Custom computer builder talks about new technology, products and new items in the works
Computer manufacturers were in full force at Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, showing off different machines utilizing the new Haswell Extreme Edition processors and X99 chipset that Intel announced at the beginning of the show. One such manufacturer was iBuyPower, bringing one of the machines to the show to power an Oculus Rift demo.
Linux-based game console includes AMD processor, Radeon R9 270 graphics
One hardware manufacturer has confirmed it is preparing to offer its own take on Valve Software's Steam Machine game console. iBuyPower has unveiled a prototype Steam Machine device that it hopes to launch sometime in 2014, one that for all intents and purposes is a high-specification home theater PC in a consumer-friendly case.
iBuyPower ships latest liquid-cooled gaming PC
iBuyPower has just unveiled a new mid-tier gaming PC in the Gamer Paladin HS11. It gets a quad 3.3GHz Core i5 and a 1.2GB NVIDIA GTX 570 graphics card, along with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB, 7,200RPM hard drive. There is also a Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 mainboard and a 120mm liquid cooling system that keeps it quiet and potentially gives headroom for overclocking.
Configurations start at $799
iBuyPower has introduced its latest gaming PC, the fourth iteration of the company's Chimera series. The mid-tower system is differentiated by the Chimera Inferno 4 case emblazoned with a "mythical fire-breathing beast," with room for three external drives, eight internal drives and a liquid cooling system helps dissipate heat from the 10- or 20-percent overclocking.
iBuyPower pro PCs get Core i7s, NVIDIA GPUs
iBuyPower has launched a new Professional Series of desktop workstation PCs for creative professionals, all offering Intel's second-generation Core i7 processors. While all can be customized, they also share RAID cards and NVIDIA Quadro graphics cards. The Z68 is at the bottom of the range, with a 3.4GHz Core i7, 8GB of RAM and a 1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 520. It touts a 1TB hard drive, a DVD burner, and a 650W power supply. All systems get Windows 7 Professional in 64-bit form.
Systems geared for overclocking
iBuyPower has introduced its latest flagship gaming system, the Erebus. The new desktop computer is available in several configurations, each designed for overclocking. Customers can choose from various liquid cooling options for heat dissipation, with up to four radiators and 13mm tubing capable of pumping 4.5 gallons per minute.
Walmart now offering customizable iBuyPower PCs
Gaming PC maker iBuyPower has entered into a deal with Walmart that will let users build custom PCs from the superstore chain's online store. While there are just five processor choices and five cases on offer, the choice of three hard drives and three RAM options as well as eight different graphics cards means there are more than 10,000 system permutations available. The two Intel chips include a 3.3GHz Core i5 and 3.4GHz Core i7, while AMD's offerings include a 3.1GHz Athlon or either a 3.2GHz or 3.0GHz Phenom II.
iBuyPower intros third-gen Chimera XLC gaming PC
iBuyPower on Friday released its third-generation flagship, the Chimera XLC. The company is touting the gaming PC's cooling capabilities as the most powerful in the industry, with a 240mm radiator, a 200mm main fan and five 120mm fans. The most basic Chimera XLCs include a quad 3.06GHz Core i7 and a 512MB ATI Radeon HD 5450. A 2GB GeForce GTX 560 Ti graphics card is optional.
iBuyPower outs Mage XLC M1 liquid cooled 6-core PC
iBuyPower wrapped up the week with an AMD version of one of its more aggressive liquid-cooled PCs. The Mage XLC M1 uses a hands-off Asetek cooling system combined with AMD's six-core Phenom II X6. Moving to the system gives gamers a very parallel system that should still be quiet and carry built-in headroom for overclocking.
iBuyPower outs Paladin XLC gaming PC with Core i7
Gaming PC maker iBuyPower on Thursday announced the release of its latest high-end gaming tower, the Paladin XLC. It's powered by a choice of Intel Core i7 processors, all cooled by Asetek's 240mm radiator-based liquid cooling system. The NXZT Phantom Red case it ships in has room for as many as seven fans, including 200mm, single 230mm/200mm, triple 120mm and front 140mm fans.
iBuyPower brings USB 3.0 to all its PCs for free
Gaming PC maker iBuyPower announced on Tuesday that it will offer USB 3.0 ports on all of its desktop PCs free of charge. This includes systems that do not have USB 3.0-compatible mainboards. The upgrade will let users transfer data at up to 5Gbps, or about 10 times faster than USB 2.0.
iBuyPower intros GTX 460 desktops, 3D notebook
Gaming PC maker iBuyPower has unveiled three new systems, the two desktops getting NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 460> graphics. The desktops are the Paladin E370 and the Paladin F860, while the notebook is the 3D-ready, 15.6-inch Battalion 101 W860CU-3D. The E370 uses a liquid-cooled 2.66GHz Core i5 and gets 4GB of RAM.
iBuyPower launches portable LAN Warrior 2
iBuyPower targeted itself at LAN party gamers with its LAN Warrior II micro ATX gaming PC. The system is up to 40 percent smaller than typical tower PCs but still has full performance; it can be optioned up with a six-core 3.33GHz Core i7 Extreme Edition, up to 24GB of DDR3 RAM and two ATI Radeon HD 5970 or NVIDIA GTX 480 graphics cards in CrossfireX or SLI modes. A liquid cooling system will become available soon, while a carrying handle is always standard.
