Although those systems are still around, and we still love to play with them, the boutique builders are using their design and engineering skills to build smaller systems that still pack a mean punch on the performance side. We’re starting to see beautiful custom chassis with cool asymmetric angles and components packed in with the utmost care and creativity.
iBuypower’s Revolt is a perfect example of this trend. We first got an up-close look at this thing at CES this January, and now we’ve had the chance to pore over it in detail.
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Rear Panel Ports:
Intel Core i7-3770K (3.5GHz)
8GB G.Skill DDR3-1600 MHz (1 x 8GB)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 (2GB)
Intel IBP-Z77E/S mini ITX
1TB WD Caviar Blue 7200RPM, SATA 6Gbps
Intel SSD 330 Series 120GB
Slot load DVD+/-RW
NZXT Kraken X40 Liquid CPU Cooling System w/ 140mm Radiator
WiFi, Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet
USB 3.0 (x2), SD card reader, mic, headphone, ODD slot
PS/2, optical S/PDIF, USB 3.0 (x4), USB 2.0 (x2), eSATA2,
LAN with LED, Clear CMOS button, HD audio jacks (x5)
Realtek 7.1-channel w/content protection, Blu-ray audio support
Revolt Custom 500W FSP 1U, Gold Certified
16 x 4.6 x 16.2 inches (HxWxL)
3yr limited, with lifetime phone support
$1,399 (as configured)
iBuypower did not skimp on the storage side of things, and in fact it’s one of the strengths of the system. There’s a 1TB WD Caviar Blue hard drive, which is a solid offering at 7200RPM and with a SATA 6Gbps interface, but it’s paired with a 120GB Intel SSD 330 Series SSD. The optical drive is a slot loading DVD+/-RW that’s built right into the front panel.
The PSU is a custom 500W unit (FSP 1U, Gold Certified), and the system enjoys an NZXT Kraken X40 (140mm radiator) liquid cooling system that’s far more understated than the name implies.
Predictably, the Revolt also runs Windows 8. Although the Revolt starts at just $639, our unit as configured costs $1,399.