However, if you’re reading this and thinking that you’re going to get Evesham to slap a GeForce 6800 Ultra in the AGP slot, you’re also going to have to invest in a better power supply. Evesham supplied the Evolution Extreme to us with a 300W power supply, which lasted about a minute once we put the 6800 Ultra card in. Once we replaced the PSU with a 460W unit everything was fine. Now, although Evesham didn’t spec this machine with a GeForce 6800 Ultra in it, we would still have liked to have seen a higher wattage PSU, especially considering the high price and high spec of the rest of the system.
So, Evesham has produced the fastest PC we have ever seen, and you can choose the level of performance you want by choosing the graphics card to go in it. The price quoted in this review is for the X800 Pro, so if you want either of the other two graphics cards we tested with you’re probably going to have to dig a bit deeper. Also bear in mind that if you go down the GeForce 6800 Ultra route you’re going to have to fork out for a higher-spec PSU, but if you want the ultimate performance configuration it looks like that’s the way to go.
Of course all these cutting edge components come at a staggeringly high price, and at £2,899 including VAT you’re going to need a massive bank balance to be able to afford one. That said, this is the fastest machine we’ve ever seen, and you’d be hard pushed to find a game that could even make it break a sweat.
The Evolution Extreme is an incredibly fast machine made up of top notch components and you wouldn’t be disappointed no matter which of the three graphics cards you chose. It was therefore disappointing to find that Evesham had skimped on the power supply and CPU cooler. If however, both of those components are addressed, the Evolution Extreme will be a performance PC to die for.
After this review was published we where contacted by Evesham and they promised us that the issues that we experienced will be corrected on retail machines. The CPU cooler will be swapped for a more suitable model and the PSU will be changed depending on the graphics card fitted to the machine.