MSI has refreshed its Vortex small form factor desktop with the new Vortex G25VR, announced earlier today at its Computex 2017 press conference. Sporting a radically different look from its predecessor, it now looks more like a gaming console than a desktop.
In fact, that does appear to be MSI’s design philosophy for the Vortex G25VR. The first generation Vortex G65, with its unique Mac Pro-like cylindrical design, was meant to be a “living room PC” – the new Vortex G25VR is another interpretation of this concept.
For starters, the Vortex G25VR looks just like a gaming console. It can be placed both horizontally and vertically, and with its stunningly tiny 2.5-litre form factor, both positions suit any work space or living room. In comparison, the Vortex G65 from last year had an already small 6.5-litre form factor.
And, given MSI’s design philosophies, the Vortex G25VR is pretty handsomely designed. The metal top is complemented by red accents, while the bottom (which, remember, can also be a “side” when placed vertically) has matte black etchings and two cooling fan holes, as well as red LED lights from the hardware inside.
The MSI Vortex G25VR remains a powerful compact gaming desktop, despite the smaller size. It can hold up to a 7th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5 memory, two NVMe M.2 SSD bays, four RAM slots (supporting up to 64GB GDDR 4 RAM), as well as a Thunderbolt 3 port with up to 5V/3A charging support for external devices.
Given its unique design, the the MSI Vortex G25VR conveniently splits the I/O ports at the back and front of the device. This makes it easier for living room gaming situations, as well as for VR gaming. Finally, two cooling fans and eight heat pipes help keep the G25VR cool.
No pricing and availability details have been revealed just yet, but we have been told that MSI will be selling the MSI Vortex G25VR at a lower retail price than its predecessor, which was sold from RM11,999.