Monday, September 3, 2018

My Custom Built Xidax X-8 Glacier

Late last year, I custom designed a high-end PC system I wanted built. Earlier that year, I had originally gone with OriginPC for their huge Genesis machine (34 drive bays!), but it didn't work out, so I looked very carefully at Digital Storm, Falcon Northwest, & Maingear, before finding out about a newish boutique PC maker -- Xidax. They didn't have a lot of professional reviews, but the ones that were out there were very good & one article listed them as one of the top five boutique computer makers in the world. Additionally, they had thousands of customer reviews & ratings & they were almost all universally outstanding, so I priced out several systems & found I could get a pretty nice system that was better than what Digital Storm & FN had to offer (especially in storage capacity & expandability) for a little less, although it still cost a small fortune. So, I'm going to post the specs of the system with a few pics. Just for the heck of it.

Xidax X-8 Glacier Specs

Brand: Xidax

Model: X-8 Glacier

Case: Thermaltake View 71 Tempered Glass RGB Edition

CPU: Intel i9-7920X 12-core, hyperthreading, 2.9 GHz (4.4 GHz overclocking)


Memory: G. Skill Trident Z-64GB DDR4 3200 MHz (4x16GB)

PSU: Corsair AX 1500i

GPU: Dual MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB in SLI bridge

Storage: 2 1TB SSD M.2 discs, led by Samsung 960 Pro NVME M.2; 3 1TB SSD discs, led by Samsung 850 Pro; 6TB WD Black HDD


CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro H100 V2 Water Cooler

OS: MS Windows Home 10 Premium

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster ZXR PCI Express

Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker System

Webcam: Logitech C-310

Security: Bitdefender Security

Shipping: Free

Warranty: Free (!!!) LIFETIME support, labor, & parts replacement & more (cable sleeving, fans, etc.)

I won't list the cost, but I maxed out some systems, just to see how high the cost would get & a maxed out Falcon Northwest ran about $25,000 & a maxed out Digital Storm ran very close to $30,000! Their systems that would have been similar to the Xidax were generally about $1,000 - $2,500 more than what I ended up paying.

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