iBUYPOWER Erebus GT Gaming System Review
iBUYPOWER has a system for you it thinks hit the sweet spot for a high-end gaming PC, and it’s called the Erebus GT.
With the Erebus GT, iBUYPOWER set out to make a slightly smaller and less expensive line of systems to complement its Erebus custom gaming series, which is now renamed the Erebus XL series. There are actually three Erebus GTs in the new line, with configurations based on the AMD FX platform starting as low as $899, but the one iBUYPOWER sent us to test is an Intel Sandy Bridge-based version that costs $2499 (as configured).
Yes, that’s a lot of moola, but as you’ll see, you get a lot of bang for those bucks.
Monitor not included; not pictured: keyboard and mouse
Front Panel Ports
Rear Panel Ports
Keyboard / Mouse
Intel Core i7-2700K (Sandy Bridge)
with water cooling
16GB DDR3-1600 (4x4GB) Corsair Vengeance
HIS Radeon HD 7970
ADATA SSD S510 120GB (6Gbps)
Hitachi 1TB HDS721010DLE630 (7200RPM)
LG Super Multi Blue Lightscribe BD-ROM/DVD Rewriter (12x)
Windows 7 Home Premium x64
2 x USB 2.0; 2 x USB 3.0; Memory card reader; headphone and mic
4 x USB 2.0; 2 x USB 3.0; 1 x FireWire; 1 x eSATA 3Gbps; GbE LAN
DisplayPort, HDMI, optical S/PDIF, DVI-D, D-sub, PS/2; 6 x audio
Integrated 7.1 surround sound
850W Thermaltake TR2 RX
iBUYPOWER keyboard and mouse
22.5 x 24 x 9 inches (WxHxD)
3 years labor, 1 year parts
$2,499 MSRP (as configured)
Instead of going with a multi-card graphics setup, which would have inflated the price of the system and added clutter to the interior of the case, iBUYPOWER kept it simple and went with a lone top-of-the-line Radeon HD 7970, liquid-cooled for your pleasure.
The drive configuration is a good example of where a little extra cost pays off, as iBUYPOWER opted for a 120GB ADATA S510 SSD boot drive paired with a spacious 1TB Hitachi HDD that offers solid 7200RPM performance on its own. They cut no corners with the memory either, equipping the Erebus GT with 16GB (4x4GB) of Corsair DDR3-1600 RAM.
Other components include an LG Super Multi Blue Lightscribe BD-ROM/DVD Rewriter (12x), front panel card reader, integrated 7.1 surround sound, and an 850W Thermaltake TR2 RX power supply.
Lest you start thinking that this is a rig you can just build yourself for less, let’s have a look at the custom case and liquid cooling setup.