Overdrive PC sells nothing but seriously overclocked, high-end rigs. We decided to test out its E6600 Core 2 Duo offering, overclocked to an astonishing 3.5GHz, to see if it’s stable, reliable, and, most importantly, worth the money.
As many of you might know by now, HardOCP doesn’t "review" systems; we evaluate the experiences they facilitate. We order the system the same as you would and evaluate every aspect of the end-user experience. Not only does this give us a better idea of what hardware an end user actually receives, it also allows us to obtain a more accurate picture of just how each company functions and treats its customers. As fast as PC hardware has become over the years, we think giving a personal computer "5 stars" based on a synthetic benchmark is simply irresponsible. We think service, support, and reliability are much more important factors in today's climate than speed. Fast is easily bought, but purchasing and ownership satisfaction can be elusive.
This process allows us to not only evaluate the system, but the OEM that builds it. Our goal is to give you the wide-angle lens view of the computer and the company so that you can make informed and educated decisions as to what you purchase or recommend to clients, friends, and family.
Overdrive PC is a company that has been around for seven years, but seemingly does not advertise as much as other integrators. In fact, many enthusiasts had never even heard of the company until a number of its systems were reviewed in various publications earlier this year. Mario Cifaldi, CTO of Overdrive, participated in our recent OEM Executive Round-up.
Back in February, we took a look at the company’s Gemini.SLI system and were blown away by its power, craftsmanship, and tech support. In fact, we liked the Gemini.SLI so much we granted it a score of 9.7 out of 10. It remains as the highest scoring PC ever in our evaluation program. And since we no longer use a numeric scoring system, the Gemini’s title is safe.
Since we’ve only evaluated one system from Overdrive, we don’t have a long history like we do with other integrators and don’t know how the company has held up since its last evaluation nearly nine months ago. However, since the previous system was so impressive we obviously have high hopes for this system as well.
Since we spent over $3,000 on this rig, and the previous PC we evaluated from the company blew us away, we have extremely high expectations for this system. Since Overdrive sells nothing but highly overclocked systems, we’ll be expecting tremendous performance with rock-solid stability. The company warranties its overclocks, so we’d expect the system to not give us any trouble. Anytime you spend this much money on a PC, you should receive a machine that’s extremely capable in all regards, from gaming to encoding to word processing, and that’s what we’re expecting. It’d also be nice if it was quiet, but highly-overclocked machines usually require extensive cooling, so we’re not sure what to expect from Overdrive in this regard. Their technical support department greatly impressed us on the last go-around, so we’re interested to get them on the phone once again.
Here’s what we got: