MSI Nightblade MI2 Oculus Rift VR Ready Gaming Desktop [MI2-001BUS]

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SKU: DT-MSI-0003-CUK-001
  • Intel Skylake i7-6700K Quad Core Processor
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060 3GB GDDR5 GPU with upgrade uptions up to GTX 1080!
  • 16GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM
  • 120GB SSD + 1TB 7200rpm Hard Disk Drive
  • Windows 10 x64-bit Operating System
  • Powerful gaming rig in a small 10 liter package
  • Easy access to upgradable components

Core Components

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Intel Core i7-6700K Quad Core Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.20 GHz) 91W: DT-CPU-0028-2  +$0.00
Windows 10 Home x64-bit: OS-11  +$0.00
SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW Dual Layer: LT-ODD-008  +$0.00
Killer 1535 Wireless-AC 2x2 Bluetooth 4.1 Combo Card: LT-WIFI-041  +$0.00

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MSI Nightblade

Forged with passion for gaming, the MSI Nightblade MI2 barebone PC is made for those who crave for an immersive gaming experience without sacrificing space. With sufficient storage, proficient cooling and blistering graphics performance, this lean, mean, gaming machine is ready to unlock your next gaming adventure.

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MYSTIC LIGHT

Customize your NIGHTBLADE with Mystic Light. Make your build look on fire or cold as ice; you are in control! You can select any of the colors from the palette to match your system's design. Or use breath, gradient or Gaming & Music modes.

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PLUG IN AND GAME ON

The MSI Nightblade MI2 is ready to connect all your gaming accessories and devices. There are plenty of ports to complete your gaming rig.

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A SMALL BUT POWERFUL GAMING RIG

The Nightblade MI2 barebone PC can support all the components of a ‘normal’ gaming desktop PC, but in a small and compact case that only takes up 10 Liters of space.

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MSI SUPER CHARGER 2

With MSI Super Charger 2 you can deliver more power than regular USB chargers to your smartphone, tablet, USB game controller or portable console up to 10x faster. You can quickly charge these devices when you're not gaming on your PC, eliminating the need for wall power sockets.

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Grand Graphics for Grand Gamers

The Nightblade MI2 barebone PC fits a dual-slot graphics card up to a NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080, allowing maximum graphics in the smallest space possible.

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Silent Storm Cooling

The Nightblade MI series embraces two separate chambers that individually take care of the cooling of different components within the Nightblade MI2, this unique ‘Silent Storm Cooling’ design makes sure the system’s temperature stays perfectly under control, supporting a cool and silent operation even within such a tiny space.

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Carefully Designed Layout

  1. Proprietary cooler
  2. Storeroom for cables
  3. High efficiency signal Power
  4. Big data storage room (1 x 2.5”, 2 x 3.5”)
  5. Regular gaming graphics card
  6. Front system fan location
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Easy access to upgradable components

For those who always want to get the best out of their system, the components of the Nightblade MI series are easily accessible and ready to be upgraded at any time. Whether it is storage, a processor or a graphics card, you can always keep your Nightblade MI gaming rig up to date with the latest hardware.

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PCI-E GEN3x 4 SSD – LOAD GAMES IN SECONDS

Get in the game before everyone else with the latest PCI-E Gen 3.0x4 bandwidth utilizing NVMe technology on single M.2 SSD. Harness the full performance potential of the Gen 3.0 SSD through the optimization of the hardware and software outputting extreme read speeds up to 2200MB/s, 5x faster than SATA3 SSD's.

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DDR4 SUPPORT

The 6th Generation Intel® chipset comes with a brand new architecture that supports the high speed of DDR4 at 2133MHz memory modules. The dual channel of DDR4-2133 brings a 33% performance enhancement compared with that of the dual channel DDR3-1600 memory.

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DirectX 12

More FPS and smooth gameplay through CPU and GPU tweaks Cross-platform gaming and streaming with Xbox One game[r]s on Windows 10 Full Steam® support

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GAMING OPTIMIZED BANDWIDTH MANAGEMENT

Built for a superior online gaming experience with optimized traffic prioritization and low latency, MSI GAMING LAN MANAGER with Advanced Stream Detect™ automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games.

