MSI Katana GF66 12UGS laptop review: The update to Alder Lake brings significantly more performance

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS laptop review: The update to Alder Lake brings significantly more performance

Powerful hardware at an affordable price. This is exactly what the Katana GF66 offers. After the upgrade to Alder Lake, the Katana gaming laptops are even more powerful. However, to end up at a sales price of around 2000 Euros ($2142), MSI cuts some corners in many areas. With this, the gaming laptop looks better on paper than some of our measurements reveal.

In terms of the computing performance, MSI has significantly upgraded the Katana GF66 we tested last year. The Intel Core i7-11800H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 were replaced by the more current chips, and at this point a Core i7-12700H and RTX 3070 Ti make up the computing performance. Nothing has changed in the exterior of the elegant gaming laptop, and the design by Nagano Tsuyoshi was kept without any changes.

In addition to the upgrades of the hardware, the display was also replaced by another panel. However, this appears to be more of a downgrade than upgrade, and the display evaluation of the GF66 12UGS turns out significantly worse than that of the GF66 11UG.

For a laptop with the powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, the Katana is relatively affordable at around 2000 Euros (~$2142). At that price, we also see several gaming laptops with supposedly weaker configurations among our comparison devices. However, once again we see the powerful influence of the TDP and TGP values on the computing performance. In several benchmarks, some laptops such as the Asus TUF Gaming F15 or the Lenovo Legion 5 are able to significantly surpass the current Katana GF66 and its large sibling, the GF76.

Processor

Intel Core i7-12700H 14 x 1.7 – 4.7 GHz, 100 W PL2 / Short Burst, 38 W PL1 / Sustained, Alder Lake-P

Display

15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, AU Optronics AUOAF90, IPS, glossy: no, 144 Hz

Mainboard

Intel Alder Lake-P PCH

Soundcard

Intel Alder Lake-P PCH – cAVS (Audio, Voice, Speech)

Connections

1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 HDMI

Networking

Realtek RTL8168B/8111B (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 5.1

Size

height x width x depth (in mm): 27.5 x 359 x 262 ( = 1.08 x 14.13 x 10.31 in)

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 11 Home

Additional features

Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty

Weight

2.27 kg ( = 80.07 oz / 5 pounds), Power Supply: 540 g ( = 19.05 oz / 1.19 pounds)

Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

Compared to the GF66 11UG, there are no changes in the case or connection equipment. The design is still elegant and inconspicuous, and the amount, positioning, and types of the connections also remain the same. This means that we continue to miss Thunderbolt and DisplayPort in the USB-C connection of the gaming laptop. You can find a more detailed description of the case and connection equipment in our review of the MSI Katana GF66 11UG.

There are some slight improvements in the better webcam and stability of the display hinges, which now offer more resistance than those of the predecessor, holding the display better in place.

In terms of the size and weight, the Katana GF66 12UGS places in the middle of the field of competitors. As typical for gaming laptops, the weight is more than 2 kilograms (~4.4 lb).

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398 mm / 15.7 inch 273 mm / 10.7 inch 25.2 mm / 0.992 inch 2.7 kg6 lbs363.5 mm / 14.3 inch 272.9 mm / 10.7 inch 26.8 mm / 1.055 inch 2.5 kg5.41 lbs362.5 mm / 14.3 inch 260.6 mm / 10.3 inch 25.75 mm / 1.014 inch 2.5 kg5.47 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 262 mm / 10.3 inch 27.5 mm / 1.083 inch 2.3 kg5 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 24 mm / 0.945 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs354.9 mm / 14 inch 251.9 mm / 9.92 inch 24.95 mm / 0.982 inch 2.1 kg4.58 lbs

The MSI Katana doesn’t really offer a lot in terms of connections. The USB-2.0 port on the left side clearly shows that MSI cut some corners in the connections. Other equipment it lacks is a card reader or a fully equipped USB-C port. 

The Intel AX201 module continues to offer the WLAN-ax and Bluetooth 5.2 functionalities. The high transfer rates that we measure in our test with the ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 point to powerful antennas in the gaming laptop.

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MSI Katana GF66 12UGS Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1670 (805-1720)

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1564 (790-1631)

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter (201NGW); iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1716 (1477-1748)

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1445 (1383-1538)

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1377 (581-1504)

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1569 (1338-1632)

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i 160MHz Wireless Network Adapter (201NGW); iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 GT-AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1490 (1385-1614)

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1045 (936-1115)

Even if the quality of the webcam continues to leave something to be desired, the camera of the GF66 has slightly improved compared to last year. For example, the color deviations are now slightly lower, and the contrast and sharpness have slightly improved.

5.6 ∆E

8.6 ∆E

10.6 ∆E

7.2 ∆E

10.2 ∆E

10.9 ∆E

7.1 ∆E

16.2 ∆E

9.9 ∆E

7.5 ∆E

6 ∆E

4.6 ∆E

7.8 ∆E

8.3 ∆E

8.8 ∆E

6 ∆E

10.1 ∆E

12.9 ∆E

8.6 ∆E

9.1 ∆E

9 ∆E

8.9 ∆E

7.5 ∆E

7 ∆E

ColorChecker MSI Katana GF66 12UGS: 8.69 ∆E min: 4.58 – max: 16.24 ∆E

While the MSI Katana GF66 should really be easy to open, MSI hides at least one of the screws underneath a seal sticker most of the time. Even though this seal should be easy to remove, we did not do this, since our test unit is a loaner. Underneath the base cover, the working memory, WLAN module, and M.2-NVMe SSDs can be replaced or expanded, since the gaming laptop also offers a free M.2 slot.

MSI Katana GF66 base unit

MSI offers the GF66 in Europe with a 24-month manufacturer warranty. Defective devices will be picked up and repaired at a central location, from where they are shipped back to the customer. By the way, removing the seal sticker will not impact the warranty on the device. The seal is only meant to show the customer whether the devices is in its original condition. 

The keyboard and touchpad of the gaming laptop show no changes compared to the competitor. The keys have a comfortable size, and the red background illumination of the keyboard can be adjusted without glare. Unfortunately, the size of the fairly small touchpad was not increased, but the touchpad responds to inputs flawlessly.

At this point, there are working drivers for all the function keys, so you can control the webcam, microphone, and MSI Center via key press, and the target cross overlay also works now, facilitating aiming in many games. 

The display of the GF66 12UGS is significantly worse than that of the GF66 11UG. While 144 Hz and a Full-HD resolution are adequate for a gaming laptop with the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, the rest of the values of the panel don’t support using it as a gaming monitor. At 58.3%, the sRGB color space coverage of the new AU Optronics panel is worse than that of the panel in the predecessor model; at an average of 225 cd/m², the brightness is worse; and the response times are also worse. MSI performed a clear downgrade here.

