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Walmart's homegrown gaming PCs are surprisingly good

Like, GeForce GTX 1080 Ti good.
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Walmart is getting into the gaming PC business. The retailer has announced an exclusive line of three laptops and three desktop towers under the name Overpowered -- and the specs are actually pretty good. The machines, available only from Walmart, have been designed in partnership with Esports Arena.

Firstly, the laptops. Walmart's entry-level machine is the "OP Gaming Laptop 15" which comes with a 15.6-inch display with a 144Hz refresh rate, a Core i5-8300H processor, 8GB of RAM and a GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. Storage-wise, it offers up a 128GB SSD with a 1TB HDD. Not bad for $999.

Next up is a "Plus" version, which bumps the specs up to a Core i7-8750H processor with 16GB of RAM, a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GPU and a 256GB SSD paired with a 1TB HDD. This one's on sale for $1,399. Then there's a 17-inch version with the same CPU and GPU, but with an eye-watering 32GB of RAM and 2TB HDD alongside the 256 SSD, hence its heftier price tag of $1,699. All of the laptops come with a mechanical keyboard with RGB lighting, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port, and a USB 2.0 port.

Walmart's not gone into great detail about its desktop offerings, but we know the three models -- DTW1, DTW2 and DTW3 -- each come with a Core i7-8700 processor, and, respectively, a GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, a GeForce GTX 1080 and a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. More specs and pricing details on the desktop models will be announced in due course, although some reports suggest the mid-range model will retail around $1,899. A good price for high-spec kit you wouldn't expect to find at Walmart.

Update 10/30/18 12:15PM ET: This post has been updated to indicate that Esports Arena helped design the computers, not built them.

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