Now that we've gone through the hard numbers, let's take a look at some of the more subjective qualities of the system.
The case, which is custom-airbrushed by Ironside Computers, features both our logo and Ironside's logo on the side. The airbrushing is pretty good, though for $25-$50 there is a limit to just how great the airbrushing is going to be.
The wire management is top-notch. The extent to which they routed cables meets a bar just a bit higher than I've seen from other companies. They went so far as to bundle the cables neatly behind the motherboard tray, despite it being highly unlikely that anyone would see the cables.
The case, which is built by Corsair, is quite the case. It's an excellent choice for heading to LAN parties as it features built-in handles on the top. The handles make it extremely easy to move about, despite the system weighing a fair amount.
The review wasn't all roses, however. For instance, our Battlefield 3 benchmark did not want to play nicely with the system. It turns out that LucidLogix's Virtu MVP software has compatibility issues with Battlefield 3. It's a bit of a problem when one of the most popular games can't be played straight out of the box. We're sure that Virtu MVP does help in some situations, but it should be an option as to whether or not the system features it pre-installed. Ironside should really provide the choice to the customer during purchase.
Another issue, as noted during the Storage tests, is that the SSD was plugged into a SATA2 port. Modern SSDs are capable of maxing out SATA2 and it needed to be plugged into a SATA3 port. It's a minor detail, but it's these minor details that set systems apart.
We're pleased with the customization options presented by Ironside Computers. We're also pleased by the custom airbrushing that they do. In the end, we're pretty happy with the system, barring the issues discovered and noted above, but thankfully they weren't too serious.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, Configurations, Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging, Bundle and System Pictures]
- Page 3 [Testing Methodology]
- Page 4 [CPU Tests]
- Page 5 [Storage Tests]
- Page 6 [System Tests]
- Page 7 [Gaming Tests]
- Page 8 [Temperatures, Noise, and Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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