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MSI GS40-6QE-020RU Phantom


MSI GS40-6QE-020RU Phantom
MSI GS40-6QE-020RU Phantom (GS40 Series)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ 4 x 2.6 - 3.5 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter
16 GB 
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, glossy: yes
1.6 kg ( = 56.44 oz / 3.53 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)



Average Score: 80% - good
Average of 1 scores (from 2 reviews)

Reviews for the MSI GS40-6QE-020RU Phantom

80% MSI GS40 Phantom
Source: Computer Shopper English
The MSI GS40 Phantom is big news in the world of small gaming notebooks. Not only does it have nearly identical performance relative to its two closest competitors, but it delivers it while costing several hundred dollars less. At $1,599, the GS40 Phantom is a downright bargain compared to the Aorus X3 Plus ($2,299) and the 2015 Razer Blade ($2,399).
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/14/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

MSI GS40 6QE Phantom – не ограничивай свою фантазию!
Source: RU→EN
Positive: Compact dimensions and lightweight; powerful hardware; impeccable color reproduction and wide viewing angles. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/15/2015


Model: Those who prefer a small and powerful laptop will appreciate what the MSI GS40 has to offer. It certainly delivers in terms of hardware specs, performance, cooling solution and screen quality. It uses the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphic card to deliver fast and fluid gameplay at the highest settings and resolutions in a lightweight and portable design. Compared to regular TN display panels, the 14 inch wide-viewing angle display offers a higher resolution and is 40% sharper and 20% brighter. n brightness level. As a result image look more vivid even when looking at the screen from the left or right side. The MSI GS40 is powered by the latest 6th generation Intel processors, which require lower power consumption and is able to deliver better performance compared to the previous generation processor.

DDR4-2133 RAM boosts the performance of the laptop, achieving 29 GB/s in reading and up to 32 GB/s in writing. The SABRE Audio DAC pushes the limits of audio peripherals, when it drives high quality headsets from 16 ohm to 600 ohm. This gives highest sound details, up to 127dBA DNR, which is unmatched by PCs or any other mobile devices. Together with the top audio brand Dynaudio, MSI has developed top notch audio features, creating a realistic sound with immersive effects. The amplitude is boosted by 50% compared to the previous generation. Any high quality stereo source is transformed into true-to-life multi-channel sound without the need to purchase extra speakers to appreciate room filling sound. The MSI GS40-6QE-020RU Phantom comes with Bluetooth 4.1, a FHD web cam, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 port, and an SD card reader.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M:

Second fastest high-end graphics card based on the Maxwell GM204 chip from the GeForce GTX 900M series.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

6700HQ: Skylake-based quad-core processor for notebooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 530 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.6 kg:

This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.

MSI: Micro-Star International (MSI), is a Taiwan based computer hardware manufacturer since 1986 best known for desktop computer motherboards. MSI also designs and manufactures graphics cards, barebone PCs, notebook computers, networking products, servers, multimedia, consumer electronics, and storage devices. MSI, as most Taiwanese computer manufacturers, sells products on OEM/ODM basis. It also sells products worldwide based on its own brand name "MSI". The market share of laptops with the MSI brand is rather low.

MSI is not present in the smartphone market. As a laptop manufacturer, MSI has a medium market share and is not among the Top 10 global manufacturers. The ratings of MSI laptops are above average in the tests (as of 2016).

80%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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Stefan Hinum, 2016-01-12 (Update: 2016-01-12)