MSI Nightblade MI3



Quick Overview

  • $650 OFF

  • Intel® i5-7500 Kaby Lake

  • MSI Proprietary Motherboard

  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX1060 [3GB]

  • 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM

  • 128GB M.2 SSD + 1TB HD

  • 450w 80-Plus Bronze



Front view of MSI Nightblade MI3. Performance Gaming, 5 stars. Nightblade MI3 Logo.

Game Your Way

Game your way with a compact and easy to carry chassis. Nightblade Series are Gaming PCs with high performance components built into a sleek and compact body with unlimited possibilities. An easy carry-handle is situated at the front of the chassis, making it easier for gamers to bring their rig to any place they want. Easy to upgrade, the Nightblade Series are built to play today’s games with future upgrades in mind.

Gaming Components

Built with Real Gaming Components

The components within an MSI Gaming Desktop are selected and tweaked to get you the best performance and experience while gaming. This is not just a PC. It’s a True Gaming PC.

Internal view of MSI GPU.

Real Gaming Graphics

Armed with MSI’s award-winning GAMING Graphics Card instead of a standard reference card, you’ll enjoy the best in game performance while the supreme TWIN FROZR VI cooler keeps your graphics card cool and quiet. Welcome to a True Gaming PC!

Internal view of MSI GPU.

Intel® Optane Ready

This new technological marvel brings game-changing performance to memory and storage devices. Allow Optane caching to boost your storage devices for an even faster system!

*Intel, the Intel logo, Intel Optane and the Intel Optane logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Intel Optane Memory Ready [Logo] -> Accelerator Cache -> Faster SSD/HDD Performance


Immerse Yourself

Integrating the very best of cutting edge technologies on MSI hardware provides a smooth VR ride. Through joint efforts with major VR brands, combined with unique MSI features geared to VR, MSI brings gamers and VR professionals a vivid and realistic experience in which content truly comes alive.

Person yelling with VR headset on.

Get Ready to be Overwhelmed by the Realms of VR

From the start of Virtual Reality, MSI has been deeply involved in making VR Ready hardware in each of its product lines. Whether it’s a feature-rich motherboard, a framerate boosting graphics card or a blazing fast complete gaming system, a huge set of VR-supporting features awaits you.

Collection of MSI VR Ready devices and components.

Optimized for the best VR Brands

Want the best of the best VR experience without any compromise? MSI Gaming Desktops offer everything you need when exploring the possibilities of VR. By closely working with the industries’ leading VR vendors, we make sure you get the best possible gaming experience when choosing Virtual Reality.

HTC Vive headset. Elite Dangerous, Final Approach, Arizona Sunshine, Space Pirate Trainer and Job Simulator screenshots.

Straight into the action with One Click to VR

Both hard- and software need to be in tune for a smooth VR experience. Found in the MSI Gaming Center app, One Click to VR makes it very fast and easy to get primed for VR. A single click sets all your key components to their highest performance and makes sure other software applications won’t impact your virtual adventure.

VR Ready One Click GUI interface with One Click interface highlighted.

Unmatched Design

Breathtaking Design

Housing all this high-powered hardware, MSI Gaming Desktops have a characteristic, breathtaking case design that is incredibly easy to use. Get the real gaming look!

View of MSI Nightblade MI3 from the front and side.

Mystic Light

Customize your Gaming Desktop with Mystic Light. Make your build look on fire or cold as ice. You are in control. You can select any of the colors from the palette to match your system’s design, and plenty of LED effects to choose from.

MSI RGB Mystic Light GUI interface.

A Small but Powerful Gaming Rig

MSI Nightblade has all the components of a ‘normal’ desktop PC but in a small and compact case.

MSI Nightblade MI3 Width/Height/Length 128mm/268mm/342mm. 10 Liter case. Typical PC shown at 200mm and 440mm.

Easy Access to Components

Always get the best performance out of your system with the latest technologies. The components inside MSI Gaming Desktops are easily accessible and ready to be upgraded at any time. Whether you’re expanding storage or upgrading your processor or graphics card, you can always keep your gaming rig up to date with the latest hardware.

Three way split image showing methods to access internal components of MSI Nightblade MI3.


Stay Cool While Gaming

Cooling is essential for Gaming systems, especially while playing the latest games. MSI Gaming Desktops have a customized thermal design to cool all essential components and make sure your system stays cool and runs stable at peak performance during long gaming sessions.

Screenshot of Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) in an icy cave.

