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MSI Nightblade

MSI Nightblade
alaScore 91

31 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 31 reviews of MSI Nightblade. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Views about the reliability and price are overall positive, whereas many are critical about the design. Opinions are divided on the usability.

size, price, reliability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the MSI Nightblade is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Wong Chung Wee (

MSI Nightblade Compact Mini-ITX Gaming System Reviewed


The MSI Nightblade is a compact barebone mini-ITX system featuring the Z87I Gaming AC board, bundled with a 650W Gold Plus PSU and a slot-load ODD. Just choose your own CPU, memory, graphics card and storage options to complete this mini gaming system,...

Compact ; Good installation experience + routed cables ; Storage options and mSATA expansion board ; Instant OC via MSI OC Genie on chassis ; Takes in dual-slot graphics card + has a suitable PSU

Lacks a bundled CPU cooler and extra cooling fans ; Expensive

We find the MSI Nightblade suitable for a casual system builder who doesn't want to make the nitty-gritty decisions of choosing the mini-ITX chassis and the motherboard for a SFF gaming PC. In fact, one doesn't even need to pick the PSU and ODD too....

May, 2014

Expert review by : Zardon (

MSI Nightblade Review (Dual SSD, i7 4770K, R9 290X)


In the last year we have seen a rising demand for smaller chassis such as the excellent Bitfenix Prodigy and Aerocool Dead Silence. With this in mind MSI are launching their MSI Nightblade - a barebon...

Officially supports very high end hardware configurations ; built to withstand abuse ; fantastic engineering quality

Can get incredibly loud under certain load conditions ; The boxy design of the case does look rather dated

Kitguru says: Its an incredible concept and well worth buying, but we would recommend some changes over the configuration we received.

Mar, 2014

Consumer review (

Not as good as it should be


The CPUs I tried are i3 4150 haswell dual core and i7 4770 haswell quad core. The memory were 2 8GB Team Dark Series 240-Pin ddr 3 and I used 2 different 128gb kingston SSD HDs. I tested everything on a ASUS Sabertooth X79. They all work fine on the...

looks great and awesome ventilation

i AM GOING ON MY 3RD BAREBONE ON WARRANTY. The first one wouldn't boot up. I tried different cpus, memorie, and hard drives but still wouldn't boot up. The second one booted up as soon as I installed all the hardware and Windows 8.1 pro. Once I started...

Jun, 2014

Consumer review (

Not Compatible with Wii U Control Pad


The CPUs I tried are i3 4150 haswell dual core and i7 4770 haswell quad core. The memory were 2 8GB Team Dark Series 240-Pin ddr 3 and I used 2 different 128gb kingston SSD HDs. I tested everything on a ASUS Sabertooth X79. They all work fine on the...

looks great and awesome ventilation

i AM GOING ON MY 3RD BAREBONE ON WARRANTY. The first one wouldn't boot up. I tried different cpus, memorie, and hard drives but still wouldn't boot up. The second one booted up as soon as I installed all the hardware and Windows 8.1 pro. Once I started...

Jun, 2014

Consumer review (

Great First Case


I will give this five eggs since my Nightblade came fine and everything works without any damage. I understand if others have issues with the case. Hopefully MSI has worked the issues out. I do not know if having a Granite surface has anything to do...

I had no trouble with quality control on this case. As this is my first computer I have built for myself personally I did not find it hard to install anything. The only thing I made sure to do was follow the order of installation in the manual. That...

I know some people have been getting cases with bent and flexed motherboards and faulty RAM slots. Hopefully you get lucky and get a non-faulty mobo with nothing missing ; This case is much heavier than it looks. Still not bad though

Jun, 2014

Consumer review (

Working great


Overall I am very happy with my purchase. I bought 2 of these to sit side by side with our iMac 27's. I got sick of rebooting into windows to play games so I bought these. I used the following hardware: 1. Intel Core i5-4690 Haswell 3.5GHz (stock...

Easy to setup ; Great performance ; Full Size desktop card supported ; Low Noise ; Lots of ports available ; Built in wireless

Installing 3.5" drive is a pain because you need to remove the bay - Takes an extra 5 minutes ; Instructions are kinda skimpy

Jun, 2014

Consumer review (

Not as Good as I thought...


Other than the pros and cons, I really like MSI and what they do for gamers. This was a good idea that just didn't work out as i hoped. I am currently shopping for another normal ATX larger case with better air flow and a bunch of quieter fans so i...

