Überclok Ion: Midrange Overclocking, with a Warrantyby Matt Campbell on February 12, 2008 4:10 AM EST
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The system under review is the Ion, the lesser of the two configurations priced at around $1600. The base price is $1629 but as configured the system costs $1734 plus shipping. FedEx Ground is reasonably priced (~$45 to CA, across the country from IL). Ion specs as listed on the website are as follows:
|Uberclock Ion Test Setup and Options|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 running at 3.0 GHz|
|Motherboard||680i SLI - Lifetime warranty|
|Memory Type||Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800|
|Video Card||EVGA 8800 GT - 650MHz/1.625GHz/1.9GHz
or EVGA 8800 GTX - 630MHz/1.4GHz/2GHz Core/Shader/RAM
Lifetime warranty on all cards.
SLI (dual cards) available.
|Power Supply||Thermaltake Purepower 600-Watt
or Thermaltake Toughpower 850-Watt (with 8800 GTX)
or Thermaltake Toughpower 1000-Watt (with 8800 Ultra)
|Case||Antec Nine Hundred|
|Hard Drive||Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500GB 7200 RPM SATA
or Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 1TB 7200 rpm SATA 3Gb/sec
or Western Digital RaptorX 150GB 10k rpm SATA 3Gb/sec
Multi-drive & RAID configurations available.
Vista Home Premium
Dual-boot XP/Vista available
32-bit or 64-bit
|Removables||Floppy Drive + Card Reader: CF (I/II), Microdrive, SM, SD, MMC, Memory Stick & Memory Stick Pro|
|DVD Burner||Lite-On 20x DVD burner with LightScribe|
|DVD Reader||Lite-On DVD reader|
|CPU Cooler||Tuniq Tower 120|
Overall, these are all solid component choices, though some are slightly different from the options available on the ordering webpage. The review system came with a BFG 8800 GT at 600/1800MHz core/RAM, a Seagate 7200.10 500GB drive, and a Thermaltake Toughpower 650W, with Windows XP Pro. The inclusion of a high capacity, good quality, SLI certified power supply is definitely appreciated; this allows the buyer a great upgrade path to quad-core processors and/or SLI video cards as the desire arises. Überclok also informs us that the E4500 will be replaced shortly by the E4700 at the same price.