The Stuff You See
To house all these powerful components we needed a case that was big enough to fit all our current parts, and allow for future expansion, but we didn’t want something overly large. We also wanted something that looked nice. We settled on the Panzer-G from Cougar. It’s a tall and slender case, that features support for full E-ATX motherboards, multiple fans and water cooling radiators, and it’s dark tempered glass panels look classy and understated. The red fans are a bit much, but we plan on swapping those for some RGB fans that we can turn off, or adjust the color depending on our current mood.
To make sure we can do the most thorough testing, we have a selection of displays that we will be using. Our main display is the Alienware AW3418DW we reviewed a few weeks ago. Thanks to its 21:9 aspect ratio and native 1440p resolution, we can do testing on both ultrawide support for games and software, while also testing scaling and resolution quality at 1440p. Thanks to its 120hz refresh rate and G-Sync capability, we also have the ability to test high frame-rate content and test Nvidia GPUs more effectively.
To increase our testing capability, we have an Asus PB287Q 4K monitor. This lets us test 4K support for games and software, and thanks to a direct downscale to 1080p, we can also test standard HD scenarios. It also lets us provide benchmarking data for frame rates in games at 4K resolutions.
The only problem with the Asus monitor, is that as an older panel, it has no support for HDR, which is why we will also be using the TCL P607 television from time to time when the need for HDR content testing arises.
So What’s The Deal With The Name?
We know it’s a little silly, but we enjoy having fun in our daily life. As huge performance car fans, we love the Chevrolet Corvette, and our last desktop PC was built, customized and named after the Corvette Stingray. As we built this newer and faster PC, we thought it would be fun to name it after the newest and fastest Corvette, the Corvette ZR1.
Thus we have Project ZR1.
As an added bonus, many of the parts we have tie into the new Corvette’s performance and statistics. Our 8-core/16-thread CPU matches the 8-cylinders and 16-valves of the new supercharged engine in the ZR1. The Carbon motherboard is for the expanded use of carbon fiber in the Corvette’s body.
Again, we know it is a little silly, but when you have fun with your job, you just can’t help but have fun with everything else.
Look out for more information on Project ZR1 as we use it to for testing over the next several months.