MSI Katana GF66 - Specs

HDD/SSD
up to 8000GB SSD
M.2 Slot
up to 2x M.2 PCIe x4
RAM
up to 64GB
OS
Windows 10 Home, Windows 11 Home, Windows 11 Pro, Windows 10 Pro, No OS
Dimensions
359 x 259 x 24.9 mm (14.13" x 10.20" x 0.98")
Weight
2.25 kg (5 lbs)
Body material
Plastic / Polycarbonate
Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A 2.0
  • 2x USB Type-A 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
  • HDMI
  • Ethernet LAN 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ax
  • Bluetooth 5.1
  • Audio jack 3.5mm Combo Jack
Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera HD
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Speakers Stereo Speakers by Nahimic Audio
  • Optical drive

All MSI Katana GF66 configurations

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Display Profiles

Health-Guard

The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

Now the profile has a higher color temperature which makes is suitable for working through the whole day (not only at night) and simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

Pro Tip: As the Health-Guard profile simulates paper and has as accurate as possible colors, it could be a great tool for prepress designers!

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Design and Gaming

The second profile type is Design and Gaming – it combines our previous “Web Design” and “Gaming and Movie Nights” profiles in one, so it’s aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well (or maybe you’re a designer who likes to relax with some games or movies from time to time?).

“Design and Gaming” takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Just as our previous Gaming profile, this one also regulates the first steps out of black so you can have even faster reflexes when playing in dark virtual environments…or just see everything in the darkest scenes in movies.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Office Work

The third profile is Office Work and it should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing.

Office Work aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Office Work Profile

You’ll find more information about the profiles HERE.

 

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Office Work - screen profile

Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

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Design and Gaming - screen profile

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

$4.97
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Health-Guard - screen profile

Health-Guard

Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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CPU performance

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the CPUs that come in the MSI Katana GF66 series.

Results are from the Cinebench 20 Multi-core test (the higher the score, the better)

GPU performance

Here you can find the price/performance difference between all the GPUs that come in the MSI Katana GF66 series.

 

MSI Katana GF66 in-depth review

MSI's GF series has traditionally been the manufacturer's entry-level gaming devices. Naturally, this makes it a hot property as not everybody is willing to spend a whole fortune on a laptop. However, the GF notebooks were notorious for their cooling problems, and we really hope that this year's redesign will address these issues. In addition to the mild redesign, we are happy to see that MSI has spared no effort in introducing the latest additions from Intel and NVIDIA. This includes the Ti[...]

Read the full review

Pros

  • Competitively priced
  • Two SODIMM slots, and up to two M.2 PCIe x4 slot
  • Rigid structure
  • Lacks PWM (AUO B156HAN08.4 (AUOAF90))
  • 144Hz refresh rate (AUO B156HAN08.4 (AUOAF90))

Cons

  • 53% sRGB coverage (AUO B156HAN08.4 (AUOAF90))
  • Slow pixel response times and low maximum brightness (AUO B156HAN08.4 (AUOAF90))
  • No SD card reader and Thunderbolt 4
  • Runs hot
  • Unimpressive battery life

Games you can play on this laptop series

Apex Legends
 
Bench
271
fps
207
fps
149
fps
 
-2%
242
fps
212
fps
158
fps
 
-39%
155
fps
134
fps
95
fps
 
 
-51%
137
fps
100
fps
71
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
FIFA 21
 
 
Bench
-34%
152
fps
139
fps
 
 
-34%
148
fps
141
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
ARK: Survival Evolved
155
fps
98
fps
79
fps
49
fps
-1%
141
fps
99
fps
83
fps
53
fps
-28%
128
fps
64
fps
50
fps
32
fps
-50%
95
fps
41
fps
33
fps
23
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Minecraft
 
 
Bench
-44%
1179
fps
101
fps
 
 
-80%
411
fps
54
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Red Dead Redemption 2
105
fps
76
fps
45
fps
19
fps
-1%
94
fps
74
fps
48
fps
26
fps
-38%
78
fps
50
fps
24
fps
-
-51%
64
fps
36
fps
20
fps
-
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
GTA V
178
fps
146
fps
85
fps
58
fps
 
-13%
144
fps
117
fps
79
fps
65
fps
-21%
142
fps
118
fps
67
fps
41
fps
-27%
171
fps
92
fps
49
fps
29
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
103
fps
88
fps
74
fps
48
fps
-7%
87
fps
77
fps
67
fps
59
fps
-37%
76
fps
62
fps
31
fps
28
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Cyberpunk 2077
116
fps
85
fps
70
fps
60
fps
-3%
109
fps
89
fps
67
fps
57
fps
-50%
51
fps
41
fps
39
fps
33
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
138
fps
123
fps
97
fps
 
-4%
133
fps
120
fps
90
fps
 
-49%
72
fps
63
fps
47
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
World of Tanks
 
Bench
674
fps
315
fps
166
fps
 
-25%
622
fps
160
fps
79
fps
 
-32%
366
fps
244
fps
176
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
The Witcher 3
196
fps
155
fps
136
fps
99
fps
-2%
207
fps
153
fps
129
fps
88
fps
-51%
104
fps
78
fps
65
fps
43
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
CS:GO
 
Bench
427
fps
393
fps
338
fps
 
-25%
317
fps
278
fps
270
fps
 
-28%
338
fps
281
fps
217
fps
 
-37%
278
fps
234
fps
215
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Battlefield 5
167
fps
137
fps
126
fps
116
fps
-12%
140
fps
123
fps
111
fps
107
fps
-41%
109
fps
82
fps
69
fps
63
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
PES 2021
 
