GF66 11UG-067CA Katana w/ Core™ i7-11800H, 16GB, 512GB NVMe SSD, 15.6in FHD 144Hz, GeForce RTX 3070, Wi-Fi 6, Win 10 Home
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Thursday, February 24, 2022
By: Thomas R.
From: Regina, SK
Good value for the price Fast response Quiet fans Keyboard is nice to use Cpu clocks up to 4.2ghz easily and holds there with cool Temps
Terrible sound quality No mux switch Gpu is throttled to 85watts. 65% of the original TDP No internal sata Second m.2 slot is under a warranty void sticker Would have preferred USB ports on the back of the system
I am very happy with the service and fast shipping time from memory express. This laptop has left me feel mixed emotions. The machine runs most things I throw at it and serves me well for school work and editing when I'm not gaming. I am learning the hard and expensive way about how difficult it is to shop for a gaming laptop in 2022. I've always built desktops and never heard of a mux switch before. This laptop does have a discrete rtx 3070, however it is wired to send all of its signals through the iGPU in the processor. This machine cannot toggle that off because it is physically incapable. There is no mux switch so there is no msi dragon center option to turn off Optimus hybrid graphics. You're left with a possible bottleneck for gaming. On top of that I discovered my laptop gpu has a tdp of 85 watts. A far cry from the 130 watts I read all about for days researching what gpu to get. This means to keep my machine within a certain power limit it slows the Gpu down which may explain why some games can run 120fps on a 4k TV and then suddenly drop to 4fps and the system is unresponsive for a few minutes. Temps are great! Often the cpu sits at a nice 45celsius on my laptop pad WHILE GAMING and the gpu can hit the 60s and 70s. Temps do not seem to be an issue at all for this beast. I'd say there is room to overclock but I haven't pursued that yet. I feel buyer's remorse not knowing that this was an 85watt model and that this does not have a mux switch which would be needed to turn off Optimus battery saver. I am often plugged in to a wall and I want the full power of the hardware unleashed. If this sounds like you then save your money and get the msi leopard or the msi stealth. The battery life is absolutely horrible if you leave intel speedstep settings on. In class taking notes my speeds were hopping from 1.6ghz to 4.2ghz constantly saying battery could last 5 hours and it died 45 minutes into my teachers lecture. This was the first day I got it and I didn't change any of the settings. Turn off speed step and take it off performance mode and this laptop can last through two classes possibly. It was a huge improvement. If your a casual gamer or editor I recommend this laptop. If you see the rtx 3070 and you think you want 200+ fps and ultra settings on games perhaps wait and buy the more expensive msi laptop. This could leave you with buyers remorse.