updated 12:10 pm EDT, Thu August 7, 2008
iBuyPower Video PCs
Stepping away from its usual focus on gamers, iBuyPower today turned to amateur video editors and launched the VideoPC line. The entire line focuses on speeding up video encoding and makes quad-core standard across all three systems rather than higher-clocked dual core chips; each also comes with a 64-bit version of Windows Vista and enough RAM to cache most video in RAM rather than slow down the system through accessing the 1TB+ of hard drive storage. Adobe Premiere Elements and Pinnacle Dazzle are bundled with each system to give newcomers a genuine video editing and DVD authoring tool from the start.
The entry Video Bot model at $1,299 serves as the baseline with a 2.5GHz Core 2 Quad, 4GB of memory, dual 500GB hard drives in a RAID stripe for faster access, and a GeForce 9800 GT for video acceleration. Moving to the Video Pro ($1,799) increases the clock speed to 2.83GHz, doubles the memory to 8GB, and swaps in a Radeon HD 4850 for video needs.
An ultimate Video Extreme model ($4,299) is the most radical change and uses Intel's fastest mainstream chip, the 3.2GHz Core 2 Extreme, upgrades the video to a Radeon HD 4870, and significantly upgrades the storage with a 64GB solid-state drive for booting Windows and dual 1TB hard drives in RAID. It and the more mainstream two systems are both available today.