YOU KNOW WHAT gaming PCs look like, right? Big, LED-lit cubes that look ready to hatch tiny evil cyborgs. Lesser Doctor Who villains. Mean but tidy igneous rocks. You get the idea. The Volta V, from Computer Direct Outlet, disagrees. It thinks a gaming PC looks like a beautiful, handcrafted wooden box. Thank goodness.
The Volta V, which ships this March, provides a high-powered option for people who equally value inner strength and outer tranquility. It’s a 5.5-inch tall, upgradeable computer, cut from US-grown trees, that provides a platform for your monitor and a hiding place for your keyboard. It may also be the first PC that one could describe as mid-century modern. But those aesthetics belie capable performance. Pricing starts at $2,500 for a 4K-capable rig, but you can trick out the liquid-cooled Volta V up to an 18-core Xeon processor, 64GB of RAM, an Nvidia Quadro P6000 24GB video card, and two 2TB SSDs. (There are also plenty of configurations that don’t cost five figures).
Not everyone needs a gaming PC, and not everyone who does needs it to look like it came from a Restoration Hardware catalog. But if you value facades as much as frames per second, the Volta V seems like the best-looking option to come around in a long time.