The boutique system builders at AVADirect tell us they've updated their professional server and workstation systems to now include Intel Xeon E5 processor options. Intel's E5 Xeon chips are based on the chip maker's Sandy Bridge-E architecture and come in quad-core, six-core, and eight-core flavors starting with the E5 2603 (four cores, 1.8GHz, 10MB cache, 80W TDP) on up to the E5 2690 (eight cores, 2.9GHz, 20MB cache, 135W TDP).
It's not all fun and games for the PC building gurus over at a AVADirect. The boutique system builder also caters to the enterprise crowd with a robust line of server system and storage solutions, and the company's newest piece of work-related equipment is a monstrous 36-bay SATA/SAS 4U rack manufactured by Supermicro and powered by up two Intel Xeon 5600 or 5500 series processors.
Boutique system builder AVADirect is breaking new ground today by being the first to offer Clevo's P270WM gaming notebook, the long anticipated successor to the popular Clevo X7200. What makes the Clevo P270WM so special is that it's rocking an Intel X79 foundation with Sandy Bridge-E processor options, a potent combination for the next generation of desktop replacements.
If you're a sports fan, you can't help but feel sorry for people living in Cleveland who watched in disgust as LeBron James took his talents to South Beach a year ago (and then delight when he choked in the NBA Finals), and haven't witnessed a hometown professional championship since 1964. Bummer. But hey, they still have AVADirect, a boutique system builder located in the outskirts of Cleveland, and while it'll never bring home a sports title, it has won other awards, including our own Kick Ass award just a few months months ago for a custom gaming PC. Perhaps looking to tackle a new challenge, AVADirect and its team of builders have starting putting together compact gaming and small form factor (SFF) systems based on Intel's X79 chipset.
With barely more than a week to go before Christmas, AVADirect announced a line of pre-configured, "Quick Ship" gaming notebooks the Ohio-based boutique system builder promises it can process to ship to customers' door in five business days or less. The obvious drawback is that buyers aren't able to customize these ready-to-ship systems, but they also won't have to wait 10-14 business days, as is typical of a custom notebook.
Don't like dinking around with just 4GB of system memory, or even 8GB? How about 16GB? If that's still not enough for what you intend to use your notebook for, fear not, boutique system builder AVADirect announced tested compatibility for 32GB RAM kits now featured in over a dozen laptops from Clevo, MSI, and Asus. It's not the most RAM AVADirect has ever offered in a portable form factor, but it still gives you bragging rights, and at a fraction of the cost as systems configurable with 48GB.
Everybody and their uncle is hot to trot with Intel's X79 platform, and that includes boutique system builder AVADirect. Most of the systems we've seen have been geared towards balls-to-the-wall performance, which definitely tickles our fancy, but so does the idea of a silent or low-noise PC build on top of Sandy Bridge-E. For about $1,900 and change, AVADirect says you can own one.
In our world, performance and silence go together about as well as Aliens and Predators. Each one has its appeal, but put them together, and you generally get a turd.
That’s a fact AVADirect has set out to disprove with a PC apparently named by U.S. Army logistics command: Custom Gaming PC, Silent PC, Low-Noise Custom Computer System. Despite its funktastic name, the AVADirect PC doesn’t disappoint and seems capable of creating its own alternate reality where performance commingles harmoniously with peace and quiet
At what point does a laptop become a desktop replacement? Debate that question all you want, but no matter where you draw the line, it's safe to say AVADirect's new Clevo P180HM gaming notebook crosses right over it. The P180HM brings an 18.4-inch Full HD (1920x1080) LED backlit display to the fight, which itself is powered by two GeForce GTX 560M GPUs.
If your desktop system is sitting pretty with 24GB of RAM, you're either (A) really into Photoshop, (B) fully embracing the whole concept of a power user, or (C) dizzy on DRAM's rock bottom pricing and figured, 'why the hell not?' Whatever the rationale, boutique system builder AVADirect decided it would be a good idea to give you the same indulgent option in mobile.