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MSI Nightblade MI2

MSI Nightblade MI2
alaScore 91

12 reviews

Dec, 2018

We have collected and analyzed 3 expert reviews and 9 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 78/100 and users rate it 71/100. The average review date is Apr 14, 2016. We have compared these reviews to 321681 reviews from other Desktops. The alaScore™ for this product is 91/100 = Excellent. Last update: Dec 10, 2018.

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Expert review by : Leo Waldock (kitguru.net)

MSI Nightblade MI2 Review

 

MSI has given its ten litre small form factor Nightblade MI a serious upgrade, although you are unli MSI has given its ten litre small form factor Nightblade MI a serious upgrade, although you are unlikely to spot the changes as the chassis remains...

Very small form factor for a desktop PC.

Power supply cooler makes a constant high pitched noise.

MSI has packed a decent PC into a tiny chassis whilst avoiding the obvious pitfall of heat.

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Buggy

 

-I wouldnt suggest this unit to anyone, turned out to be nothing but a headache. In theory its a cool Idea, but MSI needs to really work on the quality control of the MOBO's in these units. I ended up going with a EVGA hadron Air case, with an ASUS ROG...

-Its small -easy to build everything is prebuilt, only need to install CPU, ram, Graphics card, hard drive

-Flimsy construction, feels kinda cheap, the cpu cooler heatpipes look like they are made from copper colored tinfoil -First one came DOA, had to RMA for a second unit -Second unit had a faulty MOBO, tried multiple cpu's ram etc. Could not get the BIOS...

May, 2016

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Amazing small gaming barebone

 

I installed an Intel Core i5-6500 Skylake 16 GB DDR4 ram and a Nvidia GTX 950. Runs quiet cool and fast no problems what so ever.

Looks neat has customizable Lighting on the front. Comes with slim/laptop style CD/DVD Rom drive. Nice bays for SSD/HDs Quiet Very small.

only con is it is a pretty tight fit inside the case. had to rearrange cables inside because they were touching the heat pipes for the included CPU cooler. The cable management clips inside the case helped make this an easy task.

Jan, 2016

Consumer review (newegg.com)

It is little mean gaming machine...literally

 

It works for what it cost, and is in my opinion worth the money. I went with the Skylake i3 and Hyper-X DDR4 260-pin Memory, but you can go with as much as a 4700K Skylake i7 and a GTX 970, even though the power supply might not like it. Get this if...

Easy to upgrade, and customize. The case is very stylish. This is a pro and con, it is ITX. The positive portion of that is the size makes it perfect for a living room PC or bedroom, or travel gaming device.

MSI build quality isn't the best, the parts are not durable, but this has been my experience with MSI since motherboards I used in the Intel Core Duo days, I was hoping that would change by now. Another major con, and this is in reference to the first...

Dec, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

It is little mean gaming machine...literally

 

It works for what it cost, and is in my opinion worth the money. I went with the Skylake i3 and Hyper-X DDR4 260-pin Memory, but you can go with as much as a 4700K Skylake i7 and a GTX 970, even though the power supply might not like it. Get this if...

Easy to upgrade, and customize. The case is very stylish. This is a pro and con, it is ITX. The positive portion of that is the size makes it perfect for a living room PC or bedroom, or travel gaming device.

MSI build quality isn't the best, the parts are not durable, but this has been my experience with MSI since motherboards I used in the Intel Core Duo days, I was hoping that would change by now. Another major con, and this is in reference to the first...

Dec, 2015

Consumer review (newegg.com)

It is little mean gaming machine...literally

 

It works for what it cost, and is in my opinion worth the money. I went with the Skylake i3 and Hyper-X DDR4 260-pin Memory, but you can go with as much as a 4700K Skylake i7 and a GTX 970, even though the power supply might not like it. Get this if...

Easy to upgrade, and customize. The case is very stylish. This is a pro and con, it is ITX. The positive portion of that is the size makes it perfect for a living room PC or bedroom, or travel gaming device.

MSI build quality isn't the best, the parts are not durable, but this has been my experience with MSI since motherboards I used in the Intel Core Duo days, I was hoping that would change by now. Another major con, and this is in reference to the first...

