Test: MSI GF76-12UEK Katana



Technical specifications

The GF76 Katana is a 17.3-inch laptop, featuring a 1080p IPS panel with a 144 Hz refresh rate. We find the latest generation of Intel and NVIDIA components, with a Core i7-12700H and an RTX 3060 coupled with 16 GB of DDR4 and a 512 GB NVMe SSD, accompanied by a 53.5 Wh battery.


Model MSI GF76-12UEK
Processors Intel Core i7-12700H Alder Lake-H 45W
Graphics card Nvidia RTX 3060 6GB 80W (105W Dynamic Boost)
Ram memory 2×8 GB DDR4-3200 (2 slots, up to 64 GB)
Screen 1920*1080 16:9, 17,3″, 144 Hz, IPS
Storage 512 GB NVMe (2 PCIe 4.0 slots)
Connectivity x1 USB C 3.2 Gen 1, x2 USB A 3.2 Gen 1, x1 USB A 2.0, 1 RJ45, 1 HDMI, 1 3.5mm jack
Battery 53.5 Wh
Network Intel AX201, Realtek RTL811HS-CG 1Gb/s, Bluetooth 5.2
Dimension 398x273x25.2mm
Weight 2.6 Kg

We are here on a very sober black chassis, mixing plastic and aluminum as materials, looking a bit ” cheap” at first glance, but which remain solid in use and transport.

The screen has a correct quality, offering a good brightness and a 144 Hz refresh for a better fluidity in game.


The 17″3 format would have made it possible to offer a keyboard adapted to this format, which is not really the case here, with compact keys, especially for the numeric keypad which will take some getting used to. The touchpad is classic but remains, like the keyboard, undersized compared to the chassis. MSI GF76MSI GF76 On the right side, we find a 3.5 jack port with two USB 3.2 Type A and Type C accompanied by an HDMI and RJ45 port. On the left side, we have the plug for the 240W charger and the rest of the USB with two Type A 3.2 and 2.0. This is still quite light for this size, but sufficient for its primary use: gaming.

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