Our good friends at Corsair have come to the party in a big way, helping us round off the system in style. First we've got the 800D case which I absolutely love; it's a real pleasure to build in and I'm such a fan of it that I actually own one myself.
Apart from its massive size, one of the best features is the way the cable management system works. So much thought has gone into the design of the case and it really shows when it comes to building a system based around it.
On the RAM front we've got a 4GB kit of Dominators that come in with a 2133MHz DDR memory clock that offer serious speed for the P67 platform. The Dominator series has always been a great one and Corsair continues to push speed to the limit with the series. We've also got the Airflow cooler, but that's not installed at the moment. Instead we'll ship that in the box just to make sure it doesn't fall off during transit.
Next to that RAM we've got the Corsair H70 water cooler which has proven itself to be nothing short of fantastic. You've got a water cooling kit here that takes no effort to setup and offers amazing performance. Really, we're not sure what more you could ask for from a cooler.
Of course, to power this beast you want the best power supply on the market, and that's the AX1200. I've had four of these come to me now; three on my testbed and this one here. The unit is just awesome. It runs everything you throw at it.
What we haven't mentioned, though, is the boot drive scenario. Yes, we've got a couple of 2TB drives from Western Digital, but Corsair has come through with two 120GB SSD drives that we're running in RAID 0. That offers you a massive 240GB of RAID 0 SSD storage which is more than enough for all your main goodies and heaps of speed that is going to help make sure everything runs fast.
If that wasn't enough to get you to pull out your wallet and donate some money to a great cause, Corsair has brought even more goodies. For when no one else is in the house they've sent the house rumbling SP2500 speaker system which our audio guru has raved about along with the boss who was also lucky to get a pair. Of course, as the sun goes down and people start to go to bed, the SP2500 might not be the best choice, and we've got the HS1A headphones on offer to cater to that period.
Still not enough? - We've also got the Flash Voyager GTR 128GB that's going to help move files around or help make sure you've got everything backed up.
All these goodies combined together create a real mean system and we're going to find out just how mean that system can be in a couple pages.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Thanks AVADirect & GIGABYTE]
- Page 3 [Thanks Sapphire, Western Digital & Thermaltake]
- Page 4 [Thanks Corsair]
- Page 5 [Overclocking]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup and 3DMark 11]
- Page 7 [3DMark Vantage]
- Page 8 [Unigine Heaven Benchmark]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Resident Evil 5]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Aliens vs. Predator]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - Far Cry 2]
- Page 14 [Final Thoughts]