For users in the UK, OverclockersUK is one of the major e-tailers for computer components.  In a country where off-the-shelf components are almost non-existent except from a few independent stores, we have to go online to get our fill.  Today, OverclockersUK invited media the the launch of their new pre-built enthusiast systems.  These systems are built to be some of the the world’s fastest systems, and are co-authored with their in-house overclocker and UK #1, 8Pack.

The flagship of the new systems will be called the SuperNova: an i7-3930K clocked at 4.9 GHz, water cooled, featuring three GTX Titans overclocked to 1200/1700 and water cooled all in a dual loop:

8Pack SuperNova

CPU Intel Core i7-3930K at 4.9 GHz+
6 Cores / 12 Threads
Motherboard ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
GPU 3x ASUS GTX Titan 6 GB
Overclocked to 1200/1700
Memory TeamGroup DDR3-2400 4x4 GB
Improved Sub-Timings
PSU Corsair AX1200i
SSD 2x Plextor M5 Pro 512GB in RAID-0
Storage 3TB
Case Modified CaseLabs
Radiators 8x120 total for CPU+Motherboard Loop
6x120 total for GPUs
Price £9500 inc. VAT
$12500 w/o tax

Obviously such a system comes with a price tag to match - £9500 after VAT (ca. $12500).  OCUK will offer some customization options, and the system will be rated for a Fire Strike Extreme score of 13500 with every component still stable.

The purpose of these systems is all in the pre-testing.  8Pack personally tests dozens of CPUs for each system, to find the ones with good speed-voltage characteristics.

For example, the high end Haswell system being launched today is the Hypercube, and takes the highest bin processor, the i7-4770K with a base speed of 3.5 GHz, all the way up to at least 4.9 GHz at a lowly 1.3 volts.  As an overclocker, this is an insane target.  8Pack has mentioned how in the first batch of 150 CPUs he tested, only six to eight hit 4.9 GHz at that voltage target, and two of those go to 5.0 GHz at the same voltage.  The Hypercube will also hold three overclocked GTX 780s in a Gigabyte Z87X-OC Force motherboard.

8Pack Hypercube

CPU Intel Core i7-4770K at 4.9 GHz+
4 Cores / 8 Threads
Motherboard Gigabyte Z87X-OC Force
GPU 3x Gigabyte GTX780 Windforce
Overclocked to 1100/1700
Memory Avexir Orange DDR3-3000
Running at 2933 with better timings
PSU Corsair AX1200i
SSD Plextor M5 Pro 512GB
Storage 3TB
Case Modified CaseLabs
Radiators 6x120 total for CPU+Motherboard Loop
6x120 total for GPUs
Price £6600 inc. VAT
$8600 w/o tax

As an overclocker, I appreciate the fact that testing lots of CPUs (a process we call binning) to find ones that hit a target is a time-consuming endeavor, as well as immensely expensive if you end up having to perform it personally without any form of corporate sponsorship.  In order to claim to sell the ‘World’s Fastest Systems’, a lot of that binning has to take place to get the right hardware and still provide it, as a System Integrator, with a guarantee.  This is why the systems come at such a price.

Part of the platinum treatment these systems get, OCUK will professionally photograph the system ordered and place it as the high resolution background for the system installed.  Each system will be shipped by a specialist two man courier team who will unpack the system from its flight case (!) and set it up.  If for any reason the system needs to be returned, the same courier will package the system up to take it back to OCUK.  Included in the price is a two year warranty and a special customized certificate showing 8Pack’s testing and benchmark scores achieved with that exact system.  The pack will also contain 8Pack’s business card for direct contact to the man himself, and OCUK will offer an upgrade service such that users can update to the latest GPU/CPU with no labor charges.

So, for the 98% of CPUs which do not hit the grade, what happens then?  These are funneled through to OCUKs other pre-built systems which do not require such demanding speed, or sold on as pre-opened stock.