The contrast ratio of 1081:1 is good, but only the Asus TUF Gaming A15 has a lower value in our comparison field. Apart from the 144 Hz, the display of the gaming laptop offers values that are more appropriate for an office laptop. 

239

cd/m²
227

cd/m²
223

cd/m²
233

cd/m²
227

cd/m²
217

cd/m²
229

cd/m²
218

cd/m²
214

cd/m²

Distribution of brightness

AU Optronics AUOAF90

X-Rite i1Pro 2

Maximum: 239 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 225.2 cd/m² Minimum: 5 cd/m²

Brightness Distribution: 90 %

Center on Battery: 227 cd/m²

Contrast: 1081:1 (Black: 0.21 cd/m²)

ΔE Color 4.19 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4, calibrated: 3.81

ΔE Greyscale 2.7 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6

40.4% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)

58.3% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)

39.1% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)

Gamma: 2.208

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

AU Optronics AUOAF90, IPS, 1920×1080, 15.60
MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

AU Optronics B156HAN08.0, IPS, 1920×1080, 15.60
MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

AU Optronics B173HAN04.9, IPS, 1920×1080, 17.30
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

TL156VDXP0101, IPS, 1920×1080, 15.60
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

Sharp SHP1532, IPS, 1920×1080, 15.60
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Chi Mei N156KME-GNA, IPS, 2560×1440, 15.60
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

LGD06A5, IPS, 1920×1080, 15.60
Display P3 Coverage

39.1

65.4

67%

38.5

-2%

66.4

70%

95.6

145%

71.1

82%

sRGB Coverage

58.3

91.3

57%

57.8

-1%

97

66%

99.8

71%

99.1

70%

AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage

40.4

66.7

65%

39.8

-1%

68.5

70%

85.2

111%

72.3

79%

Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *

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Response Time Black / White *

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PWM Frequency

1250 {el.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’);});return false;”>?(20)

Brightness middle

227

307

35%

281

24%

353.7

56%

297

31%

332

46%

371

63%

Brightness

225

321

43%

264

17%

340

51%

268

19%

303

35%

328

46%

Brightness Distribution

90

83

-8%

88

-2%

89

-1%

84

-7%

86

-4%

85

-6%

Black Level *

0.21

0.27

-29%

0.2

5%

0.34

-62%

0.22

-5%

0.29

-38%

0.32

-52%

Contrast

1081

1137

5%

1405

30%

1040

-4%

1350

25%

1145

6%

1159

7%

Colorchecker dE 2000 *

4.19

4.67

-11%

3.69

12%

1.74

58%

1.36

68%

3.61

14%

3.25

22%

Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *

17.45

7.53

57%

8.46

52%

3.63

79%

3.82

78%

7.71

56%

6.33

64%

Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *

3.81

2.41

37%

3.61

5%

0.5

87%

0.59

85%

1.11

71%

Greyscale dE 2000 *

2.7

4.5

-67%

0.94

65%

2.1

22%

1.88

30%

5.2

-93%

4.94

-83%

Gamma

2.208 100%

2.276 97%

2.42 91%

2.3 96%

2.48 89%

2.155 102%

2.45 90%

CCT

6176 105%

6824 95%

6443 101%

6257 104%

6768 96%

6724 97%

6064 107%

Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)

63

Color Space (Percent of sRGB)

99

… smaller is better

The color space coverage and color reproduction of the MSI Katana GF66 12UGS is unconvincing. Almost all the colors are outside the range for natural color reproduction, and you can even notice color deviations with your bare eyes. Due to the low color space coverage, even a calibration with CalMan and the X-Rite i1 Colorimeter will hardly bring any improvements.

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.

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 21889 (minimum: 5 – maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

In bright sunlight, the image contents can only be read to a limited extent. To be able to read it easily, the display would have to offer a higher brightness. 

In the analysis of the viewing angles, the MSI GF66 12UGS does justice to the Wide View (IPS level) specification on the data sheet. There are only minimal deviations in the colors and contrast from all viewing angles. On the other hand, the perceived brightness drops relatively fast, but that this looks exaggerated in the camera image, though.

Viewing angles of the MSI Katana GF66

The MSI Katana GF66 12U gaming laptops are available in a wide variety of configurations. Either the Intel Core i5-12500H or the i7-12700H are available, as well as either 8 or 16 GB of DDR4-3200 working memory. MSI also offers various configurations of graphics chips starting from the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 up to the RTX 3070 Ti. In the preinstalled operating system, you also have the choice between FreeDos or Windows 11 Home. 

Our test unit offers a powerful configuration with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, Intel Core i7-12700H, and 16 GB of RAM. With this, the laptop is clearly targeted towards gaming. Thanks to the powerful graphics card, even graphically demanding games can be played at high frame rates.

MSI Center performance modes

Thanks to the smart performance control, you basically don’t really need to configure anything manually in the MSI Katana GF66. In this performance mode, the laptop automatically switches to one of the preinstalled modes between Silent and Extreme Performance. 

The PL1 performance limits are between 85 and 23 watts. In battery operation, the PL1 can also be lowered to 13 watts in the Super Battery mode. 

All the tests were performed in the Smart Auto performance mode. The long-term processor consumption lies at about 38 watts here, but the laptop is also able to increase this performance significantly during games or in other scenarios. 

The Intel Core i7-12700H belongs to the high-end CPUs from the new Alder Lake generation. The processor offers six performance and eight efficiency cores. In this way, the CPU is able to operate on 20 threads. With a TDP configurable up to 45 watts in PL1, the processor is suitable for larger laptops with a powerful cooling system. 

In our test, the Katana GF66 is able to show a significantly higher performance in some areas than its predecessor. Even in the AI performance mode, it surpasses its older sibling in most of the generic processor benchmarks. We tested the MSI Katana GF76, which is equipped with the same hardware, in the Extreme Performance mode. While that laptop shows a higher performance under longer load in this way, it performs at eye level in benchmarks with short-term loads. The comparison between the GF66 11U and GF66 12UGS is more interesting. In the fairly balanced AI mode, the Intel Core i7-12700H in the GF66 reaches about the same performance as its predecessor in the Extreme Performance mode.

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Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR Intel Core i7-12700H: Ø2360 (2296.08-2730.75)

Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit

2605 Points

Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit

207 fps

Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit

99.6 %

Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit

260 Points

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PCMark10 result in battery operation

Even though the Katana GF66 is able to offer a solid performance in the PCMark10 and CrossMark benchmarks, it is unable to surpass all the competitors. The responsibility for this should lie mainly in the relatively slow working memory and the slightly limited TDP/TGP. The measured latency of the working memory turns out extremely high at 95.7 ns.

