A Year in Technology And Much Has Changed — Now To Prove It

Do you remember seeing this from Linus Tech Tips last year? 

$30,000 is not cheap by any standards. Nor does someone really need 7 gamers on one PC. But given a average household of 2 adults, 2.5 children… 3 might be a good in-home run. But even if we divide that by half, $15,000 is out of the reach of most people.

Thankfully in the past 18 months much has changed in the world of PC hardware. Intel Core X and AMD’s Threadripper offer more than enough CPU horsepower to drive an effort like this. New GPUs, despite the mining craze, can be found at great deals if willing to wait. And while we are waiting to see what the end solution will be for Intel’s high end of Core X we can certainly do it with what’s out today for far cheaper.

So the plan is this: An AMD Threadripper 1950X, 64GB of RAM, 3 m.2 SSDs and SSD storage to divide amongst the users. At the time Linus used the Fury X — this year we have Vega on AMD or anything at or above a GTX 1070 on NVIDIA. We’ll use Hyper-V to allow a local session and then provide 2 others — great since it’s free and has a friendly user interface for setting up.

The awesome part about this? While the concept here is gaming for demanding applications, there is absolutely no reason that no other environment couldn’t be similarly virtualized. For example — this household currently uses 5 PCs on a regular basis. Each one of those ran a minimum of $500. What if I could take all of that and put it in one PC — for slightly more cost but a heck of a lot easier to build and maintain? Want a build machine in Linux while running Windows? Shoot — we can already do that with Ryzen 7!

So here’s the start of the build list. Yes, it’s a bit expensive — but far less than both Linus’ build last year and the build AVADirect built for GTC earlier this year. The pricing here can also be easily tweaked a little bit in each direction to either build a better overall system or make it within your needs/budget.

Well, the concept is the easy part. Now it’s time to see what can be done to make this a reality. Virtualization in the consumer space has been waiting for the right catalyst — and it seems we may finally have it. Again… now it’s time to prove that.