Page 1: MSI MEG Trident X 12th in review: A fast but expensive complete computer
Even in its latest version, the MSI Trident X tries to pack as much performance as possible into a small space and doesn’t even stop at absolute high-end components. The small tower computer packs an Alder Lake processor with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and of course lots of memory into just ten liters. In this Hardwareluxx article on the following pages we will look into whether the concept will work again this time. We put the MSI MEG Trident X 12th, which costs almost 4,100 euros, to the test.
MSI’s MEG Trident X family has always tried to pack as much performance as possible into the most compact housing possible. A matt black, but timeless 10 liter case has been used for a few model generations and does not even stop at the absolute high-end components. The new MSI MEG Trident X 12th combines an Intel Core i7-12700K with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 graphics and of course lots of memory. The selection ranges from an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 to the GeForce RTX 3090 and thus even includes the currently fastest consumer graphics cards from the gaming segment. There is also up to 64 GB of DDR5 RAM and space for two M.2 or 2.5-inch drives. MSI typically configures mass storage devices with 1 TB of storage space each.
Of course, modern connections such as USB-C, WiFi 6E or even fast 2.5 gps Ethernet should not be missing, just like an RGB lighting system or extensive software. All this is made possible thanks to a sophisticated cooling system with several cooling chambers for the hardware and of course some air slots for the fresh air supply.
For our test, MSI provided us with one of their top models, although they didn’t quite rely on the fastest version. Our test sample is powered by an Intel Core i7-12700K and a GeForce RTX 3080 Ti with 32 GB RAM and 2 TB HDD and SSD storage.
However, this has its price: a whopping 4,100 euros is currently being asked for on the open market.
|Processor:||Intel Core i7-12700K|
|motherboard:||MSI MEG Z690I Unify|
|Random access memory:||2x 16GB DDR5-4800|
|Graphic card:||MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Ventus 3X|
|Mass storage:||1x 1TB NVMe SSD
1x 1TB SATA HDD
|sound card:||on board|
|Power adapter:||FSP 850W 80Plus Gold|
|cooling and housing|
|Housing:||MSI Trident X|
|CPU cooler:||MSI air cooler|
|Software:||Windows 11 Home|
|Total price:||4,099 euros|
This makes the MSI Trident X 12th one of the fastest desktop computers on the market. In this Hardwareluxx article on the following pages, we will show whether the concept also works with a view to the volume and temperature behavior. We put the fast 10-liter PC to the test in detail.
|MSI MEG Trident X 12th 12VTF-058DE|
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From EUR 4,099.00
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