After a longer than average wait, Alienware and Chillblast have just rendered all but the most diligently upgraded PC obsolete. Both have announced liquid-cooled gamer leviathans, using bleeding edge GPU tech.
Chillblast has long been a favourite with Stuff, purely for its enthusiastic money-no-object spec'ing skills. Its new Atlantis Crossfire system is an example of this.
Anyone handy with a tiny modder’s screwdriver will recognise the Crossfire in the name to be ATI’s new multi-graphics-card system, to rival NVIDIA’s SLI (Scaleable Link Interface).
So the Chillblast has two ATI Radeon X1900XT 512MB cards, water-cooled and linked together to provide the kind of polygon-chewing that NASA’s engineers can only dream about.
A pre-overclocked AMD Athlon FX60 is running the show, with 2GB of PC4000 memory providing a green room for the numbers.
We think we love it, and you could too, if you can find precisely £3524, and present it to the Chillblast guys.
Meanwhile, a somewhat bigger concern has brought out a rival. Alienware’s Aurora ALX also uses an Athlon FX60, but with NVIDIA’s Quad SLI system.
Yep, you know it, no less than four graphics cards combining to produce the kind of full-framerate high-resolution gaming that makes the current crop of so-called ‘high-def’ TVs look like a big Etch-A-Sketch.
Alternatively, you can get those four cards to provide simultaneous output to four different monitors.
As always, the spec is joyously tweakable, but with prices starting at £3790 (excluding delivery) you might want to tie up your clicking-finger before you head on over to www.alienware.co.uk/alx.