For users in the UK, OverclockersUK is one of the major e-tailers for computer components.  In a country where off-the-shelf components are almost non-existent except from a few independent stores, we have to go online to get our fill.  Today, OverclockersUK invited media the the launch of their new pre-built enthusiast systems.  These systems are built to be some of the the world’s fastest systems, and are co-authored with their in-house overclocker and UK #1, 8Pack.

The flagship of the new systems will be called the SuperNova: an i7-3930K clocked at 4.9 GHz, water cooled, featuring three GTX Titans overclocked to 1200/1700 and water cooled all in a dual loop:

8Pack SuperNova

CPU Intel Core i7-3930K at 4.9 GHz+
6 Cores / 12 Threads
Motherboard ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
GPU 3x ASUS GTX Titan 6 GB
Overclocked to 1200/1700
Memory TeamGroup DDR3-2400 4x4 GB
Improved Sub-Timings
PSU Corsair AX1200i
SSD 2x Plextor M5 Pro 512GB in RAID-0
Storage 3TB
Case Modified CaseLabs
Radiators 8x120 total for CPU+Motherboard Loop
6x120 total for GPUs
Price £9500 inc. VAT
$12500 w/o tax

Obviously such a system comes with a price tag to match - £9500 after VAT (ca. $12500).  OCUK will offer some customization options, and the system will be rated for a Fire Strike Extreme score of 13500 with every component still stable.

The purpose of these systems is all in the pre-testing.  8Pack personally tests dozens of CPUs for each system, to find the ones with good speed-voltage characteristics.

For example, the high end Haswell system being launched today is the Hypercube, and takes the highest bin processor, the i7-4770K with a base speed of 3.5 GHz, all the way up to at least 4.9 GHz at a lowly 1.3 volts.  As an overclocker, this is an insane target.  8Pack has mentioned how in the first batch of 150 CPUs he tested, only six to eight hit 4.9 GHz at that voltage target, and two of those go to 5.0 GHz at the same voltage.  The Hypercube will also hold three overclocked GTX 780s in a Gigabyte Z87X-OC Force motherboard.

8Pack Hypercube

CPU Intel Core i7-4770K at 4.9 GHz+
4 Cores / 8 Threads
Motherboard Gigabyte Z87X-OC Force
GPU 3x Gigabyte GTX780 Windforce
Overclocked to 1100/1700
Memory Avexir Orange DDR3-3000
Running at 2933 with better timings
PSU Corsair AX1200i
SSD Plextor M5 Pro 512GB
Storage 3TB
Case Modified CaseLabs
Radiators 6x120 total for CPU+Motherboard Loop
6x120 total for GPUs
Price £6600 inc. VAT
$8600 w/o tax

As an overclocker, I appreciate the fact that testing lots of CPUs (a process we call binning) to find ones that hit a target is a time-consuming endeavor, as well as immensely expensive if you end up having to perform it personally without any form of corporate sponsorship.  In order to claim to sell the ‘World’s Fastest Systems’, a lot of that binning has to take place to get the right hardware and still provide it, as a System Integrator, with a guarantee.  This is why the systems come at such a price.

Part of the platinum treatment these systems get, OCUK will professionally photograph the system ordered and place it as the high resolution background for the system installed.  Each system will be shipped by a specialist two man courier team who will unpack the system from its flight case (!) and set it up.  If for any reason the system needs to be returned, the same courier will package the system up to take it back to OCUK.  Included in the price is a two year warranty and a special customized certificate showing 8Pack’s testing and benchmark scores achieved with that exact system.  The pack will also contain 8Pack’s business card for direct contact to the man himself, and OCUK will offer an upgrade service such that users can update to the latest GPU/CPU with no labor charges.

So, for the 98% of CPUs which do not hit the grade, what happens then?  These are funneled through to OCUKs other pre-built systems which do not require such demanding speed, or sold on as pre-opened stock.

The final system being launched is the Polaris, using an Ivy Bridge i7-3770K CPU to 5.0 GHz and 16 GB of 2400 C9 Corsair Dominator Platinum memory.  This memory has specific Samsung ICs for high efficiencies, and OCUK are aiming the Polaris at high resolution setups for when a user must have a Multi-monitor / >4K arrangement.  As such, the system comes with two overclocked and water cooled GTX Titans, running at 1200/1700.

