MSI MEG Trident X2 14th review: Maximum performance and technology

Manufacturer: MSI
Model: MEG Trident X2 14th
Processor:Intel Core i9-14900KF
Graphic:MSI GeForce RTX 4090 VENTUS 3X E 24G GDDR6X
Reminder:64 GB DDR5 4400, 2 x 32 GB
Storage: 2 TB NVMe PCIe Gen4 x4
+ 2 TB HDD 7200 rpm

Gaming laptops have been taking over the product review pages lately, but desktop computers are still the preferred choice for gamers when looking for maximum gaming performance without any fancy print.

When we say small print, we are referring to the limitations of laptop computers in terms of the watts they can handle on their internal components, especially and above all on the CPU and GPU. In laptops, adapters do not exceed 330W in the best cases, while in a desktop computer, the power supply can be 1,000W or more.

We have a decent 1,000W power supply to properly power the CPU and GPU that comes with this MSI MEG Trident X2 14th. The acronym MEG comes from MSI Enthusiast Gaming, a nomenclature that well defines the philosophy of this equipment, where we can find the highest components as part of its hardware configuration.

The front face of the box

The CPU and GPU are important, but so is the cooling system. We will talk about these elements and others in the following section. For now, let's focus on the industrial design and external appearance of this desktop computer.

Behind the tower

In this section, we have a tower-type equipment, although it has a design that takes into account the equipment involved. The interior is no surprise, as we've already come to expect it's used to the max. The box has a balanced design based on avant-garde and classics. It doesn't look like a spaceship, but it doesn't go unnoticed, and you can't complain that it's boring. It has an interesting geometry, with a good distribution of rear and top links.

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Bottom of equipment

On the front, MSI integrates the touch screen with direct access to configuration and monitoring functions of devices in the HMI 2.0 version, known as HMI or Human Machine Interface. It's one of MSI's distinct components of high-end gaming equipment, with an interesting and functional finish. Let's focus on how it works in real-life tests section. You can also watch a video of HMI 2.0 in action to give you an accurate idea of ​​what we can do with this component.

The device comes with a highly advanced cooling system that combines liquid cooling with an air baffle design for graphics. SYSTEM SILENT STORM COOLING 3. Externally, the essence of said system is barely visible, however if we look closely, we can see nozzles and air intakes and outlets distributed on the sides, front, back, top and bottom of the equipment.

Rear perspective photo links

The differentiating elements of the MEG range are in the form of logos and design elements, though not flashy. It is a MIL-STD-1916 certified design with exceptional precision in assembly. Everything fits like a glove.

The components and connections of the rear panel are as follows:

  • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type C
  • 3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type A
  • 4x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A
  • 2x USB 2.0 Type A
  • 1x HDMI (supports 4K @60Hz as specified in HDMI 2.1)*
  • 2x RJ45 (2.5G + 1G LAN)
  • 1x PS/2
  • 5x audio jack
  • 1x S/PDIF
  • 1x Kensington lock

The links above are as follows:

  • 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C (supports PD 15W)
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A
  • 1x Mic In / 1 x Headphone Out
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Links view from above

We have RGB lighting components compatible with Mystic Light, dozens of effects and customizable colors to choose from. In addition, it is compatible with other ambient connection ambient light compatible devices such as Nanoleaf panels or Philips Hue Co.

Vista Front

With the added value of the HMI 2.0 touch interface and the high quality and strength of the finish, we see a desktop computer with a volume of 26 liters with a very successful and functional design. Its 14kg weight is pure muscle for gamers, albeit at the cost of a bit of a spoiler, as we'll see in a moment.

Official Product Page: MSI MEG Trident X2 14th

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