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MSI Pulse GL66 Series

MSI Pulse GL66 12UEKProcessor: Intel Alder Lake-P i9-12900H, Intel Tiger Lake i7-11800H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
Display: 15.60 inch, 17.30 inch
Weight: 2.1kg, 2.3kg, 2.301kg
Price: 1.899, 1300, 1400 euro
Average Score: 80.71% - good
Average of 8 scores (from 20 reviews)
price: 74%, performance: 93%, features: 45%, display: 90%, mobility: 58%, workmanship: 70%, ergonomy: 68%, emissions: 78%

 

MSI Pulse GL66 11UDK

Specifications

MSI Pulse GL66 11UDKNotebook: MSI Pulse GL66 11UDK
Processor: Intel Tiger Lake i7-11800H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU 4096 MB
Display: 15.60 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 2.3kg
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

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Average Score: 90% - very good

Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

100% MSI Pulse GL66 Review – Game for anything
Source: Toptenreviews English
MSl’s Pulse GL66 has been configured to catch the eye of gamers, but don’t let that put you off’ if gaming isn’t your thing. Its graphics are certainly powerful enough to produce stunning backdrops if, for example, you like to take Microsoft Flight Simulator out for a spin, but with a better processor and screen than we typically see in gaming laptops, it’s also ideal for everyday Windows users. With a decent screen and great Windows performance, this gaming laptop can do it all, though its bulky build and poor battery life make it less than ideal when out and about.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/25/2021
Rating: Total score: 100%
80% MSI GL66 Pulse review: A solid all-rounder rather than a gaming great
Source: Expert Reviews English
The problem with the GL66 is that it’s not the cheapest RTX 30-series gaming laptop, despite using one of the cheapest – and weakest – RTX30-series GPUs. The Acer Nitro 5 has the more powerful RTX 3060 but can be picked up for £999, so at £1,099 I can’t help feeling the GL66 is a bit more expensive than it should be. Granted, the Acer has a much lower-quality screen and feels cheaper as a package and I’d much rather use the GL66 as a day-to-day notebook. However, these are gaming laptops first and foremost so gaming performance is paramount. With comparatively weak gaming figures and poor battery life, the MSI GL66 isn’t much of a winner.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/10/2021
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

RECENZE: MSI Pulse GL66 - 15.6'' herní základ se zbrusu novou grafikou RTX 3050 Ti
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Positive: Powerful processor; nice display. Negative: Mediocre ergonomics.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/11/2021

 

MSI Pulse GL66 11UEK-034

Specifications

MSI Pulse GL66 11UEK-034Notebook: MSI Pulse GL66 11UEK-034
Processor: Intel Tiger Lake i7-11800H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU 6144 MB
Display: 15.60 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 2.1kg
Price: 1400 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

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Average Score: 68.33% - average

Average of 3 scores (from 12 reviews)

 

[REVIEW] MSI Pulse GL66 – Core i7-11800H is here to stay
Source: Laptop Media English
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/04/2022
Review MSI Pulse GL66 11UEK Gaming Laptop
Source: Technobig English
MSI offers a wide range of gaming laptops – as many as four models in different price categories were presented on the market this year. Not so long ago, we already had reviews of the older Raider and the more affordable Katana. Today we have a mid-budget model in our editorial office – MSI Pulse GL66 11UEK.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/20/2021
70% MSI Pulse GL66 review
Source: Techradar English
The MSI Pulse GL66 is an excellent midrange gaming laptop so long as you don't take it anywhere and value doesn't mean anything to you. First, the positives. The Pulse GL66 puts out some fantastic gaming performance, even consistently getting 35 to 40 fps in Cyberpunk 2077 at max settings with ray tracing and DLSS on. It also performed very well in some of our other performance benchmarks on top of generally being a great laptop to play games on, so there aren't many games that this laptop won't be able to chew through. Even the base configuration has at least a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, so you'll also have room to download more than one or two at a time.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/27/2021
Rating: Total score: 70%
75% Msi Pulse GL66 Gaming Laptop 11Th Gen Core I7 - (2021) Review: Hits The Sweet Spot For 1080P Gaming
Source: Think Digit English
The MSI Pulse GL66 is a great gaming laptop that can be used reliably for both gaming as well as creative workloads. The Intel Core i7-11800H and the RTX 3060 combo works very well to deliver solid performance numbers to compete with the best when it comes to 1080p gaming. I did find the display to be a little disappointing on our review unit, and the fans get overly loud to keep the temperatures in check. But besides that, the MSI Pulse GL66 hits the sweet spot for 1080p gaming.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/06/2021
Rating: Total score: 75% price: 74% performance: 83% workmanship: 68%
60% MSI GL66 Pulse
Source: PC Mag English
The GL66 Pulse is MSI's latest midrange gaming laptop for 2021, offering Intel "Tiger Lake-H" processing and Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 series graphics for as low as $949 in the base configuration. (See our one-on-one interview with MSI about this model.) Though our $1,499 test unit produced good gaming performance thanks to its eight-core CPU and GeForce RTX 3060, it's a tough sell when the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro costs about the same with a faster AMD Ryzen processor and GeForce RTX 3070. Our top 15.6-inch value pick remains the $1,349 Acer Predator Helios 300, which delivers similar frame rates, more than double the battery life, and superior features. Overall, the GL66 Pulse struggles in too many areas to warrant more than a passing look, and even that only if you can find a discount.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/30/2021
Rating: Total score: 60%
MSI Pulse GL66 (Intel Core i7-11800H + RTX 3060) - disassembly and upgrade options
Source: Laptop Media English
Support, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/15/2021
MSI Pulse GL66 review – Core i7-11800H is here to stay
Source: Laptop Media English
After having our day full of tests of the MSI Pulse GL66, we can safely say, that the Core i7-11800H is one of the most exciting processors Intel has made. While it still lags behind the Ryzen 7 5800H in terms of rendering performance, the Photoshop score blew our mind. However, we have to mention one thing. MSI didn’t do a particularly good job with the cooling solution. Both the CPU and the GPU were hanging for dear life during gaming. Even though both of them were working at clocks higher than their base ones, the temperatures were too high.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/15/2021

