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The Wooden Volta V: A Customizable, Effective & Upgradable Gaming Computer

By Ana Cordero , Feb 11, 2017 01:24 AM EST
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The best gaming computers, such as the Volta V, need not be intimidating in terms of aesthetics in order to provide the necessary power that will deliver a good gaming experience. (Photo : Aban Tech/YouTube)

When individuals usually think of gaming computers or any computer in general, they think of an intimidating combination of metal and plastic. This is only logical since this is how desktops have been made for years now. But while these monster machines definitely look the part, the Volta V proves that powerful devices can also come in welcoming packages.

As Digital Trends cited, these metal machines are usually unappealing to the innocent bystander that does not necessarily appreciate it aesthetically. However, Computer Direct Outlet is trying to change this misconception by releasing a computer that is both pleasing to the eye, but efficient and powerful still. Moreover, it is customizable to fit a user's specific needs.

The publication noted that the Volta V's wooden case is intended to fit into a more elegant and minimalist environment. And because it is wooden, there are other benefits to this which will be discussed better. But first, to appease the actual user that will still choose a powerful unit over a beautiful one.

The Volta V can be fitted with either a Skylake or a Broadwell-E Core processor with up to 32GB of RAM, M.2 SSDs and fast HDDs and Nvidia Quadro or GeForce GTX GPUs. The wood allows cooling but is helped significantly by liquid cooling and ultra-quiet fans. A dust filtration system is also in pace that will keep airflow clean and unobstructed.

While the Volta V can generally be configured in any way that the user prefers, IBTimes AU reported that the most basic setup, called the Volta V-Z170 features two 120 mm black mesh dust filters an Asus Z170 Pro Gaming motherboard, a Corsair SF600 600 W 80 Plus Gold power supply, an Intel Core i5-7400 3.0 GHz 6 MB quad-core processor, an Asetek 545LC compact liquid cooler, 8 GB DDR4 2,400 MHz RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 2 GB graphics card and a Samsung 850 Evo 250 GB SSD. But other options are available.

Designed from natural wood that is 3.99 inches thick and an aluminum base plate and legs for structural strength, the Volta V really is something to behold. It stands a humble 5.5 inches tall to serve as an ergonomic monitor stand. It also features a sliding keyboard tray that is both charming and efficient. The unibody is available in bamboo or walnut and is only made from US-grown and specifically chosen trees.

What should be the biggest selling point, however, is that the Volta V does not generate as much e-waste as regular computers do. Over 9.4 million tons of e-waste is generated annually, but the wooden design is meant to last. And to put its money where its mouth is, Computer Direct Outlet shares a percentage of the profits to the Upstate Forever nonprofit. Upstate Forever is an organization that promotes clean air and water, among other things, around South Carolina.

The Volta V is already available for pre-order here, but shipments will not start delivering until next month. The price, meanwhile, depends on the build of the unit The Volta V-Z170 is priced at just US$1,999, while the most powerful model will cost about US$12,200.

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