The Good Fastest overall performance of PCs tested to date; polished hardware assembly; thoughtful software bundle and customization; three-year default parts-and-labor warranty.
The Bad The price tag puts this system beyond the reach of all but the most passionate and the wealthiest.
The Bottom Line Widow PC's IX2 SLI is one of the fastest PCs to come through our labs. You'll have to pay for it, and the price tag is higher than that of past performance-leading PCs, but for all the love and care put into this PC, if you can afford it and you have the passion for cutting-edge game play, you'll find few other desktops that can compete with this one.
WidowPC IX2 SLI - Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86 GHz
Widow PC IX2 SLI
We've seen a handful of quad-core PCs so far with a single Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX 3D card in them, but we had yet to see any with two of those cards in SLI (scalable link interface) mode until the Widow PC IX2 SLI. More than simply a high-end game desktop, this system is a hyperbolic showcase of PC design and up-to-the-minute hardware. Priced at $7,361, it's also unreachable for all but the most dedicated and wealthiest gamers. Amazingly, that price seems to be about the going rate for any boutique-class system with a similar configuration. We remember when a $4,000 PC would break records. Those days probably aren't gone for the DIY crowd, but if you'd rather have someone else do the dirty work for you, this Widow PC runs as fast and is built as well as systems from better-known boutique vendors. If you have the money and the inclination, we recommend it.
Similar to Velocity Micro, Widow PC relies on Lian Li's clean, sturdy case design to give the IX2 SLI a strong visual impression. Inside, the IX2 SLI features a compartmentalized BTX design that helps isolate the various parts from each other for maximum thermal efficiency. We've found that as power demands have risen in recent months, high-end PCs and the fans that keep them cool have gotten louder as well. The Widow PC IX2 SLI uses a combination of liquid and air cooling, and though still loud, it's not as bad as others.