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MSI Nightblade X2

MSI Nightblade X2
alaScore 91

15 reviews

Mar, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews of MSI Nightblade X2. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability. The size is also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the usability.

design, size, reliability


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 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Matthew Murray (

MSI Nightblade x2


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.

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.

For more details, read the MSI Nightblade x2 review on our sister site,

Jun, 2016

Expert review by : John Burek (

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

Expert review by : (

MSI Nightblade X2 Review


Powered by Intel Skylake with its Core i7-6700K. The Nightblade X2 (X2-007UK) promises to give gamers a high-performance system inside a compact and portable shell.

Feb, 2016

Consumer review (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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# - 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 (

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 (

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 (

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.


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


Audio output channels:7.1


EPEAT compliance:Bronze / Silver


Chassis type:Desktop
Color of product:Black / Black, Red
Cooling type:Active
Product color:Black / Black,Red
Product type:PC barebone
Water cooling system:N

Energy Management

Power supply:350 / 500

Expansion Slots

PCI Express slots version:3.0


CUDA:Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:4 / 6 / 8
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5 / GDDR5X
Graphics adapter DisplayPorts quantity:3
Graphics adapter DVI-D ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter DVI-I ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter family:NVIDIA
Graphics adapter HDMI ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter Open GL support:Y / 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
Number of execution units:24
On-board graphics adapter: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):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:4.3 / 4.4


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


Compatible processor series:Core i3,Core i5,Core i7
Motherboard chipset:Intel Z170
Number of processors supported:3
Processor socket:LGA 1151 (Socket H4)


Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.1 / 4.2
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11ac / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray RW / DVD Super Multi
Optical drives quantity:1

Other Features

Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x, VT-d
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x,VT-d
Number of processors installed:1

Packaging Content

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


Audio output channels:7.1
Chipset:Intel B150 / Intel Z170
Market positioning:Gaming
Motherboard chipset:Intel B150 / Intel Z170
Optical Drive Type:N
Product type:PC
Virtual Reality (VR) ready:Y

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
DVI port:N / No
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:Y / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
PS/2 ports quantity:1
S/PDIF out port:Y / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1 / 4
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1


Power supply:350 / 500 / 610
Power supply type:Internal power supply unit


Built-in processor:N
Bus type:DMI2 / DMI3
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: 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 / 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
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i5-6400 / i5-6600K / i7-6700 / i7-6700K
Processor boost frequency:3.3 / 3.9 / 4 / 4.2
Processor cache:6 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Skylake
Processor cores:4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i7-6xxx
Processor frequency:2.7 / 3.4 / 3.5 / 4
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:i5-6400 / i5-6600K / i7-6700 / i7-6700K
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i5-6400 Desktop series / Intel Core i5-6600 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-6700 Desktop series
Processor socket:LGA 1151 (Socket H4) / LGA1151
Processor threads:16 / 4 / 8
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
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: 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:Y / 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: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel QuickPath Interconnect: No
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 / Yes
Intel TSX-NI: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):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):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:88185 / 88191 / 88195 / 88196
Processor code:SR2BT / SR2BY
Processor package size:37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1,AVX 2.0,SSE4.2 / SSE4.2, AVX 2.0, SSE4.1
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2015C / PCG 2015D
Thunderbolt™ 3 Technology:N


Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Windows 10 / Windows 10 Home


Card reader integrated:N / No / Yes
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 2000 / 3000
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5 / 2.5/3.5
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:Serial ATA III
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 1000
Number of SSDs installed:1 / 2
Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2 / 3
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 256 / 512
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 / SSD
Supported storage drive types:HDD, SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1128 / 1256 / 2000 / 2128 / 2256 / 2512 / 3000 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.6 / 14.7
Height:10.9 / 11.3
Weight:22 / 220.5
Width:6.89 / 6.92 / 6.93