MSI Trident 3 is the latest enthusiast system designed for gamers looking to replace their existing console. Though it is going to be costlier compared to an Xbox One or a PlayStation 4, the improved performance will result in better visuals, and it is VR ready right off the bat.
MSI Trident 3 Sports A Small Form Factor and Will Be Available in the i5 or i7 Processor Variants
Thanks to improved engineering and manufacturing of efficient components like the GPU and CPU, MSI was effortlessly able to cram in those components inside a console-like chassis, although there were a few comprises that had to be made. First off, there is no CPU present that features an unlocked multiplier primarily because it would shoot up the retail price as well as the internal temperatures of the system should you decide to start overclocking.
Additionally, the most powerful GPU inside the Trident 3 is limited to a GTX 1060, most likely due to pricing constraints. MSI is definitely aiming to sell you a console replacement, but the purchase will not feel like a replacement if you’re forced to pay a small fortune for it.
Complete Specifications of the MSI Trident 3 (via Anandtech)
- CPU: i5-7400 (3GHz base clock speed, 3.50GHz Turbo Boost, 4 cores and 4 threads), or i7-7700 (3.60GHz base clock speed, 4.20GHz Turbo Boost, 4 cores and 8 threads)
- Chipset: Intel H110
- Graphics chips: GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB GDDR5 memory, GTX 1060 with 3GB GDDR5 memory, or GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB GDDR5 memory
- Memory: 8GB of DDR4-2400 (one SO-DIMM installed and supports up to 32GB)
- Storage: 256GB SATA-based SSD and a single 1TB 2.5-inch hard drive
- Wi-Fi: Intel AC3168 IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.2
- Ethernet: Intel I219V GbE
- Display and other outputs:
- 1 × HDMI Front
- 2 x HDMI Rear (1 x VR Link)
- 1 x HDMI (GPU)
- 1 × DisplayPort
- 1 × DVI-I
- Audio 5.1-channel audio (Realtek ALC1150)
- USB 1 × USB 3.0 Type-C (5Gbps)
- 3 × USB 3.0 Type-A (5Gbps)
- 4 × USB 2.0 Type-A
- Dimensions (Vertical with stand): 353.73 × 251.35 × 97.56mm
- Horizontal without stand: 346.25 × 71.83 × 232.47mm
- PSU: 230 W
- OS: Windows 10 Home
The base model of the Trident 3, which features a Core i5 processor is going to start at $899 and the Core i7 model will definitely set you back by a lot.