|Screen Size||14 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Processor||2.6 GHz Core i7 6700HQ|
|RAM||16 GB SO-DIMM|
|Memory Speed||2133 MHz|
|Hard Drive||128 GB flash_memory_solid_state|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA Geforce GTX970M|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||3000 MB|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
MSI GS40 Phantom-001 14" ULTRA PORTABABLE GAMING LAPTOP i7-6700HQ GTX970M 16GB 128GB SSD+1TB THUNDERBOLT
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- Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core Processor (2.6-3.5GHz)
- RAM: 16GB (8G x2) DDR4 2133MHz | Hard Drive: 128GB SSD (PCIE Gen3 x4) NVMe + 1TB (7200RPM)
- Operating System: Windows 10
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX970M 3G GDDR5 | Display: 14" Full HD Non Reflection 1920x1080
- Special Features: Super Port | Killer Gaming Network E2400 | Killer N1525 Combo | Steel Series Backlit 81 keys (red) | Dynaudio Tech Speakers
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|RAM Size||16 GB||32 GB||16 GB||16 GB||16 GB||16 GB|
|Processor (CPU) Manufacturer||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel|
|Processor Speed||2.6 GHz||2.8 GHz||2.8 GHz||2.6 GHz||2.8 GHz||2.6 GHz|
|Display Resolution Maximum||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080||1920*1080 pixels||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Screen Size||14 in||14 in||14 in||15.6 in||15.6 in||17.3 in|
|Hard-Drive Size||128 GB||512 GB||1,024 GB||1 TB||2,048 GB||1,024 GB|
|Item Dimensions||9.65 x 13.58 x 0.87 in||4 x 21 x 14 in||9.65 x 13.58 x 0.87 in||3.8 x 17.4 x 12.8 in||9.8 x 14.96 x 0.69 in||11.21 x 16.21 x 0.77 in|
|Item Weight||3.75 lbs||3.75 lbs||3.75 lbs||6.2 lbs||3.96 lbs||5.35 lbs|
|Operating System||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|Wireless Compatibility||Bluetooth||Bluetooth||Bluetooth||802.11 A/C||Bluetooth||802.11 A/C|
LATEST 6TH GENERATION INTEL CORE i7 PROCESSOR
Using the latest CPU architecture and faster DDR4 memory support the new Intel 6th Generation Core i7 processors, codenamed Skylake, brings significant improvements to gaming performance, multiple application data processing, and 4K video transcoding delivering superb performance leaps as the next platform for extreme gaming.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M Series brings extreme, next-generation graphics performance to serious gaming notebooks. Reaching performance levels higher than last generations high-end GTX 880M , the GeForce GTX 970M delivers desktop gaming performance in a ultra-portable design. Enable antialiasing for a smooth and realistic gaming experience. Feel the difference with NVIDIA PhysX technology, bringing games to life with dynamic and interactive environments.
DDR4 MEMORY SUPPORT
Get the best possible performance out of your notebook with support of the advanced DDR4 memory. With over 32% faster performance than previous generations, DDR4 is the new standard to take your gaming experience to the next level.
PCI-E GEN3X4 SSD – LOAD GAMES IN SECONDS
Get in the game before everyone else with the latest PCI-E Gen 3.0x4 bandwidth utilizing NVMe technology on single M.2 SSD. Harness the full performance potential of the Gen 3.0 SSD through the optimization of the hardware and software outputting extreme read speeds up to 2200MB/s, 5x faster than SATA3 SSD's.
SUPER PORT - ONE PORT FOR EVERYTHING
Whatever you need, you can get it done with just one Super Port. Transfer massive files faster than ever with up to 800MB/s transfer rates. Get more pixel power supporting dual 4K displays and extend your field of view with daisy chain capabilities. Even charge your phones, tablet and any device faster on-the-go or at home.
GAME FOREVER WITH COOLER BOOST 3
Play hours on end with an intelligently and efficiently designed dual fan cooling system with Cooler Boost 3. Drawing heat away from both the CPU and GPU with designated heat pipes significantly reduces heat generation and increases heat dissipation for stable gameplay after hours of gaming.
