MSI AiO AG220, analysis
AiOs are becoming more common, and today we bring with us the analysis of one of them: MSI AG220, a 'gaming' AiO that has gone through our tests.
It is a computer all in one 21.5-inch FullHD based on fairly decent hardware, with Core i5 processor and NVidia GTX 860M as central pillars, which the Taiwanese brand encompasses under its Gaming G Series. For games? It can be worth, as we will check in our benchmarks and in-depth tests that we will offer you later.
Technical characteristics of the MSI AG220
We will start by mentioning the technical characteristics of the equipment we have tested:
MSI AG220 2PE
1920x1080 pixels (102 dpi)
2 cores (4 threads) at 2.8-3.4 GHz., TDP 47 W.
400 MHz.-1.15 GHz.
Core GM107 28nm., 1.03 GHz. + Boost2 GB GDDR5, 640 CUDA Cores
Hitachi TravelStar 7K1000 SATA 6 Gbps, 2.5 inch
Ethernet Killer E2205 Gbit.Intel WiFi 802.11ac
2 megapixel front webcamUSB ports (2x3.0 + 2x2.0 + 1x3.0 Super Charger)
(Currently in promotion in PC Components for 899 euros)
Here are some screenshots with more information on CPU, GPU and storage:
An AiO to play with simple design
Taking a look at the photographs, you will have verified that MSI has not taken risks in the design. The AG220 that we have tested for a few days is very simple, almost completely black and without great boasting or eccentricities; on the contrary, the few details that come out of this dark line are on one of the sides, and are the set of buttons for the classic functions. We will also have the card reader and a pair of USB ports.
The rear goes completely unnoticed, except for the existence of video and audio connections: VGA, two HDMI (one video output and one video input), microphone jack and 3.5 mm audio output, Ethernet and the remaining USB. The connection to this group of connectors is difficult, similar to the connections of any monitor or screen that usually has them in the same arrangement.
The front of the MSI AG220 is completely clean, that is, without any buttons. The logotype Gaming G Series identifies it as one of its products focused on gaming, but it is only a mere aesthetic question.
If we go back to the rear we have to highlight the support to keep the AG220 upright. MSI has used a system as simple as a support that can be rotated a few degrees, also affecting the angle of inclination of the screen, but which is really robust and very effective.
Obviously it is his great strength. An AiO - All-in-one, we could translate it as all in one - look for simplicity in the design aspect, something that we believe does achieve quite effectively. Contrary to the more complete but also complex desktop solutions, the MSI AG220 is a 21.5-inch screen with a 'back' computer.
With this, the installation could not be easier. The box is large and, at least the unit tested, contains the basics: the equipment, the power connector (150 watts and medium dimensions) and the classic manuals and other papers. The base that acts as a support is already attached to the set, so we simply have to remove it from the box, place it on a table, plug it into the power supply, connect the peripherals and that's it. Although the tested model does not have a touch screen, MSI does offer a version with this feature as well as the 24 and 27-inch AG240 and AG270, respectively.
We place, connect and start. Our model came with Windows 8.1 pre-installed, but MSI has had a policy for some time to offer equipment without a system in order to lower the final price, and the AG220 is generally provided in this way. After the simple configuration of Windows and we can start to get the most out of it.
Laptop components on a desktop
Before continuing with the analysis, it should be mentioned that, like many other computers from different manufacturers, the MSI AG220 is an AiO with notebook components. Both CPU (Intel Core i7-4200H) and graphics (NVidia GeForce GTX 860M) are usually found on laptops, and not on desktops. In fact, in our tests that you will see below you can see how the performance provided is very similar to that of the MSI GE60 that we analyzed a few weeks ago when both used the same GPU.
In general, it must be recognized that we are facing a fairly balanced AiO, with characteristics of the mid-range close to the high. The tested configuration does not have an SSD, which significantly weighs down the experience of the system, opening applications, loading files and so on, but on the official MSI website it ensures that it can be easily and comfortably expanded and maintained by the same user.
An AiO to play?To play the MSI AG220 is not the best, but it behaves quite decently.
At this point we can start an arduous debate. Is an AiO a type of computer designed for gaming? The defenders of the most classical aspect of the gaming You will defend that, of course, not: only the most powerful desktops are used for hardcore gaming. Any characteristic that has an 'M', Mobility, relegates it to being a laptop with a 21.5-inch screen and external keyboard and mouse.
Obviously you can not be so radical, and in the same way that there are gaming laptops there is also this AiO gaming. There are many games that can be perfectly enjoyed on the AG220, although it is true that, as with laptops, the performance provided will be significantly less than that of a desktop computer configured to play.
With all this, we go to the benchmarks and tests that we carry out on most of the computers that pass through our hands. In this case we have compared the AG220 with other notebooks we analyzed, to focus on what the hardware can offer us compared to other components in the same category.
Benchmarks and tests
We started the technical analysis based on technical tests in two sections: synthetic benchmarks and video games.
Benchmarks are software suites that allow you to test different aspects of the hardware. On this occasion we have carried out the following tests:
- 3DMark, divided into three tests (Ice storm, Cloud gate and Fire strike) with various levels of demand.
- 3DMark 11, a single test with DirectX 11.
- PCMark 7, a benchmark that measures overall performance.
- PCMark 8, the new version of the previous one with tests 'Home' and 'Creative'.
- CineBench 11.5, divided into two tests to study CPU and graphics chip performance using OpenGL.
- Unigine Heaven 3.0, with tests under DirectX 11 and OpenGL.
- Unigine Heaven 4.0, focused on two configurations Extreme and BASIC with different levels of demand.
We continue with the tests on video games, divided into the following titles:
- Battlefield 3, native resolution and settings Ultra and Low.
- Battlefield 4, native resolution and settings Ultra and Low.
- Bioshock Infinite, 1280x720p resolution and settings Very High and Low.
- Mafia 2, resolution determined by the benchmark in configurations Ultra and Low.
- Portal 2, native resolution and maximum supported configuration.
Finally, some benchmarks related to storage:
- ATTO Disk Benchmark: one test for reading and one for writing.
- Crystal Disk Mark: sequential measurement in both reading and writing.
MSI AG220, Xataka's opinion
MSI AG220 has good dimensions and fairly decent hardware at the right price. Its design is basic, perhaps too simple and it takes it away from those who are looking for a new computer that will attract the attention of everyone who enters the room where we have it installed, although it cannot be said to be ugly either.
An AiO to play? That is the intention of MSI. If we compare it with a desktop computer of the same price, it obviously loses, but MSI AG220 is a solution for those who do not want to complicate themselves, for all those who do not want a tangle of cables apart from those purely necessary. The simplicity of installation of the laptops we have in a larger screen equipment, possibly more comfortable to play and with practically the same hardware base.
While it is true that some things can be improved (ahem, SSD, ahem), the whole is balanced. The performance that we have measured through benchmarks places it in the highest positions in our ranking, with some exceptions in tests that generally use the CPU to process information.
Of course, in the simplest use (operating system, office automation, web browsing, etc.) it is perfectly reliable and fast, although the enormous slowness of the storage is noticeable; in video games the titles tested have moved them quite effectively, although some somewhat fair (see 34 fps of Battlefield 4 Ultra). With even more modern games we will surely have to lower the graphic configuration to be able to enjoy it smoothly.
- Good dimensions, resolution and acceptable price
- Equipment construction, simple but robust
- Very effective and practical support base
- Without SSD, an already essential component (and more for a product gaming)
- If what we want is to play, for this price there are much more powerful desktops than the AG220
- In the end it's nothing more than a laptop mounted on an all-in-one chassis
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