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Amazon and iBuyPower had an oopsie-daisy moment earlier today when, for a brief period of time, the latter hawked a couple of systems with unannounced GeForce GTX 1660 Ti graphics cards on the former's website. The premature listings are the latest in a long line of evidence that NVIDIA is getting ready to launch more Turing cards, but without real-time ray tracing support. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti has been leaked and rumored several times over the past few weeks, along with a non-TI variant. From what we know (or think we know), both cards are based on Turing, but lack access to dedicated RT cores. It's not clear if NVIDIA is simply disabling them on the new cards, or if it is using a new version... Read more...
In addition to being lots of fun, LAN parties also afford hardcore gamers and enthusiasts a forum to show off their rigs. Dusty, ho-hum home systems are the norm, of course, but there are also some modded systems, decked out with custom cooling, lighting and paint jobs. And, of course, there are the high-end, boutique-built gaming systems as well.Sporting slick cases and the latest hardware, custom gaming PCs always stand out, but they are usually huge beasts that aren’t meant to be carried around regularly. That’s where iBuypower’s Revolt 2 comes in. Designed to deliver head-turning looks and performance, it’s also meant to make your next LAN party trip less of a back-breaker. iBuypower Revolt... Read more...
CyberPowerPC isn’t the only boutique gaming PC maker building tiny PCs this week. iBuypower announced a new rig of its own called the HEXA Ultra Compact Performance System, which is available in both Intel and AMD flavors. On the Intel side, the HEXA will come with the Intel Core i7-4770R with Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics while the AMD version will rock the AMD (Richland) A8-5557M APU. Expect 8GB of DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM memory and a 500GB (5400 rpm) HDD with Windows 8.1 and WiFi and Bluetooth (via a mini PCIe module) in base configurations. Ports include mini DisplayPort, HDMI, four total USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet port, a Kensington lock port, and an audio jack. You can add an mSATA... Read more...
iBUYPOWER offers a handful of PC series that target different audiences, and with the world of cryptocurrency on fire, the company has now decided to target that audience as well. The biggest difference between iBUYPOWER's 'Mine' PCs and the others is that AMD's graphics cards come standard - something that won't strike those who already mine digital coin as a surprise. To help those wanting to get into mining that might not be too familiar with it, iBUYPOWER gives some performance figures to help the basic gauge of performance be better understood. A configuration with a single Radeon R9 270X, for example, will generate 420KH/s (kilohashes-per-hour), whereas 3x Radeon R9 290X boosts that... Read more...
We’ve been eagerly anticipating the launch of Steam Machines ever since last year’s CES when we were limited to show floor scuttlebutt and a distant peek into Valve’s booth, where the company was holding partner meetings and (sort of) displaying Steam Machine prototypes. (Pictured: A total bummer) We’re thankfully done waiting to see what boutique gaming PC builders would come up with to run Valve’s SteamOS. We already got a whiff of Digital Storm’s cooking, and here are several more. CyberPowerPC Steam Machine CyberPowerPC has Steam Machines built on both AMD and Intel platforms, with “several configurations” for each that will be fully customizable.... Read more...
iBuypower is offering an AMD-based system in its Chimera 4SE line, which is designed to give users serious gaming performance without a wallet-busting price tag. The Chimera is part of iBuypower’s Signature Series, which includes iBuypower’s highest-priced and most powerful gaming systems, like the Revolt and Valkyrie. The centerpiece of the Chimera 4SE FX Ultimate is an all AMD-based CPU/GPU combo. The processor is a 4.7GHz (5.0GHz with Turbo), eight-core AMD FX-9590, designed with overclockers in mind. It’s cooled by a closed-loop liquid cooler, which seems to be the way most custom builders are going these days. That’s likely due to not only the headroom they give overclockers,... Read more...
iBuypower is offering an AMD-based system in its Chimera 4SE line, which is designed to give users serious gaming performance without a wallet-busting price tag. The Chimera is part of iBuypower’s Signature Series, which includes iBuypower’s highest-priced and most powerful gaming systems, like the Revolt and Valkyrie. So, what makes a desktop PC a Chimera 4SE? The chassis, for one thing. The Chimera has a custom chassis with unique artwork that makes the Chimera easily identifiable. (We talk more about the chassis on the next page.) Overclocking is another Chimera feature. The system comes with a 10% factory overclock “with room for more,” according to iBuypower.... Read more...