AN EYE OPENING EXPERIENCE WITH TRUE COLOR TECHNOLOGY
See the world for what it is using MSI's exclusive True Color Technology. Precisely calibrated to deliver vibrant colors, stunning details, and sharp images, True Color Technology brings the colors of the world right to your display.
NAHIMIC VIRTUAL SURROUND SOUND - MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, THE NEXT GAMING STANDARD
Fill the room and feel the bass with Dyanudio high fidelity speakers, acoustically tuned to perfection to deliver unheard of quality fit for any audiophile. Drop the beat or feel the thunderous roar of the battlefield with an integrated subwoofer. Get an extra boost in performance for your audio with built-in dedicated bass, speaker, and headset AMPs, gold plated for maximum audio transfer. Add dynamics and punch to every gunshot, explosion and gaming sound with stunning surround effects, producing an incredibly realistic surround sound experience even from just a pair of headphones or stereo speakers.
STEELSERIES GAMING KEYBOARD - SWIFT. ACCURATE. POWERFUL.
Gain the unfair advantage, day or night, with the agile gaming keyboard by SteelSeries. Play with accuracy with the well-spaced and strategically designed key layout. Feel the difference with tactile feedback for quick responses and anti-ghosting capabilities to detect multiple key actions simultaneously.
KILLER SHIELD - PROTECTING YOUR PING
Stop losing games to lag with Killer Shield, the latest networking technology from Killer. Protect and prioritize networking traffic while preventing lag spikes so you can game without fear and play at your best. Select programs you want your network to prioritize to ensure maximum bandwidth and track your speeds with the easy-to-use Killer Networking Manager.
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I've had some minor issues with my VRAM overloading while I have three monitors on (two external and the laptop screen) watching and loading 3-4+ separate movies at the same time. Do yourself a favor and don't think too much about how that circumstance arises. If I use only two monitors it's fine and won't overload.
The power outlets on airplanes are usually not high wattage enough to power the video card fully. So the machine will alternate back and forth between battery mode and powered mode, which is to say that it alternates between high FPS and a terrible FPS if you're gaming. It's not the laptops fault, it's the planes' fault for not putting REAL AC outlets on them. But still, thought I should mention it.
I've been playing witcher 3 lately and the Laptop has been making it look absolutely beautiful. Love this laptop.
Solid construction. I bought it through a different vendor. I've had it two weeks so far and absolutely love it.
-Very fast. Plays star wars battlefront very well. I didn't know that graphics could look so good on a laptop.
-Very light. I didn't realize how light 3.8 (or around there) pounds is until i held it in my hands. wow.
-Screen is great. I love the matte. Love the angles
-Some reviewers have posted that the fans are loud. I have no idea what they're talking about. But then again, I have mine on a cooling stand with five built in fans so maybe "loud" to them is just normal to me lol. It's a gaming laptop...
-Battery can last around 4-5 hours if you are using it for office stuff (3.5-4ish if you're watching a movie or streaming).
-Construction is solid. It doesn't look cheaply made. The logo, while a bit flashy for my taste, definitely had some serious design put into it. Speaking of which...
-The Logo on the back! Christ that thing is massive. I'd be willing to bet that most people who buy gaming laptops are working professionals. I travel on the road a lot (HENCE THE GAMING LAPTOP). That logo on the back means I can never let any of my coworkers or employees see it.
- The HDMI port is 1.X, not 2.0. If you want to output 4k @ 60hz, you need to use either the miniDP (tv has no miniDP or DP input) or the Thunderbolt 3.0. Speaking of which...
- Thunderbolt 3.0...? It apparently has it, although it's hard to very for myself because I have nothing to test it on! 40 gbps is very attractive and would make for a great external docking station w/ a nice graphics card.. But where in the world can I find a TB 3.0 cable? I get the whole "future proofing" thing.. but it's very frustrating that I have a port that I can't use because there aren't any cables for it! Not technically a con... just a tease lol.
