MSI AG270 2QC 3K-001US

27-inch All-In-One Desktop System With Some Series Gaming Performance

MSI 2QC 3K 27-inch Gaming All-In-One PC
MSI AG270 2QC. ©MSI Computer Corp.

The Bottom Line

Aug 19 2015 - Most gamers that are going to want a desktop system are going to opt for a full performance model with desktop components. If you have limited space, the MSI AG270 2QC may be a good alternative. It offers very strong performance especially for gaming that pretty much no other all-in-one system offers.


  • Strong 3D Graphics
  • Fast Storage from Solid State Drive


  • Lower Generation Performance Than Desktops Due to Mobile Parts
  • Ports Can Be Difficult to Reach
  • Keyboard and Mouse Not the Best for Gaming


  • Intel Core i7-4720HQ Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • 12GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 128GB mSATA Solid State Drive and 1TB 700rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW Burner
  • 27" WQHD (2560x1440) Display with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 6GB Graphics
  • Intel HDA Audio with 5W Stereo Speakers
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Four USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI (in), HDMI (out), VGA, 2.0 Megapixel Webcam, 3-in-1 Card Reader
  • 26.47" x 19.01" x 2.6"
  • Windows 8.1

Review - MSI AG270 2QC 3K-0001US

Aug 19 2015 - MSI is one of the few companies that is putting together all-in-one systems for those that are interested in PC gaming. The AG370 is essentially the larger version of the AG240 that I previously reviewed. It certainly offers a bit different styling with the red trim that surrounds the display and the various dragon logos in strategic spots.

Performance wise, this system offers a lot thanks to the Intel Core i7-4720H quad core laptop processor. This is still not quite as fast as the desktop class processors but for <a href=">gaming it gets the job done quite well and it can certainly handle demanding tasks like desktop video editing, just not as quickly as a desktop class processor. The CPU is matched up with 12GB of DDR3 memory that provide it with a very smooth overall experience in Windows even when heavily multitasking.

MSI took an interesting direction with the storage. To give it faster loading times for games and the operating system, it uses a solid state drive. The only drawback here is that it is a fairly limited 128GB sized drive. This means that it can quickly run out of space if users want to store a lot of their games and applications on the SSD. The drive is supplemented with a one terabyte hard drive that provides it lots of room for additional applications and media storage. If you need additional storage, there are four USB 3.0 ports for attaching high speed external hard drives. MSI still includes a dual layer DVD burner for those that need to playback or record CD and DVD media.

One big difference with the MSI AG270 2QC 3K is the display. Previous versions of the system used a 27-inch panel with a 1920x1080 resolution. Now they have updated the display to use a higher 2560x1440 resolution. This provides it better comparison with most of the other 27-inch all-in-one systems on the market and also gives it greater detail. The display offes a bit narrower viewing angles than many of the other systems and unlike most Windows based systems, it is not a touchscreen. What really makes the MSI AG270 stand out though is the graphics. It uses an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics processor with 6GB of memory. This provides it with the performance for it to really be made for gamers. It is still not desktop level of graphics but it should play modern games to the 1920x1080 resolutions just ine with a few getting up to the panel's full resolution albeit with details generally turned down a bit.

Pricing for the MSI AG270 2QC 3K0001US is roughly $1900. This puts it in line with most of the other 27-inch all-in-one desktop systems. There really isn't a good system for comparison as most of the others don't have a similar level of graphics performance. The closest is probably Apple's iMac with 5K Retina Display. Now it offers a higher resolution display and AMD Radeon M9 290 graphics which come close but are still not equal as most gamers want Windows. On the Windows side, it would be the ASUS ET2702IGTH