Despite battery operation, the MSI Katana GF66 is able to reach a relatively good value in PCMark 10, as an additional benchmark test shows. At 9409 and 9168 points in the Essentials and Productivity segments respectively, the gaming laptop achieves a high number of points even in battery operation.

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


7637 Points ∼100% +2%

Average Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (6941 – 7947, n=8)





7518 Points ∼98% +1%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


7458 Points ∼98%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


7426 Points ∼97% 0%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD


7091 Points ∼93% -5%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


6941 Points ∼91% -7%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


6917 Points ∼91% -7%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1


6666 Points ∼87% -11%

Average of class Gaming

  (4077 – 8186, n=192, last 2 years)





6461 Points ∼85% -13%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


10935 Points ∼100% +6%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD


10506 Points ∼96% +1%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


10499 Points ∼96% +1%

Average Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (9892 – 10935, n=8)





10461 Points ∼96% +1%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


10351 Points ∼95%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


10198 Points ∼93% -1%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


9892 Points ∼90% -4%

Average of class Gaming

  (7148 – 11205, n=191, last 2 years)





9822 Points ∼90% -5%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1


9248 Points ∼85% -11%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


10080 Points ∼100% +2%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


9879 Points ∼98%

Average Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (9024 – 10638, n=8)





9795 Points ∼97% -1%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


9514 Points ∼94% -4%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD


9299 Points ∼92% -6%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1


9217 Points ∼91% -7%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


9070 Points ∼90% -8%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


9024 Points ∼90% -9%

Average of class Gaming

  (6161 – 10638, n=191, last 2 years)





8668 Points ∼86% -12%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


11672 Points ∼100% +6%

Average Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (10165 – 12038, n=8)





11265 Points ∼97% +2%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


11007 Points ∼94%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


10967 Points ∼94% 0%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


10165 Points ∼87% -8%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD


9907 Points ∼85% -10%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1


9431 Points ∼81% -14%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


9257 Points ∼79% -16%

Average of class Gaming

  (3670 – 13098, n=191, last 2 years)





8729 Points ∼75% -21%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


1942 Points ∼100%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


1878 Points ∼97% -3%

Average Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (974 – 2000, n=8)





1811 Points ∼93% -7%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


1788 Points ∼92% -8%

Average of class Gaming

  (974 – 2108, n=27, last 2 years)





1740 Points ∼90% -10%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


1902 Points ∼100%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


1889 Points ∼99% -1%

Average Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (907 – 1962, n=8)





1769 Points ∼93% -7%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


1748 Points ∼92% -8%

Average of class Gaming

  (907 – 2062, n=27, last 2 years)





1695 Points ∼89% -11%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


1921 Points ∼100%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


1861 Points ∼97% -3%

Average Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (1027 – 2050, n=8)





1824 Points ∼95% -5%

Average of class Gaming

  (1027 – 2165, n=27, last 2 years)





1812 Points ∼94% -6%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


1809 Points ∼94% -6%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


2137 Points ∼100%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


2060 Points ∼96% -4%

Average Intel Core i7-12700H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (1029 – 2142, n=8)





1909 Points ∼89% -11%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


1693 Points ∼79% -21%

Average of class Gaming

  (1029 – 2230, n=27, last 2 years)





1686 Points ∼79% -21%

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MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU


95.7 ns ∼100%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU


92.2 ns ∼96% +4%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

AMD Ryzen 5 5600H, Radeon RX 6600M


87.9 ns ∼92% +8%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU


79.2 ns ∼83% +17%

Average Intel Core i7-12700H

  (93.2 – 122, n=23)





63.7 (93.2min – 122max) ns ∼67% +33%

Average of class Gaming

  (97.6 – 122, n=205, last 2 years)





61.2 ns ∼64% +36%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU


0 ns ∼0% +100%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Intel Core i7-11800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU


0 ns ∼0% +100%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU


0 ns ∼0% +100%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU


0 ns ∼0% +100%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Intel Core i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU


0 ns ∼0% +100%

… smaller is better

The latencies when running time-critical procedures are relatively low, so that the Katana GF66 in the configuration of our test unit should also be suited for real-time applications. In the 4K 60Hz Youtube test video, there were no dropped frames. Driver updates and other factors may influence the values significantly here.

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


1153.5 μs ∼100% -85%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


999 μs ∼87% -60%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1


953 μs ∼83% -53%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD


833 μs ∼72% -33%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


814 μs ∼71% -30%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


624 μs ∼54%

… smaller is better

Even though the Micron 2450 NVMe SSD with 1 TB of storage used here is able to achieve one of the top places in our comparison field, it places more in the middle of the field in our table of SSDs and HDDs. While the results in the single storage benchmarks are good, they are not outstanding.

CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1:
957.6 MB/s

CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1:
934.1 MB/s

CDM 5 Write Seq:
416.3 MB/s

CDM 5/6 Read 4K:
23.69 MB/s

CDM 5/6 Write 4K:
50.55 MB/s

CDM 6 Write 4K Q8T8:
215 MB/s

CDM 6 Read 4K Q8T8:
214.2 MB/s

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR




4634 (4608.92min – 4633.62max) MB/s ∼100% +128%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK




2411 (2405.64min – 2410.89max) MB/s ∼52% +19%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N




2383 (2361.29min – 2382.94max) MB/s ∼51% +17%

Average of class Gaming

  (170 – 4931, n=189, last 2 years)





2295 MB/s ∼50% +13%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N




2170 (2142.03min – 2169.5max) MB/s ∼47% +7%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (2031 – 2305, n=2)





2168 MB/s ∼47% +7%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK




2031 (1970.48min – 2030.88max) MB/s ∼44%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD




1935 (1931.9min – 1934.83max) MB/s ∼42% -5%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1




1389 (1363.15min – 1388.73max) MB/s ∼30% -32%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1




1389 (1363.15min – 1388.73max) MB/s ∼30% -32%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR




4412 (4063.44min – 4411.99max) MB/s ∼100% +31%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK





3460 (3448.81min – 3460.09max) MB/s ∼78% +3%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (3365 – 3446, n=2)





3406 MB/s ∼77% +1%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK





3365 (3336.82min – 3365.28max) MB/s ∼76%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N




2909 (1893.94min – 2908.96max) MB/s ∼66% -14%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N




2894 (2651.7min – 2893.78max) MB/s ∼66% -14%

Average of class Gaming

  (174 – 7889, n=188, last 2 years)





