Pros

  • Plenty of room for upgrades
  • Excellent chassis design

Cons

  • Timid overclocking limits its potential

At A Glance

A great case and premium components make for an imposing machine, but its timid overclocking prevents the Chimera XLC from leading the Performance PC pack.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.ibuypower.com

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7
Processor speed 4.3 MHz
Cache size 8.192 KB
Processor count 1
Graphics
Graphics Type Discrete
Secondary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce
Number of Graphic Cards included 1.0
Storage
Drive size 2120.0 GB
Drive type
  • Hard Disk Drive
  • Solid-State Drive
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces eSATA
Ethernet Type Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbps)
Memory
Memory size 8192.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0 MHz
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type BD
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Case
Chassis style Tower (Midsize)

Performance

Overall Rating
WorldBench 6 Score 188.0
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 129.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 297.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 125.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 196.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 255.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 148.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 117.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 179.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 138.0   seconds (lower is better)
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 153.0
Gaming
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1024x768 318.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1680x1050 317.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 1920x1200 317.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Medium 2560x1600 295.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1024x768 199.6   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1680x1050 196.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 1920x1200 196.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3 Highest 2560x1600 187.4   Frames per second (higher is better)