Systemax Wildcat AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 SLI Gaming PC
Performance Analysis and Conclusion
Benchmark And Performance Analysis: Overall, the performance of the Systemax Wildcat tracked closely to our in-house Athlon 64 FX-60 reference system. In most tests the two systems went back and forth, trading slight leads over the other depending on the particular application. We did see lower than expected performance with WorldBench 5's 3DStudio Max and WME multi-tasking tests, but the Wildcat made a good showing in the synthetic and game related tests. In benchmarks like Quake 4 and FEAR, the Wildcat managed to beat out the CrossFire-based Voodoo Omen PC which was clock at 2.95GHz and even gave the new Core 2 Duo E6700 a run for its money.
Systemax delivered a solid gaming system in the Wildcat AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 SLI Gaming PC. In most of our tests, the Wildcat offered comparable performance to other systems in its class. We did see a fair amount of give and take in each test scenario, but the deltas could be attributed to differences in each system's hardware and software configurations. The Wildcat performed well right out of the box, and we had no stability issues to speak of whatsoever.
We do have a few gripes with the Wildcat in regard to its cable management and its inverted cathode switch, however. And we'd also like to see Systemax incorporate some fan filters to help keep the system's internal components clean, but these are relatively minor issues. Nonetheless, we found the Wildcat AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 SLI Gaming PC to be a competent gaming rig that offers solid performance along with excellent features and room for future expansion.
Selling at major retailers such as TigerDirect, Office Depot and CompUSA to name a few, the Systemax Wildcat as you've seen it here is available for the starting price of $4499.00. If you purchased all of the same components and software licenses yourself, the parts come to roughly $3800 as of today, so it seems Systemax's labor, technical support, and warranty services cost consumers roughly $700. Some retailers do offer custom configurations as well, so hardware specifications and pricing may vary. However, for the price, those looking for a pre-built gaming rig should find that the Systemax Wildcat AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 SLI Gaming PC strikes a good balance between looks, function and quality. We give the Systemax Wildcat AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 SLI Gaming PC a HotHardware Heat Meter Rating of 8...
. Slick Looking Case
. Ample Cooling
. All Lighted Components
. Keyboard/Mouse Combo
. Plenty of storage
. 2GB of Memory
. Good Performance
. Fans are loud
. Cathode Switch Reversed
. Cabling Could be tidier
. No Game Bundle