MSI Trident X Plus has been one of the most fascinating gaming PCs that we’ve ever seen. It is a mini-ITX PC that pretty much undercuts most of their rivals for the size and upgrades in components.
INSIDE THE MSI TRIDENT X PLUS
|Intel Core i7-9700K|
|Motherboard||Z390I Gaming Edge AC|
|Memory||16GB DDR4 2,666MHz|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce GTX 2080 (8GB GDDR6)|
|Storage||512GB SSD + 1TB HDD|
|Networking||Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Ports||Front: 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 2.0 Type-A, 1x Mic in/1x headphone out
Rear: 1x PS/2, 2x USB 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.2 out, 1x HDMI 1.4 out, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, 1x Ethernet
|Video Output||DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4|
|Power Supply||FSP 650W 80 Plus Gold Certified PSU|
|Cooling||1x case fan, 2x GPU fans|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Extras||Optional tempered glass side panel
Mystic Light RGB design
|Dimensions||15.6 x 15 x 5.1 inches (129.7 x 382.7 x 396.4mm)|
MSI’s newest 10liter gaming pc is a packed mixture of gamer aesthetics and minimalism. It is a sleek and tall chassis with metal panels, with one replaceable side to tempered glass. With selected RGB placements on the front and RGB that’s easily visible through a mesh window showing the GPU. All of which can be customized via MSI’s Mystic Light App.
There are 2 groups of ports on both the front and back of the Trident X. On the front we see a USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C port, a USB 2.0 port and a USB 31. Gen 1 Type-A port, with the inclusion of one headphone and microphone port.
At the rear, the motherboard is supported by a number of audio ports, including an S/PDIF, an Ethernet Port, PS/2 port, HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.2, a USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A, USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port, and a pair of USB 2.0 and USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A.
The GPU has three DisplayPorts, HDMI out and a VirtualLink port for VR Headsets.
Most parts are replaceable with almost any part that you can purchase from your local retailers but MSI has made it so secure that there are several screws you’d have to go through to get them. If you have the tempered glass panel on, it would be a breeze. We would have preferred thumb screws though. Majority of the internal panels could be accessed through the packed right side. The Mini-ITX motherboard is hidden via the cooler that includes a 12mm fan. While under, the CPU and RAM are all under the heatsink. On top, MSI was kind enough to provide an additional 2.5-inch storage tray, while the first is already occupied by a 1TB WD Black 2.5 SATA drive.
On the left side, we are greeted by an MSI GeForce RTX 2080. underneath, we find the back of the motherboard, where you would find an extra M.2 slot and a bracket for the cooler.
Benchmark and Performance
As far as performance is concerned, the MSI Trident X Plus reveals some pretty impressive numbers. Although we are showing a comparison with ASUS’s Huracan G21, we have to note here that while the MSI Trident X Plus runs an Intel Core i7-9700K, the ASUS Huracan G21 still ran the Intel Core i7-8700. While for the Cinebench R15, the extra 2 cores of the MSI Trident X Plus really helped it push further compared to the ASUS Huracan G21’s Hexacore processor.
Software and Warranty
MSI Trident X Plus comes with preloaded gaming specific utilities, including the Dragon Center for monitoring and tuning. MSI also includes the Nahimic 3 for adjusting audio based on your need and preferences and their Mystic Light for RGB lighting customization. Other unwanted junk that we felt were unnecessary include Norton Studio, PhotoDirector 8, PowerDirector, a couple of games and Evernote.
The MSI Trident X Plus comes with a one year warranty.
The MSI Trident X Plus does exactly what it was meant to. Sleek and relatively portable for those that don’t have the time to put together their own set of components together. Priced ₱159,995, the price is nearly what you would need to get a regular ATX PC with the same components.
We loved the minimalistic design of the MSI Trident X and the accessibility packed with power. One of the better options that MSI was able to provide was the PSU rather than putting in a power brick along with the package. It took everything we threw at it quite easily. This is a perfect partner for content creators and LAN parties.