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ASUS announces VR-ready small form factor PC

ASUS proves VR gaming doesn't always require a big hardware footprint
By: Derek Strickland | Computer Systems News | Posted: Jan 4, 2017 8:27 am

CES 2017 - ASUS's new VivoPC X melds VR gaming horsepower with the minute footprint of a small form factor PC.




The VivoPC X is lightweight and clocks in at just below five pounds, but although its small, it has some pretty decent specs: the $799 SFF PC houses a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 video card (VRAM unknown at this time) alongside a seventh generation Intel i5 Kaby Lake CPU, 8GB of system RAM, and a 512GB SSD for storage. Two HDMI ports, four USB 3.1 ports and two USB 2.0 ports ensure plenty of space for VR peripherals and input.




The ASUS VivoPC X SFF PC can also be used for traditional gaming, of course; the small chassis features two HDMI ports and a single DisplayPort for NVIDIA G-Sync supported displays. Although the VivoPC X uses an GeForce GTX 1060 built on NVIDIA's new 16nm Pascal graphics architecture, there's still some worries about heat, especially with performance-driven VR games.




To help properly mitigate and transfer heat in the small form factor's chassis, ASUS has installed an internal heat pipe to pull generated heat away from the onboard processor. The chassis also features vents to help with air circulation.


This nifty SFF PC will cost $799 and ship sometime in March.


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