential of the graphics solution but is keeping it on a tight leash instead with a TGP of a good 85 watts. MSI restrains the GPU even further on battery power (TGP of around 45 watts).

Needless to say, the Katana GF76 can't really compete with the even more powerful graphics solutions found in the other test devices. Users who need more graphics power than what is offered by the 11UE-036 configuration can get the GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU with the 11UG-090 version. If the Nvidia GPU is not needed, the CPU's integrated Intel UHD Graphics takes over.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10750H
38275 Points ∼100% +55%
Aorus 17G YD
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
36043 Points ∼94% +46%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
26881 Points ∼70% +9%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
26790 Points ∼70% +9%
Average of class Gaming
  (1925 - 43077, n=186, last 2 years)
26366 Points ∼69% +7%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (22063 - 30200, n=17)
26067 Points ∼68% +6%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
24656 Points ∼64%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10750H
23840 Points ∼62% -3%
3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Aorus 17G YD
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
130616 Points ∼100% +12%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10750H
117148 Points ∼90% +1%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
116504 Points ∼89%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (47737 - 136275, n=16)
104969 Points ∼80% -10%
Average of class Gaming
  (23059 - 192950, n=163, last 2 years)
104709 Points ∼80% -10%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
104577 Points ∼80% -10%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
82246 Points ∼63% -29%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10750H
29128 Points ∼100% +55%
Aorus 17G YD
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
27275 Points ∼94% +45%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
20381 Points ∼70% +8%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
20312 Points ∼70% +8%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (16956 - 22460, n=19)
19998 Points ∼69% +6%
Average of class Gaming
  (1360 - 34993, n=195, last 2 years)
19869 Points ∼68% +5%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
18851 Points ∼65%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10750H
18434 Points ∼63% -2%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10750H
10850 Points ∼100% +51%
Aorus 17G YD
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
10144 Points ∼93% +41%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
8295 Points ∼76% +16%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (6475 - 8844, n=19)
7800 Points ∼72% +9%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10870H
7716 Points ∼71% +8%
Average of class Gaming
  (429 - 13210, n=198, last 2 years)
7594 Points ∼70% +6%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-11800H
7175 Points ∼66%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-10750H
7041 Points ∼65% -2%
3DMark 11 Performance
21217 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
113376 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
44408 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
16909 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
7349 points
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Gaming performance

When it comes to gaming performance, the device delivers an above-average performance under low load. The frame rate then drops below the GPU average as the demand on the GPU increases, which is due to the poor TGP.

The Witcher 3
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
267 (51min, 92.9P0.1, 164P1 - 557max) fps ∼100% +16%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
229.4 fps ∼86%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
229 (68.3min, 99.8P0.1, 142P1 - 378max) fps ∼86% 0%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
223.2 (209min - 231max) fps ∼84% -3%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (208 - 246, n=11)
223 fps ∼84% -3%
Average of class Gaming
  (73.1 - 374, n=115, last 2 years)
216 fps ∼81% -6%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
183 (68.1min, 80.8P0.1, 115P1 - 443max) fps ∼100% +36%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
144 (55.2min, 60.2P0.1, 99.7P1 - 296max) fps ∼79% +7%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
142 fps ∼78% +6%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (128 - 155, n=15)
141 fps ∼77% +5%
Average of class Gaming
  (42.1 - 242, n=153, last 2 years)
136 fps ∼74% +1%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
134.4 fps ∼73%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
134.2 (126min - 143max) fps ∼73% 0%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
MSI GP76 Leopard 10UG
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
109 (83min) fps ∼100% +50%
Aorus 17G YD
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
106 (43.4min, 50.9P0.1, 68.2P1 - 195max) fps ∼97% +46%
Schenker XMG Core 17 (Early 2021)
Intel Core i7-10870H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
79.5 (30.1min, 37.6P0.1, 42.6P1 - 167max) fps ∼73% +10%
Average of class Gaming
  (24.3 - 123, n=193, last 2 years)
76.5 fps ∼70% +5%
Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
75.6 (64min) fps ∼69% +4%
Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
  (62.8 - 88.5, n=19)
74.5 fps ∼68% +3%
MSI Katana GF76 11UE
Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
72.6 (61min) fps ∼67%
MSI GF65 Thin 10UE
Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
68.7 (63min - 74max) fps ∼63% -5%

The frame rates in The Witcher 3 are in the lower half of the test field, but they are constant and absolutely sufficient throughout the entire time. All the games that we tested ran without issues and very smoothly at the maximum supported resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and the highest settings. The MSI Katana GF76 doesn't show any weaknesses here yet, but it could eventually reach its limits in future and even more demanding games.

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