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ABS Ultimate X8 Stealth ExtremeThe ABS Ultimate X8 Stealth Extreme is most definitely not stealthy thanks to its loud cooling hardware, but for sheer bang-for-the-buck, this high-end gaming PC has a lot to offer.
>> Hi I'm Rich Brown, senior editor for CNET.com. Today we are going to talk about the ABS Ultimate X8 Stealth Extreme. Notice you can see has a giant desktop tower, it's designed for gaming and there is plenty of expandability but there is really nothing Stealthy about the system and that's kind of our biggest problem. Now briefly on the front of the system it's pretty straightforward, there's two optical drives, one's a DVD burner and one's a standard DVD player and you have your standard oh ports right there, so it's pretty easy to see what's going on in the front. Now when we turn the system around you can see the big radiator here on the back, it's actually not that bad, it sticks out a little bit but if you put it under a desk you'd probably never see it. Now as you can see despite the convoluted cooling hardware, the inside of actually pretty roomy. We've got the CPU right here, two memory sticks and two free bays next to them, you got your graphics card, three expansion slots down at the bottom, as well as room for two more hard drives and a fair amount of free bays for anything else you want to put inside it. You might want to stick a media card reader in there because ABS doesn't have one in this build right here. So all in all we found this a fast gaming PC, it helps because the quad core CPU is over clocked, but that's actually kind of a problem. ABS went to all this effort to put this liquid cooling system in here just to get the CPU up to 3.2 gigs up from its standard 266 clock speed. Other systems have gotten a high with just a single standard Intel CPU fan, so we don't really understand what ABS is trying to do with all this. Worse, the cooling unit is very loud. So as you can hear this is a really noisy computer, definitely do not need to have a system that makes this much noise to get this kind of performance. In general this is a pretty fast computer, we wish it was a little bit more elegantly designed, but you are not going to be overall disappointed with this performance. So I am Rich Brown and this is the ABS Ultimate X8 Stealth Extreme. ^M00:01:45 [ Music ]