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MSI Trident

Introduction, Design Features

The archetype of a boss-level gaming desktop might still be a large bumbling tower, though nowadays, it’s not odd for gaming computers to come in way smaller packages, nonetheless still container torpedo graphics.

Alienware’s Alpha R2Zotac Zbox Magnus EN980Origin Chronos VRNightblade x2. Think of it as a console-size desktop. It’s one of a smallest VR-ready gaming PCs on a market.

MSI Trident (Vertical)

You can buy a Trident in a garland of ways. The Trident as a bare-bones complement goes for $599. For that, you’re stealing a case, a energy adapter, a pre-installed motherboard, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 desktop-grade graphics. Providing a Socket 1151 Intel processor, laptop-style SO-DIMM DDR4 RAM, a storage drive, and an doing complement are adult to you.

The Trident is also accessible in several pre-configured models. The one we perceived for contrast happened to be a priciest of a lot, during $1,099 (specifically, SKU “010US”). It includes a Core i7-6700 quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB solid-state expostulate (SSD), a 1TB tough drive, and Windows 10 Home. The cost disproportion for all this relations to a bare-bones chronicle seems utterly reasonable, as we weren’t means to arrange it ourselves for reduction by adding a same components simply to a bare-bones model.

All considered, $599 for a bare-bones PC though a CPU is a tiny pricey, even if it comes with a critical graphics card. MSI’s incomparable Nightblade x2 bare-bones section is $399 without a graphics card, though it’s differently versed many like a Trident bare-bones unit. The Trident’s 3GB chronicle of a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is $199 on a own, so we do a math. The altogether advantage with a Trident is that it’s smaller and some-more compress than a MSI Nightblade x2—or, for that matter, many compress gaming PCs that can horde a virtual-reality-capable video card.

The usually sleet we can see on a Trident’s march is a exclusive nature. Its GTX 1060 is removable only like a customary half-length desktop graphics card, though it is customized by MSI for this model. In other words, destiny upgradability for a graphics is uncertain.


The Trident’s all-black extraneous and plane lines remind us rather of an old-school VCR when it’s sitting underneath a TV. (We meant that in a nicest approach possible.)

MSI Trident (Front)

Size-wise, a Trident is a tiny incomparable than a Microsoft Xbox One or a Sony PlayStation 4. The 13.6×9.2-inch framework is easy to fit on a shelf or in a TV cabinet, as it’s only 2.8 inches high when fibbing down. The complement weighs only 7 pounds, though that’s without a outmost 230-watt energy adapter. Judging by a large distance of a adapter, we suspect it wasn’t possibly to confederate it into a Trident’s chassis. Nonetheless, a adapter significantly expands a Trident’s earthy footprint.

MSI Trident (Down)

 The bony extraneous has a grand look. The brushed aluminum and a MSI “gaming shield” trademark on a tip has a reward look-and-feel.

MSI Trident (Logo)

The Trident’s energy symbol is on a left side. Just above it and using along a dilemma is an RGB LED strip. This can be set to any one of 16.7 million colors, or totally disabled. It can also be configured in several patterns around a pre-installed MSI Gaming Center software.

MSI Trident (MSI Gaming Center)

The Trident can be positioned dual ways. The initial is laying horizontally on a desk, as shown in several of a prior images. In that orientation, 4 rubber feet on a underside keep it from shifting around. The second is plumb oriented in a enclosed stand. The mount has a precise, secure fit, and it also has rubber feet on a underside.

MSI Trident


The Trident has an glorious pier selection, one that rivals what we see on many mid-tower desktops. Most of them are on a desktop’s behind panel. Starting on a left is a full-size DisplayPort, HDMI, and DVI-D ports on a tradition GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. To their right is a supposed “VR Link” HDMI port, that indeed serves as a loopback mechanism. MSI includes a male-to-male HDMI cable, that is designed to bond between a GTX 1060’s active behind HDMI pier and a VR Link HDMI port. Doing this enables a HDMI pier on a front of a desktop. This is an critical underline on a desktop to be used for VR, as you’ll need an HDMI wire to be connected to your VR headset, and joining that to a front of a PC is a lot easier.

A four-prong power-adapter slot, a onboard HDMI pier (disabled, with a GTX 1060 in place), 4 USB 2.0 Type-A ports, a singular USB 3.1 Type-A port, an Ethernet jack, a Kensington-style cable-lock notch, and a contingent of audio connectors turn out a residue of a connectors on a behind panel. You can see a lot here, along with a behind of a GTX 1060 card…

MSI Trident (Ports)

On a left of a Trident’s front row is a hoop activity light, a underline we always like to see. It’s followed by detached headphone and microphone jacks, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, dual USB 3.1 Type-As, and a front “VR Link” HDMI port, that works in a approach we discussed earlier.

MSI Trident (Ports Closeup)

All that’s truly lacking on a Trident is a flash-memory-card reader.

Wireless connectivity comes from an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 card, that also reserve support for Bluetooth 4.1 wireless. The wireless Internet vigilance strength was clever from conflicting a medium-size room where we tested.


The Trident’s cooling resolution comprises dual fans. The initial and largest is on a GTX 1060 graphics card. It takes in atmosphere by a dedicated abrade in a side of a chassis, and sends it out a back. The other fan is located on a processor’s heatsink. Its empty atmosphere goes by a heatsink’s cooling fins, exiting out a desktop’s behind and a tiny abrade in a left side, manifest below.

