Hardware Continued: Internal Components
The Ion PC configuration Überclok delivered was only a moderate step up from the brand’s base model, relying on overclocking rather than expensive components to provide optimized performance. Let’s take a closer look at the parts.
Überclok gets its overclocking advantage by starting with an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 processor, its Wolfdale core famed for reaching clock speeds in excess of 4.0 GHz with proper cooling.
The Xigmatek HDT-S1284 uses a 120 mm fan and direct-contact heat-pipes to keep the overclocked E8400 cool and stable. Überclok assures high contact pressure by using Xigmatek’s optional ACK-I7751 screw-down mounting brackets, rather than the cooler’s standard push-pin clips.
Gigabyte’s EP35-DS3L is already a favorite among Tom’s Hardware readers for budget overclocking systems, so Überclok’s choice was easy.
Corsair’s DDR2-800 XMS2 CAS 4 offers top performance at a lower cost than the same brand of DDR2-1066, but offers similar overclocking potential.
Seagate’s 500 GB Barracuda 7200.11 series is fairly fast, and Überclok chose the most potent version with 32MB cache.
The most important part of a mainstream gaming system is the graphics card, and AMD has released a clear value leader in the HD 4850. Überclok wouldn’t settle for just any HD 4850 however, and the company picked Sapphire’s overclocked Toxic Edition for its 675 MHz clock speed and 512MB GDDR3-2200 memory.