CLX launches a gaming desktop that is two PCs in one

Dubbed the “Duo Gaming” PC, the new CLX Hathor features an Intel NUC Extreme Compute Element in addition to the main components.

CLX today announced the launch of one of the most unique desktop PCs out there, dubbed the “Duo Gaming PC” but also designed as a device you can use to play and stream without needing two separate computers . If you haven’t heard of CLX, it’s a systems integrator, meaning it makes custom PCs, typically gaming-focused, with customer-selected parts.

Called the CLX Hathor, this new model is essentially a tower desktop PC that includes a second PC thanks to the design of the Intel NUC 12 Extreme Compute Element. First PC is pretty much a standard affair for a desktop PC. It comes with Intel Core desktop processors up to a Core i9-13900K with 24 cores and 32 threads and up to Nvidia GeForce RTTX 40 series or Intel Arc 7 series graphics if that’s what you prefer. You can also get up to 64GB of RAM, and there are options to upgrade storage and network connectivity, and you can even choose the power cables, cooler, thermal paste, and so on.

Angled view of the CLX Hathor desktop showing the internal components, including a second processing unit under the motherboard.

The really interesting part, however, is that in the same chassis is a second PC that uses the Intel NUC 12 Extreme Compute Element. This is essentially a standalone mini PC, but it’s small enough to fit in a full-tower case alongside the main PC components. The Compute Element is available with up to an Intel Core i9-12900 processor and 64GB of RAM, plus it comes with its own storage and connectivity, including 10Gb Ethernet and various ports. This is intended as a supplementary system, allowing you to stream your game, for example, while the main computer does the actual gaming.

Thankfully, there’s quite a bit of cooling here, with an AiO liquid cooler and plenty of fans on all sides of the case to move air through the case. This should keep both PCs running smoothly, even with all the power packed into them. Both systems also use the same power supply, so you need to make sure you have enough power to run whatever you load into your configuration. The machine is available with a power supply up to 1600W, which should be more than enough.

Of course, putting two computers in one case doesn’t come cheap. The CLX Hathor starts at a whopping $3,999, which doesn’t include things like a discrete GPU for the main PC. However, if you have the money for it, you can check out the CLX Hathor on the company’s website.

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