|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.
|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|
|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.