Although Nvidia has already released the first two sinfully expensive models of its RTX 4000-series of desktop graphics cards, mobile gamers have no choice but to rely on tried-and-true RTX-3000 cards like the well-known RTX 3070 Ti. Gaming laptops with such high-end GPUs usually still cost a pretty penny, but the largest retailer in the United States now has a notable deal for one of these popular machines.
More precisely, Walmart currently offers the MSI Katana GF66 configuration with the fast Intel Core i9-12900H Alder Lake processor and the aforementioned Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti with 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM and a rather conservative peak TGP of 105 watts for just US$1,249 including free shipping. The 15.6-inch gaming laptop is further equipped with a spacious 1TB SSD, 16GB of RAM and 1080p IPS display with a quick refresh rate of 144Hz. Most importantly, this deal offers a gigantic US$650 or 34 percent discount in relation to the original MSRP of US$1,899.
We throughly tested a fairly similar Core i7 configuration of the MSI Katana GF66 this summer, and we found that the notebook features a robust chassis with a more or less discrete design. We also liked the relatively quiet cooling system and the replaceable / upgradable RAM, SSD and WiFi module. The rather dim and colorless screen is undoubtedly the most glaring weakness of this computer, which is why this deal is particularly well-suited for gamers who often use an external monitor and are still in the market for an RTX 3070 Ti-powered gaming laptop.
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