MSI Cyborg 15 (A12V) review – there is so much power in its tiny 45W GPU

Right from the get-go the MSI seems to overhype their Cyborg 15 (A12V). They say it is “the most ground-breaking gaming laptop”. Why? Perhaps because of its translucent body parts that let you see almost nothing on the inside.

Or maybe because of the performance, which should not be bad, considering the fact that it features the latest tech from NVIDIA in the form of RTX 4000 GPUs. However, they are working at only 45W of TGP.

In addition, the CPUs of choice include the Core i7-12650H, and Core i7-13620H – processors that have half the E-core count of their more powerful cousins. On the other hand, this system should be significantly easier to cool down, which will result in a couple of benefits.

First – low weight. Something seen even with the specs sheet, which shows a mass of under 2 kilos. Second – less noise and heat. These two aspects will be seen in this review, and we hope that they will be an advantage of the Cyborg 15 (A12V).

With the 144Hz 1080p IPS panel and the relatively low price tag, this might really be a good purchase. Let’s find out!

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System:


Specs, Drivers, What’s in the box

MSI Cyborg 15 (A12Vx / A13Ux / A13Vx) - Specs

  • AUO B156HAN15.1 (AUOD0A2)
  • Color accuracy  4.5  3.8
  • up to 2000GB SSD
  • RAM
  • up to 64GB
  • OS
  • Windows 11 Home, Windows 11 Pro, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Home
  • Battery
  • 53.5Wh, 3-cell, 53.5Wh, 3-cell
  • Body material
  • Plastic / Polycarbonate, Aluminum
  • Dimensions
  • 359.36 x 250.34 x 21.95 - 22.9 mm (14.15" x 9.86" x 0.86")
  • Weight
  • 1.98 kg (4.4 lbs)
  • Ports and connectivity
  • 2x USB Type-A
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-C
  • 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • 2.0 (4K@60Hz)
  • Card reader
  • Ethernet LAN
  • 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi
  • 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth
  • 5.2
  • Audio jack
  • 3.5mm Combo Jack
  • Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera
  • HD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • 2x 2W Stereo Speakers, Nahimic Audio
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

All MSI Cyborg 15 (A12Vx / A13Ux / A13Vx) configurations



All drivers and utilities for this notebook can be found here:

What’s in the box?

Inside the package, there is the mandatory paperwork, a 120W charger, and a sheet of temporary tattoos.

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