MSI Nightblade is an overclockable gaming barebone

Posted on Thursday, Mar 06 2014 @ 17:45 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
MSI shows off the Nightblade, a new Mini ITX based barebone for gamers. The case measures 345.8mm x 277.3mm x 175.7mm, it features the MSI Z87I Gaming Nightblade motherboard and comes with a 600W 80Plus Gold PSU. There's room for up to 16GB DDR3 memory and two graphics cards with a max length of 290mm.
MSI, leading manufacturer of gaming hardware, today launches the MSI Nightblade gaming barebone PC. Sturdy, stable and solid, the small, 16 liter-sized MSI Nightblade packs the perfect gear for PC gamers that do not wish to compromise on gaming performance. Housing the highly appraised MSI GAMING motherboard series, a 600W PSU, a high-speed Dragon casefan and equipped with MSI's OC Genie functionality, the Nightblade delivers a true powerpunch. Despite its mini-ITX form factor, the MSI Nightblade can host an ATX-size graphics card and supports the usage of two SSDs, an HDD and even an optical drive bay. The solid handle on the frontside helps gamers to easily carry the Nightblade from one LAN-event to the next.

The MSI Nightblade is available worldwide from the 2nd week of March 2014 and will be on its first live display at CeBIT 2014 in Hannover, Germany.

Overclockable with MSI OC Genie button
The MSI Nightblade can be overclocked without using complicated software or having to open the entire gaming rig. With just a simple push of the OC Genie button on the front, the Nightblade’s interior hardware is automatically overclocked in a matter of seconds. Easily recognized by the emitting red light from the chassis, the hardware inside the MSI Nightblade is amped up in speed and performance, making games or other complicated computing tasks run even slicker than in normal mode.

Red Dragon Case Fan and Optimized Airflow
The case fan inside the MSI Nightblade is custom made for its chassis. The fan speed is dynamically adjusted depending on the actvities done by the user. In the most extreme circumstances, the Dragon case fan can even run at a maximum of 3600RPM, much more powerful than conventional PC casefans.

With 2 internal casefans, an optional 3rd fan and four airvents, the Nightblade comes with a well organized airflow to cool all components inside the case.

ATX Graphics Support

Easy Assembly
Despite its Mini-ITX form factor, the small sized Nightblade provides enough space for a full-size two slot-in graphics card via a PCI-E 3.0x16 slot. Graphics cards up to a lenght of 290mm and a thickness of 35mm - such as the MSI R9 290X - can fit in, making the Nightblade a vicious tool for gamers craving for amazing in-game images while exploring virtual worlds and battlefields. With the MSI GAMING motherboard smartly placed inside the MSI Nightblade, and a PSU powerful enough to supply each component with sufficient power, the expansion options of the MSI Nightblade are almost endless. Whether a new ATX-sized graphics card or two SSDs need to be assembled, a system integrator or consumer can easily do it independently by opening the left side panel of the case. Add or remove an Optical Drive, upgrade the memory or CPU, it’s all in your own hands.

Carrying Handle
A useful handle at the bottom-front of the Nightblade can be used to pick up and carry this gaming beast around from one LAN-event to the next. The level of mobility doesn’t stop there. With help of the rubber covers fitting the metal screws on the backside of the Nightblade, this system can even be stacked up vertically after carrying it around. That way, the panel and connectors on the back remain unharmed each time when arriving at a new gamer’s den.

Technical specifications:
Size: 16 Liter
Dimensions: 345.8 x 277.3 x 175.7mm
CPU Configuration: Support Intel 4th Gen CPU
Chipset: Intel Z87
CPU Cooler: Tower Cooler 3800RPM (optional) - support up to 113W overclock
VGA Controller: Support Dual Slot, max 290mm lenght (eg. R2 290X or 780Ti)
Memory: Support up to DDR3 3000MHz, 16GB
Audio: 7.1 Channel HD Audio - Audio Boost & SoundBlaster
LAN (RJ45): E2200 Killer Gigabit LAN
Wireless LAN: Intel Wireless-AC 7260, 802.11 a/b/g/n
Rear I/O: 1 x e-SATA, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI, 1 x Display Port, 1 x S/PDIF, 1 x PS/2, 1 x Clear CMOS Button, 2 x Antenna Connectors, 6 x OFC Audio Jacks
Internal I/O: 1 x ATX 24-Pin, 1 x 8-Pin ATX 12V, 5 x SATA 6GB/s, 1 x Clear CMOS
USB Support: Rear: 2 x USB 2.0, 4 x USB 3.0 / Front: 2 x USB3.0, 2x USB2.0
HDD/SSD: Support 1 x 3.5” / 2 x 2.5” (2 x mSATA in one 2.5”)
ODD: Slim Type Slot-in (optional)
System Fan: Rear: 92mm 3600RPM, Side: 120mm 4000RPM (option for R9)
Power Supply: 600W
Power Efficiency Level: 80 PLUS GOLD
Weight: 7.8KG
MSI Nightblade

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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