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Digging deeper into the Gaming Laptops world reveals the MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro-069 Ultra Portable Gaming Laptop. It's not just a gaming laptop or ultra portable laptop, it's both! It comes in both 14.3 Inch and 15.6 sizes and packs a punch with the Intel Core i7-7700HQ (7th gen Intel) and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 gaming card. Battery life is about 4 hours when doing intense gaming. It's got 41 customer reviews on Aazon with a 4 star rating and 108 answered questions.
This review on Notebook check indicates that this second generation GS63VR is much more improved with more power efficient Kaby Lake and Pascal options and is now much more thin. The 4K UHD panel is a mixed bag due in part to its RGBW pixel array. Raw performance from the i7-7700HQ is only marginally better than the previous Skylake i7-6700HQ in multi-threaded workloads. This beast struggles to run most games at the native 4K UHD resolution with many titles averaging below 30 FPS but...if you trun down the settings to the low-medium range shframe rates are between the 30 and 60 FPS range. Most titles will otherwise run at 60 FPS or higher when gaming at 1080p with all settings set to High or Maximum.
Full details include:
- 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core
- 32GB of DDR4 RAM | 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD
- 15.6" 1920 x 1080 eDP IPS Display
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5)
The MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro-069 has 41 customer reviews on Aazon with a 4 star rating and 108 answered questions.
- The BEST laptop I've ever owned: I've been in the market for a portable workstation that could also be used for school and for some gaming. It was a race between this laptop, Razer Blade 14’’, Auros X3, GS63VR 7RE,Gigabyte 14’, and Asus GL502. All of them had at LEAST a 6700HQ/7700HQ and GTX 1060. Obviously, this laptop won. The big things that swayed me in this direction were weight (3.75lbs), price ($1500 with the 7th gen i7), Thunderbolt 3.0, and form factor (including cooling and noise level). The GS43VR is slightly larger than the Blade, but is lighter and has better cooling which leads to being quieter. The Auros has about the same specs but costs WAYYY more. The GS63VR 7RE is has the same specs as the GS43 but is larger, weighs more but has better cooling. The Gigabyte was larger, heavier, costs more. The Asus costs the same, has a 120HZ GSync screen, better cooling, BUT NO THUNDERBOLT! This machine has it all, and then some
- Better than the 4K Version: I have had this laptop for about a week and it has been working really well for me. Originally i spent about $900 on a laptop without a graphics card and it couldn't play any games whatsoever. Should have expected that. So when looking for a replacement i wanted something slim, plenty of space, a graphics card, and a nice overall design. This has all of that. Originally I looked at the 4k version of this laptop but i decided against it because unfortunately a 1060 laptop GPU will NOT play games at 4k very well. Just not going to happen. So instead I opted for the 1920x1080 screen and a higher SSD+RAM combo. My other reason for not going 4k was that it doesn't always scale well and especially on smaller screens. while 15 inch laptops aren't small perhaps, they aren't 27-inch screens either.
- Great Laptop: I've had the GS43VR for about a month and it's one of the best gaming laptops I've had. It doesn't have the top of the line gtx 1080 in it but it does kick out some power. This laptop was made for gamers who want portability. The 14 inch screen is the perfect size and the gtx 1060 is more than enough to play new games in medium to high quality. I really like that it has a thunderbolt 3 port too. I have the razer core and it works perfectly with this laptop. Just update your drivers, download razer synapse and you're good to go. Works with the evga 1080ti! Its exceeded my expectations so far.
Where to Buy
You can buy the MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro-069 on Amazon for $1928.99.