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iBuyPower Revolt R770

*Est. $1,400 and up
Reviewed
April 2013
by ConsumerSearch
iBuyPower Revolt R770

Pros
  • Powerful enough for the toughest games
  • Slim design
  • No bloatware
  • Better warranty than mainstream brands
Cons
  • Plastic shell, not metal
  • Zero upgrade space

Bottom Line

The iBuyPower Revolt R770 undercuts its rivals by at least $200. Tests show it's not quite as quick, but it's still more than powerful enough to breeze through every demanding game on high settings. If you want a top-gun gaming PC but you're short on cash, the Revolt is about the best deal you'll find.

Performance

Nearly as powerful as the best. "This thing is an absolute beast of a performer," HotHardware.com says. You can buy a weaker version of the Revolt for less than $1,000, but experts generally test a $1,400 version. Packed with the same Intel Core i7-3770K processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 graphics found on pricier gaming computers, the Revolt handles the most intensive games in test after test, with all the eye candy turned on.

iBuyPower will overclock the Revolt's processor by up to 20 percent for you, but it doesn't come that way standard, and experts recommend upgrading the cooling system and power supply if you go that route. In PCMag.com's tests, the Revolt can't quite match the overclocked $2,000 version of the Maingear Potenza Super Stock (*Est. $1,325 and up) or $1,600 version of the Digital Storm Bolt (*Est. $1,000 and up) . Still, "there's no denying the Revolt R770's capabilities as a robust gaming rig," Ahmer Kazi says.

Design

Plastic shell looks more like an Xbox than a PC. "You'll either love or hate the way the iBuyPower Revolt looks, but at least it's incredibly distinctive," says AnandTech.com. Its rounded, black-and-white plastic case looks more like an Xbox than a PC and the word "Revolt" lights up in white on the front. Pulsating red, green and blue lights emanating from the side vents can be turned off. The shiny white plastic side panels are half covered with frosted plastic panels, which Seth Colaner at HotHardware.com calls "odd" and the only ugly element of the design. Not only do the Revolt's rivals all have metal shells, but the Revolt's plastic panels are stubborn to remove, and Colaner worries about snapping off the little plastic tabs that hold them on.

Measuring just 4.6 inches thick and 16 inches high and deep, the Revolt is nearly as slim as the Digital Storm Bolt. Unlike the Bolt, however, it can be laid flat on a shelf, and has nonslip rubber feet on both the bottom and one side. Both tiny machines are crammed to bursting with components, but the Revolt has a liquid cooling system while the Bolt relies on its noisy fans.

Like the Bolt and other skinny desktops, the Revolt is "a beast to work on" once you crack it open, says Colaner. "Cramped and layered ... Rubik's cube-like." Just to swap some DIMMs, you have to nearly dismantle the whole thing. "This is most definitely not a computer that the novice should open up and mess with," and there's zero room for expansion anyway. At least there's no bloatware, testers say.

Ports are abundant. Testers count six USB 3.0 jacks, two USB 2.0, eSata, PS/2, analog and optical audio connectors, two DVI ports, HDMI, headphone, microphone, Ethernet and an SD card reader, which is a rarity in this class. There's also a slot-load DVD burner; Blu-ray is optional.

Support & reliability

Longer warranty than the major brands. iBuyPower's warranty beats the big brands and matches Digital Storm's: one year parts, three years labor and lifetime customer support. That's not as lavish as boutique brands like Maingear's three years parts, lifetime labor and support.

Value

Great gaming at a decent price. For $200 more, you can get quicker performance from the Digital Storm Bolt. But if you have a firm budget, experts say you'll probably be happy with the $1,400 configuration of the iBuyPower Revolt R770. It's more than capable of handling any game you throw at it.

Our Sources

1. PCMag.com

Review Credibility: Excellent If you're "low on funding or space," the upper-level $1,400 iBuyPower Revolt R770 is a good gaming option, Kazi says after a full test. However, "its limited expandability will turn off diehard enthusiasts." He gives it 3.5 out of 5 stars and compares it to the top-rated Maingear Potenza Super Stock and Digital Storm Bolt.

Review: iBuypower Revolt R770, Ahmer Kazi, April 10, 2013

2. Computer Shopper

Review Credibility: Very Good The upper-level iBuyPower Revolt R770 will play the latest titles, no problem. Elliott also likes its compact design and strong warranty, but it's not for tweakers; the plastic case is hard to crack into and there's no room for expansion inside anyway. Elliott gives it 4 out of 5 stars and a Good for Gaming badge, but not an Editors' Choice. He does plenty of benchmark and gaming tests, but doesn't compare the Revolt to many rivals. He also uses a lower-spec version of the top-rated Digital Storm Bolt in one comparison, so the write-up isn't as useful as it could be.

Review: iBuypower Revolt R770 Review and Ratings, Matthew Elliott, March 13, 2013

3. HotHardware.com

Review Credibility: Very Good With enough power to compete with pricier rigs, a $1,400 iBuyPower Revolt R770 -- mislabeled here as an R570 -- earns a Recommended tag. Colaner conducts thorough benchmark and gaming tests, but compares the Revolt to a lower-spec Digital Storm Bolt. He notes two drawbacks: The chassis is made of plastic, and it's crammed so full that it's "wholly unpleasant to work on."

Review: Compact, Powerful Punch: iBuyPower Revolt Game PC, Seth Colaner, March 6, 2013

4. Anandtech.com

Review Credibility: Very Good "A pretty stellar product," says Sklavos of the iBuyPower Revolt. He exhaustively tests it in benchmark and gaming tests -- although, again, against a lower-level Digital Storm Bolt -- and says the latest games don't faze it. He uses an upgraded configuration with a Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 graphics. Beware of skimpy stock configurations, he warns.

Review: iBuyPower Revolt System Review: Closing the Boutique and Opening the Store, Dustin Sklavos, Feb. 16, 2013

5. About.com

Review Credibility: Good The low-priced, high-performing iBuyPower Revolt R570 is one of About.com's PC hardware guide Kyrnin's favorite gaming desktops. He doesn't detail any testing, but does a good job explaining how the Revolt stacks up against its rivals.

Review: iBuyPower Revolt R570 Slim Gaming Desktop PC, Mark Kyrnin, March 21, 2013

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