As announced last March, we have with us the All-In-One (AIO) MSI 24GE 2QE, a model that will replace the AG240 with some changes beyond a graphics card update.
Equipped with an Intel Core i7 4720HQ (4 cores / 8 threads) processor at 2.60 / 3.60 GHz and with Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M (2GB GDDR5) dedicated graphics, it also has 16 GB of RAM DDR3 1600 MHz memory and a combination of 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD. The image quality is already taken care of with an excellent Full HD IPS screen 23.6" (touchscreen feature optional) in dimensions of 583.6 x 434.3 x 32.4 mm and weighing less than 10 kg.
Before starting the review, we thank MSI for their trust in Pcgamerhome by sending us this 24GE 2QE for review. Let’s begin!
The MSI 24GE 2QE AIO is a sturdy model with a gaming design that combines black with red details, the known trademark of the MSI Gaming family. With dimensions of 583.6 x 434.3 x 32.4 mm and a weight of 8,417 KG (they reduced by 1 kg the previous model), it could be perfect for those seeking a combination between desktop and laptop computer by getting the best of both worlds: a large screen and some portability.
At the top we found a sticker that informed us of some of its technologies and beside it, a 2 megapixel webcam and a stereo microphone.
The bottom edge has the MSI logo and the MSI Gaming Series logo with the known dragon trademark. In the lower right corner we also found the Intel and Nvidia stickers indicating the integrated hardware.
Also, as indicated by the sticker on the front, the 24GE 2QE has a thickness of 32.4 mm, base not included, which makes it quite slim to incorporate the hardware behind the screen. On the left side we found part of the connectivity slots, as we will discuss below in more detail, while on the right side we found the DVD burner and Blu-Ray reader optical drive.
Thus we have a power button, a LED IPSs system, a button to switch between the PC image and the HDMI input and the typical screen controls. At the side we found the SD / MMC / MS card reader and two USB 3.0 ports, an improvement compared to the 2.0 from the previous version.
On the back side we found several barred areas for proper ventilation and a sturdy hinged leg which keeps the 24GE 2QE without extra support, but you can remove it to use a VESA wall mount.
Behind the leg we found the other connectivity slots available. From left to right we found the power connector, an HDMI input for any external image source, 2 USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI output if you want to use a second screen, another USB 2.0 port, the RJ-45 connector for Ethernet network and the usual 3.5 mm jacks for headphones and microphone.
We have already taken a look pass into the AIO, but if we go beyond by removing the back cover it becomes an odyssey, given the full integration of the components.
The 24GE 2QE has the Windows 8.1 operating system pre-installed, an introduced option in virtually all modern computers.
With a Full HD (1920 x 1080) 23.6-inch panel, we got a very good image definition with good colors and good viewing angles since it’s IPS.
Using the CPU-Z software, we checked how it has an Intel Core i7 4720HQ Haswell processor manufactured in 22 nm. It has 4 cores and 8 threads, 6MB of L3 cache and a frequency of 2.60 GHz, amounting to 3.60 GHz (Turbo Boost). It scores a maximum TDP of 47W, which is adequate for its features, and includes HD 4600 integrated graphics, but we will use it only for desktop and office tasks.
We also found the specifications of the MS-AE6B1 motherboard, manufactured obviously by MSI, and the 2 Hyundai RAM DDR3 modules of 16GB at 1600 MHz CL11.
In addition to the HD 4600 integrated graphics processor, it has the dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics, based on the GM107 chip and made in 28 nm. Basically it is a GTX 860M since it is based on the same chip and also has 640 CUDA cores (16 ROPs, 40 TMUs), though these are at a frequency of 1097 MHz (against 1020 MHz from the previous model) and also it’s combined with 2GB of GDDR5 memory at a frequency of 1253 MHz (5012 MHz effective) under a 128-bit bus, which provides a bandwidth of 80.2 GB/s, a pixel padding of 17.6 Gpixel/s and a texture fill of 43.9 GTexel/s.
Crystal Disk Info allowed us to verify that it has two Toshiba 128GB SSDs, each one combined in Raid 0, and a HGST 1TB mechanical hard drive. Through Crystal Disk Mark, we could analyze the performance of both. For the SSDs we got read/write speeds of 893/295 MB/s respectively, as expected from a Raid 0, while the traditional disk speed remains at 141/132 MB/s, which is usual for these units.
To all these benefits we must add an excellent network connectivity consisting of a Wi-Fi 802.11 ac from Intel, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, and a network Qualcomm Atheros Gigabit Ethernet E2205 Killer Gaming card. In addition, there’s a 2 x 5 W stereo sound system, powered by Nahimic technology for great sharpness and power.
Let’s look at some synthetic tests performed on the 24GE 2QE:
|3DMark 13 Fire Strike||3945 points|
|Unigine Heaven 4.0||481 points|
We have also run some game tests in the 24GE 2QE:
|Battlefield 4 (1080p Ultra)||47.7 fps|
|Thief (1080P Very high)||26.8 fps|
|Tomb Raider (1080P Ultra)||48.1 fps|
With a Full HD (1920 x 1080) setting and filters in "Ultra" level, we see how the power offered by the 24GE 2QE is adequate to run games above 60 FPS, while lowering the filter levels to "medium" or even "high", we can get good performance from virtually every title in the market.
The temperatures and loudness of the 24GE 2QE are pretty good considering that this is a gamer AIO. At an idle status, the fan is barely audible, maintaining temperatures of 47 ° C / 48 ° C for the CPU / GPU. Once we begin to overload it, the loudness increases without becoming annoying and it maintains temperatures of 83° C / 81 ° C for the CPU / GPU, all with an environment temperature of 26 ° C. These are good temperatures for such machines, and those similar to laptops, but we especially emphasize its low noise.
We also checked how much electric power it consumes, resulting in 47.9W at rest and 141.5W under load. On idle status it resembles many gaming laptops that we have previously reviewed, and in that sense it offers a larger screen, but where it really shines is under load, improving greatly its consumption against laptops already reviewed with similar hardware.
The MSI 24GE 2QE AIO offers good performance for players that are satisfied with ‘average’ configurations under a FullHD resolution with a wide 23.6 inches screen. As multimedia equipment it also meets and exceeds all expectations, as its screen lets you view movies from several meters in comfort and the speakers offer good volume and audio quality.
We can find the MSI 24GE 2QE already on sale in Spain for 1,599 euros for the version described here, except that it only includes a 128GB SSD. Of course, we must review the versions with the GTX 860M that still remain for sale, as they have the best price. Anyway, if we keep in mind that it is a complete computer, ready to start using it, the price is not too out there, even more so compared to laptops of a similar performance, but with a smaller screen. Yes, of course a desktop is a much cheaper option, but also more voluminous.