Remember that MSI Aegis gaming desktop that looked like Isaac's helmet? It's remarkably small despite the potent components inside. MSI is taking a page from Nvidia's book with a new Aegis gaming system called the Aegis Ti, and it is not impressively small. It is, in fact, quite large. Of course, you can't fit SLIed GTX 1080s and unlocked Intel processors in something the size of two shoeboxes.
MSI calls the Aegis Ti a "Gaming Power Supreme Desktop,"and while "Supreme" might be a little over-the-top, this Aegis' specs are still striking. The GeForce GTX 1080 is the fastest single-GPU card in the world (at least for now), and this machine can mount a pair of the 8GB cards in SLI. An Intel Core i7-6700K processor backs up those graphics cards, and MSI hooks it up to four SO-DIMM slots supporting up to 64GB of DDR4-2400 RAM. In case the machine isn't fast enough out of the box, a single touch of the MSI Dragon logo on the front will automatically overclock the CPU and graphics cards. Storage options include two 3.5" bays, two M.2 PCIe slots, and a single mount for a 2.5" disk. There's a slim-tray "Super Multi" DVD-RW drive, too.
Physical connections include USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C ports, the usual headphone and microphone jacks, and even an HDMI connection intended for VR users—all right up on the front panel. Meanwhile, the Aegis Ti's network connectivity is all provided by Killer hardware. The E2400 chip provides Gigabit Ethernet, while a Killer 1435AC radio provides Wi-Fi. The DoubleShot Pro technology we saw recently in another gaming desktop appears here as well. MSI even threw in Bluetooth 4.1 as an extra convenience.
All that hardware is powered by an 850W power supply that carries the 80 Plus Platinum certification, and it's packed up in a frame 20 inches tall, 20 inches deep, and 16 inches wide. Like we said, it isn't small, but the extra size lends credence to MSI's claims that the machine is easy to upgrade. The Aegis Ti has the same "Silent Storm Cooling 3" system as its little brother, which MSI says is designed to use directed airflow to improve cooling efficiency and reduce noise.
Our take is that the MSI Aegis Ti seems like a pretty solid package for serious gamers without the time or inclination to build their own machines. As long as you don't mind the Decepticon resemblance, that is. MSI says its new desktop will be available at the beginning of August.