Today we review the MSI VR Ready Aegis-050US Powerhouse Gaming Desktop, a desktop that stands out among gaming rigs as a perfect work of art and at the same time powerful gaming machine. But before we get into it, there are other versions of this series which I would love to go over before we go through the 2017 MSI VR Ready Aegis-050US review.
The MSI Aegis-049US Powerhouse desktop features a decent pair of specifications worth of looking at. It comes with Core i7-6700 CPU, Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics card and 256 GB SSD/ 2 TB HDD.
The second is our reviewed unit, the MSI VR Ready Aegis-050US Powerhouse Gaming Desktop, and one that clearly makes most sense to me in price. It features a Core i5-6400 CPU with GTX 1070 graphics. There is no SSD but its rich with 1TB HDD storage which works just as fine. If you don’t mind fast boot time in your work, this is an ideal desktop and it has a better price offer. The MSI Aegis 050US Compares to the 2017 MSI Aegis 3 VR7RD-013US Gaming Desktop which while not and handsome and appealing to most as the MSI VR Ready Aegis-050US Powerhouse, packs a mean punch.
MSI Aegis-061US, is a desktop version with a top-notch processor too; Intel Core i5-6700 coupled with 512 GB SSD and 2TB HDD. As for graphics, it features the Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU making it the version with the highest scaled hardware.
Finally, the last of the versions is the MSI Aegis-068US desktop which flaunts a Core i5-6400 processor unit mashed up with 128GB SSD/1TB HDD storage space. It comes with a decent Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card which, which marks it as the lowest specs version of the bunch. Even so, it still packs a mean punch in performance.
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- Fast processor – latest Intel CoreTM i5-6400
- Ample storage 1TB HDD coupled with 8GB RAM.
- Impressive gamer centric build with space for upgrade
- Portable design-Easy to carry around should you need to carry it to LAN parties.
- Great graphics to go with. Nvidia GTX 1070
- Lacks SSD storage.
- The MSI VR Ready Aegis-050US Powerhouse Gaming Desktop is a great option for gamers alike. It features a potent combination of features set to take you through the long haul. It sports the latest Intel Core TM i5-6400, great storage space (1TB HDD) coupled with 8GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 1070 in an all portable design. It costs decently too, for a gaming laptop of its kind, and we easily recommend
The MSI Gaming Desktop Design
The MSI Aegis and its different versions are like most gaming machines built on narrative; Acer’s predator we reviewed recently derived its origins from intergalactic battleships. But for this example, Aegis is Zeus mystical shield from the Greek Mythology and MSI decide to go to town with the whole theme of armor; to be precise, the front of the chassis.
The whole idea is nothing short of a stretch of the imagination and it doesn’t fail to impress even the faintest of hearts. We fell in love with the mystical RGB lighting effects on the front of the chassis. The lighting is managed through the preinstalled software to set up whichever combination of colors you desire. You can also configure the keyboard and mouse color through the same software.
The design was quite mindful of ventilation; the MSI VR Ready Aegis-050US is equipped with an ingenious cooling system that cools the CPU, PSU and GPU separately. This works through the Silent Storm Cooling 2 Pro system that allows ventilation to be compartmentalized for separate simultaneous cooling.
The air comes through the front case and out through the PSU air dusts, or down the titled CPU bottom air ducts or finally through the I/O ducts. Air can also come through the side vents to cool down the GPU and there is a cooling agent fluid to help ice things during overclocking. So you can easily tinker things to your exact taste when need be without worry of overheating.
On size matters, the system is built into a compact 17.1 x 6.7 x 14.8 inches and weighs 18.9 pounds. The back side has a neatly designed handle to hold on to when you’re carrying it, so you don’t need to struggle with it on your way to LAN parties. It of course weighs more than the svelte MSI Trident but it certainly beats it in looks. The Falcon Northwest Tiki (2017) and the Origin Chronos VR are both new entrants this year with lighter and more compact frames compared to this beast.
The port system is pretty impressive. There are a couple of dozen ports to go by and MSI took the forefront in ensuring recent port selection was put in place. The rear I/O includes six USB 3.1 generation 1 Type-A ports, two USB 2.0 ports, 1-HDMI out port, a gaming device port and a couple of audio jacks.
