The Blue Angels are an aerial performance group that I have seen a couple of times in my life. It always amazes me to watch them do their tricks and formations. Sometimes having only inches between their F/A 18 Hornet aircraft, one false move would mean catastrophe. Clearly, the pilots on the Blue Angels team need to have some serious skills to be able to pull off these aerial stunts. It makes sense why they need a ton of flight hours under their belt before a person can be considered for the team. What interested me the most, though, is that team members rotate out after a few years of service.

MSI Nightblade and Box


Like high precision flying maneuvers, computer components need to be designed in a way that everything works well together. Having a system where things don’t mesh can cause computer crashes and things that just don’t run well. Granted, this is a lot less of a worry than the loss of life that can occur with the Blue Angels tricks, but no one wants to spend a bunch of money and find that things don’t integrate well. MSI has an offering that takes the worry out of purchasing a system, the MSI Z97 Nightblade barebones system. Not only do you get a good base of compatible components but it is built to be easily transported in a small form factor.

MSI Nightblade


The MSI Nightblade is a barebones system designed with LAN parties and gamers in mind. The small form factor is ideal for transporting the system and a strong support that doubles as a handle is attached to the case. The Nightblade features a mini-ITX Z97I Gaming motherboard, which includes 802.11ac wireless and Bluetooth connectivity, DDR3 3200 support, 7.1 Channel Audio, and push button overclocking. The motherboard is paired with a 600W 80 Plus Gold Rated PSU, with all the cables pre-routed to keep the install simple and neat. The MSI Nightblade packs all of this in a small case that offers support for 3.5” hard drives, 2.5” drives, MSATA drives, slim ODD, and graphics cards up to 290mm in length.