The Computer Council - Clocked Gamer Quad
Being the first PC base unit ever reviewed here at Overclock3D, it's quite hard to talk about the Clocked Gamer Quad in comparison to the rest of the market. However, after checking out some of the direct competition in the sub £1000 price bracket, the Clocked Gamer Quad is actually a very well spec'd PC for the price. Featuring components such as the Abit IP35 Pro motherboard, Crucial Ballistix Tracer (or Corsair Dominator) RAM an OCZ StealthXStream PSU and a beefy Powercolor 3870X2 graphics card it's clear to see that TCC don't believe in cutting corners. This is further reinforced when you peer through the plexiglass window of the sexy Antec Nine Hundred case, to see an extremely neat interior with well routed cabling.
Of course, probably the biggest bonus of the Clocked Gamer Quad is that it comes overclocked 'out of the box'. This leaves the buyer free to enjoy the performance benefits of an overclocked PC without requiring any overclocking knowledge - and more importantly - without having to sit around for 8 hours running stability tests!
To wrap things up, the Clocked Gamer Quad is well priced, good looking, nippy little PC that is backed with that all important 'personal level of service' often missing from some of the larger system integrators. While TCC do need to do a little bit of work on their website to bring it into line with the competition, we have no reservations in recommending them for any future PC purchases.
• Decent overclock straight out of the box.
• Stability tested for 8hours.
• High quality components with no corner cutting.
• Attention to internal tidiness.
• Top quality service both during and after sale.
• Silent operation during everyday use.
• No 4GB as standard - and upgrading to 4GB gives you 4x1GB modules.
• TCC website fairly unintuitive and lacks the "professional" look.
Right to reply
As with all reviews on Overclock3D, manufacturers are given the opportunity to peruse and make comments on its content before being published. The Computer Council has chosen to excersise this right, and have responsed with following comments:
We're thrilled to be able to bring the Clocked Gamer Quad to OC3D for review. It gives us a chance to introduce our products to the computer world and receive feedback from people about our products and services, which in turn gives us the chance to review things and make improvements to the business, which is something we're always happy to do.
4GB System Options
We are now looking at our 4GB option for this system and we are currently testing a 2x 2GB setup which will allow us to maintain the same overclock level as the 2GB system, without compromising system stability. We hope to be able to roll this out to the Clocked Gamer range within the next couple of weeks, and with additional savings for our customers!
Our website is simple to use and easy to navigate around and make a purchase, though as highlighted, we do appreciate it currently lacks some of the features seen on our competitor's sites. The site is an ongoing project which is moving towards an interactive "online configurator" environment that will allow customers to choose a much wider variety of system components, with an integrated theme in line with the rest of the site. It's something we are constantly developing; the site has come on a long way so far but there is still a lot to do, and we will continue to work hard to achieve this.
We'd like to thank OC3D for hosting the review of our system, and look forward to presenting our next project here.
The Computer Council
* Addendum 3/07/2008
The Computer Council have revamped their website recently and have asked us to revisit and comment. Please follow over the page to see how the site has improved.
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