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MSI's Gaming 27T AIO May Not Need All 8 GB Of VRAM

MSI announced that its new top-end AIO PC, the Gaming 27T, is now available online from various online retailers.

MSI's Gaming 27T is targeted at gamers who want high-end performance in a compact system. The AIO uses a desktop CPU, the Intel 6th Gen (Skylake) Core i7-6700 operating at 3.4 GHz with a turbo clock speed of 4 GHz, in conjunction with an Intel H170 motherboard chipset.

The system also contains a mobile Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M with 8 GB of GDDR5. This is somewhat surprising, as the system's display is capable of only 1080p resolution. Although the GTX 980M would have a harder time playing games smoothly at 2K and significantly struggle considerably at 4K, there really isn't any point of having 8 GB of GDDR5 for a 1080p display. As it is a common misconception that more RAM or vRAM always leads to higher performance, this is mostly just a marketing tactic, which has the side effect of raising overall system cost.

The AIO is capable of supporting two additional displays over HDMI, and stereoscopic gaming would justify the 8 GB of vRAM, but if you have the space for a double or triple monitor setup, then you likely have space to fit a less expensive higher-performance desktop PC instead.

"Gamers demand performance and our new Gaming 27T will leave them breathless with unbelievable graphics, blazing fast speeds, and a mind-blowing sensory experience," said Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America. "Our Gaming 27T takes AIOs to a new level by focusing on user experience above all."

MSI also put a focus on the user experience of the system. The 1080p display measures 27 inches and is LED-backlit. It also supports 10-point multi-touch input. The system incorporates a Killer Wireless adapter and a Killer DoubleShot Pro LAN NIC for low-latency Internet connectivity. MSI also implemented several audio technologies, including a Sabre Hi-Fi DAC, Nahimic's Audio Enhancer software, and MSI's Audio Boost in order to give gamers a relatively high-end audio experience from an AIO PC.

The system contains a considerable amount of storage space. A 256 GB SSD is used for the C: Drive, while two HDDs, a 4 TB and a 2 TB, are also included in a "Super RAID" configuration.

The system also contains a single USB 3.1 Type-C connection, as well as a USB 3.0 super charger port for quickly charging your portable devices. The AIO also includes a 104-key gaming keyboard and a 3500 DPI gaming mouse.

MSI Gaming 27T
ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700 (3.4 - 4 GHz)
Operating SystemWindows 10
ChipsetIntel H170
Display27" Full HD LED-backlit
Resolution1920 x 1080 (16:9 widescreen)
TouchscreenProjected Capacitive (10-point Touch)
GraphicsNvidia GeForce GTX 980M (8 GB GDDR5)
Hard Disk Drive256 GB SSD Super RAID 4 + 2 TB HDD
Memory16 GB DDR4
LAN/BluetoothKiller Wireless
OpticalBD Burner
Card Reader3-in-1 (SDXC/MS/MMC)
USB Ports1 x USB 3.1 Type-C1 x USB 3.0 with Super Charger2 x USB 3.02 x USB 2.0
Webcam2.0 MP (1600x1200)
Speaker2 x 5W with Nahimic Audio Enhancer
KeyboardUSB 104-Key Gaming Keyboard
MouseUSB 3500 DPI Gaming Mouse
Dimensions (W x D x H)26.47" x 19.01" x 2.60"
Weight35.63 lbs.

The MSI Gaming 27T is available now from various online retailers, and is priced at $2,699.99.


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