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Three High-End Gaming Systems Compared

Vigor Gaming Colossus

Vigor Gaming provided the most hardware-intense configuration for today’s comparison, with two Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processors and three GTX 280 graphics cards headlining its specification sheet. Like other custom-PC builders, the company also offers less expensive configurations, but chose its Colossus to represent what its experts are capable of building.

Vigor Gaming builds its Colossus in Cooler Master’s CM Stacker 810 full-tower chassis, which due to its height, is designed to be placed on a floor. The chassis includes a front-panel device at the top, while Vigor Gaming added a standard 16x DVD-RW from Asus for optical media.

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Two Cooler Master Hyper 212 units cool the QX9775 processors, which can be overclocked to 4.00 GHz even though the sockets are so close to each other.

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Three unmarked GeForce GTX 280 graphics cards employ 3-way SLI mode in order to deliver the utmost in graphics horsepower. Though we didn’t find a brand label on these units, the 650 MHz GPU and GDDR3-2300 memory speeds are currently matched by MSI.

The biggest “problem” with the dual-socket Intel Skulltrail motherboard is that it requires a server chipset and hot-running DDR2 FB-DIMMs. Vigor Gaming made the best of this difficult situation by using eight gigabytes of Kingtson’s DDR2-800 ECC parts at CAS 5.

This much hardware is sure to draw extreme amounts of power, so Vigor Gaming chose Thermaltake’s Toughpower 1200 W unit to bear the load.