MSI Trident 3 Small Form Factor Gaming PC model: 8RC-007CA

MSI Trident 3 Small Form Factor Gaming PC

I had a few things to say about this stationary computer

Watch the video below to hear why you should (or shouldn't) get it for yourself. I recorded this during the February 22nd, 2019 live stream. The video below starts right when we started discussing the MSI Trident 3 Small Form Factor Gaming PC.

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Quick Description

Delivering impressive gaming performance in a compact machine, this Gaming PC could be especially interesting if you're looking to add a gaming PC in your living room or if you want a gaming rig you can relocate with relative ease; which could come in handy for LAN parties or if your gaming station moves around regularly.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this stationary computer which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Speakerless. This stationary computer needs external speakers to play sounds. Your options are to hook it up to a TV or a monitor with built-in speakers, use external speakers or a headset.$0-$500

No Camera or Microphone. If your plans include skyping with family members or playing with your friends online, you would need a webcam or, for best results, a headset and microphone.$40-$380

Screenless. If you don't already have a monitor from your last computer, you could connect this stationary computer to a TV or get a new monitor.$115-$1700

No Optical Drive. If you still use CDs, DVDs, or Blu-Ray disks on a regular basis, you will need an external drive to read them with this stationary computer.$30-$150

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $290 on accessories, for a total cost of $1480.

Available at 3 locations, from $1184

Based on 151 days of observation, the MSI Trident 3 Small Form Factor Gaming PC usually costs ~$1100 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this stationary computer is $1029.99. I would say that waiting for a rebate is unlikely to make much of a difference for this product.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the MSI Trident 3 Small Form Factor Gaming PC to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Here are a few Canadian retailers who currently sell this product:

Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Newegg, Staples or Memory Express at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

Specs

Here's how the MSI Trident 3 Small Form Factor Gaming PC ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

Stationary Computers

Bang for the Buck2/5
Versatility for the Price2/5
Price3/5
Durability1.5/5
Power4/5
General-purpose power4/5
Graphical power4.5/5
Memory3/5
Storage3/5
Portability4.5/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

Compact Towers

Bang for the Buck3/5
Versatility for the Price3/5
Price4.5/5
Durability0.5/5
Power5/5
General-purpose power5/5
Graphical power5/5
Memory4.5/5
Storage4.5/5
Portability5/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

All Smart Devices

Bang for the Buck4.5/5
Versatility for the Price3/5
Price4/5
Durability3.5/5
Power4.5/5
General-purpose power4.5/5
Graphical power4.5/5
Memory4/5
Storage4/5
Portability1/5
AutonomyN/A
Ease of MaintenanceN/A

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: Intel Core i5-8400
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
Memory: 8.00 GB
Storage: 1 TB
Screen Size: No built-in screen.
Dimensions: 7.18 × 23.25 × 34.63 cm
Weight: 6.100 kg

The features

  • VESA Mount
  • Backlit
  • Fixed storage: 72000+ RPM hard drive (fast)
  • DisplayPort
  • DVI
  • HDMI
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi ac
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • USB 2
  • USB 3.1
  • USB Type-A
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Stereo jack
  • Analog Surround Sound Output
  • Multiple Monitor Support

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 4/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 4/5
    Music Production 3/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 5/5
    Photo Editing 3/5
    Video Editing 3/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 5/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 5/5
    Enthusiast Games 5/5
    Triple-A Video Games 3/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 1/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (2 / 2)

Texts & Numbers (7 / 7)

Drawing and Illustrations (9 / 10)

Audio & Visual medias (4 / 4)

3D and CAD (9 / 9)

Music Production (7 / 10)

Photo Editing (4 / 4)

Video Editing (9 / 11)

Video Games (25 / 27)

Enthusiast Games (103 / 103)

More Enthusiast Games Software

Triple-A Video Games (64 / 68)

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In the same price range

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