Foreign Reviews

Review: MSI Pulse GL66 (Core i7-11800H + GeForce RTX 3060)
Source: El chapuzas Informatico Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Great display; high gaming performance; powerful hardware; comfortable keyboard. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/06/2021
MSI Pulse GL66 11UEK
Source: Noticias 3D Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Good price / performance ratio; excellent display; good cooling system. Negative: Short battery life; no Thunderbolt port.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 06/18/2021
MSI Pulse GL66 review: laptop de gaming mid-range cu ecran foarte rapid
Source: Go4it.ro →EN
Positive: High gaming performance; great display.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/22/2021
MSI Pulse GL66: performanțe de gaming și un laptop de luat la muncă
Source: Computerblog.ro →EN
Positive: Premium design; compact size; light weight; powerful hardware; good price. Negative: Short battery life; noisy under loads.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/04/2021
MSI Pulse GL66 – laptop de gaming cu RTX 3060 si i7-11800H
Source: Arena IT →EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; great dedicated graphics; excellent display; big screen; decent ergonomics; good cooling and silent system; nice speakers.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/07/2021

 

MSI ‎Pulse GL66 11UGK-001

Specifications

MSI ‎Pulse GL66 11UGK-001Notebook: MSI ‎Pulse GL66 11UGK-001
Processor: Intel Tiger Lake i7-11800H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU 8192 MB
Display: 15.60 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 2.3kg
Price: 1300 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

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Average Score: 90% - very good

Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)

 

99% MSI GL66 11UGK-001: Best RTX 3070 Gaming Laptop Or Not?
Source: PCR English
In conclusion, if you want a quality gaming laptop, which an MSI device can offer, and a fat 11th Gen Intel i7 CPU, a strong RTX 3070 instead of those weaker GPUs, this unit is a good choice. The 16GB of RAM can also deliver better performance than the basic 8GB of RAM. It is very hard to find the RTX 3070 MSI laptop these days (chips shortage everywhere), the CPU and GPU alone would cost about 800-ish. So although it is not the best in the gaming laptops category, with its smooth performance and many nice features it has, this MSI GL66 11UGK-001 is the best RTX 3070 gaming laptop in this price range.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/02/2021
Rating: Total score: 99% performance: 100% display: 96%
MSI Pulse GL66 Review
Source: Tech PowerUP English
The MSI Pulse GL66 has a decent keyboard for gaming, but it's not a top-level mechanical variant as on other models. This laptop includes a trackpad, camera, and other things a laptop should have, but that's not where the focus lies. You get an RTX GPU, dual-channel memory, and a decent screen as well. The 512 GB storage drive is small. You can't fit your whole gaming library on here, but can add another M.2 device, or could even play those games off several USB-C drives you could purchase additionally, too. That helps keep the overall price of the Pulse GL66 down so more gamers can get their hands on it. Matched with 16 GB of RAM in dual channel, the MSI Pulse GL66 is a great option for those looking for decent gaming performance and good battery life in the same unit for a reasonable price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/25/2021
81% MSI ‎Pulse GL66 11UGK-001 Review
Source: Digit week English
The MSI GL66 Pulse churns out butter-smooth 1080p gaming frame rates and looks as elegant as any gaming high-end gaming laptop should. Other positives are abundant, like a high-refresh screen, capable productivity performance and is priced well below similarly configured competitors, like the Acer Predator Helios 300 and the Blade 15 Base. That said, there are some drawbacks, especially its mostly plastic build, single-zone keyboard lighting, and general lack of special features at odds with its asking price. A small discount would take the sting out of those complaints, but you’d still have to deal with the Pulse’s scanty battery life. Overall, the MSI ‎Pulse GL66 11UGK-001 hits the mark in too many areas that make it easier for us to recommend it. Similarly, you can find many better midrange 15.6-inch gaming rigs to choose from, notably the latest refresh of the Acer Predator Helios 300 and (and for a few more money) the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro and Alienware m15 R4 (latest model).
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/08/2021
Rating: Total score: 81%

 