2479 MB/s ∼56% -26%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1





1157 (1145.25min – 1157.21max) MB/s ∼26% -66%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD





1146 (903.24min – 1146.3max) MB/s ∼26% -66%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR





6702 (6133.86min – 6702.29max) MB/s ∼100% +99%

Average of class Gaming

  (144 – 13195, n=189, last 2 years)





3746 MB/s ∼56% +11%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK




3603 (3173.36min – 3602.62max) MB/s ∼54% +7%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N




3592 (2541.8min – 3591.64max) MB/s ∼54% +7%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N





3554 (3284.35min – 3554.02max) MB/s ∼53% +5%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (3372 – 3638, n=2)





3505 MB/s ∼52% +4%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK





3372 (3110.57min – 3372.19max) MB/s ∼50%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD




2213 (2018.77min – 2212.5max) MB/s ∼33% -34%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1




2008 (1855.77min – 2007.99max) MB/s ∼30% -40%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1




2008 (1855.77min – 2007.99max) MB/s ∼30% -40%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR





5239 (5165.29min – 5239.11max) MB/s ∼100% +55%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK





3471 (3459.05min – 3471.21max) MB/s ∼66% +2%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (3390 – 3481, n=2)





3436 MB/s ∼66% +1%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK





3390 (555.89min – 3390.05max) MB/s ∼65%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N




3004 (2592.08min – 3003.54max) MB/s ∼57% -11%

Average of class Gaming

  (86.2 – 9830, n=189, last 2 years)





2967 MB/s ∼57% -12%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N





2869 (2667.88min – 2869.19max) MB/s ∼55% -15%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1





1194 (1186.5min – 1194.12max) MB/s ∼23% -65%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1





1194 (1186.5min – 1194.12max) MB/s ∼23% -65%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD




1145 (65.64min – 1144.64max) MB/s ∼22% -66%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK





75 (74.27min – 75.04max) MB/s ∼100% +6%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK




70.9 (68.6min – 70.88max) MB/s ∼95%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (70.9 – 70.9, n=2)





70.9 MB/s ∼95% 0%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N




69.4 (68.09min – 69.4max) MB/s ∼93% -2%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N




63.4 (62.51min – 63.39max) MB/s ∼85% -11%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD




60.5 (60.38min – 60.5max) MB/s ∼81% -15%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR





55.7 (54.2min – 55.72max) MB/s ∼74% -21%

Average of class Gaming

  (0.53 – 97.4, n=189, last 2 years)





55.1 MB/s ∼73% -22%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1




29.9 (29.8min – 29.9max) MB/s ∼40% -58%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1




29.9 (29.8min – 29.9max) MB/s ∼40% -58%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK




407 (402.77min – 406.81max) MB/s ∼100% +1%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK





403 (394.55min – 403.3max) MB/s ∼99%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (386 – 403, n=2)





395 MB/s ∼97% -2%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR





239 (239.08min – 239.49max) MB/s ∼59% -41%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N




211 (210.13min – 210.73max) MB/s ∼52% -48%

Average of class Gaming

  (0.79 – 421, n=188, last 2 years)





168.6 MB/s ∼41% -58%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD




153 (151.1min – 152.72max) MB/s ∼38% -62%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N




147 (145.78min – 146.73max) MB/s ∼36% -64%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1




114 (109.08min – 113.92max) MB/s ∼28% -72%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR





3032 (3023.35min – 3032.48max) MB/s ∼100% +64%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N





2217 (2210.73min – 2217.07max) MB/s ∼73% +20%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N





2210 (1437.37min – 2210.1max) MB/s ∼73% +20%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK




1860 (1858.08min – 1859.98max) MB/s ∼61% +1%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (1849 – 1860, n=2)





1855 MB/s ∼61% 0%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK




1849 (1840.63min – 1848.6max) MB/s ∼61%

Average of class Gaming

  (1.1 – 4198, n=188, last 2 years)





1749 MB/s ∼58% -5%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD




646 (644.91min – 645.74max) MB/s ∼21% -65%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1





493 (490.65min – 493.09max) MB/s ∼16% -73%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (2571 – 3361, n=2)





2966 MB/s ∼100% +15%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK




2629 (1600.14min – 2628.61max) MB/s ∼89% +2%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK




2571 (263.99min – 2570.85max) MB/s ∼87%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N





2341 (2277.95min – 2341.13max) MB/s ∼79% -9%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N




2314 (2299.73min – 2313.93max) MB/s ∼78% -10%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR





2286 (2167.11min – 2286.44max) MB/s ∼77% -11%

Average of class Gaming

  (1.15 – 4249, n=188, last 2 years)





1744 MB/s ∼59% -32%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD





1061 (62.92min – 1061.17max) MB/s ∼36% -59%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1





891 (867.07min – 891.14max) MB/s ∼30% -65%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (7793 – 7830, n=2)





7812 Points ∼100% 0%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


7793 Points ∼100%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


7266 Points ∼93% -7%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


6117 Points ∼78% -22%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


5894 Points ∼75% -24%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


5630 Points ∼72% -28%

Average of class Gaming

  (910 – 9279, n=182, last 2 years)





5105 Points ∼65% -34%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD


2499 Points ∼32% -68%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1


1033 Points ∼13% -87%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


2885 Points ∼100% +5%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (2741 – 2766, n=2)





2754 Points ∼95% 0%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


2741 Points ∼95%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


2675 Points ∼93% -2%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


2291 Points ∼79% -16%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


2259 Points ∼78% -18%

Average of class Gaming

  (389 – 3587, n=182, last 2 years)





1909 Points ∼66% -30%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD


841 Points ∼29% -69%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1


478 Points ∼17% -83%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


3640 Points ∼100%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (3636 – 3640, n=2)





3638 Points ∼100% 0%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


2968 Points ∼82% -18%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


2660 Points ∼73% -27%

Average of class Gaming

  (335 – 4414, n=182, last 2 years)





2237 Points ∼61% -39%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


2221 Points ∼61% -39%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


1834 Points ∼50% -50%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD


1251 Points ∼34% -66%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1


387 Points ∼11% -89%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


5588.43 MB/s ∼100% +83%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


3133 MB/s ∼56% +2%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (3062 – 3199, n=2)





3130 MB/s ∼56% +2%

Average of class Gaming

  (252 – 6562, n=182, last 2 years)





