CNET First Look
AVADirect introduces the Avalanche, a fully water-cooled gaming PCCustom PC house AVADirect is offering a brand new, completely water-cooled gaming PC called the Avalanche. Jeff Bakalar checks out the high-end machine.
Hey everyone, I'm Jeff Bakalar, and today I'm checking out something I'm positive you've never, ever seen before because I'm debuting it to the world right now. Allow me to introduce the AVA Direct Avalanche. Say hello. It's a super high-end PC gaming machine that is completely top to bottom water cooled. And, as you can see. It's kind of a work of art. Water-cooling instead of air or fan-cooling is growing in popularity. Because when you do that you let chips run faster and cooler, which is very important for a long-lasting computer. When you introduce water-cooling to the GPUs, and that's the graphic cards, graphics cards inside the machine. You can get a system that runs very quietly, and most importantly, very cool. So the way this works, water cooling is stored in a reservoir tank that's mounted on the top front of the machine, where water is pumped through the system, and it touches the CPU, the graphics card, and then back around again. The loop. Keeps water moving and allows heat to dissipate quickly and efficiently. The end result is not only what's clearly a gorgeous looking machine, but 1 that allows for impressive over clocking not just with the process but with the dual graphics cards as well. It gives us. High benchmarking scores that are beating every other system with comparable components that we have in our labs. It's pretty impressive. So let's say you don't like the white design. Well, how do you fix that? You can use this included remote control that actually changes the color. Of the LED RGB lights that are included with the machine. Now, the avalanche maxed out nearly every single game I threw at it in 1440p, and it even handled 4k games with ease. Okay, so what are we talking about in price, right? So, this thing can't be cheap. Well, it's not. The configuration we have here, now, that's the 4790k. The 2980, it's got 16 gigs of RAM, a terabyte SSD, three terabytes of storage drives, the custom tubing, the overclocking, the water cooling, all of that will run you $5900. Yes, you are paying a premium for the custom loop installation but you are getting some of the best components around, that are available on the market. Now, I've got a much deeper dive on the Avalanche in the review below, so be sure to read that, and if you have any specific questions, be it about the Avalanche or water cooling in general, be sure to follow me on Twitter and reach out there. This has been a look at the brand new Avalanche from AVA Direct. If you want to check one of these out and price one yourself, head over to avadirect.com. I'm Jeff Bakalar for CNET. Thanks so much for watching.