Apple doesn’t have gamers in mind when choosing components for its latest Macs, but PC maker Digital Storm has proven that it’s possible to build a beastly gaming rig into the iMac’s gorgeous all-in-one form factor.
Check out the company’s stunning new Aura PC, which puts NVIDIA’s latest GTX 1080 graphics card behind a 34-inch curved display.
Apple has been criticized for not making Macs better at gaming. Even as the library of games grows thanks to platforms like Steam and the Mac App Store, Macs still don’t come anywhere close to PCs in gaming performance.
Oculus founder Palmer Luckey recently made headlines when he said his company’s Rift headset would be compatible with Macs because not even a $6,000 Mac Pro is capable of supporting it, yet you could buy a compatible PC for a fraction of the cost.
But Apple could make Macs great at gaming without sacrificing its iconic designs.
The Aura is proof of this. Behind its 34-inch WQHD (3440 x 1440) display, you’ll find speedy Intel processors, ample RAM, and NVIDIA graphics cards that will deliver a smooth experience inside any game you can buy today.
Starting at $1,999, the “Good” Aura comes with an Intel Core i5 chip, a GTX 960 4GB graphics card, and 16GB of RAM. The “Better” model gives you a faster Core i5 chip and a GTZ 97o 4GB for $2,294, while the “Best” model gives you a Core i7 and a GTX 980Ti 6GB for $2,748.
Things get really interest when you upgrade to the $3,127 “Ultimate” Aura. This gets you a Core i7 6700K processor and NVIDIA’s latest GTX 1080 graphics with a whopping 8GB of memory. It’s built with VR in mind, and it’ll play any game in 4K at high settings.
All three models come with a 500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD and a 1TB 7,200 rpm hard drive as standard — plus a Vortex liquid CPU cooler to keep things quiet.
You’d need to spend $3,199 on an iMac to get a high-end Core i7 chip, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of RAM — and even after adding the top-of-the-line Radeon R9 M395X GPU with 4GB of memory, you’re going to get a poor experience when you take the resolution past 1080p.
And if you need more power in the future, you can pull components out of the Aura and upgrade them individually when you’re ready. I don’t even need to tell you there’s no chance of doing that with the iMac.
Digital Storm wins this one, Apple.
Source: Digital Storm