Just as Intel's CPUs have entered their seventh generation, MSI's Aegis, Nightblade, and Trident gaming desktops are entering their third generation. The machines are all getting updated with the latest hardware from Santa Clara.
We reckon most TR readers should recall the Aegis, since its distinctive looks are hard to forget. MSI has updated its little Decepticon with a Core i7-7700 CPU and Intel B250 chipset, plus the buyer's choice of a GeForce GTX 1060 or 1070 graphics card. The more potent Aegis X3 upgrades the CPU to an unlocked Core i7-7700K (and comes with the Z270 chipset to match), and adds the GeForce GTX 1080 as an option.
Finally, the much larger Aegis Ti3 is MSI's most powerful gaming desktop, packing a Core i7-7700K, up to 64GB of 2400 MT/s DDR4 memory, and a pair of GTX 1070s or GTX 1080s in SLI.
The Nightblade is a much smaller class of machine than the Aegis, but its gaming cred is no less legitimate. The Nightblade 3 offers a Core i7-7700 CPU and a GTX 1070 as its standard configuration, and comes with a special handle on the front for easy portability.
The Nightblade MI3 and Nightblade MIB are a tad smaller, so they have to step the power down a notch. Still, their Core i5-7400 CPU and GTX 1060 graphics card form a potent combination for small-form-factor gaming.
Finally, MSI's smallest gaming machine is the Trident. MSI refers to the Trident 3 as "console-sized," and indeed its dimensions (14" x 10" x 3.8" or 35.6 cm x 25.4 cm x 9.7 cm) are pretty similar to those of the Xbox One. The hardware inside is anything but console-like, though. MSI offers a Core i7-7700 CPU, up to 32GB of 2400 MT/s memory, and a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics card in the Trident 3.
MSI says that all of the updated gaming desktops should be available worldwide this month at official MSI resellers. Since all of these machines come in a variety of configurations, pricing will vary depending on the exact specifications for the box you purchase.