Inside MSI Delta 15 (A5Ex) – disassembly and upgrade options
Even though AMD makes both CPUs and GPUs, all-AMD laptops are still very rare. The Delta 15 (A5Ex) is one member of the exquisite AMD club, and it offers quite the upgradability. Unfortunately, it is not too easy to access the ports.
1. Remove the bottom plate
The first step here is to remove the bottom panel. To do that, undo all 13 Phillips-head screws, and pry it, starting from the front two corners.
Inside, we see an 82Wh battery pack. It lasts for 11 hours and 30 minutes of Web browsing, or 10 hours and 30 minutes of video playback. To remove it, you just need to undo two Pillips-head screws and unplug the battery connector from the motherboard.
3. Flip the motherboard
As you can see, the situation is not very simple, as the motherboard is upside down. First, peel the black sheet off it. Then, remove the Wi-Fi card, and unplug all connectors, you see attached to it. After that, you will need to pop off two Phillips-head screws. Only then, you will be able to turn the motherboard the right way around.
Now, you have access to the two RAM SODIMM slots, which fit up to 64GB of DDR4 memory. Storage-wise, there are two M.2 PCIe x4 slots.
Here, the two thin heat pipes are allocated to the CPU, while the two thicker ones are for the GPU. In addition, you get a heat pipe that takes care of the voltage control.
MSI Delta 15 (A5Ex) in-depth review
The MSI Delta 15 is a laptop that we've been wanting to get our hands on for quite some time. Finally, we managed to buy one. Why is it so special, you may ask? You know, the last year was pretty successful for AMD. They managed to dethrone Intel (at least briefly), while their RDNA2 architecture brought the battle with NVIDIA to a new level. This is why the company paired with some brands to make the so-called "AMD Advantage Edition" devices.One of the most popular units out there was the ASUS ROG Strix G15 G513 with this branding. However, the Delta 15 from MSI flew under the radar of a[...]
- Good battery life
- 2x SODIMM + 2x M.2 PCIe x4
- Fast display options
- No aggressive PWM (Sharp LQ156M1JW03 (SHP155D))
- 96% sRGB coverage and high color accuracy with our Gaming and Web design profile (Sharp LQ156M1JW03 (SHP155D))
- No SD card reader
- Difficult to upgrade
- Subpar cooling
- Gets very hot on the outside when gaming