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Puget Systems Deluge i7-980X GTX 480 SLI Review - Money can buy happiness

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: Systems
Manufacturer: Puget Systems
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Inside the Deluge

Our review system came fully loaded with about the best hardware available:

  • Antec 1000w PSU and P183 case with window
  • Intel Core i7-980X 6-core CPU overclocked to 4.0 GHz
  • 12GB Kingston DDR3-1800 memory
  • ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard

  • 2 x GeForce GTX 480 GPUs watercooled in SLI
  • WD Caviar Black SATA 6.0 Gb/s 1TB HDD
  • Koolance water cooling system
  • Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
  • 3 year parts warranty

Specs are one thing but how does this machine look?

While the Antec P183 does not usually have a window on it, Puget has one custom cut locally to better show off all the water cooling goodness and hardware extravagance hidden inside their Deluge-branded machines. 

The gun metal finish is very nice and gives the machine a look worthy of the components inside and the price. 

The back of the case shows off the connectivity options from the ASUS P6X58D motherboard as well as the dual GTX 480 graphics cards. 

The front door of the P183 is reversible and gives the system an overall clean look.

Behind the door are the Koolance water cooling controls and monitoring tools (see the video for more details), the Blu-ray drive and the multi-function card reader. 

The inside of the Deluge is immaculate and proves that you can build water cooled computers that are clean and clutter free.  When turned on, the blue water and LED lights Puget included combine for a very unique appearance. 

Here you can see the pair of GTX 480s that are being cooled by Koolance water blocks for a huge reduction in noise and heat. 

The Core i7-980X processor is overclocked to 4.0 GHz but remains well under danger temperatures thanks to another Koolance water block.  Notice the six DIMM slots here are filling the ASUS P6X58D Premium motherboard.

Below the motherboard we have the Antec 1000w power supply and some of the storage bays.

Our review system only included a single 1TB hard drive though we would likely have gotten an SSD for top performance.  The removable bay makes storage easy to access for upgrade though.
July 19, 2012 | 03:38 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Great review! There was a weird wobbling of the unit as it sat on the table near the end of the video. Maybe this table is wobbling or maybe Ryan's elbows were making the PC shake back and forth. This is just one thing to make your reviews even better. Great job though.

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