Inside MSI Stealth GS66 (12Ux) – disassembly and upgrade options
It’s great that MSI diverged away from the horrendous concept of the flipped motherboard they used a couple of years ago. Now, you not only have a good amount of upgrade options, but it is really easy to access them.
MSI Stealth GS66
- Intel Core i7-12700H
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (Laptop, 105W)
- 32GB RAM
- 512GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
There are 9 Phillips-head screws holding the bottom panel of this laptop in place. After you undo them, pry the panel with a plastic tool and lift it away from the chassis.
Inside, you’ll find a behemoth 99.9Wh battery pack. To remove it from the laptop, you need to undo 3 Phillips-head screws. Then, unplug the battery connector, and lift the battery.
3. Memory and storage
You get two SODIMM slots, hidden beneath a metal case. They support up to 64GB of DDR5 memory in total. As for the storage, there are two M.2 PCIe x4 slots. They don’t support RAID configurations, but on the bright side, they fit Gen 4 drives.
4. Cooling system
There are a total of six heat pipes cooling the CPU and the GPU. A seventh one is managing the heat of the graphics memory, while three fans and four heat sinks dissipate the heat away from the device.
MSI Stealth GS66 (12Ux) in-depth review
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- 2x M.2 PCIe Gen 4 slots, 2x RAM SODIMM slots in dual channel
- Covers 99% of the DCI-P3 color gamut and has accurate color representation with our Gaming and Web design profile (240Hz 1440p panel)
- Snappy panels with quick response times
- Good cooling
- You can connect up to four additional monitors
- Thunderbolt 4 + IR face recognition + fingerprint scanner
- Wi-Fi 6E + 2.5G LAN port
- Has a MUX switch
- Lacks an SD card reader
- Subpar battery life
- Its keyboard is not ideal for gaming