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Gaming System Review: Überclok's Ion


The best part about owning a new system is reveling in its performance. But not everyone wants to pay full price for the best parts when a little elbow grease can unlock so much performance from more mainstream components—and that’s why many of us overclock. Yet, there are always gamers who don’t have the time (or skill, let’s face it) to assemble a computer in the first place, let alone tune it up. After all, isn’t reliability more important than raw speed ?

Überclok knows a few things about building reliable, overclocked systems. Rather than attempt to set records for the ultimate in speed, Überclok designs its systems to last many years. So sure is the company of its technical prowess that it backs each system for three years, even going so far as to pay to have the system shipped back to its lab in case of needed repairs. And just in case you weren’t satisfied with the performance of your new Ion PC, Überclok will even let you return it within thirty days of purchase.

Here’s a quick look at the configuration Überclok sent us :

ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E8400, 3.0GHz, FSB-1333, 6MB Cache
Custom Overclocked to 4.0 GHz, FSB-1780
MotherboardGigabyte EP35, BIOS F5 (07/16/2008)
RAMCorsair TWIN2X4096-6400C4DHX, 2x 2.0 GB CAS 4-4-4-12
Custom Overclocked to DDR2-1066 CAS 5-7-7-25 (2T)
Hard DriveSeagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS
500 GB, 7200 RPM, 32 MB Cache, SATA 300
NetworkingIntegrated Realtek Gigabit Networking, PCIe
AudioIntegrated Realtek High-Definition Audio (7.1-channels)
Graphics CardsSAPPHIRE TOXIC HD 4850 512MB
675 MHz GPU, GDDR3-2200
Power SupplyCorsair CMPSU-550VX (550W, ATX12V V2.2)
System Software & Drivers
OSWindows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Build 6001 (SP1)
DirectX VersionDirectX 10.0
Graphics DriverATI Catalyst Version 8.7
KeyboardLogitech Internet 350 USB
MouseMicrosoft Wheel Mouse Optical
Warranty and Support
Warranty30-Day Money Back, 3-Years Free Replacement
SupportToll-Free Telephone Support
RepairsFree Shipping to and from Repair Center
Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.