Pros are obvious ; 1. FASTEST BUILD EVER. within 30 minutes you have a computer up and running. every cable is already routed nicely, and all you need to do is install a CPU, CPU fan, memory, GPU card, and your HDD. ALSO comes with a handy 2x mSATA...

1. LOUD AS HELL! the fans that come with the case are 4Krpm and are loud as hair drier. and even though they are controlled with the "smart MSI controller" they pretty much need to run high all the time because of the heat of a ; 2. OVERHEATS WITH OC...

Jun, 2014

Consumer review (



This is the fourth Nightblade case I receive from newegg, the first one had a loose GPU slot, the second one had a bent motherboard pin, the third one had a busted power button (it stayed stuck in) and this fourth one finally seems to be ok. (side...

Looks good ; Good airflow for size

Pretty much everything else

May, 2014

Consumer review (

It works. Well, even.


This feels like a solid base to build up from. Contrary to prior reviews, this worked well for me. It can utilize desktop-sized graphics cards, and handles the 8GB(whopping right? haha) of RAM I stuck in it, along with the Haswell i7 and the 480GB SSD....

I suppose its a bit heavy. Deceptively heavy, even, for its small frame... though it is supposed to be military grade. Honestly, it kinda feels like its made of really thin cast iron, but at least that means its durable

May, 2014

Product Specifications


Audio output channels:7.1
Audio system:Realtek ALC1150


Certification:80 PLUS Gold
EPEAT compliance:Bronze


Chassis type:Desktop / Mini-Tower
Color of product:Black
Cooling type:Active
LED Indicators: Yes
Placement supported:Vertical
Product type:PC barebone

Energy Management

Power supply:350 / 600


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 4 / 8
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 64
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:N / Y
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1 / 12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x5912 / 5912
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 630 / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.4


Internal memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory layout:1 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8
Memory slots:2x DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM
Supported memory clock speeds:3000
Supported memory types:DDR3-SDRAM


Chipset:Intel Z87
Motherboard chipset:Intel Z87
Number of processors supported:1
Processor socket:Socket H2 (LGA 1155)


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
LAN controller:Atheros Killer E2200
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi
Optical drives quantity:1

Other Features

Dimensions (WxDxH):6.92 x 13.6 x 10.9
Number of SATA connectors:5
Power LED: Yes

Packaging Content

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


Audio output channels:7.1
Chipset:Intel B150
Market positioning:Gaming
Motherboard chipset:Intel B150
Product type:PC
Virtual Reality (VR) ready:Y

Ports & interfaces

DisplayPorts quantity:1
DVI port:N / No / Yes
eSATA ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:1 / 3
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in:Y / Yes
Line-out:Y / Yes
Microphone in:Y / Yes
PS/2 ports quantity:1
S/PDIF out port:Y / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4 / 5 / 6
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1


Power supply:350 / 500 / 600


Built-in processor: No
Bus type:DMI / DMI3
Chipset:Intel Z87
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N / Y
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32 / 64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333 / 1333,1600,2133,2400
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L,DDR4-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM,DDR4-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.35 / 1.5
Number of processors installed:1
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.5 / 4.2
Processor cache:3 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Haswell / Kaby Lake
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:7th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel / Intel Core i5-7xxx / Intel Pentium G
Processor frequency:3 / 3.2 / 3.6
Processor lithography:14 / 22
Processor model:G3258 / i5-7400 / i7-7700
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i5-7400 Desktop Series / Intel Pentium G3000 series for Desktop
Processor socket:LGA 1151 (Socket H4) / Socket H2 (LGA 1155) / Socket H3 (LGA 1150) / Socket H4 (LGA 1151)
Processor threads:2 / 4 / 8
Stepping:B0 / C0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5 / 8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):53 / 65

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:22
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Y
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / 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® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Processor ARK ID:82723 / 97128 / 97147
Processor code:SR1V0 / SR32W / SR338
Processor package size:37.5 / 37.5 x 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2013C / PCG 2015C


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


Card reader integrated:N / No
Hard Drive Capacity:1000
Hard Drive Size:2.5/3.5
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2
Number of storage drives supported:1
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi
Solid-state drive capacity:128
Storage drive interface:Serial ATA III
Storage drive sizes supported:2.5,3.5
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1128

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.4 / 13.5 / 16.8
Height:11.6 / 9.24 / 9.25
Weight:14.1 / 17.6 / 22
Width:5.02 / 5.04 / 6.97