Author: Bob Buskirk
- General Usage & Basic Testing
- Testing - Benchmarks
- Testing - Futuremark
- Testing - Gaming
- Final Thoughts
Gamer Paladin E870 i7 Gaming System Overview
iBUYPOWER has selected a really great case with this system, the Cooler Master HAF 922 Mid Tower. You can check out a review of it here. Now you may be thinking this case does not look like the normal HAF 922, which is because iBUYPOWER has given it a custom paint job. The paint job on our case is called the Killer Bee. While the paint job on the case was good, there were a few spots that were not filled in correctly, which makes me think the paint job is being mass produced, no custom for each system. They also offer 3 other custom paint jobs for this case.
On the front of the case you can see the LG Blu-Ray drive and 12-in-1 card reader installed. The yellow paint really goes well with the black mesh in front of the intake fan and the bezel covers.
Opening up the case inside we find all of the components nicely installed. As you can see iBUYPOWER did a great job of keeping the inside of the case clean. All of the wires are nicely routed, which makes for better airflow. The thing that immediately caught my eye when I opened the case was the 2 large video cards. They are ATI Radeon 4890 1GB cards in SLI! Definitely some good GPU power in here!
Above the video cards is the CPU, which is custom cooled by an Asetek Liquid CPU Cooling System w/ 240mm radiator. This should keep the CPU at a good temperature for gaming. Beside the CPU you have 4 sticks of memory; they are Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 modules.
Moving down to the hard drives you have a single 128GB solid state drive from Kingston. We actually reviewed that exact drive not that long ago, it is a great solid state drive at a good price. Below that drive is another hard drive, but it is a regular Hitachi 7200RPM SATA drive. The reason for 2 drives is to have all of your programs and games installed on the 128GB solid state drive so they load quickly and have your media (music, movies, and pictures) on the 1TB drive.
The entire system is powered by a 1000W power supply, which is more than enough to power both of your video cards and other components. This system also has iBUYPOWER’s new Internal USB expansion system, and they have included the Bluetooth module as well.
Before we close the system up and get into testing let’s take the other side panel off and see how iBUYPOWER uses the backside of the case to hide wires and do some pretty good cable management.