MSI MAG Trident Z Mini PC: next-gen console size, 4K 120FPS ready

MSI's new MAG Trident S Mini PC teased: looks like an Xbox Series X with as much power for 4K 120FPS gaming, FSR support as well.

Published Dec 9, 2021 10:06 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Jan 4 2022 6:00 AM CST
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MSI is preparing its new MAG Trident S Mini PC and it looks pretty damn impressive, coming in at a very similar size to Microsoft's next-gen Xbox Series X console... check it out:

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The company teased its new MSI MAG Trident S Mini PC at CES 2021 at the beginning of the year, with the compact PC packing an AMD Ryzen 7 4700G APU, and has support for cloud-streaming game services including NVIDIA GeForce NOW, PlayStation Now, and Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Inside, MSI has made some design tweaks -- but nothing majorly overhauled -- in terms of the cooling design, specifications, and features of the MSI MAG Trident S Mini PC. The final version of the MSI MAG Trident S Mini PC won't pack the Ryzen 7 4700G APU, but instead the newer Ryzen 7 5700G which is based on the Zen 3 architecture and has 8 cores and 16 threads of CPU power.

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The AM4 socket will support 2 x DDR4 DIMM slots, with the CPU and RAM capable of being upgraded it's definitely more like a PC than a console. Cooling-wise, MSI has used 3 massive copper heat pipes that span from the CPU, while a large blowing fan will get the hot air out of your PC and through the exhausts on the rear.

On the GPU side of things, the MSI MAG Trident S Mini PC will be using a Vega 8-based GPU that is inside of the Ryzen 7 5700G APU. The MSI MAG Trident S Mini PC is small, with no room for a large discrete graphics card. But that doesn't mean that the MSI MAG Trident S Mini PC won't have power to handle 4K 120FPS gaming.

The not-so-great Vega 8 GPU isn't going to crank through 4K 120FPS in something like Cyberpunk 2077, but if you were playing thousands of other not-so-graphically-demanding games then the APU will handle up to 4K 120FPS if you desire. This is especially great for 120Hz in Windows, not just blasting 120FPS in games.

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MSI's new MAG Trident S Mini PC has a decent amount of I/O on the back: HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4, VGA, multiple USB ports, and a 1GbE LAN port. On the front, we have some USB 3.2 and USB Type-C 3.2 ports, as well as 3.5mm audio jacks for your headphones, speakers, or microphone.

We should see more details about the MAG Trident S Mini PC at CES 2022 which is just around the corner.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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