Sitting on my doorstep (not really--AVADirect requires signature at the time of delivery) was a nondescript white box. I actually really like this as it makes it unlikely that it will be pilfered during shipping, since it's hard to tell what's inside. What I found next, however, was the stuff of nightmares: packing peanuts.
While this method of shipping does a damn great job of protecting the system, it sure makes a mess when taking out the inner box. I removed a bunch of peanuts from the top and stored them in grocery bags, but some still found their way onto my floor. This does protect the system from piercings during the shipping process. Note: Make sure to dig around in the peanuts. Our motherboard box was at the bottom and contained various extra cables and such.
The system itself is shipped inside the original case box, making use of the original foam packaging.
AVADirect makes use of what I would argue is the industry standard vacuum foam to protect the heat sink and GPU during transit. Make sure to remove this before booting the system. To remind you, AVADirect tapes an 8.5x11 piece of paper over the back I/O panel, making it difficult to plug in the necessary cables, without first reading the piece of paper.
The following pictures are of the system:
This is the right side of the system, when looking from the front. It's the side the front I/O is on and the side the motherboard mounts to.
Here's a close up of the I/O. There is a headphone jack, microphone jack, two USB 3.0 ports, and two USB 2.0 ports, along with a card reader at the bottom. The power and reset buttons are on the top of the case (not pictured). The button on the top of the I/O turns lights on and off on the back of the system to light up the back panel I/O.
This is the left side of the machine and is the panel you would remove in order to gain entry to the system's main components.
Removing that panel reveals the clear interior of the system. AVADirect has sleeved the PSU cables in green, with each wire being individually sleeved. The wires have then been tied back and routed behind the motherboard tray, which we'll see in a second.
It's a bit of a shame that this case doesn't feature a window to show off the beautiful work AVADirect did on the wire management and system overall. One complaint is that the green doesn't go with the red theme on the G1.Sniper motherboard.
The backside of the motherboard is about as clean as you can get it. AVADirect has tied up the cables in a multitude of locations to keep them from moving around. It's unlikely that this routing could be cleaned up much more than it already is.
Here we see the back of the case. There are plenty of expansion slots left open for future GPU upgrades. There are lights above the rear I/O, and the expansion slots in order to make seeing what you're plugging a cable into easier.
We finish with a quick look at the motherboard box that is filled with the various "extras" left over from building the PC. This includes SATA cables, the extra modular PSU cables, cable zip ties and Velcro straps, driver CDs, manuals, and even the various socket protectors and thermal paste. Also included is a Windows 7 Home Premium disk, which is the installed operating system should you need to do a fresh install.
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- Page 1 [Introduction & Specifications, Configurations and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging, Bundle & System Pictures]
- Page 3 [Testing Methodology]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - CPU Tests]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Storage Tests]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - System Tests]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Gaming Tests]
- Page 8 [Temperatures and Noise & Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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