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CES 2016 - Alienware has announced a new promo aimed at new VR adopters that discounts the price of an Oculus Certified PC when purchased alongside an Oculus Rift headset.
With the Oculus Rift opening up pre-orders at $599, key hardware titans are piecing together VR-compatible builds to prepare for the oncoming storm of virtual reality. Dell's Alienware line has joined the VR Ready program by announcing the $1200 Alienware X51 R3 Gaming Desktop, which sports the minimum specs required to power the Rift. The Alienware X51 comes with an Intel i5-6400 Skylake CPU, 8GB of onboard DDR4 RAM clocked at 2133MHz, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (model unspecified, probably stock), and a 1TB hard drive. No keyboard, mouse or monitor is included.
$1200 seems like a lot, especially for a PC that only sports the bare minimum specs. Alienware will actually lower the X51 R3's price down to $1000 if you pre-order the Oculus Rift along with the PC...but of course that brings the grand total of your bill to $1600 plus tax. Apart from the discount, one of the major benefits in going this route is that you automatically get skipped to the front of the Oculus Rift pre-order line and are guaranteed to receive your headset when the first batch is released.ds don't have to be expensive if you look in the right place.
CES 2016 - The tiny GIGABYTE BRIX computer systems just got beefier, with the trade show in Las Vegas bringing around an announcement that this tech giant will be throwing Intel Skylake processors into new models, including i3, i5 and i7 chips.
Coupled with Intel HD Graphics 520, the BRIX will further offer support for a 2.5" SSDs or HDDs, while also offering M.2 compatibility. USB 3.0 ports are now standard with HDMI and DisplayPort being thrown in, giving the BRIX the ability to send signal to three displays in total. Wrapping up the feature list is Intel Thunderbolt 3 support, found on the new GB-BSi7T-6500 and GB-BSi5T-6200 models only, meaning that the BRIX will be capable of Power Delivery 2.0 for fast charging and can daisy-chain up to 6 devices in total.
While this sounds quite promising, issued press release didn't mention any availability or pricing information.
CES 2016 - MSI wasn't shy when it came to gaming PCs at the Consumer Electronics Show, teasing its new all-in-one gaming PC, the Gaming 27XT.
MSI's new Gaming 27XT features a 27-inch display, with the usual trimmings inside - but its the back of the AIO gaming PC that has piqued our interest. Where Origin PC made a beautiful 34-inch 3440x1440 AIO gaming PC with a built-in NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X - it's not upgradeable, but the MSI Gaming 27XT is.
The GPU is found on the back of the AIO gaming PC is housed separately, and mounted on the back of the display. It's upgradeable, which is going to go along way if you decide on pulling the trigger on an AIO gaming PC.
CES 2016 - Intel has refreshed its portable Compute Stick with three different configurations that put the original to shame.
Intel's Compute Stick is an amazing idea on paper. I mean, who wouldn't want to turn any given HDTV or monitor into a fully-fledged desktop workstations? Intel's first iterations of the PC-in-your-pocket hardware was anything but practical, however: it was slow at performing tasks and didn't live up to its claims, making it more of a starting point than an actual finished product.
Now Intel is back again with its new trio of Compute Sticks, each of which tremendously outshine the "beta" variant. Thanks to additions like two USB ports and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the chip-maker's new line of HDMI PC sticks completely blows away the original. Intel has even managed to shove in its new high-performance M3 and M5 CPUs into the top-tier variants.
CES 2016 - Syber Gaming, CyberPower PC's gaming line, has just unveiled two new PC builds that pack enough power for VR and 4K gaming.
While the Oculus Rift finally has a price tag and release date, it's only half of the VR equation. Gamers still need to have adequate hardware to power virtual reality, and Syber Gaming has the perfect solution with its new pre-built PC duo.
The tag team consists of a fully-fledged Mid-Tower PC called the Syber M, as well as the more discrete Steam Machine-esque Syber C for living room VR and 4K gaming. Both builds are fully customizable and feature state-of-the-art components, including AMD Radeon R9 300 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 series video cards, high-speed DDR4 RAM, LGA 1151 motherboards, 6th generation Intel Skylake CPUs, SSD and HDD combos, and Windows 10 64-bit to top it all off.
CES 2016 - Alongside a 12-display PC and a slew of other delicious offerings, ZOTAC was displaying their Steam Machine alongside Valve's impressive Steam Controller at CES this year.
The ZOTAC NEN Steam Machine features an Intel Core i5-6400T processor, 8GB of RAM (up to 16GB total), an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 with 4 x HDMI 2.0 outputs, a 1TB 2.5-inch SATA HDD, and an M.2 slot for super-fast storage goodness.
CES 2016 - ZOTAC had their usual display of video cards, their Steam Machine, Z-BOX PCs and a delicious 12-display system powered by an AMD Radeon R9 M365X.
Inside, it features an Intel LGA 1151 socket, so you can throw in a new Skylake processor, 4 x DDR4 DIMMs supporting up to 64GB of DDR4-2133. There's 4 x SATA 6Gbps ports, an M.2 KEY E slot and M.2 KEY M slot, mini PCIe slot, and dual GbE.
On the display side of things, we have 12 x HDMI 2.0 ports and a single DVI-D port.
CES 2016 - Origin PC has just announced its latest gaming PC, an all-in-one gaming machine called the Omni. The Omni features a considerable amount of customization, with the company calling the Omni the "world's most powerful and customizable" PC of its kind.
The Origin PC Omni features a 34-inch UltraWide display with a native resolution of 3440x1440 - my favorite resolution, with enough room for an Intel Core i7-5960X, 12GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X. Bloody impressive for an all-in-one gaming PC, don't you think?
The Omni has support for up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, with Origin somehow building a liquid cooling system inside of the AIO PC. You can even customize your Omni to feature a translucent back if you want to show off your impressive PC - this is the icing on the cake for me!
CES 2016 - Velocity Micro unveils its new Raptor One all-in-one PC that sports some pretty beefy specs, bringing desktop-grade performance to the AIO realm.
Velocity Micro proudly touts its new Raptor One as the "world's most powerful AIO", and for good reason: it rocks some amazing specs for an AIO, including a full-sized NVIDIA GTX Titan X GPU, a brilliant 34" curved 3,440 x 1,440p WQHD display with a 21:9 aspect ratio, and configurations that include Intel's latest sixth-gen Core i7 Skylake CPUs.
The Raptor One can be tailor-made and customized to a tee similar to Maingear's new powerful AIO, and even supports liquid cooling options for maximum heat transfer as well as Intel Xeon CPU support for workstation transformations.
CES 2016 - Origin PC just stepped it up a couple of notches with their very own SFF chassis they're calling Chronos. This follows in the footsteps of their other unique full and mid-tower cases that they debuted last year.
The new one Chronos SFF chassis is tiny yet spacious, able to support the necessary cooling power needed for an overclocked i7-5960X with a closed-loop liquid cooler. And though it's miniscule, it has up to three expansion slots to fit a Titan Z, should you be so inclined.
So if you're in the market for a custom-built SFF system, this 11.75x4x13.75" monster can be yours in Q1 of this year.