updated 03:49 pm EDT, Thu May 29, 2014
Range of PCs puts power in one unit, makes use of Intel Core i7s, Nvidia graphics
MSI is bringing gaming to those that need an all-in-one solution with its latest line of gaming PCs. With three models for consumers to choose from, the Intel powered machines offer displays starting at 21-inches to fit most desktop spaces.
The new all-in-one computers add Intel and Nvidia hardware to their configurations. Previous gaming all-in-ones gave consumers an option to pick between a Core i5 or i7 and graphics from AMD or Nvidia, but MSI has decided to offer specific options this time around. On top of more consistent internal parts, each of the units also comes with Killer E2200 game networking, Bluetooth 4.0, a 2-megapixel webcam and a full gaming keyboard and mouse. System come with Windows 8.1 and VESA mounting as well.
The entry level model, the AG220, is powered by an Intel Core i7 4700HQ at 2.4 GHz and 3.4 GHz turbo, an Nvidia Geforce GTX 860M and 12 GB of DDR3L 1600 MHz RAM. Storage for the computer includes a 128 GB mSATA SSD and a 7200 PM 1 TB hard drive. For a display, the system features a 21.5-inch LED HD 10-point touch sensitive monitor. Smaller features include three USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two three-watt speakers powered by Sound Blaster Cinema, a DVD super multi and Intel 3130 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
The AG240 is the mid range all-in-one of the line, using many of the same parts as the AG220. The heart of the machine still uses the same Intel processor and Nvidia graphics, but has had its RAM bumped up to 16 GB. Some of the smaller features are improved as well, seeing the audio pumped up to five-watts and the DVD super multi upgraded to a Blu-ray disc burner. Display for the machine moves up to 23.6-inches.
For consumers looking for the highest specs the range has to offer, then they need not look further than the AG270. Monitor size for the units is increased to 27-inches. Processing power gets a slight boost from the AG240 with the Intel Core i7 4860HQ, clocked at 2.4 GHz and 3.6 GHz turbo. The Nvidia graphics get a jump up to the Geforce GTX 880M, but RAM stays the same as the AG240 model. Storage is improved to two 128 GB mSATA SSDs in RAID 0 with a 2 GB 7200 RPM hard drive. Even though the sound is still two speakers at five-watts, the technology behind them shifts from Creative to Yamaha. The machine also gets one additional USB 3.0 port over the previous model, and shifts to Intel 7260 for two Wi-Fi 802.11ac.
"MSI's squadron of gaming all-in-ones takes gaming to the next level and outperforms any other unit on the market," says MSI Pan American CEO Andy Tung. "The state of the art components shreds gaming benchmarks, delivers an immersive gaming experience and is hands down the most superb combination of style and performance."
Each machine will also comes with MSI's control suite to add tools for streaming and a Wi-Fi hotpot ability. The all-in-one computers also have HDMI in and out for those that would like to use them as a monitors for other media or game consoles.
The new MSI machines will be available to purchase next week, starting at prices as low as $1250.