It’s only been a few hours since Intel’s monstrously powerful and terrifyingly expensive 10-core i7-6950X was announced, and now we’ve just learned that boutique computer manufacturer Digital Storm’s Aura all-in-one PC will be one of the first machines to feature the Extreme Edition CPU.
The Aura will also support Nvidia’s GTX 1080 graphics card, which, when paired with the new EE chip and that curved, 34-inch ultra-wide 3,440 x 1,440 screen, will produce a dream machine that’ll make you the envy of PC gamers everywhere.
The caveat is, of course, the price. The base model costs $1999 (without the keyboard and mouse) and features a Skylake i5-6500 3.2GHz CPU, a Gigabyte Z170N - Gaming 5 motherboard, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB 7200 HDD, and an Nvidia GTX 960 GPU.
If you want a more beefy configuration, the Core i7-6700K with a GTX 1080 Founders Edition combo will set you back around $3127. The option to add in one of the new Broadwell-E chips isn’t available yet, but once you factor in the i7-6950X’s $1723 price and the cost of an X99 motherboard, you start getting an idea of what the top-spec AiO will cost.
Luckily, Digital Storm says that Aura was designed with off-the-shelf components. So if you need to compromise on some pieces of hardware because of budget restrictions, you can always upgrade them yourself at a later date.
All-in-one PCs have come a long way in recent years. Maingear revealed the similar Alpha 34 AiO at this year’s CES, which can accommodate an Intel Xeon E5 v3 processor with up to 18 cores and 45MB of cache.
You can configure and pre-order the Aura right now from Digital Storm’s website.