We're taking our first look at iBUYPOWER's next-gen gaming desktop. Specifically, we have the iBUYPOWER Paladin Gaming System in the lab to undergo our extensive testing and scrutinization.
The Paladin is a highly-configurable machine based upon the next-generation Haswell microarchitecture. You can select from a range of cases, components, and other configuration options.
Please note that PCMark 7 has been updated to the latest version, causing previous benchmark results to not be comparable. We have archived these results. Unfortunately, this means there are fewer systems to compare to.
Without further ado, let's dive into the meat of this review and see what the Paladin is made of.
Specifications, Configurations and Pricing
We've got a fully loaded version of the iBUYPOWER Paladin in our labs. It's equipped with Intel's latest Haswell-powered i7-4770K. It features a base speed of 3.5GHz and supports TurboBoost up to 3.9GHz. It's a quad-core part and features HyperThreading, meaning it presents eight threads to the operating system.
Cooling is provided by Corsair's H60 all-in-one liquid cooling set up. It makes use of a 120mm radiator combined with a water block and pump combo. The H60 should be more than enough to keep the i7-4770K's temperatures in check.
The 4770K is slotted into a GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-UD4H. This motherboard features support for CrossFire and SLI, making it the perfect base for a gaming PC. Three PCIe-x16 expansion slots allow for up to three video cards to be linked together using SLI or Crossfire. It features onboard USB 3.0 and SATA 3 6Gbps. The motherboard features red accents which are carried through with the RAM.
Two 8GB G.Skill DDR3 DIMMs are slotted into the motherboard's RAM slots, leaving two slots open for easy expansion to 32GB in the future. They feature red heat spreaders, helping to carry the theme of red throughout the entire system core.
Graphics are provided by an AMD Radeon HD 7990, which also features a red and black theme. The AMD Radeon 7990 is a dual-GPU video card meaning that it features two GPU cores on a single PCIe-x16 expansion card. Dual-GPU cards are usually power hungry and loud, so we'll have to keep an eye on how it performs in our different benchmarks. All of these components are housed inside an NZXT Phantom 630.
Windows 8 64-bit is the operating system pre-installed on our Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB. Users can customize the Paladin to come with various 64-bit versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8 Pro 64-bit. Storage is provided by a 7,200RPM 1TB Western Digital Blue drive.
Configuration is endless, thanks in part to the case. iBUYPOWER offers a high degree of customization. Individual components can be selected from different manufacturers for most of the major components in the system.