Systemax Sabre Intel Core 2 Extreme Gaming PC

Introduction and Product Specifications


What's in a name?  So often hardware companies name their products to paint a mental picture, or set the tone for how they want potential customers to view their particular component.  The names chosen are meant to invoke feelings of speed, performance, size or perhaps the supposed exhilaration you will experience when you see that piece of hardware in action.  With the latest gaming PC to hit the HH labs, we take a look at the Sabre Intel Core 2 Extreme Gaming PC from Systemax and start off by asking: What's in a name?

Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines a sabre as:

Main Entry: sa ber
Variant(s): or sa bre /'sA-b&r/
Function: noun
Etymology: French sabre, modification of German dialect Sabel, from Middle High German, probably of Slavic origin; akin to Russian sablya saber
1 : a cavalry sword with a curved blade, thick back, and guard
2 a : a light fencing or dueling sword having an arched guard that covers the back of the hand and a tapering flexible blade with a full cutting edge along one side and a partial cutting edge on the back at the tip -- compare EPEE, FOIL b : the sport of fencing with the saber

In the case of the Sabre Intel Core 2 Extreme Gaming PC, it's safe to say that "cutting edge" is the tone Systemax is trying to set with the "Sabre" name.  From its fire engine red mid-tower case to its illuminated keyboard and mouse that glow red, the Sabre grabs your attention.  Topped off with the latest Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 processor, dual ATI Radeon X1900XTXs and fast 10,000 RPM SATA hard drives in a RAID 0 configuration, the Sabre Intel Core 2 Extreme Gaming PC is comprised of cutting edge components and built for speed. 

Weighing in at a retail price of $3499, the Sabre Intel Core 2 Extreme Gaming PC aims to bring premium performance at a relatively reasonable price compared to some other boutique system builders.  In the pages ahead, we'll take the eye-catching Sabre Intel Core 2 Extreme Gaming PC for a spin and put it through its paces, sizing up its features, performance and options.  We'll line it up against a number of reference test beds as well as several complete gaming systems that cost over $1000 more to see whether the Sabre Intel Core 2 Extreme Gaming PC truly is the cutting edge powerhouse that it appears to be.

Systemax Sabre Intel Core 2 Extreme Gaming PC
Desktop Specifications
Operating Systems - Microsoft Windows XP Pro-SP2
Platform - PC
Orientations Allowed - Vertical
Form Factor - Mid-Tower
  -2 - 3.5" Drive Bays
  -3 - 5.25" Drive Bays
Internal Bays
4 - 3.5" Drive Bays
PCI Slots (Total) - 2
PCI Express X16 Slots (Total) - 3
Expansion Slots -7

Media Ports
PS/2 Keyboard Connectors - 1
PS/2 Mouse Connectors - 1
Serial Communication Ports - 1
Parallel Ports - 1
USB Ports - 6
FireWire Ports - 1
LAN Ports - 1
Audio Out Jacks - 2
Line In Jacks - 1
Microphone Jacks - 2
DVI Video - 4
S-Video Connectors - 2
S/PDIF Connectors - 2

Processor Specifications
Processor Brand - Intel
Processor Class - Core2 Duo
Processor Number - X6800
Processor Speed - 2.93EGHz
Processor Interface - Socket LGA775
Processors Supported - 1
Processors Onboard - 1
Additional Technologies
  -Dual-Core Technology
  -Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology

RAM Memory Specifications
Memory Type - DDR2
Memory Size - 2.0GB
Total Memory - 2.0GB
Memory Speed - DDR2 800 (PC2-6400)
Memory Slots (Total) - 4
Memory Slots (Available) - 3
Maximum Memory Supported - 8.0GB

Hard Disk Drive Specifications
Interface - SATA/150
Capacity - 300GB RAID 0 (2x150GB)
Speed - 10,000RPM

Optical Drive Specifications
Optical Drive Type - DVD +/-R/RW Dual Layer
Interface - SATA
Optical Drive 2 Specifications
Optical Drive Type - DVD-ROM / CD-RW Combo
Interface - EIDE

Supplemental Drive
Type - Floppy
Capacity - 1.44MB
Media Types - Floppy Disk

Supplemental Drive 2
Type - Media Reader
Capacity - 9-in-1

Audio Specifications
Audio Description - Integrated Audio
Audio Chipset - High Definition
Channels -8

Graphics Specifications
Graphics Description
  -Crossfire Mode
  -PCI-Express Video Card
Video Memory - 512MB Memory
Video Interface
-2 DVI
Maximum Resolution - 2560 x 1600

Secondary Graphics Specifications
Graphics Description
-Crossfire Mode
-PCI-Express Video Card
Video Memory - 512MB Memory
Video Interface
-2 DVI
Maximum Resolution - 2560x1600

Communications Description - Integrated LAN Support
Interface Type - RJ-45 - Ethernet Connector
Data Transfer Rate - 10/100/1000Mbps

Power Management
Power - 600 Watt

Mouse Specifications
Mouse Type - Gaming
Buttons - 3
Scrolling Capability - Vertical
Connection Type - USB

Keyboard Specifications
Keyboard Type - Gaming
Connection Type - USB


As we review the system specifications of the Systemax Sabre, it's clear that the system is fully loaded. From its CPU, graphics cards and memory to its hard drive configuration and PSU, the Sabre has some of the most potent components currently available on the market today.  The icing on the cake is an illuminated gaming keyboard and mouse which help solidify the Systemax Sabre's aesthetic appeal.  However, looks and a specifications list doesn't paint a clear enough picture to draw any conclusions.  What it does do is whet our appetite for more, and more is what we're going to give you in the pages ahead.

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