8Pack OrionX goes on sale at OcUK

January 27, 2017 | 11:58

Tags: #8pack #titan-x-pascal #water-cooling #x99 #z270

Companies: #overclockers-uk

Overclockers UK has today unveiled the final specifications and pricing of the 8Pack OrionX, the dual-system PC it first showed off at Computex, and unsurprisingly it doesn't come cheap: How does £24,000 sound for your next system(s)?

Since the range launched, 8Pack PCs have always carried multi-thousand pound price tags, but the OrionX is a new beast entirely. Described as housing 'an irresponsible amount of power', the OrionX contains two separate systems, each of which would likely make anyone envious by themselves, and a trio of custom water-cooling loops to deal with all the heat. The sum of this hardware is housed in the Phanteks Enthoo Elite, specifically designed as a two-system case.

The primary system is an X99-based workstation rig. It uses the Intel Core i7-6950X overclocked to a minimum of 4.4GHz using the Asus Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard. You also get a 64GB kit (8 x 8GB) of Corsair Dominator Platinum 2,666MHz DDR4 memory. Graphics duties are handled by a trio of Nvidia Titan X Pascal GPUs, each overclocked to 2,000MHz+, and this can be upgraded to a quad-GPU setup if desired. This system is meant mainly as a rendering/workstation rig, and thus the two-way SLI limit Nvidia has imposed for gaming isn't seen as being relevant, though users are of course still free to game with it. The 1.2TB Intel 750 SSD is the main drive, and this is supported by a pair of Samsung SSD 850 Pro 1TB drives in RAID 0 as well as a 10TB Seagate BarraCuda for bulk storage.

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You also get a second system, this time using the Z270 platform. The mini-ITX Asus ROG Strix Z270I Gaming houses an Intel Core i7-7700K overclocked to at least 5.1GHz and 16GB (2 x 8GB) of Corsair Dominator Platinum 3,200MHz DDR4. A single Titan X Pascal is, naturally, the graphics card of choice, and it's heavily overclocked again, while storage is handled by a RAID 0 array of two Samsung 960 Pro 512GB SSDs and another 10TB Seagate BarraCuda for good measure.

With 8Pack being behind the OrionX, it's unsurprising to learn that the CPUs used are from his own set of so-called 'golden samples' i.e. those that overclock the best, and that he'll overclock each system's CPU and graphics hardware to the best of his considerable ability.

Powering everything is the Super Flower Leadex 2,000W '8Pack Edition' PSU. Via a power splitting PCB, this is able to provide juice to both systems at once, and the two can be used independently with their own front panel buttons and ports.

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Perhaps the highlight of the OrionX, however, is its bespoke water-cooling system, which OcUK describes as 'the most complex water cooling in a desktop system ever'. You see, the hardware is cooled using three separate loops, intricately woven through the chassis through the use of custom-milled acrylic pass-through plates fitted along the rear, front, and mid-plate panels. This approach makes for better control of noise and temperatures, since the heat from one set of hardware won't impact that of another. The first loop deals with the main system's CPU and also the Intel 750 SSD, the second loop is dedicated to the trio of Titan X GPUs, and the third takes care of the secondary system's CPU and GPU together. A pair of 60mm thick 480mm radiators is joined by a duo of 40mm thick 360mm radiators to deal with all the heat.

Adding a bit of customisation to the mix, RGB sliders on the landing page allow buyers (or, more likely, curious daydreamers) to tweak the colour of the LEDs, cables, and the fluid in one of the loops.

The catch, as ever, is the price tag, which starts at £23,999.99 including VAT. Costing more than many people earn in a year, the 8Pack OrionX is a PC for a very specific type of consumer, but if that happens to be you, it's hard to imagine being able to find a more insane PC than this. The 8Pack OrionX is available to buy now from Overclockers UK.
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