- It's a new laptop so it's hard to find other people who have it or who can answer questions about it. Also, MSI doesn't have the latest drivers on their site. I downloaded and installed all the "updated" drivers from their website and it ended up rolling back a few things, which then had to be updated again.
A few other things:
- Some people complain that the laptop speakers are bad. Really? If you're listening to laptop speakers, then you're bad and you should feel bad. It's a 14" 3.something lb GAMING laptop. I wish it didn't have speakers at all. What I CAN say is that the laptop has great bluetooth connectivity and will connect wirelessly to my 7.1 surround sound yamaha receiver. If you can afford a gaming laptop, you can afford a stereo. I also have some nice bluetooth wireless earbuds for when I'm on the road (and also for when I'm at the gym)
- You NEED a cooling station if you're gaming or if you're using the laptop for office work in your actual lap. In other words, do NOT cut off the airflow to the bottom of the laptop (intake vents are on the bottom). For plugged in use, there are a million cooling pads out there with all kinds of fancy lighting and fans. For lap use, I strongly recommend the Targus Lap Chill Map (AWE55US). It only has two fans, but it's cushioned on the bottom and much more comfortable for a movie in bed
-If you try to upgrade the 128gb SSD in the laptop it'll void the warranty. Instead, I recommend buying a USB 3.0 2.5" SATA III to USB 3.0 docking station and connecting a second SSD to that. Right now I have the OS on my 128GB SSD, movies/DLs/work files on the 1tb HDD, and I have my games on a RAID 0 dual Sandisk 950 pro SSDs going on a Akitio dock through the USB 3.0. You might be thinking to yourself that I'm an idiot for using RAID 0 when I'm getting bottlenecked over the 3.0 USB. And you would be right. I'm still searching in vain for a way cord to connect to that TB3 port. Comment on this review if you can find a way to do this.
Overall, this is a solid gaming laptop for the professional on the go. It has a few holes in its functionality, but those holes are there to serve a greater purpose and to free up room for the sake of performance and portability.
I was about to pull the trigger on the 5th generation Broadwell version of this laptop, but ended up waiting a month for Skylake to be released. Here are the results of my research, and my initial impression buying this laptop. I hope this review will help you make an educated decision on whether to purchase this laptop or not since finding alot of information about this laptop (reviews, youtube videos, etc) is a bit sparse right now given that it just came out recently.
Display: The 4K version of this laptop has an IPS screen, wide viewing angles, but has a refresh rate of 48hz. Here's the so what. 48hz means that things are not going to be able to run at 60fps and you are essentially limited to 48. As a gamer, this was a huge deal breaker, which is why i bought the Full HD version - which has a refresh rate of 60hz. Also note that you are receiving a Glossy display with the 4K version, while you get a Matte screen with the FHD version. Coming from a background of using laptops that are glossy (Macbook Pro anyone?), I was a bit reluctant to be buying a Matte screen. Glossy displays tend to be more vibrant, and colors look more like they pop out. The downside being that you are at the mercy of light due to reflections. This is typically a huge pain in the ass if you use your laptop, or there is any light coming into your room through your window. The first day, the Matte screen felt a bit weird to get used to, but I must say that I am very glad I got Matte instead of Glossy. I am currently using this laptop during the daytime with my sun coming through my window, and I can see the display without any annoying reflections. The FHD version has an eDP display instead of an IPS display, and it is LED. I am not too knowledgeable about eDP, but it is pretty darn good. No complaints there.
Graphics Card: GTX970m. It is a beast for what I want to do and runs anything I throw at it.
Heating and Fan Noise: What is very surprising to me so far is how little I hear the fan, and how I have experienced virtually no unpleasant overheating. I have used the laptop on my lap for gaming, and it only gets mildly warm on the underside. The keyboard area is not hot at all. Fan noise is minimal. This is strange because past models apparently were loud and hot. I will have to run some more games to validate
Sound: Dynaudio. Not bad at all, but not great either. Not too much bass, but definitely pretty darn good sound for a laptop. Plugging in my Bose QC25 is the way to go however, and the sound driver has no problem detecting this. Be warned, if you are using the Bose QC20i earbuds, for some reason - it does not work by just plugging them in and turning on noise cancellation. You may have to fiddle with some settings and drivers to get it to work.
