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MSI outs full range of powerful gaming All-in-Ones


May 30, 2014

MSI's new machines provide rare gaming performance in the AiO form factor

MSI's new machines provide rare gaming performance in the AiO form factor

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MSI has revealed its full line-up of gaming focused all-in-one PCs, showing off brand new 22 and 24-inch models, as well as an update to its already-available 27-inch offering. The three size categories all feature Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 800M graphics solutions, making them a potent option for anyone looking for a more compact desktop gaming system.

All three of the new machines exhibit a similar sleek black and red design, and run on Windows 8.1. The three models are fitted with anti-glare matte displays, all of which output at a healthy 1920 x 1080 resolution and support 10-point capacitive touch input. The 22 and 24-inch models, known as the AG220 and AG240 respectively, are powered by Intel Core i7-4700HQ processors clocked at 2.4GHz (or 3.4GHz with Turbo Boost), backed up by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M graphics cards.

The AG220 is fitted with 12GB DDR3L RAM, while the AG240 comes with a somewhat beefier 16GB offering. Both systems utilize a combination of a 128GB SSD and a 1TB 7200rpm HDD for storage.The AiOs feature both HDMI in and out, as well as a total of five USB ports (3x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0).

Moving on to the 27-inch AG270, things start to get a little racier, with the 27-inch AiO offering a choice of more competent GeForce GTX 870M or 880M GPUs. The system packs an Intel Core i7-4860HQ CPU (2.4-3.6GHz) with 16GB DDR3L RAM and a 2x 128GB SSD (RAID 0) + 2TB 7200rpm HDD storage solution. The larger machine also provides one extra USB 3.0 port over its smaller siblings.

Being all-in-ones, the machines feature built in speakers, the output of which increases with the size of the machines. The AG220 and AG240 are fitted with 2x 3W and 2x 5W Sound Blaster Cinema setups, while the AG270 offers two 5W Yamaha speakers and an independent subwoofer.

Other specs include Killer E2200 networking cards across the board, 2MP Full HD webcams and 3-in-1 card readers. All three systems also ship with gaming keyboards, 3,500 dpi mice and mousepads. In addition to being able to connect external monitors to the systems, users will also be able to use the device as a display for other systems, even when the AiO is powered on.

With the increased size of the AG270 comes a slight trade-off, though it’s not one that’s likely to have a significant impact on a stationary piece of hardware – while the smaller models weigh in at 14.33 lb (6.5 kg) and 16.53 lb (7.5 kg), the larger system makes the jump to a significantly heftier 29.1 lb (13.2 kg). Similarly, the AG220 and AG240 come in at 1.38 inches (3.5 cm) and 1.3 inches (3.3 cm) thick, while the larger machine measures 2.6 inches (6.6 cm).

The three systems will be available from next week starting at USD$1,449.99 for the base AG220 model, scaling up to $2,599 for the top-of-the-range, GTX 880M-packing AG270.

Source: MSI

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Now that CD drives have been replaced by USB sticks and hard drives have been replaced by SSD etc. you can built stand alone units pretty powerful and small.

If this is going to be stationary anyway it doesn't seem like its worth the trade off to go with expensive laptop hardware and be tied to display that only does 1080p.

The giant full size ATX towers are antiques now but you could build a faster Mini-ITX gaming rig for ~$800 and have $800 left over for a better display. Even cheap cards like the R9 270X and GTX 760 will beat mobile GPUs.

There are smaller cases if you don't need a GPU and beyond that there are tiny (smaller than Mac Mini) platforms like Intel NUC, and Gigabyte Brix. Sometimes pcparker completed builds are useful for ideas but anyone considering a $2,600 all in one needs and intervention.


I don't get this, why not just buy a notebook with simular specs and a 27' 1080p monitor? Cheaper if you shop around but never more expensive. I never got the iMacs either, if you got a simular speced notebook from Apple and (another companies) monitor with the same size/resolution you end up at about the same price. All in ones aren't for power users, they're for schools/libraries where they have to sit there and only there. With the notebook/monitor option it takes up a little more space but at least you can use it as a notebook if you want to sit on the couch.


I agree, it's making more and more sense to just built your own mini-tower, or custom order built one, and put only what you want and need. If you do it well and are an Apple fan, you could even Hackintosh it. That's the direction I'm going after all the problems I've had with Apple and recurringly faulty my MacBook Air. Plus, I can chose whatever screen I want and hide the rest.

Nicolas Zart

One of these years I'd like to see an AIO that isn't limited to using mobile graphics.

John Banister
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