Over CES, MSI announced a new console-like PC called the Trident 3. The new unit packs the latest Intel’s Kaby Lake CPU, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU, memory, an SSD and a hard drive. The system weighs just about three kilograms and its dimensions are smaller than dimensions of Microsoft’s Xbox One.

Current-generation game consoles, while closed systems ripe for optimization, can have difficulty providing performance sufficient for Full-HD gaming. Many console gamers prefer to play their games on HDTVs rather than on monitors, and so makers of boutique PCs were set on introducing console-like computers featuring gaming-grade hardware. Manufacturers of computer components were, for various reasons, reluctant to launch their own SFF gaming PCs for the living room until last year. However in the recent months we have seen a number of computers from motherboards/GPU vendors cards that are both small and powerful. MSI began to sell its Trident system in November-December timeframe without making any loud announcements, and this month the company upgraded its mini PC with Intel’s Kaby Lake processors but retained the chassis and the platform.

The MSI Trident 3 is based on a custom Intel H110 powered motherboard, along with a choice of Intel’s Core i7-7700 / i5-7400 processors and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 / 1050 Ti graphics cards. By default the PC comes with 8 GB of single-channel DDR4-2400 memory (upgradeable to 32 GB), a 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD, one 1 TB hard drive and a 230 W external PSU. Despite the miniature size, the MSI Trident 3 is upgradeable: the CPU, the graphics adapter, the DRAM and storage devices may be changed. Due to lack of space inside, it is impossible to install a video card longer than 17 cm or additional drives, but such limitations are understandable. Moreover, keeping in mind that many SFF PCs use mobile components soldered to their motherboards, so using desktop-class components is a tradeoff between replaceability and size.

MSI Trident 3 Specifications
  Mainstream High-End
CPU Intel Core i5-7400
3 GHz/3.5 GHz
6 MB L3 Cache
HD Graphics 630
65 W
Intel Core i7-7700
3.6 GHz/4.2 GHz
8 MB L3 Cache
HD Graphics 630
65 W
PCH Intel H110
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 3 GB GDDR5 memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB GDDR5 memory
Memory  8 GB of DDR4-2400 (one SO-DIMM installed)
Up to 32 GB is supported
Storage 256 GB SSD (SATA)
1 TB 2.5" HDD
Wi-Fi Intel AC3168 IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.2
Ethernet Intel I219V GbE
Display Outputs 1 × HDMI Front
2 x HDMI Rear (1 x VR Link)
1 x HDMI (GPU)
1 × DisplayPort
1 × DVI-I
Audio 5.1-channel audio (Realtek ALC1150)
Audio Boost 3,
Nahimic 2.5
USB 1 × USB 3.0 Type-C (5 Gbps)
3 × USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps)
4 × USB 2.0 Type-A
Other I/O -
Dimensions Vertical with stand: 353.73 × 251.35 mm × 97.56 mm
Horizontal without stand: 346.25 × 71.83 × 232.47 mm
PSU 230 W
OS Windows 10 Home

When it comes to connectivity, the MSI Trident 3 has a lot to offer: three USB 3.0 Type-A ports (two front, one rear), one USB 3.0 Type-C header (front), four USB 2.0 connectors (rear), Gigabit Ethernet, an IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi with BT 4.2 module, six display outputs (four HDMI, one DisplayPort, one DVI) to easily connect VR headsets and up to three monitors, 5.1-channel audio with Audio Boost 3 and Nahimic software enhancements and so on.

MSI’s Trident 3 can be installed both horizontally and vertically, depending on its owner’s tastes. Moreover, the system is equipped with RGB LEDs so to customize its look.

The MSI Trident 3 featuring Intel’s Kaby Lake CPUs will be available shortly with the basic configuration (Core i5-7400, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB, etc.) starting at $899, while the more advanced builds will naturally cost more.

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Source: MSI

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  • marymiller411 - Thursday, May 24, 2018 - link

    There is a market, albeit niche, for being highly compact and portable, while still being a PC.
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  • nissefar - Thursday, January 26, 2017 - link

    Yet another g4m3r plastic spaceship!
  • jimjamjamie - Thursday, January 26, 2017 - link

    In before they release an RGB version for $1299
  • BrokenCrayons - Thursday, January 26, 2017 - link

    It's already an RGB version. From the article, "Moreover, the system is equipped with RGB LEDs so to customize its look."
  • flyingpants1 - Thursday, January 26, 2017 - link

    This shows how absolutely pathetic, stagnant, and inflexible the computer industry is. I had this idea several years ago, we all did.. It could be made even smaller and with a GTX1080 if these people had the balls to do a custom design, and don't tell me there's no budget for that because I see ridiculous gimmick products ALL THE TIME.

    Reversible USB connectors took 15 YEARS to make. They are not anywhere close to standard yet. Nuff said.
  • Nagorak - Saturday, January 28, 2017 - link

    The thing is, you can just buy a Silverstone HTPC case that's only a little bit larger and then you can put in a full sized ATX board, a full size long graphics card and a full sized optical drive, for something not any larger than a standard stereo. It's not worth paying for compactness in this situation.
  • andrewaggb - Thursday, January 26, 2017 - link

    It's 25% too expensive to start with...

    The gamer design pretty much ensures nobody actually wants it on their desk or in their living room. Honestly... why not must make it a compact PC with a decent graphics card that's still upgradeable. Basically like a NUC, but with a dual slot gpu port. And if people want to use it for gaming (or who knows what else) then power to them.

    Also a 230W psu is pretty skimpy. I get the form factor, but nvidia recommends a 300W psu for those cards and 230W really gives you no options to put anything bigger in there.
  • Nagorak - Saturday, January 28, 2017 - link

    The graphics card is too crappy for this to be a serious gaming machine. Better off not making it compact and putting in something with reasonable power.
  • Jumangi - Thursday, January 26, 2017 - link

    Nice design but ridiculous prices for the specs. Fools with too much money only need apply.

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