The final system being launched is the Polaris, using an Ivy Bridge i7-3770K CPU to 5.0 GHz and 16 GB of 2400 C9 Corsair Dominator Platinum memory.  This memory has specific Samsung ICs for high efficiencies, and OCUK are aiming the Polaris at high resolution setups for when a user must have a Multi-monitor / >4K arrangement.  As such, the system comes with two overclocked and water cooled GTX Titans, running at 1200/1700.

8Pack Polaris

CPU Intel Core i7-3770K at 5.0 GHz+
4 Cores / 8 Threads
Motherboard ASUS Maximus V Extreme
GPU 2x ASUS GTX Titan 6 GB
Overclocked to 1200/1700
Memory Corsair Dominator Platinum 4x4 GB DDR3-2400 C9
Samsung ICs for better sub-timings
PSU Corsair AX1200i
SSD 2x Plextor M5 Pro 512GB in RAID-0
Storage 3TB
Case Modified CaseLabs
Radiators 5x120 total for CPU+Motherboard Loop
4x120 total for GPUs
Price £7700 inc. VAT
$10000 w/o tax

Both the Polaris and the Supernova will feature a complete USB Fan controller package that allows users to control the fans either by the panel and the software.  Due to the amount of radiators and Scythe GT fans being used, 8Pack was adamant that in all situations only 50% fan speed should be needed to keep the systems cool.

So I enjoy a nicely modified system, and pricing the high performance end of these pre-built systems near the range of brand new cars is a bold move for OCUK – they know they are not going to sell many, but this helps in the custom nature of such a system.  I managed to get a quick word with the man himself for a few questions.

OverclockersUK Ian ‘8Pack’ Parry: An Interview
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  • 420baller - Thursday, September 5, 2013 - link

    Wow these are impressive!
  • MDX - Friday, September 6, 2013 - link

    Great interview!
  • ruzveh - Friday, September 6, 2013 - link

    Shit man.. those system looks like a thermal power stations
  • dishayu - Friday, September 6, 2013 - link

    I am really keen on submerged systems. 0 sound and the overclocking headroom on them should be immense when compared to regular water cooling.
  • ShieTar - Friday, September 6, 2013 - link

    Actually, submerged systems should not be overclocked too much. The heat capacity of oil is higher than for air, but the oil in a submerged system still moves slowly to and from the heat sources.

    The main point of a water cooling system is to move the cool water quickly enough through the water-blocks so that the water temperature will not change too much. And generally, a well-build watercooler can already handle all the heat generated by any overclocked CPU/GPU. To overclock more, you need a compression system or liquid nitrogen/helium, so that the CPU inner temperature remains in its operational range even if the thermal gradient within the chip exceeds 100°C.
  • nathanddrews - Friday, September 6, 2013 - link

    Ultimately they can't be silent for long. You've got to cool all that liquid as it warms up and have some form of circulation in the liquid. You can use fans in the liquid, but unless you draw that heated liquid away and cool it back down, it will retain that heat more than air. This is why I think closed-loop liquid will always be superior to tank-style, but now with server farms starting to test with submerged cooling, it will be interesting to see what innovation comes forth.
  • nathanddrews - Friday, September 6, 2013 - link

    That was a reply to dishayu. Oops.
  • Fx1 - Friday, September 6, 2013 - link

    A few years ago this company tried to stop me swapping a psu that wouldn't fit in my case that I bought online. They had no regard for British law and my rights. They have a terrible reputation for customer service. I once visited the store in Stoke on trent and the guy on the counter Litterally thought he was gods gift to technology. I have no used this company for 3 years since
  • Gibbo205 - Friday, September 6, 2013 - link

    Hi FX1

    Overclockers UK was taken over by over a year ago, since then they/we have won the PC Retail awards for best customer service and massively improved their/our online rankings. Infact they/we are are now the best in customer service in the UK. Yes I work for OcUK but can confirm things have changed hugely and in a very positive way for both staff and customers.

    To prove this to you feel free to drop our MD an email on who can help compensate you for the poor service you received 3 years ago as we'd like to have your custom back and prove to you we are indeed a changed company. :)
  • piroroadkill - Friday, September 6, 2013 - link

    Oh, the shame. We need the Germans to tell us to be polite?

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