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Gaming System Review: Überclok's Ion
Überclok Ion Configuration
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, 3.0GHz, FSB-1333, 6MB Cache
Custom Overclocked to 4.0 GHz, FSB-1780
Motherboard Gigabyte EP35, BIOS F5 (07/16/2008)
RAM Corsair TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX, 2x 2.0 GB CAS 4-4-4-12
Custom Overclocked to DDR2-1066 CAS 5-7-7-25 (2T)
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS
500 GB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache, SATA 300
Networking Integrated Realtek Gigabit Networking, PCIe
Audio Integrated Realtek High-Definition Audio (7.1-channels)
Graphics Cards SAPPHIRE TOXIC HD 4850 512MB
675 MHz GPU, GDDR3-2200
Power Supply Corsair CMPSU-550VX (550W, ATX12V V2.2)
System Software & Drivers
OS Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Build 6001 (SP1)
DirectX Version DirectX 10.0
Graphics Driver ATI Catalyst Version 8.7

Because every Überclok custom PC comes factory-overclocked, many of us would like to see what settings were used. That’s very easy to show, since the system uses a standard motherboard with retail BIOS.

Getting to 4.0 GHz with the Core 2 Duo E8400 was as simple as raising the bus speed to 445 MHz clock (FSB-1780), but keeping the system stable required increasing the CPU core voltage and FSB to 1.425V and 1.450 volts. Überclok also raises the memory to its recommended 2.10 volts, but left speed and timing adjustments up to Gigabyte’s EP35-DS3L BIOS to sort out.

We used our most recent System Builder Marathon PC for comparison, adding Überclok’s choice of Keyboard and Mouse for price comparison.

June SBM Mid-Range PC Components
CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
CPU Cooler Swiftech H20-120
Motherboard MSI P7N SLI Platinum
RAM A-Data PC2-6400 2x 2048MB
Graphics 2x ECS GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB
Hard Drives 2x Western Digital Caviar 500GB RAID 0
Sound Integrated High-Definition Audio
Case NZXT Tempest
Power FSP Group FX600-GLN
DVD-RW Sony Optiarc DVD-RW
Operating System Vista Ultimate 32-bit

Our June “Mid-Range” System Builder Marathon configuration appears to have nothing in common with Überclok’s completely modern Ion, but both systems are overclocked by experienced technicians and priced towards similar budgets. The Ion actually costs a little more than our SBM system. But remember, it’s backed by Überclok’s 3-year warranty policy.

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