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Ultimate 8-core mATX Powerhouse: Xeon E5-2690, R4G, 7970DCii and more!

Memory (Kingston HyperX Genesis 2133MHz CL11 16GB Kit)

While clocked at relatively high latencies (11-12-11-30), the Kingston HyperX Genesis 2133MHz CL11 16GB Kit nevertheless remains one of the least expensive (US$159.99) quad channel kits in the market and comes with Kingston's industry leading lifetime warranty. The attractive looking blue heatspreaders are also low profile which avoids height clearance issues with larger CPU heatsink towers.

Graphics (ASUS HD7970-DC2T-3GD5)

AMD's Radeon HD 7970 is the undisputed king of the hill when it comes to raw pixel pushing power (or until later this year when the Green Globin joins in the fun) and is the standard bearer of power efficiency and overclocking world records thanks to its innovative 28nm Graphics Core Next architecture. ASUS is one of the first AIB vendors to use a custom PCB design with improved power circuitry, slapping on their mammoth DirectCU II cooler to cool the sucker down. The GPU clock is also pre-overclocked to 1GHz, 75MHz higher than reference designs.

At the back of the card, we have voltage monitoring and offset adjustment points (VGA Hotwire) for those who are into hardcore overclocking. Dual CrossfireX connectors also allow for up to 4-way multi-GPU, which ironically cannot be achieved because of the triple slot cooler (typical enclosures only have 7-8 slots).

On the PCB, we see the revamped 12 phase "Super Alloy" power design driven by their proprietary DIGI+ VRM and 2 x 8-pin PCIe power, providing extra juice needed during extreme scenarios.

At the I/O Panel, the card has four DisplayPort and two DVI (single and dual link) connectors for six display Eyefinity operation. The ample 3GB GDDR5 framebuffer onboard also allows for hitch free HD3D gaming across all the screens.

The ASUS HD7970 DirectCU II 3GB commands a premium price of US$599.99.


SSD (OCZ Revodrive 3 X2 480GB)

Finally, rounding up our parts list is the OCZ Revodrive 3 X2 480GB (our review) speed demon, which is one of the fastest workstation class PCIe based SSDs for the discerning power user. With lofty specifications like 1.5GB/s of bandwidth and 230,000 4KB random write IOPS, it breezes through large file transfers and gives near-instant game level loading times.

Lennard Seah
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