The graphics gurus have joined forces with a bevy of top-notch boutique builders to unleash a line of hulking, fire-breathing gaming PCs designed to play the latest and greatest shooters at whopping 4K resolutions without batting an eye.
Each entry in the Battlebox line rocks at least a pair of Nvidia’s high-end GeForce Titan or GTX 780 video cards running in SLI, paired with overclocked Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, and abundant amounts of RAM. (Hey, it takes powerful hardware to push all the pixels processed at 4K resolutions.)
Simply put, glorious, compromise-free 4K gaming doesn’t come cheap. The rigs offered by the boutique partners Nvidia highlighted—Digital Storm, Falcon Northwest, Maingear, and Origin—start at over $2,000, and the most ridiculously top-of-the-line machines—like a fully pimped-out Digital Storm Aventum II—can set you back more than $10,000.
And no, that doesn’t include the cost of a 4K monitor itself. While the boutique builders will offer the 31.5-inch, 4K Asus PQ321Q display alongside Battleboxes, the monitor will cost you another $3,500. Alternatively, you could downsample the 4K video to work with your current 1080p, 1900-by-1200, or 2560-by-1440 monitor; it won’t be quite the same as native 4K, but it’ll still provide a big graphics boost, as evidenced by the screenshot below.
No matter how you pump out the visuals, there’s no question that Nvidia’s Battleboxes pack a nearly overwhelming amount of firepower. Sure, they’ll cost you an arm, a leg, and your firstborn child, but this is just about as future-proof as a PC can be—and it’s utterly wonderful to see companies basking in the raw, unadulterated potential of PC gaming.