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There’s an old saying that we stand on the shoulders of our predecessors, because without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Sure, sometimes you may want to throw the CPU out with the liquid-cooling water, and shrink everything into a proprietary PC shaped like a garbage can, but that pays absolutely no respect to our past.
Don't let the vintage look fool you. Though the DM's exterior is an homage to PCs of yesteryear, the interior is pure liquid-cooled, benchmark-busting badassery.
Rather than pretend to be with the cool kids in some chic, brushed-aluminum chassis, or lie our asses off that a 2-watt CPU/GPU is something to crow about, this year’s Dream Machine is an audacious tribute to all that has gone before it.
So, here’s to manually jumpering IRQs and clipping single sided floppies so you can use the other side. Here’s to ISA, VL-BUS,and PCI. Here’s to the glorious sound of a floppy head stepper motor, the shriek of a dot matrix printer, and the clunk of a buckling spring keyboard built with more metal than today’s laptops.
And here’s to beige. Oh, wonderful IBM beige, Compaq beige, Dell beige, and hell, even Apple beige. No two parts ever matched but no one cared.
To see videos of Maximum PC Editor Gordon Mah Ung walking you through each component, click on the image above!
Today, we embrace the beige and all that it stands for while celebrating the very best parts that modern computing has to offer. Continue reading to learn how we built this year's über rig!
The Dream Machine has always been about one thing and one thing only—absolutely ridiculous amounts of power, with not a single ounce of performance left on the editing room floor. If we left one PCIe slot or SATA port unused, it would be the equivalent of a hate crime against our readers.
Beige is back and badder than ever!
2. Hybrid This Drive
We used four SSDs and three HDDs to achieve a voluminous 15TB of storage in Dream Machine 2013. So, for all who think the hard drive is dead: It ain’t.
3. Cool and Collected
With 17 fans and two massive radiators, the temps on the overclocked CPU and GPUs rarely ever moved. Hell, the temps were so low, we thought the utilities were reading them wrong.
4. Think of it as the 900B
The Corsair 900D looks like it offers excessive space—until you actually put all your hardware inside of it. Then it’s actually a pretty tight fit.
5. Absolute Power
Behind the radiator lies the LEPA G1600-MA PSU, among the most powerful single PSUs on the market and, believe it or not, we needed every single watt this sucker could produce to run this year’s Dream Machine.
Click the next page for a complete rundown of all the Dream Machine 2013's specs.