The Dream Machine Revealed--Part Two of Three!

73

Comments

+ Add a Comment
avatar

FenixSS

I'm confused by the description of the RAM.  Is it DDR2 or DDR3 that they're using?

avatar

JPmatt6

 It's fully-buffered DDR2.

 

avatar

davidst489

What next year a Dell case? I  can agree with just about everything you did except for the case.

And if the case was $250 I could let you go on this but $1000 for that case, come on !!!!!!!

 

avatar

system32

4870x 2 pwns the gtx 280. the 280 is **** compared to the 4870 x2. and two 4870x2 will be way better than two 9800 x2.

avatar

RodneySB

"only motherboard we've found that will run both Nvidia SLI and AMD Crossfire setups"

 

So you ran a Crossfire over a single 280?  Why?  SLI? 

How about 2x 280 or even a pair of 9800GX2?   You don't need three way SLI to beat a pair of crossfires.  Last time I checked the dream machine was never about money so the obvious best duo for the dream machine is only one of two choices

280 or 9800GX2

Drivers are more productive on gamming with the 9800GX2 but on app heavy systems / graphics the 280.  Very disappointed in the choice of second rate video for a mag that I thought was unbiased.  You can't reserect ATI to the top.  They are happy with bringing quality for cheap.  Top guns they are not and its not there aim right now.  

avatar

JPmatt6

Oops, double post. Sorry.

 

avatar

JPmatt6

Really? Explain this: The 4870 falls somewhere between the 260 and 280 in performance across the board.
Logic means that 4 4870s will be faster than 3 GTX 280s. And considering a GTX 280 is nearly as fast as a
9800GX2, that means the 4 4870s will outperform two 9800GX2s in SLI.

And explain this too: http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/15105/3

And that's with underdeveloped drivers. So, I believe the magazine remains unbiased.

 

avatar

Kaleb34

Norms face is priceless.

avatar

TheDuck

I have been researching to see which OEM PC could beat (or closely rival) the Dream Machine 2008, and the results were, quite frankly, suprising. The XPS 730, Area51 ALX, and the Mac Pro were the top competitors of the Dream Machine if configured to the highest settings*.

However, Maximum PC, you still have work to do on having the most RAM- the Mac Pro beat you by a whooping 24 GB! The Dream Machine, though, does inspire me to support you guys on everything ranging from verdicts to ummm... just about everything else. Though I'm not sure why you would not use a HD DVD + Blu-Ray drive even though HD DVD is dead (HD DVD gives you enhanced DVD performance).

* Computers from HP, Voodo, or Gateway were not in the investigation.

 

avatar

hortizonen

12 kw generator needed to run this thing or is al gore taken into consideration?

avatar

Mathewpb

I would like to see full ESA setup even though the tech is still new.  Mathew"

avatar

bholstege

Is the case the HP Blackbird case?

avatar

dylanwinn

speachless...

avatar

pellier

...ness

avatar

guoruiwu1994

i am guessing its some sort of lian-li case.

avatar

Bender2000

Dual Quad Cores? Fully Buffered RAM? Isn't that the MacPro?!? 

Can we at least see the simple, clean SATA HDD installation that the MacPro uses. It's been how many years on the market and still not a standard feature in the PC case world? 

avatar

pseizure2000

I'm curious about what audiocard you guys are going to pick.

Auzentech has a superb card compared to creative's and I've been wondering why it didn't get a kickass or best of best rating from you guys. I posted a comment about it on your review of the auzentech but never got any followup. eager to hear your thoughts on the matter.

 i mean, try hooking up the digital outs and inputs of the creative card to some z-5500s and you'll see the problems I have with that damn flexijack.

avatar

zioburosky13

You need liquid nitrogen to cool it down! O-0

avatar

ericmckenna

I'm guessing one of the 64 bit M$FT OSs. 

avatar

kamman

since as far as i know 3-way is impossible on this board, i think the GPUs will either be:

two 280gtx2 in "quad" SLI

or

two 4870x2 in crossfire

avatar

yr

This is some really cool motherboard, but I guess I can only call it a dream at $650 just for the board!!

I guess I'll just keep dreaming; maybe someday it will be affordable!

BTW this machine will probably need a 10K BTU air conditioner to keep it cool!!! ;p 

Maybe MPC can make a drawing for someone to win it, like the legoPC? (Just dreaming...) 

avatar

yr

here is the address for the give-away:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1853580,00.asp

and

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2704,1918186,00.asp

avatar

brokenmoth08

yeah I'm a newish reader, did you just say Lego PC?

avatar

333than

How about a pair of those Dual GPU ATI video cards.

avatar

pellier

can you have 8 gpus with the dual gpu cards. theres four full length PCIe slots on the motherboard

avatar

gatorXXX

 This is so ridiculous...

ThE OnLy wAy 2 pLaY!

 

 

avatar

brokenmoth08

What case do y'all think they are using?

avatar

austin

My money's on the Antec 1200.

avatar

brokenmoth08

Antec is awesome! Where can I find reveiws for the 1200?

avatar

TheMurph

Funny you should ask.  That review's coming out in the September issue...

avatar

TheMurph

This should be a fun conversation thread.  $20 says none of you get it right.  :D

avatar

pellier

antec 300/900

avatar

pellier

theryre just buying a mac pro

avatar

TheMurph

Yep.  You called it.  The Dream Machine 2008 is a Macbook Pro with Gordon's face custom-painted on the front: the iUng.

avatar

brokenmoth08

If that were true I'd be so pissed.

avatar

pellier

its gonna be Daves cardboard box case

avatar

TheMurph

Bless your kind words.  Had only the higher-ups at the magazine granted me permission to bring back "Lil' Boxy" from the dead...


RIP

 

avatar

pellier

Sadness for no cardboard case

:(

avatar

Magaliiiii

to this day, whenever i try to explain which maxpc editor dave is, i just go "the one who made a cardboard box PC."

whatever man, *I* thought it was creative.

avatar

hogkill

Alright, for my second guess I bet you guys put it in the Lian Li PC-P80R even though it has NVidia cards, and then you all get a big laugh out of it.

avatar

TheMurph

I like that idea...  we should investigate that.  :D

avatar

SpazzAttack

How about the Lian Li PC-X2000 for the case?
avatar

Talcum X

 It's that Carbon Fiber case from Ultra.  May not be the best, but it's the most unique and expensive....ok, j/k.  Had to throw something in this ring...

***********

Every morning is the dawn of a new error.

avatar

brokenmoth08

Is it an Antec P-190?

avatar

dreamreality

Oh oh can I take a guess? =P

avatar

brokenmoth08

What would you guess?

avatar

TheMurph

hush you.

avatar

hogkill

show me the money

avatar

Thrall

Couldn't they fit an x-fi in there if they used a single slot water block on atleast one of the gpu's? Imho air cooling for a gpu isn't maximum enough compared to using a water block-so i would assume they would use one.

avatar

hogkill

wouldnt water blocks just add to the bulk? ive also read that you cant run 3 overclocked 280s in SLI, you have to have them at stock speeds (i might be mistaken).

Log in to MaximumPC directly or log in using Facebook

Forgot your username or password?
Click here for help.

Login with Facebook
Log in using Facebook to share comments and articles easily with your Facebook feed.