MSI GAMING LAN MANAGER

Automatically prioritizes games above other applications.  Allows you to change applications traffic priority.  Allows you to customize each applications bandwidth.

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6th GENERATION INTEL® CORE™ TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

At the heart of the Nightblade MI2 Barebone is a Z170 Intel® motherboard that is capable of bringing all the power you need in your system. The 6th Generation Intel® chipset provides both performance and energy efficiency to help maximize your gaming rig.

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Nahimic Virtual Surround Sound — Military Technology, the Next Gaming Standard

Technology originally developed for the military fighter jets, Nahimic specializes in 3D sound software processing and audio improvements offering virtual 7.1 sound in immersive high definition. Designed to work with standard audio and stereo equipment, Nahimic transports gamers into the action, allowing them to sense every footstep, hear every bullet whizzing past, and feel every explosion. Nahimic highlights even the smallest sounds, intensifies gameplay by boosting bass, and reducing exterior noise pollution for optimum in-game voice clarity and comprehension. It also features a high definition audio recorder to easily capture and stream studio quality sound. This new technology is exclusive with MSI gaming system.

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Audio Boost

To deliver the crispest sound signal to gamers’ ears, a special hardware amplifier called ‘Audio Boost’ is integrated onto the Nightblade MI’s motherboard, especially benefiting gamers using a gaming headset.

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Customize Your Game Style

SteelSeries Engine is an app that transforms your keyboard in to a lethal gaming weapon. Here, you can customize each individual key, create different macros, manage keyboard lighting and customize the keyboard to your liking.

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Military Class Components

The Nightblade MI is equipped with military-grade components ensure excellent stability, power efficiency and performance to provide a smooth operation.

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GAMING CENTER

User-friendly application, you can adjust most of system values in this Gaming Center which provide a better gaming experience.

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OVERCLOCKING MADE EASY

Outperform your competition with the MSI® GAMING APP which allows simultaneous control of both your Motherboard and Graphics Card's overclocking. Simply select your preferred mode with the click of a button:

  • Silent
  • Gaming
  • OC

MI2-001BUS Barebones Gaming Desktop Features and Benefits:

The Lean, Mean Gaming Machine

Forged with passion for gaming, the MSI Nightblade MI2 PC is made for those who crave for an immersive gaming experience without sacrificing space. With sufficient storage, proficient cooling and blistering graphics performance, this lean, mean, gaming machine is ready to unlock your next gaming adventure.

Capable For Oculus Rift VR and HTC Vive VR

Upgrade Specifications for Oculus Rift VR or HTC are:

  • NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB
  • Intel i7-6700K CPU
  • 8GB+ RAM

INTEL i7-6700K Processor

At the heart of the CUK Nightblade MI2 is an Intel i7-6700K processor. This quad-core, eight-threaded processor with 8MB of L3 cache Intel claims is up to 10% faster than its predecessor, the Haswell-based Core i7-4790K. The 6700K's peak clock speed is down a little bit, at 4.2GHz instead of the 4.4GHz Turbo peak on the 4790K, but the 6700K can run all four cores at 4.2GHz under load. It delivers comparable performance to extreme CPUs that have a much higher cost.

The Core i7-6700K is Intel's latest Skylake flagship processor. It replaces the hugely successful i7-4790K and takes the crown as the fastest mainstream consumer CPU available. Comparing performance and specs between the 4790K and 6700K shows that the configuration is largely unchanged (same base clocks, cores, threads) but the improved manufacturing process (14nm) brings a small reduction in TDP and a performance improvement of 8% for multi-threaded applications.

The i7-6700K is the processor of choice for Photoshop. Not only does the i7-6700K have significant performance improvements over the i7-4790K, but the move to DDR4 RAM means that you do not need to use the slower (for Photoshop at least) socket 2011 CPUs if you need more than 32GB of system RAM.

Processing images using Panaorma Factory takes only 7.8 seconds which is not quite as fast as the i7-5960X extreme CPU but it is a slightly lower time than the i7-4960X. You can find faster performing extreme (i.e. i7-4960X and i7-5960X) and Xeon processors but for the cost, nothing will outperform the Intel Core i7-6700K.

NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1060 3GB Graphics Card

The GTX 1060 3GB is a hugely impressive card. Its performance is close to Nvidia’s Titan X, with the cut-down memory configuration appearing to have little impact – and it also trounces the GTX 980 in every important benchmark.

The GTX 1060 3GB is quite an engineering feat because of its gargantuan 8 billion transistor count and 601 mm² large die on the existing 28 nm proce.  The MSI GTX 1060 3GB graphics offers a new Twin Frozr V that is cooler, quieter, and significantly improved from past generations. It is smaller, features stronger fans, generates less noise, keeps your graphics card and its components cooler and matches perfectly with your MSI GAMING motherboard including some funky LED lighting.

Performance of the GTX 1060 3GB matches the 780 TI which has 2880 CUDA cores to the 1060 3GB’s 1664. Improved color compression helps performance at high resolutions. While gaming, benchmarks show the GTX 1060 3GB drawing less than 200W of power, while the 780 Ti draws closer to 250W. The performance per unit of weight or cost is so strong that some might say there's little point considering any other high-end GPU currently available.

If you wish to play in Full HD, the GTX 1060 3GB is perfect for your needs and even with higher resolutions such as 2560x1440 and ultra / very high setting, you can expect at least 40fps.ss that appeared to have reached its thermal boundaries with the previous-generation NVIDIA GK110.  During gaming, the GTX 1060 3GB uses power comparable to the GTX 780 Ti, while being much faster at the same time.  Some other high end cards actually consume over 3x the power to complete such simple tasks as media playback or multi-monitor desktop. 
 
From the box to the performance of the card, it's an enthusiasts dream.  It’s beautiful, has great performance that rivals some other large graphics cards, has excellent thermals with a max temp of 72C, and makes absolutely no noise.

If you want the fastest current graphics card short of the Titan X, the GTX 1060 3GB is the card to get.   The GTX 1060 3GB offers great performance.  It’s nearly the same performance as the Titan X at two-thirds the cost. The 1060 3GB is on average 60 percent faster than the 780 Ti and over twice as fast as the GTX 680.

Recommended System for AUTODESK AUTOCAD

Computers with i7-6700K CPU and GTX 1060 3GB graphics are ideal for general AutoCAD use.

Intel’s Skylake i7-6700k processors are primarily targeted at hardcore gamers, but are also perfectly suited to CAD.

The fastest CPU for general AutoCAD use is the Intel Core i7-6700K, which operates with a base clock speed of 4.0 GHz and a maximum Turbo Boost clock of 4.2 GHz. There is simply no CPU currently available that can match the single threaded performance of the Intel Core i7 6700K.

The Intel Core i7-6700K processor scored better than all other tested processors for AutoCAD 2015 - 2D and 3D, Cadalyst 2015, Maya 2013, Showcase 2013, and SolidWorks 2013 SP1.

For those who would like to pay only a fraction of the price but still achieve phenomenal performance running such applications as Autodesk Infraworks or AutoCAD, the CUK Nightblade MX2 with the Intel Core i7-6700K processor and GTX 1060 3GB graphics card delivers incendiary performance.

When running Autodesk Infraworks, you will find the CUK Nightblade MI2 with i7-6700K coupled with the GTX 1060 3GB provides extraordinary performance that`s on par with the much more expensive workstations that feature xeon processors with slower clock speeds than the i7-6700K  and GPU`s like the Quadro K4200 which offer less CUDA cores. In Infraworks 360, performance will pace above 180fps most of the time in fast mode with Full HD resolution.

If you are running AutoCAD 2015 2D or 3D, you will find the CUK Nightblade MI2 with i7-6700K and GTX 1060 3GB provide optimal performance at the most cost effective configuration. This is because the fastest CPU for general AutoCAD use is the Intel Core i7-6700K, as evidenced by the fact it scores higher for performance than other processors such as the i7-5960X and i7-4790K. 

A Small, Yet Powerful Gaming Rig

The Nightblade MI2 PC can support all the components of a ‘normal’ gaming desktop PC, but in a small and compact case that only takes up just 10 Liters of space.

