Subject: Systems, Shows and Expos | January 6, 2016 - 09:04 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Vortex Gaming Tower, Nightblade X2, Nightblade MI2, msi, Gaming 27XT, Cubi 2 Plus, CES
Along with the laptops comes three full sized prebuilt systems and a mini-PC at MSI's display booth. Most are customizable, the price you pay depends on the components you choose and the case you prefer, two of which have picked up awards.
First we have the Vortex Gaming Tower which as you can see from the picture is not configured like a normal PC at all. The cylindrical shape is 6.5 litres, about 1.7 gallons which is an odd measurement but does mean the case is rather small. Don't let that fool you about the interior components, it comes with two GTX 980's in SLI and their proprietary 360° Silent Storm Cooling.
The Gaming 27XT comes with an impressive and almost unique feature, support for an external GPU. It is an All-in-One PC, with a 144Hz display and is likely powered by Intel's HD graphics if you do not choose to mount a GPU on the back of the display. The placement should also help keep that GPU cool by separating its airflow from the rest of the components. Nahimic Audio Enhancer and a Killer Lan NIC come standard.
The familiar Nightblade Series gains two new members, the Nightblade X2 and MI2. The systems both use a Skylake motherboard with the X2 being compatible with cards up to the GTX 980ti and the MI2 stopping at the 970. As you should expect both systems use Military Class 4 components and come with a variety of tools from MSI.
Last comes the tiny Cubi 2 Plus system, competition for the NUC and ZBOX. It will be powered by a 6th Gen Skylake-S processor so it will be more than capable of handling duties as a media server. More importantly it has support for both an M.2 SSD and a 2.5" SSD ensuring you are not forced into using a drive you would rather not have. You can also see four USB ports on the front which means plenty of room for expansion even with a mouse and keyboard connected.
Keep your eyes peeled for more detailed information as the team on the ground visits the MSI booth in person.
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