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Nvidia announces new high-end Battlebox PC range

Nvidia announces new high-end Battlebox PC range

Tue 01 Oct 2013 1:13pm GMT / 9:13am EDT / 6:13am PDT
Hardware

SLI Titan cards and 4K output fire shots across next-gen bows

Nvidia's GeForce division has announced a new range of incredibly high-end gaming PCs called GeForce GTX Battleboxes, making a clear statement of intent as the AMD-powered next generation of consoles prepares to take the stage.

Much like Valve's Steam machines, these PCs are based on target spec and specific components, with several manufacturing and reselling partners chosen to build, price and retail the units. Each reseller's precise specification varies, but all will bear the "hallmark" of the GeForce GTX Battlebox brand. Key to each is an SLI configuration of GTX 780 or Titan cards, backed up by i7 processors and other high-end components. 4K output support is also high on the agenda.

"We are pleased to announce we're working with system builders around EMEAI to help introduce a new breed of elite gaming PCs, called the 'Battlebox'", says Nvidia's release. "Designed to deliver the fastest frame rates for this winter's most anticipated game titles. Battleboxes are constructed with the fastest hardware imaginable, including the latest GeForce GTX GPUs and Intel Ivy Bridge-E CPUs.

"For gamers who are looking for intense and highly coordinated skirmishes on the virtual battlefield, the Battlebox will be their weapon of choice when configured with an Intel Haswell CPU, a 4K monitor sporting a resolution of 3840x2160 and dual GeForce GTX 780 or higher GPUs running in SLI configuration. The combination of this potent hardware will help gamers secure victory in their favourite PC games, while experiencing consistently playable frame rates and buttery-smooth animation when mowing down their competition.

"Gamers looking for the ultimate action this year have need look no further than the impressive system builders who have signed up as Battlebox recruits, including: Scan, PC Specialist, Chillblast, Cyberpower, Dino PC, ComputerPlanet along with more than 30 others worldwide."

In a more in-depth detailing on Nvidia's site, the manufacturer's guns are brought more openly to bear of the trophies of Microsoft and Sony, quashing their rhetoric about which platform is best with a stream of PC-centric technical jargon.

"Batman: Arkham Origins features console-destroying graphics, advanced GPU-accelerated NVIDIA PhysX effects, DirectX 11 Tessellation, NVIDIA HBAO+ Ambient Occlusion, NVIDIA TXAA anti-aliasing, NVIDIA Bokeh and Depth of Field, and NVIDIA Percentage-Closer Soft Shadows," a passage on the website opens. "Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag has graphics better than those of any next-gen console, plus Tessellation, HBAO+, PCSS, TXAA, and advanced Godrays. Call of Duty: Ghosts has the best graphics of any system, bolstered by DX11, PhysX, and Tessellation. And the massively anticipated Watch Dogs has better-than-next-gen graphics, backed by HBAO+, and TXAA."

Whilst it makes clear business sense to be making a push at this point, and branded PC lines designed to show off new tech are nothing new, things are a little different this time around. Nvidia has previously had a hand in console manufacture, perhaps lending it a softer view of the market, but this generation has seen it shut out of the equation. With AMD set to make the most of those potentially lucrative contracts and Valve's Steam machines coming ever closer, are we seeing Nvidia make its first tentative steps towards tossing a hat into the platform ring?

10 Comments

André Gomes de Oliveira
C++ Programmer

8 5 0.6
These boxes sure sound amazing, however, the point on consoles is spending a moderate amount of money on a reliable box that can play games today and for many years to come.

I think Nvidia missed the point by saying things like console-destroying graphics. How much willl people need to pay for a box like that?

Considering these Battleboxes feature high-end cards on SLI, I'm guessing I could buy all next-gen consoles (the Wii U included) plus a few games to each of them at the same price of one of these boxes.

At least considering their price in my country, US$2,300.00 for a GTX Titan, anyone interested?

Posted:6 months ago

#1

Tom Keresztes
Programmer

632 223 0.4
Considering these Battleboxes feature high-end cards on SLI, I'm guessing I could buy all next-gen consoles (the Wii U included) plus a few games to each of them at the same price of one of these boxes.
These are absolutely enthusiast systems. 4 Titans would consume 250-300W each, so apart from the electricity bill, you would also need enthusiast grade support components (might even require two PSUs).

A Titan costs around £900-1100 range in the UK, depending on the edition.

Posted:6 months ago

#2

James Ingrams
Writer

208 72 0.3
It's all about costs. I mean, I doubt, given the world economy, that more than 50-60% or so will be able to get a console, let alone a PC!

But obviously, consoles have always been cheap with games $10 more, so you end up paying the same anyway over he life of the console!

Posted:6 months ago

#3

Pier Castonguay
Programmer

194 105 0.5
Pushing the high-end development is always welcome. It gives you an idea of how things might look for a normal budget the next year and allow for normal people to anticipate it. But for me as with many others, call me when you get the same performance on a single $250 card.

Posted:6 months ago

#4

Saehoon Lee
Director - Gaming

59 40 0.7
Ok.. hardware advancement is fine. But what about the games. Are the games ready for 4k? What about increased dev cost?

Posted:6 months ago

#5

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,120 889 0.8
Well, very few people will buy this.

Posted:6 months ago

#6

Andreas Gschwari
Senior Games Designer

542 528 1.0
I used to build my own PCs, upgrade components every 12 to 18 months. Always had the latest GFX card. I have now had the same laptop (original cost 750 euro) for the last 2 1/2 years and i have no interest in upgrading.

As Andre says, consoles provide an ideal platform to play games for years to come without the need to upgrade. And they come at a much cheaper price.

Pushing hardware is awesome, eventually many sectors and many industries will benefit from this, but on a personal level i simply can't be bothered spending the cash equivalent of a next gen console every 18 months to be on the edge of technology with my PC.

Posted:6 months ago

#7

Robert Barrow
Programming (AI), Web Development, Security (Pentesting, Recovery)

27 18 0.7
It's all well and good Nvidia venting their spleen over being left out of the console game, it's another thing to spew out all this FUD and PR nonsense about 'slaying consoles'. One of these rigs is going to set you back at least 3 or 4 thousand pounds. £4k will get you 10 PS4's (18TFlops vs 9TFlops), that's not exactly a slaying. Of course linking all ten PS4's together is a pipe dream, but, that is the reality if they are intent on death by numbers. Besides one PC is 1 person relationship, 10 consoles is 10 families. There is no contest.

Posted:6 months ago

#8
Don't forget that console games cost like $10 more, so after a mere... 350-ish games, the Battlebox will have paid for itself. :D

Posted:6 months ago

#9

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

1,993 902 0.5
Um.... no. As in NO console only owner will buy one of these because of a few reasons and it seems that the PC diehards that build their own won't touch this thanks to them usually hating stuff like this that they think they can put together far cheaper...

Posted:6 months ago

#10

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