The desktop Trident To arrive on the market at the end of June, with a price of 1499 euros for a compact that puts the unique form factor of the line MSI service configuration is more economic than that of the models, the Trident X. the Same polycarbonate front polished, the same upward momentum, and the same broken lines and the same details front LED illuminated go to frame in a casing identical in size. Change is the substance that is satisfied, that is to say, a processor Intel Core i5 9400F six-core, MSI motherboard, B360I Gaming Pro AC always mini-ITX, but clearly it is more economic, memory DDR4 always 2666MHz even if it is limited to 16GB, a 256GB solid-state drive, a disk, a 1TB Samsung for the bulk of the data and a GeForce RTX 2060 VENTUS OC 6GB, the silent model is MSI’s entry level solution of new geforce equipped with the RT core and the Tensor core that deal with, respectively, the Ray tracing upscaling and DLSS. Everything you need, in essence, to play in 1080p with high fps or 1440p with a good fluidity and, in some rare cases, even in 4K with securities rather heavy, provided you can accept some compromises in terms of fluidity or visual quality.
MSI Trident: Between luxury and thrift
The Trident is a desktop that’s slim, with an elegant tower, supported by a raised base in plastic, functional not only to the aesthetics but also improve the dissipation of the air. On the other hand we speak of a case thin, as mentioned, identical in substance and in form to the one of the top models, occupies 38,2 cm in depth, and about 13 in wide and 39,6 in height. Slender is therefore, and hence in need of a good ventilation, which is aided by a series of grates, also here the same as for the Trident X, two of which are on the left, allow air to reach directly the video card and power supply, while a, which is positioned in the lower part of the bulkhead the right, is next to the processor fan, in this case, more modest and devoid of RGB lighting, but functional to the more modest CPU locked to this model. And does not change the internal layout with a separate chamber that houses the GPU, vertically oriented to be visible from the outside, and that allows you to upgrade with cards up to 30-31 inches. The problem, in this case, is the power supply from 450W, among other things, with only one auxiliary connector to 8-pin, which, together with the fan, the more modest to lighten the weight, but it limits options in the event of a replacement of the GPU. There are problems with regard to the expansion of the supplied SSD, with a slot that is located on the back of the motherboard and is therefore in plain view once you remove the bulkhead left of the houses.
The solid state drive already installed, however, it is in the slot in the front, next to the CPU, where the space is less and you need to remove the cables, to intervene on both the memory and M. 2, both on the RAM. The situation, however, is less intricate than that of the top models, thanks to a fan is more modest as we have already said is more than enough for a CPU mid-range frequencies are blocked. The upgrade, in substance, is not particularly complex, to a solution that should ensure a flow of air discreet, yet be satisfied with a fan in the bottom regarding the CPU. For the GPU, instead, the cooling system is always the one that we know of the MSI VENTUS, who usually is quiet and efficient. And there are certainly problems in the area of connectivity, excluding the lack of VirtualLink, however, supported only on the just announced viewer Valve: Index. On the front we find three USB sockets, one of which is Type C, in addition to the audio inputs, in the one particular, which undermines the elegance of the tapered case of the line Trident. This is of course leaving out the back of the case that was destined to remain hidden, it hides the ports of the video card has three DisplayPort and one HDMI, and the motherboard that has the obvious LAN port, one DVI-D, one DisplayPort, one PS/2 port for mouse and keyboards of the old data, and several ports including USB 2.0, USB 3.1 Gen1, and USB 3.1 Gen2.
Performance, temperatures, and conclusions
The MSI VENTUS OC is a RTX 2060 that we already know, silent, and above the average in terms of performance as evidenced by the 7545 points obtained in the test 3DMark-Time Spy to the graphics item. And adding to the equation the Intel Core i5-9400, a processor without a doubt suitable to a configuration of this kind, we find ourselves in the hands of a very good total score of 7108 points. But this is not the case of following too the numbers of the benchmark synthetic for a pre-assembled, which does not look for anything in the professional sector, forgoing even the Hyperthreading, and turned almost exclusively to the combination of form factor and good performance in the game. Performance that in the case of Forza Horizon 4 result in an average of 112fps in 1080p, 88fps in 1440p and 58fps in 4K, while ensuring full playability in Ultra HD. In this case, however, we speak of a more optimized and less spectacular Anthem that slips to 81fps in 1080p 58fps in 1440p and 32 in 4K. But here check theupscaling DLSS, capable of pushing the framerate up to 68fps in 1440p and 43fps in 4K. Of course, the image is less defined, especially in 1440p, but the evolution of the algorithm ensures a higher yield at the beginning of the face of an increase of the fluidity-sensitive, able in some cases to clearly exceed that reported by the average values. And the same goes for Metro Exodus, even if in this case the DLSS works only in pair with the Ray tracing that weighs considerably the performance of a title is already very heavy.
About 75fps in 1080p 55fps at 1440p and 31fps in 4K that, by activating the Ray tracing, become 34fps at 1080p, 23fps in 1440p and 12fps in 4K, A real collapse, even if we deliberately performed the test in a combat situation in which the ambient illumination is particularly heavy. In other cases, it must be said, the weight of the Ray tracing, and performance are higher, but the RTX 2060 reflects, however, the lower number of RT and Tensor core compared to the older sisters. Fatigue, in fact, lost ground even with the DLSS active, although the gain is not lacking, and both net, at least excluding the 4K where the increase of one frame per second does not allow us to formulate assessments and is negligible in terms of playability. There are problems with Apex Legends in 1080p slowed down by the CPU but still propelled by the RTX 2060 at about 100fps average with everything to the max. The framerate is average, it must be said, varies from 90 to 130fps depending on the area, but what does matter is that by putting the hand to the settings it is possible to reach and maintain with constancy the 144fps, important for a lot of players who, equipped with screens to 144hz, face the fps multigocatore with aggressive approach. All without having to fear problems with noise or temperature. The maximum temperature was 72 degrees, higher than that of the RTX 2080 of the Trident X, but quite happy to leave a certain margin for overclocking, considering that the fans run at slow speed so as to keep the noise to a minimum. And this is one of the strengths of a solution that calls for a spending high, but ensures, however, something more of the average of the pre-assembled, combining a form factor special, a cool and quiet, and enough power to ensure a good gaming experience, without compromises, at least where it does not enter the field of Ray tracing in 1080p and 1440p.