Xidax X-6 Desktop Review

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Price Analysis & Conclusion

The Xidax X-6 gaming PC is not identifiable by any particular configuration, but this high-priced version we have before us today holds nothing back with its aesthetic focus, with tempered-glass side panels that showcase green braided cables, green LED fans, and a green LED light strip. We weren’t crazy about the color, but you can choose any color you want (or go RGB for a little more money), and we like a PC that stands out from the crowd.

All of these aesthetic bonuses don’t come without a price, and the flashy bling would normally put another $165 on the bill. This isn’t that bad considering Xidax asks just about retail pricing for the Thermaltake Riing LED fans, and the braided cables are less expensive than what many other competing custom shops charge. A $40 fee for a single LED strip could be questionable, but Xidax is currently offering the colored cables and LED strip as an optional freebie, making the fans ($85) the only aesthetic expense applied to our total. Many enthusiasts would sneer at a $25 per component overclocking fee, but for the uninitiated, these services can make a good gaming PC into a great gaming PC. Xidax even warranties its work even with overclocks applied.

Under the hood, Xidax provides an impressive specimen of a Z270 platform, with the kind of performance you would expect from a custom builder. The overclocked components may cost you another $50, but for the uninitiated, the performance boost and use of high-performance components makes the difference between a real PC and the big-brand store-bought options out there. Our benchmark testing showed it performs exactly as an overclocked gaming rig with an Intel Core i7-7700K and GTX 1070 graphic card should, and it’s capable of excellent framerates at 1920 x 1080 and 2560 x 1440.

The asking price of $2,094 is a lot of money, and we’ve reviewed systems with GTX 1080 GPUs inside that weren't much more expensive. This was also before the graphics card price boom from the latest crypto-currency craze, and you'd be hard pressed to find a gaming PC with a Core i7-7700K, liquid cooling, a high-capacity SSD, an overclocked GTX 1070, an 80 Plus Gold certified 850W PSU, and a tempered-glass case for less. Taking all this into account, in addition to Xidax’s lifetime warranty, you realize that although it may cost a bit more, you are indeed getting what you pay for in a pre-built, customizable gaming system.

(And yes, as always, we understand you can build your own for less.)

Without any of the mods, fans, or tuning, this configuration of the X-6 would go for a more reasonable $1,959 (keeping the tempered glass). You could also shave another $77 by dropping to a 550W PSU. This particular setup seemed like a business card tailored for a reviewer instead of a something a customer would order (it also needs more storage capacity), but it does give us a clear look at the value Xidax can offer to gamers who aren't necessarily PC enthusiasts. A custom-built, no-strings-attached overclocked gaming PC with all the bells and whistles could be exactly what some consumers are looking for, and Xidax won’t let those buyers down.

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Derek Forrest
Derek Forrest is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He writes hardware news and reviews gaming desktops and laptops.
  • cknobman
    $2100 for a i7-7700 and a GTX 1070 is a ripoff no matter how you spin it.
  • Brian_227
    4 months ago I bought a new system with a 7700K, 16gb, and a 1070 with name brand components for $1199. This thing has a nice case but it's a thousand dollar case.
  • static1120
    I had not logged on in years... just to comment, if the case is what makes this computer $1,000 I have no idea what everyone considers good looking.
    In my opinion that case is disgusting, would not pay over $40 for it including shipping, basically making it free