Xotic PC Executioner Stage 4 Gaming PC Review

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Introduction & Specifications

When Xotic PC asked us to be judge and jury of its Executioner gaming system, we thought to ourselves, "this better be one helluva setup to warrant its killer moniker," and spoiler alert, it is. We'll get to the benchmarks and other particulars in due time, but there's more to this $6,500 PC than raw performance alone.

Yes, we said $6,500, which is the rounded up cost of the version Xotic PC sent us. When shopping an Executioner, you begin by picking one of four baseline setups dubbed Stages 1-4. Ours is a Stage 4 configuration that starts at just shy of $5,100, though with the custom upgrades Xotic PC decided to showcase, the final price tag is around $1,400 higher.

All four Stages come standard with a Corsair Carbide Air 540 Cube enclosure in various color options. A handful of other cases are available with an up-charge of $10 to $20, save for the SilverStone Temjin TJ11B, which carries a $490 premium over the Carbide.

Xotic PC Executioner Stage 4 Front

Obviously a higher end Executioner build isn't for the faint of wallet and Xotic PC makes no apology for that, nor should it. As configured, the Executioner is an intimidating beast for those who can afford to splurge on a gaming PC. More specifically, it's armed with an eight-core Intel Core i7-5960X processor, dual EVGA GeForce GTX 980 SuperClocked graphics cards, 16GB of DDR4 memory, and a 480GB solid state drive for primary OS activities along with a 2TB hard drive for storage duties.

Believe it or not, Xotic PC practiced a bit of restraint in configuring the setup it sent us. Had the boutique builder decided to go bonkers, it could have decked this thing out with 64GB of RAM, four higher-end graphics cards, and several more storage drives, including both M.2 SATA and PCIe-based SSD options. That would have been fun for us to benchmark, and maybe for you to read, but given the cost of going all out, Xotic PC chose the saner route.

We're not saying there are tons of gamers who can afford to drop $6,500 on a PC, but they're out there, and in greater number than those with a budget of $15,000 to $20,000. But enough about price, let's have a closer look at the Excutioner and see what it can do, shall we?

Xotic PC Executioner Stage 4
Specifications & Features

Processor
Intel Core i7-5960X (20M cache, 8 cores, 16 threads, 3GHz-3.5GHz)
Memory
16GB custom painted Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR4-2666 (4x4GB)
Graphics
2x EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Superclocked (SLI)
Motherboard
ASUS X99-Deluxe
Storage
480GB Intel 730 Series SSD
2TB WD Black HDD (7200 RPM)
Optical
Asus Blu-ray burner
Power Supply
1500W Corsair AX1500i
Chassis
Corsair Carbide Air 540 Cube (White)
Cooling System
Custom Frostbite CPU and GPU liquid cooling w/ custom hard acrylic tubing
Connectivity
Dual Gigabit LAN, Wi-Fi
Front Ports
2 x USB 3.0, Headphone, Microphone
Rear Ports
10 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, audio, 6 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI, 2 x DVI
Operating System
Windows 8.1 64-bit
Dimensions
16.3 x 13 x 18 inches
Warrany & Price
1 year parts, lifetime labor w/ lifetime 24 hr support
$6,452 (as configured), 3% cash discount available

The Executioner is a robust system in terms of performance and features. Looking beyond the horsepower of the CPU, GPU, and storage, there are a plethora of input and output options, plus a Blu-ray burner (optional) for watching Blu-ray movies or backing up data.

ASUS X99-Deluxe

With the chosen motherboard (ASUS X99-Deluxe), you also get dual LAN ports and Wi-Fi connectivity. Xotic PC forgot to include the wireless antennas for the motherboard's Wi-Fi, and had we bought this system, we would have had them rectify the oversight.

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