MSI Releases The Slender GS40 Phantom Gaming Laptop

Jeff Williams
Oct 20, 2015
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MSI just today has announced that their newest gaming laptop is also very thin and though with robust and powerful specs under the hood.

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MSI’s newest gaming focused laptop appeals to true mobility.

MSI’s GS40 Phantom has a 14″ FHD screen being driven by a GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5 and a Skylake based i7-6700HQ or an optional i7-6820HK. To be honest, with scaling, that resolution is perfect, and mobile gaming won’t be able to support ultra high resolutions for some time anyway, so it’s not necessarily a compromise compared to thinner machines with higher resolution displays.

Connectivity is wide ranging and  MSI has what they’re calling a “SuperPort”, which is a USB 3.1 Type C connector that’s capable of outputing 4K video with audio as well as just generally able to transfer data at 10Gbps.

Not as completely svelte as an ultrabook machine, though the technology they’ve packed inside is certainly leagues better and far more powerful than what you might see in something any skinnier. The smaller a design used, then heat would become an issue. This is being marketed as a high-performance gaming laptop designed to be more mobile than their other offerings.

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MSI GS40 Phantom specs:

MSI GS40 Phantom
CPULatest 6th Gen. Intel Core i7
OSWindows 10 Home
ChipsetIntel HM170
MemoryDDR4-2133, 2 slots, up to 32GB
Display14" FHD (1920x1080), Wide-viewing angle, IPS level panel
GraphicsGeForce GTX 970M
Graphics VRAM3GB GDDR5
Storage1 x 2.5" SSD + M.2 PCIE Gen 3
AudioSound by Dynaudio,  ESS SABRE HiFi Audio DAC, Nahimic Audio Enhancer
WebcamFHD, 30FPS@1080P
Card ReaderSD (XC/HC)
LANKiller GbE LAN with Killer Shield
Wireless LANKiller ac
Bluetoothv4.1
HDMI1.4a
USB 3.0 port2
USB 3.1 port1 Type C
Super PortUSB3.1 Type-C interface, 4K output, fast charger
Mini-DisplayPort1 (v1.2)
KeyboardRed Backlight, Steelseries
AC Adapter150W
Battery4-Cell
Dimension345(W) x 245(D) x 21.8~22.8(H)mm
Weight (KG)1.6KG
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