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MSI Katana GF66 Laptop: i5-11400H, 15.6" 144Hz, 512GB SSD, RTX 3050 + Backpack EXPIRED

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Adorama has MSI Katana GF66 15.6" Gaming Laptop (GF66 11UC-453) + MSI Urban Raider Gaming Backpack for Up to 17" Laptops + Free Backpack for $799 - $100 Mail-in Rebate = $699. Shipping is free.
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  • 15.6" 1920x1080 Full HD IPS 144Hz Display
  • Intel Core i5-11400H 2.7 - 4.5GHz Processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU Graphics
  • 8GB (8GBx1) DDR4 3200MHz
  • 512GB NVMe Solid State Drive
  • Windows 10 Home (Free Upgrade to Windows 11)
  • 2x2 Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 + Bluetooth 5.1
  • 720p Webcam
  • Ports:
    • 1x USB 2.0 (Type-A)
    • 2x USB 3.2 (Gen 1 Type-A)
    • 1x USB 3.2 (Gen 1 Type-C)
    • 1x HDMI
    • 1x LAN RJ-45

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Ryzen chips are fine (sometimes better), but they're not all equal. I use https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php to tell me about processors. I'm useless without it and can't even remember the ones I searched yesterday (currently looking for two entry-level gaming rigs for the kids, so am relying on cpubenchmark a lot). You get a CPU mark (higher number is better) and a rank (lower number is better, obv). There are significant differences out there.

This one (the MSI Katana) has an i5-11400H, which has a CPU mark of 15,926 and a rank of 333. The Acer Nitro you linked above has an i5-10300H, which has a CPU mark of 8,762 and a rank of 641. I usually don't worry about a difference off 10% or so, but if I saw nearly doubling of CPU marks/halving of ranks, that is something I'd pay attention to.

But it's not all CPUs, as you probably know. A better CPU at the same price as another system with a lower ranked CPU probably means you've given up RAM, storage, or graphics power. This MSI has dedicated graphics, so it will handle graphics better than a laptop that has integrated graphics, like the HP you linked (integrated graphics share memory with the system as a whole, while dedicated graphics have their own memory, making them better able to handle graphic intensive things like gaming, photo and movie editing). For me, the comparisons between the HP and this MSI are:

Price: MSI is almost 2x HP price
Screen Size: Both 15.6"
CPU: Rank is close (I had this wrong when I first posted and edited it to correct it)
Graphics: MSI is dedicated graphics, HP is integrated
RAM: The same in both
Storage: MSI has a 512 GB drive, HP has a 256 GB drive

Some people get caught up in screen tech (IPS, OLED, etc.), but I don't know enough about those to include them in my calculations.

Good luck with your search!
Because people fill them out wrong or forget, and then complain. I have had 100% success rate with MIR's from various retailers and manufacturers.
No mail in rebates no thx

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Curious what folks think...
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oh ram is upgradeable which is something to consider
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The rebate link seems broken.
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No mail in rebates no thx
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Do people always get jacked on MIR - or, is it just a pain in the ass and you'd rather avoid?

I see some companies have moved to giving it on debit cards which adds another layer where they get a chance to keep their money.
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Do people always get jacked on MIR - or, is it just a pain in the ass and you'd rather avoid?

I see some companies have moved to giving it on debit cards which adds another layer where they get a chance to keep their money.
Because people fill them out wrong or forget, and then complain. I have had 100% success rate with MIR's from various retailers and manufacturers.
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Isn't this deal better than this other laptop that's getting more hype, or am I missing something?

https://slickdeals.net/f/15446962-684-99-acer-nitro-5-an515-55-53e5-gaming-laptop-i5-10300h-nvidia-geforce-rtx-3050-15-6-fhd-144hz-ips-display-8gb-ddr4-256gb-nvme-ssd?page=2#commentsBox

imo better, yes, and double the ssd
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imo better, yes, and double the ssd
Gotcha, thanks for the reply.
One last question for you, what's the difference between this laptop and this HP deal?

https://slickdeals.net/f/15445516-hp-15-6-laptop-ryzen-5-5500u-8gb-ram-256-gb-m-2-ssd-1080p-ips-15z-ef2000-364-99-or-394-99-with-touchscreen?page=5#commentsBox

I'm ignorant when it comes to the ryzen chips in laptops. But it seems to have the same processing power (6 cores 12 threads). Is the main difference in the $300 price difference the GPU? And maybe the display? I can't find any info on if the HP display is 60 hz or 144 hz.
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Gotcha, thanks for the reply.
One last question for you, what's the difference between this laptop and this HP deal?

https://slickdeals.net/f/15445516-hp-15-6-laptop-ryzen-5-5500u-8gb-ram-256-gb-m-2-ssd-1080p-ips-15z-...

I'm ignorant when it comes to the ryzen chips in laptops. But it seems to have the same processing power (6 cores 12 threads). Is the main difference in the $300 price difference the GPU? And maybe the display? I can't find any info on if the HP display is 60 hz or 144 hz.
Ryzen chips are fine (sometimes better), but they're not all equal. I use https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php to tell me about processors. I'm useless without it and can't even remember the ones I searched yesterday (currently looking for two entry-level gaming rigs for the kids, so am relying on cpubenchmark a lot). You get a CPU mark (higher number is better) and a rank (lower number is better, obv). There are significant differences out there.

This one (the MSI Katana) has an i5-11400H, which has a CPU mark of 15,926 and a rank of 333. The Acer Nitro you linked above has an i5-10300H, which has a CPU mark of 8,762 and a rank of 641. I usually don't worry about a difference off 10% or so, but if I saw nearly doubling of CPU marks/halving of ranks, that is something I'd pay attention to.

But it's not all CPUs, as you probably know. A better CPU at the same price as another system with a lower ranked CPU probably means you've given up RAM, storage, or graphics power. This MSI has dedicated graphics, so it will handle graphics better than a laptop that has integrated graphics, like the HP you linked (integrated graphics share memory with the system as a whole, while dedicated graphics have their own memory, making them better able to handle graphic intensive things like gaming, photo and movie editing). For me, the comparisons between the HP and this MSI are:
  • Price: MSI is almost 2x HP price
  • Screen Size: Both 15.6"
  • CPU: Rank is close [MSI is 15925 and HP is 13,235] (I had this wrong when I first posted and edited it to correct it)
  • Graphics: MSI is dedicated graphics, HP is integrated
  • RAM: The same in both
  • Storage: MSI has a 512 GB drive, HP has a 256 GB drive
Some people get caught up in screen tech (IPS, OLED, etc.), but I don't know enough about those to include them in my calculations.

Good luck with your search!
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The new Katana GF66 is built with the same exquisite craftsmanship used to forge a blade. Run at optimal performance and shine on the battlefield.

In ancient times, there existed a legendary sword that was imbued with the dragon's soul. The "Dragon Blade" was forged by the Dragon Tribe and no weapon stands parallel to it power. Every swing strikes a gust of wind like a hurricane and every blow would ignite the sky in a fiery tempest. Now, pick up the Dragon Blade bestowed with the powers of the dragon, and battle on to new heights.
What the ever-loving f*ck .. Big Grin But, great deal if you don't mind the MIR. Significantly better than the Acer Nitro 5 deal because it has twice the SSD space and the CPU is much better. This one is a little less expandable as it only has 1 m.2 SSD slot where the Acer has an extra 2.5" bay.
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