MSI Trident X 9th (Intel Core i7-9700K + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080) Review 13

MSI Trident X 9th (Intel Core i7-9700K + NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080) Review

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Introduction


MSI has become a powerhouse in the PC market, having grown from their humble beginnings back in 1986 to be a top-tier provider of motherboards, graphics cards, CPU coolers, laptops, desktops, and more today. Essentially, they have expanded into nearly every sector of the market with this rise to prominence being fueled by unrivaled attention to brand identity and marketing, especially over the last decade or so.


In today's review, I will be looking at MSI's Trident X 9th 9SE-06STW. This model features an Intel Core i7-9700K alongside an MSI NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ventus OC. Rounding out the typical specifications are 16 GB of DDR4, a 256 GB SSD, and a 2 TB HDD for storage, all inside a Mini-ITX chassis the size of a typical game console. It also has RGB lighting because well, why wouldn't it? Before we dig any deeper, let us take a look at the system's full specifications.

Specifications
Manufacturer:MSI
Model:Trident X 9th
Chassis:Mini-ITX tower
1x Power switch
1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type C
1x USB 2.0 Type A
1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type A
1x Mic-in
1x Headphone-out
Processor:Intel Core-i7 9700K
3.6 GHz base (4.9 GHz Boost)
CPU Cooling:5-heat pipe SFF cooler with 1x 120 mm RGB fan
Motherboard:Intel Z370 chipset
MSI Z370I GAMING PRO CARBON AC
Operating System:Windows 10 64-bit
Integrated Graphics:Intel UHD Graphics 630
Dedicated Graphics:MSI NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ventus 8 GB
8 GB GDDR6
3x DisplayPort
1x HDMI
1x USB-C
Memory:32 GB (2x 16 GB) Samsung
CL 20-18-19-43 @ 2666 MHz DDR4
2x DIMM slots (2x occupied)
Storage:512 GB Samsung PM981 M.2 NVMe SSD
2 TB Seagate BarraCuda 5400 RPM HDD
1x M.2 slot (occupied)
2x SATA3 ports (1x occupied)
Optical Drive:Not available
Rear I/O:1x PS/2 Combo Port
2x USB 2.0
1x DP out (1.2)
1x HDMI out (1.4)
1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type A
1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C
2x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type A
1x RJ45
5x Audio jacks
1x Optical S/PDIF out
Networking/Communication:1x Intel I219-V
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
Audio:Realtek ALC1220
Input Device:None provided with test system
Power:Thermaltake Smart 600
650 W 80 Plus Gold
Not modular
Warranty:1 year
MSRP:No price currently listed
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