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The latest happenings in PC hardware and enthusiast computing.

MSI VR One PC-in-a-backpack goes up for pre-order

Virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive offer the most visually impressive virtual reality experiences available right now thanks to the powerful PCs running them. But for room-scale VR such as what’s offered by the Vive, being…

Building an Affordable 16-Core, 32-Thread Xeon Monster PC

#ThrowbackThursday Released in 2012 for a whopping $1,550, thousands of Xeon E5-2670 CPUs have hit the secondhand market as data centers upgraded their servers. This 4-year old CPU delivers 8 cores clocked at 2.6GHz with a 3.3GHz turbo frequency and a large 20MB L3 cache, but with supply overwhelming demand prices have plummeted. Or seen from another perspective: it's now possible to build an insanely affordable 16-core/32-thread beast for less than a flagship Core i7.

Zotac is latest company to release VR backpack PC

Earlier this year, Zotac showed off a prototype backpack that included a Zbox Mini PC suitable for virtual reality gaming without annoying tethers. Today the company has shown off the final version, now named the VR GO, which joins a…
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