Specifications and thoughts
|Ultraviolet Genesis XOC|
|Chassis||Customised SilverStone Technology TJ-07 tower|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700* overclocked to 3.5GHz (13 x 270MHz FSB)|
|Mainboard||eVGA nForce 680i SLI Black Pearl Edition with pre-attached waterblocks|
|Memory||2GiB (2 x 1GiB) OCZ PC2-8500 Reaper @ 783.4MHz - 4-4-4-12-2T|
|Hard disks||2 x Western Digital Raptor 150GiB in RAID0
Seagate 750GiB 7200.10 for storage
|Display (as shipped, available as optional extra)||22in Samsung 226BW Flat Panel Display - DVI-D and VGA (2ms) - 1680 x 1050 native resolution|
|Graphics hardware||2 x eVGA GeForce 8800 Ultra Black Pearl Editions in SLI (655/2250)|
|Optical drive 1||Lite-On LH-20A1S (20x DVD±RW/RAM/Dual Layer + LightScribe)|
|Optical drive 2||None, optional extra|
|Sound hardware||Creative Labs X-Fi Gamer Fatal1ty Pro|
|Speakers||None, optional extra|
|Networking hardware||2 x 10/100/1000 from nForce 680i SLi
Texas Instruments two-port FireWire400 controller
|Ports (usable)||14 x USB2.0 (4x front, 6x rear I/O, 4x fly-bracket), 2 x FireWire400 (front and rear), 2 x RJ45 (Gigabit), audio, optical/coaxial S/PDIF-out, PS/2|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows Professional, 32-bit with SP2
|PSU||NorthQ Giant Reactor 1000W|
|Input devices||Logitech G15 gaming keyboard
Razer Copperhead mouse
|Additional software||Nero 7|
|Extras||Alphacool LCD system-monitoring display
|Included warranty||Two years, return-to-base|
|Price||£4,534, including VAT|
|Shipping||Included in price|
One look at the specification and it's clear that the Ultraviolet Genesis XOC is aimed at the reader wanting an ultra-high-end system but who'd prefer to have someone else build and configure it.
Ultraviolet currently retails three different Genesis models in its range - all using the excellent SilverStone Technology TJ-07 chassis. Our review model, the Genesis XOC, is the current top-end offering.
Ultraviolet opts for eVGA's nForce 680i Black Pearl motherboard. This ships as standard with four pre-attached waterblocks - one each for the CPU, SPP, MCP and VREG. Our system had an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6750 processor but the shipping Genesis XOC will carry a QX6850.
The quad-core processor is pre-overclocked to 3.5GHz, thanks to some heavy-duty liquid cooling. Graphics grunt is also by way of eVGA (notice a trend here?), with two SLI'd GeForce 8800 Ultra Black Pearls operating at 655MHz core and 2250MHz memory. They're liquid cooled, too. Indeed, such is the focus on cooling these hot-running components that two radiators are used.
OCZ's Reaper PC1066 DDR2 RAM provides decent bandwidth and latency but we'd like to see 4GiB on such a high-end model. Ultaviolet offers this as a cost option, we note. A couple of RAIDed Western Digital 150GB Raptor drives offer speedy access while a 750GiB Seagate completes the storage provision and will do for most users' needs.
Audio is also good, courtesy of a Creative Labs X-Fi Gamer Fatal1ty Pro sound card - though no speakers are provided as standard. Input devices are predictably good, as well, and a funky front-mounted Alphacool LCD panel can be programmed to monitor a number of system variables.
The downside to such a specification is the price - all £4,534 of it. Yes, that is the price for a system that ships without a monitor or speakers. Clearly, Ultraviolet is wooing the money-no-object crowd but that's a hell of a lot of money even for a top-flight specification.
The Genesis XOC had better look like a million-dollar PC, then....