MSI Reveals Intel Skylake Ready Nightblade Desktops – The X2 and MI2
MSI is readying for battle as it revealed its Intel Skylake ready versions of the Nightblade series of branded desktop computers. The two refreshed products are the Nightblade X2 and its little brother the Nightblade MI2.
The Nightblade X2 features a 16-liter chassis with a Z170 based motherboard inside. It’s a powerhouse, giving users options to install 16GB of DDR4 RAM across two slots, with options of a 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSD or mechanical drives.
Of course, you don’t really need to limit yourself to SATA, as the X2 also boasts two M.2 slots, each with 4 lanes of PCIe 3.0 connectivity. The chassis also has space for two 11.4” long graphic cards, so you could fit any modern day card inside.
The X2 is powered by a 500 watt 80 Plus Silver rated Power Supply, and according to MSI, is more than capable for running an Nvidia GTX 980Ti. You’re also getting two USB 3.1 ports – one front and one back – along with 4x USB 3.0s and 2x USB 2.0s.
The company also includes a slim optical drive and an OC Genie button that will automatically overclock your system. Of course, you should make sure you know what you’re doing before hitting that button. Keep any children away from it as well.
The Nightblade MI2 is the younger brother of the X2, featuring a smaller chassis at 10-liters capacity, and a less overclockable motherboard with a B150 chipset. You can install up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM in SO-DIMM form, and the MI2 chassis actually has more room for bigger harddrives, allowing up to two 3.5” HDDs and one 2.5” mechanical/SSD option. Yes, you also get the M.2 PCIe slot.
USB 3.1 connectivity comes in the form of two 10Gbps ports at the back, and one 5Gbps port on the side of the case.
The MI2 is powered by a 350 Watts 80 Plus Bronze PSU. MSI claims that it’s more than capable of running an Nvidia GTX 970, but we’re not too sure that we want to test those claims out, which is why you’d be advised to upgrade the PSU.
An added plus with the MI2 is MSI’s own version of CPU cooling, which isn’t offered in its bigger brother.
Both these powerhouses go on sale in ‘mid-October.’ Be sure to check back soon for the prices.