Getting inside the machine is straightforward enough. There are a handful of screws to remove, then a center panel can be removed with minimal effort. This gives access to the memory, hard drive, wireless and the main motherboard.
MSI are using 2x2GB of ‘Elixir’ branded memory which is rated to 1366mhz. There is a dual heatpipe system offset to the left (right from the back) of the machine. This transfers heat from the CPU and GPU with a fan set to force the warm air out of the side of the machine.
The hard drive is encased inside a protective bay, which MSI claim offers protection from damage. Obviously at this price point, MSI aren’t using an SSD so any additional safety measures are welcomed. MSI call this an ‘air bag’. MSI are using an Hitachi TravelStar 5k500 2.5 inch drive which only spins at 5,400 rpm. It is eco friendly however, demanding a power draw of only 1.4W.