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Armari T900-GT - High-End PC

It wasn’t too long ago that we looked at a liquid cooled PC from Armari, but this time around we have something much more mainstream. The T900-GT is only the second PCI Express system to make its way to the TrustedReviews offices, which shows that PCI Express is still some time away from taking over the mainstream PC market.

As always, Armari has spent a lot of time and effort on this machine and this is what sets Armari PCs a cut above the rest. But let’s take a closer look at the hardware specifications first and to see what the T900-GT is capable of.

Being a PCI Express system the T900-GT is using the latest Socket-T processor from Intel and Armari has gone for no less than a 3.6GHz Pentium 4. With 1MB of Level 2 cache this is a very fast processor. Add to that 1GB of Corsair XMS2 TwinX DDR2 memory capable of speeds up to 667MHz if you fancy overclocking your system, and you have some very impressive base specifications. The motherboard allows the memory to work asynchronous to the bus speed, which means that you can run it at full speed without having to worry about any of your other components being damaged because of overclocking.

Armari has used an ASUS P5AD2 i925X motherboard, resulting in one of the most over specified PCs you could possibly wish for. If you’ve read our review of the P5GD2 you’ll know that the latest and greatest motherboards from ASUS have a very impressive list of onboard peripherals. As the P5AD2 is the top of the range PCI Express board from ASUS you get even more features than on the P5GD2.

To mention some of the more useful features of this motherboard, there is dual PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet, onboard 802.11g wireless networking, dual onboard SATA RAID with support for eight drives in each RAID array, IDE RAID and FireWire 1394b with support for 800Mbit FireWire devices. However, Armari has decided not to use the onboard sound, instead opting for a Creative Labs SoundBlaster Audigy ES 5.1 sound card. This seems strange to me, as the motherboard supports Intel’s new 7.1-channel High Definition audio, which should offer similarly impressive audio performance.

To go with the sound card is a set of Creative Labs Inspire P580 5.1-channel speakers, which are reasonably good surround speakers for the money. That said, I would have preferred something a little more high-end with a PC like this.

Now it wouldn’t have been much fun if Armari hadn’t taken advantage of at least some of the features of the motherboard, so it’s good to see that you get two Hitachi 250GB SATA hard drives configured in a RAID-0 array. To back these up Armari has fitted a Sony DVD writer with Dual Layer capabilities. Although 8.5GB is a long way off 500GB, you’ll still be able to transfer your important data to a safe location.

As with the T64-LQX, Armari has supplied a Mitsumi floppy drive with a built in card reader for SD,MMC, CompactFlash Type I/II, MemoryStick and Smart Media. The case follows the same styling as well, but this time the CoolerMaster WaveMaster case is black.

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