8Pack Polaris

CPU Intel Core i7-3770K at 5.0 GHz+
4 Cores / 8 Threads
Motherboard ASUS Maximus V Extreme
GPU 2x ASUS GTX Titan 6 GB
Overclocked to 1200/1700
Memory Corsair Dominator Platinum 4x4 GB DDR3-2400 C9
Samsung ICs for better sub-timings
PSU Corsair AX1200i
SSD 2x Plextor M5 Pro 512GB in RAID-0
Storage 3TB
Case Modified CaseLabs
Radiators 5x120 total for CPU+Motherboard Loop
4x120 total for GPUs
Price £7700 inc. VAT
$10000 w/o tax

Both the Polaris and the Supernova will feature a complete USB Fan controller package that allows users to control the fans either by the panel and the software.  Due to the amount of radiators and Scythe GT fans being used, 8Pack was adamant that in all situations only 50% fan speed should be needed to keep the systems cool.

So I enjoy a nicely modified system, and pricing the high performance end of these pre-built systems near the range of brand new cars is a bold move for OCUK – they know they are not going to sell many, but this helps in the custom nature of such a system.  I managed to get a quick word with the man himself for a few questions.

OverclockersUK Ian ‘8Pack’ Parry: An Interview


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  • Fx1 - Friday, September 6, 2013 - link

    No offence but you didn't have to go to trading standards and threaten legal action to get a refund which I was entitled to by law. The previous owner was a **** Reply
  • Fx1 - Friday, September 6, 2013 - link

    I'll contact you when I do my next build. I'm glad you have been taken over since my experience. I'm happy to give a company another chance. It's also positive that you actually took the time to reply. Reply
  • BugblatterIII - Friday, September 6, 2013 - link

    That's good to know; I had an annoying experience with you guys around three years ago and decided not to use you again (and I'd spent a few grand with you over the years). I'll be building a new system soon and might give you another try. Reply
  • charleski - Friday, September 6, 2013 - link

    You should definitely have had them mention this in the article. The old OCUK had such a terrible reputation that many people wouldn't touch them with a bargepole and I was amazed to see Anandtech do an article on them. It's good to hear that things have changed. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Saturday, September 7, 2013 - link

    It is in the article, at the end on the second page. :) Unless that was added after your reply. :D Reply
  • jabber - Sunday, September 8, 2013 - link

    May I just say I used to buy a lot of gear from Overclockers years ago. I still use your site as its a quick and easy site to spec systems up on.

    However, then I usually transfer the build list or similar over to Ebuyer as generally their prices are slightly cheaper and (this is the big kicker)..they do free delivery.

    I often see your deals of the week, say a HDD for £70 + £4 delivery but then check on Ebuyer and it's £67 with free delivery (the free stuff turns up in two days average). Another lost sale.

    Years ago I wouldn't have touched Ebuyer but have now bought tens of thousands of pounds worth of kit through them with next to zero issues.

    Would be nice to have some competition from others for my money.
  • gregoryholt - Thursday, March 6, 2014 - link

    I bought a simple Corsair H55 Watercooler that ended up leaking after a few months of use and ruining the whole PC. When I called OC for help I was told to RMA it myself and try to seek compensation for the ruined parts. This was to involve shipping the lot to Holland at my expense and without any likelihood that I would be reimbursed. I felt completely let down with the support I received - all the engineer was concerned about was defecting any responsibility away from OC. This was the first time I'd called them for support after being a long term customer for nearly 10 years. I felt completely let down and on my own. This was just under a year ago. Needless to say I didn't progress the RMA due to the potential of further loss of finances, so I'm not sure about the statement above! Reply
  • gregoryholt - Thursday, March 6, 2014 - link

    Sorry I meant to reply to Gibbo205. Reply
  • Carl Bicknell - Friday, September 6, 2013 - link

    Looks a lot like Digital Storm.

    I hope Overclockers UK have better acoustics...
  • Inteli - Friday, September 6, 2013 - link

    Well then. I really hope the only modifications necessary to those CaseLabs were the logo on the front.

    I want that Hypercube.

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