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CES 2017: ASUS announces VR-ready VivoPC X mini desktop

By Ian Chee & Koh Wanzi - on 6 Jan 2017, 4:11pm

CES 2017: ASUS announces VR-ready VivoPC X mini desktop


Smaller, faster, and more powerful. The steady drumbeat of progress continues, and it’s become increasingly clear that you don’t need to have a hulking tower PC to be ready for VR. ASUS recently unveiled the VivoPC X, a mini desktop PC that packs the hardware to handle VR games.

And because the two main PC-based systems today – the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive – still require you to be tethered to a desktop, the portability of the VivoPC X may come in handy. In addition, you’ll have the flexibility to move the 2.2kg machine around and connect it to different monitors or take it to a LAN party.

It is only 280mm tall and 76mm wide, so it is also a good fit for space constrained homes.

On the hardware side of things, it features a new seventh-generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ (2.5GHz, 6MB cache) processor, 8GB of DDR4 memory, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. You’ll also have the option to configure it with up to a 512GB M.2 SATA SSD and a 2TB HDD.

There is a decent selection of ports for a machine so small, and you’ll get four USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports on the rear. For video output, the VivoX PC has two HDMI and one DisplayPort connector.

However, cooling is often the main concern with such diminutive systems, and ASUS has installed an axial fan that draws cold air over a heatsink and dumps hot hair out through vents at the side. On top of that, there is a copper heatpipe to draw heat away from the CPU and prevent performance throttling.

The VivoPC X will be available in March starting at US$799 (approx. RM3,575).

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