ASUS VIVOPC X: A Console-chassis Gaming PC
It is the place of consoles taken into the hearts of average, casual, or even hardcore players that makes it the top priority for a gaming machine to buy and game on, what is interesting to note is other companies much like ASUS, Nvidia and others have put in their all to make a Console-chassis gaming Pc, in a recent effort, ASUS VIVOPC X: A Console-chassis gaming pc was showcased at CES 2017.
The very compact nature of console chassis is the key selling point. Gaming PC on other hand are bulky and not portable gaming systems. Hence, it is obvious for a console to be the first choice for most of gamers. In another attempt to mimic the concept, ASUS VIVOPC X is giving a type of machine most of PC enthusiast will love to have one.
Hardware wise, the CPU is an Intel Core i5-7300HQ, packed with a GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, GDDR5 memory. The CPU is a 7700HQ, which is primarily designed for gaming notebooks and it has lower thermal ratings. The designed RAM will be 8GB of DDR4-2133. Furthermore, the storage consists an SSD of 512GB and 2TB SSD running at 7,200RPM. The machine sports two HDMI 2.0b and one standard display port. Audio output is set at 5.1- channel. The Power Supply Unit (PSU) installed is of 230W. With all the heavy specs, the machine will run a base OS windows 10 version. Moreover, All of the hardware packed into a console-chassis, forming a magnificent powerful gaming PC falls at $799. The availability is scheduled for March 2017. Check out the images below.
Surely, the specifications and all the raw power will sit inside this miniature PC until utilized. But, what is interesting to note is the life cycle of machine. The graphics card is reported to be hard soldered into the motherboard, making it a thumbs-down for the PC enthusiasts who upgrade periodically. Secondly, the price point ranges above a console. Plus, the fact that its GPU cannot be removed makes the machine to go obsolete within couple of years and the price point makes the product far from enticing.