MSI announces Trident 3 Arctic with GeForce GTX 1070
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The original MSI Trident launched late last year in time for the Holiday rush as a PC alternative to the PS4 or XBox One. While its raw GTX 1060 graphics performance is indubitably more powerful than what Sony and Microsoft currently have to offer, the model is ultimately limited by its 230 W external PSU. PC enthusiasts will find that upgrading the internal GTX 1060 to the GTX 1070 is not recommended due to power constraints.
The new MSI Trident 3 Arctic solves this bottleneck head-on by upping the external PSU from 230 W to 330 W. This allows the system to sport up to a GTX 1070 without any changes to the chassis design or size. Its CPU, however, will likely still be limited to 65 W LGA 1151 processors, so the overclocking headroom of K-class solutions will not be nearly as impressive as proper ATX builds. Additionally, chances are high that the system will run louder and warmer than the original Trident 3 as it is packing more performance without any volume changes.
The Trident 3 Arctic will launch this April for $1500 USD in a limited edition White chassis. Features, ports, and dimensions are otherwise identical to the existing Trident 3.