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MSI Nightblade X2

MSI Nightblade X2
alaScore 96

13 reviews

Jan, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 reviews of MSI Nightblade X2. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability. The design also gets good feedback. There are some critical opinions about the usability.

size, design, reliability

usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the MSI Nightblade X2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Matthew Murray (pcmag.com)

MSI Nightblade x2

 

One of the biggest problems with bare-bones computer systems these days is size: Many aren't large enough to satisfy people for whom performance is paramount, such as those wanting a gaming desktop. This is especially true if you're into gaming, as...

Lots of room for current-generation, heavy-duty gaming-oriented components. Attractive styling. Cables are prerouted

Case cannot house all CPU coolers, and none is included with the system. Some video cards may not fit

Bearing an up-to-date motherboard and capable of housing a full-length video card, the MSI Nightblade x2 bare-bones system is designed for gamers who want to get a jump-start on their next build.

Jun, 2016

Expert review by: John Burek (computershopper.com)

MSI Nightblade x2 Review and Ratings

 

PC builders seeking the fast track to a neat, compact gaming PC can't do much better than the Nightblade x2, a "Skylake" bare-bones kit that can host the biggest, baddest video cards.

Handsome, solid build quality ; Accepts full-length, high-end video cards, socketed "Skylake" processors ; Pre-routed cabling makes neat building easy ; Supports up to five drives, as a mix of hard drives and M.2 or 2.5-inch SSDs

Does not accept Intel stock CPU cooler ; Limited space for screw-mount aftermarket coolers

If you want the cachet of building your own PC but only want to put in

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Will S. (newegg.com)

Really great portable Lan box by MSI!!

 

I would totally buy this again. Tight fit when everything goes in, however the Corsair H60 managed to fit. In order to fit I had to trim off some plastic on the side fan bracket. Be careful not to kink hoses putting everything back into box. This...

Nice design Small but sufficient power supply Was nice to have mobo pre-installed Sleeved cables. Nice layout.

Not much of a con, the mobo requires a screw type cooler. I installed a Corsair H60 liquid cooler. There is only only a total of two fan controllers on the mobo, so had to buy a fan splitter cable.

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: Francis D. (newegg.com)

Great lil' Lanbox!

 

First, the quality of all the component impressed me. The paint is tough and thick, the plastics are good, even the screws are great, all black anodized steel screws with threadlock! This is a serious case you are getting, I worked with 200$ Lian-Li or...

- The general quality is absolutely awesome - Thread lock on the screws so they don't slack when you carry the thing around - Internal management among the best I have seen (more than 10 years of experience)

- Non-standard motherboard - Non-standard PSU - Could not boot from Windows 7 installation CD, had to make a UEFI USB drive - CPU bracket is threaded. You will have to use a cooler that screws from the top, or modify the bracket (or the cooler). You...

Jan, 2016

Consumer review by: Ryan C. (newegg.com)

Stock Intel CPU cooler does not fit.

 

Without the cpu cooler from MSI this product is not functional.

Looks cool.

The motherboard has threaded holes for the cpu cooler and the retail boxed intel skylake processors have snap on cpu coolers that will not fit through securely. No online support from MSI for this product yet. I'll be calling tech support during the week.

Dec, 2015

Consumer review by: Marcin B. (newegg.com)

why did they do that?

 

really nice case but lots of head aches for me due to the stupidity of blocking the stock heat sink/fan I just don't understand why?? every aftermarket heat sink come with their OWN back plates so again why MSI???

I really like the Nightblade original, built one for a friend and it runs like a dream with SSD's. Oh yes the X2 it looks really cool and happy to see the extra SSD slot open but that's about it.

1# - MSI.com do not make heat sinks so STOP making CPU back plates!! 2# Stock CPU heat sink dose NOT FIT!!! yes cut some piece off an old heat sink to make it fit bla bla Listen... I'm not building a house I'm trying to assemble a pc, MSI can you try...

Dec, 2015

Consumer review by: Timothy G. (newegg.com)

Great case combo

 

Pretty good starter case + some components setup. Still requires some knowledge on PC building though. I wouldn't recommend it to someone that doesn't know how to build a PC from scratch already.

Nice small design, it's smaller than I had imagined, which is a plus to me. Good airflow, nice wifi/bluetooth card installed.

Hard to find a CPU cooler that fits the case properly. I ended up having to cut a half inch off the bracket my Zalman came with. Initially was going to use a Corsair H55, but it was too large. The specs say there are 2x M.2 slots, but one is occupied...

Dec, 2015

Consumer review by: Dmitri T. (newegg.com)

Great case combo

 

Pretty good starter case + some components setup. Still requires some knowledge on PC building though. I wouldn't recommend it to someone that doesn't know how to build a PC from scratch already.

Nice small design, it's smaller than I had imagined, which is a plus to me. Good airflow, nice wifi/bluetooth card installed.

Hard to find a CPU cooler that fits the case properly. I ended up having to cut a half inch off the bracket my Zalman came with. Initially was going to use a Corsair H55, but it was too large. The specs say there are 2x M.2 slots, but one is occupied...

Dec, 2015

Consumer review by: Marc P. (newegg.com)

Not Ready For Primetime

 

I sent this back because of the lock ups. I have a Z97 Nightblade and I liked the X2 layout but it needs some tuning.

Case

Locked Up All The Time Tray Load DVD instead of Slot Load Motherboard appears generic or oem. There are no MSI markings on it. It does have MSI BIOS. No BIOS, Drivers, Manual, etc on MSI website

Nov, 2015

Product Specifications

Design

Water cooling system: No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:4 / 6 / 8
Graphics adapter DisplayPorts quantity:3
Graphics adapter DVI-I ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter HDMI ports quantity:1
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74 / 64
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of execution units:24
NVIDIA G-SYNC: Yes
NVIDIA GameWorks VR: Yes
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2/12 / 12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:1912
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):4096 x 2160 / 4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):4096 x 2160 / 4096 x 2304
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.4
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI / DVI, DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) / DVI, DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (DisplayPort):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):60
On-board graphics adapter refresh rate at maximum resolution (HDMI):24

Optical Drive

Optical drives quantity:1

Performance

Virtual Reality (VR) ready: Yes

Ports & interfaces

USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1 / 2

Processor

Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32 / 64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):34.1 / 34.2
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600,1866,2133 / 1333,1600,2133 / 1600,2133 / 2133,1333,1600,1866
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR4-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.35
Processor cache type:Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-6400 Desktop Series / Intel Core i5-6600 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-6700 Desktop Series / Intel Core i7-6700 series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):65 / 91

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: Yes
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX): Yes
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel TSX-NI: Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel® OS Guard: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:88185 / 88191 / 88195 / I5-6400 / I5-6600K / I7-6700K
Processor package size:37.5
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2015C / PCG 2015D
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology: No

Storage

Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2 / 3