MSI Trident (Vent)

We beheld a Trident done many no sound around a contrast process, including in a gaming sessions. There’s not a spirit of fan or engine noise. CPUID’s HWMonitor utility reported that a processor surfaced out during 82 degrees C during a 30-minute event of Rise of a Tomb Raider. That’s absolutely next a limit rated temperature. The GTX 1060 strike only 76 degrees C, also next a maximum.

In light of a celebrated temperatures and altogether quietness, we’d contend MSI did a excellent pursuit with a Trident’s thermals.

Components Upgradability

As we mentioned, a MSI Trident is sole as a bare-bones system, and in several entirely configured variants. All variants embody a case, energy supply, motherboard, and tradition GTX 1060 graphics card. The bare-bones section (SKU “001BUS”) leaves a rest adult to you. All of a other configurations sole as of this essay were prepared to go out of a box.

The slightest costly is a $899 “008US” variety, that nets we Windows 10 Home, a pre-installed Core i5-6400 quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB tough drive. The $949 “009US” SKU adds a 128GB SSD to a mix. The top-end $1,099 “010US” SKU is a one we’re reviewing; it significantly ups a processor, to a Core i7-6700 quad-core.

MSI Trident (Vertical)

The Trident indeed has a desktop-class upgradable processor. It accepts Socket 1151 Intel processors with adult to a 65-watt thermal-design-power (TDP) rating. The Core i7-6700 in a examination section is now a many manly of a choices. It was tighten to a Core i7-6700K in many of a gaming benchmarks. The Core i7-6700 is a good pairing for a GeForce GTX 1060, and it shouldn’t be a bottleneck while gaming during reasonable resolutions.

As we remarkable in a introduction, a Trident’s GeForce GTX 1060 graphics label is custom-tweaked for this chassis. It’s a Mini-ITX-format label that MSI doesn’t sell separately. The Trident’s destiny graphics-card ascent intensity is capricious since of this. MSI says it may be probable for another, destiny Mini-ITX format label to work, presumption it physically fits and doesn’t surpass a boundary of a Trident’s 230-watt energy adapter. But it’s not a guarantee. We’d suggest not formulation definitively to ascent a Trident’s graphics after on. After all, a top-end Mini-ITX cards of a final dual generations of Nvidia GPUs have been GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 1070 cards, though there is no pledge they will fit here, in terms of both power form and size. 

Nonetheless, being “stuck” with a GeForce GTX 1060 isn’t accurately doom and gloom. It’s a comparatively new card, and it should be copiousness absolute for 1080p gaming for some time to come. MSI lists a Trident as accessible with possibly a 3GB or 6GB flavors of a GeForce GTX 1060; a examination section had a 3GB variety. We suggest opting for a 6GB version, if bill allows. Some complicated AAA games, such as Square Enix’s Rise of a Tomb Raider, suggest 4GB or some-more of graphics-card memory for doing a tip texture-quality settings. MSI told us a bare-bones chronicle of a Trident is now accessible with a 6GB card, and it will shortly be charity a pre-configured systems with a 6GB cards, as well.

Nevertheless, a GTX 1060 is VR-ready in possibly memory configuration. In box you’re wondering if it’s probable to get a faster graphics label in a form cause smaller than a Trident, the Zotac Magnus EN1070, that we haven’t reviewed yet, comes with a GeForce GTX 1070. It’s limited to Intel 35-watt-TDP processors, however, and it runs a high $1,199 as a bare-bones machine, creation it rather pricey by comparison.

The Trident’s use manual, accessible for download on MSI’s support page, is compulsory reading if you’re formulation to ascent a components. (Look for a “Quick Guide.”) The right-side row of a desktop comes off with a tiny effort; be clever to equivocate stressing a clips too much. Four Phillips-head screws later, a tip side of a desktop will slip off toward you. After it’s removed, you’ll have entrance to a Trident’s twin SO-DIMM slots (which support DDR4-2133 notebook-style memory), and a processor and graphics card.

The RAM in a examination section was a singular 8GB SO-DIMM. The Trident accepts adult to 32GB around dual 16GB SO-DIMMs. We’d suggest 16GB for a latest games; nothing of a preconfigured Tridents offers that much, as of this writing. But it’s not too tough to dump in a second 8GB DIMM after a fact. Many of today’s AAA titles, like Battlefield 1, need 8GB of RAM to play.

MSI Trident (Inside)

The storage is on a underside of a chassis. After stealing a 3 compulsory screws, a framework can be pulled detached by rapacious both sides and kindly pulling in conflicting directions. (As we said, you’ll really wish to demeanour during a use manual.) The Trident’s 2.5-inch brook and M.2 Type-2280 (80mm) SSD container are afterwards in plain sight.

With practice, we were means to get a Trident messy to entrance a storage drives within 5 minutes. Realistically, we consider it takes some-more bid than it should. Pulling a framework detached to get to a storage drives is heavy-handed; we’d like to see a dedicated entrance row on a bottom of a chassis, as on a Zotac Zbox Magnus EN980.

Software-wise, a non-bare-bones MSI Trident configurations embody Windows 10 Home. We were softly irritated to find a Norton anti-virus hearing installed, though detached from that, a Trident was purify of neglected software.

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