Specifications

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 Core/Shader/RAM
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 3Gb/sec
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.
OS XP Professional
Vista Home Premium
Vista Business
Vista Ultimate
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.

Ordering Impressions and Support System Overview
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  • Matt Campbell - Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - link

    Apologies if it was confusing, I probably could have worded it better. Suffice it to say that there's plenty of power left over :) Reply
  • 7Enigma - Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - link

    Not a problem. As I mentioned in my OP, the review was excellent. You guys are just victims of your own high standards, we have little to nit-pick other than wording and occasional typo's! :) Reply
  • HotdogIT - Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - link

    If only you guys could take it one step farther, and do like HardOCP did back in the day... love to see you guys review the customer service. That'd be a hoot. A hoot and a half.

    Then again, it clearly didn't work out too well for Kyle and team...
    Reply
  • Syran - Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - link

    They used to do Customer Service stuff on AT back in the day on motherboard reviews, and some system builds too. Would definitely like to see that if I'm to think about recommending the possibility of this company to friends; so that I can avoid long-distance support. Reply
  • Uberclok - Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - link

    On the subject of long-distance support, I can assure you that we won't ever out-source our phones overseas. We know how quickly an aggravating customer support experience can lose customers for us, so we will always make sure our phone reps:

    A. know what they're talking about, and
    B. can be easily understood.

    Also, we C. feed them well - a happy rep is a helpful rep.

    - Thomas Glen
    Uberclok
    (877) 211-4235
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  • crimson117 - Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - link

    I think by "long distance support" he meant he could recommend you guys as system builders for his friends, rather than him building and supporting custom systems for his friends. Kind of like how system builders will often recommend Dell or someone else for simple systems, purely so they don't have to support it themselves.

    But it's nice to know you guys do feed your reps :) Otherwise they start eating each other, and you often lose your best ones to less technically inclined - but hungrier - reps.
    Reply
  • CyberHawk - Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - link

    What a backround O_o

    Where could I get one like that?
    Reply
  • caliche - Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - link

    That's a wallpaper from the PC game Hellgate London.

    http://www.hellgatelondon.com/media/wallpaper">http://www.hellgatelondon.com/media/wallpaper

    I have not played the game so I can't vouch for it, but it does have some very nice "Techno Gothic" style artwork.
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