AI-focused MSI desktop has a 1080p touch screen built into the front of its chassis

MSI Meg Vision X
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This year's Computex 2024 trade show was filled interesting AI focused PCs, but often, their most interesting features had little to do with AI. Such is the case with MSI's MEG Vision X AI Desktop, which we stumbled upon in the company's sprawling booth.

Due out in Q4 for an undisclosed price, the MEG Vision X will have, according to MSI reps "the latest" Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU at the time, which implies that it will have an Arrow Lake processor and a 5080 or 5090 card (presuming Nvidia announces one this fall). With all that horsepower, you could use this system to play high-end games, train models or just process a little local AI generated art. 

But what makes the MEG Vision X stand out is not its ability to run AI or gaming tasks -- any PC with a decent video card or an NPU could do that. It's the 1080 x 1920 touch screen that takes up the entire front surface of the chassis that led us to name this desktop one of the best products of Computex 2024

The chassis with built-in screen is so impressive to look at that Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger signed his name and the word "awesome" on the top of the Meg Vision X when he visited MSI's booth.

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By default, the touch display shows key PC stats such as your CPU temperature and clock speed. It also allows you to launch your favorite apps on your primary screen by tapping a shortcut icon. You can change performance modes here as well, opting for more speed or quieter fans.

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The display is seen by Windows as a full-fledged second display in portrait mode. So you can play YouTube videos on it or run apps on it if you wish. MSI reps said a game streamer should keep their chat or OBS window on the front-panel screen while gaming on their primary monitor. They also said that the touch screen uses Intel integrated graphics while the main monitor or any secondary monitors you attach would use the Nvidia graphics card.

We got to spend a few minutes with the MSI MEG Vision X and its touch screen and we were impressed with how responsive it was. We put a YouTube vertical video onto the touch screen and then swiped down to switch to a different one. The screen supports ten-point touch so you can pinch-to-zoom or even finger paint on it.

Of course, MSI, like every other PC OEM, feels compelled to tout the computer's AI features and how they integrate with the screen. The screen itself is called an AI HMI and some of the shortcuts on it launch built-in MSI AI apps such as AI Artist x MSI Chat, which is a chat bot / image generator that runs locally. A built-in microphone and speaker will let you issue voice commands either to MSI's app or to Copilot.

There's also MSI AI Engine, which adjusts performance based on AI. Then there's AI Frozr, which does the same thing for cooling.

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But even if having a local image generator / chatbot is really valuable to you, you don't need a special PC or an on-case screen on the case to get those features. MSI may have its own branded apps, but it's likely using the same chat and image generation that's available elsewhere. Anyone who has a decent graphics card can  download and install Stable Diffusion image generator or LLama for chat. If you have an RTX card, try ComfyUI, which is a very powerful frontend for Stable Diffusion.

What you can't get elsewhere is a full HD screen that takes up the entire front surface of your chassis. We have seen some cases with screens on the front -- the Jonsbo D41 comes to mind. But MSI's display takes up the entire space and is meant to be an integral part of the user experience, not just a cute special effect. 

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch is Tom's Hardware's editor-in-chief. When he's not playing with the latest gadgets at work or putting on VR helmets at trade shows, you'll find him rooting his phone, taking apart his PC or coding plugins. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram developed many real-world benchmarks, including our laptop battery test.
  • PEnns
    Interesting, especially because "...By default, the touch display shows key PC stats such as your CPU temperature and clock speed. It also allows you to launch your favorite apps on your primary screen by tapping a shortcut icon."
    But in order see the stats and do other stuff with the touch screen, this desktop PC will be sitting on, um, the top of your desk!

    The desktop PC is now, and again, a desktop PC!! The 1990s are calling.....;)
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  • endocine
    Not looking good for airflow, the GPU is right up against the side panel glass, and there is no air from front as its blocked by the screen.
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  • hasten
    endocine said:
    Not looking good for airflow, the GPU is right up against the side panel glass, and there is no air from front as its blocked by the screen.
    So like a Lian Li 011? My mini with a glass front and side (and I mounted the gpu vertical) has excellent airflow for a 13900 and 4090... dont jump to conclusions based off assumptions without details...
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  • Notton
    I think the piece Gelsinger signs is part of the case and it sucks air in through that. It looks well ventilated, but consumes more space and would be a little awkward when placing something on top of it.
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  • Dr3ams
    I don't want a case loaded with potential RMAs.
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  • oofdragon
    How do you repair the screen once it's broken? Can you even find a replacement for it outside US? I guess you don't , if there is one
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  • Colif
    Always my 1st question was... how does it cool itself... but I see from a video its got an area on right it can get air in... so there is hope. AIO is mounted on side of case it seems.
    3KIsamHswOQGPU not in a great spot.
    I don't want a tablet screen on front of my pc anyway.

    But target audience of this sort of case not interested in fact GPU choke to death in that spot... its got a screen!!
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