MSI Announces The Aegis Gaming Desktop

MSI is one of the leading hardware companies around and manufactures an enormous range of products including graphics cards, motherboards, mouse mats, gaming laptops and much more. Their latest creation entitled, the Aegis, is a gaming desktop opting for a usual yet compact design. Furthermore, there’s a carrying handle to easily take the system to another person’s house or compete in a LAN event. The system supports a number of high-end graphics cards up to the GTX 980 Ti.

Ready for Excellent Graphics
Play the latest games in all their glory with MSI Aegis. It can be equipped with the latest high-end graphics cards. The compact case is future proof, as it has enough space for a full-size graphics card to bring all the power that real gamers need.

Silent Storm Cooling 2
To get outstanding performance Aegis is equipped with a powerful cooling system, Silent Storm Cooling 2. Embracing three separate air flow streams that individually take care of the cooling of different components within Aegis. The unique Silent Storm Cooling 2 design makes sure the system’s temperature stays perfectly under control, ensuring a cool and silent operation.

Easy Access to Upgradable Components
For gamers who always want to get the best out of their system, the components of the Aegis are easily accessible and ready to be upgraded at any time. Whether the user wants to expand storage, switch to another CPU or upgrade the graphics card, he can always keep the MSI Aegis gaming rig up to date with the latest hardware.

Mystic Light
Make your build look like it’s on fire or as cold as ice. Choose a style with Mystic Light RGB LED built into the front of the case and select any of the colors from the palette to match and give Aegis its own gaming look. Or use breathe, gradient or Gaming & music modes.

Hear Beyond the Limits
Delivering the crispest sound signal to gamers’ ears with special hard- and software amplifiers built in. Audio Boost 3 is integrated into the Aegis motherboard and produces the best sound, especially benefiting gamers using a gaming headset. Nahimic Sound Technology software is used to boost the audio performance to the next level. Get immersed with high definition virtual 7.1 sound using advanced sound enhancement effects and unique features for gamers.

MSI Teasing Aegis – Product Countdown Appears

What are MSI cooking up this time? That’s the question that is on our lips today as we see the launch of a brand new teaser from one of the world’s most popular gaming hardware manufacturers. So far, the only thing we’ve got to go on is the image above, showing some casing and LED lighting. To my eyes, it looks like the front of a PC chassis with an LED fan behind it, but it could just as easily be the back of a gaming notebook, a close up of a headset, of even an obscure view of a fancy looking graphics card, we really don’t know!

The countdown isn’t going to bring you much joy either, as it’s teasing a rather punishing 50 days and 12 hours wait for the big reveal, although we would expect more clues and teasers from MSI as the timer ticks down over the next few weeks. With everything from gaming systems, motherboards, peripherals, graphics cards and so much more being produced by MSI, as well as new graphics cards on the way from both Nvidia and AMD, and the fact that the timer ends just a couple of weeks short of Computex 2016, we’re certainly expecting this to be something big; otherwise it wouldn’t be worth the big teaser.

What do you think it could be? Even better, what are you hoping it will be? Let us know in the comments section below!

Can’t wait for the timer to tick to zero? Head on over to the official page and fill in your details to get updates as soon as they happen.

GTA V – The Way It’s Meant to Be Played – 4K and Nvidia Shield

Introduction


In September 2013, Grand Theft Auto V finally hit our screens, albeit via the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, consoles that I loved playing on, but which were kept as a lead platform for far longer than they should have been. They weren’t incredibly powerful systems to begin with and time wasn’t kind to them. The buffed up release on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 sure looked pretty, but they still weren’t the way I wanted to play Grand Theft Auto V, not even close.

The PC release of the game was a mystery for so long, but I kept my faith. I was sure that it will be happening and it comes as little shock that I was right on the money. The only downside to the PC release was that it took so much longer than the console editions to be released. I’ve stuck to my guns and since the original console release, I haven’t played a single minute of GTA V, I don’t know the story and the only things I have seen of the gameplay are funny videos that get posted to YouTube and Reddit.

So why did I wait so long? The promise of 4K gaming, frame rates that are at least above 30, increased texture detail, longer draw distances, mods and the multitude of other graphics enhancements that PC gaming provides us. On top of that, I love my Nvidia Shield and use it to stream games around my house, the prospect of playing GTA V on a tablet while laid in bed is just too tempting. The prospect of playing it streamed to my big screen TV in 1080p at 60FPS with the graphics dialed up to ultra, even more so.

BitFenix Aegis Micro-ATX Chassis Review

Introduction


BitFenix is one of the coolest chassis manufacturers around. Time and time again we’ve seen them continue to innovate, with products that have proven massively successful with gamers and system builders around the world. Today, it looks like we’re in for a repeat performance, with the recent release of their eye-catching Aegis gaming chassis.

The Aegis is packed full of features that will appeal to virtually any system builder, but more importantly, the enthusiast gaming market. With room for ultra high-end graphics cards, modular storage bays, water cooling support, a PSU shroud and a whole lot more. Also, let’s not forget that it comes with their ICON display, a small LCD display hidden in the front panel that allows you to apply custom logos to the front of your chassis!

First impressions of this case are very good. We’ve got the black and red edition, which certainly stands out in more ways than one; it looks like Tony Stark designed a PC case! There’s a huge side panel window for showing off your hardware and a great mixture of glossy trim that accents the stunning red colour of the chassis. Down the side of the front panel, you’ll find plenty of ventilation for any front-mounted cooling. Front fans are optional, so it’s recommended you plan your cooling before you start your build.

A gorgeous glossy red panel on the right side. Both side panels are held in place by a pair of thumb screws at the back of the chassis.

