What's missing is the attention to detail we would expect from a system designed to showcase a selection of MSI components.
MSI has produced some intriguing gaming PCs over the years, but the Infinite A 8th is neither as inventive as the Vortex nor as versatile as the Trident.
The goal, it seems, is to appeal to a wider audience, and with that in mind there are some good ideas on display. Having a choice of windowed or solid side panels is a nice option to have, using Intel Optane Memory to accelerate the secondary hard disk makes good sense, and the combination of an 8th Gen Intel Core processor and GeForce GTX 1060 graphics is a good fit for high-quality gaming at a full-HD resolution.
What's missing is the attention to detail we would expect from a system designed to showcase a selection of MSI components. The primary SSD is basic, the use of single-channel memory is an oversight, the chassis design is an acquired taste, and the £1,399 price point is at odds with the underlying specification.
Bottom line: RGB lighting, a windowed side panel and a vertical graphics card might be in keeping with recent trends, but MSI needs to tweak the specification and adjust pricing for Infinite A 8th to become a noteworthy gaming PC.
Intel Optane acceleration
Ships with a choice of side panels
RGB Mystic Light, if that's your thing
Runs cool at all times
Pricey at £1,399
Basic 128GB primary SSD
Lots of bloatware
A Core i5 variant of the MSI Infinite A 8th desktop is available to purchase from Currys PC World.
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