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Saturday, November 1, 2008

iBUYPOWER Paladin 998 : High Performance Gaming Rig

iBUYPOWER has released its new high performance gaming machine dubbed Paladin 998. Read this short review on this amazing monster.

Full Specs :
CPU: Intel Q9550 2.83ghz 12MB
Case: CoolerMaster Haf Gaming Case
PSU: 800W Power Supply
Main Board: Asus P5Q3 Intel P45 Chipset
Memory: 4GB DDR-3 1333
Video Card: ATI 4870X2 2GB
HDD: 500GB SATA-2 7200 rpm
Optical Drive: Sony 20x DL DVD+/-RW Drive Sony Blu-ray Drive
Audio: Built-in 8 Channel Surround Sound
Network: Integrated Gigabit Ethernet LAN

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit Edition
MS Office 2007 Trial
FREE Halo 2 Game
KB & Mouse Logitech Keyboard Logitech Mouse
Warranty 3-Yr Limited Warranty + Lifetime Support Service

Price : MSRP $1,999

This awesome piece of machine brags of its fierce processor topped with Intel's Yorkfield 2.83GHz Q9550 Core 2 Quad processor with a huge 12MB Cache for an extremely fast processing power! It has a bus speed of 1333MHz with a CPU speed and L2 Cache speed of 2.83GHz. It supports tomorrow's processing features including Intel's Enhanced Speedstep® Technology, EM64T, Intel® Virtualization Technology, Enhanced Halt State (C1E), Execute Disable Bit and Intel® Thermal Monitor 2. This monster processor is cooled by Intel Certified Liquid CPU Cooling System Kit which comes with the iBuypower base package.

To complement the speedracing processor is 4 GB [2 GB X 2] PC3-10666/DDR3-1333 Memory Module from OCZ. Each module is unbuffered with CL 9-9-9-20 (CAS-TRCD-TRP-TRAS) timing and cooled by a gold layered Z3 XTC heatspreader with a very reliable lifetime warranty.

All the processing power and memory speed are integrated into a feature loaded motherboard, the ASUS P5Q3.
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Core™2 processors in LGA775 package. It can support Intel® Core™2 Extreme/Core™2 Quad/ Core™2 Duo/Pentium® dual-core/Celeron® dual-core /Celeron® Processors. It sports the Intel P45 Chipset with PCIe 2.0 and ATI CrossFireX Technology. The motherboard supports dual channel DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest operation system, 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The ASUS P5Q3 creates crystal clear sound from its onboard Realtek® ALC1200 8 -Channel High Definition Audio. You can surf the internet with blazing speed through its onboard Realtek® 8111C PCIe Gb LAN controller featuring AI NET2 . It's power saving feature highlights the new ASUS EPU-6 Engine - the world´s first power saving engine, which provides total system power savings by detecting current PC loadings and intelligently moderating power in real-time, as well as the ASUS AI Nap which allows you to instantly snooze your PC without terminating the tasks. It also has the ASUS Express Gate feature which allows you to surf the Internet in 5-second-boot time without entering Windows. Other fancy features of this motherboard includes the ASUS 8-Phase Power Design, ASUS Drive Xpert, ASUS Fan Xpert, ASUS Q-Shield, AI Direct Link, ASUS Q-Connector , CrashFree BIOS 3 , EZ-Flash 2, O.C. Profile, Precision Tweaker 2, and etc.
The icing on this cake is the ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 X2 Graphics Card with a humongous 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, 2.4 teraFLOPS of GPU power,1 600 stream processing units, 2 x 256-bit memory interface, 24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) and high performance anisotropic filtering, Dynamic geometry acceleration, Game physics processing capability and Dual mode ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU support for highly scalable performance. It supports DirectX® 10.1 and PCI Express® 2.0. Lastly it has ATI Avivo™ HD video and display technology as well as Dynamic power management with ATI PowerPlay™ technology.

This awesome jack in a box is neatly packed in a Coolermaster HAF 932 Full-Tower Gaming Case. The Cooler Master HAF 932 Case is overflowing with excellent features. It has three massive 230mm fans which makes it one of the best cases on the market for air circulation. There are plenty of drive bays, cable management holes, tooless design for installing drives in the drive bays and cards in the expansion slots. A large radiator can be installed at the top, reservoir fillport and much more. This case is steel though so it's fairly heavy and it doesn't come with a removable motherboard tray. It's pretty like a rugged humvee themed casing packed with an 800-watt Quad SLI Ready power supply.

Aside from the Paladin 998's extreme hardware, there is plenty of storage room with a 500GB HARD DRIVE (Serial-ATA-II / 3GB / 16MB Cache / 7,200rpm) and two optical drives namely, a LG 20X Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive and a Sony Optiarc BR-5100S 2X Blu-Ray High Definition DVD Drive.

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