Inside MSI Pulse GL66 – disassembly and upgrade options
Although it has a Factory Seal, we had no problem opening the device and seeing its upgrade options. As far as we are concerned, though, we can’t say that this won’t void your warranty in the region you live in.
MSI Pulse GL66
- Intel Core i7-11800H
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (Laptop, 85W)
- 64GB RAM
- 1000GB SSD + 1000GB HDD
1. Remove the bottom plate
To get inside of this device, you need to undo 13 Phillips-head screws. After that, pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool and remove it from the chassis.
This notebook’s battery pack has a capacity of 53.5Wh.
3. Мemory and storage
Thankfully, there are two RAM SODIMM slots that fit 64GB of memory in total and work in dual-channel mode. Interestingly, this is one of the few devices that still feature a 2.5-inch SATA drive bay. Furthermore, there are two M.2 PCIe x4 slots.
4. Cooling system
Lastly, the cooling solution comprises a total of six heat pipes. Two of them are cooling the CPU, three are intended for the GPU, while one is meant for the graphics memory and voltage control.
MSI Pulse GL66 in-depth review
Today, we have a very special laptop for you. Its importance is not only related to the rebranding that's going on in MSI's corner but also because of the hardware it sports. In fact, the Pulse GL66 will be the first laptop we test, that comes with a Tiger Lake H45 processor. Ultimately, this is Intel's best shot at AMD's hegemony in the CPU world. And although the blue company was still number one in the gaming world, they are aiming to solidify their positions, and at least temporarily halt AMD's progress.Pairing their laptop with the latest from Intel and NVIDIA means that the device h[...]
- Two SODIMM slots, two M.2 PCIe x4 slot, one 2.5-inch SATA slot
- Rigid structure
- Lacks PWM (AUO B156HAN08.0 (AUO80ED))
- 93% sRGB coverage and accurate colors with our Gaming and Web design profile (AUO B156HAN08.0 (AUO80ED))
- Fast pixel response times and 144Hz refresh rate (AUO B156HAN08.0 (AUO80ED))
- No SD card reader and Thunderbolt 4
- Runs hot
- Poor battery life