MSI has unveiled a wide range of upcoming gaming laptops. With the Sword 15 and 17 as well as the GF76 and GF66, the Taiwanese company wants to launch powerful laptops for the gamer community on the highly competitive market. The customer acquisition should then be easily boosted by the most modern CPU and GPU technology from Intel and Nvidia, respectively. We take a look at the upcoming notebooks.
Four in one stroke
On May 11, the time had come. The Taiwanese gaming experts from MSI presented their upcoming notebooks. In view of the many new launches, it is easy to lose track. Among the products presented were, for one, the Katana series notebooks named GF76 and GF66. These come in an inconspicuous black case. The Sword series forms the contrast to this. The newcomers, called Sword 15 and 17, shine in bright white. However, the differences are not only found in the case color. The background illumination of the keyboard also comes in different colors. Further differences can be found in the features of the processor and graphics card.
Besides the presented configurations, there are supposed to be other equipment variants. MSI has announced that further variants of the Katana and Sword models will be introduced in May and June, respectively. Both the black and the white gaming notebooks will be equipped with the latest CPU technology. MSI wants to use Intel’s new Tiger Lake H chips. Nvidia is once again supposed to provide the graphics power. The GeForce RTX 3050, RTX 3050 Ti or RTX 3060 models are to be available, but the most powerful of the three GPUs will only be available in the Katana model – at least so far.
It is already clear from the advertising banner for the two new model variants that MSI is taking its cue from Japanese history here. In terms of design, the Taiwanese sought inspiration from Tsuyoshi Nagano, a world-famous Japanese illustrator. In terms of display, the two model series do not differ from each other. MSI relies on a 16:9 format and a Full HD resolution for both the 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch displays. The refresh rate is supposed to be 144 Hz. The user can choose between 8 GB or 16 GB RAM. A 512 GB or 1 TB PCIe-SSD is supposed to provide fast storage. According to MSI, the battery capacity is 53 Wh.
Prices and availability
It is still unknown how high the MSRP for the new notebooks will be in this country. MSI has only commented on the prices in the US. There, the entry-level Katana model is supposed to be priced at $999. This includes an Intel Core i7-11800H and a GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. The TOP model on the other hand is supposed to cost $1,349. However, you also get the GeForce RTX 3060 for this.