The glossy black front panel looks incredible, but it is a bit of a dust magnet, so you may want to keep a microfiber cloth to hand. Sorry fans of optical bays too, as you simply won’t find any here.

The top of the chassis houses a three-speed fan controller, the power button with a lovely BitFenix logo on it and the reset button. There’s a pair of USB 3.0 ports and HD audio jacks there too; it’s nice to see more chassis ditching the now aging USB 2.0 ports.

The top panel houses even more ventilation, with a lift-out cover for easy maintenance and installation of your fans/radiators.

The overall finish and quality are fantastic, although I wouldn’t have expected anything less from BitFenix, as they often impress with their designs.

Around the back, you’ll find a pair of routing grommets at the top, a pre-installed 120mm exhaust fan, five expansion slots with ventilated covers and the PSU mount; nothing overly interesting, but at least all the basics appear to be in place.

On the bottom, you’ll find four rubber grip feet that provide a stable base for your system; the feet also give good ground clearance for any bottom mounted cooling and your PSU.

The magnetic filter runs the full length of the chassis, making maintenance a quick and easy process.

Bitfenix Introduces The AEGIS Micro-ATX Chassis

BitFenix is ready with the new AEGIS Micro-ATX chassis that they first showed us during Computex, and the final version looks great. Overclockers UK thinks the same and has the full colour-range available for you.

The beautiful new case comes in black, white, and three coloured versions: blue, yellow and red. The AEGIS chassis also features the same type ICON logo display previously seen on the Pandora, but this time it is 2.8-inch big. But the chassis isn’t just about looks, it also packs plenty of features.

There is room for a total of eight 120mm fans or five 140mm fans and there is also room for both custom liquid cooling loops as well as closed-loop AIO coolers. The chassis can hold dual 360 loops with slim radiators as well as dual 280mm loops. To control all these coolers, the AEGIS has a built-in fan controller.

Storage won’t be an issue either with 3 tool-less storage cages that can be moved around or taken out all together. But even if you should want to remove them all, you still have a hidden 2.5-inch slot behind the PSU and show-off slot next to the motherboard tray.

BitFenix thought of it all and made sure that there are dust filters on all sides and the PSU cover can hide away that ugly PSU you might have. But it can also be removed if you want to show your fancy and shiny new PSU. The choice is yours. The chassis even comes with reservoir and pump brackets.

Best of all, the chassis doesn’t cost as much as you might expect with a feature list like this. The case can be found at Overclockers for £79.99.

Specifications

  • Motherboard: Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX
  • Dimensions: 205 x 470 x 480 mm
  • Weight: 6.7 kg
  • Clearance:
    – Heatsink height: 170 mm
    – VGA length: 380 mm
    – PSU: ATX up to 220mm
  • Max AIO support (push/push pull): 360 / 360
  • Max radiator support (push/push pull): 360 (85mm) + 240 (60mm) / 360 (60mm) + 240 (60mm)
  • Drive slots:
    – 3.5” Drive slots: 4 (two removable cages with 2 tool-less slots each)
    – 2.5” Drive slots: 4 (one removable cage with 2 tool-less slots each, one slot next to the Mainboard, one slot behind the PSU)
  • Fan Controller: 4 fan headers, 3 speeds (12v, 7v, 5v) with 3 indicator LEDs (white)
  • Cooling
    – Top: 3x 120mm or 2x 140mm – click on dust filter
    – Front: 3x 120mm or 2x 140mm – magnetic dust filter
    – Bottom: 1x 120mm – magnetic dust filter
    – Rear: 1x 120mm (included)
  • PCI Slots: 5
  • I/O: USB 3.0 x 2, Audio, Mic, Power, Reset, Power LED (white), HDD LED (white)
  • ICON Display: 2.8″ TFT, 240 x 320
  • Special Features: PSU cover, Magnetic Dust Filters, Pump bracket, Reservoir Bracket, 2 Removable HDD Cages, 1 removable SSD cage, Tool less HDD and SSD system, Hidden 2.5” slot, 2.5” Show Off slot, Window Sidepanel, Rubber Grommets.

Thanks to Overclockers UK for providing us with this information

GAMDIAS Aegis Multi-Function Gaming Set Review

Introduction


GAMDIAS may be relatively new to the gaming market, but they’ve quickly made a name for themselves with a range of award-winning products, such as their Hephaestus gaming headset, the Hermes keyboard and the Hades Laser Extension gaming mouse which we recently reviewed. The product we’ve got at our disposal today is a little bit different, rather than a gaming peripheral, it’s a peripheral accessory, but it’s a product that is none the less important in today’s desktop gaming environment.

Your typical desktop gaming PC will use a wide range of USB compatible devices; a mouse, keyboard, headset, flash drive, camera, controller and a whole other range of external devices; you may even use your desktop PC’s front USB ports to charge your mobile devices such as your phone or tablet. Motherboard’s typically provide a good number of USB ports around the back of the computer which are fine for the keyboard, mouse and headset; but they’re often too tricky to access for those things you need to quickly connect to your rig. Your chassis likely has a few ports on the front too, which are great for things like flash drives, but can often result in cables trailing around the front of your case or on the floor when using controllers and other peripherals on these ports.

The Aegis looks to solve this problem; it’s a powered USB hub that fixes onto the side of your monitor, with the added bonus of being a mouse cable bungee and a headset stand all in one. Can this simple device solve so many desktop problems all at once? Let’s take a closer look and find out.

In the box you get (almost) everything you need to get you started. The Aegis, a high quality braided USB to Mini-USB cable, a quick installation guide, some stickers and some spare 3M sticky strips.