Las Vegas: It’s not easy to do something innovative with the gaming desk. These massive devices require powerful hardware to play the required video games, and if they have attractive RGB lighting in the structure, this pattern is usually sufficient.
But at CES 2020, MSI unveiled a new idea: a way to fully monitor and control a computer directly from the chassis.
The MSI Aegis Ti5 gaming desk can be a very powerful device, with options for an Intel Core i9 processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, 128GB RAM and terabyte space on terabyte storage. It’s also a very pretty machine, with stunning engineering design and many RGB lighting strips, in both straight and circular patterns.
But what really distinguishes Aegis Ti5 from similar gaming desktops is a small circular OLED display at the front of its chassis, which can monitor CPU performance, let you change lighting options, launch your favorite games and even control the weather. It’s a way to keep important information close at hand without having to move to a deeper list after the list on your real computer to do this.
MSI Aegis Ti5 gaming desktop
MSI Aegis Ti5 is one of the most brilliant gaming desks I’ve seen at CES, thanks to the human OLED interface (HMI) and its extraordinary design. Aegis Ti5 looks a little heavy, with a trapezoidal design that resembles a science fiction angular robot. Below that, there is a two-foot cylindrical base that helps keep the entire machine upright. There are also two small “wings” at the top of the chassis, deployed to serve as headphone hooks. The machine looks surprisingly powerful and unlike anything else on the market.
Note that Aegis Ti5 has no strong release date or price, but MSI estimates “Q3 2020” and “between $ 3,000 and $ 5,000,” respectively. This is very expensive, even for high-end gaming PCs, but they are not radically different from competing systems that offer similar specifications.
Speaking of specifications, MSI has shared the Aegis Ti5 maximum specification with us, but it has not clarified in detail the form of lower or mid-range settings. As mentioned above, the Aegis Ti5 will support up to up to the latest “Intel Core i9” processor, three separate storage slots (SSD and regular hard drive), 128 GB RAM, GPU GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB, and surround sound 7.1 from Realtek.
On the front of the device, you will get two USB-A ports, a USB-C port, a microphone jack and a headphone jack. On the back you’ll get more, including an HDMI port, DisplayPort, optical audio port, more USB-A / C ports, and even a PS / 2 port for older peripherals. The system comes with Intel Wi-Fi 6 technology and integrated Ethernet port, as well as Bluetooth 5 compatibility. Liquid cooling prevents the computer from overheating.
But what really distinguishes Aegis Ti5 from other devices is HMI. This circular OLED display at the front of the computer is the hub for your entire machine. With MSI Dragon Center, you can program it for a variety of different functions. It can provide you with the weather report, which I found very helpful personally. But you can also control your CPU performance and your computer’s internal temperature; you can set your lighting options on the fly. You can even program your favorite games directly on HMI and play them without having to touch the mouse or keyboard. Simply press the HMI key to control it.
I don’t know if HMI is absolutely necessary, but it downloads many useful functions on a small secondary screen. It’s not hard to figure out how HMI can be useful, especially if you need to monitor your PC’s performance while playing the game.
MSI Optix MEG381CQR Monitor Game
When I tested the Aegis Ti5, it was connected to the MSI Optix MEG381CQR: 38 ” curved screen with 3840 x 1600 resolution and 144Hz refresh, all good, but the only selling point of the screen was your HMI
Like the Aegis Ti5, MEG381CQR has a small OLED display that you can use to monitor computer statistics, adjust lighting, or even program macros. The screen will be released later this year, but MSI still has no price in mind. If you want to get HMI without delivering thousands of dollars to Aegis Ti5, this might be a viable option.
MSI Optix MAG342CQR Monitor Game
The most interesting of the two screens of the new MSI game was the MSI Optix MAG342CQR. This is a little smaller than the MEG381CQR: 32 inches instead of 38. The resolution is also a little lower at 3440 x 1440. However, the MAG3R2CQR has one very important thing: it’s the world’s first curved game monitor with a 1000R curvature without going into too much technical detail: “R” measures the screen curvature angle, closely mimicking the 1000R field of view of the human eye.
In other words, when sitting in front of the Optix MAG342CQR, you’ll see the game world almost as deep as the real world. Having played a little bit of Counter-Strike in this configuration, it’s actually quite immersive, although I wonder if it would be stressful if I was playing for hours at a time. In any case, it is a major and perhaps significant innovation for curved gaming screens. There is no price included in the list, but the screen should come out later this year.
MSI Optix MAG161
When I told an MSI representative that I wanted to see the MSI Optix MAG161, he replied that this small screen had received a lot more attention than the company expected. Thanks to a 16 ”and 1080p screen, 120Hz refresh rate and USB-C display connection, it’s a more modest display than the other MSI models.
However, the Optix MAG161 has a large stylus in the cap: portability. This screen is extremely easy to move thanks to the slim (0.5 inch) profile, case and built-in speakers. Players can use it as a secondary screen for chat or evidence programs; daily productivity users can use it in presentations or to view additional data. Either way, it appears to be a very suitable product with a wide range of uses. As long as the MSI reaches the price (which has not yet been announced, although it should be available later in 2020), Optix MAG161 can be a huge hit among players and creative genres alike.