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The Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2: Gaming On a $43,000 PC

The Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2: Gaming On a $43,000 PC

Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 08It’s always an exciting feeling when you get to unwrap a new, high-end gaming PC – higher framerates, better performance, high-end design and loads of future potential are all unveiled when a new PC is eased from its box and booted for the first time.

It’s not often that anyone gets to unwrap a PC that costs more than a brand-new car, though – but that’s exactly what happens if you spend a monster £33,000 or $43,050 on the latest machine from Overclockers UK.

That’s exactly what we’ve done, though. HardwareHeaven has travelled to Overclockers UK’s Newcastle-under-Lyme HQ to go hands-on with the Orion X2 – and to find out exactly what it’s like to use a PC that costs more than most people’s house deposits.

Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 – First Impressions

There’s a formidable amount of hardware inside the £33,000/$43,050 Orion X2. However, the first thing to take note of is just how utterly outrageous this machine looks.

The stunning Phanteks Enthoo Elite case it’s 750mm tall, 615mm deep and weighs more than 30kg with all of the components installed – so it’s immediately imposing. BitFenix Alchemy RGB LEDs in the roof and base illuminate the machine. There are more RGB LEDs in the various waterblocks throughout the rig.

The case uses rock-solid 4mm aluminium and steel and has a huge 8Pack logo. It sits on a smart baseplate that allows air to enter. The front port selection is generous: you get four USB 3 ports, HDMI and Type-C connectors, four audio jacks and an RGB LED control wheel. There’s a tempered glass side panel, as usual.

Three extensive water-cooling loops with custom-made acrylic reservoirs dominate the PC’s main compartment. The whole rig is themed with black, red and grey colours throughout. Close-up time with the Orion shows off just how incredible this machine’s design and building work is.

Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 – Design

TOverclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 05he three custom loops inside the Orion’s main compartment all chill different components. One handles the CPU and the NVMe storage of the main system. Another tackles the main rig’s graphics cards. The third loop chills the Orion’s secondary system.

A selection of 360mm and 480mm radiators hide inside the base and front of the PC and are cooled with more than a dozen custom-made 8Pack fans. The mini-ITX loop has red coolant. The larger loops that chill the main system’s components use lighter greys.

The three loops are propelled by a trio of pumps that converge together in the middle of the chassis.

Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 07Behind and above the three pump units you’ll find a vast slab of custom-made acrylic that’s built in the shape of the 8Pack logo. The block of acrylic is divided into different sections, with different colours of coolant flowing around these sections – so the 8Pack logo stands out in the different shades.

It looks fantastic, and another piece of custom-made acrylic is inserted into the bottom of the case in order to neatly route the three different loops around the components and back to the pumps.

An Aquaero 6 controller manages the trio of loops. The water-cooling loops use EKWB hardware and Mayhems coolant.

It’s the best water-cooling that we’ve ever seen. It’s quite possibly the best and most intricate water-cooling loop that’s ever been available in a commercial build.

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Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 – Specifications

Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 03It’s no surprise that, with this price and so much water-cooling hardware, the Orion X2 has a formidable amount of computing hardware to offer.

What is a surprise, though, is that this build doesn’t include one computer – it’s got two.

An Intel Core i9-7980XE delivers processing grunt to the main build. It’s an eighteen-core monster CPU that ordinarily runs at 2.6GHz – but here it’s been overclocked to at least 4.6GHz. There’s a ridiculous 128GB of overclocked DDR4 memory, and three Nvidia Turing graphics cards.

Those parts all attach to an Asus ROG Rampage VI Extreme Omega motherboard. It’s one of the most expensive boards on the market right now. It has metal heatsinks and an extensive IO shield alongside beefed-up audio and networking circuits.

Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 02The board itself has every feature that you could possibly need. At the rear it’s no less impressive: the Omega has ten full-size USB 3.1 ports, two Type-C connections, superb wired networking and five LED-illuminated audio jacks.

Two 2TB Samsung 970 EVO SSDs and a 14TB Seagate Ironwolf Pro hard disk round out the specification.

This main PC takes up a huge amount of space and delivers enough grunt to handle literally any computing task, from high-end 8K gaming to demanding rendering. A secondary mini-ITX system sits below the main trio of graphics cards and behind the water-cooling tubes.

This system may be secondary, and small, but it still packs formidable power. It has an eight-core i7-9700K that’s overclocked to at least 5GHz, an Asus ROG Strix motherboard, two Samsung 970 EVO SSDs and the same GPU that you’ve picked for the primary system.

Impressively, the 8Pack-branded Super Flower box delivers a mighty 2,000W of power to supply both PCs. A button on the top of the case switches between the two systems.

Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 – Muscular Overclocking

Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 06The parts aren’t just high-end hardware with the usual overclocking – because this rig is the flagship of Overclockers UK’s 8Pack range.

Ian “8Pack” Parry designs, builds and overclocks this machine. He’s a world-champion overclocker with several world records to his name – so he certainly knows what he’s doing when it comes to tweaking components.

8Pack picks the parts for his PCs personally. He tests loads of CPUs, memory sticks and GPUs to find which ones can attain the highest speeds and the most stable overclocks. That extra process takes plenty of time, which does ramp up the cost. However, it also means that you’re getting the absolute fastest silicon available.

The personal overclocking service isn’t the only bit of 8Pack flair that’s in this build. Every 8Pack machine includes a metal plate with 8Pack’s signature along with its unique reference number – and it’s delivered in a custom 8Pack flight case.

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Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 – Pure Performance

benchmarksThe hugely powerful components and ambitious 8Pack overclocking delivers sensational performance in every scenario – from both of this machine’s rigs.