3090 MB/s ∼55% +1%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


3061.5 MB/s ∼55%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


3013 MB/s ∼54% -2%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


2904 MB/s ∼52% -5%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1


1978 MB/s ∼35% -35%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD


1948 MB/s ∼35% -36%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


4179.97 MB/s ∼100% +39%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (3003 – 3173, n=2)





3088 MB/s ∼74% +3%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


3002.92 MB/s ∼72%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


2969 MB/s ∼71% -1%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


2965 MB/s ∼71% -1%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


2768 MB/s ∼66% -8%

Average of class Gaming

  (308 – 7663, n=182, last 2 years)





2406 MB/s ∼58% -20%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD


1094 MB/s ∼26% -64%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1


308.3 MB/s ∼7% -90%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (89.5 – 91.6, n=2)





90.5 MB/s ∼100% +1%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


89.53 MB/s ∼99%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


87.74 MB/s ∼97% -2%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


82.33 MB/s ∼91% -8%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


66.9 MB/s ∼74% -25%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD


60.58 MB/s ∼67% -32%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


55.2 MB/s ∼61% -38%

Average of class Gaming

  (20 – 108, n=182, last 2 years)





54.4 MB/s ∼60% -39%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1


24.04 MB/s ∼27% -73%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


351.19 MB/s ∼100% +3%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (340 – 341, n=2)





340 MB/s ∼97% 0%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


339.58 MB/s ∼97%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


203.6 MB/s ∼58% -40%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


184.8 MB/s ∼53% -46%

Average of class Gaming

  (18 – 364, n=182, last 2 years)





147.7 MB/s ∼42% -57%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD


145.7 MB/s ∼41% -57%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


129.7 MB/s ∼37% -62%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1


113.7 MB/s ∼32% -67%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (2345 – 2355, n=2)





2350 MB/s ∼100% 0%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


2345.25 MB/s ∼100%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


2296.75 MB/s ∼98% -2%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


2243.61 MB/s ∼95% -4%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


1923 MB/s ∼82% -18%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


1891 MB/s ∼80% -19%

Average of class Gaming

  (216 – 2959, n=182, last 2 years)





1546 MB/s ∼66% -34%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD


585.23 MB/s ∼25% -75%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1


256.5 MB/s ∼11% -89%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


2999.99 MB/s ∼100%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (2978 – 3000, n=2)





2989 MB/s ∼100% 0%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


2346 MB/s ∼78% -22%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


2198 MB/s ∼73% -27%

Average of class Gaming

  (191.8 – 3859, n=182, last 2 years)





1858 MB/s ∼62% -38%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


1795 MB/s ∼60% -40%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


1186.56 MB/s ∼40% -60%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD


995.52 MB/s ∼33% -67%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1


242.8 MB/s ∼8% -92%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1


0.15 ms ∼100% -114%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD


0.077 ms ∼51% -10%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


0.075 ms ∼50% -7%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


0.07 ms ∼47%

Average of class Gaming

  (0.018 – 0.23, n=175, last 2 years)





0.06487 ms ∼43% +7%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


0.052 ms ∼35% +26%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (0.027 – 0.07, n=2)





0.0485 ms ∼32% +31%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


0.03 ms ∼20% +57%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


0.023 ms ∼15% +67%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

Kingston OM8PDP3512B-AI1


0.353 ms ∼100% -96%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK


0.18 ms ∼51%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK


0.178 ms ∼50% +1%

Average Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBA1T0TFK

  (0.169 – 0.18, n=2)





0.1745 ms ∼49% +3%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


0.081 ms ∼23% +55%

Average of class Gaming

  (0.012 – 0.588, n=182, last 2 years)





0.07047 ms ∼20% +61%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD


0.039 ms ∼11% +78%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N


0.028 ms ∼8% +84%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR


0.021 ms ∼6% +88%

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034569010351380172520702415276031053450379541404485483051755520586562106555Tooltip

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR: Ø6816 (6193.51-6843.37)

As one of the most powerful laptop graphics cards, the Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 Ti is able to achieve high frame rates in many games. However, in our test unit, the performance of the graphics card is heavily limited, since the RTX 3070 Ti only runs at around 90 watts over a longer time period. This becomes particularly clear in the Time Spy benchmark, where the performance is about 600 points below the average of all devices with similar hardware. But in our comparison to the competitors from the same price segment, the MSI gaming laptop still delivers powerful results.

3DMark 11 Performance
29386 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
23467 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
10242 points

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The MSI Katana GF66 11UGS is able to bring almost all the games we tested in all the quality levels and Full-HD resolution at more than 100 FPS to the screen. This makes it a very versatile gaming laptop.

Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (139.7 – 224, n=13)





188.2 fps ∼100% +35%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




186.8 (175min) fps ∼99% +34%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H


165 fps ∼88% +18%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




162.7 (31.9min, 45.3P0.1, 89P1) fps ∼86% +16%

Average of class Gaming

  (60 – 268, n=171, last 2 years)





152.1 fps ∼81% +9%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




141 (8.84min, 64.6P0.1, 114P1) fps ∼75% +1%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H


139.7 fps ∼74%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H




122.1 (44.1min, 61P0.1, 101.2P1) fps ∼65% -13%

Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (76.8 – 114.6, n=18)





101.4 fps ∼100% +5%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




99.4 (18.6min, 23.1P0.1, 56.2P1) fps ∼98% +3%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




96.8 (78min) fps ∼95%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




91.5 (87min) fps ∼90% -5%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H


91.5 fps ∼90% -5%

Average of class Gaming

  (30 – 128, n=232, last 2 years)





84.1 fps ∼83% -13%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




81.3 (9.27min, 52.3P0.1, 66.2P1) fps ∼80% -16%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H




80.9 (70min) fps ∼80% -16%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H


78 fps ∼77% -19%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




168 (4.3min, 111.1P1) fps ∼100%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H




164 (3.97min, 111P1) fps ∼98% -2%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




162 (4.65min, 100P1) fps ∼96% -4%

Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (80 – 179, n=15)





161.2 fps ∼96% -4%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




156 (6.75min, 111.1P1) fps ∼93% -7%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




152.5 (3.87min, 90.9P1) fps ∼91% -9%

Average of class Gaming

  (10.2 – 180.8, n=137, last 2 years)





147.7 fps ∼88% -12%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H




141 (4.95min, 90.9P1) fps ∼84% -16%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




130.2 (19.1min, 83.3P1) fps ∼78% -22%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




130 (19.1min, 83.3P1) fps ∼77% -23%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




123.1 (28.8min, 76.9P1) fps ∼73% -27%

Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (44 – 123.9, n=17)





104.7 fps ∼100% +2%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




102.5 (10.1min, 66.7P1) fps ∼98%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




97.9 (4.48min, 62.5P1) fps ∼94% -4%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




