Inside MSI GS75 Stealth – disassembly and upgrade options
If you are familiar with the MSI GS Stealth series, you know that you are going to have a hard time when upgrading your laptop. Instead of actually placing the motherboard as it should, rather than upside-down, MSI has made removing it easier. Take a look.
MSI GS75 Stealth
- Intel Core i7-9750H
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
- 32GB RAM
- 512GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
Sadly, the MSI GS75 Stealth is not the easiest laptop to teardown. Similarly to its smaller brother, it requires the bottom panel to be removed, which is held in place by 15 Phillips-head screws. Then on the inside, you are going to find some stuff that can be removed immediately but essentially, you have to take remove the motherboard since it is turned upside down.
Battery-wise there is a beefy 80.25Wh unit inside.
3. Memory, storage and cooling
Let’s first give kudos to MSI for including not one but THREE M.2 SSD slots, which is unprecedented in the laptop world. With the price of SSDs going down like Cristiano Ronaldo, after being touched by a gust of wind, this is the perfect setup for the laptop owners.
Now, to take the motherboard out of the chassis, you need to remove the black protective sheet and take only two Phillips-head screws out. However, after that, there are a bunch of connectors that need to be unplugged (for reference see our video guide), as well as the connected SSDs, WiFi card, and a metal cover that holds the power plug in place.
After you’ve gone through hell, and still organized your screws along the way, you will finally greet the cooling solution. MSI has made sure it throws all the copper it can inside – there are 7 heat pipes cooling the CPU, GPU, VRMs and the graphics memory.