EVGA Unveils Outrageous Open Air PC with Carbon Fiber Chassis – ExtremeTech

January 31, 2022 by No Comments

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(Photo: EVGA)PC component and accessories maker EVGA has pulled the wraps off its all-new E1 open air PC “concept” design, and the “sports car adjacent” gaming rig is every bit as enticing as a Formula 1 prototype. Though EVGA isn’t known for producing entire PCs, much less exotic ATX chassis, the E1 is like nothing we’ve ever seen. We say that not because of its open air design, which is nothing new, but because of its extensive use of carbon fiber as well as the fact that instead of mounting the motherboard to the case like most cases, the E1 uses steel cables to suspend the motherboard in the center of the contraption. Some might call it a PC, others might call it a work of art. All we know is EVGA isn’t mentioning price just yet, which tells us it’s one of those, “if you have to ask,” scenarios. It’s also only available in limited quantities, and to EVGA members only.

Naturally, the E1 is loaded with EVGA’s most high-end components, including several from its Kingpin line. Kingpin is EVGA’s brand for flagship products designed for extreme overclocking. But starting with the chassis, it’s a 100 percent 3k plain weave carbon fiber, which means there are 3,000 filaments of carbon fiber per “tow,” which is the name for the fiber with all the strands twisted together. This allows the frame to be both extremely light, coming in at just 2.76lbs, while also being very strong. EVGA claims it’s the lightest chassis in its class, by volume. The motherboard is hung from the chassis using steel cables, which is a design the company calls “independent suspension,” which it says is patent pending.

The E1’s carbon chassis is feather weight at just under 3lbs. (Image: EVGA)

At the heart of the system is the company’s soon-to-be-released Z690 Dark Kingpin motherboard, which is its flagship board for Intel’s latest Alder Lake CPUs. It’s designed for overclocking, and includes a 21-phase VRM as well as a 10-layer PCB, as well as every bell and whistle you’d expect on such a board, including dual 2.5Gb/s Intel NICs. EVGA isn’t saying which CPU it is using, but it’s a safe bet it will be an overclocked Core i9-12900K.

Bolted to the board is the also elusive Kingpin GPU, which isn’t identified but will probably be an RTX 3090 Ti, and it features a hybrid design like previous Kingpin GPUs. That means it’ll be connected to the system’s 7th gen closed-loop liquid cooling system, which is comprised of dual 360mm radiators — one in the front of the chassis, and one on top. The water block on top of the CPU features an LCD that displays temperatures for the CPU and coolant, as well as fan and pump speeds. What’s really interesting is the cooling system appears to be connected to a row of analog gauges that sit at the bottom of the chassis, just above the I/O ports.

 

The unique analog gauges of the E1 gaming rig. (Image: EVGA)

Powering the whole thing is an EVGA 1600W Titanium power supply with “limited” 3K carbon fiber finish, so it’s likely exclusive to this PC and won’t be available for purchase separately. …….

Source: https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/331105-evga-unveils-outrageous-open-air-pc-with-carbon-fiber-chassis

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