Systemax Wildcat - Interior Layout & Design
Removing the windowed side panel of the Wildcat provides a clearer picture of the unit's innards. The first thing that caught our attention was the cable management of the Wildcat. Systemax made an attempt to keep cable clutter under control, but did not make any efforts to beautify the overall presentation. This isn't to say the effort wasn't there, it was on a functional level, keeping cable clutter in check for the best airflow. However, from an aesthetics point of view, a better job could have been done.
Built on an Asus A8N32-SLI gaming motherboard, the Wildcat is powered by an Athon 64 FX-60 dual core processor coupled with 2GB of Corsair XMS PC3200 memory sporting activity lights on the spine of each DIMM. Focusing on visuals, Systemax equipped the Wildcat with dual 512MB GeForce 7900 GTXs in SLI mode as well as throwing in an Ageia PhysX accelerator card with 128MB of GDDR3 memory.
Storage requirements are handled by two Western Digital 150GB Raptors running at 10,000 RPMs in a RAID 0 configuration. Additionally, a 400GB Seagate Barracuda is installed as well, bringing the Wildcat's overall storage capacity to 700GB. Rounding out the storage features, the Wildcat also comes with a standard Floppy Drive and dual optical drives. The first optical drive is a Sony DW-Q120A 16X Dual Layer DVD +/-R/RW while the second optical drive is a Sony CRX320EE 52x32x52/16X Combo which offers DVD playback and CD burning capability.
The UltraX2 550w PSU sports a modular design that really helps to keep excess cabling in check. In fact, there were no unused cables in the case, thanks in part to the UltraX2's design of only connecting what is needed. The package also includes plenty of extra cabling for future power needs. The PSU's mirrored finish was a solid touch that enhanced the look and feel of the Wildcat.