Part of Valve’s Steam Machines gaming strategy is to employ third-party builders, and the first of those has been revealed. Boutique gaming PC builder iBuypower showed off its first two Steam Machine prototypes, dubbed Gordon and Freeman, that will enter the market to compete with gaming consoles mainstays Xbox One and PS4. The two models are the same, but one has a clear light band around the middle while the other remains black when it’s not lit (according to Engadget), and they’re currently running an almost-finished version of Steam OS. Of course, they’ll ship with at least one Steam Controller, too. iBuypower Steam Machine prototype (Credit: The Verge) There’s... Read more...
Technically, iBuypower could claim co-ownership of the “world’s thinnest 17-inch gaming notebook” with CyberPowerPC; the latter’s ZeusBook Ultimate series measure just 0.85 inches, as does the former’s new Battalion Ultra-thin M1771 series. Both are a hair thinner than Razer’s slim gaming machine. The portable gaming rigs feature up to a quad-core Intel Core i7-4700HQ processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M (2GB) with Optimus, 16GB of DDR3-1600MHz memory, and a one-two combo of a 256GB SSD and a 1TB (7200 RPM) hard drive. The display is 17.3 inches (1920x1080) with anti-glare and a backlit keyboard. The Battalion Ultra-thin M1771 also sports HDMI, DisplayPort, UBS... Read more...
Custom PC makers are getting increasingly creative, particularly with small form factor gaming systems. There was a time when a lot of the sexiest gaming rigs consisted of high-end components mounted in large, gaudy (but fun) chassis with lots of lights, a killer paint job, and perhaps a wild mass of liquid cooling tubes and hardware. Although those systems are still around, and we still love to play with them, the boutique builders are using their design and engineering skills to build smaller systems that still pack a mean punch on the performance side. iBuypower's Revolt is a perfect example of this trend... iBuypower Revolt SFF Gaming System Review... Read more...
Custom PC makers are getting increasingly creative, particularly with small form factor gaming systems. There was a time when the lion's share of the sexiest gaming rigs consisted of high-end components mounted in large, gaudy (but fun) chassis with lots of lights, killer paint jobs, and perhaps a wild mass of liquid cooling tubes and hardware. Although those systems are still around, and we still love to play with them, the boutique builders are using their design and engineering skills to build smaller systems that still pack a mean punch on the performance side. We’re starting to see beautiful custom chassis with cool asymmetric angles and components packed in with the utmost... Read more...
Given all the frenzy around ultrabooks, Microsoft's Surface, and the low power potential of future chips like Haswell, you might think that desktop replacement-class laptops had fallen out of favor with modern laptop manufacturers. iBuyPower's CZ-17 "Valkyrie" is proof that they haven't -- and while its size and weight won't appeal to road warriors or anyone who needs a svelte portable, it packs a number of significant features into its chassis, at a price that won't break the bank... iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-17 Gaming Notebook Review... Read more...
Given all the frenzy around ultrabooks, Microsoft's Surface, and the low power potential of future chips like Haswell, you might think that desktop replacement-class laptops had fallen out of favor with modern laptop manufacturers. iBuyPower's CZ-17 "Valkyrie" is proof that they haven't -- and while its size and weight won't appeal to road warriors or anyone who needs a svelte portable, it packs a number of significant features into its chassis, at a price that won't break the bank. It also makes a few compromises along the way; we'll show you where they are.   iBuyPower's CZ-17 Valkyrie Specifications & Features  Processor Options Dimensions Weight Display System Memory Graphics... Read more...
iBuyPower is adding a line of gaming notebooks to its family of custom systems with the Valkyrie series; the first model up is the CZ-17, which comes in two flavors, each of which are further customizable. The lowest point of entry is the $1,299 version of the CZ-17, which sports a backlit keyboard, 17.3-inch full HD matte display, and touch panel (above the keyboard) and runs on an Intel Core i7-3610QM processor with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M (1.5GB) graphics. It has 8GB of DDR3-1333MHz memory onboard and an 8X DVD+/-RW combo drive, and the built-in 4-in-1 card reader, THX TrueStudio Pro audio, Killer E2220 and 802.11b/g/n+Bluetooth networking make for a fine feature set. The base CZ-17 also has... Read more...
Back when you had to play with dip switches and before overclocking became vogue, the risk of damaging your processor was greater than it is today. There are so many safeguards built into the motherboard, BIOS, and processor itself that it's fairly difficult to nuke a CPU these days, though not impossible. Intel's 'Performance Tuning Protection Plan' offers overclockers some piece of mind in the form of a one-time replacement for fried chips, and now you can now select it as an optional upgrade on all new iBuyPower gaming systems. "Our customers often push their systems to the limits in an effort to attain the best gaming experience possible," said Darren Su, Executive Vice President of iBuyPower.... Read more...
