MSI Vortex — World’s Smallest Gaming Cylinder — Starts Shipping

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MSI has released the Vortex, a VR-ready, high-performance mini-tower computer that redefines compact gaming desktops. Don’t let the small footprint fool you though — it stands only 10.5″ tall — as the MSI Vortex is chock full of the latest gaming tech including an unlocked Intel Core i7 6700K processor, up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, SSDs in Super RAID 4, and dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980 GPUs in SLI.

“The revolutionary Vortex gaming tower shatters the misconception that bigger systems deliver more power and performance,” says Andy Tung, president of MSI Pan America. “The groundbreaking system maximizes space and heat dissipation to unlock the power of its components for truly astronomical performance in a Subwoofer size.”

The MSI Vortex comes in two configurations — the G65 SLI-002 with dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI graphics with 16GB of GDDR5 and 32GB DDR4 RAM, and the G65 SLI-011 with dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 SLI graphics with 6GB of GDDR5 and 16GB DDR4 RAM. Both configurations include a number of connectors and support up to six video outputs simultaneously, a 450W 80 plus Gold power supply, and MSI’s 360° Silent Storm Cooling technology to ensure extreme coolness under the most intense gaming sessions. MSI’s cooling system creates a vortex-shaped wind path by capturing heat from the bottom of the unit and circulating it upwards, resulting in superior thermals and acoustics.

The Vortex is also 4K ready, utilizes Killer DoubleShot X3 connectivity for lag-free gaming, and promises an immersive multimedia experience by utilizing Nahimic Military X Gaming audio technology. This mini-tower can be customized and controlled through the Dragon Center Dashboard and App, allowing users to customize lighting preferences, monitor system performance, launch utilities and apps, fine-tune the system with personalized profiles, and more.

Full specifications of the MSI Vortex include:

  • Windows 10
  • Latest 6th Gen. Intel® Core™ i7 processor
  • NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 980 or GTX 960 graphics in SLI
  • 16GB or 32GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM
  • Small 6.5-liter and 10.5” High Chassis
  • Exclusive Super RAID 4 (Dual NVMe M.2 SSDs by PCIe Gen3 X4 in RAID 0)
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 – supporting 40Gbps ultra speed data transfer rate, dual 4K monitor output and portable charging power up to 5V/3A
  • USB Type-C reversible plug
  • Exclusive Storm Cooling Technology – creating rotating column airflow, ensuring ultra-cooling efficiency
  • Nahimic Sound Technology – delivering 360⁰ immersive audio experience to your speakers
  • Killer DoubleShot-X3™ Pro (2x Killer Gb LAN + Killer 802.11 a/c WiFi) – granting unprecedented network speed up to 2,867Gbps throughput
  • 2 x Killer E2400 Gigabit LAN Controller with Advanced Stream Detect 2.0
  • Killer Wireless-AC 1535 supporting Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO)
  • Killer Shield reduces ping rate and ensures smoother gameplay
  • Matrix Display supporting 6 external monitors and surround mode up to external 3 monitors
  • 450W 80 Plus Gold Certification PSU
  • Xsplit Gamecaster free premium license for 1 year

You can order the MSI Vortex from the MSI website for $2199USD for the G65 SLI-011 version or $3999 for the G65 SLI-002 version.

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