MSI Releases The Slender GS40 Phantom Gaming Laptop

Jeff Williams
Oct 20, 2015

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

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.

MSI GS40 Phantom specs:

MSI GS40 Phantom
CPU Latest 6th Gen. Intel Core i7
OS Windows 10 Home
Chipset Intel HM170
Memory DDR4-2133, 2 slots, up to 32GB
Display 14" FHD (1920x1080), Wide-viewing angle, IPS level panel
Graphics GeForce GTX 970M
Graphics VRAM 3GB GDDR5
Storage 1 x 2.5" SSD + M.2 PCIE Gen 3
Audio Sound by Dynaudio,  ESS SABRE HiFi Audio DAC, Nahimic Audio Enhancer
Webcam FHD, 30FPS@1080P
Card Reader SD (XC/HC)
LAN Killer GbE LAN with Killer Shield
Wireless LAN Killer ac
Bluetooth v4.1
HDMI 1.4a
USB 3.0 port 2
USB 3.1 port 1 Type C
Super Port USB3.1 Type-C interface, 4K output, fast charger
Mini-DisplayPort 1 (v1.2)
Keyboard Red Backlight, Steelseries
AC Adapter 150W
Battery 4-Cell
Dimension 345(W) x 245(D) x 21.8~22.8(H)mm
Weight (KG) 1.6KG