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MSI GS Series GS43VR PHANTOM PRO-069 14.0" IPS Intel Core i7 7th Gen 7700HQ (2.80 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 16 GB Memory 128 GB SSD 1 TB HDD Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Gaming Laptop

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  • GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GDDR5
  • Intel Core i7 7th Gen 7700HQ (2.80 GHz)
  • 16 GB Memory 1 TB HDD 128 GB SSD
  • 14.0" 1920 x 1080 Non Reflection eDP IPS-Level
  • 13.58" x 9.65" x 0.87" 3.75 lbs.
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 3, 1 x Mini DisplayPort 1 x HDMI (supports 4K @ 60 Hz)
  • 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0

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MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro (7th Gen) (GTX 1060) Gaming Laptop


The new logo represents the passion, focus and persistence of gaming enthusiasts.


The perfect combination of MSI gaming laptops with 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processors will give up to 10% better performance for a smoother VR experience. The 7th generation Intel® Core™ H series processor utilizes a power-efficient microarchitecture, advanced process technologies, and silicon optimizations to deliver faster performance over previous generations. When compared to the i7-6700HQ, the CPU core performance of the i7-7700HQ averages 8% faster in daily use. Multimedia performance is 10% faster and 4K video decoding/transcoding is improved nearly 15%. The new media engine of the 7th generation Intel® Core™ H series also comes with power efficient VP9 and HEVC 10-bit hardware acceleration delivering significantly improved HDR visual quality.

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MSI is the world's 1st gaming laptop powered by GeForce® GTX 1060 GPU delivering 60-70%+ performance over the previous 900M series. With new technologies in Cooler Boost, you can game harder and never worry about being throttled. Additionally, the all new Dragon Center offers a 1-Click VR solution to optimize your laptop for VR.

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GeForce® GTX 1060

The GeForce® GTX 1060 GPU has now come to laptops, powered by the ultra-fast, power-efficient NVIDIA Pascal GPU architecture. These notebooks come loaded with innovative new gaming technologies that make them ideal for the latest high-definition games and open the door to virtual reality and beyond.


The advanced GeForce® GTX 1060 GPU is created with high-speed FinFET technology and supports DirectX 12 features. This means you can count on an amazing experience in every application-including performance in high-definition and immersive VR Ready games that's up to 3X faster than with previous-generation GPUs.


Get the power to drive next-generation displays, including VR, ultra-high-resolution, and multiple monitors. And bring more realism to every game with NVIDIA GameWorks technologies that deliver a true cinematic experience and amazing new NVIDIA Ansel7trade; that enables 360-degree in-game captures you can view in VR.


Discover next-generation VR performance, the lowest latency, and plug-and-play compatibility with leading headsets-driven by NVIDIA VRWorks technologies. VR audio, physics, and haptics let you hear and feel every moment.


Don't settle for washed out colors. Experience lifelike gaming visuals with an all new 178 degree wide viewing angle IPS level panel.

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Dedicated thermal solutions for both the CPU and GPU with a total of 5 heat pipes ensure maximum performance under extreme gaming.

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During gameplay, SteelSeries Engine 3 serves as your firearm. With SSE3, customize your lighting with multiple backlit colors, program personalized macros, and sync it all through the cloud.


Nahimic 2 specializes in 3D sound enhancement processing and audio emprovements offering virtual 7.1 surround sound in immersive HD. With the all new Sound Tracker feature, gamers will be able to see with an on screen indicator where the sound is originating from. Nahimic will highlight crucial sounds while reducing external noise for an immersive gaming experience.


Push the limits of your audio peripherals and hear the difference when you jack into the SABRE Audio DAC. Discover new details that you’ve been missing or maintain the upper-hand in competitive FPS matches where every bit of sound counts.


The latest and fastest interface Thunderbolt 3 supports up to 40Gbps data transfer rates and dual 4K displays with daisy chain capabilities. Its USB 3.1 ultra speed interface supports up to 5V and 3A current output for charging

  • (1) HDMI 1.4
  • (2) USB 3.0
  • (3) Thunderbolt 3
  • (4) Headphone out / SPDIF out
  • (5) Mic in
  • (6) SD(XC/HC)
  • (7) USB 3.0
  • (8) AC Power
  • (9) Killer LAN

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Take your gaming to a new level with the Killer E2500. The Killer E2500's Lag and Latency Reduction Technology accelerates your highest priority network traffic, such as your game, and makes sure that it never has to wait behind less important traffic. The Killer E2500 delivers industry-leading latency performance, beating the competition by up to 25% during single application usage, and potentially more than 10x faster when multitasking. The E2500 improves latency, reduces jitter, and virtually eliminates video freezes by detecting, identifying, and prioritizing your critical network traffic you so that you will enjoy your gaming, web, and entertainment experiences more than ever before.