97.7 (6.21min, 71.4P1) fps ∼93% -5%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




95 (14min, 62.5P1) fps ∼91% -7%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H




93.5 (9.58min, 62.5P1) fps ∼89% -9%

Average of class Gaming

  (4.18 – 126.3, n=159, last 2 years)





88 fps ∼84% -14%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H




83.1 (11.4min, 58.8P1) fps ∼79% -19%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




73.8 (17.6min, 52.6P1) fps ∼70% -28%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




73.8 (17.6min, 52.6P1) fps ∼70% -28%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




73.6 (19.5min, 52.6P1) fps ∼70% -28%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




73.4 (15.6min, 52.6P1) fps ∼70% -28%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




154 (135.2min) fps ∼100% +4%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




148.1 (130.3min) fps ∼96%

Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (75.4 – 166.3, n=18)





142.7 fps ∼93% -4%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




142.6 (126.5min) fps ∼93% -4%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




133.3 (119.3min) fps ∼87% -10%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H




133 (116.8min) fps ∼86% -10%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H




131 (115.4min) fps ∼85% -12%

Average of class Gaming

  (23.8 – 178, n=216, last 2 years)





127.7 fps ∼83% -14%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H




115 (102.5min) fps ∼75% -22%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




110.2 (97.8min) fps ∼72% -26%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




110.2 (97.8min) fps ∼72% -26%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




148 (129.6min) fps ∼100% +7%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




138.1 (121.1min) fps ∼93%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




135.8 (119.7min) fps ∼92% -2%

Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (68.7 – 158.4, n=18)





135.5 fps ∼92% -2%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




126.8 (112.5min) fps ∼86% -8%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H




122 (105.7min) fps ∼82% -12%

Average of class Gaming

  (22 – 159, n=215, last 2 years)





120.7 fps ∼82% -13%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H




110 (97.2min) fps ∼74% -20%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




104 (83.4min) fps ∼70% -25%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




104 (83.4min) fps ∼70% -25%

Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (49.5 – 115, n=18)





94.6 fps ∼100% +6%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H


91.9 fps ∼97% +3%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H


89.7 fps ∼95% 0%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H


89.5 fps ∼95%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H


88.3 fps ∼93% -1%

Average of class Gaming

  (15.4 – 131, n=156, last 2 years)





85.4 fps ∼90% -5%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H


80.1 fps ∼85% -11%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H


78.4 fps ∼83% -12%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H


78.4 fps ∼83% -12%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H


75.7 fps ∼80% -15%

Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (59.7 – 82.3, n=9)





73.4 fps ∼100% +8%

Average of class Gaming

  (10.9 – 93.3, n=60, last 2 years)





71.4 fps ∼97% +5%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H


70.1 fps ∼96% +3%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H


68.2 fps ∼93%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H


56.2 fps ∼77% -18%

Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (99 – 147, n=11)





128 fps ∼100% +3%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H


124 fps ∼97%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H


118 fps ∼92% -5%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




114 (82min) fps ∼89% -8%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H




113 (87min) fps ∼88% -9%

Average of class Gaming

  (13 – 155, n=110, last 2 years)





110.2 fps ∼86% -11%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H


104 fps ∼81% -16%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




99 (80min) fps ∼77% -20%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




93 (74min) fps ∼73% -25%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




93 (74min) fps ∼73% -25%

Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (91 – 138, n=12)





118.6 fps ∼100% +1%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H


117 fps ∼99%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




114 (86min) fps ∼96% -3%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H


112 fps ∼94% -4%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H




107 (82min) fps ∼90% -9%

Average of class Gaming

  (12 – 146, n=136, last 2 years)





102.6 fps ∼87% -12%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H


100 fps ∼84% -15%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




91 (67min) fps ∼77% -22%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




86 (64min) fps ∼73% -26%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




86 (64min) fps ∼73% -26%

Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (89 – 108, n=3)





100 fps ∼100% +12%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H


89 fps ∼89%

Average of class Gaming

  (17 – 130, n=26, last 2 years)





82.7 fps ∼83% -7%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




80.5 (59min) fps ∼81% -10%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




80.5 (59min) fps ∼81% -10%

Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (82 – 95.3, n=3)





90.8 fps ∼100% +11%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H


82 fps ∼90%

Average of class Gaming

  (17 – 114, n=24, last 2 years)





76.3 fps ∼84% -7%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




76.1 (56min) fps ∼84% -7%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




51.6 (10min) fps ∼57% -37%

Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (112 – 244, n=14)





199.5 fps ∼100% +3%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




198.2 (99min, 137.5P1) fps ∼99% +2%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




193.4 (81.6min, 142P1) fps ∼97%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




185 (121min, 137P1) fps ∼93% -4%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




183.1 (44.6min, 132.3P1) fps ∼92% -5%

Average of class Gaming

  (10.9 – 251, n=121, last 2 years)





174.5 fps ∼87% -10%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




170 (120min, 126P1) fps ∼85% -12%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




169.9 (120.1min, 125.7P1) fps ∼85% -12%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H




163 (49.1min, 121P1) fps ∼82% -16%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H




152 (103min, 116P1) fps ∼76% -21%

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




178.3 (43.7min, 126.3P1) fps ∼100% +4%

Average NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU

  (109 – 213, n=18)





177.3 fps ∼99% +4%

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




171.2 (98.2min, 131P1) fps ∼96%

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




160 (75.9min, 121P1) fps ∼90% -7%

MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H




159.5 (112.5min, 117.2P1) fps ∼89% -7%

Average of class Gaming

  (10.9 – 221, n=146, last 2 years)





154.7 fps ∼87% -10%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




151 (104min, 109P1) fps ∼85% -12%

Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

Radeon RX 6600M, R5 5600H




150.9 (104min, 108.7P1) fps ∼85% -12%

MSI Katana GF66 11UG-220

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H




143 (88.3min, 108P1) fps ∼80% -16%

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H




139 (62.6min, 109P1) fps ∼78% -19%

Even though the frame rate drops slightly after a while in the constant load test with “The Witcher 3” (FHD/Ultra), it then remains fairly constant at a relatively high 80 to 90 FPS.

0102030405060708090100Tooltip

In the AI mode, the Katana GF66 stays significantly quieter than you would expect from a gaming laptop. At a maximum of 45 dB(A), the noise level of the laptop is hardly annoying.

