HP has announced the launch of its new range of HP Envy Phoenix Gaming desktops, which in this case are specifically designed to work with virtual reality systems and have a certificate that HP has invented for the occasion: “Virtual Reality Certified », which only means that its internal hardware is capable of moving virtual reality systems, no more and no less.
In one way or another, it is good to see that manufacturers begin to launch equipment, even if they are OEM, prepared to move virtual reality systems because, as we have been telling you for a long time, it is in this field that many manufacturers are putting all their efforts lately (you will have noticed that for a couple of months everything is virtual reality, they already seem to have forgotten about the 4K that they tried to shoehorn into our eyes).
There are two computers that HP has presented under this new HP Envy Phoenix family, the 860-170VR and the 860-170VX, both of similar aesthetics but one much more expensive than the other because it incorporates more powerful hardware.
HP Envy Phoenix 860-170VR
This equipment incorporates an Intel Core i7-6700K processor that can be Overclocked by the user, mounted on an Intel Z170 square and accompanied by 16 GB of DDR4 2133 Mhz RAM. A curiosity is that HP has integrated a custom liquid cooling system, manufactured of course by Asetek. In addition to the above, the 860-170VR features an AMD Radeon R9 390X graphics card with 8GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory, a 2TB capacity mechanical hard drive, and an 80Plus Gold efficiency-certified 600W power supply.
This equipment will have a price that will be around 1,700 euros (Hello, Asus).
HP Envy Phoenix 860-170VX
This model has the same processor, motherboard, case and cooling as the previous one, but in this case the amount of DDR4 RAM goes up to 24 GB and the graphics card is replaced by an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 9 80 Ti with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 graphics memory. For some reason the power supply goes down to 500W, a power that is still enough but it will make the equipment work somewhat in this regard.
This model will be sold for a price of around 2,000 euros.
You can see (and buy) all the models in the Envy Phoenix range on the HP website, where you can also modify the hardware configuration (increase RAM, add hard drives…) if you want. Also with both models, HP gives away a SteelSeries Siberia V2 headset.