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iBuyPower Element PC Review: Intel i7-7900X & Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti

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Posted September 21, 2017 by Josh Jackson in Cases & PSU

Overview

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Price at time of Review: ~$3600
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Great Balance of Quality to Cost Components, Excellent Performance, Good Assembly, Competitive Pricing for High-end, RGB Lighting looks Awesome!
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Azza Fans use 3-pin connectors, Windows wouldn't load into the desktop without a reformat
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If you absolutely do not want to build your own system, but want desktop performance comparable to custom rigs, iBuyPower is one of the best places to shop.
by Josh Jackson
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Specifications and Packaging

Much of this review depends on the components included in this Element. I’ve listed the system specs below, but let me point out the heavy hitters in this build. For starters, the 7900X is a 10 core, 20 thread monstrosity of a processor that supports quad-channel RAM. Speaking of RAM, we have 32 GBs of it, not including the 11 GBs of included memory on the GTX 1080 Ti. Finally, iBuyPower topped the build off with an NVMe Samsung 960 Evo SSD. Performance is something we can expect to be slightly off the charts at this point.

Case ::iBUYPOWER Element Gaming Case (Front & Side Glass Panel) – 3x Red LED Ring Fans
LED Fan Lighting ::3x [RGB] Azza Hurricane 120mm RGB LED Fan
Case Lighting ::iBUYPOWER RGB Lighting – [FREE] 1 RGB Lighting Strip
Processor ::Intel® Core™ i9-7900X Processor (10x 3.30GHz/13.75MB L3 Cache) – Intel® Core™ i9-7900X Processor
Processor Cooling ::Asetek 570LXL 240mm Liquid CPU Cooling System [SOCKET-2011]
Memory ::32 GB [8 GB x4] DDR4-3000 Memory Module (w/ RGB Lighting) – G.SKILL Trident Z (RGB LED)
Video Card ::NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – 11GB (VR Ready) – Single Card
Motherboard ::MSI X299 SLI PLUS — 4x PCIe x16, 2x USB 3.1 Gen2, 4x USB 3.1 Gen1, 4x USB 2.0, 2x M.2, RGB [Intel Optane Ready]
Power Supply ::800 Watt – Standard 80 PLUS Bronze
Advance Cabling Options ::[White] – Sleeved 24-pin Motherboard + 8-pin CPU + VGA Power Extension Cables (Include Professional Wiring)
M.2/PCI-E SSD Card ::500 GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2 PCIe NVME SSD — Read: 3200MB/s; Write: 1800MB/s
Primary Hard Drive ::4 TB Toshiba Hard Drive — 64MB Cache, 7200RPM, 6.0Gb/s – Single Drive
Sound Card ::3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard
Network Card ::Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100)
The packaging the system came in is pretty excellent in my opinion. The box has a colorful branding and design to give it shelf appeal, but I also think this can be important for buyer perception when spending a hefty penny on a full system. Do I still think I’ve spent an awful lot of time talking about boxes when I could be doing other things? Yeah, yeah I still do….
Internally, I was pretty impressed by the way iBuyPower secured everything. It looks like they take keeping the system safe during shipping very seriously.
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