Our review of the MSI GL76 12UGK-038FR Pulse
Designer gaming laptop with warranty for 3 years with on-site pickup, theMSI GL76 12UGK-038FR Pulse runs on Windows 11 Pro with a large amount of 32 GB RAM and a powerful Alder Lake-H Intel Core i7 processor that accelerates multimedia processing. This is also the case with the advanced NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 ray tracing graphics card, which is capable of running the latest games, while the 17-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare screen improves the agility of games with its high frequency of 360Hz. . This versatile laptop is designed for gaming and creating the benefits of fast 1TB SSD storage, which enhances its responsiveness, an RGB backlit keyboard or even connection with Wi-Fi axle and USB-C (though without Thunderbolt).
MSI GL76 12UGK-038FR Pulse Functions
|Screen (s)||17.3 ” Full HD IPS LED 360Hz thin edges (1920 × 1080, anti-reflective / matte)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-12700H Alder Lake-H (14 cores, 6P 2.3 GHz, 8E 1.7 GHz)|
|Installed RAM (max.)||32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (64 GB), 2 slots (busy)|
|Graphics card||NVIDIA Ampere GeForce RTX 3070 Dedicated 8GB GDDR6 (1340MHz boost, 105W TDP with Dynamic Boost), processor-integrated Intel Iris Xe and NVIDIA Optimus|
|Storage||1 TB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4) + 1 free M.2 slot (PCIe 4.0 x4)|
|stik||2 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 2.0 + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1), HDMI (4K @ 60Hz)|
|Network||Wi-Fi 6 axis (2 × 2, Intel Wi-Fi AX201), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8111HS-CG, 1 Gbps)|
|Backlit keyboard||Yes, RGB pr. key|
|Sound system||2 speakers 2x2W|
|Operating system||Windows 11 Pro 64 bit|
|Announced autonomy / battery||6 hours / Li-Polymer 4 cells 90Wh|
|Weight / dimensions (mm)||2.8 kg / 398 x 273 x 24.2|
MSI GL66 12UGK-055FR Pulse against the competition
MSI GL76 12UGK-038FR Pulse is currently displayed as promotion at Cybertek and GrosBill. It is ranked as one of the only ones in its category to offer such a high-frequency display, such a new processor (Alder Lake) and to run under Windows 11 Pro with a 3-year on-site removal warranty.
If this MSI GL76 12UGK-038FR Pulse does not meet all of your criteria, you will find other configurations to play with a similar budget in our gaming laptop guide. For the same budget, choose the model with the most powerful graphics card, it will have the biggest impact on performance.
Chassis, connectors, monitor MSI GL76 12UGK-038FR Pulse
Cooled by Cooler Boost 5 technology using 2 fans, 6 heat pipes and air outlets, it has an original Titanium Gray gamer design with its dark chassis with angular lines and geometric patterns on the shell.
It runs on Windows 11 Pro, a more complete system than classic Windows 11 with its advanced network management and security tools such as BitLocker.
This creator-oriented gamer laptop is equipped with good connectivity consisting of Bluetooth 5.2 wireless modules and Wi-Fi 6E axis (newer and more efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect remotely, a convenient HDMI video output to easily connect it to a TV or monitor, e.g. Ethernet and audio ports, 1 USB-C or even 3 USB including 2 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 peripherals are connected to it.
However, some will no doubt regret the absence of Thunderbolt …
The Chiclet keyboard can, of course, be backlit, which is handy for better distinguishing its keys in the dark. Its design was made using SteelSeries so that it best adapts to the habits of the players.
To seduce the latter, the screen uses a refresh rate of 360Hz, which is significantly higher than the standard 60Hz, which improves the speed of games. The screen is also very suitable for viewing High Definition content such as videos because it uses a Full HD definition associated with a 16: 9 format. In addition, thanks to its IPS technology, the screen has significant viewing angles, both horizontally and vertically. As it is anti-reflective, the screen also provides better visibility in a bright environment (eg outdoors) than a glossy panel while being more relaxing to the eyes with prolonged use.
Performance, autonomy of MSI GL76 12UGK-038FR Pulse
The MSI GL76 12UGK-038FR Pulsee is for those looking for a versatile large-format laptop that performs well in games and creation.
It incorporates a large amount of RAM of 32 GB above average, which is very noticeable in multitasking and to see what comes next. It’s connected to an Intel Core i7-12700H Age Lake-H processor to provide great overall power to appeal to demanding users.
Creators in particular will especially appreciate achieving unmatched faster processing with this core than with 8/16 GB DDR4 and a classic Quad / Hexa / Octo Core processor. And so much the more so, as the 14 hybrid cores in Alder Lake-H are particularly utilized during demanding work in RAM and CPU resources by utilizing multicores, such as in video editing, 3D rendering, or photo editing.
Multimedia processing is also accelerated by the dedicated built-in GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card under software that utilizes GPU computing power, such as Adobe Premiere / Photoshop or Sony Vegas.
The advanced GeForce RTX 3070 ray tracing NVIDIA Ampere is still aimed at gamers first. Because it is capable of running the latest games that use graphics resources.
In practice, the GeForce RTX 3070 is activated automatically and in real time by NVIDIA Optimus technology depending on the tasks performed.
Optimus prefers the Intel Iris Xe solution integrated in the Alder Lake-H Core i7 as much as possible, although its benefits are much more modest because it is energy efficient, which promotes autonomy. The GeForce RTX 3070 is therefore enabled by Optimus to perform graphics processing that is too heavy for the Iris Xe. With one of these graphic solutions, it is of course possible to view photos and videos.
The storage is level, entrusted to an SSD with a large capacity of 1 TB that competes with what the vast majority of hard drives offer in this area.
In addition to a hard drive, an SSD is quieter, more energy efficient, more shock resistant and much faster.
Specifically, the SSD provides much better fluidity and responsiveness on a daily basis than a simple hard drive. Thanks to the SSD, for example, we reach faster online game cards, and we achieve much faster game / software launches, as well as processing and start / stop.
We also appreciate that scalability is required in terms of storage space because an M.2 slot is available to add an extra SSD if needed.
Finally, on the autonomy side, expect about 6 hours of battery life in light use of this versatile, creator-oriented multimedia gamer laptop that warms up and sounds when used a lot (e.g. games, treatments).
To limit the temperatures, a ventilated support can be used (remember to check the goals carefully!).