Boutique system builder iBuyPower and mega electronics chain Best Buy have inked to a deal to become BFFs and give the former more mainstream exposure and the latter a bit of street cred. Or in other words, Best Buy is now carrying custom built high-performance gaming systems from iBuyPower, including the immediate availability of no less than 23 systems. "Partnering with Best Buy has been a longtime goal and marks a significant milestone in our company’s history," said Darren Su, Vice President of iBuyPower. “This partnership aligns iBuyPower with Best Buy, the premiere consumer electronics retailer in North America." You'll find iBuyPower systems ranging in price from $500 to $1,430.... Read more...
With the Erebus GT, iBUYPOWER set out to make a slightly smaller and less expensive line of systems to complement its Erebus custom gaming series, which is now renamed the Erebus XL series. There are actually three Erebus GTs in the new line, with configurations based on the AMD FX platform starting as low as $899, but the one iBUYPOWER sent us to test is an overclocked Intel Sandy Bridge-based version, Radeon HD 7970 graphics that costs $2499 (as configured). Yes, that’s a lot of moola, but as you’ll see, you get a lot of bang for those bucks... iBUYPOWER Erebus GT Gaming System Review... Read more...
So you’re in the market for a smoking fast system, and you have your heart set on a custom build. You can easily drop upwards of three (or four or five) grand on a completely tricked-out enthusiast-class rig that will leave your gamer friends standing in puddles of drool. If you’re on a stricter budget, you can also opt for something in the mainstream range that’s still pretty nice, yet costs closer to $1000-$1500; or, you can look for a sweet spot between the two, where shaking a little more out of the piggy bank gets you a system with all the performance you could ask for in a package that’s still guaranteed to elicit wolf whistles from your friends. iBUYPOWER has... Read more...
Remember the Erebus GT that iBUYPOWER was teasing at CES? Well, it’s available now. The Erebus GT (aka, the God of Darkness) starts at $899, which gets you a Koolance water cooling setup that purports to deliver to circulate 4.5 gallons of coolant per minute via 13mm tubing and a trio of radiators. The Erebus GT is designed as a smaller and lower-cost alternative to the previous generation of Erebus, which is now the Erebus XL. The steel and aluminum frame houses 140mm radiators and features unidirectional airflow, which is built to dissipate up to 2500W of heat. A purchase of the Erebus GT also gets you iBUYPOWER’s PowerDrive Overclocking Service, which consists of professional overclocking... Read more...
Custom PC maker iBUYPOWER is now including the Intel Core i7-3820 (3.6GHz) processor a an option for its Chimera 4, Paladin XLC, and Erebus Custom Liquid Cooling systems, replacing the X58-based CPUs the company was offering. In the emailed press release, Vice President of iBUYPOWER Darren Su, said, “We are excited to offer these speedy new CPUs that are faster than the previous generation but more efficient. Best of all the Intel Core i7 3820 is priced similarly to the slower previous generation, allowing us to pass that savings on to our customers.” The new CPU option is available today, so go get ‘em while they’re hot. Paladin D875 iBUYPOWER Incorporates New Intel Core... Read more...
Named for a mean-sounding deity, iBUYPOWER’s Erebus GT is the latest rig in the Erebus series and features a reduced size and reduced price without sacrificing features. Cooling is a major focus of the Erebus GT, with a top fill port, a reservoir that is accessible via the front panel, three radiators, and 13mm tubing capable of pumping 4.5 gallons per minute. For better airflow, the hard drive cages are removable and sport mounted fans, and the case features a unidirectional air flow design for 2500W of rated heat dissipation. Those looking professional overclocking can also take advantage of iBUYPOWER’s PowerDrive Overclocking Service, which can boost your system by as much as 30%--all... Read more...
Launching just in time for the holiday season is an affordable gaming system powered by AMD's FX 4100 processor clocked at 3.6GHz and available exclusively at Tiger Direct. It's called the Gamer Power 595D3 and it's a $700 rig with respectable specs that's ready for action right out of the box, iBuyPower says. "Were always excited to partner with Tiger Direct and build systems for their knowledgeable customer base," said Darren Su, Vice President of iBuyPower. "The Gamer Power 595D3 meets the high performance and value expectations they have come to expect and demand." In addition to the FX 4100 processor, the 595D3 sports an NXZT Source 210 mid-tower case, 8GB of DDR3 memory, 1TB hard drive,... Read more...
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