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MSI's Trident X packs a Core i9-9900K, RTX 2080 Ti into a small form-factor PC

By midian182 · 9 replies
Oct 10, 2018
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  1. Earlier this year, MSI released the Trident 3 Arctic gaming PC; a small form-factor PC that packed a 7th-gen Core i7-7700 and a GTX 1070. We liked the system so much that it scored an 85 in our review. Now, the company’s next version of the Trident has been upgraded with some of the most advanced PC hardware money can buy.

    Trident X buyers can choose between the flagship 8-core/16-thread Core i9-9900K, which costs $488 when bought separately. The chip operates at a base frequency of 3.6 GHz but will boost as high as 4.7 GHz on all cores with a maximum single-core frequency of 5 GHz. Alternatively, there’s the 8-core/8-thread Core i7-9700K—priced at $373 on its own—which has the same base frequency but a slightly lower 4.6 GHz/4.9 GHz boost.

    The Trident X doesn’t just offer the latest CPUs; it also comes with one of Nvidia’s new RTX graphics cards. Buyers can choose from the RTX 2070, RTX 2080, or the RTX 2080 Ti, making it a beastly gaming PC. The only thing it’s missing is a Z390-based motherboard—it uses an older Z370, instead. You can read more about new chipset here.

    Additionally, the Trident supports up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory via dual DIMM slots, a single M.2 SSD, and two 2.5-inch drive bays. It comes with a 450W 80 Plus Bronze Certified PSU or a 650W 80 Plus Gold Certified PSU, depending on what hardware customers want to pack into its 10-liter chassis.

    Looks-wise, there's plenty of RGB lighting and a hinged tempered glass side panel to show off all your components. It also features MSI’s Silent Storm Cooling 3 system, which uses three separate airflow channels to keep the CPU, GPU, and PSU cool.

    The Trident X will go on sale in November with a starting price of $2,299.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,177   +1,594

    I was kind of interested in this until I saw the price tag, but I'm not surprised by it either.
    Nobina likes this.
  3. R00sT3R

    R00sT3R TS Guru Posts: 156   +339

    The spec no one really wants, Trident X Potato = $2300

    The spec everyone really wants, Trident X = If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
  4. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,994   +2,435

    50% faster than the 2700X version for gaming, but only if you disable half the cores.
    Agnomen, godrilla, Vito05 and 11 others like this.
  5. Ravey

    Ravey TS Addict Posts: 152   +66

    How would this compare to one of MSI gaming laptops, they are roughly the same price but the laptops come with a second hard drive a built in monitor and if you want to splash out you could go for a dual graphics card option.
  6. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,806   +407

    I believe you would get more performance from a desktop, with a laptop you typically get the mobile version of the GPU, not always.. but usually. If you have any model numbers you could post up, that would make it easier to compare... otherwise "one of MSI gaming laptops" can very greatly in specs.
  7. Ravey

    Ravey TS Addict Posts: 152   +66

    I agree, Desktops are usually more powerful.. But not everyone has the space for an entire gaming rig a home.. Desktops take up a lot of space...

    But to make things a little more fair, I will rephrase my initial comment:

    Would it be possible to get a comparison review for a Desktop, Small Form Factor, and Laptop with each system carrying the same - specs... I think it should be possible.
  8. godrilla

    godrilla TS Enthusiast Posts: 82   +39

    And only at 1080p because today majority gamers spending around $500 for a cpu want to game at 1080p lol. Amd needs to bring out the 2800x if exists sooner rather than later.
  9. Abraka

    Abraka TS Addict Posts: 176   +54

    Beautiful. That's how a PC should look like. Not bigger than an XBox or PlayStation. Boxes and components should get smaller and nicer.
  10. godrilla

    godrilla TS Enthusiast Posts: 82   +39

    I wish I could build one myself though.

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