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MSI’s new AG2712A Gaming All-In-One

As a PC user, something strikes me fairly odd about the All-In-One market.  This are like old Macs – you get a PC and a screen in one chassis that sits on your desk.  Attach a keyboard or mouse, or if it’s a premium design, it might be touch screen as well.  It makes sense if you don’t want a case or upgrade potential (although a touch screen might mean you sit too close), but I have yet to see any friends or family use one.  MSI have now launched their AG2712A gaming model in an attempt to assuage that balance.

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The AG2712A attempts to be the ultimate AIO beast:  alongside a quad-core Ivy Bridge mobile CPU (i7-3630QM, 3.4 GHz) we get AMD’s Radeon HD 8970M graphics with 2 GB GDDR5.  MSI are pushing their Military Class IV component framework, as well as their Super RAID technology – meaning two 128 GB mSATA SSDs (Plextor) for up to 1000 MB/s peak read speeds.  This is supplanted with a 2 TB HDD for storage.  Memory is up to the reseller, but there are four SO-DIMM slots for a total of 16 GB,

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The panel itself is a 27″ 1080p multi-touch screen, using ‘flicker-free’ technology.  The system has built-in WiFi (I hope it is dual band), as well as a Blu-Ray writer for an ODD (DVD Multi capable).  The system has four USB 3.0 ports in total, as well as standard inputs and a 2MP HD webcam.  All this with a 180W power brick and weighing in at 16 Kg.

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The AG2712 should be out by the end of August, though I wonder what the price is going to be.  3630QM+HD8970M, with RAID-0 mSATAs and a 27″ multi-touch screen is not going to be cheap.

Processor Intel ® Core™ i7-3630QM 3.4GHz
Operating System Windows 8
LCD / Touch Panel 27” LCD Panel LED Backlight (1920*1080) / 10 point Touch / Flicker-Free
Chipset Intel® HM77 Express Chipset
Graphics AMD Radeon HD9870M 2GB GDDR 5
Memory DDR3 1333 /  SO-DIMM * 4 / Max. to 16GB
HDD 128GB SSD x 2 Raid 0 / 2TB HDD SATAIII
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
ODD DVD Super Multi / Blu-Ray combo / Blu-Ray writer
Card Reader 3-in-1 (SD, MMC, MS)
Speaker 2x 5W with 5.1 channel speakers with THX TruStudioPro
I/O Back: Mic in x1, Earphone out x1, USB2.0 x2, USB3.0 x2, HDMI in x1,
HDMI out x1, RJ45 x1, VGA out x1
Side: USB3.0x2, Cardreader, DC Jack
W-cam 2M-pixel Full HD
TVTuner optional
Keyboard/Mouse optional
Wall Mount Support Wall Mount Kit III – VESA standard
Dimensions / Weight 672.23×482.96x66mm / 16KG
Power 180W

 

Update: On Facebook MSI released the following picture of the internals:

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So we are dealing with a 45W CPU with a single heatpipe, and the 75-100W GPU with three heatpipes, all cooled by one fan.  Either that fan is going to get really loud when the system is in full load, or I fear that the CPU/GPU will clock back due to overheating.  I would love to get one in to have a look.

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One comment on “MSI’s new AG2712A Gaming All-In-One

  1. Mick Phillips
    2013/08/23

    > So we are dealing with a 45W CPU with a single heatpipe, and the 75-100W GPU with three heatpipes, all cooled by one fan …

    … and all within a 180W power budget. That doesn’t leave much for the display, RAM, drives, chipset, fan, etc., so I guess something must be throttled back significantly.

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