Aftershock PC has set its sights on gaming desktops. Fresh off its success with custom gaming laptops, the two-year-old company launched two desktop models late last year.
The Aftershock Tremor, a compact system which stands a bit taller than a standard 30cm ruler, is the smaller of the two.
While it bears the Aftershock brand, the Tremor is assembled from off-the-shelf PC components.
You can get practically the same hardware configuration from PC shops at Sim Lim Square. But what Aftershock offers is a two-year warranty and technical support.
You can expect to pay between $100 and $200 more for a similar DIY system. For example, Aftershock priced the review set it provided at $2,116.
If I were to build the same system myself, it would probably cost me just under $2,000.
As desktop PCs go, the Tremor would seem rather pricey. But it is built for gaming.
Its Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 graphics card easily accounts for a quarter of the price.
For the chassis, Aftershock picked the Corsair Carbide Series Air 240.
This cube-like case is cleverly designed to be used in either vertical or horizontal orientation.
The Aftershock logo on the front can also be rotated accordingly.
As for its laptops, Aftershock offers custom paint jobs if you do not like the default black or white options.
A side window lets you peek inside. For $39, Aftershock can add white or red LED lights.
My review set came with a $45 12-colour version.
Using a remote control, you can choose the colour of the LED lights and make it cycle through all the colours.
Should you wish to upgrade the Tremor later on, there is space for a second high-end graphics card.
But you will need to change the Asrock H97M motherboard, which supports only a single PCIe graphics card.
This motherboard includes built-in wireless functionality, which is very convenient.
No screwdriver is needed to swop the storage drives - Aftershock has equipped the review set with a new 120GB Samsung Evo 850 solid-state drive and a secondary 1TB hard drive.
These drives are housed in a separate partition with the power supply unit.
This system runs fairly quietly and remains cool, even during games.
A Corsair water-cooling system for the Tremor's quad-core Intel processor helps.
Gaming on the Tremor was smooth.
It managed a good 48 frames per second in Crysis 3 at Very High settings.
Pay a bit more and let Aftershock handle the installation and warranty.
The Tremor is great for gamers who do not have the time or the inclination to build their own gaming PCs.
Processor: Intel Core i5-4590 (3.3GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB GDDR5
Storage: 120GB solid-state drive and 1TB SATA hard-disk drive
Connectivity: 6 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x DVI output, HDMI, DisplayPort, Ethernet port, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, audio jacks
Value for money: 4/5
This article was first published on Feb 18, 2015.
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