MSI Katana GF66 Review: Razor sharp portable gaming tool

MSI Katana GF66 Review
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One of the newest Intel processors is the basis for the MSI Katana GF66 11UG 254ES , a high-end notebook focused on extreme performance in video games . Member of the brand family Katana of MSI , of which we already know the model  MSI Katana GF66 11UD-230XES , is one of those devices that have everything to make a difference against the toughest opponents. And this computer is the option for those looking for the ultimate weapon on the virtual battlefield. Read on to discover all the qualities of the MSI GF66 11UG 254ES .

Design and Build the MSI Katana GF66 11UG 254ES Notebook

With the new range of Katana laptops , the Asian manufacturer MSI has answers tailored to each player. The reference GF66 11UG 254ES is one of its models, and boasts the 11th generation of Intel CPUs . Although this is not the only key to a product that promises to satisfy the most demanding of gamers .

The warrior spirit of the samurai

The MSI 11UG 254ES is imbued with the power and mystique of the famed fighters of ancient Japan. It is a device with a robust body, with a classic black finish , where the sharp cuts of its profile simulate the cuts of the epic sword wielded by samurai.

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Warrior Soul Device

It is a forceful team, but not enough to weigh down your transport. With a weight of 2.1 kg it is feasible to take it anywhere where a challenge awaits us. Plus, it’s sized to fit seamlessly into a backpack for convenient portability on every trip. This reference from the Katana range has dimensions of 35.9 x 25.9 x 2.49 cm .

Screen swift like the swords of legend

The attractions of this model are many, but one of the advantages that the team has is one of the most appreciated by gamers : 144 Hz refresh rate on the display . At this speed, no detail escapes the player’s sight, seeing each image clearly no matter how fast-paced the action. The screen of this equipment captures the graphics in Full HD in the 15.6 inches  of its diagonal.

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Bright screen like a samurai’s weapon

Red dragon keyboard

Like any gaming device worth its salt, it has a touch of lighting to add personality. Being MSI specializes in this type of brand products includes an exclusive red backlighting system that will delight fans. The great character this adds to the ergonomic keyboard with 1.7mm of key travel is unquestionable. In addition, it makes it possible to use the computer without depending on the ambient lighting conditions.

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Dragon red lighting

Technical details of the MSI Katana GF66 11UG 254ES

We already said that the MSI Katana GF66 11UG 254ES assembles an Intel processor of the 11th generation . It is one of the most powerful of the series: Intel® Core ™ i7-11800H . It has  8 cores that reach frequencies of up to 4.6 GHz thanks to Intel® Turbo Boost technology. And pay attention, because the processor has 24 MB of cache . The manufacturer adds a brutal high-end GPU , the NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 3070 with 8 GB of dedicated GDDR6 memory . To this is added the 16 GB of DDR4 3200 MHz memoryarranged in the system. Definitely a sensational setup, promising unmatched performance.

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The secret of its performance awaits hidden within its black chassis

This hardware , which in itself is wonderful, further improved thanks to the unit SSD PCIe NVMe with 1TB of capacity. A first-class storage where the Windows 10 operating system is hosted as standard .


From everything seen so far about the laptop, it is unthinkable that the product designer is going to disappoint in any element that is part of its configuration. That is why it is not surprising to find the most modern connection and communication options . It is the way to guarantee a perfect user experience. And thanks to them, the Katana series equipment increases its functionality.

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Next-generation connectivity

It stands out, above all the connectivity technologies included, the Wi-Fi 6 . As a new wireless communication standard, it provides smooth, stable, and high-speed transmission capacity; regardless of the number of devices connected to the network. Nor should we forget to mention the latest generation USB 3.2 connectors ; or the HDMI 4K output with which to reproduce the spectacular images generated by this computer on a large screen.


Last but not least, we know the battery that gives autonomous life to the equipment. Here the manufacturer uses one of his regular batteries 3 – cell and 53.5 Whr , which we fear will give us little game when unleashing the graphics power of the laptop. Therefore, it is better to always have the 150 W charger included with the product at hand.


The MSI Katana GF66  is an excellent device for advanced gamers who are content with only the best. This product is capable of meeting the performance expectations expected at pro levels of competition. That, logically, entails a high cost of the product, since there are many high-end components that the laptop has.