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MSI Nightblade-012BUS Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium (LGA1150) Intel Socket LGA1150 Intel Z87 1 x HDMI Barebone Slim Slot-in DVD SuperMulti Drive included

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  • Intel Socket LGA1150 Intel Z87
  • 2 x 240Pin Memory Slots
  • Slim Slot-in DVD SuperMulti Drive included

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Sturdy, stable and solid, the MSI Nightblade is loaded with the perfect ammunition for PC gamers that do not want to compromise on gaming performance. Housing a highly appraised MSI GAMING motherboard and equipped with unrelenting tools of efficiency, power, cooling and low-noise, the MSI Nightblade embodies what every gamer craves for: victory.


The MSI Nightblade can be overclocked without using complicated software or having to open the entire gaming rig. With just a simple push of the OC Genie button on the front, the Nightblade's interior hardware is automatically overclocked in a matter of seconds. Easily recognized by the emitting red light from the chassis, the hardware inside the MSI Nightblade is amped up in speed and performance, making games or other complicated computing tasks run even slicker than in normal mode.


Size doesn't matter when it comes to the MSI Nightblade. Despite its mini-ITX form factor, this gaming barebone delivers powerful performance due to the fact that the interior components are well designed and laid out in the case.

Thanks to its compact size, brushed aluminum finish on the front and awesomely presented Dragon on the side of the case, gamers won't have to hide their PC beneath their desk anymore.


We know all gamers want to be emerged in the game through its sound track and audio effects. To make you hear the crispest sounds, MSI made the Nightblade as quiet as possible by optimizing the airflow and keeping the system running cool. With no less than three air vents (front, side and top), hot air is easily exhausted out of the Nightblade's chassis. Cool air enters the PC through the front and bottom vents. In contrast with standard 400-1200RPM case fans, the seven giant blades of the MSI Dragon Fan can produce an air pressure of 4000RPMs. So even when using the most extreme graphics cards to its max, the Nightblade keeps your head cool and lets you focus on your game.


With the MSI Nightblade, you are set to go gaming! Two USB3.0, two USB2.0 ports and two audio jacks on the front panel give you plenty of options to plug in your Gaming Keyboard, Mouse and Headset.


With more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing high quality and stable PC components, MSI carefully selected the best materials for the Nightblade's Gaming chassis. To ensure stability and offer rigidness to gamers that care about their rig, the case is made out of 0.8mm thick steel and coated with zinc to prevent rust and wear.

Unlike aluminum, steel doesn't crack when bumped into or handled without care. The Nightblade is truly built to outlive a lifetime of carrying this gaming champion from one LAN-party to the other.


With MSI's Gaming spirit flowing through its veins, all MSI GAMING motherboards inside the Nightblade are born for gaming performance. With MSI, a smaller size doesn't mean you get less features! For instance, besides their stunning looks, all MSI GAMING motherboards feature Killer LAN, Audio Boost and Gaming Device Port, regardless of their form factor. Additionally the new ITX-GAMING motherboards feature USB Audio Power to give you the crispest audio solution.


Featuring Advanced Stream Detect™, Killer E2200 automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge.


With Audio Boost we're delivering the highest audio quality so you can enjoy crystal clear sound and music in games. The built-in headphone amplifier allows you to use studio-grade headgear and get the most amazing sound quality out of your gaming PC.


Military Class is the next step in high quality components. The Hi-c Cap, Super Ferrite Choke and Solid CAPs will make sure that your PC runs more stable under extreme conditions.


Talking about a textbook example of optimizing space, the MSI Nightblade is fit large size Graphics Cards up to 290mm length and 35mm thickness. This means you can, for instance, fit an MSI GTX780 GAMING graphics card or an MSI R9 290X* GAMING graphics card to blast away your gaming opponents. Both NVIDIA fans and AMD graphics enthusiasts can pick their personal favorite and easily upgrade to future generations when desired.

*MSI recommends an additional 120mm chassis side fan when R9 290X/290/280X graphics card is installed


A useful handle situated at the bottom-front of the Nightblade's mini-ITX case can be used to pick up and carry this lightweight gaming beast around from one LAN party to the next. And the level of mobility doesn't stop there. With help from the rubber covers fitting the metal screws on the backside of the Nightblade, this system can even be stacked up vertically after carrying it around. That way, the panel and connectors on the back remain unharmed each time when arriving at a new gamer's den.


With the MSI GAMING motherboard smartly placed inside the MSI Nightblade and a PSU powerful enough to supply each component with sufficient power, the expansion options of the MSI Nightblade are countless. Whether you want to install an ATX-sized graphics card or assemble two SSDs, you can easily do it by opening the left side panel of the case. Add or remove your optical drive, upgrade your memory or CPU, it's all possible.


  1. Nicely tucked, strapped and cabled
  2. Black primary cables for clean look and feel
  3. Plenty of space for airflow
  4. Extra room for modders to go wild


With a massive amount of Digital game downloads, the average gamer needs a lot of space for storage in a gaming rig. The Nightblade provides just that, with enough space for HDD storage and Super RAID, the ultimate combo of every connected mass storage device.

