MSI Claims World's First 27-inch All-in-One Gaming PC

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News Posted: Mon, Apr 22 2013 11:54 AM

Gaming PCs can come in all shapes and sizes, but I'm willing to bet that all-in-one isn't one of the first to come to mind. MSI would like to change that, and has built a great-looking model to help. It's called the "Wind Top AG2712", where the 27 represents the 27-inch display. With this machine, MSI claims the first gaming AIO at this size on the market.

Let's tackle some specs, shall we? At the forefront, the rig comes equipped with one of Intel's best mobile processors, the Core i7-3630QM. This quad-core model features HyperThreading support and is clocked at 2.4GHz - boostable to 3.4GHz with Turbo. For graphics, we have NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 670MX 3GB. While that card is nowhere near as fast as the desktop 670, it's close in performance to the GTX 560, so running your favorite games at the monitor's native resolution of 1080p shouldn't prove to be too much of a problem.

While the Wind Top AG2712 will come in a couple of different configurations, you'll have the option to have up to a 128GB SSD installed (alongside the default 1TB hard drive), replace the DVD-RW drive with a Blu-ray and also opt for a touch screen (something I tend to recommend nowadays, although it's hardly a make-or-break feature for the desktop).

Other smaller features include 2x 5W speakers with THX TruStudio Pro, 1Gbit/s Ethernet (the chipset is not mentioned), wireless 802.11 b/g/n, 3-in-1 card reader, 2 megapixel "HD" webcam, 4x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports, audio in/out and both HDMI and VGA for video.

Unlike so many other AIOs on the market, it seems that MSI itself created the motherboard for use in this one (not a true surprise, though), as it touts the company's Military Class II components. That means it has Hi-C and solid capacitors and super ferrite chokes - essentially, higher-quality components that (hopefully) prolongs the lifespan of the machine.

There's no word on pricing yet, but we'd expect the Wind Top AG2712 to hit etail and retail within the next few weeks.

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"While that card is nowhere near as fast as the desktop 670, it's close in performance to the GTX 560, so running your favorite games at the monitor's native resolution of 1080p shouldn't prove to be too much of a problem."

I will disagree slightly with that. The 560 will push a frame or two more on average (good performance indicators at notebookcheck). Plus, if you play at 1080p, you will often have to turn that the fidelity. That said, 670m is good for a mobile card.

No pricing, but I expect 1800, because as a laptop this config costs about 1400.

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RWilliams replied on Mon, Apr 22 2013 2:31 PM

Err - I guess I removed mention of 3DMark during editing. The reason I compared the two GPUs is that according to the latest 3DMark, both cards are about equal... both score almost exactly 4,000.

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OK, I'm not a gamer, and I don't use a headset or cans often...but wouldn't it make more sense to put the relevant outlets on the sides, not the back?

If I'm missing something blindingly obvious, please correct me.

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Clixxer replied on Mon, Apr 22 2013 11:55 PM

Well I guess if it was on a table or desk it would be fine. I don't see alot of people mounting this to walls or nothing but you would just have to permanently keep the headset plugged in. My razer carcharias have a 9 ft cord so its possible.

My rig - I7-4770K, ASUS Z87-A Mobo, 16 GB Corsair Ram, AMD 7990 GPU, CoolIT AiO Cooler, NZXT H630

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What! First gaming all in one PC in the world?! Bold statement, but false. Do you insist to play games on AIO PC? Get Apple iMac! It's been exist for years now, iMac is the true "first all-in-one PC ever exist". The latest model runs games just fine with 680MX on 1440p, more so than this puny MSI with 670MX on sucky 1080p screen which might not even be an IPS panel. iMac is a real deal Mac which runs OSX and Windows natively without the need of hacking, and it runs games greatly.

And its just priced the same with this MSI plastic junk, so really there's only a few to none good reason for me to get this MSI over the iMac. Would you get this over the iMac with 680MX?

This MSI is a complete crap compared to what iMac could offer, and we're talking about AIO here, so please, bring the arguments about best value desktop and quad SLI GPUs out of the equation here. It's all about AIO

Funny the often times overpriced Apple does it better and cheaper, while MSI just sucks on it. Period!

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