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MSI's new gaming PC looks like a robot's head

By Aaron Yip - on 12 Jan 2020, 9:30am

MSI's new gaming PC looks like a robot's head

Note: This article was first published on 9 January 2020.

MSI has introduced an all-new flagship product at CES 2020: the MEG Aegis Ti5 gaming desktop

This gaming PC also comes with 'MSI Commander Unit' technology, which allows real-time system information to be displayed on an LCD display on the unit. Users can also fiddle with system performance on the fly with a knob, referred to as a ‘Gaming Dial’.

That's cool and all, but can we talk about how... unique this PC looks? I like how the desktop is elevated above the ground to improve the airflow. It also kind of reminds me of Overwatch’s Bastion’s head, with the base being his neck.

Look familiar?

With 5G connectivity on board, MSI claims the Aegis Ti5 will offer networking transfer speeds that are faster than, not only 4G but also wired networks. That's an incredible feature, and could change the way how gamers with reliable 5G access play games online. MSI has also called this machine the, “market’s first 5G-compatible desktop,” which is interesting.

Here are the specs, which are not final:

CPU: Up to latest Intel Core i9 Processor

Graphics: Up to MSI GeForce RTX TM 2080Ti 11GB, GDDR6

Memory: 4x DDR4 2666MHz U-DIMMs, up to 128GB

Storage: 3x M.2 SSD, 2x 2.5” Drive bays, 1x 3.2” Drive bay

Communication: Intel® I225V 2.5G LAN controller, Intel® I219V 1G LAN controller, Intel® AX201 (WiFi 6)

PSU: 650W 80 Plus (SFX)

Now for the bad news. We've heard that the gaming PC could be priced at around US$4,000, and is only available some time later this year. That’s a pretty heart-breaking price, but for that sci-fi looking casing and specs under the hood - it was never going to be cheap.

Most PC enthusiasts will scoff at the Aegis Ti5, preferring to buy their components separately and build their own machines - and at a much cheaper cost. But there's still a sizeable gaming market for PCs like the experimental-looking Aegis Ti5, and only companies like MSI (and your ROG, Acer, Alienware, etc...) that has total control of their R&D and assembly, from the case to the motherboard, can reimagine how gaming systems can look and function.