With MSI Super RAID, you can combine hard drives, SSDs and mSATA devices into blazing fast bootable drives, loading your games, operating system and videos faster than ever.

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CPU Supported

CPU Type
Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium (LGA1150)
CPU Socket
Intel Socket LGA1150


North Bridge
Intel Z87

Memory Supported

Memory slot
2 x 240Pin DIMM
Memory Type Supported
DDR3 1600/1333
Max Memory Supported


Serial ATA
3 x SATA 6.0Gb/s




First LAN
E2200 Killer
Wireless LAN
WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0 and Intel WiDi
Max LAN Speed

Extension Bays

2.5" Internal bays
2 (1 occupied for two mSATA SSDs)
3.5" Internal bays

Front Panel Ports

Front USB
2 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Front Audio Ports
2 jacks

Back Panel Ports

1 x HDMI
1 x DVI
1 x DisplayPort
Rear USB
2 x USB 2.0
4 x USB 3.0
Rear e-SATA Ports
Rear S/PDIF Out
Rear Audio Ports
6 jacks
Other Rear Ports
2 x WiFi Antennas

Power Supply

Power Supply

Physical SPEC

13.61" x 10.92" x 6.92"


Slim 9.5mm Slot-in DVD SuperMulti included
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Kristian C.
  • 6/10/2014 5:57:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorking great

Pros: Easy to setup
Great performance
Full Size desktop card supported
Low Noise
Lots of ports available
Built in wireless

Cons: Installing 3.5" drive is a pain because you need to remove the bay - Takes an extra 5 minutes.
Instructions are kinda skimpy.

Other Thoughts: Overall I am very happy with my purchase. I bought 2 of these to sit side by side with our iMac 27's. I got sick of rebooting into windows to play games so I bought these.

I used the following hardware:
1. Intel Core i5-4690 Haswell 3.5GHz (stock cooler)
2. Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (low profile)
3. Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX
4. MSI Gaming N770 TF 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 770
5. Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5
6. ViewSonic VX2770SMH-LED 27-Inch
7. Windows 8

The motherboard that comes in the case is the following :

So far I have no complaints, everything is running super smooth. I've been playing bf4 - ultra, smooth as silk. Same for wildstar, COD, D3, etc... No issues.

In the future I plan to upgrade the RAM and maybe replace the stock cooler if temps become an issue but so far I haven't noticed any cooling issues. All temps are well below acceptable ranges under load.

I did install 2 120mm fans on the side as I had a few laying around. In the instructions it states these are only needed with certain video cards but I figured I might as well go ahead and install them since I was using stock cpu coolers.

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  • Sean G.
  • 6/9/2014 8:15:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot as Good as I thought...

Pros: Pros are obvious...

1. FASTEST BUILD EVER. within 30 minutes you have a computer up and running. every cable is already routed nicely, and all you need to do is install a CPU, CPU fan, memory, GPU card, and your HDD. ALSO comes with a handy 2x mSATA raid0 adapter. there aren't any extra cables for more than 3 HDD and 1 DVD/BR.

2. MOBO is really nice worth the price! the tools and OC are cool to mess with. and the MSI control panel works reall well.

Cons: 1. LOUD AS HELL! the fans that come with the case are 4Krpm and are loud as hair drier. and even though they are controlled with the "smart MSI controller" they pretty much need to run high all the time because of the heat of a

2. OVERHEATS WITH OC ON! even with 3 4kRPM fans in the case, the "great air flow" doesn't work if you have a large size video card... OOPpss forgot to tell you that.

3. TOO SMALL FOR A LARGE VIDEO CARD! tried to fit in a nVidia 780Ti. Read the install notes and it shows the Videocard without the fan case on it, had to take off the fan case to install it. then they note that if you are using a large video card to use the 2 optional fans on the two sides. These are the noise makers and without them your video card would kinda needed.

4. This is the second time I had to purchase the case because the first one i overheated the mother board, because the Smart OC didn't stop the CPU when it was supposed to. But I chocked that up to my fault of not seeing what the "Smart OC" tool actually did. If you have the i7 4700K like i put in this, you really dont need to OC it at all, the CPU/MOBO combo is really fast without it.

5. The second one i bought the internal power supply died within a week!... sure its probably a bad model off the line but all that work and you can't even take out the power supply and send it or replace it yourself. its welded into the case!

Other Thoughts: Other than the pros and cons, I really like MSI and what they do for gamers. This was a good idea that just didn't work out as i hoped. I am currently shopping for another normal ATX larger case with better air flow and a bunch of quieter fans so i don't have to listen to my computer, or hope it doesn't over heat.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the product, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at or contact us at our support toll free number 888-447-6564 m-f 6am to 6pm pst. and we will be more than happy to assist you, thank you.

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team |

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  • NIcolas B.
  • 5/23/2014 10:00:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBeautiful design

Pros: The case looks amazing. Small & compact while keeping all the great features for a gaming build. Cables are well sorted out & tight in place to prevent cable chaos. Fan runs quiet. Heat is very well dissipated.

Cons: As to be expected from a smaller case, installing some of the components is trickier but very doable. No eject button for the optical drive?

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