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Walmart launches its own 'Overpowered' gaming PC line-up

By Polycount · 31 replies
Oct 29, 2018
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  1. Companies like Alienware might dominate the pre-built gaming desktop and laptop PCs, but Walmart is throwing down the gauntlet today. The company has launched its own line of powerful gaming rigs, as spotted by PC Gamer.

    These machines come in three different flavors: two laptops, and a single gaming desktop. The specifications are pretty outstanding, but they come at a cost, which we'll get into later. All of the machines fall under Walmart's new "Overpowered" (OP) product line, and they're the result of the retail giant's recent collaboration with Esports Arena.

    To start with, we'll discuss the desktop side of the OP line-up. The OP Gaming Desktop DTW2 houses an Intel i7 8700 (non-unlocked), a GeForce GTX 1080, a 512GB SSD, 32GB of RAM, and a 2TB HDD for your primary storage needs. Based on the images Walmart has provided, the DTW2 appears to feature all-glass front and side panels, and at least four case fans with blue LEDs.

    There are also DTW1 and DTW3 versions, according to PC Gamer, but we were unable to find them on Walmart's website. The outlet says the specifications are mostly the same for all three rigs, though the DTW1 reportedly houses a GeForce GTX 1070 while the DTW2 has a GTX 1080 Ti.

    As far as laptops go, Walmart has two listed offerings. The 15" "OP Gaming Laptop 15" is home to a 144Hz display with an unknown screen resolution, an Intel i5 8300H, a 2GB GeForce GTX 1050, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD, and a 128GB SSD.

    The 17" OP laptop has the same 144Hz display as the 15" version, but its hardware has been upgraded. Specifically, it contains an Intel i7 8750H, a GTX 1060, a 2TB HDD, 32GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. All of Walmart's OP computers are running Windows 10.

    As great as these specs sound, as mentioned before, the prices are pretty high. For the 17" OP Gaming Laptop, you'll be paying around $1,699, though the 15" version is significantly cheaper at $999. The DTW2 desktop, on the other hand, will run you a whopping $1,899.

    Walmart's OP machines are expected to launch on November 13, but pre-orders are available now via the company's official website.

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,050   +1,384

    Is that really the best branding that one of the biggest companies in the world could come up with? thats super cringey.

    Shame too, because I actually quite like the design of the first laptop.
    Reehahs likes this.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,409   +2,954

    Over-hyped more like. For a modern gaming rig those are average specs at best.

    A good-spec gaming rig today can easily eclipse $10k, and that's without monitors, with the most expensive items like:

    • CPU: i9-9980XE
    • RAM: 64GB DDR4 (fast one)
    • Storage: 2 x 1TB M2. Samsung 970 PRO
    • Video: 2 x RTX 2080 Ti
    That's already over $7k, without all the less expensive (presumably) parts.

    Not good enough? :) Then buy this $36.4k monstrosity.
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2018
    Reehahs likes this.
  4. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,810   +668

    Overpowered ! It's great
    Kibaruk, senketsu and avioza like this.
  5. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,810   +668

    Wal-Mart is the only serious competition Amazon has. I hope they sell a million of them
    FeetMeter likes this.
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    I would like to see falling prices again...These prices for no name brand computers should be less. Walmart is not a high tech or high price electronic store. Amazon is amazon for reason. Battle is on!
    Charles Olson likes this.
  7. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,913   +3,364

    That's not "good-spec" it's just overkill in all the wrong places. You can get SLI 1080 Ti's for less then half the price of the 2080 Ti's and you'd still get 144 Hz 4K.

    The processor is a massive waste of money. If people want that many cores they can save themselves 2K and get a 2950X with similar performance. If you are gaming an 8700K or 2700X is the better choice.

