OCUK Titan Envy M Evo System Review
Published: 2nd March 2015 | Source: Overclockers UK | Price: £1531 |
When buying hardware online you always want it to arrive in perfect condition. When buying something as expensive as a system that desire is multiplied exponentially. Thankfully OCUK have nailed the packaging to the point that even the most ham-fisted delivery driver couldn't damage it. The system is packed in the case box and polystyrene, with their amazing expanding foam keeping the components locked in place. That box is then surrounded by air bags in another box of equal rigidity. We'd bet parts of our anatomy that this couldn't be damaged in transit.
The Phanteks Evolv case is an exercise in minimalism, and will be the most divisive element of the package. We still don't know if we like it. It's sleek, and has plenty of ventilation, so on that score it does very well.
The front panel is kept in place with four clips, presenting the most minimalist front we think we've ever seen on a case. Those who use an optical drive need not apply. Pulling it off reveals a big intake fan behind a dust cover. Airflow shouldn't be a problem.
The top has a similar trick up it's sleeve. Nothing to look at beyond the vents but a quick tug (or an injudicious lift of the case itself as we discovered) removes the top and reveals the twin fan CPU radiator. Other companies could take note of the slots for the screws which allow far greater freedom of placement, a boon in a case as compact as this.
The Gryphon motherboard comes with plenty of connection options, including enormous amounts of the all-important USB sockets.
Opening the hinged door reveals the insides. The internals follow the segmented ethos with the drives and PSU sectioned off below the main motherboard area. For these pictures we've removed a vertical bar that holds the lighting in the Titan Envy M Evo. Considering how little space OCUK had to work with they've done an excellent job in making the internals tidy. We like the green cabling too, a nice change from the standard black or red. We'd like to have seen both PCIe power inputs on the GPU being green though.
There are better PSUs on the market and it's an area we don't like to scrimp on, but all prebuilt systems are about striking a balance and the Super Flower is fine enough.
The eye-grabbing part of the Titan Envy M Evo is most definitely the GTX980. It would dominate any system, but coupled to the excellent i7-4790K it should romp through games. There is plenty of ventilation around the card, despite the higher case floor due to the sectioning. We'd have preferred to see a non-reference GeForce card, especially given how good the GPU Boost technology is at overclocking the card when there is some thermal overhead.
As always with a build when the front of the case looks amazing it's because it's all hidden around the back. It's like the Wizard of Oz, don't look behind the curtain. Still you can see the placement of the Samsung 850 Evo SSD and side-panel USB 3.0 port placement.
When turned on there is no doubt as to why Overclockers used green cabling. It matches the GeForce GTX logo well and definitely gives off an nVidia glow.