Silent Storm Cooling

To get outstanding performance MSI Gaming Desktops are equipped with an exclusive, smart and powerful cooling system. MSI’s Silent Storm Cooling embraces several separated chambers that individually take care of different components within the system. This unique design makes sure the system’s temperature stays perfectly under control, supporting a cool and silent operation.

Image shows Traditional PC with Single Chamber containing CPU+GPU+PSU vs MSI Nightblade MI3 with separate CPU and GPU chambers.

Stay Cool, Stay Quiet

The custom designed cooling systems inside MSI Gaming Desktops ensure a cool system while also keeping it very silent, so you can always hear the enemy coming.

*Results depending on the ambient noise & test method

Screenshot of Dishonored 2 in background. Bar chart shows MSI Nightblade MI3 at < 36dB under Full Performance, 25dB at Idle. Comparisons are normal Conversation at 50dB, Factory at 80dB, Chainsaw at 110dB or Fighter jet at 140dB.


Sound that Pulls you into the Game

Get the most immersive sound experience when gaming. MSI Audio Boost delivers the highest sound quality through the use of premium quality audio components. This lets you enjoy breathtaking, game-changing sound to create the most exciting gameplay.

Background image with headset and audio waves.

Live the Complete and Immersive VR Experience

Unchain the multichannel audio engine of your VR video game with Nahimic VR. More and more VR video games will be supporting the 7.1 audio surround. Unfortunately, they are locked in stereo. Nahimic VR is the world first audio solution to bring the 7.1 sound to a regular stereo headset. We provide specific audio algorithms that are capable of improving the 3D sound field drastically over HDMI and USB output. The result is a full and breathtaking VR experience for the gamers through combining VR video and 3D audio all together at once. Just click on the Nahimic VR button to turn on the VR audio effect through the Dragon Center, and prepare to be stunned!

Nahimic VR Logo
Person using VR headset with touch controllers. VR experience has never been so lifelike.

Audio Boost 3

To deliver the crispest sound signal to gamers’ ears, a special hardware amplifier called ‘Audio Boost’ is integrated onto the Aegis’ motherboard, especially benefiting gamers using a gaming headset.

Audo Boost 3 logo. MSI headset with circles showing off internal parts.
Nahimic: Sound that pushes the limits. Nahmic 2 Logo. Screenshot of FPS using Nahimic Sound Tracker.

NAHIMIC Sound Technology is known for its quality and precision in Military and Aeronautics projects. NAHIMIC allows you as a gamer to experience the next level in immersive gameplay. Unique features, including ‘Sound Tracker’ which visually shows the direction of in-game sounds, give you the upper hand on the battlefield.

  • Headphone icon with 360 surround sound. Virtual Surround
  • Sound Tracker icon pointing to helicopter. Sound Tracker
  • Loudness bar chart icon. Smart Loudness
  • Person icon with headset. Voice Clarity
  • Bass boost icon with audio waves. Bass Boost
  • Microphone with graph of shaped sound. Voice Shaper


Dominate the Game with the Lowest Latency

Get ready to crush your enemies on the battlefield with MSI GAMING LAN. Featuring the highest quality components tuned to deliver the best online gaming experience without lag.

Screenshot of soldiers cutting through door.

Optimize Online Gaming Traffic for Lower Latency!

MSI GAMING LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games, giving you the best online gaming experience with low latency.


  • Automatically prioritizes games above other applications
  • Allows you to change applications’ traffic priority
  • Allows you to customize bandwidth for each application
MSI Gaming Lan Manager GUI interface. -> Gaming LAN -> Skype, Battlefield 1 (prioritized traffic) and XSplit Streaming

Next-Gen Intel® Wi-Fi AC & Bluetooth

Use your LAN port for online gaming while using Wi-Fi for other online applications. This next-generation Intel® Wi-Fi / Bluetooth solution uses smart MU-MIMO technology, delivering AC speeds up to 867Mbps. Share your screen while gaming with Intel ® Wireless Display (WiDi), which also lets you stream movies, photos, presentations, and more.

Intel WiDi Wireless Display showing same screen image being sent to multiple devices (full screen TV, laptop, multiple tablets and phone). 867 Mbps Wifi, 25 Mbps Bluetooth.


Apps to Help You Win

With years of experience in creating performance enhancing tools that are easy to use, only the highest quality applications are at your disposal. Use these tools to get the most out of your Gaming Desktop and achieve victory when gaming.

MSI Nightblade MI3 powering triple curved monitors.

