The body MSI Aegis X stands out from most of its competitors. Above the center flaunts MSI logo, under it are located several plates that resemble armor. The result is a brutal appearance, is well combined with powerful hardware stuffing. Add to this the Mystic Light illuminated with numerous RGB LED, which can be controlled through a proprietary utility. body structure is different from most models instead of just one cooling segment in MSI Aegis X we get two. The lower segment is installed the power supply, the rest of the iron works in the upper segment. The visual differences from the “younger” model does not have the system installed in the former housing volume of 19.6 liters, the dimensions remain the same. Therefore, the difference between the conventional system and the Aegis Aegis the X lies inside.
By hardware stuffing MSI Aegis X far exceeds its predecessor. Instead Maxwell aging video card we get the modern Pascal model, instead of a conventional processor Core i7 – K model with an unlocked multiplier. MSI Motherboard also decided to replace, now it is based on the chipset Z170 instead of B150. There is also a RAID array on the two SSD M.2, an optional hard disk for data storage and connectors for VR helmet on the front panel.
Our test system used the Core i7-6700K processor is the Intel paired with a graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. The system was installed 16 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB SSD RAID array for the operating system and programs, as well as an additional hard drive capacity of 2TB. But everything has its price: MSI for Aegis X asks almost 2,600 euros.
Since MSI Aegis X uses the same chassis as the original Aegis system, we will not repeat itself, and give a link to the review in June. The appearance, function, size and weight remain the same.
But the updated system at the bottom of the front panel HDMI port was added. Together with two USB ports can be used to connect the points of virtual reality, such as the HTC Vive, in front of the housing. Processor Intel Core i7-6700K and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card provide enough performance for VR.
The GeForce GTX 1080 is not based on long-winded reference cooler, it is equipped with a proprietary cooler MSI and runs at higher clock speeds. To be more specific, the housing installed branded card Armor 8G OC. In idle mode, it stops the fans as GPU temperature remains below a certain level, the card operates completely silently. For the inflow of fresh air to the graphics some ventilation holes are provided.
The power supply is not only increased the power to 600 watts, but also because of 80Plus Silver certification it works more efficiently.
Most ports are taken out on a backboard. Compared with the usual Aegis system due Z170 chipset we got more high-speed USB ports. Not without modern ports such as USB 3.1 Type C and LAN Killer Network.
MSI was able to fit a decent hardware stuffing on the type motherboard Mini-ITX format. Two high-speed M.2 SSD connected via PCI Express interface and work in RAID 0. MSI mode, install the operating system Windows 10, Dragon Center utility allows you to make the most important settings. Games can be stored on the optional 2.5 “2 Tbayt.s capacity hard disk
The body is enough space for two 3.5 “hard drives. The cover region provided optical drive bay slot-loading, nominally established a model that not only reads and writes CD, but and DVD. It is a pity that the Blu-ray discs are not supported.
The video card in the MSI Aegis X system is connected to the motherboard via a riser-card. As a result, the graphics card is installed parallel to the motherboard. This arrangement will not only save space occupied, but also improve the cooling.
Processor Intel Core i7-6700K is cooled by a closed-loop CBO. The tank and pump integrated into the water block, a heat exchanger passed into the bottom of the body, where it gets fresh air. Attached to the heat exchanger 120 mm fan.
With this hardware stuffing MSI Aegis X delivers a convincing performance. The system will cope with all the latest games at high resolutions and quality settings. Of course, here we will practice tests.
Thanks to high-speed processor Intel Core i7-6700K and the flagship graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GDDR5X 8GB of memory, the system is easy to cope with games at higher resolutions and detail levels. Resolution up to 2.560 x 1.440 pixels for MSI Aegis X is not a problem, the performance is sufficient for even 4K, although it all depends on the game and settings. With VR goggles, such as HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, the system also will cope without any problems. Thanks to high-speed SSD RAID array everyday performance is at a very high level – we have data rates up to 2.83 Gb / s. In the hard disk speed was more than 160 MB / s, too bad, even below the level of SSD. 16 GB of memory running at a frequency of 2.133 MHz with a bandwidth of 25 GB / s. In the test, the 7-Zip compression system performance was more than 25.000 MIPS.
Although productive iron level MSI Aegis X noise under stress load decreased. Of course, idle 37.5 dB Noise level (A) was a little higher than normal the Aegis, but under load the fan noise is not so much. Under stress conditions, we got 45.5 dB (A). In games, the computer is running a little quieter – up to 42.1 dB (A). The controller MSI Aegis X fans has been improved compared to the original MSI Aegis, fan does not spin / stop continuous cycle.
Of course, powerful hardware leads to high levels of energy consumption. But thanks to modern energy-saving technology MSI Aegis X showed his best side. Under normal operation of Windows will consume less than 50 watts in the games we have about 300 watts. Under the stress load power consumption increased to 332.9 watts. In general, good results for a given class gaming computer prices and performance.
With temperatures no problems. We got up to level 77 or 71 ° C for the CPU and GPU, throttling was not observed.
If you like a mini-PC MSI Aegis, but the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 graphics card showed a weak note on the new MSI Aegis X. Due to significantly more productive video card GeForce GTX 1080 and overclock the CPU K computer Aegis X belongs to a different category. He easily cope with all the latest games at maximum settings and resolution higher than Full-HD. Some games can be run in 4K. For virtual reality glasses stock performance is also sufficient. They can be connected to the interfaces on the front panel MSI Aegis X. This is true, and HDMI port, which is attached to the graphics card interface.
Two SSD PCI Express RAID array to operate with an excellent level of performance. The operating system boots in seconds, the application will start almost immediately. For storage of games and user data, an additional 2.5-inch hard disk capacity of 2TB. If it is you will not be enough, you can install two additional 3,5 “HDD in a rather large enclosure volume of 19.6 liters. With the upgrade problems should arise, because the motherboard has a Mini-ITX format, set in a full-size PCI Express graphics card.
Despite the high level of performance, MSI was able to reduce the noise level Aegis X compared to the younger model. Under load, the system is quieter, while in 2D mode – a little louder. MSI finalized fan control system, we do not get infinite promotion / deceleration cycle. At MSI Aegis X, we found no problems with cooling, all components remain in the “green” zone, the processor and graphics card is always working at peak performance.
As with the original MSI Aegis, the most serious drawback of MSI Aegis X is the price: in our test configuration MSI asks 2.599 euros. Despite the innovative body, I would like to get a lower price. Maybe the next generation will be cheaper.