    The build you select is like someone with no knowledge of PC parts just bought the most expensive parts on the market because they are expensive. Otherwise you can get equal performance for thousands less.
  8. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 768   +375

    I expect their PCs to be plus size and be running on electric weels for easy transporting.
    Theinsanegamer likes this.
  9. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,669   +2,428

    Or you could get a ROG with the same specs for $200-500 less. Do they honestly think serous gamers don't know their gear?
    ddferrari and Charles Olson like this.
  10. jesterly

    jesterly TS Rookie

    It's good to see more options for laptops with mechanical keyboards. The OP 15 is probably the cheapest laptop with a mechanical keyboard at the moment. While I'm not a gamer, I do a lot of writing and would prefer having a mechanical keyboard on my laptop.
  11. NahNood

    NahNood TS Addict Posts: 118   +61

    "Good-spec" and realistically attainable to most are usually separate things. lol
  12. amghwk

    amghwk TS Guru Posts: 506   +309

    Non-unlocked 8700 with Non-Ti 1080?


    Charles Olson likes this.
  13. Ravey

    Ravey TS Addict Posts: 152   +66

    Considering this is walmart's starting line up for gaming, I would say it isnt too bad, My MSI Titan Pro Cost me £2700 when the GTX1080 was first released... I've had to convert the above retial price using google, but it translates to apprx £1400.. So Walmarts system is about a grand cheaper.

    Does anyone have any links to Rigs of the same spec that are cheaper? Maybe you could could convince Walmart to price match lol.
  14. swagdaddy

    swagdaddy TS Rookie Posts: 18   +6

    So just because of the name you won't purchase this laptop? Makes sense....
  15. swagdaddy

    swagdaddy TS Rookie Posts: 18   +6

    There is absolutely no reason, ever, to build a $10k 'gaming' PC...The CPU you listed is overkill for anything but high-end editing, there is almost no reason to go above 16g RAM for 'gaming', there is no reason for SLI anymore as many games don't support them and there is significant diminishing returns.

    A 8-gen i7 and GTX 1080 is not average - this is still well above average in the gaming community.
    dirtyferret likes this.
  16. swagdaddy

    swagdaddy TS Rookie Posts: 18   +6

    Hey, can you share me a benchmark of a recent game getting average 144hz @ 4k with 1080ti SLI? Other than Fortnite.
  17. Ted Ingersol

    Ted Ingersol TS Rookie

    I agree, an i9 is a waste. There is no justifying the cost.
  18. dirtyferret

    dirtyferret TS Evangelist Posts: 497   +521

    I do not think "average" and "good" mean what you think they mean
    Charles Olson likes this.
  19. dirtyferret

    dirtyferret TS Evangelist Posts: 497   +521

    As someone who works with both Walmart and Amazon, walmart is not a serious competitor in the electronic retail space. Using the back end of either web site or their respective fulfillment capabilities is like comparing the capabilities of a modern day smart phone to a 2004 flip phone.
    Charles Olson likes this.
  20. grimrank40

    grimrank40 TS Rookie

    It's not about the most expensive parts, it about bang for buck. In pc world expensive doesn't mean better.
  21. Robin2rl

    Robin2rl TS Rookie

    The laptop is the same Tongfang gaming laptop that OriginPC, Eluktronics (I.e. Amazon listing B07FPGPQXL), and others sell. The desktop lacks top mounted fans and has little to no space in front for letting intake in so airflow is very poor and inside it runs hot. Also, $1899 is a jacked price when considering "i7-8700 gtx 1080 desktop" search on Amazon yields $1399+ desktops with better airflow (I.e. B077J275KK, B0788X6D9Y, B07932Q7HZ, etc...).

    Also, Walmart took no time in choosing the case. They simply picked the 12th case that shows up in google image search for "computer gaming case" which comes from China ODM Dongguan Orient Technology Co.Ltd.

    This is what happens when companies that don't know the first thing about gaming computers try and do gaming PCs.
    Agnomen likes this.
  22. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,913   +3,364

  23. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,810   +668

    I stand by my post. You work at but don't run anything
  24. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,810   +668

    They don't care. Who is to say what a serious gamer is. I am a serious gamer and I would never waste my money on a pre built system. Does ROG know what serious gamers want. It appears not
  25. Mikael_r

    Mikael_r TS Member

    I agree. I think if you're a 'serious' gamer, you'll just build your own PC and customize every spec that suits you, instead of settling for a pre-built
    EClyde likes this.

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