For convenience purposes, there is a HDMI port at the back and at the front to ensure you can plug your VR headset anywhere that seems accessible for you. It is a neat way to stay ahead of the competition and a future proofing technique that works.
The front section has more USB ports to again ease accessibility. The left most part has a USB Type-C port and two USB Type-A port. The right side has the start button, audio jacks, and flickering light. Finally, the top button with the MSI dragon logo is, yes you got it, not a start button, but a massive overclock button for when you need to take things a notch higher in gaming.
The MSI VR Ready Aegis-050US Powerhouse is a sturdy machine when it comes to performance. This is a common pheromone even with the other versions of MSI Aegis. Under the specification banner, it features the newest generation of Intel’s Core i5-6400 with Skylake architecture.
It is the most affordable standard chip in the Core i5 range and Intel says it’s got the most assets in the Core i5 section. As for cache size, it manages 1MB of L2 cache, 6MB of L3 cache and clocks 2.7 GHz on normal runs but 3.5 GHz on Turbo.
We loved the Core i5 processor on this Aegis version because it works with a strong GPU to perform one and the same with desktops with Core i7. For gaming we recommend focusing on the graphics card more than which core your PC comes with; which in this case helps drive down the price.
You should focus more on Core i7 when you plan to use the PC for reasons beyond gaming; heavy video rendering, game design or on 3D modeling. These are tasks with are power intensive and that’s where the Core i7 comes in, which should set you up for the long haul.
Moving on, the system also flaunts a decent 8GB RAM and 1TB HDD for space. It’s among the few versions of Aegis that works without SSD.
As for graphics, the MSI VR Ready Aegis-050US Powerhouse comes pre-installed with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. For this unit, the graphics comes as a breath of fresh air for users demanding great performance. It’s an ideal unit for this desktop as it has the acoustics to operate at high clock speeds which many avid gamers yearn for while playing new titles.
We took the machine on gaming test to check out how it performs and here’s the result. Some of our favorite titles like Watch Dogs 2 played dismally on ultra high settings (3840 x 2160) and gave 34.6 fps. Dishonored 2 had 35.9 fps on ultra high and finally Call of Duty Warfare was slightly favorable at 58.3 fps on ultra high. Fortunately, all three had above 60 fps on medium settings (1366 x 768).
MSI VR Ready Aegis-050US Specs
- Processor 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5-6400 CPU
- Cache 6MB cache and 3.3GHz Turbo Boost
- RAM 8 GB SO-DIMM
- Memory Speed 2133 MHz
- Hard Drive 1024 GB SATA
- Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce
- Card Description Dedicated
- Graphics Card Ram Size 8GB
- Number of USB 2.0 Ports 4
- Brand Name MSI
- Series AEGIS-050US
- Hardware Platform PC
- Operating System Windows 10
- Item Weight 18.9 pounds
- Product Dimensions 17.1 x 6.7 x 14.8 inches
- Color Black, Red
- Processor Brand Intel
- Processor Count 1
- Computer Memory Type GDDR5
- Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA-600
- Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM
- Optical Drive Type DVD-RW
- Audio-out Ports (#) 1
- Motherboard runs on 600 watts PSU
MSI played its cards right with the MSI VR Ready Aegis-050US Powerhouse Gaming Desktop design. Its looks certainly play a crucial role, and is the leading factor for its scaling performance in the market. On the other hand, there are other models that cost similar to it but pack a stronger punch, and specs sheet.
If design and eye appeal isn’t everything for you, we recommend the 2017 MSI Aegis-217US Gaming Desktop which costs similar to the Aegis-050US Powerhouse but features Intel Core i7 and a 3.6GHz processor.
However, the 2017 MSI Trident 3 VR7RC-025US Gaming Desktop also features an Intel Core i7, 3.6GHz processor and 16GB of RAM, 1TB and 256 SSD, but an extra 300 bucks for that overkill. Bottom line, the MSI Aegis-050US is a solid gamer worth recommending and you should check it out.
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