Word comes that ASUS has begun selling its VivoPC X console-like small form-factor PC in the U.S. As announced back in January, the system features a quad-core processor and a GeForce GTX 1060 GPU is available for $799. Meanwhile, ASUS has teamed up with Amazon and Newegg to offer a bundle consisting of a VivoPC X and an Oculus Rift with Touch starting from $1299; $100 cheaper than their combined retail price when purchased separately.

As previously reported, the ASUS VivoPC X is the company’s entry-level miniature PC designed for gamers who would like to have a gaming machine in their living rooms, but who are not ready to invest in the ROG GR8 II. The machine uses notebook components to give the PC a small form factor, cut down its power consumption, and thus make it relatively quiet. A drawback of such approach is that end-users are unable to upgrade key parts of the system, such as the GPU.

Spec-wise, the ASUS VivoPC X looks to be rather capable for a 5-liter machine (in fact, it carries the Oculus VR Ready label): it is based on the Intel Core i5-7300HQ (4C/4T, 2.5 GHz/3.5 GHz, 6 MB cache, HD Graphics 630, 45 W) CPU, the Intel HM175 PCH, as well as NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 3 GB of GDDR5 memory. As for connectivity, the ASUS VivoPC X has four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, two USB 2.0 headers, Gigabit Ethernet, an IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi with BT 4.1 module, three display outputs (two HDMI and one DisplayPort), 5.1-channel audio with Sonic Suite software enhancements, and so on.

The base model that retails for $799 is called the A80CJ-DS51 and comes equipped with 8 GB of DDR4-2400 memory (single-channel) and a 1 TB 2.5” HDD with 5400 RPM spindle speed. Previously, ASUS intended to offer a 512 GB M.2 SATA SSD and a 2 TB 7200 RPM HDD with its VivoPC X; however the company had to cut back a bit on their final specs to hit their $799 price target. At this point the DS51 is the only model available, so we'll have to see if ASUS comes out with any additional versions that are closer to their original specifications. A VivoPC X with an SSD and a faster and more capacious HDD would be a considerably more attractive PC, but it would bring the entry-level SFF gaming system closer to the more expensive ROG GR8 II, muddling the ASUS product lineup.

ASUS VivoPC X Specifications
  A80CJ-DS51
CPU Intel Core i5-7300HQ
Quad Core
2.5 GHz/3.5 GHz
6 MB cache
HD Graphics 630
PCH Intel HM175
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 3 GB GDDR5 memory
Memory  8 GB of DDR4-2400 (single-channel, single slot)
Storage 1 TB 2.5" HDD (5400 RPM)
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.1
Ethernet GbE
Display Outputs 2 × HDMI 2.0b
1 × DisplayPort
Audio 5.1-channel audio
USB 4 × USB 3.0 Type-A (5 Gbps)
2 × USB 2.0 Type-A
Other I/O -
Dimensions 75.94 mm × 259.8 mm × 279.9 mm
2.99 × 10.23 × 11.02 inches
PSU 230 W
OS Windows 10

The ASUS VivoPC X is available from ASUS Store, Amazon, B&H, Fry’s, Microcenter, and Newegg for $799. In addition, from April 25 to June 13, Amazon and Newegg will offer an ASUS VivoPC X and an Oculus Rift with Touch bundles starting at $1299, shaving off $100 off of the price of a complete VR setup.

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  • zaza - Monday, April 24, 2017 - link

    they should have used the T-series desktop CPU and the GPU upgradeable even if mini size. It would have made the device more "future proof" Reply
  • Shadowmaster625 - Monday, April 24, 2017 - link

    This is exactly the market that AMD could take by storm with a Raven Ridge APU with 16GB of HBM2. Reply
  • zodiacfml - Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - link

    It couldn't come fast enough. Right now they're busy with the Vega GPUs Reply
  • cocochanel - Monday, April 24, 2017 - link

    This must have been on the drawing board 1-2 years ago.
    Today, you could get a Ryzen 1600x ( 6 cores ), an RX580, a motherboard, memory and even an SSD, and you're still under $1000 bucks, including Windows 10 license. Much more powerful, fully up-gradable.
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  • lmcd - Monday, April 24, 2017 - link

    I really don't see the point of this device. The Silverstone ML08B-H is very close to this size, supports a full-size 2-slot graphics card, SFX PSU, ITX mobo and actually has a couple 2.5 drive slots. I'd hope for a more significant size advantage to justify the cost of the machine. Reply
  • lmcd - Monday, April 24, 2017 - link

    Just went through for the fun of it and it's pretty trivial to undercut the machine listed here, while still getting an upgrade-ready machine. Reply
  • DanNeely - Monday, April 24, 2017 - link

    At 12.25 liters vs 5.5 liters, that Silverstone case is more than twice as large as the MSI. Hardly very close to being the same size. Reply
  • npz - Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - link

    That Silverstone is WAY LARGER than this -- very tall or longer, which it has to be to fit the two full size pcie slots. Same with Fractal Design Node 202. They're basically really skinny micro tower cases.

    And like I mentioned earlier, you have an unholy mess of cabling inside, which also interferes with airflow.

    This system and others like it, such as Zotac console sized gaming machines or Alienware console PCs, are console sized and quiet, custom, and virtually cable free. That's the premium you're paying for. I mean the size doesn't even compare AT ALL. This Asus and other similar have laptop board with integrated GPU. It doesn't even use a seperate card, so that should give you an idea of the size difference. Those other cases like Silverstone has to extend downward at least DOUBLE the width of the mITX board to accomodate a full size card.
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  • lmcd - Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - link

    The point was that its footprint is similar to many home theater devices but still makes total sense as an independent desktop as well.

    Factored into my build cost was a full-modular GPU. The GPU uses a riser card and needs one cable.The motherboard needs a couple cables from the case and two cable from the PSU. Any SATA devices need two cables each.

    I guess I don't see how that's considered messy?
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  • HomeworldFound - Monday, April 24, 2017 - link

    This is the kind of computer a 14 year old kid on Steam would buy without any research, then he'll be on the forums after two weeks asking how he can upgrade his computer for cheap. Reply

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