What you need to know
- MSI has unveiled new MEG, MPG and Codex prebuilt desktop gaming PCs featuring 13th Gen Intel Core “Raptor Lake” processors and NVIDIA RTX 40 Series GPUs.
- It also showed off new MEG, MPG and MAG motherboards with the latest Intel Z790 chipset.
- To power your new builds, MSI has a number of new MAG and MEG power supplies with 80 Plus Platinum certification and up to 1000W of power.
Shortly after Intel announced its new 13th-generation “Raptor Lake” desktop processors, MSI unveiled a host of new gaming hardware featuring the new CPUs and NVIDIA’s upcoming RTX 40-series GPUs. New off-the-shelf PCs from MSI’s MAG, MPG and Codex lineups were on display, as well as new MEG, MPG and MAG motherboards featuring Intel’s new Z790 chipset. New power supplies were also announced that can keep up with the heavy power demands of Intel and NVIDIA’s latest offerings.
Here’s a look at the new gaming hardware coming from MSI.
MSI’s revamped gaming desktop lineup
MSI has refreshed six of its gaming desktops, including the MPG Trident RS, MPG Trident 3, MPG Infinite X2, MEG Trident X2, and MEG Aegis TI5. While details are pretty sparse, MSI has laid out some upgrades beyond the new designs and hardware.
MEG-series PCs will feature Intel’s 13th-generation processors and NVIDIA’s RTX 40-series GPUs, as well as a 2.0 version of MSI’s Human Machine Interface (HMI). Yes, these PCs have a 4.5-inch touch screen on the chassis, giving users more immediate control over their hardware.
In particular, the MEG Trident X2 has a new cooling system to keep up with the heat dissipation of the new hardware. The CPU is liquid-cooled by a 280mm radiator, plus a new air baffle with several chambers for major hardware components (what MSI calls Silent Storm Cooling 3). The PC will include an ATX 3.0 PSU to best handle the massive power requirements of NVIDIA’s new GPUs.
The MPG Infinite X2 has been revised with a new look and will feature the latest hardware from Intel and NVIDIA. It is liquid-cooled with a 240mm radiator and features MSI’s Silent Storm cooling solution. An all-glass side panel (with thumbscrews) shows off the internal components, a magnetic dust filter sits on the top of the case, and you can upgrade SSDs without tools.
MSI’s new Z790 motherboards
MSI makes tons of motherboards for different systems, so it’s no surprise that it was quick to announce new boards for Intel’s Z790 chipset. There are options from MEG, MPG and MAG lineups to best suit different budgets and requirements.
The MEG Z790 cards are MSI’s top offering, featuring 26+2 power stages and extreme cooling module specifically for the MEG Z790 Godlike. Dual Thunderbolt 4 ports appear, as well as seven M.2 slots for expanded storage, built-in Wi-Fi 6E, 10GbE connectivity, and a built-in touchscreen.
MPG Z790 cards are a step down from the MEG hardware, but they’re still impressive. White and black color schemes are available, with built-in RGB lighting and headers to connect your own ARGB setup. Wi-Fi 6E and 2.5GbE are included.
Finally, the MAG Z790 cards represent the best value. More specifically, the MAG Z790 Tomahawk WiFi features an all-metal heatsink, upgraded circuit board, and Japanese capacitors.
Wait, there’s more from MSI!
NVIDIA’s 40-series RTX graphics cards are huge and suck up a lot of power, which means a lot of people will need a PSU upgrade to keep up with the new GPUs. MSI has you covered. New MEG and MPG options were announced, including MEG Ai1300P and Ai1000P, as well as MPG A1000G, A850G and A750G models.
The MEG Ai1300P is set up to handle ATX 3.0 and PCIe 5 builds, with 80 Plus Platinum certification for excellent power efficiency. The 16-pin connector can handle up to 600W of power. The MPG A1000G is similar in ATX 3.0 and PCIe 5 compatibility, although it is certified 80 Plus Gold.
Finally, MSI’s MEG lineup has some new components for your next PC build. The MEG Prospect 700R is a PC case with built-in screen and space for up to 360 mm radiator for liquid cooling. The MEG CoreLiquid S360 is just that, and it also has a built-in display.