Inside MSI Pulse GL76 (12Ux) – disassembly and upgrade options
Gaming devices are now almost entirely relying on M.2 storage. This is the case for the Pulse G76 (12Ux) as well. Although you won’t be able to use your old HDD game library, the good thing is that you are basically guaranteed to have a fast device.
MSI Pulse GL76
- Intel Core i7-12700H
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (Laptop, 105W)
- 16GB RAM
- 512GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
To access this notebook’s internals, you need to undo 13 Phillips-head screws. After that, carefully pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool, and lift it away from the chassis.
Here, the 53.5Wh battery pack lasts for 5 hours and 30 minutes of either Web browsing, or video playback. It is pretty easy to take it out, as you will just need to undo three Phillips-head screws and unplug the connector from the motherboard.
3. Memory and storage
Memory-wise, you get two SODIMM slots, which fit up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM in total. For storage, you get two M.2 PCIe x4 slots, which are Gen 4 compatible.
4. Cooling system
This notebook’s processor is cooled by two heat pipes. Three more are allocated to the GPU, with an additional heat pipe dedicated to the graphics memory and the VRMs. Two fans then blow the heat away from the device.
MSI Pulse GL76 (12Ux) in-depth review
Last year, the Pulse GL76 from MSI was one of the first laptops to come with Intel's 11th Gen processors. They were a part of the company's huge renaming scheme, which included the addition of the Katana, Sword, Crosshair, Delta, Vector, and many more names. Now, the device gets the sweet Alder Lake treatment, which will push it even further. Interestingly, even though we weren't satisfied with the cooling solution on last year's model, MSI decided to give it quite a significant bump in TGP - now up to 105W (20W more than last year). We really hope that the brand has something up its sleev[...]
- Two SODIMM slots, two M.2 PCIe x4 slots with Gen 4 support
- Rigid structure
- 144Hz and 360Hz display options
- Alder Lake and bumped TGP of all graphics options
- Improved cooling
- No SD card reader and Thunderbolt 4
- Warm externals
- Short battery life (for configurations with 53.5Wh battery)