Überclok Reactor: “Überperformance” Gaming?


The Überclok Reactor is a performance monster with the available E8400 at 4.01 GHz and dual 8800GTX graphics cards in SLI, but is it worth the price?

We checked the online prices of every component, and our total to build it ourselves was over $2700, including the operating system, keyboard and mouse. The most recent price available from Überclok’s web configuration page was over $3500, which is a difference of around $800.

What does the extra $800 get you, other than a couple hundred dollars worth of service? The Überclok Reactor comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and three-year warranty. Buyers can evaluate their systems and return them if unsatisfied, while those who choose to keep their system will be covered against component failure for three years. These two programs are expensive to manage, because Überclok can’t sell a returned system as new, and Überclok can’t return a processor to Intel if it dies from overclocking. Überclok even pays the shipping for system repairs, taking 100% responsibility for related expenses.

Thus, the price premiums Überclok charges for its custom-tuned systems seem reasonable. Home system builders who cringe at the thought of paying someone else to do the work need to consider the total cost of three years worth of system support, since many home-built systems suffer early deaths when overclocked.

For buyers who have more money than time, the Überclok Reactor provides a great path to performance that exceeds any off-the-shelf parts.

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  • rtfm
    Crysis benchmark is where?
  • retro77
  • Hazzzaa
    Exactly my thoughts rtfm.
    with the exception of Supreme Commander and Warhammer. The games tested are clearly last generation. Why are you still running DX9 games to benchmark a DX10 system? get something there to actually stress the system a little bit.
  • ciduser
    Wow, I bet solitare would have over 200 fps with the Uber. Where are the benchmarks for games that folks actually play?
  • ap90033
    I just want to know what the CPU voltage is, I have the e8400 and have it a 3.6 but would love to go to 4.0 if I knew more on how to set it. I have DDR2 800 ram though (Gskill)
  • mdrejhon
    Two DVD burners would have been better choice than a DVD reader and a DVD burner. You can launch two copies of most writer software (i.e. Nero Essentials that's included with LG drives) and burn two DVD's simultaneously, good for making quick rapid copies of photo albums and home videos for friends at a party. Even worthwhile in the budget $1500 gaming rig. I have two of the same DVD writers and writing to both simultaneously is not a problem for modern dual core systems (less than 5% CPU to burn to two drives at once), and you still have enough CPU headroom left to play HD video simultaneously on a mid-range graphics card.
  • spekkies2
    ap90033, I also have the E8400, DDR2 800 ram and have it at 4.0 stable. My settings:

    FSB - 1779
    RAM - 800
    CPU core - 1.50v
    CPU VVT - 1.35v
    Nothbridge - 1.43v
    LTD - 3x (Under Advanced Chipset Features)
    Memory Timing - Auto

    Would like to go higher than 4 but my abit FP-IN9 mobo refuses. The same with everyone else who has this board. Point is, you should get your e8400 up to 4.4 at least with a OC friendly board.
  • ap90033
    isnt that voltage to high? I thought 1.4 was the highest you could go safely?
  • spekkies2
    which voltage do you mean: cpu core or northbridge? some people go even higher:


    Check out those settings. Apparently raising the cpu vvt voltage quite high can help a lot with stability.

    extra cooling for the northbridge would be a good idea though.
  • pffff

    This isnt a supercomputer...

    My home machine :D
    Two quad-Core x5350 xeon's 2.66GHz/1333
    160GB (7,200rpm) SATA2 Hard Drive (the wimpyist thing about the machine)
    16GB DDR2 677 Quad Channel FBD Memory (8x2GB)
    XFX 8800 GTX 768mb DDR3
    Soundblaster Audigy