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MSI launches 10 litre Nightblade MI gaming PC

by Mark Tyson on 30 July 2015, 13:06

Tags: MSI, NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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MSI has expanded its Nightblade compact PC range with its most condensed offering yet – the Nightblade MI. The original Nightblade PCs and bare bones mini-ITX offerings had dimensions of 345.8 x 277.3 x 175.7 mm and a capacity of 16 litres. MSI's latest Nightblade MI is an immediately noticeably smaller 340.6 x 234.8 x 127.6 mm, with a capacity of 10 litres. HEXUS reviewed the original MSI Nightblade in August last year.

Before today's launch we first saw the MSI Nightblade MI on show at Computex in June. As you can see from the pictures in this article the MI design is quite a departure from the previous Nightblade model stylings, it lacks the lower front LED-lit 'throat', handle, chrome highlights on the front, and top panel access controls and ports. You will find its 2x USB 3.0 and Earphone/Microphone jack round the side. However, despite the style changes and reduction in size, MSI still squeeze an ODD into this new Nightblade.

The previous Nightblade models were pre-made and barebone systems which left you to decide the CPU (choice of Haswell CPU) and the GPU. From the press release we have today the Nightblade MI gaming PC appears to have a set configuration. The specs are reproduced below:

Nightblade MI specifications

  • Processor: Intel 4th gen Core i7 processor
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Chipset: Intel B85
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB GDDR5
  • Memory: Max 16GB dual slots DDR3 Long-DIMM
  • Storage: 2x 3.5" HDD, 1x 2.5" SSD/HDD
  • Communication: 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Wireless Combo
  • Optical Device: Slim tray Super Multi DVD
  • Power Supply: 350W Bronze
  • Dimensions: 127.6 x 234.8 x 340.6 mm (10L)
  • Connectivity: Side: 2x USB 3.0, Earphone/Microphone jack
  • Rear: 7 in 1 audio jack, 2x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0, 1x RJ45 LAN, 1x HDMI out, 1x Display out, 1x P/S 2
  • OS: Windows 10, system supports DirectX 12

In further supplied details, MSI crows about the capabilities of the GTX 960 offering "a performance increase of 15% while using 41% less power compared to the previous generation". Nahmic sound technology is equipped to provide high definition virtual 7.1 sound using advanced sound enhancement effects.

With a more confined chassis, cooling possibilities and airflow can be impacted heavily. MSI says that it has implemented 'Silent Storm Cooling' in the Nightblade MI with a heat pipe and sealed fin heatsink in the chassis to help your system remain "perfectly cool and silent during gaming sessions". Smaller systems can be tricky to get into and change components but MSI claims the MI has easy upgrade access to HDD bays, the SSD bay, CPU and graphics card.

The Nightblade MI gaming PC will be available worldwide from the first week of August. Pricing is yet to be revealed.



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Looks a bit bigger than my rvz system but promising stuff…
CPU cooler looks like some kind of integrated job which is interesting.
I can never buy this, having been subjected to MSI's marketing advert for it. I'd have to disown myself. In fact, I don't think I can ever buy any MSI product ever again.

YouTube “there is a gamer in everyone”, if you're curious. You're welcome ;-)
Nice. Just threw the dimensions of my InWin 901 into Google. 24 litres apparently. And my cramped CM 120 comes out at 20 litres, so this is proper dinky.

I hope the i7 is a low power model such that it can keep the noise down…
naturbo2000
Nice. Just threw the dimensions of my InWin 901 into Google. 24 litres apparently. And my cramped CM 120 comes out at 20 litres, so this is proper dinky.

I hope the i7 is a low power model such that it can keep the noise down…

doesn't necessarily help that much with noise, they can end up being at full load for longer.

I have a full whack 4790k with a low profile Silverstone cooler in a smaller system and it isn't loud or dangerously hot.
krazy_olie
Looks a bit bigger than my rvz system but promising stuff…
CPU cooler looks like some kind of integrated job which is interesting.

The RVZ02 is 12L, the 01 is 14L