Noise Level

Idle

27 / 28 / 31 dB(A)

Load
44 / 45 dB(A)
 

 

30 dB

silent

40 dB(A)

audible

50 dB(A)

loud

 

min: , med: , max:    Earthworks M23R, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 26 dB(A)

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2041.743.24243.439.62539.438.541.742.137.23146.145.151.448.544.64032.731.134.434.530.85042.642.543.627.940.86331.630.936.63131.88027.22322.823.925.31002622.119.62027.61252821.421.119.928.216028.222.321.819.927.620028.122.823.923.528.925029.924.124.325.129.431529.623.222.322.629.740029.719.516.916.329.150030.820.818.218.130.263033.122.119.316.432.880031.819.71613.231.51000332015.313.232.7125034.820.214.811.834.2160035.719.51411.534.920003520.814.712.234250037.321.115.613.236.1315031.815.313.112.530.9400031.515.713.312.730.550003115.813.813.329.9630027.715.214.514.126.480002314.313.713.421.51000019.714.513.21318.71250015.714.412.912.714.91600013.113.812.412.212.7SPL45.131.228.126.744.2N4.81.51.10.94.5median 29.9median 20median 15.3median 13.3median 29.7Delta2.83.23.23.32.9hearing rangehide median Fan Noise {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_795725_0’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.pn_795725_1’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_795725_1’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.pn_795725_2’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_795725_2’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.pn_795725_3’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_795725_3’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.pn_795725_4’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_795725_4’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});” style=”text-anchor:start;font-size:0.7em” x=”55″ y=”38″>MSI Katana GF66 12UGS {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_795725_1’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});” style=”stroke:rgb(255, 46, 46);stroke-width:2″ x1=”74.2″ x2=”90.2″ y1=”40″ y2=”56″> {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_795725_2’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});” style=”stroke:rgb(255, 46, 46);stroke-width:2″ x1=”93.4″ x2=”109.4″ y1=”40″ y2=”56″> {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_795725_3’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});” style=”stroke:rgb(255, 46, 46);stroke-width:2″ x1=”112.6″ x2=”128.6″ y1=”40″ y2=”56″> {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_795725_4’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});” style=”stroke:rgb(255, 46, 46);stroke-width:2″ x1=”131.8″ x2=”147.8″ y1=”40″ y2=”56″>
MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

R7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

R5 5600H, Radeon RX 6600M
off / environment *

26

23

12%

23.2

11%

26

-0%

26

-0%

25

4%

Idle Minimum *

27

28.41

-5%

23.6

13%

26

4%

26

4%

25

7%

Idle Average *

28

28.41

-1%

23.6

16%

26

7%

29

-4%

25

11%

Idle Maximum *

31

36.71

-18%

25.4

18%

27.4

12%

33

-6%

34.5

-11%

Load Average *

44

53.04

-21%

38

14%

46.6

-6%

47

-7%

51.1

-16%

Witcher 3 ultra *

44

54.22

-23%

54.1

-23%

53

-20%

Load Maximum *

45

54.38

-21%

57.2

-27%

49.3

-10%

53

-18%

51.3

-14%

… smaller is better

At least, the WASD keys don’t reach the highest temperatures in the device during the stress test, even if the more than 50 °C (122 °F) that we measured here aren’t very inviting for long gaming sessions. On the other hand, high surface temperatures are a problem of many gaming laptops. So for the MSI Katana GF66 as well, using an external keyboard is recommended.

 54 °C

129 F
61 °C

142 F
52 °C

126 F
 
 54 °C

129 F
58 °C

136 F
43 °C

109 F
 
 41 °C

106 F
43 °C

109 F
32 °C

90 F
 
Maximum: 61 °C = 142 F

Average: 48.7 °C = 120 F
54 °C

129 F
55 °C

131 F
54 °C

129 F
47 °C

117 F
48 °C

118 F
45 °C

113 F
28 °C

82 F
34 °C

93 F
28 °C

82 F
Maximum: 55 °C = 131 F

Average: 43.7 °C = 111 F

Power Supply (max.)  50 °C = 122 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-900

(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 48.7 °C / 120 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F for the devices in the class Gaming.

(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 61 °C / 142 F, compared to the average of 40.3 °C / 105 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.

(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 55 °C / 131 F, compared to the average of 43.2 °C / 110 F

(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 33.9 °C / 93 F, compared to the device average of 33.8 °C / 93 F.

(-) Playing The Witcher 3, the average temperature for the upper side is 46.8 °C / 116 F, compared to the device average of 33.8 °C / 93 F.

(-) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 43 °C / 109.4 F.

(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-13.9 °C / -25 F).

Over a longer time period, the consumption of the CPU during the stress test is 33 watts, while in the first 10 minutes of the stress test, it is still able to use 45 watts. However, the CPU and GPU simply switch around a bit of the shared common consumption, which lies at around 120 watts. We do not notice any significant problems in the temperatures of both chips. At 90 and 95 °C respectively (194 and 203 °F), both fall into a high but still non-critical range and can be maintained stably. 

Stress test log analysis

A high maximum volume and a good general reproduction of music and voice ensure a solid sound image. We can forgive the slight weakness in the bass of the laptop. A reduction in the volume ensures a more balanced sound.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2043.439.72542.135.43148.547.94034.532.55027.943.8633131.88023.928.51002028.812519.936.716019.942.520023.547.625025.155.931522.657.440016.35950018.165.263016.469.880013.273.1100013.275.4125011.871.3160011.567.7200012.261250013.263.7315012.558.8400012.761.3500013.362.5630014.163.9800013.462.1100001362.11250012.7621600012.262.5SPL26.779.9N0.944.7median 13.3median 62.1Delta3.33.926.325.821.422.12624.925.127.622.532.523.448.72655.818.860.922.167.2267019.372.317.674.217.774.319.575.31571.711.871.311.27410.574.21072.710.17210.67210.97511.374.811.671.71269.71269.612.371.112.669.61270.111.269.824.784.70.666.6median 12median 71.73.11.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_795724_0’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.pn_795724_1’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_795724_1’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});” style=”text-anchor:start;font-size:0.7em” x=”55″ y=”38″>MSI Katana GF66 12UGS {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_795724_1’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});” style=”stroke:rgb(255, 46, 46);stroke-width:2″ x1=”74.2″ x2=”90.2″ y1=”40″ y2=”56″> {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_759213_0’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.pn_759213_1’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_759213_1’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});” style=”text-anchor:start;font-size:0.7em” x=”313.4″ y=”38″>Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});document.querySelectorAll(‘.toggle_759213_1’).forEach(element => {element.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’)});” style=”stroke:rgb(255, 46, 46);stroke-width:2″ x1=”332.6″ x2=”348.6″ y1=”40″ y2=”56″>

Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80 dB)

Bass 100 – 315 Hz

(-) | nearly no bass – on average 17.3% lower than median

(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.9% delta to prev. frequency)

