Sky Electronics Expeditor 3D Gaming PC Review
The dream machine of 2010.
If you’re one of those people who like to splurge a lot on PC gaming, which basically means spending more on the PC components that allow you to play PC games rather than purchase a lot of games, then the Expeditor (EXP7980-6/160S+2T/RV02/580D) is one of those ridiculous rigs you would definitely want to have.
Let’s start with the whole package and what it looks like from the outside. Sky Electronics gives the Expeditor PC with the main case, a monitor and an Nvidia 3D Vision kit. All the expensive components that I’ll get to in detail later on are encased in a Raven 2 case made by SilverStone. The Raven 2 case measures at 20” tall, 25” long and 8.3” wide, therefore it has a quite a low profile, with the added stealth plane inspired plastic panels and full black body making it look very sharp.
Inside the case you can see that all the wiring is done very neatly, with loads of room to spare for further expansion, thanks both to the Raven 2 (02B) case as well as the Rampage III Extreme motherboard. So I guess let’s take a look at all the goodies inside the case.
- Intel Core i7 x980 / 3.33GHz
- ASUS Rampage III Extreme Mother Board
- 6GB Corsair XMS DDR3 1333MHz 9-9-9-24 (3 x 2GB)
- 2 x Nvidia GTX580 1.5GB GDDR5
- 160GB Intel SSD M 2.5” for OS
- 2TB WD SATAII 7200rpm for DATA
- LG BD-Writer
- Silverstone Strider 1500Watts PS
- Logitech EX110 Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse
- Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit OEM
All of the above listed items are one of the best hardware components in their respective class in the industry right now, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise when I say that just the gaming system itself costs AED 17,899. Assuming you don’t have an equally high-end monitor already, the Expeditor comes with an ASUS VG236HE 23” 3D LCD Monitor plus an Nvidia 3D Vision glasses kit for an additional AED 2,306, bringing the grand total of the Expeditor system to AED 20,205. Sure you’ll probably have to get a bank loan to get the Expeditor, unless you roll with 30k or 40k dirhams in your wallet on a daily basis, but it’s totally worth it.
For our review Sky Electronics didn’t have the ASUS monitor in stock, so we made do with the Benq XL2410T 3D LCD monitor instead. Thankfully the Benq has the same resolution as the ASUS 3D monitor, of 1920 x 1080 running at 120Hz.