Gaming System Review: Überclok's Ion

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3D-GamesHeader Cell - Column 1
CrysisVersion: 1.1
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Row 3 - Cell 0 Benchmark: Benchmark_CPU.bat
PreyVersion: 1.3
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Supreme CommanderVersion: 3.220
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Unreal Tournament 3Version: Retail
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Row 15 - Cell 0 Field of View: 100
Row 16 - Cell 0 Benchmark: Botmatch (WAR-Torlan, 12 bots, 1 Minute)
AudioRow 17 - Cell 1
iTunes 7.2Version:
Row 19 - Cell 0 Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
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Lame MP3Version: 3.98 Beta 3 (05-22-2007)
Row 22 - Cell 0 Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min
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DivX 6.6Version: 6.6.1
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XviD 1.1.2Version: 1.1.2
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ApplicationsRow 38 - Cell 1
Autodesk 3D Studio MaxVersion: 9.0
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Grisoft AVG Anti-VirusVersion: 7.5.467
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Row 44 - Cell 0 Benchmark: Scanning 3.82GB Application Folder
Maxon Cinema 4DVersion: 10.008
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Row 47 - Cell 0 Benchmark: Rose Drop, 8-bits (50 Frames)
Rarlab WinrarVersion 3.70 BETA 8
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Row 51 - Cell 0 Uncompressed Folder Size: 642MB
SyntheticsRow 52 - Cell 1
SPECviewperf 9Version: 9.0.3
PCMark05 ProVersion: 1.1.0
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Futuremark 3DMark 2006Version 1.10
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SiSoftware Sandra XIIVersion 2007.5.11.40
Row 61 - Cell 0 CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia
Row 62 - Cell 0 Memory Test = Bandwidth Benchmark
Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • kitsilencer
    Sensible, still-under-warranty overclocking. Those words don't belong together.

    Overclocking should be about using liquid nitrogen, pushing pash 5.5GHz, and shortening the lifespan of the chip to 3 hours. Not years.

    But still, I'd buy this PC.
  • ap90033
    Uh why worry about Three Year Warranty? WHat you do is build it then sell it after a year or two and put that $600 you would have had to use on the Above system and you have a brand new latest and greatest system.

    I do this every year or two and end up paying out of pocket $300 or so and for around 8 years now I always have a very current system in warranty...
  • ap90033
    Oh and kit, overclocking is so much more accepted and used. A lot of people overclock a little for say a 10% gain but keep it safe...

    Why would you only want your chip to last three hours anyway? Thats STUPID! Goof...
  • randomizer
    ap90033Why would you only want your chip to last three hours anyway?E-peen of course!
  • kitsilencer
    Of course E-peen. Plus I'd get featured as an article.
  • kittle
    kitsilencerOf course E-peen. Plus I'd get featured as an article.15min of fame for a chip with a 3hr lifespan?

    each to their own....
  • ThePatriot
    Entertaining a niche market...... clever move.
  • guyladouche
    kitsilencerSensible, still-under-warranty overclocking. Those words don't belong together.Overclocking should be about using liquid nitrogen, pushing pash 5.5GHz, and shortening the lifespan of the chip to 3 hours. Not years.But still, I'd buy this PC.
    It's warrantied by Uberclock, not by the component manufacturers--hence the addition of $600 to the price tag for the insurance (aka warranty). So if something like the CPU dies, getting it replaced (for free apparently) has nothing to do with the manufacturer.
  • guyladouche
    It's a nice idea, but I don't see this going anywhere because of the terrible problems they could likely encounter with need for support/returns. One simple BSOD loop would require the entire rig to be shipped back for analysis (if the user isn't computer-savvy, which is likely the demographic they're aiming at). I wonder if the $600 overhead (in addition to whatever profits they make on the system as a whole) will recoup it? I remember "back in the day" when monarch computers would custom-build systems (no overclocking) and they went belly-up with all the returns and warranty-service (granted, if things are built carefully, there are rarely any needs for services after sale).
  • skalagon
    $600 security for $1100 components is retarded. This is only usefull if the entire pc dies. However its likely that only maybe 2 parts will die completely within the 3 year warranty time and even that is a long shot. So lets say two parts die,the cpu and the hardrive and Uberclock replace them. That means youve paid $600 for two parts worth about $270 together.
    Granted the stock parts would not be overclocked but with the spare $600 you can buy a quadcore, a better gpu, a larger hardrive and better ram, so it will probly be faster. There is no point buying this pc except if you plan on spilling a pint of water onto it. (or i suppose just so you can say "it's overclocked man!")