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A comparison of MSI laptop motherboards

Comparison of MSI laptop motherboards
Comparison of MSI laptop motherboards
Next to Clevo barebones, notebooks from MSI are some of the easiest to disassemble and upgrade. We've collected a series of motherboard images from our own collection to show how the MSI G Series has evolved over the years from the old GT60 up to the latest GS65.

Most OEMs are uncomfortable with the general consumer tinkering with laptop hard drives, memory, and other core components for a variety of reasons. Gamers, however, tend to be more knowledgeable when it comes to upgrades and many gaming laptops have been designed to allow for easier servicing as a result.

MSI laptops in particular have been consistently easy to service even though some older models may require tearing a warranty sticker. The gallery below is our collection of different MSI laptops dating back to the GT60 to give an idea of how the internals have changed over the years.

A few observations can be made when seeing the differences between generations. For one, the number of copper heat pipes has grown substantially after each major revision. The GT62, for example, incorporates 6 heat pipes compared to just 4 on the GT60 while the GT63 includes a total of 8. Secondly, the budget GL and GP models are very similar to the pricier GF or GE models but with certain features removed to cut down on price. The cheaper GL62M, for example, is essentially a GE72VR but with fewer speakers, fewer heat pipes, and fewer storage slots. In all cases, the decision to omit the aging optical drive on newer designs has allowed for MSI to build larger cooling solutions in its place.

Users in need of specific or hard-to-find components for upgrading their MSI, Alienware, or Clevo laptops can utilize Eurocom's configurator here.

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GT70
GT70
GT72
GT72
GT73VR
GT73VR
GT75VR
GT75VR
GT60
GT60
GT62VR
GT62VR
GT63 Titan
GT63 Titan
GS43VR
GS43VR
GS60 6QE
GS60 6QE
GS63VR 7RF
GS63VR 7RF
GS65
GS65
GP60
GP60
GP62 2QE
GP62 2QE
GP62 7RF
GP62 7RF
GP63 Leopard
GP63 Leopard
GS70 2QE
GS70 2QE
GS73VR 6RF
GS73VR 6RF
GT80
GT80
GT83VR 6RE
GT83VR 6RE
GE60
GE60
GE62 2QE
GE62 2QE
GE70 2PC
GE70 2PC
GE72VR 6RF
GE72VR 6RF
GE73VR 7RF Raider
GE73VR 7RF Raider
GF62VR 7RF
GF62VR 7RF
GF72VR 7RF
GF72VR 7RF
GL62M 7RD
GL62M 7RD
GL63 8RC
GL63 8RC
GL72 6QF
GL72 6QF
 

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Allen Ngo, 2018-07-19 (Update: 2018-07-20)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.