Application and Futuremark Performance

It's funny, the actual performance of the iBuyPower Revolt is almost incidental. As you'll see it's a powerful system with a small electrical footprint, but what it's really doing is driving down accessible gaming performance at a reasonable price tag. I almost wish we'd had the $649 or $899 versions in house to get a better perspective.

What I do need to mention is that while the Revolt itself performed well, Windows 8's compatibility with benchmarks can still be a little bit hinky. Probing forums reveals that DiRT 3, for example, can be a total crapshoot. PCMark Vantage also doesn't run, and PCMark 7 will actually cancel itself on some Windows 8 systems, something Futuremark is still looking into.

Futuremark 3DMark 11

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage

Futuremark 3DMark06

The GTX 670 is performing as expected, but when you get to our CPU-limited 3DMark06 test, the lack of an overclocked CPU does hurt the Revolt's performance. It's worth noting, however, that this can be remedied by the end user both personally or by simply requesting the Revolt ship overclocked from the factory.

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R10

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R10

3D Rendering - CINEBENCH R11.5

Video Encoding - x264

Video Encoding - x264

Without an overclock, the Revolt only performs "as expected." It's still a powerful machine, but invariably gets dwarfed by all the expensive boutique desktops that have "OC" next to the name of the CPU.

Synthetics aren't everything, though. Let's check in and see how the Revolt fares at what it's meant to handle: gaming.

Introducing the iBuyPower Revolt Gaming Performance
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  • mariush - Saturday, February 16, 2013 - link

    Too bad you're not actually posting some pictures of the actual motherboard and case internals.

    You say it's custom but it would be nice to see who exactly makes it or what model of motherboard is the base this motherboard was customized from.

    Surely it's not a 100% custom design.
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  • RDO CA - Saturday, February 16, 2013 - link

    Sooooo when do you read the article? Reply
  • secretmanofagent - Saturday, February 16, 2013 - link

    Too bad I'm not putting together words that represent a thoughtful contribution.

    You say it's custom, and then you go into detail exactly what it is in the conclusion.

    Surely I should have read the article 100% before bitching.
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  • arnavvdesai - Saturday, February 16, 2013 - link

    I was hoping the author can answer some of the following questions
    1) Is there space for one more 3.5" HDD?
    2) Is there space for one 2.5" SSD and one 3.5" HDD?

    While I understand that most of the system is accessible by removing a phillips screws, can I at some point change the Video Card personally when a new one comes out or is it in some way fixed permanently with the system when I purchase one.
    I am really interested in the system size and the MB they provide and would like to get something this small, so is there something case/MB wise that I can get to put below my TV? The mITX cases I have seen so far on NewEgg or Amazon all seem to be towers and largish (roughly the size of a large AV reciever).
    Is there an option to get a BD drive instead of a DVD drive?
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  • DanNeely - Sunday, February 17, 2013 - link

    You can configure it with an SSD and an HDD. The wizard won't let you pick 2 HDDs (throws an error message) so the second bay is almost certainly only 2.5". Surprisingly it doesn't have an option for two SSDs; since in the past I've read that butiques were claiming it was a customer demanded config when they sent raid 0 SSD review systems out. Reply
  • jnemesh - Monday, February 18, 2013 - link

    It has one 3.5" bay, one 2.5" bay, and one mSATA slot. It would not let me configure all three filled, but you should be able to have 3 drives internal if one is a SSD using mSATA. Reply
  • tipoo - Saturday, February 16, 2013 - link

    Shame they killed it rather than continuing to upgrade it. They were early to this segment and instead of capitalizing on their lead they let it die off. Sounds familiar for them. Reply
  • Earthmonger - Sunday, February 17, 2013 - link

    Not interested much, but I did read it. Thanks for the work Dustin. Kept me occupied for fifteen minutes on this boring Sunday, and I appreciate that.

    This isn't for PC Gaming enthusiasts; they would want the security of an upgradable machine.
    This is just for console gamers who'd like to expand their options to PC games. With a disposable machine.

    I keep wondering why they want to shrink these "living room boxes". You could accomplish so much more in something the size of a HT subwoofer enclosure without grossly scandalizing the living room.

    I'd like to agree with the earlier comment complaining about the MS Office inclusion. It should be the consumer's option to receive the product with a completely blank drive, if they wish it. These back-office deals have always PO'd me, I don't need a bloated, ghost'ed drive. But in this case I have to remember the demographic this was built for, which isn't me. Can't deduct for that.

    The case design is hideous. I've seen it before, on an $8 plastic clothes hamper at Wal*Mart. Reminiscent of something the new Johnny Hou would draw up.
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  • Dustin Sklavos - Sunday, February 17, 2013 - link

    Uh...this is upgradable. Reply
  • Earthmonger - Monday, February 18, 2013 - link

    Is it? Swap out the PSU, GPU, toss in an AMD CPU, motherboard? Hmm. I was under the impression that space was limited, and PSU/GPU length and mainboard config would be an issue. Reply

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