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MSI Katana 15 i7-13620H RTX 4050 | Gaming Laptop Review 2023

MSI laptops are well known for their design, performance, and high-quality gaming laptops. The all-new MSI Katana 15 has launched in India with the latest 13th Gen Intel processor. The base model starts at a price of Rs.1,38,990 with Intel Core i7 13620H and Nvidia RTX 4050. In this article, we will know its specification, prices, and more. So, read the article till the end.

Specification

  • Intel Core i7 13620H (10C, 16T)
  • Nvidia RTX 4050 6 GB GDDR6 (105W)
  • 16 GB DDR5 RAM (Dual Channel, 5200MHz)
  • 1 TB PCle Gen.3 SSD
  • WIFI 6E and BT Version 5.2
  • 17.3″ inch FHD 144Hz 45% NTSC

Design

The laptop looks typical of MSI’s other gaming laptops and with some minor design changes. MSI gaming laptops are classic and the reason why MSI laptops are so popular is their value for money laptops. The top lid is made up of plastic which is of very good quality. The glowing MSI logo on the top lid gives fantastic look to the laptop. You will have four air exhaust vents means full-on cooling and moderate temperature. This is a gaming laptop with an expected weight of 2.6 kg.

In addition, this laptop offers MSI Command Centre. By this, you can customize the RGB lights over the vents and also, overclock the processor, thermals, and power. Again the logo on the top lid and the power button has a gaming pattern which is super cool in a gaming laptop.

As an expensive gaming laptop, the keyboard quality is flawless. It has a full zone RGB keyboard with 1.8mm key travel. The typing experience will be good and a flawless experience in gaming. The keyboard has each key RGB lights which can be customized by MSI Command Centre. The touchpad is pretty small but most gamers use an external mouse. So, this is not a serious issue.

This laptop offers all the necessary ports :

1 x Type-C (USB3.2 Gen1 / DP), 1 x Type-C USB3.2 Gen1, 2 x Type-A USB3.2 Gen1, 1 x Type-A USB2.0

Display

The ultimate experience while gaming can be achieved by a high-quality display and refresh rate. This gaming beast can give you the best experience in gaming, content creation, video editing, and much more. It offers a 17.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) display with a 144Hz high refresh rate. This display supports Nvidia G-Sync which delivers this display the smoothest and fastest gaming experience.

No doubt this laptop can produce pretty good colors for gaming but not for color correction work. Along with 45% NTSC and 300 nits of brightness. High refresh rate gaming can be achieved by this laptop easily. The laptop is capable of 2k gaming meanwhile for higher FPS 1080P resolution will conquer the experience of gaming. At top of the laptop, a 720P camera is spotted which is a good quality camera. If you want to use the camera for streaming then you will need an external camera.

Performance / Benchmarks

Cinebench R23CPU Multi-Core
CPU Single-Core
16603
1825
Geekbench 6Single-Core
Multi-Core
2330
12540
3D MarkGraphics score
CPU score
8666
12736

No doubt this outperforms every benchmark. And why not it has Intel Core i7 13620H and Nvidia RTX 4050. You can do heavy tasks easily such as 4k editing, 3D Modeling, Game Development, etc. All these tasks can achieve by Intel hybrid processors. As we know, these processors have E-Cores and P-Cores which play a vital role in doing any heavy tasks.

The Intel Core i7 13620H comes with 10 Cores and 16 Threads. The base clock speed is 3.6 GHz and the turbo boost is up to 4.9 GHz. This processor has 24 MB of cache memory which makes this processor more efficient.

Coming to the battery, this gaming laptop comes with a 53.5 Watt/Hr battery. The average battery backup is at around 1-2 hours and obviously, it can be increased depending on your workload.

Gaming Test

Games (1080P Highest Settings)Average FPS
GTA 5130
Warzone 2.0 (DLSS-Balance)110
RDR 2 (DLSS-Balance)80
Valorant350-400
Spiderman Miles Morales100
Far Cry 6110
Forza Horizon 590

Conclusion

This gaming beast comes with immersive specifications and there is no reason why not to recommend this laptop. But, the only reason is that MSI service in India. On the other hand, the experience it gave is just mindblowing. It actually stands for proper gaming there is no such cheap or budget design and quality laptop. This can be a mainstream gaming machine. If you have a tight budget and want a value-for-money laptop then wait till other brands launch their latest laptops.

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