MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro review – 14-inch gaming laptop with Nvidia 1060 graphics


  1. Nader

    December 3, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Can you show step by step how to change the HD to SSD ?
    Like a short video or step by step pictures, or any other link you can provide.
    I want to upgrade from the spinning HD to an SSD.
    Thank you

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 3, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      I no longer have the laptop around, but it's just a matter of unscrewing the back and you'll find the M.2 slots and the 2.5" storage bay. There are pictures in the post of the internals.

      • Nader

        December 4, 2016 at 8:22 am

        Thank you.

  2. Kelvin

    January 12, 2017 at 3:43 pm


    I am thinking about getting the 7RE version of this once it is out. How do you fresh install windows with it? Does it come with a way to install just windows?

  3. Edmund

    March 20, 2017 at 12:51 am

    You download a tool from microsoft to create an installation for another computer and make a USB installation. Windows 10 home x64. Once you activate the laptop with the original setup, you can reinstall windows 10 home x64 without worries, it will automatically be activated.

    then download and copy the intel rst floppy driver image and put on the usb drive with the windows installation. you will need to load the driver to see the pcie nvme drive during installation.

    I can also say the laptop comes with 2 speakers, just that they look different, the silver thing under the SSD is a speaker. However 2 tiny speakers don't make for decent sound in a laptop of this size. Just basic audio.

  4. mathew7

    February 5, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Just a heads-up about replacing the HDD with an SSD: while you're at it, remove the NVMe or the SATA SSD could get into thermal throttling. That's what I got with a 750GB MX300 (30MB/s on large files). The NVMe is a consistent hotspot.
    As a second benefit, under linux and 5 or 10% brightness (don't recall), with both drives present (MX300 and NVMe) it would consume ~11W in idle (and nvidia prime set to intel). After removing the NVMe, consumption dropped to 8W. Did not test under light load, as I did not search for a consistent test.

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