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MSI Announces MAG Trident S 5M Dedicated Cloud Gaming Machine

MSI Announces MAG Trident S 5M Dedicated Cloud Gaming Machine

MSI today launched a new addition to its Trident line of gaming desktops. This popular and well-established range typically combines an incredibly slim build with full-size desktop graphics. However, the newest entrant in the series, the MSI MAG Trident S 5M, is powered entirely by an AMD APU with no option or space inside for a discrete GPU expansion card. MSI says it’s still a great choice for a gaming PC, as it targets the “cloud gaming and mobile gaming markets.”

The lack of a discrete GPU option means MSI was able to create probably the smallest Trident PC yet, at just 2.6 liters and measuring 13.17 x 7.3 x 3.66 inches (334. 7 x 185.4 x 93mm). Previous MSI Trident PCs with discrete GPUs are compact, but at best closer to 5 liters in volume. The form factor’s breaking size may be appealing, but the AMD APU-only formula might cause some head scratching regarding its gaming prowess. AMD APUs are widely considered the best for iGPUs, but their 3D acceleration capabilities pale in comparison to some of the worst GPU expansion cards. It hasn’t helped MSI’s case that as some systems have started shipping with AMD APUs, including RDNA2 iGPUs, MSI is still making best use of the Ryzen 5000G APUs of yesteryear with integrated Vega 8 graphics.

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It used to be that a gaming desktop without even the ability to add a graphics card wouldn’t be considered an entirely serious proposition. In 2022, with the GPU drought underway, and causing supply shortages and indecently high prices – as well as the rise of cloud gaming – MSI thinks it has a chance of selling such a machine. It also highlights the expected growth of Android games on PCs with Windows 11.

MSI MAG Trident S 5M Specifications

CPU

AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, Ryzen 5 5600G or Ryzen 3 5300G processor – all with integrated AMD Radeon Vega graphics – on a B300 motherboard

RAM

2 SO-DIMM DDR4 3200 MHz, up to 64 GB

Storage room

2 x M.2 2280 SSD (2xPCIe Gen 3 x4), 1x 2.5″ drive bay

Network

LAN Realtek RTL8111H(1G), Intel Wi-Fi 5, BT 4.2

Ring

2-channel HD audio (ALC256)

Front I/O

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type A, 1 x mic input, 1 x audio combo jack

Rear I/O

1x USB 2.0 Type A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type A, 1x RJ45(1G), 1x VGA out, 1x HDMI 2.0, supports max resolution 4K 60Hz, 1x DisplayPort 1.4 port, supports max resolution 4K 120Hz, 1x Kensington lock, 1x DC socket (120W adapter supplied)

Physical characteristics

2.6 liter volume, 334.7 X 185.4 x 93 mm / 13.17 x 7.3 x 3.66 inch, weight 2.42 kg

Software

Windows 11, MSI Game Stadium, MSI Center,

MSI App Player, Game Pass (30 day trial), Norton (60 day trial)

Other hardware features worth noting are the “motherboard quick slot mechanism”, which allows you to slide out the innards of the MSI MAG Trident S 5M for RAM or storage upgrades. For cooling, MSI simply mentions a “fan cooler”, but we can see a nice array of copper heat pipes in the promotional images.

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To kickstart your cloud gaming and mobile gaming, MSI has included a free 30-day xBox Game Pass Ultimate via Game Stadium software (which has an easy-to-control joypad user interface), as well as the MSI App Player – an emulator of Android system. Yes, Windows 11 is introducing its own Android app service, but it’s not ready for prime time, at the time of writing.