With the prices that high-end computers demand, you have to do some research before you buy. If you’ve got gaming on your mind, then MSI should one of your first stops. The manufacturer does high-powered computers with the best of them, even if the prices are just as high to match. Whether you want a laptop, desktop, or all-in-one, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best MSI computers you can buy right now.
MSI doesn’t dip into ChromeOS, so everything you’ll find on this list is Windows-based. We’ll make sure to include a few gaming machines as well as those built for creatives. However, you may want to study MSI’s naming structure first. Here’s what you need to know.
What’s in a name?
The key to buying the right MSI computer is understanding the complex naming scheme. We won’t go into too much detail here, but essentially you can figure out the purpose of a computer by looking at the first letter:
- G – Gaming
- W– Workstation
The next most important aspect is the first number, which indicates the screen size:
- 6– 15.6 inches
- 7– 17.3 inches
Finally, the second number refers to the computer’s generation. The higher the number, the newer the model. For instance, the GS66 Stealth is a sixth-generation gaming notebook with a 15.6-inch screen. All of MSI’s computers also have a name along with the numbers such as Stealth, Raider, and Leopard.
The best MSI computers:
Editor’s note: We’ll add to this list of the best MSI computers as new options launch, so check back frequently.
MSI laptop computers
Most people think of MSI as a go-to for gaming laptops, and they’re certainly not wrong. However, there’s so much more to the brand. We’ve chosen some of the top laptops from each of the main verticals to give you a taste of MSI’s business know-how as well as its creative strength. Check out our top picks:
The MSI GE76 Raider is an absolute behemoth of a laptop, with a behemoth of a price tag to match it. This powerful machine shines with a large 17.3-inch display and Intel’s eight-core 10th-generation Core i7 processor. You’ll have Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 3080 or RTX 3070 GPU to keep your games running at top spec. MSI’s flagship gaming laptop is paired up with a whopping 32GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1TB SSD, which means plenty of space for your favorite titles.
It’s tough to ask for much more in the gaming realm when you’ve got a 300Hz display, Wi-Fi 6, and Mystic Light RGB lighting staring you in the face. If you want to go even further, MSI also launched an ultra-premium Raider GE76 Dragon Tiamat Edition at CES this year.
MSI’s Summit Series is actually a group of two business-focused laptops, each with its own unique spec sheet. The Summit B14 is the most affordable of the lot, and it packs a 14-inch display compared to the Summit B15’s 15.6-inch option. Both models include 16GB of RAM and Intel’s Core i7 processor to keep you moving at speed. If you stick with the Summit B series, you’re looking at integrated Intel graphics. There also are few different metallic finishes that will look right at home in the boardroom or your home office.
Where the Summit B family is ready for everyday use, the Summit E14 and E15 pack a bit more of a performance punch. Both laptops hang onto the Core i7 processor, but they swap Intel’s integrated graphics for dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPUs. You’ll have 16GB of RAM to work with and a 1TB NVMe SSD to keep your files secure. The Summit E series takes a major leap in the resolution department as well, moving from Full HD to 4K UHD.
Just like the Summit Series, MSI’s best creative laptop is actually a range of related options. The Creator family encompasses nearly a dozen models, each with either a 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch display. However, you’ll have to look for a Creator 15M or 17M if you want to keep the price low. Even MSI’s entry-level Creator laptops pack at least 16GB of RAM and a powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics card. You’ll also get a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor to help you stay productive, while the Cooler Boost 3 should keep you cool under pressure.
At the higher end of the range, you can choose the full-fledged Creator 15 or Creator 17. You’ll still get a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU to work with, though you’ll see a major improvement in the graphics department. MSI tapped Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 30 Series to run the show, which should pack all the punch you need for years to come. The premium models in the Creator series allow you to choose up to 2TB of storage, though you’ll have to be ready for a painful price tag.
Not sold on any of our MSI picks? You can see even more of what MSI has to offer right here in our laptop roundup.
MSI all-in-one computers
You may not think of MSI as a provider of fine all-in-one machines, but it’s slowly growing into the category. We’ve only grabbed two models for your consideration since there are very few to choose from currently. Here are your best bets:
Pro 22XT 10M
The MSI Pro 22XT 10M is one of the company’s newest all-in-one machines, as well as one of its more affordable options overall. It’s capped off by a 21.5-inch touchscreen display, though the Pro 22XT 10M is a bit lighter on power than MSI’s laptops. You’ll only find up to a 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor on board along with 4GB of RAM and a 1TB HDD. On the bright side, the MSI Pro 22XT 10M packs a very slim set of bezels so you can stay locked into your work.
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You can also complete your all-in-one setup with the included wired keyboard and mouse. MSI’s all-in-one offers plenty of ports, so you’ll never be short on peripherals either.
Pro 16T 10M
If you want a smaller, more compact MSI all-in-one, the Pro 16T 10M is the way to go. You’ll only get a 15.6-inch display to work with, but it makes for a perfect companion at your small business or restaurant. The Pro 16T 10M is completely fanless, so you’ll be able to stay productive in peace. It’s not meant as a productivity powerhouse, however. You’ll only find an Intel Celeron chip onboard, but the 4GB of RAM and 256GB SSD should be just what you need for basic shopping software.
MSI desktop computers
The last section of MSI computers to consider before you make your decision is desktops. You can dig into both gaming and creative options, and there’s bound to be a powerful machine that meets your needs. Of course, MSI’s desktops don’t follow the familiar naming convention, so you’ll have to read about each set of specs carefully. Here are our choices:
MSI Creator P100X
We’ve already touched on the Creator Series laptops, but the P100X desktop leaves them all behind. It’s immensely powerful, and it now features Intel’s 10th-generation Core i9 hardware along with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card. You’ve also got 32GB of DDR4 RAM and a 2TB SSD to keep you running smoothly. MSI’s creative flagship offers transfer speeds up to 40Gbps thanks to Thunderbolt, and Wi-Fi 6 or 2.5Gbps Ethernet will help you stay connected at top speeds.
As for creative chops, MSI’s Creator Center comes standard with each P100X. Additionally, Creator OSD offers even more control over your color gamut and more. You probably won’t want to hide the Creator P100X’s clean design away on your desktop — feel free to show it off instead.
MEG Trident X
The MSI Meg Trident X is as good as you can ask for when it comes to gaming. It packs all of the punch of a premium gaming rig in a body that’s only about the size of a gaming console. You can easily stash your MEG Trident X just about anywhere both vertically and horizontally. MSI packed an Intel Core i9 K-Series processor and a new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU into the slim form factor for plenty of power.
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The rig even comes with a 1TB SSD and 2TB of HDD space to store just about all of your favorite games at once. If that’s not enough, you’re also looking at 64GB of DDR4 RAM. Unlike some pre-configured gaming PCs, you can swap parts in and out by removing the side panels and stand. You’ll find all of your main components neatly mounted on the sides. You can tinker with the RGB setup to match your battle station as well.
The last option on our list of the best MSI computers is the refreshed Aegis R. It’s not as compact as the Trident X, but it’s just as capable in the esports landscape. In fact, the larger footprint allows for plenty of room to add powerful components to your setup. The Aegis R is also far more affordable than the Trident. Out of the box, you’re working with an Intel Core i7-10700 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD backed up with a 1TB HDD, and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics.
The Aegis offers more accessible RGB lighting in the form of three lit fans on the front and one on the back. You can even see all of your components laid out through the clear front and side panels. MSI’s Aegis R is VR-ready as well, and it comes with a gaming mouse and keyboard in the box to get you up and running faster.