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MSI’s new Aegis desktop forward design

MSI’s new Aegis desktop forward design

by Kyn SteetlerApril 23, 2016
Forward concept is bold, but overall design is circa 2001

MSI is no stranger to gaming hardware. They continually attempt to the push the envelope of gaming hardware and increase performance through their products. They recently released pictures and information on their latest Aegis gaming rig, and it is a very forward design. No – literally, it’s a quite forward design as in looks like it’s unbalanced and about the tip over.

The idea behind the design is to create a buffer zone between the power supply and the hardware. This is theory makes it run cooler, and also allows some extra room behind the case to expel heated air.  OK – we’ll accept the premise, but the other “design” attributes really are over-the-top.

Sometime around 2001, I remember seeing modded cars with colored neon glow tubes underneath them. Some would flash and pulsate in rhythm to whatever music was blaring from the car’s speakers. That fad lasted about as long as a couple of summers.  The Fast and Furious movie didn’t do much to help.

Evidently, MSI thinks that we’re still living in 2001 – or one of their designers actually did have the neon tubes under their car. Because the new Aegis rig has more blinking and flashing RGB LEDs than a pimped Christmas tree. Their go to word for them is “Mystic Lights.”  We can understand that a large part of their demographic are 13 year old boys – but this is too much.  Match all the bling with the alien/transformer (ie Michael Bay) type of visual case and you’re left scratching your head.


The rig itself seems to be a bit anemic with only offer two types of CPUs for it: an i5-6400 or i7-6700, neither of which are unlocked.  MSI says that it support full-size graphic cards, but the only available ones are the GTX 970 or 980.

Originally it was supposed to come with a 350 watt power supply unit. That would of made upgrading the rig difficult in terms of power pull. Luckily, someone over at MSI recognized this and made a change to a 600 watt PSU before production got started.


Oddly enough, the Aegis uses So-DIMM DDR4, which is the same tiny type of RAM used in laptops and tiny systems. Nevertheless you can pump it up to 32GB RAM. More than enough for most games out now.

Say no to low frame rates? MSI is claiming that the rig is capable of maintaining at least a 50fps in gaming environments, and are including a copy of The Division with every purchase.

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Kyn Steetler
Kyn Steetler
Technically I love pocket gadgets. Anything that can fit in your pocket and is very cool. But when I don't have my hands in my pockets, I'm gaming.

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