Asus Joins CES 2017 by starting off with a brand new compact PC tower called the Asus VivoPC X.
There used to be two real audiences for desktop PCs: casual users and gamers. For gaming, you needed powerful peripherals to run the latest games developers had to offer. Whether it was a strong graphics card, RAM or even a processor, you needed a bare minimum to run most titles. With VR joining in the game seriously as of last year, users that want to run VR needed a bare minimum as well. This is when Asus comes in.
During CES 2017, Asus announced a brand new desktop PC that is both compact and VR-ready. Dubbed the Asus Viv0PC X, this ultra-compact machine was built featuring some of the best hardware gaming has to offer. Below are some of the stats provided by Asus during CES 2017:
- Processor: Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake
- GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1060
- RAM: 8GB
- Memory: 512GB SSD
It isn’t sure whether the VivoPC X runs on DDR3 or DDR4 RAM, but my guess points toward the latest, DDR4. In addition to the statistics above, Asus’ new ultra-compact desktop comes with a total of six USB ports, 4 of which are USB 3.1. The other two ports are USB 2.0. As for audio/video output, this machine comes with two HDMI ports and a single DisplayPort to support NVIDIA G-Sync monitors.
Such power requires a strong cooling system. As far as the VivoPC X is concerned, the casing is built with ventilation holes in the sides. Additionally, a special tube was installed to push away all the heat provided by the processor. This PC is a great solution for gaming and VR, as a very reasonable price.
The Asus VivoPC X will be available starting March 2017 and will have a price tag of $799 USD.