Tones TIZAir system
Nvidia did not send any Titan-Z samples to the press, but luckily, we were able to get our hands on a system featuring two Titan-Z cards. Tones.be, one of the most important Nvidia-partners in the Benelux, built the Tones TIZAir around two Titan-Z cards from ASUS.
A first glance at the system reveals what we've seen more often at Tones: they are true artisans, who like no other know how to assemble a high-end system. From neatly hidden custom cables to artfully matched components: the system is amazing, both from a visual and technological point of view.
The system is built in a white Corsair Carbide Air 540 enclosure, and with good reason: because the power supply and any 5.25'' drives are placed in a separate compartment of this case, and because the hard drive can be placed at the bottom, there are no obstructions between the case's intake fans and the video card, which allows for optimal cooling. Not an unnecessary luxury when placing two Titan-Z's with a total TDP of 750 watts in a system. Click here for a comparison test in which we gave the Carbide Air 540 a Gold Award.
Tones chose the ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition, a board that we crowned as the ultimate X79 board in our test, as the system's motherboard. It was released onto the market near the end of last year, and is relatively modern compared to other X79 boards, thanks to the availability of sufficient USB 3.0 ports and an audio codec of the latest generation, among other things. The decision to use an X79 platform is an obvious one, as this platform allows both Titan-Z cards to make use of 16 PCI-Express 3.0 lanes.
On the motherboard, Tones placed an Intel Core i7 4960X, which is the fastest processor at this time. The CPU is cooled by a Corsair H100i water cooler, a product which we were also laudatory about in our review. Tones picked two Corsair Dominator Platinum 8GB DDR3-2133 CL9 kits as the system's memory modules, for a total of 16 GB. Not only do these modules offer excellent performance (2133 MHz with CL9 is really good!), because of their silver heat spreaders they also match quite nicely with the Titan-Z cards from a visual point of view, which makes the system look like a single coherent entity.
On the storage front, Tones combines a Samsung 840 Evo 1TB SSD with a Western Digital Caviar Black v2 4TB HDD. One might state that they would rather see a high-end SSD such as an OCZ Vertex 150 or a Samsung 840 Pro in a high-end system such as this, but at the same time, we do understand Tones' decision: 1TB models of high-end SSDs are not yet available, and the differences in performance remain negligible in practice.
Finally, the system's power supply is a Corsair AX1200i. We can be brief about this component as well: in our review you can read that this is truly an excellent choice.
All in all, Tones has made an excellent selection of components, and we must once again show our appreciation for the way in which the system has been assembled.
The system's components add up to a total price of €8500 / £6900 / $11600. Admittedly, it does get you one hell of a rig. Or, as Tones themselves state: