MSI Vortex Mini Gaming PC Takes The Fight Against Apple’s Mac Pro – Packs Core i7-6700K and SLI’d GeForce GTX 980 GPUs


CES 2016 has brought a range of new gaming PCs and notebooks fitted with the latest hardware that's available today. MSI has also showcased their own gaming PCs which they believe are the future of PC Gaming as said in their press release. From All-In-Ones to Mini PCs, MSI had them but out of all the products, one particular mini PC stood out of the rest and this PC is called the MSI Vortex.

MSI's Compact, Mini Gaming PC Vortex Is More Powerful Than The Mac Pro

The MSI Vortex features the same cylindrical shape as the Mac Pro from Apple. The Vortex is slightly bigger and comes with its own MSI Gaming infused looks compared to the all glossy black layout on the Mac Pro. The Mac Pro is aimed at professionals while the Vortex is a full fledged gaming focused device but comparing the two in terms of specifications reveals that the Vortex is better in every possible way. First of all, the chassis which MSI states is a Tower form factor has a capacity of 6.5 liters. The casing has two fans, a bottom intake fan and a top mounted exhaust fan which are used as cooling solution for the entire hardware assembly within the Vortex. It should be enough to cool the PC under normal gaming loads but there's another thing about the Vortex, it fully supports overclocking too and the hardware that is packed within it is advertised to support it by the respective companies.

Vortex –  MSI’s Vortex is a powerful compact gaming PC designed to fit anywhere.  Potent yet small, the Vortex is only about 6.5L and comes packed with power utilizing a desktop Intel processor, dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980 SLI graphics for blistering fast performance, and a 360° Silent Storm Cooling design for superior performance under the most intense gaming sessions. It will also support multiple 4K video outputs simultaneously for intense multi-tasking and allow for expandability with an easy-to-upgrade design for DIY users.  The Vortex will be available in 2016. via MSI

Packing an Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) processor that comes with an unlocked design along with dual GPUs and we aren't talking about some regular MXM chips, MSI has actually used two GeForce GTX 980 GPUs that were recently introduced to the mobility market and pack the full GM204 core with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory and 2048 CUDA cores. The Skylake chip itself is a 4 GHz Quad core beast and the top of the line processor that Intel has to offer in the market today. The system comes with DDR4 memory support up to 64 GB which is also another feast for users. Under full load, the system has an operating noise load of 37dB and just 22dB when it is idle.

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The system is going to be offered with two planned SKUs, the more pricey solution is already detailed above. The second one will come with Dual GeForce GTX 960M GPUs and a Core i5 class processor from the Skylake family. The solution does give users a lot of room for upgrades as it comes with the LGA 1151 socket that has been rumored to last two generations (Skylake and Kaby Lake) along with MXM modules which users can up-grade to a better graphics module. The systems are going to fall in the price range close to $2000 US. The price is lower than the starting price of the Mac Pro (2013) at $2999 US and packs a quad core Xeon E3 chip along with the FirePro D300 graphics solution (2 GB GDDR5 memory). The MSI Vortex PC is expected to hit retail in Q2 2016.

MSI GAMING 27X 6QE AIO PC - Features Back-Mounted External Graphics Card Module

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Another Gaming PC showcased by MSI was their Gaming 27X 6QE AIO. Powered by the Intel Core i7-6700 chip and based around the H170 PCH, this PC is an AIO solution aimed at the gaming audience. The PC can support up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory and has a 27 inch display that is offered in either 1080P or 4K resolutions and a refresh rate up to 144 Hz. This gaming PC comes with a back-mounted, external graphics card module that can support flagship graphics cards such as the GeForce GTX 980 Ti or the GeForce GTX Titan X and leaving users to further upgrade to a new graphics card by their own choice. The PC is expected to hit retail around Q2 too with a price range of $1700 US.

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