IBUYPOWER Paladin XLC Phantom Series System ReviewThu, Aug 19, 2010 - 12:00 AM
IBUYPOWER Paladin XLC Phantom Series
Today we have the opportunity to look at something we don’t normally look at: a full turn-key system. Today’s system is one of the newest models from iBUYPOWER. Who is iBUYPOWER? They are a company on a mission. Based in Los Angeles County California, iBUYPOWER’s mission is to provide a complete computing solution to meet the needs of the surrounding community and customers nationwide. The current product line from iBUYPOWER includes gaming desktops, gaming laptops, workstations, media center PC’s, peripherals and multimedia products. As you can plainly see, iBUYPOWER has quite an extensive product line to choose from and can meet any demand you may have for a system or accessory. Though today, as I said, we are going to look at one of their latest releases: the iBUYPOWER Paladin XLC Phantom!
The iBUYPOWER Paladin XLC Phantom has a base model and is upgradeable from there to fit your needs. The base model starts out at an expected retail price of $1459.00. I was informed that the starting price of the iBUYPOWER Paladin XLC Phantom may change prior to release.
|Case||NZXT Phantom – White|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-930
Asetek 570LX 240mm Liquid Cooling
|Motherboard||ASUS P6T SE|
|Video||ATI Radeon HD 5830-1GB|
|Power||Corsair 750w ATX Power Supply|
|Memory||6GB (3x2GB) DDR3-1600|
|HDD||1TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache SATA3-6.0Gb/s|
|Optical Media||24x Double-layer DVD+/-RW + CD-RW Drive|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit|
|Front Panel Connectivity||1x Mic-in
12-in-1 Multi-format Memory Card Reader
|Peripherals||iBUYPOWER 6-button 800DPI-Switching Mouse
iBUYPOWER Standard Internet Keyboard
|Warranty||3-Yr Limited Warranty + Lifetime Phone Support|
Just because it is a base model doesn’t mean that it isn’t a solid system. As you can see in the above table the iBUYPOWER Paladin XLC Phantom features some of the latest and greatest features. Starting out with the processor, it features a water cooled Intel Core I7 930; you can get all the DirectX 11 graphics with the ATI Radeon HD 5830! The iBUYPOWER Paladin XLC Phantom has plenty of space for music, movies and games with a Western Digital one terabyte SATA3 hard drive. This all comes packaged in the attractive styling of the new NZXT Phantom case!
Today though, we aren’t looking at a base model iBUYPOWER Paladin XLC Phantom. We are going to look at an iBUYPOWER Paladin with a few upgraded parts; after all, what fun is a base model? You need to customize it how you want! The first piece of hardware to get upgraded is the motherboard. Instead of the ASUS P6T SE we will be using a system based around a GIGABYTE X58A-UD3R. The reason for the motherboard switch has to do with the next upgrade. Instead of the single ATI Radeon HD 5830 we are going to be running a pair of PaLiT GeForce GTX 460’s in SLI! This will undoubtedly give us the ability to crank up the DirectX 11 eyecandy. We will also be adding to the list of features with a 64GB Kingston SSDNow! V2 series MLC SSD. We are also dropping the DVD Rewriter and replacing it with an LG Blu-ray rom/DVD Rewriter. Last but not least are a couple of changes with the processor. The Intel Core I7 930 will be overclocked from iBUYPOWER with the iBP Labs Level 3 Powerdrive Overclocking. The iBP Labs Level 3 Powerdrive Overclocking will give you an overclock out of the box of up to 30%; in this case we will be running at 3518MHz! That’s not the only set up that we are going to use though; we are also going to run an Intel Core I7 970 at both stock speeds and with a iBP Labs Level 3 Powerdrive Overclock which will put this processor at an impressive 3840MHz!
|Component||Base Model||Configuration 1||Configuration 2|
|CPU||Intel core I7 930||Intel core I7 930||Intel core I7 970|
|Motherboard||ASUS P6T SE||GIGABYTE X58A-UD3R|
|Video||ATI Radeon HD 5830-1GB||2x PaLiT GeForce GTX 460 1Gb|
|Power||Corsair 750w ATX Power Supply||Soly-Tech SL-8850EPS 800 Watt|
|Optical Media||24x Double-layer DVD+/-RW + CD-RW Drive||LG Blu-ray ROM|
We will be testing both configuration one and configuration two today. Both of the configurations have the iBP Labs Level 3 Powerdrive Overclock in place. We will also reset that overclock and see how well the system does with the processor’s out of the box speeds! Before we get to the testing let’s take a peek at how well iBUYPOWER packages their products!