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MSI launches new gaming laptops with 11th Gen Intel CPUs and beefy NVIDIA graphics

MSI Pulse GL76/GL66
MSI Pulse GL76/GL66 (Image credit: MSI)

What you need to know

  • MSI launches a batch of new gaming laptops with 11th Gen Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs.
  • The MSI GE76/GE66 headlines the show with up to an Intel Core i9 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU in a compact and thin notebook.
  • Even the company's more budget-friendly gaming notebooks received a refresh with newer internals.

MSI announced a new collection of creator and gaming notebooks with 11th Gen Intel H-series processors and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. The company promises approximately 30% improved performance over previous generation laptops, not to mention the addition of PCIe Gen 4.0, Thunderbolt 4, and Wi-Fi 6E.

MSI GE76 & GE66 Raider

MSI GE76 Raider

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CategoryMSI GE76MSI GE66
OSWindows 10Windows 10
ProcessorUp to 11th Gen Intel Core i9Up to 11th Gen Intel Core i9
RAMUp to 64GB DDR4-3200Up to 64GB DDR4-3200
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (16GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (8GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (16GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (8GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6)
Storage1x NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD
1x NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD
1x NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD
1x NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD
Display17.3-inch 4K 120Hz, 100% Adobe RGB
17.3-inch 1440p 240Hz, 100% DCI-P3
17.3-inch 1440p 165Hz, 100% DCI-P3
17.3-inch 1080p 360Hz
15.6-inch 4K, 100% Adobe RGB
15.6-inch 1440p 240Hz, 100% DCI-P3
15.6-inch 1440p 165Hz, 100% DCI-P3
15.6-inch 1080p 300Hz
Ports1x Thunderbolt 4
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
1x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
1x Mini DisplayPort
1x HDMI
1x Thunderbolt 4
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
1x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
1x Mini DisplayPort
1x HDMI
AudioDuo Wave by DynaudioDuo Wave by Dynaudio
ConnectivityKiller E3100G LAN (2.5Gb)
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675, Bluetooth 5.2
Killer E3100G LAN (2.5Gb)
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675, Bluetooth 5.2
CameraFHDFHD
Security--
Battery99.9 Whr99.9 Whr
Dimensions15.63 x 10.57 x 1.08 inches14.09 x 10.51 x 0.92 inches
Weight6.39 lbs5.25 lbs

Leading the pack are the new GE76 and GE66 Raider laptops with the Mystic Lightbar. Rocking Wi-Fi 6E and up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, you'll be sure to have a great time in-game with 11th Gen Intel processors. There's the option for 1080p displays with a refresh rate of up to 360Hz or 4K panels with a 120Hz cap. These notebooks won't have an issue running the latest PC games.

MSI GS76 & GS66 Stealth

MSI GS76 Stealth

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CategoryMSI GS76MSI GS66
OSWindows 10Windows 10
ProcessorUp to 11th Gen Intel Core i9Up to 11th Gen Intel Core i9
RAMUp to 64GB DDR4-3200Up to 64GB DDR4-3200
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (16GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (8GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 (16GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (8GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6)
Storage1x NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD
1x NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD
1x NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD
1x NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD
Display17.3-inch 4K 120Hz, 100% Adobe RGB
17.3-inch 1440p 240Hz, 100% DCI-P3
17.3-inch 1440p 165Hz, 100% DCI-P3
17.3-inch 1080p 360Hz
15.6-inch 4K, 100% Adobe RGB
15.6-inch 1440p 240Hz, 100% DCI-P3
15.6-inch 1440p 165Hz, 100% DCI-P3
15.6-inch 1080p 300Hz
Ports1x Thunderbolt 4
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
1x HDMI
1x Thunderbolt 4
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
3x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
1x HDMI
AudioStereo speakers by DynaudioDuo Wave by Dynaudio
ConnectivityKiller E3100G LAN (2.5Gb)
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675, Bluetooth 5.2
Killer E3100G LAN (2.5Gb)
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675, Bluetooth 5.2
CameraIR HDIR HD
SecurityWindows HelloWindows Hello
Battery99.9 Whr99.9 Whr
Dimensions14.53 x 10.20 x 0.71 inches14.17 x 9.65 x 0.71 inches
Weight5.40 lbs4.63 lbs

Rocking similar specifications to the MSI GE66 and GE76, including up to an Intel Core i9 processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, the GP66 and GP76 are designed for serious gaming performance. You'll find some differences here like the lack of Mini DisplayPort in favor of an additional USB-A port, but it's ridiculously thin. Not to mention the addition of a Windows Hello supporting IR webcam.

