We were pretty impressed with Optane memory when we got to test it in the system provided by Intel. Now, MSI has sent over one of its little Decepticon-like Aegis 3 gaming PCs, and it too has come equipped with an Optane memory module. Besides the 16GB cache drive, this mini-machine has a Core i7-7700 CPU, 16 GB of DDR4 memory, and a GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB graphics card. That means it's kitted out rather similarly to the Trident 3 I reviewed before.
The 16 GB Optane cache acts as a go-between for a 2 TB hard drive. MSI didn't include a solid-state drive with this machine, so we'll be relying on the Optane cache for responsive storage. It'll be interesting to see how that shakes out in comparison to the SSD-equipped Zotac Zbox Magnus I'm finishing up. Of course, the graphics hardware in the Aegis is two-and-a-half steps down from the Zbox, so we won't be doing a head-to-head comparison on gaming performance.
Of particular interest in the Aegis 3 will be the performance of its Silent Storm cooling system, both in terms of noise and thermals. The similarly-fitted Trident 3 was very, very quiet. Unfortunately, it also ran a tad on the hot side. This stand-up machine is a fair bit larger than that lay-down box, so hopefully it'll keep things a bit cooler. Look forward to the full review soon.