Zotac unveils VR GO 40 backpack computer based on Intel

Zotac unveils VR GO 4.0 backpack computer based on Intel Tiger Lake and NVIDIA RTX A4500

Zotac announced the release VRGO 4.0 his fourth-generation backpack gaming computer. The manufacturer positions the unusual device as a gaming system for virtual reality. Externally, VR GO 4.0 has not changed compared to the previous version, but its filling has become more powerful.

    Image source: Zotac

Image source: Zotac

The heart of VR GO 4.0 is the Intel Core i7-11800H mobile processor of the Tiger Lake generation. The professional NVIDIA RTX A4500 accelerator with 7168 CUDA cores and 20 GB of GDDR6 memory is responsible for graphics processing. The previous version of the device featured a Core i7-9750H chip and GeForce RTX 2070 graphics.

On the one hand, it might seem odd to opt for a not-quite-gaming graphics card. However, the NVIDIA RTX A4500 is much more powerful than any entry-level gaming accelerator. For example, it has 1024 CUDA cores more than the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti gaming model. At the same time, the NVIDIA RTX A4500 consumes 200 watts of power. For comparison, for the same GeForce RTX 3080, the stated power consumption is 350 watts. For VR GO 4.0, power consumption is very important for autonomy as the backpack computer runs on battery power.

The novelty offers 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. If you wish, you can install up to 32 GB of RAM. There is also the option of installing an M.2 NVMe solid state drive and a 2.5-inch SSD or SATA III hard drive.

The set of external ports of the device consists of four USB 3.1 Type-A, one USB 3.1 Type-C, two USB 3.0, two DisplayPort and one HDMI. There’s also a pair of 3.5mm audio jacks and an SD memory card reader. In standalone mode, Zotac VR GO 4.0 is powered by dual 86.4Wh hot-swappable batteries.

The company did not provide any information on the release date of VR GO 4.0, as well as the cost. The previous version of the camper computer was offered for just under $2000. Considering using a professional NVIDIA RTX A4500 as part of a new generation of devices, its price can be even higher.

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