iBUYPOWER Chimera 901 Evaluation - Goodies and Closer Look

Article Index
iBUYPOWER Chimera 901 Evaluation
Goodies and Closer Look
Hardware and Specifications
Testing and Benchmarking
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Goodies:

When you buy an iBUYPOWER desktop, you get a few extras. The first thing I noticed was an iBUYPOWER multi-media keyboard along with a clear plastic bag full of goodies.  The goodies bag contained lot of good stuff!  First you get the motherboard book; a must if you do anything pertaining to your motherboard.  You also get all motherboard connectors like 2 and 3 way SLI bridges, a DVI to VGA adapter, a power cord, a little white box that contains all the case hardware, SATA cables and 3 CDs (a video driver disk, OS Re-installation disk and a motherboard disk) along with a few motherboard adapters.  The goodies bag also contains an iBUYPOWER internet mouse.

iBuyPower Keyboard
iBUYPOWER Keyboard
iBuyPower Mouse
iBUYPOWER Mouse


Closer Look:

After unpacking our chassis, there are a few things you have to do.  First you have to remove the packing material from inside the tower.  This is very easy.  First you remove the left side panel; being very careful not to unplug any fan wiring or damage the custom paint.  Then you pull out the packing material very carefully.  After that I inspected all components to make sure they were still installed correctly.  During my inspection I did find one area of concern - two of the DDR3 ram modules were not locked in on one end. This was a simple fix.  I first removed them and inspected them for damage.  Then I carefully re-installed them.

Packing Inside
Packing Inside


Since we have the side off already, let's take a look inside and see what we have.  iBUYPOWER did replace all fans in chassis with their own.  They installed all the fans you can in this chassis - which gives this system great airflow.  They have installed a 220mm and 2 x 120mm intake fans in left side panel to cool the HDD and Video Card area, a 120mm exhaust in back of case and the radiator for the CPU cooler in the top of chassis with 2 x 120mm fans.  The NZXT Phantom case comes with a five fan controller built-in to adjust speed and noise levels to your liking.  Behind the right side panel we find all the cables routed to keep any restrictions in airflow to a minimum.

Left Side Panel
Left Side Panel
Side Off
Left Side Off
Right Side Off
Right Side Off

 

As we continue on through the review, we'll take a look at the hardware info and specifications on the next page.