After being teased for quite some time, MSI has officially unveiled its brand new compact gaming desktop PC called Aegis. As opposed to the cylindrical-shaped Vortex, the Aegis features a much more traditional boxy physique but in an angled and raised manner which was apparently done for a good reason – not just for aesthetic purposes.
Taking inspiration from samurai’s blade, this design apparently allows warm air from the case to flow out through the bottom of the case without interruption. However, we believe that Aegis can’t be mounted without its base though since it contains the machine’s 80 PLUS Bronze-certified 350W power supply unit.
Together with a handle on its top that is designed to help users transport the machine around, the Aegis also comes with customizable lighting on its front panel. MSI has also highlighted the existence of USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port on the front panel of Aegis alongside a USB 2.0 port with the company’s Super Charger 2 feature that apparently able to deliver ten times more power than standard USB ports.
In terms of firepower, customers have the choice to equip the 10.5kg machine with up to Intel Core i7-6700 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 graphics card with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM, and two DDR4 2133 RAM in SO-DIMM form factor with total maximum capacity of 32GB. Alongside a slim-type optical drive, the Aegis also supports up to two 3.5-inch hard drive, one 2.5-inch storage drive, and one M.2 SATA solid state drive.
Sound-wise, the Aegis also features virtual 7.1 surround audio capability and audio enhancements by Nahimic alongside a built-in headset amplifier. Customers are able to utilize either the machine’s Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 or Realtek-powered Gigabit LAN, as far as network connectivity is concerned.
Meanwhile, MSI is still keeping the price for its brand new Aegis as a secret at the moment. Nevertheless, expect to see it in stores throughout the world starting from end of April onwards.