The build that we’ve tested includes three overclocked RTX 2080 Ti cards on the main system and a single overclocked RTX 2080 Ti card on the mini-ITX system. If you want to indulge in that setup, the Orion X2 will cost you £29,400 or $38,353.

The £33,000/$43,050 price quoted by Overclockers UK is for a machine with two overclocked Nvidia GeForce RTX Titan cards alongside another Titan for the secondary system. If you add a third Titan card to the main system, the overall price increases to a monster £35,498 or $46,308.

The three RTX 2080 Ti cards inside the machine we’ve tested deliver formidable performance. In the 3D Mark Fire Strike test the three cards scored 39,228. That’s about 12,000 points ahead – or more – of machines with a single RTX 2080 Ti, and about 5,000 points beyond machines with two RTX 2080 Ti cards.

In Fire Strike Extreme the Overclockers UK rig scored 29,706. That’s around 13,000 points ahead of machines with single RTX 2080 Ti cards. It’s about 6,000 points better than dual-card machines. In the Time Spy benchmark, the Overclockers UK rig scored 23,244. That’s almost 10,000 points better than a single RTX 2080 Ti.

4You don’t get a clear tripling of performance when jumping from one RTX 2080 Ti to three cards. But that’s never the case – as with any multi-GPU setup, you’ve got to accept diminishing returns.

There is no gaming task that the Orion X2 won’t handle. Whether it’s 4K or 8K games at maximum settings, VR headsets or widescreen panels – the three graphics cards will bat the demands aside with ease.

Games won’t prove too much trouble for the Orion X2. Importantly, the three graphics cards will handle rendering, high-end video applications, CAD software and other work tools with just as much pace.

The three RTX 2080 Ti cards will run any game or productivity application. The same is true if you have this machine with three Titan cards instead.

The overclocked Core i9-7980XE scored a monster 34,505 points in Geekbench’s multi-core benchmark. That’s around 10,000 points faster than a system with an overclocked, conventional Core i7 processor.

Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 15In Cinebench the Overclockers UK machine scored 4,451cb – about three times as quick as a normal Core i7. That’s more than twice as quick as the AMD Threadripper 1950X and the Core i9-9900K, which are often used in high-end work systems.

It’s an absurd amount of CPU power. It’ll handle anything you can throw at this system – any kind of complex work task, any kind of database and any kind of multi-tasking situation.

Amazingly, the Orion X2 pelted through all of these benchmarks without making much noise. You can always here the low rumble of fans and the occasional gurgle of coolant, of course, but none of those noises are too loud.

The Orion X2 is one of the most powerful commercial, consumer PCs ever. And it’s still quieter than most normal gaming systems.

Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 – Mini-ITX Performance

Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 16The Core i7-based mini-ITX machine is no slouch. Its score of 2,230cb in Cinebench is about half the pace of the main machine. It’s still better than the vast majority of full-size gaming machines that we’ve seen at HardwareHeaven.

The overclocked RTX 2080 Ti inside the mini-ITX system scored 30,028 in Fire Strike. That, again, is a fantastic score. It’s miles beyond machines with normal RTX 2080 Ti cards, and a clear testament to 8Pack’s overclocking work.

If you want to run normal gaming tasks on 4K or high refresh-rate monitors, or normal work tasks like streaming or content creation, then the mini-ITX machine will handle it easily. And it’ll do it virtually silently.

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The Rest of the Overclockers UK Range

The Orion X2 is outrageously expensive, but thankfully it’s not the only machine available in the 8Pack range.

The Supernova is a little more affordable, at a modest £14,000/$18,263. That machine includes an overclocked i7-7980XE and two RTX 2080 Ti GPUs. The £11,000/$14,349 Polaris MK2 is similarly specification. The Comet, at £7,000/$9,131, is the cheapest 8Pack machine. It’s a stunning mini-ITX machine with overclocked hardware inside a tiny, custom-made chassis.

Those machines are all ruinously expensive. Happily, the Overclockers UK Infin8 range is much cheaper. Overclockers UK’s normal gaming PCs also come in a huge range of prices.

Is This The Best PC In the World?

The Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 is a fantastic, ridiculous and outrageous project – perhaps the most powerful and most eye-catching consumer rig that’s ever been assembled.

14Its main PC can handle literally any gaming or productivity task. Its secondary mini-ITX machine is still faster than most of the conventional gaming PCs that we review. The Orion is extremely quiet, despite that. And, of course, you get 8Pack’s world-class component selection and overclocking, which is worth a fair amount of money on its own.

And then, beyond the performance, there’s the build. The design here is eye-catching, intricate and nearly flawless. The three water-cooling loops look fantastic with their alternating colours, trio of pumps and incredible custom-made acrylic plates. The lighting, chassis and waterblocks are all fantastic. Overclockers UK has also done a tremendous job of keeping the more mundane hardware hidden away.

The Orion X2 is an incredible PC, but it does come with an incredible price tag. It’ll cost around £33,000 in the UK or $43,050 in the USA depending on the specification you choose, and the build, components and design throughout means you can certainly see where the money is spent.

Most people, though, do not need this system. It’s a ridiculously expensive luxury item.

But, if you do want one of the most outlandish computers ever assembled, then take the plunge. If you have a bottomless bank account then you certainly won’t regret it.

The Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 costs £33,000 in the UK or $43,050 in the USADiscuss our Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 review on our Facebook and Twitter pages. And, if you need some more inspiration after reading our Overclockers UK 8Pack Orion X2 review, check out our guide to our favourite laptops or go deep with our ultimate guide to 4K monitors – covering the technology, the terms and our top recommendations!

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