MSI Announces MAG Trident S 5M Dedicated Cloud Gaming Machine

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

The lack of a discrete GPU option means that MSI has been 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 3.66 inches). 185.4 x 93mm). Previous MSI Trident PCs with discrete GPUs are compact, but close to 5 liters in volume at best. The size of the form factor may be appealing, but AMD’s APU-only formula could cause some issues when it comes to its gaming prowess. AMD APUs are widely considered the best for iGPUs, but their 3D acceleration capabilities pale in comparison to some of the meaner GPU add-on boards. It hasn’t helped MSI’s case that since some systems started shipping with AMD APUs, including RDNA2 iGPUs, MSI still uses the Ryzen 5000G APUs of yesteryear with integrated Vega 8 graphics at best.

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In the old days, a gaming desktop without even the option to add a graphics card wouldn’t be considered a completely serious proposition. In 2022, with the ongoing GPU shortage causing supply shortages and indecently high prices, plus the rise of cloud gaming, MSI thinks it has a chance to sell such a machine. It also highlights the expected growth of Android gaming on Windows 11 PCs.

MSI MAG Trident S 5M Specifications

CPUs

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 3200MHz, up to 64GB

Storage

2 x M.2 2280 SSD (2 x PCIe Gen 3 x4), 1 x 2.5-inch drive bay

Network

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

Dream

2 channel HD audio (ALC256)

front I/O

1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1 Microphone-in, 1 Audio Combo Jack

Back I/O

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

physical characteristics

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

software

Windows 11, MSI Gaming Stadium, MSI Center,

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

Other hardware features worth mentioning are the fancy “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 mentions only a “fan cooler”, but we can see a nice array of copper heat pipes in promotional images.

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To get you started with 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 user interface with a joystick), as well as the MSI App Player, an Android system emulator. Yes, Windows 11 is introducing its own Android app service, but it’s not quite ready for prime time, at the time of this writing.