In the lab: MSI’s Aegis 3 gaming desktop

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.

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    • Khali
    • 2 years ago

    So, is TR going to introduce a new addition to the things they test on each new case/system? This thing would be great to roll out the Fugliness Factor rating scale.

    • ozzuneoj
    • 2 years ago

    Does anyone make a computer tower that has this kind of styling and is actually made of all metal on the outside? If I had a system that looked like it could be chucked out a 3rd story window in case of a fire, and could actually survive this without any harm coming to the tower or the components, I’d understand the styling. Otherwise, its just a big plastic toy.

    EDIT: Also, $1000 for a system with a 3GB GPU is a bad deal IMO.

    • NTMBK
    • 2 years ago

    Feels a bit silly to buy a machine with a 7700 in it when the 8700 is going to make it obsolete in a few weeks’ time.

      • DPete27
      • 2 years ago

      8th gen core increases won’t hurt the value of the 7th gen CPUs since Intel seems to be aiming to increase price according to core count increases.

      [Add] I’d love that rumor to be wrong

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    [s<]What a beautiful design!! I LOVE IT!!!![/s<] Edit - sorry, wrong article..

      • tay
      • 2 years ago

      golfclap.gif

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    With that handle on the side it looks like the armoured robot version of a lavatory cistern; Cannot unsee!

    Look, even Optimus Prime needs to poo, okay?

      • caconym
      • 2 years ago

      That flushes your cache 😀

      • RAGEPRO
      • 2 years ago

      Haha, that’s actually a headphone holder. There’s one on either side. You can extend both and make it look sort of like an evil Gundam.

      … drat, now I have to include such a picture in the review.

    • defaultluser
    • 2 years ago

    You know, I hate it when sites post a review of a model from a series with several different configurations available on various sites (not to mention SEVERAL DIFFERENT GENERATIONS WITH THE SAME PRODUCT NAME). It makes it impossible to do some quick sleuthing on price. And MSI doesn’t help things since the individual model numbers aren’t listed on that page you linked.

    So I’ll do you guys a solid and provide the model number for you:

    VR7RC-078US

    And with that simple addition, now your readers can just select the line and search Google. This is the first link:

    [url<]https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883152281[/url<] Next time how about you do the solid for us, since you're the reviewer here? I know MSI likes to hide their individual model numbers in a sea of web site filled with promo material, but you have the hardware right there in front of you.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 2 years ago

      Heh, I mean, I provided the relevant specifications (which you used to look up the model number). I didn’t know the model number was of any relevance to anyone for this post; you’re not going to go buy it based on seeing it here, are you? At least wait for the review. 🙂

      Anyway, sorry chief. I would have (and still will) put the model number in the final review.

      • DPete27
      • 2 years ago

      jeesh, give em a break. This article isn’t even a review. And for your info, the actual model number was included in the Trident 3 review.

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      Solid, eh?

      Well, based on your post here I can say there’s one guy who’s actually interested in this thing. Most of us TR folks wouldn’t even care about what model number this is because, well, we just don’t give a rat’s a$$ about this wonderful, wonderful thing.

      I say hit that BUY button right now, Bub.

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