MSI's GS40 Phantom Launches With The Power Of Skylake And GTX 970M Graphics

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅09.10.2015 13:00:15

Taipei, Taiwan – MSI, the leading gaming notebook manufacturer and innovator, now launches its brand new GS40 Phantom series with Intel’s latest 6th generation Intel Core i7 Skylake processor for hardcore gamers. This latest 14” slim gaming notebook with enthusiast-grade GeForce GTX 970M graphics takes computing power to a whole new level while remaining ultra slim design and portability.

Skylake is codename of the brand new 14nm micro-architecture of Intel’s latest 6th generation processors. The Skylake platform requires lower power consumption but delivers better performance than before. CPU performance of i7 6700HQ is 20% faster than i7 4720HQ under average usage. It is also 50% faster than other U series Core i7 CPUs.

MSI ultra-mobile gaming GS40 Phantom series is surely the ideal choice for gamers who refuse to compromise. It combines powerful CPU and enthusiast-grade GeForce GTX 970M graphics into elegant brushed aluminum chassis, yet with only 19.5~21.8mm in height and 1.6kg in weight. This new series offers another option for demanding gamers who search for powerful gaming notebook with even smaller 14 inch dimension.

After upgrading the operating system to Windows 10, MSI fans may experience straight away the complete DirectX 12 extreme gaming effects. GS40 Phantom’s new Diamond Cut design on the side adds a stylish and chic impression. Several new MSI exclusive technologies are introduced in GS40, such as PCI-E Gen3 SSD, for boosting extreme read speeds up to 2200MB/s, DDR4-2133 memory up to 32GB for supreme data processing speed, The new standard of headset AMP with ESS SABRE HiFi Audio DAC, cutting-edge hardware design for lossless digital audio restoration, Killer Doubleshot with Killer Shield, for smoother online gaming experience and Nahimic Audio Enhancer, creating directional sound effects for true professional gamers.

As a pioneer in the notebook industry, MSI is the world’s first notebook manufacturer to offer Intel Skylake platform. MSI is dedicated to transform its Gaming DNA into MSI exclusive technologies to create groundbreaking system performance and ultimate gaming experience for MSI fans. The brand new GS40 Phantom Series will surely win ultra-mobile gamer’s heart AGAIN.



- Enthusiast GeForce GTX 970M graphics
- Cooler Boost 3 – Keep Calm With Higher Performance
- PCI-E Gen3 SSD – Load Games in Seconds
- Latest architecture DDR4-2133 Memory Support
- Super Port – One Port for Everything


- Keyboard by SteelSeries – Gain Full Command
- SteelSeries Engine 3 (SSE3) – Target, Position, Aim and Fire


- ESS SABRE HiFi Audio DAC – Evolve Details You Hear
- Nahimic Audio Enhancer-01
- Nahimic Audio Enhancer
- Sound by DYNAUDIO


- True Color Technology


- Killer DoubleShot Pro
- Killer Shield – Lower ping rate fluctuation
- XSplit Gamecaster Version 2 – Become A Professional Streamer

ALL MSI Gaming Notebooks Support WINDOWS 10 Upgrade & Full DirectX 12 3D Features

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Technical Specifications

Operating System:- Windows 10 Home
LED Backlight Display:- 14" FHD (1920x1080), Wide-viewing angle, IPS level panel

Processor:- Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ (6MB L3 Cache, up to 3.5 GHz)
Memory Type:- DDR4-2133, 2 slots, up to 32GB
Graphics:- GeForce GTX 970M, 3GB GDDR5
Video output:- HDMI 1.4 x1 / MINI DisplayPort v2.0 x1 (4K 60Hz support)

Hard Disk Capacity:- 1 x 2.5" HDD + 1x M.2 PCI-E Gen3 x4 (NVMe) / SATA Combo SSD

Keyboard:- Single colour backlighting (red) SteelSeries keyboard with SSE3

USB 3.1/3.0/2.0:- 1 (USB Type-C 3.1*1)/2/0
Super Port:- USB3.1 Type-C interface, 4K output, fast charger
Card Reader:- SD(XC/HC)

Mic-in/Headphone out:- 1/1
LAN/WiFi:- Killer DoubleShot Pro with Killer Shield
Bluetooth:- Bluetooth v4.1
Webcam:- Full HD type (30fps@1080p)

Battery:- 4-Cell
Power Adapter:- 150W

Dimension (WxDxH):- 345 x 245 x 21.8~22.8mm
Weight:- 1.6 Kg (w/ Battery)


Since the invention of motorized vehicles, man has always pursued speed. Be it on land, water or in the air, engineers and test pilots have together been aiming for records previously unattainable - just like we try to do at MSI.

Recent advances in technology and persistent challenging of the limits on MSI's side does not only help create slimmer notebooks - but obviously higher performance as well. For some time now, the raw processing power of the CPUs used in mobile systems have been comparable to their desktop system counterparts, and as the world is becoming increasingly focused on mobility and productivity on the go, this trend is set to continue - and MSI is in something of a unique position for this evolution.

"We're focusing only on high-end mobile gaming systems. We pack in the best available performance hardware in the form of RAID solutions of SSDs, where we’ve been leading the way in storage transfer speeds with our SSD solution Super RAID for years. The latest iteration, Super RAID 4 will hit 3300MB/s, up from 1500MB/s in Super RAID 3. We also use the greatest graphics cards from NVIDIA, such as two GeForce GTX 980M in SLI in our GT80, these are paired to high-end monitor panels, available with G-Sync, to create real, measurable value for end-users. As a silver lining to the cloud that is our lineup, we can now add the 6th-Gen Intel Core to our packages," says Eric Kuo. “I believe the sky is the limit.”

Arguably, gaming started more than 40 years ago with arcade games, but is only now starting to become something personal, for everyone. Considering the progress up until now, and the ever-increasing development pace, we would indeed argue that THE SKY’S THE LIMIT, with, and for MSI.

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