CES 2017: ASUS Announces VivoPC X Compact VR-ready PC

Subject: Systems | January 3, 2017 - 10:48 PM |
Tagged: VR, small form factor, SFF, PC, gaming, desktop, CES 2017, CES, asus

ASUS has announced a compact, VR-ready desktop called the VivoPC X, and this small form-factor PC contains a 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor and discrete NVIDIA graphics.

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“VivoPC X is powered by a 7th Generation Intel Core processor with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series graphics, and is fully compatible with the latest VR headsets. Its compact 5-liter chassis can be placed anywhere in the home, and has extensive connectivity features including four USB 3.1 Gen 1 and two USB 2.0 ports for VR peripherals and controllers. VivoPC X is designed for general consumers who are looking for a VR-ready PC that meets the hardware demands of VR tasks and entertainment.”

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A look at the cooling system within the VivoPC X

Here are the specifications from ASUS:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-7300HQ
  • Chipset: Intel HM175
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4 2133MHz
  • Storage     
    • Up to 2TB SATA hard drive (7200RPM)
    • 512GB M.2 SATA SSD
  • Connectivity    
    • 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
    • 2 x USB 2.0
    • 1 x 3-in-1 audio jack
    • 1 x RJ45 LAN (Gigabit)
    • 2 x HDMI
    • 1 x DisplayPort
  • Wireless: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
  • Operating system: Windows 10
  • Power supply: 230W adapter
  • Size: 2.99 x 10.23 x 11.02 inches

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The console-sized VivoPC X will be available in March with an MSRP of $799.

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Source: ASUS

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January 4, 2017 | 12:07 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Messy cooling. It should be single unit.

January 4, 2017 | 06:08 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"2.99 x 10.23 x 11.02 inches"

Or 5.5L in proper units. And that doesn't include the outboard power adapter. Better than most claimed 'small form factor' prebuilds, but compared to e.g. the NFC S4 (4.5L) they really should be able to to better when using a custom board and custom cooling solution: the S4 is hobbled by using an off-the-shelf ITX motherboard, GPU and DC-DC board, but you can still cram in a GTX 1070 if you want.

If you're going to sell a proprietary system that is effectively non-upgradeable, at least have the good graces to offer some advantages in doing so.

January 4, 2017 | 09:38 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Wonder how it compares to original Xbox 360 noise-wise.

January 19, 2017 | 10:09 AM - Posted by stevemadson76 (not verified)

I have the feeling they rushed things a little, since Kaby Lake is just a refresh from skylake. I mean, they could of waited a few months more until Canon Lake will be out and completely change the game. If we look at the old asus vm 60 vivo pc nothing has really changed much especially for home users where checking a few mails is their main concern.

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