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MSI Trident X (2018): Cramming in an i9 9900k and RTX 2080ti !

MSI wasted no time at all in upgrading its small form factor PC lineup with Intel's new 9th Gen CPUs. Last week following Intel's announcements, MSI announced the all-new Trident X, a powerful gaming PC packed into a small 10-litre case. We managed to spend some time with MSI in China to get up close and personal with the first samples.

MSI Trident X 2018 Specifications:

  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • CPU: Up to Intel Core i9 9900k
  • Chipset: Intel Z370 Chipset
  • Storage: 2x [email protected] SSD (top side: 1x auto switch. back side: 1x PCIe SSD or Intel Optane). Up to 2.x2.5″ HDD/SSD
  • System Memory: 2x DDR4 2666mhz Long DIMMs up to 32GB
  • Graphics: Up to Nvidia RTX 2080 ti VENTUS 11GB GDDR6
  • Audio: 7.1 Channel HD Audio with Nahimic audio enhancer
  • Optical Drive: None
  • Wireless: Intel I219-V. Intel Dual Channel Wireless AC3168
  • AC Adapter: 450W/650W
  • Volume: 10.36 Liters
  • Dimensions: with stand: 129.74 x 382.73 x 396.39 mm
    Without stand: 129.74 x 382.73 x 368.69mm

MSI's new Trident X system gives buyers the choice between a Core i7-9700K or Core i9-9900K. Over all, the Trident X is said to offer as much as 50 percent more performance compared to last year's Infinite X system.

Aesthetically, the Trident X is similar to its predecessor, marking the return of Mystic Light and the tempered glass side panel. Some extra ventilation has been added to the base of the glass panels this time around to help with thermals while retaining impressive looks.

The graphics card sits on the left hand side of the PC all by itself, while the remaining space is taken up by the CPU, RAM, motherboard etc. Parts are spaced out like this to ensure that thermals are kept in check. MSI also has a proprietary cooling solution known as ‘Silent Storm Cooling', which splits airflow into three lanes, allowing components to be individually cooled based on the task at hand.

The MSI Trident X will be available in the UK on shelf in December @ Curry's PC World MSRP £2899 – including Core i7 9700k, GTX 2080, 512GB M.2 PCIe, 2TB HDD, 32GB DDR4 (2x16GB), with 650W PSU.

KitGuru Says: MSI's Trident X is looking impressive! We'll be looking forward to taking a deeper dive when they start shipping out.

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