Nvidia Battlebox: $6,000 4K PC Gaming, Simplified
There’s nothing stopping you from building a 4K resolution-capable gaming PC right now, but Nvidia wants to streamline the process a bit.
The Big Green Machine has officially unveiled its Battlebox program today, an initiative that partners Nvidia with a select few boutique gaming PC manufacturers. These Battlebox systems “…feature GeForce GTX 780 GPUs in 2- and 3-Way SLI configurations, supported by overclocked Intel Haswell i5 and i7 CPUs, advanced cooling systems, high-speed DDR3 RAM to assist with overclocking, and the latest high-speed SSDs.” Put another way: These gaming PCs are guaranteed to run any PC game out right now with respectable framerates (with 30 fps presumably being the floor). The program will also use GTX Titans as an option, in case the $650 GTX 780 isn’t expensive enough for you.
Nvidia Battlebox systems also come with a seemingly exclusive piece of hardware: A new themed SLI bridge (seen above). It’s a heavier, more detailed bridge when compared to past models, yes, but there’s no reported performance difference. It’s purely an aesthetic upgrade.
As far as seeing that 4K resolution is concerned, there’s only one 4K computer monitor on sale in the US right now: the Asus PQ31Q. The display sells for around $3,500 at the moment, and it doesn’t look like the boutiques are offering any sort of discount on the street price.
Speaking of price, how much is all this going to cost you? The Battlebox branding might simplify the 4K gaming process…but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be cheap. With the low-end Battlebox SKUs, and the 4K display, you’re looking at roughly $6,000, and some configurations will run north of $10,000.
There are four U.S. boutique machine builders signed on as Battlebox partners that we know of, including Origin PC, Digital Storm, Maingear, and Falcon Northwest.