iBuyPower Gamer Paladin F970 System

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Performance Analysis & Conclusion

Performance Analysis:  The Gamer Paladin F970 scored exceptionally well in some tests and very good in some others. Although this system doesn’t find itself with the top scores in all of our benchmark tests, it fares pretty well overall. The Paladin F790 especially shined in many of the gaming benchmarks where we used ultra high image quality and anti-aliasing settings to stress the system. Considering this system targets gamers, the gaming results are what we feel are most important. Our benchmarks show the Gamer Paladin F970 is a very capable gaming machine that won’t let you down.



 

The Gamer Paladin F970’s original MSRP of $3,799 seemed a bit high. The new MSRP of $3,395 is much better, and though it’s still a bit pricey, we must point out that purchasing the components necessary to build a similar system--sans the custom paint job--will run you about $3000, so the price seems fair. There are numerous configuration options for the Gamer Paladin F970 available anyway, so you can configure the system with lower specs and a less expensive price tag if you so please.

Our test system definitely had some impressive specs, though we have to wonder if the 12GB of DDR3-1333 is more memory than a person really needs. However, given that iBuyPower’s online configuration tool shows 6GB of DDR3-1333 for only $98 less, we can’t say we’d blame anyone for spending an extra $100 for twice the amount of RAM. The Gamer Paladin F970 is currently iBuyPower’s top of the line system.

The Gamer Paladin F970’s chassis is nice and clean with plenty of room and neatly routed cords and cables. We also liked the clean look provided by the Asetek Liquid CPU Cooling Fan System Kit. Combined with the system’s large fans, the Gamer Paladin F970 stays cool and is reasonably quiet.

During our time with the Gamer Paladin F970, it performed very well and didn’t give us any grief whatsoever. It’s also worth mentioning that the system didn’t come loaded with unnecessary bloatware pre-installed. We feel systems should arrive with only what is needed to enjoy all of its capabilities, so this is definitely a plus overall.  Sometimes less is more.

All in all, we can’t help but say good things about a gaming rig that earns respectable scores. The Gamer Paladin F970 delivered just that.

     
  • Intel Core i7 Extreme 965
  • Asetek LCLC kit
  • Dual drives, with an SSD
  • Plenty of customization options
  • Relatively quiet
  • Somewhat Pricey
  • Side panels don’t show off the inside of the case
  • Standard warranty only covers parts for one year


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