MSI is back with another small form factor (SFF) gaming desktop under its Vortex line, but unlike the Vortex G65 we reviewed last year, the new Vortex G25 sports a slim design and a much more friendly price tag.
We liked what MSI was trying to do with the Vortex G65, but at $4,000 (as configured at the time), it carried a hefty premium over the individual parts. Not only that, you had to be a fan of the cylindrical design, which was reminiscent of Apple's 2013 Mac Pro.
The new Vortex G25 takes things in a different direction. Rather than resembling a trash can, the new version takes a console-like appearance, at least from what we can discern from the press photos—we have not spent any hands-on time with this model yet. MSI is using a custom 2.5-liter chassis that measures about 2.5 kg.
"Traditionally, desktop computers are imposing and bulky, but the Vortex manages to put desktop power into a compact and aesthetically appealing body. The Vortex is also easily upgradeable. It’s equipped with pull-ring slotted screws, providing an easy way to remove the top cover for upgrades," MSI explains.
There are two models—the Vortex G25-023US ($1,499) with an Intel Core i5-8400 processor and GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics card, and the Vortex G25-022US ($1,999) with an Intel Core i7-8700 CPU and GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card.
Both setups come with 16GB of DDR4-2400 memory, 256GB M.2 SATA SSD + 1TB HDD, and onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi, with the more expensive SKU outfitted with Killer DoubleShot Pro.
Connectivity options include two USB 3.1 Type-C ports (one is Gen 1 and the other is Gen 2), four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, two HDMI ports, S/PDIF, and separate headphone and microphone ports.