If you’re a fan of Neon Genesis Evangelion-based branding offers, this was a good week. MSI has teamed up with Evangelion eProject, a new esports brand that “incorporates an Evangelion feel into gaming devices and PC peripherals”, to launch a line of Eva-branded PC gear. And boy, is it as purple as the day is long.
The MSI x Evangelion e: Project Collection includes a motherboard, AIO liquid cooler, power supply and PC case. Each item’s look uses the classic purple and green color palette based on the EVA-Unit 1, the giant mech piloted by Shinji Ikari, the protagonist of Hideaki Anno’s messy anime masterpiece. And as you can see in the trailer above, this is definitely aimed at people who The thesis of a cruel angel like touch.
Here is a list of the EVA equipment, which is just MSI’s MAG series components with all Unit 1 EVA traps:
All these components are pretty good if you want to build a modest midrange build, although the A650 power supply looks a bit underwhelming for our taste. It’s very quiet, which is a plus. The case itself is gorgeous, assuming you don’t mind sizable Japanese lettering, a giant mechanism on the side, and a bit of purple. The component price isn’t as high as I thought it would be. I was pretty sure we would pay an EVA tax.
If this article gives you a little déjà vu, I don’t blame you. We recently covered the super limited release of Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3090 O24G Evangelion Edition, which went on pre-sale in Taiwan. I find it very irresponsible for both companies to release EVA hardware in the same week because I can’t reuse the same ‘get on the robot, Shinji’ joke. Woe is me.
If you really want to see how this stuff looks outside of a flashy CG trailer, MSI held a live broadcast where they build a system using these components, and it looks amazing.
The e: Project Collection is now available in several online retailers. I couldn’t identify any pricing or availability on the power supply. If you decide to build your own EVA PC, the links below will help you choose the best components for it.