Xotic PC released its "Exodus - Intel Z170" gaming desktop, which will set you back nearly $6,714.
This ultra high-end PC draws its gaming power from two MSI Gaming Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti OC Edition GPUs with 6 GB of GDDR5 each in an SLI configuration, which should make gaming at 4K resolutions with smooth framerates viable. With the price tag and the two GTX 980 Ti graphics cards, we expected Xotic PC to use a Haswell-E system with more PCI-E lanes, but instead the company opted to use an Intel 6th Gen (Skylake) Core i7-6700K CPU overclocked to 4.8 GHz. To keep the system cool with its overclock, Xotic PC included a custom single-loop water cooler for the CPU and both GPUs.
The downside to using Skylake over the Haswell-E platform is that it has fewer CPU cores and significantly fewer PCI-E 3.0 lanes available to feed the GPUs, which could create a bottleneck in some situations. Switching to the Haswell-E platform would have likely increased the price a little, but if you're willing to drop thousands on a gaming PC, you would probably be willing to shell out an extra $200-300 for Haswell-E if it meant you would have better performance.
The PC also includes 32 GB (4x8 GB) of Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 memory clocked at 2666 MHz in a dual-channel configuration. For storage, the system uses three 500 GB Samsung 850 Evo SSDs in a RAID 0, and it contains a 1 TB 7200 RPM Seagate Barracuda HDD. The system also has a high-power Evga SuperNOVA 1300 G2 Gold PSU rated with an 80 Plus Gold efficiency certificate that's capable of outputting up to 1300 W of power.
The system is put together inside of an Inwin 909 PC case. For additional cooling, Xotic PC installed the Thermaltake Riing 12RGB internal lighting kit that includes three 120 mm fans capable of roughly 40 CFM of airflow. The kit also comes with a remote that can change the color of the fan’s LED lights.
|Xotic PC Exodus - Intel Z170|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-6700K Overclocked To 4.8 GHz|
|GPU||2x MSI Gaming Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 TI 6 GB GDDR5 OC Edition GPUs in SLI|
|Motherboard||MSI Z170A XPower Gaming Titanium Edition|
|RAM||32 GB (4x8 GB) Kingston HyperX Fury DDR4 2666 MHz|
|Storage||3x 500 GB Samsung 850 Evo SSDs in RAID 01 TB 7200 RPM Seagate Barracuda 64 MB Cache SATA 6.0 Gb/s|
|Power Supply||EVGA SuperNOVA 1300 G2 Gold Power Supply Unit 1300 W|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
The Exodus - Intel Z170 is available now in this configuration from Xotic PC.
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The price doesn't match the specs, bells and whistles. Even for a boutique builder.
The problem is, the case is something you can buy from In Win directly. Its not a custom component, you can order it from an online retailer. I have always liked In Win's cases but could never justify the cost.
I was just reading that post last night. this outfit sound like a complete joke. There's no smoke without fire.
It definitely improves your sequential read/write speeds. So, y'know, during the two times in your life where you might copy a single 4GB, awesome.
But yeah, otherwise, it does nothing except add latency. Marketing aside, I think the practical reason for doing RAID0 on 3 SSDs is just for the sake of having all three SSDs as one large volume. RAID1 could accomplish this, but RAID0 would provide some wear leveling. All the SSDs would see an equal amount of wear in RAID0, as opposed to the second and third SSDs doing literally nothing while the first SSD does all the work until you finally do fill up the volume with enough data to utilize the additional SSDs in the array
But mostly marketing. Because this is so volatile as to be just stupid. Honestly, for $6k, they could certainly throw in a 2TB 850 Evo. But nope, they need the bullet point on the press release saying "OMG SUPER FAST SSD RAID0 TELL YOUR NEIGHBORS."