OCUK Ultima Raptor Review
At the start I was saying how end users are split very much into separate camps, and usually with very separate needs. So where does the OCUK Ultima Raptor fit in?
Well firstly let's speak to the OC3D audience. It's very easy to look at any pre-built system and have a derisory sneer at how you can "build a much better system, far cheaper". Hold on a moment there sparky. Sure at a quick glance it might appear to be slightly expensive. But anyone who likes to laud the, undeniable, pleasure of building your own always speaks through rose-tinted spectacles.
No-one mentions the elements that are so familiar to us. Parts not arriving at the same time so you're left looking longingly at boxes. One element not working properly and having to spend a week fault-finding, another couple of weeks waiting for the RMA, and then building again. Maybe reading that manual one more time will ease the pang of not using it eh. Even if everything goes well you'll still going to spend a few days building it, eradicating those little foibles, and getting the overclock fine-tuned. Not so here. Doesn't look quite such a foolish decision after all does it?
To everyone else the realities of the Ultima Raptor are simple. For not much more than you'd pay for some half-baked "internet ready" PC full of generic hardware, Overclockers UK can provide a PC that is crammed full of the latest hardware.
Corsair PSU and XMS3 memory. ASUS high-end motherboard and graphics card. Brand spanking new AMD six core processor overclocked to 4GHz.
Wherever you look you have premium hardware, from premium brands, backed up by the piece of mind that comes from knowing it doesn't need a weeks testing. Or crossing your fingers that you've got the right part.
Open box. Plug in. Play.
It's so rewarding and hassle free we start to wonder why we built our own in the first place.
For sheer performance and for providing a rig that can genuinely be called a gaming rig but without the normal price-tag, we happily award the OCUK Ultima Raptor our Gamers Choice Award.