MSI has started to sell its latest Infinite X desktops in the US. The new systems are based on Intel’s six-core Core i7 (Coffee Lake) processors, as well as custom Intel Z370-powered motherboards that support CPU overclocking. The most advanced configurations of the Infinite X come with Intel’s unlocked Core i7-8700K chips as well as MSI’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. Also, MSI is set to allow some of its system integrator partners to build custom configurations of the Infinite X to address the needs of their customers.

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As reported earlier, the MSI Infinite X will be the company’s most powerful desktop computer and an advancement for the whole series in general. The new PCs are not only based on six-core Core i7-8700K CPUs, and therefore offer better multitasking performance than predecessors do, but they support CPU overclocking. The custom Micro-ATX Intel Z370 motherboard that MSI uses for the Infinite X PCs offers a rather general overclocking functionality supported by the company's Command Center software (allows to adjust per-core frequency, increase CPU/DRAM voltages, improve cooling, etc.).

When it comes to cooling overclocked CPUs and GPUs, MSI’s new system is prepared very well. The Infinite X chassis uses a triple-chamber design with separate chambers for the CPU (this one also hosts RAM, SSD, PCH and some other components), the GPU, and the PSU (this one also hosts 2.5”/3.5” storage devices), isolating the hottest components from each other. Secondly, the graphics and the processor chambers are cooled down using MSI’s Silent Storm Cooling 3 Pro coolers that suck cool air from the outside of the case and then exhaust the warmer air in another direction. Thirdly, the CPU itself is cooled down using MSI’s custom Dragon liquid cooling system to ensure stable operation even when overclocked significantly beyond stock frequencies.  According to MSI, cooling systems inside the Infinite X produce around 25 dB of noise in idle and less than 36 dB when operating at their full performance.

The custom micro-ATX motherboard has four DDR4 slots supporting up to 64 GB of memory, one PCIe x16 slot for a graphics card (MSI offers GeForce GTX 1070, GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti options) and two M.2 slots for SSDs. As for connectivity, the Infinite X motherboard has a GbE port powered by Intel's I219V controller, Intel’s 1x1 Wireless-AC 3168 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 module, a 7.1-channel audio sub-system with MSI’s AudioBoost and Nahimic 2+ enhancements, USB Type-A and Type-C ports, DP and HDMI display outputs (in case iGPU is used for some reason) and so on.

Specifications of MSI Infinite X Desktops for the U.S. Market
  Infinite X VR8RD-007US Infinite X VR8RF-008US
CPU Intel Core i7-8700K
3.7 - 4.7 GHz
UHD Graphics 630
95 W
PCH Intel Z370
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
Memory 16 GB dual-channel DDR4-2400
Storage SSD 256 GB PCIe NVMe 512GB PCIe NVMe
HDD 2 TB HDD with 7200 RPM spindle speed
ODD DVD SuperMulti
Bays Two M.2 slot for SSDs (PCIe or SATA)
1 × 2.5"
2 × 3.5"
Wi-Fi Intel Wireless-AC 3168 802.11ac + BT 4.2
Ethernet 1 × Realtek 8111H
Display Outputs MB 1 × HDMI
1 × DisplayPort
2 × DisplayPort
1 × DVI-D DL
may vary depending on SKU
Front HDMI for VR headsets
Audio Front 3.5 mm jacks for headset with microphone
Back 5 × 3.5 mm jacks
1 × S/PDIF
USB Front 1 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 2.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
Back 3 × USB 3.0 Type-A
2 × USB 2.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
Other I/O Front -
Back 1 × PS/2 combo port
Dimensions 210 × 450 × 488 mm | 8.27" × 17.72" × 19.22"
Color Black with Customizable RGB LEDs
PSU 550 W 80 Plus Bronze
Additional Information Link Link

It is hard to imagine a 2017 gaming PC without custom RGB lighting and other style enhancements. The Infinite-series desktops feature MSI’s Mystic Light functionality, which offers customizable RGB LED presentations. When buying from MSI’s direct partners, it is possible to choose a classic all black side panel or a transparent side panel.

Officially, MSI offers two Infinite X SKUs in the US. The entry-level one is equipped with MSI’s GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, a 256 GB NVMe SSD, a 2 TB HDD, and starts at $1699.99. The higher-end model comes with MSI’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, a 512 GB NVMe SSD, and a 2 TB hard drive. Amazon and Newegg are currently offering  versions of the Infinite X with discounts that cost starting from $1,599 or even $1,449 (after a $100 rebate) and feature various configurations.

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Source: MSI

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  • logamaniac - Thursday, November 30, 2017 - link

    You’d think someone other than apple would care about how garish their devices are.
    I’m too lazy to build my own system nowadays but it would be nice to have an option for something that fits an adult’s aesthetic that is powerful and can game when needed.
  • colonelclaw - Friday, December 1, 2017 - link

    Outside of a teenager's bedroom, this PC would look simply embarrassing!

    Fortunately. something I'm seeing in increased numbers are system builders that let you choose your case design, here's a couple of examples I've found in the UK:
    There must be many equivalents to be found all over the world. I particularly like the second example as there's even an option for you to send in them your own case, which is unusual.
  • rmullns08 - Friday, December 1, 2017 - link

    While I could do without the Tron lighting style, the Corsair One Pro is a really nice looking machine. When they come out with a Coffee Lake version I will likely jump.
  • versesuvius - Friday, December 1, 2017 - link

    That is one ugly piece of furniture.
  • PeachNCream - Friday, December 1, 2017 - link

    I really don't like the case design and I think the interior lighting should be toned down and not just a little, but a lot!
  • Dragonstongue - Friday, December 1, 2017 - link

    No Ryzen option, solid pass IMO

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