Intel and AMD may have changed tack when it comes to marketing their processors but there’s something very comforting about a big fat number like 4GHz. If you suffer from uncontrollable clock speed lust and are comfortable with the fact that you’ve got more money that sense then Real Machines has got a PC for you.
This machine is based on a 3.6GHz Pentium 4E but is guaranteed to run at 4GHz. It's housed in a Asetek XE Vapochill case that cools both the CPU and the ATi X800 XT PCI Express graphics card. The coolant used is ‘InertX’, a liquid that won’t affect your components if the system develops a leak. Which is nice.
Two 512Mb Corsair XMS DDR2 modules are used to give a total of 1GB of memory. There are also two WD740GD Raptor hard drives in a RAID 0 array as well as a 200GB Seagate hard drive for data storage.
The display is a 20.1in Eizo TFT but CRTs will also be an option for those that prefer them.
There’s plenty of attention to detail as the case is coated with the same three-colour Flip paint that you’ll find on a TVR sports car which costs a staggering £500 for one litre. Real Machines says that the results are amazing and claims that the photos don’t do proper justice to the looks of this PC.
So how much will all this excess set you back? A cool £4,111 including VAT.
For those that wish to join this special club of uber-PC owners, Real Machines guarantees that each machine will be built and configured by a single technician, rather than on a production line. Delivery will be by its own company driver to avoid any risk of damage in transit, and the driver will also unbox the PC at the customer’s home. In the event of a problem there is a standard two year collect and return warranty, with the option to upgrade to an on-site warranty if the customer prefers.
Real Machines will be hosting gaming servers for its customers and it will also invite them to LAN parties and IT events. When the time comes for an upgrade Real Machines will even allow you a trade-in on your old graphics card or processor, so you can keep your Real Machine at the bleeding edge.
Sounds pretty impressive to us. Now we're just off to buy a lottery ticket.
www.realmachines.co.uk (Site live from late September 2004).