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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Gigabyte Aorus 7 offers a larger screen and higher refresh rates, which could be better for immersive gaming and multitasking. It also has a significant advantage in battery life but tends to be less portable due to its size and weight. On the other hand, the MSI Pulse GL66, while slightly more expensive and with a smaller battery, comes with a more powerful main processor, which may offer better performance for demanding applications and tasks. If portability and processor performance are priorities, the MSI Pulse GL66 could be more suitable, whereas for more screen space, better battery life, and potentially better value, the Gigabyte Aorus 7 may be the better option. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Gigabyte Aorus 7
  • Very good for engineering and design
  • Very good overall display quality
  • Good battery life
Advantages of the MSI Pulse GL66
  • Good portability
  • Very good speakers

Key differences

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Gaming and AI

7.8
Aorus 7
Pulse GL66
7.3
9.1/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
7.6/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
360Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
Yes
SUPPORTS DLSS
Yes
No
MUX SWITCH / ADVANCED OPTIMUS
No
6.5/10
FAN NOISE SCORE
6.5/10
The Gigabyte Aorus 7 and MSI Pulse GL66 are both good for gaming and AI, though the Gigabyte Aorus 7 is somewhat better.

Screen Quality

8.3
Aorus 7
Pulse GL66
6.8
17.3in
SIZE
15.6in
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
360Hz
REFRESH RATE
144Hz
351.0 nits
BRIGHTNESS
245.0 nits
The Gigabyte Aorus 7 has a better screen than the MSI Pulse GL66 for general use, gaming and AI, engineering and design, software development, and content creation.

Battery

6.0 Hours
Aorus 7
Pulse GL66
4.0 Hours
The Gigabyte Aorus 7 has 6 hours of battery life. The MSI Pulse GL66 has 4 hours of battery life.

Portability

Fair
Aorus 7
Pulse GL66
Good
17.3in
SIZE
15.6in
5.9 lbs
WEIGHT
4.6 lbs
1.0in
THICKNESS
0.9in
The MSI Pulse GL66 has good portability, while the Gigabyte Aorus 7 has only fair portability.
The most portable laptops are small, thin, and light.

Cost

$1,049
Aorus 7
Pulse GL66
$1,149
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The Gigabyte Aorus 7 has a price of $1,049 and the MSI Pulse GL66 costs $1,149.
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Key similarities

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General Use

7.6
Aorus 7
Pulse GL66
7.3
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
351.0 nits
DISPLAY BRIGHTNESS
245.0 nits
6.0 Hours
BATTERY LIFE
4.0 Hours
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.0/10
6.2/10
PORTABILITY SCORE
7.0/10
The Gigabyte Aorus 7 and MSI Pulse GL66 are both good for general use.

Engineering and Design

8.1
Aorus 7
Pulse GL66
7.7
8.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.4/10
9.1/10
OVERALL GPU SCORE
7.6/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Gigabyte Aorus 7 to be very good for engineering and design, while the MSI Pulse GL66 is good.

Content Creation

7.7
Aorus 7
Pulse GL66
7.2
8.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.4/10
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
IPS
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS
The Gigabyte Aorus 7 and MSI Pulse GL66 are both good for content creation.

Software Development

7.4
Aorus 7
Pulse GL66
7.0
8.6/10
OVERALL CPU SCORE
7.4/10
16.0 GB
RAM
16.0 GB
1920 x 1080
RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080
8.0/10
KEYBOARD QUALITY SCORE
8.0/10
The Gigabyte Aorus 7 and MSI Pulse GL66 are both good for software development.

Build Quality

7.4
Aorus 7
Pulse GL66
7.4
The Gigabyte Aorus 7 and MSI Pulse GL66 both have good build quality.

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How the Gigabyte Aorus 7 and the MSI Pulse GL66 compare to other laptops

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Spec Comparison

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Gigabyte Aorus 7MSI Pulse GL66
Gigabyte Aorus 7MSI Pulse GL66

GENERAL

Price
$1,049
$1,149
Release Date
March 1, 2023March 1, 2021
Overall Dimensions
15.7'' x 10'' x 1.02''14.1'' x 10.2'' x 0.94''
Weight
5.95 lbs4.63 lbs

INTERNAL

Processor
Intel i5-12500HIntel i7-11800H
Graphics
RTX 4060 (105 W)RTX 3070 (85 W)
Mux Switch / Advanced Optimus
NoNo
RAM
16 GB16 GB
DDR Memory Version
44

BATTERY

Battery Life
6 Hours4 Hours
Battery Capacity
99 Wh53 Wh

SCREEN

Diagonal Size
17.3"15.6"
Display Technology
IPSIPS
Resolution
1920 x 10801920 x 1080
Refresh Rate
360Hz144Hz
Display Brightness
351 nits245 nits

RELIABILITY, APPEARANCE & ACOUSTICS

Build Quality Score
7.4/107.4/10
Portability Score
6.2/107.1/10
Gaming Laptop Appearance
YesYes
Fan Noise Score
6.5/106.5/10
Keyboard Lighting Color
RGBRGB
Warranty Period
1 year1 year

HARDWARE FEATURES

Keyboard Quality Score
8/108/10
Speaker Quality Score
7.5/108/10
Webcam
720p720p
Fingerprint Reader
NoNo
Backlit Keyboard
YesYes
Number Pad
YesYes

CONNECTIVITY

USB Type-A
23
USB-C ports
11
USB-C Charging
NoNo
Display Outputs
21
Thunderbolt Ports
00

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Gigabyte Aorus 7

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Matt Hanson | July 2020
"The Gigabyte Aorus 7 is a gaming laptop that is pitched at perhaps the hardest market to get right: the mid-range. So, unlike high-end gaming laptops that can throw the latest and greatest components together in a bid to attract gamers with plenty of money to spend, or budget gaming laptops that can make wise cuts that are justified as long as the price is low enough, mid-rangers like the Gigabyte Aorus 7 have to balance the two."

MSI Pulse GL66

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Christian Hintze | April 2022
"The MSI Pulse GL66 has a lot of potential for improvement. Although the RTX 3060 is only able to use 105 watts, we still liked the gaming performance, particularly since this also makes the Pulse comfortably efficient but not slow by any means. Neither the dark display with its lame response times, nor USB 2.0 or the lack of Thunderbolt will please real gamers. The use of a sticker factory seal, which is at least questionable, also won't inspire any enthusiasm. It is obvious that the laptop is really designed for price-conscious gamers."

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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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