 
Bench
-31%
167
fps
153
fps
 
 
-36%
182
fps
116
fps
 
 
-46%
157
fps
96
fps
 
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
PUBG
192
fps
152
fps
143
fps
126
fps
-5%
150
fps
148
fps
148
fps
138
fps
-21%
145
fps
124
fps
115
fps
98
fps
-46%
120
fps
82
fps
70
fps
61
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
DOTA 2
181
fps
151
fps
148
fps
126
fps
-8%
181
fps
147
fps
127
fps
105
fps
-16%
151
fps
125
fps
124
fps
108
fps
-27%
130
fps
112
fps
106
fps
95
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
97
fps
89
fps
80
fps
59
fps
-6%
84
fps
85
fps
77
fps
60
fps
-21%
84
fps
75
fps
63
fps
35
fps
-34%
70
fps
61
fps
51
fps
32
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
DOOM Eternal
 
Bench
204
fps
191
fps
161
fps
 
-14%
165
fps
163
fps
148
fps
 
-46%
108
fps
106
fps
86
fps
 
-49%
107
fps
99
fps
80
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Total War: THREE KINGDOMS
207
fps
121
fps
81
fps
62
fps
-7%
174
fps
115
fps
83
fps
68
fps
-46%
116
fps
67
fps
40
fps
29
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Metro Exodus
 
Bench
117
fps
64
fps
30
fps
 
-4%
99
fps
69
fps
35
fps
 
-28%
90
fps
42
fps
20
fps
 
-41%
77
fps
32
fps
15
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
League of Legends
 
Bench
499
fps
402
fps
362
fps
 
-4%
473
fps
394
fps
344
fps
 
-34%
323
fps
262
fps
248
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Borderlands 3
117
fps
102
fps
79
fps
63
fps
-9%
94
fps
88
fps
80
fps
67
fps
-23%
99
fps
80
fps
56
fps
42
fps
-39%
90
fps
62
fps
40
fps
29
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Need For Speed Heat
 
Bench
107
fps
93
fps
84
fps
 
-15%
88
fps
79
fps
73
fps
 
-31%
80
fps
62
fps
53
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
111
fps
94
fps
92
fps
66
fps
-8%
93
fps
85
fps
84
fps
71
fps
-28%
88
fps
73
fps
61
fps
39
fps
-36%
96
fps
56
fps
50
fps
32
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Overwatch
 
Bench
269
fps
227
fps
176
fps
 
-25%
186
fps
161
fps
155
fps
 
-30%
186
fps
164
fps
120
fps
 
-37%
211
fps
132
fps
81
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Rocket League
-39%
465
fps
181
fps
 
 
-44%
325
fps
267
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Team Fortress 2
 
 
Bench
174
fps
163
fps
 
 
-7%
156
fps
156
fps
 
 
-11%
156
fps
143
fps
 
 
-16%
149
fps
135
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
TC: Six Siege
317
fps
252
fps
253
fps
253
fps
-29%
204
fps
187
fps
186
fps
186
fps
-41%
170
fps
156
fps
156
fps
155
fps
-46%
202
fps
138
fps
125
fps
111
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Resident Evil 2
207
fps
181
fps
161
fps
138
fps
-8%
168
fps
157
fps
160
fps
145
fps
-51%
108
fps
90
fps
77
fps
65
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Gears 5
160
fps
122
fps
107
fps
83
fps
-28%
117
fps
91
fps
76
fps
58
fps
-29%
96
fps
84
fps
80
fps
75
fps
 
-44%
103
fps
64
fps
54
fps
41
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Warframe
 
 
Bench
-36%
231
fps
221
fps
 
 
-45%
267
fps
121
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Rise of the Tomb Raider
149
fps
125
fps
88
fps
61
fps
 
-37%
121
fps
80
fps
39
fps
26
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
FIFA 20
 
 
Bench
231
fps
167
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Halo: Reach
292
fps
253
fps
213
fps
 
-29%
201
fps
183
fps
157
fps
 
-39%
167
fps
154
fps
140
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Far Cry New Dawn
 
Bench
108
fps
93
fps
83
fps
 
-10%
95
fps
85
fps
76
fps
 
-21%
84
fps
74
fps
66
fps
 
-32%
76
fps
62
fps
56
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
PES 2020
 
 
Bench
-31%
167
fps
153
fps
 
 
 
-36%
182
fps
116
fps
 
 
 
-46%
157
fps
93
fps
 
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Hearthstone
 
Bench
544
fps
535
fps
60
fps
 
-25%
395
fps
398
fps
60
fps
 
-30%
384
fps
355
fps
60
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
TC: Wildlands
104
fps
98
fps
85
fps
55
fps
-1%
101
fps
96
fps
85
fps
57
fps
-43%
61
fps
56
fps
49
fps
30
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
DOOM
 
Bench
200
fps
200
fps
200
fps
 
200
fps
200
fps
200
fps
 
-44%
135
fps
100
fps
98
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
For Honor
 
Bench
163
fps
161
fps
138
fps
 
-2%
166
fps
159
fps
127
fps
 
-35%
111
fps
106
fps
84
fps
 
-53%
81
fps
78
fps
60
fps
 
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Darksiders Genesis
163
fps
147
fps
138
fps
114
fps
-25%
120
fps
109
fps
105
fps
90
fps
-29%
152
fps
94
fps
79
fps
73
fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

 

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