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Deliver incredible throughput while making sure that real time apps have the lowest possible latency.


Advanced Stream Detect 2.0 Technology identifies and prioritizes games, real-time communication applications.


Get a great experience with automatic and optimized priority settings, or they can customize their own settings.
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  • [ 1st VR Ready ]
    Enable VR Ready to optimize your laptop for VR gaming.
  • [ X Boost ]
    Make data transfer faster in a simple click!
  • [ Shift Gears ]
    Shift Gears to 5 new modes of performance.
  • [ Nahimic 2 ]
    Apply the most suitable audio configuration for different scenarios.
  • [ True Color ]
    Apply different color settings with one click.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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Ownership: more than 1 year
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3/ 5
Good Specs, Affordability/ Cheap Build Quality 9/15/2018 10:49:21 PM

Pros: -Great performance for the price
-Powerful CPU and GPU
-True full bandwidth Thunderbolt 3

Cons: -A limited number of connection ports
-Bulky power brick for the charger
-Cheap build quality for frame/housing
-Bad graphics drivers/network driver support

Overall Review: This is a decent little laptop that I use on a daily basis and frequently take with me back and forth from work to home. It packs a good amount of performance in a 15.6' frame and has run everything I've thrown at it as far as games, multitasking, and general use. I specifically chose this model because it met the specs I was looking for of a high-end i7 processor with a decent integrated GPU while having true thunderbolt III connectivity to use with an eGPU down the road. I never got around to testing that out but may in the future.

I would not recommend this over its alternatives which you can find by looking for an i7, dedicated GPU and true thunderbolt III. My biggest complaint is that the frame/housing of the laptop does not seem very sturdy. The bezel around the screen and body both appear to already have had internal plastic tabs wear loose and even break since parts of the housing frequently have to be pressed back together. This usually requires a light amount of pressure until a click is heard. This has also jointly had the effect in what appears to be loosing on the USB ports. I do not use USB devices often or frequently so it is not something from general wear and tear. The same can be said of the HDMI and Display port connections, although they are used more frequently. Another huge detractor is that the left fan burned out within the first month of use and no longer works. This was remedied by the fact I only ever game at home, and my home setup includes a laptop stand with a built-in fan to supplement temps. Additionally, the drivers, it came with the required excessive amounts of adjustment to get the laptop functioning. Initially, the drivers for the Killer-N network card would cause intermittent screen flickering if used while connected to a wireless network. This was fixed by using an alternate generic driver, however, it took hours of research and tinkering.

Ultimately it comes down to a "you get what you pay for" situation. I was disappointed that the MSI brand I had heard so much positive about did not live up to its hype. I thought they had a quality product that was affordable with this laptop but it appears to more so be a budget performance catered device that you have to take with a grain of salt. I was able to get everything working but it was not seamless out of the box experience I had hoped for.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Screen Flickering Issue 9/25/2017 6:31:47 PM

Pros: The laptop is a beast, it handled all games on max settings without a problem

Cons: it gets hot AND loud

Upon receiving the product the screen flickered very sporadic and i dismissed it as software glitches, but its definitely intensified and appears randomly AS WELL AS when I move between chrome tabs for example.

Overall Review: also monster of a power supply , however the battery is ok (except when youre gaming on max settings , an hour tops)

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Great gaming performance, terrible exterior build 4/11/2017 4:35:27 AM

Pros: Great performance, light, thin, good looking exterior

Cons: Flimsy and fragile exterior and terrible speakers

Overall Review: If you expect something that is going to be able to handle being roughed with, this is the m wrong laptop. Pushing on many parts of the laptop yields creaking and it always feels like it's going to fall apart at the seams. This is the main reason I give it such a low review.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Amazing Laptop, especially for its size. 2/23/2017 6:30:35 AM

Pros: - Great keyboard and good track pad
- runs any game at high or ultra with high frame rates
-Super thin and light
-Great image quality
-Will run VR gear and games
- Also works very well for work whether a professional or a student

Cons: - Gets hot when gaming, I would recommend a cooling pad.
-Average quality speakers, probably to save weight.