A Different View on Gaming

MSI Dragon Eye allows you to watch a YouTube video or Twitch Stream while playing a game simultaneously. Simply add a link or stream to the Dragon Eye application and select the size, position, volume and transparency and start gaming. The hotkeys allow you to start/pause your video or set the volume.

DragonEye Logo with Dragon mascot.

MSI Gaming Center

MSI Gaming Desktops come with free Gaming Center software. Unlike the bloatware that you’ll find on other so called ‘gaming’ PCs, MSI’s Gaming Center actually helps you to keep track of your system’s in-game performance and to optimize your gaming experience. Gaming Center automatically detects different gaming profiles and settings for dozens of popular games and you can customize your own preferred settings as well.

*Gaming Center is an application for MSI gaming desktops use ONLY. The application CANNOT be executed with Gaming App (an application for MSI Graphic Cards) simultaneously.

MSI Gaming Center multiple example of GUI interface.

Your Game, Your Stream, Your Fame

XSplit lets you easily record your gaming moments and broadcast your live gameplay sessions to Twitch, YouTube, UStream and more. It’s simple, easy to use and ideal for capturing those perfect gaming moments and sharing it live with friends and the rest of the world.

  • Screenshot example of XSplit recording and streaming. Record & Stream
  • Screenshot example of XSplit playing in game with TriDef overlay. TriDef SmartCam
  • Screenshot example of XSplit video editor. Video Editor
  • Screenshot example of XSplit notes on game. Realtime Notes
  • Example of XSplit adaptive bitrate graph. Adaptive Bitrate
  • Screenshot of XSplit game detection. Game Detection
XSplit Logo and excited players in background. Step 1: Press CTRL+TAB. Step 2: Start a recording or live stream (also shows Gamecaster interface). Step 3: Add and position webcam. Step 4: Pin Twitch chat and show extra features.

Faster than the Internet

WTFast is the Gamers Private Network; like a global automated army of IT specialists all working together to optimize your game connection from end to end. WTFast reports rich connection stats for your online game, so you can see exactly what is happening with your game connection. Built just for MMO gamers. Reduce average ping. Greatly reduce connection flux, spikes and packet loss. With this gaming desktop you’ll get an exclusive 2-month premium license.

Map of the world showing multiple stops between Game Server and Gamer. WTFast Logo. Map of the world showing Game Server going straight to WTFast Server, then straight to Gamer. WTFast Logo.


Built on Everlasting Quality

Using only the finest quality components and integrating the latest technological innovations delivers the best possible gaming experience. Rigorous quality testing under the most extreme conditions ensures a super reliable, high performance Gaming system.

Background image of medieval warrior kneeling.

Shield your HDD with Steel Armor

MSI Steel Armor protects your SATA device and interface from physical harm. It also ensures a clean data signal between the motherboard and SATA device by shielding against electromagnetic interference (EMI). Steel Armor helps to deliver a smooth gaming experience.

Steel Armor protecting internal plugs and shielding signal.

Super Stable Gaming with the Highest Quality Components

MSI uses Military Class 5 components, which is the latest evolution of the industries’ highest quality standard. These high quality components are shielded by the best protection to make sure your system runs smoothly under the most extreme gaming conditions.

Top Quality and Stability. MSI Military Class V.
  • Titanium Choke.

    Titanium Choke

    Ti chokes run much cooler and deliver a 30% improvement in power efficiency, allowing for better overclocking and stability.

  • Dark Cap.

    Dark Cap

    A key ingredient in high-end motherboard designs, Dark Caps have lower Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) and an increased lifespan of over 10 years.

  • Dark Choke.

    Dark Choke

    A special core design allows the Dark Choke to run at a lower temperature offering better power efficiency and stability.

  • Crossed out Humidity icon.

    Humidity Protection

  • Crossed out fire icon.

    Temperature Protection

  • Circuit icon.

    Circuit Protection

  • Crossed out electro static icon.

    ESD Protection

  • Electromagnetic signal icon.

    EMI Protection

Certified for Gaming

Each model is tweaked to deliver the best FPS for a stutter-free gaming experience. Tested in 24-hour on- and offline gaming sessions with the most popular gaming gear by the world’s best eSports players, so you can enjoy top performance and reliability in the world’s most popular games.

Multiple character screenshots.
World of Warcraft logo. Heroes of the Storm logo. Battlefield 1 logo. Counter Strike: Global Offensive logo. League of Legends logo. DOTA 2 logo. Grand Theft Auto 5 logo.


