MSI is following up last year’s Trident gaming computer with a new model called the Trident 3. Like its predecessor, the new model is about the size of an Xbox or PlayStation game console, but under the hood it’s a full-fledged gaming PC.

What’s new is that the Trident 3 swaps has an Intel Kaby Lake CPU rather than Skylake.

It’s available from retailers including AmazonB&H, Newegg and Walmart for around $900 and up, depending on the configuration. And this week MSI unveiled a new Trident 3 Arctic white model for folks looking for something a bit brighter than the standard black version.

The Arctic model features an Intel Core i7-7700 quad-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB solid state drive, and a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive.

That model should be available in April for $1500.

Looking for a cheaper option?

MSI’s Trident 3 with a black case has the same basic design, but that model has NVIDIA GeForce 1060 graphics and comes in several different configurations:


Both the Trident 3 and the Trident 3 Arctic are the same size. The computer’s case measures about 13.6″ x 9.2″ x 2.8″ and the PC features a USB 3.1 Type-C port, three full-sized USB 3.1 ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, two HDMI outputs and one HDMI input, Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, and Bluetooth.

via BetaNews

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8 replies on “MSI launches Trident 3 VR-ready, console-sized gaming PC”

  1. Yes – For more SFF chassis with horizontal PCIE slots for GPU cards.
    No – For the ugly aesthetics they all seem to sport.

    1. Not gonna lie, the aesthetics aren’t THAT bad.
      Certainly looks better than the sandwich that is the PS4 Pro, or the VCR-Xbox One.

      And remember, this thing is 5.8L in size!!!
      (34.6 x 23.2 x 7.2 cm /1,000 = L)
      For comparisons sake:
      PS4 Slim: 3.0 L
      PS4: 4.4L
      PS4 Pro: 5.3L
      Xbox One S: 4.3L
      Xbox One: 7.2L

      Dr Zaber Sentry: 6.9L
      Dan Case A4: 7.3L
      Razer Core (GPU box): 7.7L
      Silverstone’s RVZ02: 9.8L
      FD Node 202: 10.2L
      Silverstone SG13: 11.3L
      FractalDesign Core 500: 19.5L

  2. I CANNOT WAIT to buy this used in a couple years for $500!!! I’m due for an upgrade!

  3. Its a good thing they know their customers so well. Who could have predicted the PC Gaming industry’s shift in style to the fusion of 90s office equipment and hospital heartrate monitoring machines.

  4. Correction: the processor is the Intel Core i7-7700. There is no U suffix. The U designation only applies to the dual-core, ultra-low voltage 15 W models.

    1. Whoops! That’s what I’d meant to write, but I spend so much time writing about notebooks that the U slipped out by mistake 🙂 The article has been corrected.

  5. Such a shame that all gaming hardware must look like it came from an ’80-ies “the Blade Runner meets the Batman and then Tron drops in with a pizza” swingers party…

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