Review: Computer Lounge Gen-X Special Ops
- — 27 September, 2012 22:00
|Name||Gaming Desktop: Computer Lounge Gen-X Special Ops|
|At a glance:||Intel Core i5-3570K @ 4.5GHz,8GB DDR3-1600 RAM,2 x Nvidia GTX670 2GB video cards,120GB SSD + 1TB HDD,Exquisite construction and performance|
|Summary:||One of the most powerful and well built gaming machines we have ever seen without going overboard on price.|
September 2012 Gaming PC Shootout. Find full specifications, benchmarks and comparable models here.
Computer Lounge is a firm favourite with the hardcore PC gaming crowd, and the Gen-X Special Ops machine it submitted for this roundup is definitely aimed straight at that market.
Before even powering the Special Ops up, it is clear that a lot of thought and passion has gone into the design and build. The Arctic White Corsair Vengeance C70 mid-tower case is neatly complimented by a plethora of ice-white components: from the watercooling tubes, case fans, sleeved motherboard and GPU fans down to the dual video cards, everything is aggressively yet elegantly snowstorm-themed. The white LEDs circumnavigating the case’s interior are the icing on the cake.
Those white-sleeved cable extensions are about the only cables you can see through the case’s window, another testament to the effort put into this machine’s construction. Even if you open the rear case panel
you are greeted with neatly routed and tied-down cables.
The components selected to power the Special Ops are no less impressive.
Whilst the Core i5-3570K plays second-fiddle to the more powerful Core i7-3770K, Computer Lounge has overclocked it from its stock 3.4GHz speed to a crisp 4.5GHz and cooled it with the excellent XSPC Rasa 750 240mm all-in-one watercooling kit.
The two EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX670 video cards running in SLI provide graphics grunt – one of these alone would be enough power for even an avid high-definition gamer, so two combined form a hefty GPU solution.
Rounding out the specs are 8GB of dual-channel Patriot Viper Xtreme DDR3-1600 memory, a 120GB Intel 330 series SATA3 SSD running Windows 7 Home Premium, a 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black storage drive, all plugged into an Asrock Z77 Extreme4 motherboard and powered by a 760W Seasonic PSU. These are all top-notch component choices and I wouldn’t fault a single one.
One fault I did find, however, was several graphical glitches or ‘artifacts’ during games and benchmarks. I suspected one of the video cards may have come slightly loose during shipping and a quick re-seat of the cards confirmed this: it ran trouble-free for the remainder of testing.
We were surprised by the video card issue because Computer Lounge went to the length of using a handy little expanding-foam packaging bag inside the case to stop components moving around during transport, but I guess you never know how well courier packages get treated between their door and yours. (We were careful, but we may have jarred the card during our photo shoot – Ed.)
Most importantly, Special Ops delivered outstanding performance stats. As you can see in the benchmark results on page 51, most games tested ran at over 100 frames per second even at 2560 x 1440, with maxed-out image quality settings. The only game that didn’t shine was Trackmania Nations Forever, where the machine actually performed worse than a single-GTX670 setup did – I would blame this on SLI drivers not suiting the older, DX9-based game, rather than a hardware problem.
In my opinion, the Computer Lounge Gen-X Special Ops is close to the perfect custom-built PC: top-shelf components, high quality build, stellar performance and a reasonable price tag for such an awesome package.September 2012 Gaming PC Shootout. Find full specifications, benchmarks and comparable models here.