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AVADirect is pleased to announce the launch of Exemplar, the test platform used by Road to VR for benchmarks and reviews.

December 18, 2015
Road to VR Exemplar

December 18th, 2015 | Twinsburg, OH – Road to VR and AVADirect are pleased to announce the launch of Exemplar, a high-end VR gaming PC designed for those who want to push the limits of immersion. Available starting today, Exemplar is made for VR enthusiasts who won't settle for minimum specifications.

AVADirect and Road to VR have teamed up to create Exemplar, our top-end system designed to push virtual reality experiences above and beyond what’s possible with systems built to lesser recommended VR specifications. Road to VR worked directly with AVADirect to create a system capable of handling the most demanding virtual reality experiences.

“AVADirect is excited to have established a partnership with Road to VR to create the Exemplar," said Travis Bortz, Vice President of Business Development at AVADirect. "The system's sleek design combined with its power and flexibility, thanks to an SLI-ready configuration, sets the standard for high-end VR desktops.”

The Exemplar Ultimate is the test platform used by Road to VR for benchmarks and reviews of virtual reality experiences and hardware. With published test results done against an identical platform, gamers have peace of mind knowing exactly what the system is capable of when it comes to real world virtual reality gaming.

With most upcoming PC VR headsets rendering at 2160x1200 and in stereoscopic 3D at 90 FPS, virtual reality experiences are significantly more demanding than gaming on a regular monitor; if your PC isn’t up to the task, you’ll experience choppy and possibly dizzying performance. The Exemplar is packed with powerful components designed to outperform and outlast systems built to a lesser specification.

The history of PC gaming is full of graphically ambitious titles like Half-Life 2 (2004), Crysis (2007), and Star Wars Battlefront (2015), which become de facto graphical benchmarks of their era, demanding nothing less than top-end PC hardware to achieve full fidelity. VR gaming will be no different. Virtual reality support in titles like Elite Dangerous already demands hardware beyond the recommended specification suggested by VR headset makers, and many forthcoming VR games will be able to push their visuals further with capable hardware.

"PC gamers are known for pushing the boundaries of graphics performance, and that's exactly what the most immersive VR demands," said Ben Lang, Co-founder of Road to VR. "When creating the Exemplar, we knew we needed a partner experienced in delivering reliable high-end PCs. With their track record of quality systems hand-built in the USA, AVA was the natural choice."

The Exemplar Ultimate is available starting today from AVADirect for $2,550. The Exemplar base configuration starts with the same case, cooling, and motherboard foundation as the Exemplar Ultimate but offers customizable components for the budget conscious enthusiast, starting at $1,700.

About Road to VR

Founded in 2011, Road to VR is the world’s largest independent news publication dedicated to the consumer virtual reality industry. We explore the bleeding edge of virtual reality, augmented reality, and human-computer interaction. We’re charting the course between today’s immersive technology and that of the distant future, capable of perfect simulations of reality.

About AVADirect

AVADirect is a custom computer manufacturer dedicated to providing their diverse clientele an industry-leading variety of components and options. Utilizing a unique and carefully developed combination of in-house procedures and expertise, AVADirect builds computers for business and home use, custom gaming PCs, laptops, workstations PCs, and servers at the pinnacle of quality and craftsmanship. Our customers are served by a dedicated team of experts in system configuration, architecture, assembly, and benchmarking - committed to provide the best service and craftsmanship. All computer systems manufactured by AVADirect are backed up by a best-in-the-industry warranty, personalized customer service, and free, lifetime technical support.

Exemplar Ultimate Specs:

  • Dead Silence White Cube Case w/ “Road to VR” Etched Side Panel
    (Case Dimensions: 10.5” x 16.5” x 15”)
  • SuperNOVA 850 G2 Modular Cables, 80 PLUS® Gold
  • MAXIMUS VIII GENE LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 mATX Intel Motherboard
  • Core™ i7-6700K Quad core (4 Core) 4.0 – 4.20GHz TB, HD Graphics 530, LGA 1151, 8MB L3 Cache, DDR4-2133
  • ACX mITX CPU Cooler
  • GeForce® GTX 980 Ti SuperClocked ACX 2.0 1102-1190MHz, 6GB GDDR5 7010MHz, PCIe x16 SLI, 3x DP + HDMI + DVI
  • 16GB (2 x 8GB) HyperX Fury PC4-17000 DDR4 2133MHz CL14
  • 500GB 850 EVO SSD, 3D V-NAND, 540/520 MB/s
  • 1TB Barracuda®, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache
  • 2 x 120mm Quiet Case Fan, 1500 RPM, 81.5 CFM, 23 dBA, White LED
  • Custom 20-Color LED Lighting w/ Remote
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Edition
  • Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty & LIFETIME Technical Support)

Exemplar Specs:

  • Dead Silence White Cube Case w/ “Road to VR” Etched Side Panel (Case Dimensions: 10.5” x 16.5” x 15”)

  • SuperNOVA 850 G2 Modular Cables, 80 PLUS® Gold
  • MAXIMUS VIII GENE LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 mATX Intel Motherboard

  • Core™ i5-6600 Quad core (4 Core) 3.3 – 3.90GHz TB, HD Graphics 530, LGA 1151, 6MB L3 Cache, DDR4-2133
  • ACX mITX CPU Cooler

  • GeForce® GTX 970 SuperClocked ACX 2.0 1165-1317MHz, 4GB GDDR5 7010MHz, PCIe x16 SLI, DP + HDMI + 2x DVI
  • 8GB (2 x 4GB) HyperX Fury PC4-17000 DDR4 2133MHz CL14
  • No Solid State Drive (Choose)
  • 1TB Barracuda®, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB cache
  • 2 x 120mm Quiet Case Fan, 1500 RPM, 81.5 CFM, 23 dBA, White LED

  • White LED Light
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit Edition
  • Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty & LIFETIME Technical Support)

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