PC Specialist Glacier Review

Conclusion

PC Specialist Glacier Review

Conclusion

It's usually at this point where we retire with a few beers to discuss the relative pros and cons of the item on test, and come to a consensus of opinion. The PC Specialist Glacier is so good, with a specification so well chosen, that our local pub thinks we've abandoned it. No discussion needed, this is an outstanding system with fantastic build quality and a seriously good price.

We can't think of a single thing we'd change. At all. Sure you could make a case to go to SLI GTX 980 Tis, but you really need a 4K monitor to make the most of that arrangement and, despite prices tumbling, it's something that most of us haven't got. Maybe if you were particularly demanding you could switch out the HDD for a giant SSD, but again you're pushing the price beyond the £2000 mark which we think is too much, given the speed at which technology marches on.

Fortunately the inevitable move of technology isn't something you'll need to concern yourself with when it comes to the PC Specialist Glacier. It is crammed full of the best of everything currently available. Basing the system around the most up-to-date chipset Intel has to offer, the Z170, and using the best of the ASUS ROG motherboards in the Maximus VIII Hero provides an excellent platform from which to build up a system of incredible performance. The Intel i7-6700K is already a blisteringly powerful CPU, but the 4.65GHz overclock included with the Glacier takes it to new heights. Back all that up with 16GB of 3000MHz Corsair DDR4 and even Windows 10 wont be able to grind things to a halt. Not that anything would slow down even in the unlikely event you decided to edit raw 4K video footage, as the Intel 750 is so fast it's difficult to get a grasp on. We're used to 40 or 50MB/s transfer rates, and thus a 550MB/s SSD is still plenty fast. The Intel 750 NVMe taking advantage of the PCI Express bandwidth to deliver over 2GB/s read speeds and 1GB/s write speeds means that even the most mundane tasks go by in the blink of an eye. It's mind-bendingly fast. All that is before you've taken into account the 'best in class' GTX 980 Ti which is capable of running everything you can throw at it and the Corsair 850W PSU which provides plenty of overhead should you wish to expand in the future.

All that hardware would be desirable in and of itself, but wrap it up in the glorious 780T chassis, bathe it in bright blue lighting and give it the outstanding build quality, attention to detail and warranty that are the hallmarks of a PC Specialist system and it's an absolute steal at £1799. As if that wasn't enough it's also quiet despite the amount of fans in the 780T, and everything is kept frosty, in keeping the Glacier nomenclature. There isn't a single piece of hardware we'd change and the PC Specialist Glacier easily wins our OC3D Gold Award.

Thanks to PC Specialist for supplying the Glacier system for today's review. You can discuss it on the OC3D Forums.

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Most Recent Comments

14-12-2015, 10:26:38

Wraith
Nice, very nice indeed the price is exactly the same as my first shop bought system back in 97' and that was a P2 333MHz, 128MB RAM, 12MB Voodoo II, Sound Blaster 16Bit Sound Card, 40GB storage and a 17" CRT Monitor oh how times have changed and hardware has advanced in 17 years.Quote

18-12-2015, 06:12:40

MiNo
Very nice!

Does it have room and PCIe lanes enough for a second card though?

Seems like the obvious upgrade in 1-2 years time.

Edit : The price is not added to the usual place at the top. In fact - where is it?Quote

21-12-2015, 11:28:11

RobCrezz
Quote:
Originally Posted by MiNo View Post
Very nice!

Does it have room and PCIe lanes enough for a second card though?

Seems like the obvious upgrade in 1-2 years time.

Edit : The price is not added to the usual place at the top. In fact - where is it?
Should have enough lanes. Z170 had an additional 4 lanes on the chipset for SSD cards and M.2.Quote

29-02-2016, 11:45:07

EdgeDs
Having read this review and being a long term viewer of the Youtube channel I put my fair in TTL and I have too agree with a lot of what is said in this review. However my experience with the actual Pc has been quite tragic not only was the build time very long as I did not pay for the fast build and too be fair it was January when I ordered it which is a fairly busy time but after 20 odd days it turned up and looked great. The initial benchmarking showed great speed too but the PC endlessly blue screened after a short time of use and had too be returned. Pc Specialist apologised which I though was fair enough and promised too fix as soon as possible then I started too get emails apologising for the delay if fixing and so it continued.

Today they finally returned the Pc only for me too find that it looked like they had been using it for a game of football over the weekend. The case had a piece broken of the back lip. The sides were not correctly attached and even the front magnetic dust cover was detached. So at the end of the day this Pc has turned out too be nothing more than the most expensive game of pass the parcel I have ever played and after over 50 days I still do not have a new Pc just a £1800 dent in my bank account.Quote

29-02-2016, 11:51:26

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by EdgeDs View Post
Having read this review and being a long term viewer of the Youtube channel I put my fair in TTL and I have too agree with a lot of what is said in this review. However my experience with the actual Pc has been quite tragic not only was the build time very long as I did not pay for the fast build and too be fair it was January when I ordered it which is a fairly busy time but after 20 odd days it turned up and looked great. The initial benchmarking showed great speed too but the PC endlessly blue screened after a short time of use and had too be returned. Pc Specialist apologised which I though was fair enough and promised too fix as soon as possible then I started too get emails apologising for the delay if fixing and so it continued.

Today they finally returned the Pc only for me too find that it looked like they had been using it for a game of football over the weekend. The case had a piece broken of the back lip. The sides were not correctly attached and even the front magnetic dust cover was detached. So at the end of the day this Pc has turned out too be nothing more than the most expensive game of pass the parcel I have ever played and after over 50 days I still do not have a new Pc just a £1800 dent in my bank account.

Afternoon dude, Im sad to hear you have had a less than pleasurable experience. Nothing and no one can ever get things right 100% of the time and Id like to think a large part of your experience has been down to couriers.

I will how ever personally be giving PC Specialist a link to this post.Quote
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