MSI GL66 Pulse

MSI GL66 Pulse
  • Launched: May 2021
  • Screen-to-body ratio: ~72.2%
  • Dimensions: 359 x 259 x 23.95 mm (14.13 x 10.2 x 0.94 inches)
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Review

Evaluation of the main characteristics with the configuration selected for the GL66 Pulse.
Performance
69
Gaming
62
Display
35
Battery Life
54
Connectivity
69
Case
63
NanoReview Score
55
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Tests and Specifications

Detailed tests and technical specifications of the MSI GL66 Pulse

Case

Weight 2.25 kg (4.96 lbs)
Dimensions 359 x 259 x 23.95 mm
14.13 x 10.2 x 0.94 inches
Area 930 cm2 (144.1 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~72.2%
Side bezels 6.8 mm
Colors Gray
Transformer No
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active
Vapor chamber No
Number of fans 2

Display

Size 15.6 inches
Type IPS LCD
Refresh rate 60 Hz
PPI 141 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
HDR support No
Touchscreen No
Coating Matte

Battery

Capacity
Voltage 11.4 V
Battery type Li-Po
Replaceable No
Fast charging Yes
USB Power Delivery No
Charging port position Left
Charge power 150 / 180 W

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 2.2-2.7 GHz
Turbo frequency 4.5 GHz
Cores 6
Threads 12
L3 Cache 12 MB
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics for 11th Gen (16 EU)
Fabrication process 10 nm

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
1500
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
6668
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
1813
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
9721

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 60 W
Nvidia Optimus Yes
Type Dedicated
Fabrication process 8 nm
GPU base clock 1237 MHz
GPU boost clock 1500 MHz
FLOPS 6.14 TFLOPS
Memory size 4 GB
Memory type GDDR6
Memory bus 128 bit
Memory speed 12 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 2048
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 64
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 40
GPU performance
6.14 TFLOPS

RAM

RAM size
Channels 1x8 GB
Clock 3200 MHz
Type DDR4
Upgradable Yes
Total slots 2
Max. ram size 64 GB

Storage

Storage size
Bus PCI-E Gen 3.0 (4x)
Storage type SSD (M2)
Channels 1x512 GB
Upgradable Yes
Total slots 2
NVMe Yes

Sound

Speakers 2.0
Power 2x2W
Dolby Atmos No
Microphones 2

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard v6
Bluetooth v5.2
Fingerprint No
Optical drive No
Webcam Above the display
Webcam resolution 1280 x 720
Ports
USB-A 3x USB 3.2
USB Type-C 1x USB 3.2
Thunderbolt No
HDMI 1x HDMI 2.0
DisplayPort No
VGA No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) Yes
SD card reader No
Proprietary charging port Yes

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Island
Numpad Yes
Backlight Yes
Touchpad
Surface Plastic
Windows Precision Yes

Comments

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Gyandeep 25 July 2021 23:45
I own this laptop and have been using it for 2 weeks. As a user, I feel that the price which I bought is an amazing one at 1.24lakh with I7 11th gen, 16GB 3200mhz ram, 1TB M.2 SSD, with MSI RTX3060 6GB-GDDR6 (85TGP) is the best I must say. It'll keep the Laptop Neck to Neck and Helios 300 2021 laptop users will run for their money cause of 10th gen processors. Trust me, the cooling from the fans is like OMG! I underestimated MSI, I stream on youtube live for more than 10+ hours daily. This device never lagged, connected to a 4k sony 65" Led as a secondary display. Watching content is like a boon for me. I own Alienware Area m1, this feels more smoothly, jumping from 60hz to 120hz was Omg! But This panel is so good with an IPS LCD matte finish, with great viewing angles, this is like getting a gamer back to life. Having said that, gaming performance is Top notch and shows the RTX 2070 its place, beats the 3050ti 8GB variant as a Hero outperforming every spec. Buy this variant for pure underline performance but not for its battery life. With a 52.9watt hr battery, I watched a movie which was around 2hrs, and from 92% - 16% was very difficult for me to accept, waiting for replacing to a higher 3rd party battery support. The keyboard is really amazing, as I just typed this whole review for this variant with the amazing keyboard. The RGB lighting in the keyboard does not support per key color change which I felt cheap because usually this laptop is priced around 1.42 on amazon and 1.35 on Flipkart (period). WebCam is 720p which can be understood for calling it good but content creation is No way! Verdict: Crazy performance, but stolen battery life. Amazing gaming, but 85TGP is really the smallest enemy!
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