Overall Review: I highly recommend this product. It is amazing. Runs everything and is exceptionally easy to carry. Mobile desktop when gaming and mobile work station when not. I got this to replace a behemoth of an Asus which stopped working after 10 hours. This would definitely be the laptop I choose again.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Solid laptop, possible wifi issues 2/19/2017 10:50:38 PM

Pros: Rewriting this review now that I have had more time to spend with the laptop.
- Small, light decent screen
- Amazing graphics. I get a solid 60 fps on max settings for FFXIV even in the heaviest population areas.
- Feels pretty sturdy. The screen hinge feels a little weak, but not too bad.
- Wifi has been great at the hotels I've been in. See below for my home internet.

Cons: - Bloatware, but easily taken care of. After a full wipe of the system I can't get the MSI stuff to work anymore, but it isn't really needed.
- Had MAJOR issues with my home wifi with this laptop. Whenever my laptop was connected it would kill my home network within a few minutes. I would have to turn off the router and restart to restore connection. NOTE: It didn't just kill the network for this device, ALL of my devices would lose connection. Only happens with this laptop. Have found references to things like this being an issue with TPLink routers.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Freeze Machine 1/23/2017 3:20:25 PM

Pros: - Great FPS, when works...

Cons: - Touch-pad causes the whole computer to freeze for short period of time with buzzing sound. Tried installing drivers/software from MSI, and didn't fix it.

- FPS drops in-game for no apparent reason, from 80 to 6 FPS... While standing in same spot of the map in-game.

- When PC returns from sleep, the Windows is stuck loading with no text. Tried leaving the laptop for hour, and had no progress. The only way to fix it was to force-shutdown, which could lead to data loss and corruption.

- Bios is super basic, no tuning or anything.

- Fingerprints clearly visible on the metal casing.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great so far! 1/20/2017 12:00:50 PM

Pros: Great gpu 1060
16 gigs of ram
Not too much bloatware
Perfect for on the go
Runs everything I throw at it Bf1, doom pretty much everything all on ultra.
Touchpad works actually pretty well, and the lit up keyboard is great.

Cons: Had some issues with sound distortion. (however was fixed due finding alternative sound drivers.)
Nahimic is kinda pointless not really a con just an unnecessary feature.
There are two possible reasons as to why sound issues occur either due to software issues or the sound card itself is overheating. The sound card sits underneath the gpu and sometimes the thermal paste either wears down or was installed improperly.

So the fix is either reapply the thermal paste or find a better driver.

Overall Review: Would be nice if it was 4k, and had a 1070 however the performance is remarkable for 1080p and I have no desire or regrets for buying this variant.

Get a better ssd since the capacity is so small and mainly used for the os, which is fine but I want a ssd that's larger.

Boot up time is 4 seconds ish so its peppy. (after removing bloatware)

The size of the computer is perfect for my needs, however the charging brick is fairly big.

Has many overlapping performance settings that are imposed by msi and windows aka performance levels which kind of conflict.

If your on the fence over the 7k series cpu vs this gen there is a marginal performance increase and In my opinion not enough of a justification to warrant a consideration over this version.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Great when using as a mobile desktop (plugged in) 12/22/2016 2:48:18 AM

Pros: It's great when it's plugged in
- Light and easy to carry
- Amazing display
- Can handle most of my gaming needs.

Cons: Absolutely horrendous performance once it's on battery mode.
- Performance-wise, it seems to become slower than my friend's $700 laptop from 4 years ago. PowerPoint would lag and literally take 3 (!) seconds between pressing a key and switching to the next slide (no transition effects).
- It stutters every 2 minutes or so.
- There's so much bloatware that I'm constantly wondering if it's the laptop, bloatware or my other equipment that's acting up. Just two weeks ago, I spent two hours troubleshooting audio problems, only to realize that it was the Nahimic audio garbage causing it to act up.

Windows key would keep turning off after every restart, even after repeatedly turning it on at the Dragon Center application.
Only comes with red keyboard backlight.
Brushed metal top makes for a great fingerprint magnet, making it look terrible in days and a pain to clean.

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