Überclok Reactor: “Überperformance” Gaming?

Überclok, Under the Skin

The Überclok Reactor starts off with a sturdy Antec Nine Hundred case, which is a steel unit famed for its heft and size as well as its ruggedness and ventilation. Überclok’s choice of chassis makes sense from a performance standpoint, but we have no clue as to why any company named Überclok wouldn’t use the German spelling “Reaktor” in the model name.

Überclok reactor

The top panel has a reset, headphone, a microphone and one IEEE-1394 FireWire and two USB 2.0 ports near the front, with a giant 200-mm cooling fan at its rear that pulls warm air away from the CPU cooler. The ports are angled slightly forward for easier access when the case is placed beside a desk, but reaching them with the unit on top of a desk is somewhat of a stretch, even for tall users.

Überclok reactor

The configuration Überclok has chosen for this review includes a 20x DVD burner and 16x DVD-ROM from Lite-On, plus a 9-in-1 flash card with a 1.44MB floppy combo drive. The LH-20A1L burner features 20x DVD+R and DVD-R writes, 16x DVD reads, 8x dual-layer writing for both formats, 32x CD writes, 48x CD reads and 12x DVD-RAM writes. The presence of both a writer and a reader allows “on-the-fly” copies at lower speeds and reduced wear to the writer when only the reader is needed, but writers have become so inexpensive that preserving their lifespan isn’t a major concern for most buyers.

Below the drives are two 120-mm blue LED intake fans and a 120-mm rear-panel fan works in tandem with the 200-mm top fan and 135-mm power supply fan to remove heat from every corner of the chassis.

Überclok reactor

EVGA’s latest 780i motherboard assures compatibility with a wide variety of Intel Core 2 processors, including the latest 45-nm quad cores. The sample system’s Core 2 Duo E8400 reduces costs substantially compared to the quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX9650 while providing the same rated clock speed and enhanced Penryn architecture. Few games are capable of fully utilizing even two cores, let alone four, making the dual-core a more efficient gaming choice from both economical and environmental perspectives. A further benefit of using a dual-core processor in an overclocked gaming system is that these devices are generally capable of reaching higher clock speeds than their four-core siblings.

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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