Velocity Micro Intros HTPC, Gaming Rig ''Hybrid''

Virginia-based Velocity Micro launched on Tuesday a hybrid PC that combines the best of a home theater rig and a PC gaming desktop. Starting at $1,899 USD, it's designed to "dominate" the living room offering 1080p gaming, media streaming, Cable Card functionality with DVR, Blue-ray playback and loads more.

Called the Raptor MultiPlex, it's built in a solid aluminum case and packed with premium grade components that are acoustically tuned and hand assembled just south of Washington D.C. Components include Core i5 and Core i7 "Ivy Bridge" processors, Nvidia GeForce GTX600 series graphics, Intel 520 Series SSD boot drives and more.

"Since our early days, Velocity Micro’s focus has been largely in two categories – powerful enthusiast desktops and stunning home theater PCs," said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. "With the Raptor MultiPlex, we’ve essentially brought those two categories together to create something really awe-inspiring. It was a natural progression for us and we think our customers are going to love it."

According to the key spec list, the hybrid rig features an Asus P8Z77-V Pro Motherboard with Thunderbolt, 16 GB of DDR3-2133 memory, digital TV tuners capable of up to 4 concurrent recordings, up to three 2 TB hard drives configured in RAID 5, high definition 9.1 Channel audio with S/PDIF out, a front panel VFD display with remote, an 850 watt Corsair power supply (Nvidia SLI certified) and Windows 8 Pro.

On the CPU front, the rig offers the 3.40 GHz Intel Core i5-3570K quad-core CPU with 6 MB of cache. For $140 more, customers can choose the 3.50 GHz Intel Core i7-3770K quad-core processor with 8 MB of cache. GPU offerings range from the 2 GB eVGA Nvidia GTX 660 GDDR5 card to the 2 GB eVGA Nvidia GTX 680 GDDR5 card (+$390). Cooling is provided by an Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro heatsink with an ultra-quiet fan and heat pipes.

"The Raptor MultiPlex is so much more than just a Home Theater PC," the company said. "This system is designed to be the most powerful living room PC on the market, capable of 1080p gaming, media streaming, Cable Card functionality with DVR, Blu ray playback, and so much more. Converge all of your home theater devices, gaming console, and gaming PC into this single remarkable, immensely powerful unit."

To customize the Raptor MultiPlex hybrid PC, head here.

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  • das_stig
    Although the Artic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro is a good heatsink, the Scythe "Big Shuriken 2" CPU Cooler would have been better.