Plug In and Game On

We built in more than enough ports to let you connect all your game devices. Plug in your portable storage, gaming monitor, gaming headset or keyboard and get into the action in an instant!

MSI Nightblade MI3 with keyboard, headset and mouse. Show various ports on MI3. G.A.M.E. Unlimited.
TriDef VR logo.

Only Everything in 3D!

TriDef VR enables gamers to play their favorite games in 3D on your HMD (head mounted display). DirectX 9, 10 and 11 games have been pre-configured to generate an optimal 3D experience using GenMe’s industry leading 2D-to-3D conversion technology. TriDef VR allows users to tweak their HMD to provide optimal user experience. It is compatible with both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. It also offers a unique head tracked, hands-free user interface to allows users to launch games at will while wearing HMD.

Most importantly, MSI offers a 3-month free license to let gamers to fully benefit from the TriDef and get more from their VR.

2D to 3D logo. HTC Vive headset with multiple games in background.

Type-C Reversible Connector for Next-Gen USB

Get all the performance benefits from USB 3.1 combined with the convenience of the USB Type-C connector. This reversible USB connector allows for effortless connecting of USB devices.

USB Type-C Reversible Connector. MSI Nightblade MI3 USB Type-C port.

Dedicated Port for Gaming Peripherals

The GAMING Device Port is optimized to deliver the best connectivity for high-end gaming peripherals to fully utilize their features and responsiveness. Customize your mouse DPI to enhance accuracy or program macro combinations using the easy-to-use Mouse Master software to perform multiple commands with just one click.

Gaming Benefits

  • 3× more gold than regular connectors for the best signal
  • 10× longer lifetime when plugging/un-plugging
  • More responsive, more precise movements
  • Customizable mouse settings
  • No keypress left behind with n-key rollover
Screenshot showing dedicated gaming port, MSI Mouse Master GUI and MSI mouse.

See More Game in Surround Mode

Experience immersive gaming by expanding your gaming setup with 3 external displays in 4K UHD resolution with the Matrix Display technology. MSI Matrix Display with the latest Surround Mode technologies create an ideal environment for extreme gaming and pleasant multimedia entertainment.

MSI Nightblade MI3 with triple curved displays, chair, headset, keyboard, mouse and MSI mousepad.

Super Charge your Phone & Gaming Gear

MSI Super Charger USB ports charge any connected device faster. It delivers more power than regular USB ports to your smartphone, tablet, USB game controller or portable console. Even when the system is turned off!

Multiple chargeable devices - separate speaker, phone, tablet and Steelseries headset.

Ultra 4K HD

Capable of Ultra 4K resolution, MSI Gaming Desktops offer incredibly sharp and crisp images, movies and gameplay.

Ultra 4K HD Logo. Television showing 4K image with 5 surround sound speakers.
Technical Specification


Motherboard MSI® Proprietary
Processor Intel® Core™ i5-7500 [Kaby Lake]
Graphics Card(s) NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 [3GB] GDDR5
Power Supply 450W Bronze 80 Plus
RAM 16GB DDR4 2400MHz [2x8GB] SODIMM [Upgradeable to 32GB Max]
Hard Drive(s) 128GB M.2 SSD + 1TB 7200RPM [2.5"] Hard Drive
Operating System Windows® 10 [64bit]

Upgrade today for endless possibilities!
The MSI Nightblade MI3 meets all the current demands of the ever changing digital world. It comes with all the necessary hardware and architecture to get the job done. If you're looking to upgrade, the Nightblade is perfect to take to the next level.



Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year MSI US/Canada Parts & Labor 1 Year Global Warranty w/ Lifetime Tech Support - Standard

1 Year Accidental Damage Warranty - Must Register within 30 Days of Ship Date (More Info)

On-line problem resolution through web interface (BIOS, Driver update)
1 Year Xotic PC Warranty provided on customized components
Additional Warranty Options Available
Return Policy & Warranty Terms and Conditions (More Info)

Customer Reviews 1 item(s)

10/10 would buy again!
Everything was perfect!!! Computer is fast, quiet, and excellent quality. From order to delivery does take a little while but I received regular updates on the status so I knew what was happening to my computer every step of the way. I really appreciate that curtosy. I asked questions about my purchase before completing the order and whoever I spoke to was very helpful and didn't try to get me to spend more money on unnecessary features, even though it would have been very easy to given what I was asking. I really appreciate the honesty and lack of upselling when not needed.
Review by Michelle / (Posted on 9/8/2017)

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