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


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

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.