Brothers in Gaming and Tech
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.
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,
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.
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|
|Wall Mount||Support Wall Mount Kit III – VESA standard|
|Dimensions / Weight||672.23×482.96x66mm / 16KG|
Update: On Facebook MSI released the following picture of the internals:
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.
> 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.