In the lab: MSI's Trident 3 gaming mini-PC

Among MSI's gaming PCs, the smallest model is the Trident 3. I've been curious about the performance of one of these slabs ever since I saw MSI's lineup during CES. Fortunately, I won't have to wonder much longer, because MSI sent one over for me to put through the wringer.

The specific Trident 3 that MSI sent me has a Kaby Lake Core i7-7700 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 6GB GeForce GTX 1060. That's a lot of power for a machine that's only 13.7" by 9" by 2.8" (35 by 23 by 7.2cm). MSI calls the Trident "console-sized" and I'd go so far as to say that's even a bit too conservative.

While the Trident is a little bigger than the Zbox Magnus EN1070 I reviewed a couple of months ago, it also packs in a considerably more powerful processor. Also unlike the EN1070, MSI sells the Trident as a complete PC, not a barebones. That means it includes a 1TB HDD and 256GB M.2 SSD, which means it's ready to rock. Look forward to our review soon.

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