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Aorus 15X
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Katana 15
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Advantages of the Gigabyte Aorus 15X
  • Very good for general use
  • Very good for content creation
  • Very good overall display quality
  • Good portability
  • Good battery life
Advantages of the MSI Katana 15
  • The MSI Katana 15 has no clear advantages over the Gigabyte Aorus 15X.

Key differences

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Gaming and AI

8.5
Aorus 15X
Katana 15
8.0
9.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.7/10
2560 x 1440
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
240Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
Yes
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
Yes
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
Yes
6.5/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
7.0/10
The Gigabyte Aorus 15X and MSI Katana 15 are both very good for gaming and AI, though the Gigabyte Aorus 15X is somewhat better.

Software Development

7.9
Aorus 15X
Katana 15
7.3
9.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.0/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
2560 x 1440
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
7.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.5/10
The Gigabyte Aorus 15X and MSI Katana 15 are both good for software development, though the Gigabyte Aorus 15X is somewhat better.

Screen Quality

8.2
Aorus 15X
Katana 15
6.8
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
2560 x 1440
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
240Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
301.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
258.0 nits
The Gigabyte Aorus 15X has a better screen than the MSI Katana 15 for general use, gaming and AI, engineering and design, software development, and content creation.

Battery

8.0 Hours
Aorus 15X
Katana 15
4.0 Hours
The Gigabyte Aorus 15X has 8 hours of battery life. The MSI Katana 15 has 4 hours of battery life.

Cost

$1,850
Aorus 15X
Katana 15
$1,330
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$500

$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$2,500

$3,000

The Gigabyte Aorus 15X has a price of $1,850 and the MSI Katana 15 costs $1,330.
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Key similarities

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General Use

8.0
Aorus 15X
Katana 15
7.7
2560 x 1440
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
301.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
258.0 nits
8.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
4.0 Hours
7.5/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
7.5/10
7.0/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
6.9/10
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Gigabyte Aorus 15X to be very good for general use, while the MSI Katana 15 is good.

Engineering and Design

8.5
Aorus 15X
Katana 15
8.1
9.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.0/10
9.7/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
9.7/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
The Gigabyte Aorus 15X and MSI Katana 15 are both very good for engineering and design.

Content Creation

8.2
Aorus 15X
Katana 15
7.7
9.9/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
9.0/10
2560 x 1440
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Gigabyte Aorus 15X to be very good for content creation, while the MSI Katana 15 is good.

Portability

Good
Aorus 15X
Katana 15
Fair
15.6in
SIZE
15.6in
5.7 lbs
WEIGHT
4.9 lbs
0.7in
THICKNESS
0.9in
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Gigabyte Aorus 15X to have good portability, while the MSI Katana 15 has only fair portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Build Quality

7.4
Aorus 15X
Katana 15
7.2
The Gigabyte Aorus 15X and MSI Katana 15 both have good build quality.

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How the Gigabyte Aorus 15X and the MSI Katana 15 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Gigabyte Aorus 15XMSI Katana 15
Gigabyte Aorus 15XMSI Katana 15

GENERAL

Price
$1,850
$1,330
Release Date
May 1, 2023February 1, 2023
Overall Dimensions
14.1'' x 10.8'' x 0.78''14.1'' x 10.2'' x 0.98''
Weight
5.73 lbs4.96 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i9-13900HXIntel i7-13620H
Graphics
RTX 4070 (140 W)RTX 4070 (105 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
YesYes
RAM
16 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
55

BATTERY

Battery Life
8 Hours4 Hours
Battery Capacity
99 Wh53.5 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
15.6"15.6"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
2560 x 14401920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
240Hz144Hz
Display Brightness
301 nits258 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7.4/107.2/10
Portability Score
7/106.9/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
YesYes
Fan Noise Score
6.5/107/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGBRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
7.5/107.5/10
Speaker Quality Score
7/107.5/10
Webcam
1080p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
YesYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
23
USB-C ports
11
USB-C Charging
YesNo
Display Outputs
32
Thunderbolt Version
4N/A

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Gigabyte Aorus 15X

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Tom's Hardware

Brandon Hill | February 2023
"The Gigabyte Aorus 15X is a strong showing of Raptor Lake and RTX 4000 series. While the Aorus had trouble keeping up in older games like Grand Theft Auto V, it nudged past the competition in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. It also flexed its next-generation muscle in Far Cry 6 and Borderlands 3. While we were impressed with the overall build quality and design of the Aorus 15X, the keyboard lacked good tactile feedback. The display performed well in real-world testing despite its on-paper shortcoming with brightness, but the speakers are lackluster at best."

MSI Katana 15

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NotebookCheck

Christian Hintze | March 2023
"The MSI Katana 15 B12 combines a Gen12 CPU with an RTX 4050, which is actually not a bad idea for a budget gamer. The CPU is anything but bad and the GPU in the Katana 15 proves to be significantly more efficient than last year's models. However, our main point of criticism for budget gamers is the price: while you can get budget laptops with RTX 3060 from around US$800, you pay a whole US$1,499.99 here! The efficiency advantages of the RTX 4050 do not justify this price premium."

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About Gigabyte

Gigabyte is a Taiwanese computer hardware manufacturer. While Gigabyte mainly focuses its business on desktop hardware, Gigabyte is known for its value-oriented G series laptops, thin and light Aero series, and performance-oriented Aorus series. Gigabyte laptops offer a strong value proposition to compete with mainstream alternatives.

About MSI

MSI, also known as Micro-Star International, is a Taiwanese technology corporation. MSI is known for their wide range of gaming devices. Their series include the entry-level Cyborg/Thin and Sword/Katana series, the mid-range Bravo/Delta and Crosshair/Pulse series, and their high-end Vector, Raider, Stealth, and Titan GT series. At every performance level, MSI offers a variety of devices with varying balances between performance, battery life, weight, and price, making them a solid option to consider at every price point.

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