As a limited edition PC case, MSI MEG Maestro 700L PZ already runs a pretty lofty price tag at $419. It does its best to justify the value, too. Looking at it first-hand, its tempered glass side panel blows other panoramic cases out of the water. With a certain accessory attached to it, however, it could set you back as much as $3,800.
MSI MEG Maestro 700L PZ
Debuting at CES 2024, there’s space for up to ten 120mm fans or two 140mm fans at the bottom. It also supports MSI’s new Project Zero motherboards, which relocates the power connector to the back in the name of tidiness.
What makes it truly special, however, is the tinted one-piece curved glass panel that gives you a window into your neater build. There’s nothing quite like it on the market, with rivals either including a noticeable frame (like Lian Li) or introducing a third pane of glass (like Hyte). It’s the most professional fishtank setup I’ve seen.
MEG Maestro 700L PZ features a dual chamber design to help with thermals. I’m not sure what the airflow is like, but we do know there’s a total of 3,600 holes keeping its insides cool. I’m also not sure who counted, but I definitely wouldn’t want that job.
Each piece is numbered, and you’ll be able to proudly display yours using the rear metal plate. MSI doesn’t know how many it’ll produce, but three digits on the floor model hints that it might not exceed 1,000.
MEG Maestro 700L PZ will only be available in black. MSI doesn’t currently have a set release date but hopes to get them into your hands by the end of Q1. It could even be as soon as the end of January in the United States. As usual, availability will depend on your region.
MSI MAG Pano M100 PZ
On the more affordable side of things, MAG Pano M100 PZ is still a panoramic PC case but without the curve. Instead it opts for a similar approach to the Hyte Y60 with a tri-panel. MSI’s is slightly askew, though, to give it a distinct look.
Like the Maestro, it has enough room for ten 120mm fans in total, or you can trade some for two 160mm fans at the front. It also gives power supplies room to stretch their non-existent legs with clearance of up to 200mm.
Alongside Project Zero support to manage cables in the front, M100 PZ keeps things neat at the rear. There’s a screwless cabinet design that shuts away your spaghetti messes before you stick the rear panel on. These can sometimes be a little tough to close if you have a lot going on in the back, but they can help you re-attach the rear panel without snagging wires.
This is the cheapest case MSI has in store for CES 2024 at $129.
Maestro Showcase LED Crystal Film Screen
If your jaw is still on the floor at $3,800, don’t worry. Ours is too. That figure is solely for the Maestro Showcase LED Crystal Film Screen, a replacement tempered glass panel that’s entirely animated. In fact, that price wasn’t including the case, so you could be looking at up to $4,200ish. Currently, it’s just a concept and might not even make it to market, let alone stay at that price.
Both MEG Maestro 700L PZ and MAG Pano M100 PZ showed one off, cycling through various animations. The standout was MSI’s mascot, Lucky the dragon, riding in on a flamingo. It has more in common with AIO screens and the gifs you’d stick on them than your run-of-the-mill RGB lights. The whole thing is customisable through Mystic Light.
The dot-led display is sure to divide opinions, but I see the merit. It still lets you see the best graphics card and best CPU cooler underneath even when it’s at full brightness. When you’ve spent so much money on your components, you want to show them off.
Naturally, that light show is going to need a lot of juice. Fortunately, MSI also announced a new power supply: the black MAG A1250GL you can see above. This supports PCIe 5.1 and ATX 3.1 power standards, primed for the loftiest system needs.
Like the new white version of the MAG A850GL next to it, A1250GL carries an 80 Plus Gold Efficiency certificate. It also uses 12V-2×6 connectors instead of 12VHPWR. Each cable is dual coloured, with the black ending in a bright yellow. Don’t worry about matching it with your build, this is just to make it easier to see if you’ve plugged the cable in fully. Once it’s inserted, you shouldn’t notice any colour at all.
Power ratings are a bit of a mystery at the moment, but MSI tells us that MAG A1250GL at least comes in 1,250W. The brand is aiming to get it on the market by Q2 2024, and it’ll cost around $229 in the US. Prices and availability will depend on your region. The revised MAG A850GL should follow shortly after.