Keyboard: The backlighting is beautiful and typing on the keyboard is definitely a treat.
Windows Boot Time & SSD speed: The SSD speed on the 128Gb drive when optimized for performance in Samsung Magician and benchmarked, comes out to a mind boggling sequential read of 1714 MB/s, sequential write of 836 MB/s, Random Read (IOPS) 125871, and Random Write (IOPS) of 49571. Yes, this puppy is fast as sh*t, and boot time to windows is less than 8 seconds. The only downside is that the drive is only 128Gb...and part of that is used by the OS already, so you only have about 70-80 gigs of true free space. Hence the expectation is that you put all your games and apps on the HDD which is 1 TB. MSI needs to get with the times here...nobody wants to load anything from an HDD anymore. They should just provide a bigger SSD as standard. Because I am a stickler on performance, I ended up voiding my warranty and removing the HDD and replacing it with a Samsung 850 Pro 500GB. I think it is stupid that in order to open your laptop just to replace your hard drive - you are essentually voiding your warranty. God forbid this laptop has any issues in the next year and I may be fighting an uphill battle with MSI trying to explain that i only replaced the hard drive and didn't fiddle with any of the other components. *fingers crossed*
Touchpad: The touchpad has got to be the most f*cking annoying thing i have ever used on a laptop. I struggle so hard to even move the mouse using it, and left click/right click is near impossible. I am planning on using a mouse for all my work and gaming, so its not a deal breaker...just expect to lose significant productivity to do anything if you do not use a mouse with this laptop
Battery Life: I plan on keeping my laptop plugged into the adapter 100% of the time, but I did unplug, and battery lasted roughly an hour. Just don't expect to get much battery life out of this unit. You will most likely have to keep the laptop plugged in.
Competition: Here are the list of other laptops that I looked at and researched prior to my purchase of the MSI GS60.
Razer Blade FHD - Better design, but much more expensive and no Skylake. Also, seems to run very hot. I think I would still buy the MSI over this even if Razer Blade refreshed their lineup with Skylake. The MSI is not running hot at all. This is a huge win and a step in the right direction.
ASUS ROG ultra thin GX500 - Last year's specs, no Skylake, 4K screen is useless considering games don't render well in 4K right now for laptops anyway
ASUS ROG 17" - The 17" series has the ability to house a GTX980m, but I thought 17" is way too big to travel
Levono Y50 - Kind of a poor man's MSI. Thought about saving a dollar here and there, but I am glad I bought the MSI instead
Gigabyte P55W v4 - design is too plain, and weight is a bit bigger than what I wanted. 5.5 pounds versus MSI - 4.2 pounds
Clevo/Sager - Knowing that these things are cheap, and typically overheat to death, I didn't want to take my chances - even with a warranty. I just wanted something much more sturdy, well built, with good cooling
Macbook Pro - Hmm..$2499 for a 2.5 ghz i7 with an AMD radeon r9 m370x. I know macs are rarely for gaming, but horrible value IMHO. I used to be a Mac fan, but they seem to just keep falling further...
Final Thoughts: Coming from using a Dell Latitude e6230 for work which has a 12.5" display, I was in for a shock when I realied that the 15.6" display is bigger than i initially thought. Thank god I didn't get the GS70 (17"), since I will be doing alot of traveling and I am not even sure the 17" can fit in my backpack. The 15.6" display is pretty awesome though...I love how big it is, and I can see myself enjoying the extra space that it provides. Would I recommend folks to buy this laptop? Absolutely, I love it, design is very nice, performance is exceptional, and there is nothing yet that has caused a disappointment for me. I will be happy if this laptop lasts me about 2-3 years without any issues or hardware components failing.
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