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MSI AEGIS Portable Barebones Gaming Desktop PC Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Gaming Desktop PCs in Computer Systems | Posted: Jul 15, 2016 2:10 am
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: MSI

Physical Overview

 

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The box resembles that of a standard ATX case and features a picture of the device with its RGB LEDs in action. The unit is encased by foam to ensure it ships safely.

 

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The front of the unit has a unique design and aesthetic. When the unit is powered off the front is just black, but with the RGB LEDs turned on, it comes alive. MSI's Dragon case badge is backlit and looks awesome when lit up. The back of the unit is just like that of a normal desktop PC, except for the GPU, which is installed vertically through a custom designed PCI-E riser card.

 

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The profile of the AEGIS from the side reminds me of one of the beasts from Alien v. Predator, and the angled edges produce a unique looking gaming PC. If you want to turn heads, the AEGIS will do it and some more. While the sides are almost all black, there are cutouts with translucent red plastic to provide a glimpse of the components within. The way that the PCI-E riser card is setup allows the GPU to pull in air from the vent on the side. The handle is at top-rear (highest point) of the unit and is capable of supporting all the weight of the PC. It allows you to carry the PC with one hand.

 

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The slit in the front is for an HDMI pass-through for VR headsets. The IO panel carries four USB 3.0 ports, 1Gbit NIC port, DisplayPort (iGPU), HDMI (iGPU), two USB 2.0, PS/2, and 7.1 audio output.

 

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The front panel features USB 3.0 type-C, two USB 3.0 ports, power button, microphone port, headphone jack, and status LEDs.

 

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The unit also comes with a "Slim tray-load DVD SuperMulti" optical disc drive similar to that of a notebook. I like designs which are not only practical but also look great, and the GPU vent provides cool fresh air to the GPU and allows you to view the GPU at the same time.

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