Release roundup: Pre-built PCs, SSDs, and extreme mobos

This week in our roundup of miscellaneous product launches and announcements, we’ve got news from Asus, iBuypower, OCZ, and Origin PC.

  • Back in full black… The Rampage III Black Edition. Say hello to the latest X58 offering in Asus’ Republic of Gamers series. This bad boy comes with "ThunderBolt LAN," a bundled headphone amp, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps, and a "powerful combination of analog and digital design elements for Ultimate VRM Performance." The board has already made its way to Newegg, where it’s priced at a hefty $589.99.

  • iBuypower partners with Wal-Mart. This isn’t a typical release announcement, but it’s interesting nonetheless. iBuypower and Walmart have teamed up to offer "the retailer’s first custom configurator" for gaming PCs. The configurator, which can be accessed here, lets you set up a gaming PC by choosing between five enclosures, five processors (from both Intel and AMD), graphics cards ranging up to the Radeon HD 6870 and GeForce GTX 480, and a variety of other options. The base config, which has no monitor, will set you back $578.

  • OCZ announces Vertex 3 Max IOPS SSDs. We’ve already told you all about the Vertex 3. Well, there’s now a new version of OCZ’s latest SandForce-based solid-state drive. Dubbed the Vertex 3 Max IOPS edition, this variant purportedly features "exceptional 4KB random write performance with up to 75,000 IOPS," making it a prime candidate for "applications that require high aggregate workloads and increased IO throughput." OCZ intends to offer the drive in 120GB and 240GB capacities, both of which will have three-year warranty coverage.

  • Origin EON17-S laptops overclocked up to 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost available now. Extreme overclocking isn’t seen often in laptops, but Origin PC has bucked that trend with the EON17-S. The system can be configured with an overclocked, Sandy Bridge-based Core i7 Extreme processor that can purportedly hit up to 4.5GHz with Turbo Boost enabled. Graphics options include the GeForce GTX 485M and Radeon HD 6970M. The EON17-S also features a 17.3" display, four memory slots (for a total memory capacity of 32GB), USB 3.0 connectivity, and support for a TV tuner, Blu-ray, and built-in RAID. This is no ultraportable, though; Origin says the machine weighs in at 8.6 lbs and is about 1.7-1.8" thick.

The Walmart-iBuypower partnership might not excite die-hard enthusiasts, but I think it’s good news for PC gaming as a whole. If Walmart is promoting gaming PCs, more newcomers to the market are bound to consider jumping ship from consoles—or at least gaming on both.

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    • albundy
    • 8 years ago

    those wally world machines actually are priced very very well considering that testing and building labor is included. i priced a similar machine on eggy, which came out 100 bucks cheaper, but with massive amount of rebates, as i was choosing combos that were on sale. eggy just might have a little bit of competition on their hands now.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 8 years ago

    No price mentioned on the Vertex 3. Why?

      • Tumbleweed
      • 8 years ago

      At Newegg, the regular 120GB Vertex 3 is $299, and this new version is $319. The new one is in stock, the old one isn’t. The difference in 4KB Random Write: 75,000 IOPS vs 60,000 IOPS for the regular one.

    • indeego
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]We've already told you all about the Vertex 3.[/quote<] All? You gave us a preview for an unreleased drive with nonreleased firmware. You were going to revisit the drive after your test suite was revised. You didn't look into compatibility with Gigabyte/Dell/Mac boards/systems, something that has been an issue since V2's release. My guess is the drive will slow down significantly after the 12 firmware updates OCZ will release in the next 2 months, after they discover data-loss issues under common scenarios.

      • Bauxite
      • 8 years ago

      10 foot pole, still won’t touch them.

      • thecoldanddarkone
      • 8 years ago

      Well that’s the exact reason I didn’t purchase a vertex 2. I had one of those dells that has a 11 page thread on it… not working.

    • south side sammy
    • 8 years ago

    Having been around the block a few times I have to laugh at the price of the motherboard. A smart man could build a decent gaming machine for 589 bucks.

      • Waco
      • 8 years ago

      I just don’t get the appeal (or market) for these ridiculous motherboards. Rarely do I spend much over $100 and the $180 AM3+ board I’m eying is by far the most expensive board I’ll have ever bought.

    • ShadowTiger
    • 8 years ago

    That walmart customization web-page is a little bit half-assed. I wish that these e-tailers would get their act together and make better webpages, its not like they don’t have enough money to spend on a few web programmers/designers.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 8 years ago

      I’m pretty sure this is why Newegg continues to do so well. Just a fantastic website.

      • DPete27
      • 8 years ago

      Agreed, but you have to take it for what its worth. Walmart is treading new territory here so you cant expect it to be great right off the bat (the Walmart website as a whole isnt any better) Still, props to Walmart for bringing gaming PC’s to the general public!!
      As a previous owner of an ibuypower PC, I haven’t seen many other companies that can offer that kind of brand specific customization at very competetive prices. In the end, builds usually turn out to be equal in price compared to building your own off newegg. So..its nice to see them gaining a foothold in the “mainstream” marketplace.

    • destroy.all.monsters
    • 8 years ago

    So Thunderbolt Lan is apparently the KillerNic 2100 on a C-Media based Xonar card with a happy metal shield on it.

    Sadly no thunderbolts involved. Or Thor.

    Details midway down this page:

    [url<]http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1366/Rampage_III_Black_Edition/[/url<] Ok and weirdly enough X-Fi 2 is also onboard.

      • Rectal Prolapse
      • 8 years ago

      Yeah that’s stupid of them to say “Thunderbolt” which is NOT the 10 gb Intel implementation. I would go so far as to call Asus a bunch of f***ing assholes for doing that.

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