OCUK Titan Envy M Evo System Review
Published: 2nd March 2015 | Source: Overclockers UK | Price: £1531 |
Sports fans might sit over a beer and discuss who they'd have in their all-time lineup. Music fans will argue about what songs should go onto a 'best of' compilation. Hell even Haribo fans might debate whether the regular or tangy ones are the best. For those of us who worship at the altar of silicon we tend to talk about three very specific things.
Firstly we discuss that piece of hardware that first really grabbed our attention and made us a fan. For me it was the first day I saw a Voodoo GPU running Quake 2. Secondly we discuss what system we will get when we win the lottery, exactly how much of it will be gold plated and whether you can use Cristal Champagne as a coolant. The third one is perhaps less exciting because of the limitations and lack of rose-tinted reminiscence. That's what the most sensibly-priced system you can buy currently is and what you'd make it up from. That's where we think the OCUK Titan Envy M Evo comes in.
It's got all the major players in place. Yes LGA2011 might have the more attention grabbing numbers, but only people who get given them can run them, the rest of us would be foolish to look beyond the baby brother of the Intel lineup, in this case the Devil's Canyon i7-4790K. A spectacular processor with more than enough grunt for even the most demanding users. With the CPU sorted you have to look to graphics, the one area that you get the biggest benefit from spending the most, and we will never argue with the GTX980 as a choice. The R9 290X might get close in performance, but the efficiency of the nVidia card cannot be denied and in a chassis as tightly packed as the Phanteks Evolv you don't want something pumping out 90° of heat. We might choose a non-reference ones ourselves just because the nVidia GPU Boost tech is so good at making the most of all the cooling available. But given the price of the Titan Envy M Evo we don't mind too much.
With the big things out of the way the decision to use an ASUS Gryphon Armor Z97 motherboard cannot be denied, providing everything you could expect a motherboard to do in a great looking package. Add in a speedy Samsung 850 Evo SSD and bathe it all in green lighting and the Titan Envy M Evo looks fantastic value for money. The case might be a matter of taste, but at worst it's inoffensive thanks to its minimalist design.
It's well rounded, the benchmarks rock just as hard as you would hope them too and Overclockers.co.uk have done a fantastic job building it and keeping it as neat and tidy as possible. When you take the very best hardware on the market and combine it into a system that bucks the trend of black and red, we definitely take note. When you market it at this price point and include all the boxes, manuals, accessories and stuff you'd get if you had built it yourself from parts, we can't award it anything other than our OC3D Performance award.
Thanks to Overclockers UK for supplying today's review system. Discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.