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MSI Launches Lightweight, Portable GS40 Phantom Gaming Laptop With Skylake, GTX 970M

MSI announced the availability of its latest portable gaming laptop. It's well known by now that MSI has been revamping its gaming laptop lineup with some of the most advanced hardware available for mobile computers, such as the dual GTX 980M GPUs and mechanical keyboard that the GT80 Titan includes. The latest reveal, the GS40 Phantom, isn't quite as robust, but it's certainly impressive on paper.

Where the GT80 Titan lacks, the GS40 soars. MSI is calling this new gaming laptop the thinnest in the world at 0.87-inches thick, and even with its low profile, it manages to pack in some impressive specifications. The GS40 Phantom comes equipped with a 6th Generation Intel "Skylake" Core i7-6700HQ CPU operating at 2.6 GHz, 16 GB of DDR4 2133 MHz RAM, and a powerful GTX 970M GPU with 3 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. MSI's Cooler Boost 3 heatpipe and dual fan cooler has been installed to keep the hardware chilled.

For storage needs, the GS40 Phantom manages to include two drives: a 128 GB PCI-e Gen3x4 SSD and a 1 TB SATA hard drive. Network communication is handled by Wi-Fi and LAN devices provided by Killer Networks, which enable QoS packet routing through software for the best possible online gaming experience.

MSI's GS40 Phantom doesn't skip on the audio features, either. The company has included Dynaudio speakers with dedicated bass, speaker and headset AMPs. An ESS Sabre Hi-Fi Audio DAC has been included, which MSI said brings out subtle audio details that can be of great benefit in competitive gaming. The GS40 Phantom also includes Nahimic virtual surround sound, which offers 3D and virtual 7.1 audio in high definition.

The built-in 14-inch 1080p display panel on the GS40 Phantom includes True Color technology, which MSI said improves color accuracy. The laptop also has the ability to hook up multiple external displays. There is one HDMI and one mini-Display Port on the laptop, as well as a "Super Port" (which is MSI's name for its USB 3.1 Type-C port). The Super Port can handle up to two daisy-chained 4K displays.

MSI GS40 Phantom
ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz (3.5 GHz Turbo Boost)
Operating SystemWindows 10
ChipsetIntel HM170
Display14-inch non-reflective
Resolution1920 x 1080 (16:9)
Graphics ProcessorNvidia GeForce GTX 970M with 3 GB GDDR5
Hard Disk Drive128 GB PCIe Gen3x4 SSD + 1 TB SATA 7200 RPM HDD
Memory16 GB DDR4 2133 MHz
LANKiller E2400 Game Networking
Wi-FiKiller N1525 Combo
Card ReaderSDXC, SDHC card reader
USB2x USB 3.0
SpeakerDynaudio Tech Speakers 4 with Nahimic Sound
KeyboardSteelSeries single color backlit
Dimensions (WxDxH)13.58 x 9.65 x 0.87 inches
Weight3.75 lbs

MSI's GS40 Phantom is available now for a suggested price of $1,599.99.

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Kevin Carbotte is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He writes news and reviews of graphics cards and virtual reality hardware.