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AVADirect Prototype Gaming Machine Packs 4 GTX Titan Black

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 18 comments

AVADirect was showing a monster gaming rig at GTC 2014.

During GTC 2014, AVADirect was on hand demonstrating a prototype gaming rig that was hooked up to three Asus PQ321Q 4K LCDs. These high-resolution displays were powered by four Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black cards, and provided liquid-smooth frame rates in Battlefield 4. Unfortunately, the rig itself was too big to fit into my book bag.

According to the specs, AVADirect's machine was packing an Intel Core i7-4960X CPU installed on an Asus Rampage IV Black motherboard. The ingredients also included 64 GB of Corsair Vengeance RAM, a 1 TB Samsung 840 EVO SSD, and Corsair H80i liquid cooling. Powering this rig was a Silverston Strider ST1500 1500 watt power supply.

As pictured on the right, all of this hardware was installed in a modified Lian-Li PC-P80N chassis with an authentic chrome finish and a few factory modifications. For example, the front door was remounted, requiring a custom elbow to connect it all together and provide a more sophistic yet elegant look.

The product sheet handed out during the show reveals that this gaming system supports up to Intel Core i7 or Xeon E5-2600 V2 series processors, up to 64 GB of DDR3-2800 memory, up to four GeForce GTX TITAN Black Ultimate cards, (6 GB GDDR5 each), and up to ten SATA hard drives or SSD drives with RAID 0, 1 and 5 capabilities. Operating systems include Windows, Fedora, Debian and several others.

Right now this beast of a machine is just a demo -- the company isn't sure if it will ever hit the market. However, that's what the demo is for -- to get community feedback and see if this setup is worth pursuing. I didn't get any potential pricing, but with four Titan Black cards, you can bet the price tag won't be cheap.

In addition to the gaming PC, AVADirect was also showcasing a workstation packed with two Xeon E5-2697 V2 twelve-core processors, two NZXT Kraken X40 liquid cooling systems, a Gigabyte GA-7PESH3 motherboard, and 128 GB of Kingston ValueRAM dual-rank PC3-12800 DDR3 memory. Also included were four Nvidia Tesla K40 GPUs (12 GB GDDR5), a 1 TB Samsung EVO SSD, a custom PC-P80N black chassis and a Corsair AX1200i Digital ATX 1200 watt power supply with modular cables.

AVADirect also had a mobile workstation on hand sporting Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 880M GPU (4 GB of GDDR5 VRAM), an Intel Xeon ES-2697 V2 twelve-core processor, and a 17.3-inch Full HD LED-lit screen with a 90 percent NTSC color gamut. The laptop also included 16 GB of Kingston DDR3 memory, a 120 GB Kingston HyperX 3K SSD, a DVD burner, Wireless N and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

As for the gaming desktop, should AVADirect sell this model? What should the company do or not do in regards to this "ultimate" gaming system?

 

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    ferooxidan , April 8, 2014 6:56 AM
    Maybe you should fix the typo on the title, Kevin.
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    Zepid , April 8, 2014 7:06 AM
    This article does a lot to mystify the process of plugging GPUs into a motherboard. What a hilariously ironic read for an article on Tom's Hardware.
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    catswold , April 8, 2014 7:30 AM
    Wish I had the money, household wiring, and air conditioning you'd need to own this entire set up.
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    rubix_1011 , April 8, 2014 7:37 AM
    One Titan is more than enough; let alone 4. Also, 64 GB RAM and a single 1TB SSD? Sounds like this isn't a gaming rig - it's just a big, flashy CUDA node.
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    Fragulator , April 8, 2014 7:43 AM
    What should AVADirect do with this machne? Give it to me of course.
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    Quarkzquarkz , April 8, 2014 8:02 AM
    So how much how much how much? 15,000 US Dollars? =(
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    classzero , April 8, 2014 8:03 AM
    \drool
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    _BigHead_ , April 8, 2014 8:09 AM
    Obviously its not anything i'd ever be able to afford on my current salary, but i suppose its like any luxory item right? if you save long enough, by the time you have enough money there will be something better ;) 
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    gsxrme , April 8, 2014 8:45 AM
    Hm... Quad SLI drivers, That's a fart stick and I'll never do that again
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    Adroid , April 8, 2014 10:56 AM
    It would be interesting to see what a liquid cooled 4930K, pair of 780 ti superclocked, 840 Pro, and 16 GB of good ram would do vs that monster.

    This system defines past the point of reason, and I bet the diminishing returns kick in massively.

    I'm mainly curious because I think duo 780 Tis would give that system a run for it's money - at half the cost.
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    bak0n , April 8, 2014 11:37 AM
    That is a near 14 amp draw system. Don't try running much more than a fan on the same line as it.
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    pyoverdin , April 8, 2014 4:36 PM
    Yes that's all lovely and nice,...but can it play Crysis?
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    monsta , April 8, 2014 4:51 PM
    I want!
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    t0rch , April 8, 2014 7:37 PM
    i wanna play minecraft on this with a 4K display and everything maxed out :p 
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    maruzen , April 8, 2014 10:08 PM
    how to deal with the heat from 4 GPUs? the spacing is terrible and there isn't any liquid cooling for the cards.
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    IQ11110002 , April 9, 2014 12:01 AM
    One titan is not enough! Might be ok for some of you with a cheapo 1080p screen it certainly isn't enough if you game properly on 1440p or 4k! I have 780 SLI and it aint enough for latest games cranked up to max above 1080p. As 1440p and 4k become more mainstream in next few years there will be a need for more performance wether its next gen cards or adding more to your current system, It's NEVER enough. ;) 
    One commenter is right on the money though, You do indeed need an aircon. I have a $2500 inverter aircon and it's mainly for the pc. lol
    My room gets up to 10c hotter when gaming after a few hours. Hate to think of 4 cards you would need to do some modding to your room and duct the heat into wall cavity or ceiling otherwise it would be a case of 24/7 aircon if you have pc in small room/bedroom/study.
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    lorfa , April 9, 2014 8:09 PM
    Xeon in a laptop? wtf?
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    Adroid , April 9, 2014 8:19 PM
    Quote:
    i wanna play minecraft on this with a 4K display and everything maxed out :p 


    Let's be honest, you probably want to play minecraft on ANY computer :D 
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    fooad333 , April 28, 2014 11:39 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    i wanna play minecraft on this with a 4K display and everything maxed out :p 


    Let's be honest, you probably want to play minecraft on ANY computer :D 




    that's impossible bro :p 
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    Haravikk , May 10, 2014 10:47 AM
    Okay, I get that the drives are probably a factor of the case, but why would you be bothered with up to ten drives? For a gaming rig I'd be fine with room for two, maybe four if I wanted to have mirrored SSDs and mirrored HDDs for the speed and redundancy benefits. Even so, for gaming 2.5" drives are fine and will fit almost anywhere in a case that size, leaving you free to pack as many big front fans as you can where the drives usually go.
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