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CES 2019 | MSI updates its compact desktop lineups with RTX 2000 GPUs

The Infinite S models are targeting the mid-range budget gamers, while the Trident X series are designed for the mid-to-high-end crowd. (Source: Liliputing)
The Infinite S models are targeting the mid-range budget gamers, while the Trident X series are designed for the mid-to-high-end crowd. (Source: Liliputing)
The new Infinite S budget-friendly series will feature mid-range specs like the gen 9 i7 / i5 CPUs accompanied by the RTX 2060 GPU from Nvidia, while the Trident X models now represent MSI's mid-to-high-end compact gaming solutions that integrate top specs like the gen 9 i9-9900K CPU and Nvidia's RTX 2080 Ti GPU.

While MSI’s gaming laptops usually get most of the attention among the presented lineups, the compact desktops that are becoming more and more popular every year were also showcased with new updates and additions at CES 2019. This year, MSI presented updated versions of the Trident family and introduced an all-new lineup called Infinite S.

The latest Trident X 9TH lineup was already launched in November this year, although not all configurations are available at the moment. This lineup integrates Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti / 2080 / 2070 GPUs along with the latest Intel gen 9 CPUs like the i9-9900K (shipping in February) and the i7-9700K. Even with the aforementioned upgrades, the case remains some of the most compact ones for a gaming rig, measuring 15.6″ x 15.1″ x 5.1″ and allowing for 10 liters of space. As far as customization goes, the right and left side of the slim case come with transparent tempered glass panels that showcase the RGB lights featured on the CPU and GPU coolers. The addition of the new RTX 2000 GPUs prompted MSI to update the cooling system as well, so the new models now feature the Silent Storm Cooling 3 version.

It looks like the Trident will become the mid-high-end solution, while the new Infinite S lineup will feature budget-friendly mid-range models equipped with i7 or i5 gen 9 Intel CPUs, up to 32 GB od DDR4-2666 RAM and only the RTX 2060 GPU. According to Tom’s Hardware, the Infinite S series systems are smaller than the newly announced Zotac MEK Mini compact PCs, measuring only 13.7″ x 9.6″ x 5″.

Tom's Hardware informs that the Infinite S PCs should launch in Q2 2019 for US$699/799, depending on the CPU and storage configurations.

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MSI's Infinite S models are smaller than Zotac's new MEK Minis, but the specs are more budget-friendly. (Source: Tom's Hardware)
MSI's Infinite S models are smaller than Zotac's new MEK Minis, but the specs are more budget-friendly. (Source: Tom's Hardware)

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Bogdan Solca, 2019-01-11 (Update: 2019-01-11)
Bogdan Solca
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.