MSI In­fi­nite X

A beastly PC for the masses

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MSI In­fi­nite X is a high end PC by any mea­sure. Sev­eral dif­fer­ent con­fig­u­ra­tions are avail­able and you can go all the way to a GTX 1080 Ti and 64Gb of RAM if you like. Our test sys­tem came equipped with a GTX 1080 Gam­ing X 8Gb graph­ics card, i7-8700K pro­ces­sor, 32Gb of DDR4-2400 RAM, and a 256Gb NVMe SSD plus a 2Tb hard drive. We’d like to see faster RAM to be hon­est, but the way RAM prices are at the mo­ment, faster RAM would re­ally in­crease the price. Our test sys­tem also came with a MSI DS4200 LED back­lit gam­ing key­board (not me­chan­i­cal) and a DS B1 mouse. One of the weaker points is the in­clu­sion of a weak 550W bronze rated PSU. A high end sys­tem de­serves bet­ter than this.

The In­fi­nite X is fes­tooned with a lovely look­ing ar­ray of RGB light­ing and a very dis­tinc­tive an­gu­lar case de­sign. MSI clearly haven’t cut any cor­ners with the de­sign of case. It’s built like a bat­tle­ship weigh­ing in at 15 kilo­grams. The case is di­vided up into sep­a­rate cool­ing zones, with the PSU and graph­ics card housed in their own sep­a­rate cham­bers. CPU cool­ing is taken care of by a 120mm sin­gle ra­di­a­tor wa­ter cooler. The front of the case is equipped with a pair of USB 3.0 ports (Type-A and Type-C) as well as a USB 2.0 port. There’s the stan­dard head­phone and mic ports too.

The sys­tem comes with Win­dows 10 as we’d ex­pect. There are some use­ful MSI apps for con­trol­ling the sys­tem in­clud­ing the RGB and the Nahimic sound, but there are some use­less ad­di­tions like a Nor­ton An­tivirus trial that we can cer­tainly live with­out.

The In­fi­nite X isn’t all about looks, of course; it has the per­for­mance to match. Our bench­mark suite demon­strated ex­actly what we ex­pect from a sys­tem of this spec. AAA gam­ing is a breeze, though if you want true 4K at 60Hz+, then the op­tional GTX 1080 Ti is still the best card for this. The In­fi­nite X re­turned very re­spectable bench­mark num­bers with im­pres­sive scores of 18478 and 9872 in the 3DMark Fire­strike and Fire­strike Ex­treme tests re­spec­tively. 1440p is a good sweet spot for a GTX 1080 sys­tem and we saw a very re­spectable 69.62 av­er­age fps in Ghost Re­con Wild­lands along with 93.95 fps in Rise of the Tomb Raider. 4K is pos­si­ble with­out di­alling back the eye candy with 41.71 and 48.99 fps in the afore­men­tioned tests.

Hav­ing a pow­er­ful i7-8700K means there’s am­ple pro­cess­ing power avail­able, both with multi-threaded apps and sin­gle threaded loads thanks to the very ag­gres­sive turbo modes of the CPU. The In­fi­nite X re­turned a score of 1418 in the multi-threaded Cinebench test. A full run of PCMark 10 saw a re­spectable score of 6406.

The In­fi­nite X is a se­ri­ously ca­pa­ble PC and is very com­pet­i­tive at this price point when lined up against sys­tems from the likes of Alien­ware or HP, though there’s al­ways the price premium when buy­ing a pre­built gam­ing PC. It’s cheaper to build your own, though not ev­ery­one has the knowl­edge or will to do it them­selves. A plus is that the af­ter sale sup­port and the war­ranty process will be sim­pli­fied should you ever need to claim it. If you want to buy a sys­tem, plug it in and play games, the In­fi­nite X will serve you well, but there is bet­ter value to be had if you build your own sys­tem. CHRIS SZEWCZYK

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