Subject: Systems | March 16, 2016 - 03:28 PM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Vortex Gaming Tower, vortex, sli, msi, Killer E2400, GTX 980, gtx 960, Core i7-6700K
MSI is now shipping Vortex; the tiny, cylindrical gaming tower showcased at CES 2016.
"Standing at a mere 10.5” high, weighing as little as 8.8lbs, and measuring in at 6.5L, the Vortex pushes more power per inch than most mid to full size tower gaming PC’s without the having to deal with the same bulkiness or weight."
Followers of PC Perspective might recall our coverage of the powerful mini-system during January's CES, and our video is available below:
Specs and pricing hadn't been finalized when we first reported on the Vortex, and as of today we have the full story. Pricing will start at $2199, and you get a Core i7-6700K with SLI GTX 960 graphics cards at that price. Upgrade options include SLI GTX 980 GPUs, 32GB of RAM, and "Super RAID", which is 4x 256GB PCIe (Gen 3 x4) SSDs.
Here's a look at the specs for the two shipping versions of this new system:
|Vortex G65 SLI-002||Vortex G65 SLI-011|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-6700K|
|Memory||32 GB (8 GB x4)
2133 MHz DDR4
|16 GB (8 GB x2)
2133 MHz DDR4
|Graphics||Dual GeForce GTX 980 SLI||Dual GeForce GTX 960 SLI|
|Storage||Super RAID: 4x 256 GB PCIe Gen 3 SSD
2x 128 GB SSD + 1TB SATA 7200 RPM HDD
|Networking||Dual Killer E2400 NIC|
USB 3.0 x4
|Dimensions||7.61 x 7.01 x 10.55 inches|
Obviously these are very powerful system configurations, anchored by a Z170 motherboard and Intel Core i7-6700K processor with plenty of RAM, and SLI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or 980 GPUs. It will be interesting to see what (if any) overclocking headroom is available for CPU/GPU, though a 6.5L chassis is probably going to be at least somewhat thermally constrained.
Exploded view of the Vortex
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.
Follow all of our coverage of the show at http://pcper.com/ces!