MSI now shipping GS40; Updates GT80 Titan with GTX 980 SLI graphics
MSI's smallest gaming notebook is now available for purchase. Unlike the smaller GS30 Shadow, a separate docking station is not needed for 3D gaming as the system comes with a built-in GTX 970M and a Core i7-6700HQ processor. The notebook will also support DDR4 and PCIe x4, both of which are staple high-end updates alongside the Skylake core. Its USB Type-C port allows for transfer rates of up to 1 GB/s with a 3A current output for charging devices. The notebook will compete directly against Razer Blade 14 and Aorux x3 Plus.
"The GS40 Phantom does not scale back on performance just to be lighter or thinner, ..." says President of MSI America Andy Tung. It will be interesting to see if the notebook suffers from any throttling or surface temperature issues that are typically more common amongst smaller and thinner gaming notebooks.
If the 14-inch GS40 isn't your fancy, then enthusiasts will be glad to hear that MSI will also be updating its massive 18.4-inch GT80 Titan with not one, but two GTX 980 desktop GPUs in SLI. When considering that this is also the only notebook available with a mechanical Cherry keyboard, MSI has carved itself a niche within a niche with no direct competitors in this gaming space. Otherwise, the GT80 will have the same core features with no updates to the 1080p display.