iBuyPower brings Battalion Touch CZ-11 gaming PC
iBuyPower has added a new gaming PC to its range, the 15.6-inch Battalion Touch CZ-11. The 15-inch system is second of the company's multi-touch capable gaming notebooks, but the first to get the option of Intel's Core i7 CPU at the same time. Its display is a centerpiece in resolution as well at 1080p, even on the least expensive models.
iBuyPower intros four Core i7-980x gaming PCs
The latest gaming PC maker to introduce computers powered by Intel's latest Core i7-980X Extreme Edition CPU is iBuyPower. In a system upgrade today, the system builder launched the Paladin F890, Paladin F950, Paladin F970, and Paladin XLC V3, with all three sporting liquid CPU cooling systems. The XLC V3 ships with an overclocked i7-980X that runs up to 30 percent above the usual 3.33GHz clock speed. The F890 ships with 6GB of RAM, but the other three have 12GB of DDR3 RAM.
iBuyPower Level 10 has special tower
iBuyPower this afternoon claimed to be the first to use Thermaltake's BMW-designed case in a production PC. Simply called the Level 10 based on the case's own name, the PC takes advantage of the modular, sectioned-off design to make upgrades easier and simply to provide a very unique look. It's still considered a performance PC and has uncommon touches in stock trim, such as a GeForce GTX 285 with 2GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD as its boot drive alongside a 1TB content drive.
iBuyPower preps four store-specific game PCs
iBuyPower this afternoon refreshed the ready-made gaming PCs it ships to NewEgg. All of the Gamer Extreme and Supreme models, ranging from the 922 SLC through to the 979 SLC, use an Asetek-made liquid cooling setup that lets them run coolly while also giving them some performance headroom. The 979 and its sibling 929 also adds the PC builder's own internal USB expansion, which supplies added power to the normally weak front USB ports and also supplies Bluetooth.
iBuyPower Chimera 2 gaming PC now out
iBuyPower on Wednesday introduced its latest gaming PC, the Chimera 2. The various hardware components are housed in a new Chimera Inferno II Chassis with a wraparound flame color scheme. Users can spec a 2.66GHz Intel Core i5 or i7 but can also switch over to AMDís 2.8GHz or 3.2GHz Phenom II processors.
iBuyPower W870CU goes quad-core, GTX 280
iBuyPower took its turn at adding a Core i7 notebook to its gaming portable mix. The Batallion 101 W870CU has its pick of every current mobile Core i7 chip, ranging from the 1.6GHz Core i7 to the 2GHz Core i7 Extreme. It also carries a GeForce GTX 280M on all configurations and can run many games smoothly at the 17.3-inch desktop replacement's native 1080p resolution.
Radeon HD 5800 reaches three PC builders
Three custom-order PC builders today became some of the earliest to pick up AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5800 series as a video option. CyberPower has added the option to three of its systems and will see the Core i5-based Xtreme 4200 and Phenom II-based Gamer Dragon 9500 come with a Radeon HD 5850 as standard while the Core i7-founded will ship with a Radeon HD 5870. Prices start from $927 for the Gamer Dagon and mode up to $999 and $1,393 for the Xtreme 4200 and 5200 respectively.
iBuyPower Chimera Killer
iBuyPower wound down its afternoon with a new Chimera Killer Special Edition PC. The new model is tailored just to the hardcore gaming market with a Killer Xeno Pro standard in every model to hopefully lower latency by reducing the overhead of Ethernet traffic. Every system also has a special flame art case with an illuminated side window and a small display to show the heat levels inside the case.
iBuyPower Battalion M865TU
iBuyPower late today made a leap for the speed crown by launching the Battalion 101 M865TU. The system is touted as the fastest current 15-inch notebook largely on the basis of its graphics chipset. Despite its smaller frame, the Battalion has a GeForce GTX 260M with 1GB of RAM capable of rendering modern games smoothly. It can also be customized with up to a 2.93GHz Core 2 Duo and multiple solid-state drive options, with the fastest being Intel's 80GB X25-M.
iBuyPower LAN Warrior
iBuyPower this afternoon publicized a relatively unique small form factor game PC designed to be easily transportable to a LAN gaming party but without sacrificing its speed. The LAN Warrior is only slightly larger than some SFF boxes with its NZXT case but has room to accommodate Core i7 processors up to the 3.2GHz Core i7 Extreme courtesy of dual side fans and liquid cooling. It can also address as much as 12GB of DDR3 memory and two GeForce GTX 295 or Radeon HD 4870 X2 cards.
iBuyPower PC with i7 CPUs
iBuyPower on Wednesday announced the launch of a new line of gaming and entertainment PCs that will use Intel's upcoming Core i7 processor, which the chipmaker is touting as its fastest CPU yet. The three Paladin F-series PCs will also sport a Blu-ray drive, 7.1-channel surround sound support and include a Logitech gaming keyboard and mouse. The range-topping F970 PC will use Intel's 3.2GHz Core i7 965 Extreme Edition, which is claimed as the most powerful personal CPU to date. It will also include 12GB of DDR3 RAM, ATI's HD 4870X2 graphics card with 2GB of GDDR5 video memory and a dual-radiator liquid cooling system.
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.