Monday, March 21st 2016

MSI Ships the Vortex Miniature Gaming PC

MSI Computer Corp, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, announces the availability of the Vortex, a VR-ready, high-performance miniature tower that redefines compact gaming desktops.

The world smallest gaming cylinder, the Vortex measures only 10.5 inches tall but can blast away bigger systems with an unlocked Intel Core i7 6700K processor, up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory, SSDs in Super RAID 4, and dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 GPUs in SLI. MSI's newest tower is also engineered for superior upgradability, expandability, and compatibility with a variety of connectors, including Thunderbolt 3 that supports up to 40 GBs of data transfer rate.

Minimal in footprint but maximum in performance, the Vortex features MSI's 360° Silent Storm Cooling technology to ensure extreme coolness under the most intense gaming sessions. MSI's cooling system creates a vortex-shaped wind path by capturing heat from the bottom of the unit and circulating it upwards, resulting in superior thermals and acoustics. The 450W 80 plus Gold power supply is also built into the Vortex to minimize space to completely power the system and any peripherals you want to connect.

"The revolutionary Vortex gaming tower shatters the misconception that bigger systems deliver more power and performance," says Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America. "The groundbreaking system maximizes space and heat dissipation to unlock the power of its components for truly astronomical performance in a Subwoofer size."

MSI's Vortex can simultaneously support up to six video outputs for intense multi-tasking and multi-screen experiences, is 4K ready, delivers lag-free gaming with Killer DoubleShot X3 connectivity, and an immersive multimedia experience with Nahimic Military X Gaming, the first audio technology adopted by the French Army to vividly reproduce audio in their aircraft training simulators.

Perfect as a gaming desktop in the bedroom or as an entertainment station in the living room, MSI's Vortex can be customized and controlled using the Dragon Center Dashboard and App. Through the software, users can customize lightning preferences, monitor system performance, launch utilities and apps, fine-tune the system with personalized profiles, and more.

The Vortex is now available starting at $2,199.99.
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19 Comments on MSI Ships the Vortex Miniature Gaming PC

#1
64K
Where do they get the amounts of VRAM in that chart? A 980 has 4GB VRAM and a 960 either has 2GB or 4GB VRAM.
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#2
WithoutWeakness
The 980 MXM card comes in 4GB and 8GB variants. They're listing 2x 8GB 980 cards as 16GB VRAM.
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#4
2big2fail
I'd really be interested in seeing a teardown of one of these.
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#7
xvi
95Viper said:
I smell a patent lawsuit...

Apple Mac Pro



Other manufacturers have gotten around that by making sure they do not use a shared heatsink in the middle, iirc.
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#8
AsRock
TPU addict
remixedcat said:
xtreme gaming trashcan
Trash can be a improvement.
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#9
xvi
AsRock said:
Trash can be a improvement.
True. It can be another man's treasure.
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#10
AsRock
TPU addict
xvi said:
True. It can be another man's treasure.
Just hope you don't have a guest with a temper and take it out on the trash can,great to have friends around for gaming but rage is kick the trash can.
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#11
DEcobra11
The hell is going on lately with the trash cans :confused:
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#12
remixedcat
They did it bc apple did it and whatever apple does is cool even if they lick their ass
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#13
koaschten
What the f*ck is "Super Raid 4", oh yeah I forgot, it's MSIs way of making Raid0 sound good...
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#14
Caring1
WithoutWeakness said:
The 980 MXM card comes in 4GB and 8GB variants. They're listing 2x 8GB 980 cards as 16GB VRAM.
So basically it's a round laptop without a screen or keyboard or track pad.
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#15
Octavean
xvi said:
Other manufacturers have gotten around that by making sure they do not use a shared heatsink in the middle, iirc.
Yeah,...

You can tell from the expanded / exploded view that the MSI implementation uses two independent heat sinks on the outside of the MXM video cards rather then a single central cooling solution for the GPUs and CPU like the late 2013 Apple Mac Pro.
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#16
Haytch
Complete rip-off in terms of pricing.
Looks cute but probably overheats like an oven set to 250c.
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#17
remixedcat
Me wonders if the mac pros got the overheating problem like in the (2009?) mac pros with the nvidia GPUs in them... I think it was the 8600M??
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#18
Prima.Vera
This is misleading advertisement table. Is obvious that the video cards are mobiles junk so a 980M card is not even close in performance to a desktop 970. Not to mention the junk mobile 960M card which can barely play Zuma at 1080p... And the price?? Holly macaroni Batman!
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#19
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
Haytch said:
Complete rip-off in terms of pricing.
Looks cute but probably overheats like an oven set to 250c.
But can you brew a kettle for tea, or fry up eggs in a pan on the top?! :D To me, this looks like a propane gas camping stove.
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