While some may argue that desktop PCs are going out of fashion, the machines we’ve seen at CES 2018 show there’s plenty of life left in the form factor, with no shortage of desktops offering power and performance that mobile devices can only dream of.
And, while the traditional PC has been around for decades, we’re still seeing how far some manufacturers are willing to push the envelope to create some truly impressive and desirable machines – here are the best we’ve seen at CES 2018.
This level of customization is pretty neat, and the new PC cases feature Origin PC’s Variable Mounting Technology, which allows the motherboard to be mounted in four different orientations. Origin PC will then fill the PC with some of the latest PC components of your choice, creating a flexible and upgradable setup.
Digital Storm Spark
Despite its small size, it can feature up to a GTX 1080 graphics card and Intel Core i7 8700K processor, making it a very capable gaming PC indeed. These high-end components are kept chilled with a custom hardline liquid cooling system.
Digital Storm has also answered one of our concerns about small-form-factor PCs with the Spark, by ensuring that it’s easy to upgrade and expand in the future, making this a tiny PC that’s plenty future-proof, and one of the best PCs we’ve seen at CES 2018.
Asus ROG Strix GL12
That’s backed up with one of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, and 8GB of DDR4 system RAM (running at 2666MHz). Storage includes options up to a 512GB PCIe SSD, and up to a 2TB hard disk.
The design – which Asus describes as ‘unconventional’ and ‘aggressive’ – certainly stood out on the CES show floor, thanks not just to its angular design, but also the use of Aura Sync customizable lighting. This can be synced with other Asus gaming peripherals that also use the Aura Sync lighting system.
Zotac hasn’t revealed much more about the specs of its new Magnus gaming mini PC, but the thought of having a powerful new 8th-generation processor in such a small desktop PC has got us very intrigued, and we’re looking forward to giving it a full review when it becomes available later this year.
MSI Infinite X
These are all kept cool thanks to a Silent Storm Cooling 3 Pro cooling system. The chassis itself is illuminated by MSI’s Mystic Light RGB LED lighting system, and the front features a brushed aluminum finish.