MSI is known to conjure up powerful gaming hardware, but the recently released MEG Aegis Ti5 desktop takes things to a new level of weird. Powered by an Intel i9 processor and available RTX 3080 GPU, the Aegis literally dials up the strange with a physical “gaming dial” that lets you switch up your gaming preferences on the fly.
The latest and greatest from MSI starts at a staggering $3,399. If you don’t mind skipping rent for the next few months, here’s what all that cash gets you.
- Processor: Intel® Core™ i9 – 10900K Processor
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home
- Chipset: Intel® Z490
- Graphics: Up to MSI GeForce RTX™ 3080
- Memory: Up to 128GB DDR4 (total 4x U-DIMMs)
- Storage: 3x M.2 2280 SSD (2xSATA/PCIe Combo, 1x PCIe); 2x 2.5” Drive bays; 1x 3.5” Drive bay
- Communication: WLAN: Intel® Dual Band Wireless – Wi-Fi 6 AX201; LAN: 2.5G (Intel WGI225V) + 1G (Intel WGI219V); Bluetooth: Ver. 5.1
- Optical device: N/A
- Power supply: Modular 750W 80 Plus Gold Certified PSU
- Dimensions: 551 x 239 x 511 mm (67 Liter)
It also does a few strange things with its internal setup, such as using a motherboard that features “an upside-down design with an MSI propeller fan behind it to cool the VRM and boost GeForce RTX 3080’s performance.” While that sounds cool on paper, it’s unclear if the flipped design can actually improve the RTX 3080’s performance.
Then there’s the big selling point – a physical gaming dial on the front of the PC that lets you quickly adjust various settings. “Using the LED dial on the front of the machine, players can view their display system status and quickly switch between several system performance settings including sound and lighting, all customizable on MSI’s Dragon Center system management software,” said MSI. “The knob also functions as a start button for games and can be linked with exclusive configuration files for the game. Its integrated AI technology can also detect its current location to display local weather and temperature information on the LED panel.”
This thing is packed full of great hardware, but that price tag is nothing to scoff at. However, if you happen to be in the market for an ultra-powerful pre-built and have a few grand to spare, the MEG Aegis Ti5 might be worth a look.
To learn more, visit the official MSI website.
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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.
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