MSI MEG Trident X evaluate: This quick gaming PC can squeeze into crowded quarters

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Though it did not encourage me to call it the way in which the Corsair One Professional i200 did, I’ve grown fairly keen on MSI’s Trident X compact gaming desktop. It is quick, matches on my overcrowded desk, has fairly lights with followers which can be seen however not heard and hasn’t given me any bother since preliminary bootup. Even the bottom configuration has adequate energy to spiral downwards in Flight Simulator at 1440p and play the a lot slower-moving Ship Us the Moon in 4K HDR.

LikeFast for its measurement and componentsSurprisingly quietLooks like a gaming system, however not gaudy about itIncludes a USB-C/Thunderbolt Three port

There are restricted prebuilt configurations to select from, besides if you happen to’re Amazon; there, you should purchase it with both 32GB or 64GB reminiscence and tons of various combos of the NVMe or 2.5-inch SSD, plus a single arduous disk. In any other case, it comes with the 8-core Intel Core i7-10700KF and an MSI GeForce RTX 2070 Tremendous Ventus or 2080 Ti graphics card. 

In idea there’s additionally a 10-core Core i9-10900Okay configuration, however I could not discover the present mannequin on the market wherever. The road begins at $2,299, however if you happen to just like the case and do not want the ability, the same (however not an identical) MPG Trident Three begins at $1,049 with a Core i5-10400F and a GTX 1660 Tremendous. Some bundles include MSI’s Vector GK30 keyboard and Clutch GM11, which really feel just a little too low-budget for this technique.

The configurations are totally different within the UK, however so far as I can inform the entry Trident X mannequin is £2,299. And it isn’t obtainable in Australia in any respect.

MSI MEG Trident X (10SF-863US)

Worth as reviewed



10.Four liter mini ITX (15.1 x 5.Four x 15.6 in/38.Four x 13.zero x 40.zero cm)


MSI MEG Z490I Unify and 650 watt PSU


3.8GHz Intel Core i7-10700Okay


32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,932MHz (2 slots)


8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Tremendous (MSI Ventus)


1TB SSD (1 NVMe slot); 2 open bays for two.5-inch storage


6 x USB-A, 2 x USB-C (1 x Thunderbolt 3); on GPU Three x DisplayPort 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0b, on motherboard 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI)


1 x 2.5Gb Ethernet, Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (802.11ax)

Working system

Home windows 10 Residence (1909)

It is a fantastic configuration for gaming in 1440p; 4K efficiency will depend on the sport, however if you happen to use Nvidia’s DLSS upscaling (and are not distracted by the overprocessed seem like I’m), you may play fairly effectively at excessive decision. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider each DLSS 4K and 1440p delivered round a cushty 90fps or so. In order for you stable 4K, the 2080 Ti is the way in which to go. However the $2,299 system ought to provide you with sufficient energy and room to develop. 

You’ll be able to overclock the CPU, GPU and reminiscence with MSI’s Dragon Heart utility, which affords a number of management over the voltage and frequency parameters. Lengthy-term, you’ll improve the storage, reminiscence and graphics card; it has a 650-watt energy provide, which ought to have the ability to deal with most upgrades. Changing the PSU could also be difficult, as is common in compact designs. Ditto for measurement constraints on the potential graphics card selections, since there’s solely room for a single-slot card.

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A lot of the elements are accessible on one facet of the system; solely the graphics card and among the NVMe SSD are on the bottom of the motherboard on the opposite facet. It is about as expandable as you’d anticipate for a PC its measurement — two 2.5-inch bays, two dual-channel RAM slots, an NVMe slot — and all the pieces is comparatively simple to succeed in. It is bought 4 lighting zones, seen on the facet followers, the entrance strip and thru the highest vent.

Opening the case requires eradicating simply two screws per facet. Whereas I favor thumbscrews reasonably than having to search out a screwdriver, it is hardly onerous. You can even substitute one facet with a tempered glass door that has a mesh part over the fan. The one disadvantage is you may’t lay it on its facet like you may with the Trident 3, at the least not with out rigging one thing up; there are followers on each side and you do not need to block the airflow.

Individuals have complained about spotty Wi-Fi connections with this line, which matches my expertise with the identical Intel AX200 chipset in laptops. Nevertheless, I did not have any points with it within the Trident. One good perk that I do not see a lot on desktops is a USB-C/Thunderbolt Three port.

There are flashier compact gaming PCs, however this one strikes a fantastic stability amongst efficiency, design and value.

Geekbench 5 (multicore)

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Geekbench 5 (single-core)

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Geekbench 5 (Vulkan)

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Cinebench R20 CPU (multicore)

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3DMark Fireplace Strike Extremely

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider gaming take a look at

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3DMark Port Royal (RTX)

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System configurations

Corsair One Professional

Microsoft Home windows 10 Professional (1909); 3.3GHz Intel Core i9-10940X; 64GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,667MHz; 11GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti; 2TB SSD

HP Envy 32 All-in-One

Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (1909); 3.0GHz Intel Core i7-9700; 32GB 2,667MHz DDR4 SDRAM; 6GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q; 1TB SSD+32GB Intel Optane

MSI Trident X

Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (1909); (oc) 3.8GHz Intel Core i7-10700Okay; 32GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,932; 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Tremendous Ventus; 1TB SSD

Origin PC Large O (PS4 Version)

Microsoft Home windows 10 Residence (1909); 3.8GHz AMD Ryzen 9 3900X; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM tk; 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Tremendous; 1.5TB SSD (2TB SSD for console)

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