Priced to Save You Money

The MSI Nightblade MI2-001BUS Gaming Desktop is priced at a fraction of what you would pay at any other competitor. We keep our costs low to give you the best price on the web.

Super Charger 2

With MSI Super Charger 2 you can deliver more power than regular USB chargers to your smartphone, tablet, USB game controller or portable console up to 10x faster. You can quickly charge these devices when you're not gaming on your PC, eliminating the need for wall power sockets.

Superior Graphics for Superior Gamers

The Nightblade MI2 Gaming PC fits a dual-slot graphics card up to a EVGA GTX 1080, allowing maximum graphics in the smallest space possible.

Silent Storm Cooling

The Nightblade MI series embraces two separate chambers that individually take care of the cooling of different components within the Nightblade MI2, this unique ‘Silent Storm Cooling’ design makes sure the system’s temperature stays perfectly under control, supporting a cool and silent operation even within such a tiny space.

Easy Access to Upgradable Components

For those who always want to get the best out of their system, the components of the Nightblade MI series are easily accessible and ready to be upgraded at any time. Whether it is storage, a processor or a graphics card, you can always keep your Nightblade MI gaming rig up to date with the latest hardware.

DDR4 Support

The 6th Generation Intel chipset comes with a brand new architecture that supports the high speed of DDR4 at 2133MHz memory modules. The dual channel of DDR4-2133 brings a 33 percent performance enhancement compared with that of the dual channel DDR3-1600 memory.

Additional Information

Item Condition New
UPC 787468126847
Manufacturer Part Number MI2-001BUS
Display None
Hard Drive 120GB Solid State Drive + 1TB 7200rpm Hard Disk Drive
CPU / Processor Intel Core i7-6700K Quad Core Processor (8M, 4.0GHz - 4.2GHz) 91W
Graphics Card GTX 970 4GB GDDR5
RAM 16GB DDR4 SO-DIMM RAM
Operating System Windows 10
Optical Drive SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW Dual Layer
Audio 7.1 Channel HD Audio with Nahimic audio enhancer
Bluetooth Yes
USB Ports Front: 2 x USB3.0, 2 x USB2.0, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type C, Rear: 2 x USB 2.0, 4 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C
Expansion Capabilities 1 x PCI-E 16X (Support a max.290mm length dual-slot graphics card)
VGA / Display Ports 1 x HDMI, 1 x Displayport, 6 x OFC Audio jacks, 1 x S/PDIF
Microphone / Headphone Jacks Microphone-In, Headphone-Out
Ethernet Ports Gigabit LAN
Wireless LAN Intel Wireless-AC 3165 + Bluetooth 4.0
Color Black / red accents
Dimensions 13.41 x 9.24 x 5.02 in.
Weight 17.64 lbs.
Power / Battery 350W 80+ Bronze certified
Manufacturer Warranty Up to 1-Year Limited Manufacturer Hardware Warranty
DirectX 12

Customer Reviews

Update to previous review Review by Carlyle
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I wanted to update my review. Two weeks with my new PC, I ran into some real problems that turned out to be caused by a wicked Windows update. Clarence in the CUK support dept went ABOVE AND BEYOND to help me work through the issues and bring it back to life, saving 156GB of at-risk gaming video in the process. I think that is another important reason to consider these folks - exceptional support. I also think the price I paid for this system was the lowest one I could find - so I got high end service at a very competitive price. Sweet.
(Posted on 11/1/2016)
Excellent across the board Review by Carlyle
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I was excited about finding the M12 because I wanted a top-end, no limits game machine in a compact desktop enclosure. My existing game machine is half a file cabinet and has to sit on the floor. This system has the best of everything, starting with the nVidia 1080 - what an incredible card. I do graphics intensive gaming (don't we all) and the overall performance of this system has been wonderful. Computer Upgrade King handled this transaction promptly, the package I received was complete, and the one question I had (about the free game) was responded to instantly. I would buy MSI again, and I would definitely buy through CUK again. (Posted on 10/14/2016)
a bit expansive but totally worth it Review by ziggy
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This desktop is tiny but powerful and good looking.Happy with this purchase. (Posted on 9/19/2016)

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