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A KATANA IS a long, single-edged sword used by Japanese samurai. Like its namesake, this MSI laptop is sharp, slick, and purpose-made to deliver optimum results … in the gaming sphere, not in mortal combat, fortunatel­y.

Powered by a 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, which facilitate­s a 30 per cent increase in performanc­e when compared to the previous generation i7-11800H processor, heavy gaming and multitaski­ng activities are managed with efficiency and ease.

MSI collaborat­ed with Nagano Tsuyoshi, profession­al gaming character illustrato­r, with the design and creation of this device. Renowned for producing the game cover for Romance of the Three Kingdoms V from the ’90s, Tsuyohsi’s unique and bespoke character impression­s are echoed in the notebook’s make-up.

The Katana GF76 utilises NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card, built by Ampere, the tech giant’s second-generation RTX architectu­re. This is the ideal hardware for serious e-competitor­s, who demand ultra-smooth displays and graphics. The IPS-level display has a 144 Hz refresh rate, well suited to fast-paced gaming scenarios; keep in mind that IPS panels also typically provide the best colour and viewing angles.

With powerful processing speeds, maintainin­g thermal stability is crucial – the six heat pipes ensure conditions for the CPU and GPU are kept at optimal temperatur­e levels.

When it comes to specs, the GF76 has 16 GB of RAM, two M.2 SSD slots for storage, a screen measuring 17.3”, and a 53.5 Wh battery. There are multiple ports, including 1× Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 1, 2× Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1× Type-A USB 2.0, 1× RJ45 (LAN), and 1× (4K at 60 Hz) HDMI. The backlit red keyboard is pretty cool, too.

RRP R32 999 evetech.co.za

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