How to open MSI Pulse 15 (B13V) – disassembly and upgrade options

This year’s (2023) MSI Pulse 15 has quite some improvements – a big battery, DDR5 RAM, and capable cooling. Let’s have a look inside.

Check out all MSI Pulse 15 (B13V) prices and configurations in our Specs System, or read more in our In-Depth review.

1. Remove the bottom plate

To access this notebook’s internals, you need to undo 13 Phillips-head screws. Then, pry the bottom panel with a plastic tool, and remove it from the device.

2. Remove the battery

Inside, you get a 90Wh battery pack. To take it out, unplug the connector from the motherboard, and undo the 5 Phillips-head screws, keeping the battery in place.

3. Upgrade memory and storage

Thankfully, you get two SODIMM slots, which work with DDR5 RAM. You can fit up to 64GB in total. As for the storage, there is one usable M.2 PCIe x4 slot, which supports Gen 4 SSDs.

4. Cooling system

Moving to the cooling, we see a total of four heat pipes shared between the CPU and the GPU. There are three heat sinks, and two fans that dissipate the heat, while one heat pipe and a couple of spreaders take care of the graphics memory and the VRMs.

Check out all MSI Pulse 15 (B13V) prices and configurations in our Specs System, or read more in our In-Depth review.

MSI Pulse 15 (B13Vx) in-depth review

MSI Pulse is a laptop that aims to combine affordability with genuine performance. This differentiates the product from its close relative - the Katana. In addition to some visual changes, however, the manufacturer relies on even more powerful hardware. In comparison to the Katana, the processor, you get is the Intel Core i7-13700H. It has the full package of P-cores and E-cores, instead of the limited Core i7-123620H, found on the Katana. This will help with both productivity and gaming, as no bottleneck should be expected. MSI calls the RTX 4070 it puts inside this machine a full powe[...]


  • Pretty good gaming performance
  • 1x M.2 PCIe x4 Gen 4 slots, 2x DDR5 RAM SODIMM slots in dual channel
  • Covers only 99.5% of DCI-P3 (Sharp LQ156T1JW04 (SHP153C))
  • 240Hz refresh rate (Sharp LQ156T1JW04 (SHP153C))
  • No PWM (Sharp LQ156T1JW04 (SHP153C))
  • MUX Switch
  • Great keyboard


  • No SD card
  • No Thunderbolt 4
  • Gets more and more expensive
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