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OCUK Titan Xenomorph AVP Edition PC - OCUK Titan Xenomorph AVP Edition PC
The PC is cooled by a configuration of two 120mm front fans (protected by washable air filters), another 120mm fan at the back and a 140mm one at the top. As only the rear fan is an Antec Three Hundred case original, it's the only one to retain a three-speed fan control switch that was unnecessarily set to maximum on our sample.
On the inside the Three Hundred is basic at best, with no tool-free drive retention systems or other special features, though at least there are no sharp edges. OCUK has occupied one of the six 3.5in bays with a 1TB Samsung SpinPoint F3 hard drive, which is among the faster hard drives around. It's secured using two grommet-less thumbscrews.
The rest of the components are nestled in the Gigabyte H55M-UDH2 micro-ATX motherboard, which as the name suggests uses Intel's H55 chipset to provide video outputs for compatible Core i3 and i5 Clarkdale processors sporting an embedded graphics chip. Of course, you can slot in any socket 1156 CPU, making the setup quite flexible and future proof. Since a Core i3 is used here, another advantage is that if your video card ever gives you problems you can fall back on the integrated solution.
One of the highlights of the Titan Xenomorph AVP Edition is its overclocked processor. The dual-core Intel Core i3 530 CPU usually runs at a stock 2.93GHz, but is here overclocked to 4GHz – a speed that's becoming pretty much standard on overclocked machines and is certainly plenty for even the most CPU-intensive games, though many titles are starting to take advantage of more than two cores.
Unlike many other gaming desktops we've looked at recently, this overclock is achieved using air rather than water-cooling. An Akasa AK-967 V2 Nero CPU cooler does an excellent job though, keeping both cores consistently below 23 degrees even under load. The turbo-charged CPU is backed by the usual 4GB of DDR3 RAM, in this case twin sticks of 1,600MHz Geil Value memory with attractive black heatsinks. With a clean install of Windows 7 64-bit every bit of this will be taken full advantage of.