MSI Pulse GL66 11UEK-061XES

Specifications

MSI Pulse GL66 11UEK-061XESNotebook: MSI Pulse GL66 11UEK-061XES
Processor: Intel Tiger Lake i7-11800H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU 6144 MB
Display: 17.30 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 2.3kg
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

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Foreign Reviews

[Análisis] MSI Pulse GL66 11UEK-061XES: ¡Supera tus Límites!
Source: Mi Mundo Gadget Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Excellent display; backlit keys; decent processor; powerful dedicated graphics. Negative: No SD card reader.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/05/2021

 

MSI Pulse GL66 12UEK

Specifications

MSI Pulse GL66 12UEKNotebook: MSI Pulse GL66 12UEK
Processor: Intel Alder Lake-P i9-12900H
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU 6144 MB
Display: 15.60 inch, 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 2.301kg
Price: 1.899 euro
Links: MSI homepage
 MSI notebook section

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80.7% MSI Pulse GL66 review: Is the i9-12900H improving the RTX-3060 gaming laptop or only making it more expensive? | Notebookcheck
Last year, MSI started a new gaming series with the Pulse. But apparently, a new series even from an experienced manufacturer can still run into some early troubles and reveal the need for optimizations. Our extensive test shows what needs to improve.

 

Comment

MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.

MSI is not present in the smartphone market. As a laptop manufacturer, MSI has a medium market share and is not among the Top 10 global manufacturers. The ratings of MSI laptops are above average in the tests (as of 2016).


With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU: Mid-range gaming laptop graphics card based on the Ampere GA107 chip.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU: High-End laptop graphics card based on the Ampere GA106 chip with 3072 cores. Available in different versions with a TDP from 60 to 115 Watt.

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 GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU: High-End laptop graphics card based on the Ampere GA104 chip. Available in different versions with a TDP from 80 to 125 Watt.

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


Intel Tiger Lake:

i7-11800H: Tiger Lake (H45 series) based high end octa-core SoC for gaming laptops and workstations. The eight CPU cores run at 2.3 GHz to 4.6 GHz. The integrated UHD Graphics GPU offers 32 EUs at up to 1.45 GHz. The chip is manufactured on the second-gen 10 nm Intel SuperFin process.

Intel Alder Lake-P:

i9-12900H: On 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 1.8 to 5 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.


2.1 kg:

Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.

2.301 kg:


80.71%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

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

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Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Alder Lake-S i7-12700H
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-55-5560
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Comet Lake i5-10300H
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6-82K800ECGE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Cezanne (Zen 3, Ryzen 5000) R7 5800H
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58, R7 6800H RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Rembrandt (Zen 3+) R7 6800H
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED KD-72DE624SP
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Tiger Lake i7-11800H
MSI Katana GF66 11UE-088NEU
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Tiger Lake i7-11800H
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-57-742V
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Tiger Lake i7-11800H
MSI GP66 Leopard 10UE-499ES
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Comet Lake i7-10750H
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6H-82JU00EHMH
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Cezanne (Zen 3, Ryzen 5000) R7 5800H
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM-HN016
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Tiger Lake i5-11400H
MSI Sword 15 A11UE-214PL
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Tiger Lake i7-11800H
Acer Predator Triton 300 PT315-53-717C
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Tiger Lake i7-11800H
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R92M
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Cezanne (Zen 3, Ryzen 5000) R7 5800H
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM-HN184
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Tiger Lake i5-11400H
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-55-78WJ
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Comet Lake i7-10750H
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R19D
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Cezanne (Zen 3, Ryzen 5000) R5 5600H
Schenker XMG Core 15-E21gms
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Cezanne (Zen 3, Ryzen 5000) R7 5800H
HP Omen 15-en1274ng
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Cezanne (Zen 3, Ryzen 5000) R7 5800H

Devices with the same GPU

Asus TUF Gaming F17 FX706HM-HX116R
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Tiger Lake i7-11800H, 17.30", 2.6 kg
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603ZM, i7-12650H RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Alder Lake-P i7-12650H, 16.10", 1.9 kg
HP Victus 16-d0206nf
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Tiger Lake i5-11400H, 16.10", 2.48 kg
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-41-R2BF
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Cezanne (Zen 3, Ryzen 5000) R7 5800H, 17.30", 2.7 kg
HP Victus 16-d0655ng
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Tiger Lake i5-11400H, 16.10", 2.48 kg
Alienware m17 R5, 6900HX RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Rembrandt (Zen 3+) R9 6900HX, 17.30", 3.3 kg
Alienware x14, RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Alder Lake-S i7-12700H, 14.00", 1.793 kg
HP Victus 16-d0097nr
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Tiger Lake i7-11800H, 16.10", 2.46 kg
MSI Pulse GL76 11UEK-055XES
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Tiger Lake i7-11800H, 17.30", 2.3 kg
HP Victus 16-e0084AX
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Cezanne (Zen 3, Ryzen 5000) R7 5800H, 16.10", 2.46 kg
Acer Predator Triton 300 SE PT314-51S-75JM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, Tiger Lake i7-11375H, 14.00", 1.8 kg
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Stefan Hinum, 2021-09-10 (Update: 2021-09-10)