MSI GS73VR Disassembly and RAM, HDD, SSD upgrade guide


Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) – 6144 MB, Core: 1404 MHz, Memory: 8008 MHz, GDDR5, 368.79, Optimus
Memory: 16GB, 2400 MHz, dual-channel, 2x SODIMM
Display: 17.3 inch 16:9, 1920×1080 pixel, Name: LG LGD0469
Mainboard: Intel HM170 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage: SanDisk 128GB SSD, Secondary: 1 TB HGST 5400RPM
Soundcard: Realtek ALC899
Connections: 1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 1x Mic-in, 1x Headphone-out (HiFi/SPDIF), Card Reader: SD reader
Networking: Killer E2400 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Battery: 65Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit

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First of all, we will remove the back cover and bottom case to access the internal components.

Remove all screws securing the service cover and remove it.
Remove all screws securing the bottom case. And then insert a guitar pick between the bottom case and the chassis. Slide the pick to release all clips. Finally, remove the bottom case.

With the bottom case removed, you will be able to access the internal components.

Disconnect the white and yellow cables from the motherboard.
Lift up and remove the hard drive module from the laptop.

The MSI GS73VR comes with an HGST 1TB 5400RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s hard drive.

HGST 1TB 5400RPM 32MB cache, model: HTS541010A7E630, dimension: 100*70*7mm

Next to the hard drive, there are two speakers.

MSI GS73VR’s cooling fan also have a lot of changes, the fan blades increase significantly, and can accelerate the discharge of heat, and it uses a dual outlet cooling mode

The left fan uses a dual-fan cooling mode, and it can take away the heat quickly, is also using a dual-outlet design, this design can get better heat dissipation

The battery is not removable, using a push-wire design. This design already used in the previous GS series laptop.

Killer 1535 wireless card, Hon Hai P/N: T77H643.01

The lower left corner is a subwoofer and a woofer. This is the first time using a subwoofer on the MSI GS series laptops.

The motherboard was removed.

As can be seen from the front of the motherboard, the heat sink has five copper pipes.

The MSI GS73VR has two RAM slots and comes with two Kingston 8GB DDR4 RAM.

There is a layer of heat grease covering the SSD.

Two Kingston 8GB DDR4 RAM

Close up of heat sink module


  1. Could you please describe how to remove the motherboard? I have gs63vr, and I can’t remove it – even after I unscrew all the screws I can see, it’s still being hold by something in the lower left corner.
    Also, are there any recommendations about disconnecting battery? As I understand, it’s very hard unless the mainboard is removed.

  2. Thanks for the post. I was able to successfully upgrade my mdi to 32Gigs by follow your instruction. I bought the 32gigs from Fry Electronic name brand call Patriot Viper.
    spec DDR4 PC4-19200 2400MHZ.

    Also Swapped out 1T Seagate with Samsung EVO 850 1T.

    Recommend is to be patience and know how work on computer. if you never have a computer open before then don’t touch it you will jack it up. If you have big hands that maybe an issues too as you can destroy all the tiny ribbon cable.

  3. Hi, can the single cooling fan be removed without taking the motherboard out? Do u do video’s? I have a msi gs73 vr 7rf stealth pro

  4. Hi, in picture 15. Just below the text “As can be seen from the front of the motherboard, the heat sink has five copper pipes.” at the top right of the motherboard there is an empty slot. Is that for another SSD drive ?
    Also i am having a lot ot noise with cpu fan rattling and stopping so i would like to clean it. I have removed the motherboard following this guide, also removed the fans and got alone the group with GPU, CPU cooler pipes but not sure how to continue from there so i can get CPU fan changed.
    I would like to purchase BS5005HS-U2F1 instead of the whole group but not sure how to get that piece alone.
    Kind regards,

  5. Once the computer is disassembled and wires detached can I take out the battery? You wrote it is not removable… I changed the Ram and the SSD thanks to your description, but it looks like the battery is swollen

    • My advise:
      Replace your battery as soon as you notice it isn’t 100%. I had a battery swollen like yours in a different laptop and after a while it caught fire.


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