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MSI to Bring Out Three Gaming AIOs Next Week

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Looking to get your hands on a new gaming machine that excels in performance while saving space? MSI Computer Corp. has three new models to choose from, deemed as "the world's first and most powerful gaming All-in-One computers:" the 27-inch AG270, the 24-inch AG240 and the 22-inch AG220. All three will be made available next week starting at $1,249.99 USD.

On the processor and GPU side, we have the Intel Core i7-4860HQ (2.4 GHz, 3.6 GHz) powering the AG270, as well as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M or GTX 880M. In the smaller AG240 and AG220 models, MSI has packed the Intel Core i7-4700HQ (2.4 GHz, 3.4 GHz) along with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU. The screens spanning all three models include 10-point touch input and a Full HD resolution.

On the memory front, the AG270 and AG240 include 16 GB of DDR3L-1600 memory, whereas the AG220 only has 12 GB of DDR3L-1600 memory. For storage, there are two 128 GB mSATA SSDs in RAID 0 (Super RAID) and a 2 TB 7200 RPM hard drive in the AG270. The AG240 and AG220 have a single 128 GB mSATA SSD and a 1 TB 7200 RPM hard drive.

As for connectivity, these AIO gaming PCs have both HDMI output and HDMI input, a handful of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, a 3-in-1 SD card reader, and a 2MP Full HD webcam. All three have Wireless AC connectivity, although the AG270 seems to be dual-band and the other two are single-band. The AG270 and AG240 offer Blu-ray drives, while the AG220 has a DVD Super Multi optical drive.

"MSI's squadron of gaming AIOs takes gaming to the next level and outperforms any other unit on the market," says Andy Tung, CEO of MSI Pan America. "The state of the art components shreds gaming benchmarks, delivers an immersive gaming experience and is hands down the most superb combination of style and performance."

For customers looking to play their favorite games on the PC, all three models pack the ingredients you need for an immersive, trouble-free experience. These form factors cater to the gaming crowd that really has no desire to upgrade each component. Based on the hardware specs shown here, all three AIO PCs appear to be a great investment.

All three models come packed with a full 104-key gaming keyboard and a 3,500 DPI gaming mouse. They will be available at Newegg, Amazon and all other major e-tailers next week.

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    zhunt99 , May 29, 2014 6:57 PM
    Yeah, I fail to see how this trumps a small form factor PC and a dedicated monitor. It seems to compromise performance too much for small savings of space.
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    asterisx , May 29, 2014 7:54 PM
    I like AIO's more than desktops for their paltry form factor and battery backup. You can't criticize every product on cost-effectiveness. And given the configuration, they are pretty competitive to high-end desktops.
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    Queenslander , May 29, 2014 8:10 PM
    If I didn't want to upgrade, I'd buy a console...
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    InvalidError , May 29, 2014 8:56 PM
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    Yeah, I fail to see how this trumps a small form factor PC and a dedicated monitor. It seems to compromise performance too much for small savings of space.

    But it does look more tidy: only one cable for power instead of one cable for display power, one cable for PC power, one cable for display data and possibly a USB cable for the display's built-in USB hub. Only one item to dust off instead of two, only takes the space of the display on the desk, etc.

    So there are plenty of life-style reasons for people who do not care all that much absolute performance, features, upgradability, etc. to prefer AIOs.

    The main reason I do not care about AIOs is simply that none of them meet my requirements and even if there were, the prices would be hundreds of dollars more expensive than a standard PC+display setup... so, for a few hundred dollars, I will endure the extra wiring and clutter.

    I suppose another scary factor with AIOs is power supplies: proprietary form factors, probably proprietary output voltages too since they need to feed the LCD backlight and battery and OEMs often shave pennies in power supplies that often turn into predictable just-out-of-warranty failures.
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    mortsmi7 , May 29, 2014 10:16 PM
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    Yeah, I fail to see how this trumps a small form factor PC and a dedicated monitor. It seems to compromise performance too much for small savings of space.

    I think Apple made a solution for you many years ago, even if it's the size of a CRT.
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    zhunt99 , May 30, 2014 6:36 AM
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    Yeah, I fail to see how this trumps a small form factor PC and a dedicated monitor. It seems to compromise performance too much for small savings of space.

    I think Apple made a solution for you many years ago, even if it's the size of a CRT.


    I still think even Windows ME would be preferable to those still.

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    rad666 , May 30, 2014 7:54 AM
    Correction: The title should read:

    "MSI to Bring Out Three Overpriced, Underpowered non-Portable Gaming Laptops Next Week"
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    lostgamer_03 , May 30, 2014 12:10 PM
    I pity the fools buying such a machine
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    2Be_or_Not2Be , May 30, 2014 1:19 PM
    I don't know why MSI wants to make this AIO w/o a stand. Looking down is bad for your posture, and it will exacerbate glare from any nearby ceiling lights.

    This design could definitely use some refinement! (and a stand)
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    TechieNewbie , May 30, 2014 6:15 PM
    A gaming AIO...

    Yes I am aware that this comment adds nothing to the conversation; but then we all already know to avoid this thing, so it's a wash either way.
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