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MSI Nightblade

MSI Nightblade
alaScore 91

33 reviews

Sep, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 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. People really like the reliability and price, but opinions are divided on the usability. Some have doubts about the design.

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

Expert review by : Luca Rocchi (

MSI Nightblade Review


Nightblade is the name of the lastest ITX gaming solution from MSI. Due to its compact dimensions and the high-end components inside, the Nightblade is a mini system perfect for everybody who need a lot of power or wants to attend LAN events.

If you are looking for a powerful small desktop system which can be easily used during various events and LAN parties, the MSI Nightblade is definitely a very good choice. Despite the ITX form factor of the system, MSI managed to squeeze some powerful...

Jan, 2015

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MSI Nightblade


Los SFF son una categoría más o menos reciente -- sobre ella hablaremos muy pronto en un especial dedicado a su evolución -- ampliamente presente en el mercado. Son equipos de pequeñas dimensiones más cerca de los clónicos que de los fabricantes...

Expert review by : François Arias (

MSI Nightblade B85-019XEU : pour les petits joueurs


Le MSI Nightblade est un barebone complet vendu à un prix relativement agressif. Voyons donc s'il est suffisant pour satisfaire le joueur exigeant.

Bonne ventilation ; Espace pour la carte graphique ; Connectique riche ; Boitier bien pensé

Carte graphique peu puissante ; Pas vraiment silencieux ; Un peu cher dans l’absolu

Avec ce Nightblade, MSI offre un bon petit boitier mini-ITX pour joueurs. Tout le monde ne sera pas fan du design mais le châssis est compact et bien conçu pour peu que le silence ne soit pas votre priorité. La configuration testée offre un rapport...

Jan, 2015

Expert review by : Cedric Van Loon (

Review MSI Nightblade: grondige fundering voor een mini-pc


Slimme strategie van MSI: maak een kleine case met eigen mini ITX-moederbord en verkoop het als bundel. De ideale fundering voor een kleine pc.

Prima ventilatie ; Plaats voor grote grafische kaarten

Dure dvd-upgrade ; Geen Z97-moederbord

MSI heeft met de Nightblade de nagel op de kop geslagen. Het is dé meest ideale oplossing voor een kleine gamemachine, zonder dat je daarvoor aan kracht moet inboeten. Je kunt van de Nightblade een monsterlijk snelle machine maken, de degelijke basis...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Платформа ПК (

Меньше, да лучше. Обзор компактного игрового ПК MSI Nightblade


Собрать очень производительный игровой ПК в корпусе величиной с половину системного блока типичного клерка — это ли не искусство? Если вы давно хотели так сделать, но до сих пор не сделали первый шаг, вам поможет решиться MSI Nightblade. Это...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by : Radosław Stanisławski (

MSI Nightblade z płytą główną MSI Z87I Gaming AC – rzut oka


Okresowo publikowany przez nas spis

Mimo bardzo niewielkich rozmiarów konstrukcja i układ chłodzenia pozwalają użyć dużych i bardzo gorących podzespołów ; solidne wykonanie ; niezły, choć dość osobliwy wygląd ; dodatek w postaci słuchawek SteelSeries Siberia V2 (po rejestracji na stronie...

Cena zestawu skutecznie odstrasza ; W konfiguracjach z mocnym GPU przy silnym obciążeniu sprzętu układ wentylatorów jest po prostu głośny ; niewielka liczba zatok dla dysków twardych i nośników SSD

To znacznie więcej, niż trzeba zapłacić za zdecydowanie gorzej wykonane obudowy mini-PC najniższej klasy, np. model Cooler Master Elite 130, ponad dwa razy więcej, niż kosztuje podobnie dobrze wykonany Fractal Design Node 304, i nawet więcej, niż ma...

May, 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

Product Specifications


Audio output channels:7.1
Audio system:Realtek ALC1150


Certification:80 PLUS Gold
EPEAT compliance:Bronze


Chassis Type:Desktop / Mini-tower
Colour of product:Black
Cooling type:Active
LED indicators: Yes
Placement supported:Vertical
Product Type:PC barebone


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 / Yes
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1/12 / 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 (slots x size):1 x 8
Memory slots:2x DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM
Supported memory clock speeds:3000
Supported memory types:DDR3-SDRAM


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 / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
LAN controller:Atheros Killer E2200
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):175.7 x 345.8 x 277.3
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
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
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:DMI2 / DMI3
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N / Yes
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-SDRAM / DDR3L,DDR4-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM,DDR4-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.35 / 1.5
Motherboard chipset:Intel Z87
Number of Processors Installed:1
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 1x8+2x4, 2x8 / 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®
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) / LGA1150 / Socket H2 (LGA 1155) / Socket H4 (LGA 1151)
Processor threads:2 / 4 / 8
Stepping:B0 / C0
System bus rate:5 / 8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):53 / 65

Processor special features

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 / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / No / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Y
Intel TSX-NI:No / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):No / Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):No / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No / 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: No
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:340.6 / 342 / 426
Height :234.8 / 235 / 294
Weight:10 / 6.4 / 8
Width:127.6 / 128 / 177