Dec, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio output channels:7.1

Certificates

EPEAT compliance:Bronze

Design

Chassis type:10L sized PC / Desktop / Mini Tower / Small Desktop
Color of product:Black / Black, Red
Cooling type:Active
On/Off switch: Yes
Product type:PC barebone
Water cooling system:N

Energy Management

Power supply:350 / 360
Power supply type:Internal power supply unit

Expansion Slots

PCI Express x16 slots:1

Graphics

CUDA:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 3 / 4 / 6 / 8
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter DisplayPorts quantity:3
Graphics adapter DVI-D ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter DVI-I ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Graphics adapter HDMI ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 1.74 / 64
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
NVIDIA G-SYNC:N / Y
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:N / Y
On-board graphics adapter:No / Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2/12 / 12 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 1150 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:1912
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 530 / Intel® HD Graphics 530
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32
Memory clock speed:1600 / 2133
Memory layout:1 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8
Memory slots:2x DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots type:SO-DIMM
Number of Memory Slots:2
Supported memory types:DDR4-SDRAM

Motherboard

Chipset:Intel B150
Motherboard chipset:Intel B150
Processor socket:LGA1151

Networking

Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.2
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11ac / IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD±RW
Optical drives quantity:1

Packaging Content

Cables included:AC
Display included:N / No
Manual:Y / Yes
Mouse included:N

Performance

Audio output channels:7.1
Audio system:HD Audio
Chipset:Intel B150
Linux operating systems supported: Yes
Market positioning:Gaming
Motherboard chipset:Intel B150 / Intel B85
Product type:PC / Workstation
Virtual Reality (VR) ready:Y

Ports & interfaces

DisplayPorts quantity:1
DVI port:N / No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in:Y / Yes
Line-out:Y / Yes
Microphone in:No / Y / Yes
PS/2 ports quantity:1
S/PDIF out port:Y / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4 / 6
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1

Power

Power supply:350 / 360
Power supply type:Internal power supply unit

Processor

Built-in processor: No
Bus type:DMI2 / DMI3
Configurable TDP-down:65
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor: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 / 1600,2133 / 2133,1333,1600,1866
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM,DDR4-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.35
Number of processors installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 1x8+2x4, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4 / 1x8+2x4, 1x16, 2x8 / 2x8, 1x8+2x4, 1x16 / 2x8,1x8+2x4,1x16
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i5-6400 / i7-6700 / i7-6700K
Processor boost frequency:3.3 / 3.6 / 4 / 4.2
Processor cache:6 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor cores:4
Processor family:6th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx
Processor frequency:2.7 / 3.2 / 3.4 / 4
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:i5-6400 / i5-6500 / i7-6700 / i7-6700K
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i5-6400 Desktop series / Intel Core i5-6500 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-6700 Desktop series
Processor socket:LGA 1151 (Socket H4) / LGA1151
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:R0
System bus data transfer rate:8
System bus rate:8
Tcase:64 / 71
Thermal Design Power (TDP):65 / 91

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Graphics:Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:88184 / 88185 / 88195 / 88196
Processor code:SR2BT / SR2BX / SR2BY
Processor package size:37.5
Scalability:1S
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, AVX 2.0, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1,AVX 2.0,SSE4.2 / SSE4.2, AVX 2.0, SSE4.1 / SSE4.2,AVX 2.0,SSE4.1
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2015C / PCG 2015D

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / No / Windows 10 / Windows 10 Home

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / No
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 2000
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA III
Hard drive speed:7200
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2
Number of storage drives supported:4
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi
Solid-state drive capacity:128
Solid-state drive interface:M.2
Solid-state drive interfaces:M.2
Storage drive interface:M.2, Serial ATA III
Storage drive sizes supported:2.5,3.5
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD
Supported storage drive types:HDD, SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1128 / 1280 / 2000 / 2128

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.4 / 9.24 / 9.25
Height:13.4 / 9.24 / 9.25
Weight:17.6
Width:5.02 / 5.04