Überclok Ion: Midrange Overclocking, with a Warrantyby Matt Campbell on February 12, 2008 4:10 AM EST
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There are quite a few manufacturers on the market selling "gaming" PCs. Of these, a number offer "factory-overclocked" configurations, usually at the upper end of the price scale. Überclok is a new company that offers overclocked systems at a relatively low entry price. First, let's look at the company and the ordering experience, and then we'll delve into a review of their entry-level Ion system.
Starting with their PR:
"Überclok is a new player in the Gaming PC Market, based in Chicago. We use hardware overclocking to produce faster, more powerful computers than those sold for the same price by other gaming PC companies. By the same token, an Überclok PC costs significantly less than a competing product of equal capability. Every Überclok Gaming PC is overclocked by default and is covered by a three-year parts and labor warranty. If a component fails in those three years, Überclok will replace it free of charge."
Overclocking is the underlying core of Überclok's business model. Particularly in the midrange price segment, overclocking does provide a big performance boost over stock systems, and Überclok is filling in the role of the enthusiast tweaking the system for performance. The question is, can they do it at a reasonable price premium?