Mids 400 – 2000 Hz

(±) | higher mids – on average 6.8% higher than median

(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.3% delta to prev. frequency)

Highs 2 – 16 kHz

(+) | balanced highs – only 1.1% away from median

(+) | highs are linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)

Overall 100 – 16.000 Hz

(+) | overall sound is linear (14.8% difference to median)

Compared to same class

» 34% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 60% worse

» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%

Compared to all devices tested

» 17% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 78% worse

» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook Pro 16 2021 M1 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.7 dB)

Bass 100 – 315 Hz

(+) | good bass – only 3.8% away from median

(+) | bass is linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)

Mids 400 – 2000 Hz

(+) | balanced mids – only 1.3% away from median

(+) | mids are linear (2.1% delta to prev. frequency)

Highs 2 – 16 kHz

(+) | balanced highs – only 1.9% away from median

(+) | highs are linear (2.7% delta to prev. frequency)

Overall 100 – 16.000 Hz

(+) | overall sound is linear (3.6% difference to median)

Compared to same class

» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 99% worse

» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%

Compared to all devices tested

» 0% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 100% worse

» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Included power supply

While the power supply was still sized very tightly in the predecessor, MSI has significantly increased this here and included a power supply with an appropriate performance of 240 watts. This means that the gaming laptop won’t hit the limits of the power supply even under maximum load. 

In terms of the power consumption, the laptop lies at a level that is below the average of gaming laptops.

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

R7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

R5 5600H, Radeon RX 6600M
Average of class Gaming

 
Idle Minimum *

9

14.2

-58%

6.3

30%

10.2

-13%

7

22%

10

-11%

13.5 {el.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’);});return false;”>?(2 – 64, n=186, last 2 years)

-50%

Idle Average *

13

18

-38%

9.8

25%

12.8

2%

15

-15%

13.2

-2%

18.2 {el.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’);});return false;”>?(6 – 68.2, n=186, last 2 years)

-40%

Idle Maximum *

20

22

-10%

26.5

-33%

15

25%

24

-20%

15.6

22%

26.1 {el.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’);});return false;”>?(8.7 – 76, n=185, last 2 years)

-31%

Load Average *

100

98

2%

103.8

-4%

130

-30%

124

-24%

178

-78%

109.9 {el.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’);});return false;”>?(48.4 – 198, n=187, last 2 years)

-10%

Witcher 3 ultra *

149

159

-7%

189

-27%

137

8%

195.1

-31%

181

-21%

Load Maximum *

212

219

-3%

241.9

-14%

184

13%

220

-4%

180

15%

219 {el.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’);});return false;”>?(103.1 – 512, n=187, last 2 years)

-3%

… smaller is better

0102030405060708090100110120130140150160170Tooltip

; Witcher 3 ultra: Ø148.6 (147-152)

; 1280×720 Prime95 28.10 and Furmark 1.25: Ø137.8 (108-172)

0102030405060708090100110120130140Tooltip

; Prime95 V28,10 Stress (external Monitor): Ø73.8 (67.1-98.3)

; Cinebench R15 Multi (external Monitor): Ø97.8 (68.7-132)

; 1280×720 FurMark 1.19 GPU Stress Test (external Monitor): Ø144 (142-146)

; 1920×1080 The Witcher 3 ultra (external Monitor): Ø143.1 (141-148)

On the other hand, the MSI Katana GF66 12UGS isn’t really efficient either. So it is hardly surprising that the gaming laptop only offers a short battery life. However, the battery life still remains within a range that is normal for the gaming laptop competitors.

Battery Runtime

Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)0h 00min
WiFi Websurfing2h 21min
Load (maximum brightness)1h 21min
MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, 52 Wh
MSI Katana GF76 12UGS

i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, 53.5 Wh
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX507ZM

i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, 90 Wh
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T

R7 5800H, GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, 90 Wh
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-58-72QR

i7-12700H, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, 57.5 Wh
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6A-82NW0010GE

R5 5600H, Radeon RX 6600M, 80 Wh
Average of class Gaming

 
Reader / Idle

947

1043

340

770

603 {el.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’);});return false;”>?(182 – 1399, n=126, last 2 years)

WiFi v1.3

141

222

57%

285

102%

685

386%

234

66%

552

291%

355 {el.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’);});return false;”>?(61 – 710, n=186, last 2 years)

152%

Load

81

97

20%

66

-19%

145

79%

72

-11%

118

46%

89.3 {el.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’);});return false;”>?(37 – 243, n=161, last 2 years)

10%

H.264

195

283

398 {el.classList.toggle(‘hideEl’);});return false;”>?(92 – 860, n=81, last 2 years)

Pros

+ robust case

+ discrete design

+ upgrade options

+ relatively quiet

Cons

reduced performance of GPU and CPU

few connections (no Thunderbolt)

bad display

The MSI Katana GF66 12UGS, test unit provided by MSI

MSI made improvements in many areas in the Katana GF66, showing even without top values in the configured TDP limits that gaming can also be done relatively affordable. However, the Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti and the Intel Core i7-12700H are still a bit of a sham. This is another case where we would have really liked more clear specifications on the TDP from the manufacturer. But the real problem for demanding gamers is the bad display. With its slow response times and bad color reproduction, the display isn’t really 100% suitable for gaming. 

The MSI Katana GF66 12UGS is a laptop with a balanced price-performance ratio, delivering a fairly affordable entry into the top class of mobile gaming. 

Even though the “plastic sword” is unable to shine with the best equipment, it is basically solid. Those who don’t have too high demands on a gaming laptop will find a good companion in this device. Despite the slightly limited TGP/TDP, the graphics card and processor are very powerful, allowing the Katana GF66 12UGS to fulfill its main task as a gaming laptop.

MSI Katana GF66 12UGS

05/31/2022 v7



Marc Herter

Connectivity

48 / 80 → 60%

Application Performance

94%

Gaming – Weighted Average

Editor of the original article: Marc Herter – Tech Writer – 151 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2021

From an early age I liked to thoroughly examine all kinds of devices to see how they worked, which also involved taking my own devices apart and therefore not always to the delight of my parents. Nevertheless, with my grandfather’s support, I became a computer and electronics tinkerer. With the family PC and Lego Mindstorms, my interested in software and programming took off, and I am currently an engineering program student. I enjoy building all sorts of gadgets with Arduino and 3D printers, and I still like to put electronic devices through their paces. By joining the Notebookcheck editorial team, I have been able to turn my hobby into a profession.

Translator: Mark Riege – Translator – 322 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018

Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I’ve been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I’ve been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.

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