MSI GP76 & GP66 Leopard

CategoryMSI GP76MSI GP66
OSWindows 10Windows 10
ProcessorUp to 11th Gen Intel Core i7Up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7
RAMUp to 64GB DDR4-3200Up to 64GB DDR4-3200
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (8GB GDDR6)NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (8GB GDDR6)
Storage1x NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD
1x NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD
1x NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD
1x NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD
Display17.3-inch 1440p 165Hz, 100% DCI-P3
17.3-inch 1080p 240Hz
17.3-inch 1080p 144Hz
17.3-inch 1440p 165Hz, 100% DCI-P3
17.3-inch 1080p 240Hz
17.3-inch 1080p 144Hz
Ports3x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
1x Mini DisplayPort
1x HDMI
3x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
1x Mini DisplayPort
1x HDMI
AudioStereo speakersStereo speakers
Connectivity1Gb LAN
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675, Bluetooth 5.2
1Gb LAN
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675, Bluetooth 5.2
CameraHDHD
Security--
Battery4-Cell Li-Polymer4-Cell Li-Polymer
Dimensions15.63 x 10.57 x 1.08 inches14.09 x 10.51 x 0.92 inches
Weight6.39 lbs5.25 lbs

MSI's new GP76 and GP66 laptops come with up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 654GB of DDR4-3200 RAM, and NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3070 GPU. There's plenty to love about these mid-range laptops that allow for PCIe 4.0 storage, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and speedy displays with high refresh rate support.

MSI Pulse GL76 & GL66

MSI Pulse GL66

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CategoryMSI Pulse GL76MSI Pulse GL66
OSWindows 10Windows 10
ProcessorUp to 11th Gen Intel Core i7Up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7
RAMUp to 64GB DDR4-3200Up to 64GB DDR4-3200
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (4GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (4GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (4GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (4GB GDDR6)
StorageUp to 2x NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDUp to 2x NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD
Display17.3-inch 1440p 165Hz, 100% DCI-P3
17.3-inch 1080p 144Hz
17.3-inch 1440p 165Hz, 100% DCI-P3
17.3-inch 1080p 144Hz
Ports1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 1
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
1x USB-A 2.0
1x HDMI
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 1
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
1x USB-A 2.0
1x HDMI
AudioStereo speakersStereo speakers
Connectivity1Gb LAN
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675, Bluetooth 5.2
1Gb LAN
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675, Bluetooth 5.2
CameraHDHD
Security--
Battery3-Cell Li-Polymer3-Cell Li-Polymer
Dimensions15.67 x 10.76 x 0.95 inches14.13 x 10.20 x 0.94 inches
Weight5.07 lbs4.63 lbs

MSI unveiled its new GL66 and GL76 Pulse laptops. Rocking up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060, these mid-range gaming laptops are great for powering up to a 1440p IPS display with a refresh rate of 165Hz. There are a few other nice touches like a dedicated Numpad.

MSI Katana GF76 & GF66

MSI Katana GF76 & GF66

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CategoryMSI Katana GF76MSI Katana GF66
OSWindows 10Windows 10
ProcessorUp to 11th Gen Intel Core i7Up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7
RAMUp to 64GB DDR4-3200Up to 64GB DDR4-3200
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (4GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (4GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 1650 (4GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (6GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (4GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (4GB GDDR6)
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 1650 (4GB GDDR6)
StorageUp to 2x NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSDUp to 2x NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD
Display17.3-inch 1080p 144Hz17.3-inch 1080p 144Hz
Ports1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 1
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
1x USB-A 2.0
1x HDMI
1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 1
2x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1
1x USB-A 2.0
1x HDMI
AudioStereo speakersStereo speakers
Connectivity1Gb LAN
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675, Bluetooth 5.2
1Gb LAN
Killer Wi-Fi 6E AX1675, Bluetooth 5.2
CameraHDHD
Security--
Battery3-Cell Li-Polymer3-Cell Li-Polymer
Dimensions15.67 x 10.75 x 0.99 inches14.13 x 10.20 x 0.98 inches
Weight5.07 lbs4.63 lbs

Inspired by famed Japanese illustrator Tsuyoshi Nagano, the MSI Sword 17, Sword 15, GF76 Katana, and GF66 Katana are designed to inspire owners. They're fairly powerful laptops, coming with up to an Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, and dedicated Numpads, even on the smaller 15-inch models. These are great options for budget gaming laptops.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.