iBUYPOWER Revolt R570 Slim Gaming Desktop PC

Slim and Compact Desktop PC Design for Gaming

iBUYPOWER Revolt Slim Gaming Desktop PC

This review is based upon iBUYPOWER's initial release of the Revolt systems back in 2013. The company continues to manufacture the system using the same basic case design but with upgraded internals that use the 4th generation Intel Core platform and likely will be upgraded to the 6th generation in the future.

The Bottom Line

Mar 21 2013 - For those that want a more compact gaming desktop system, the new iBUYPOWER Revolt R570 offers a surprisingly well performing package at a very competitive price. There are a few minor distractions from the design such as the cooling noise when under load. It should be noted that this is one of the larger of the compact gaming setups on the market but it is still much smaller than your typical desktop tower. Buyers will also want a spend a bit more over the base price to upgrade a few items such as the stock 4GB of memory. Even with the upgrades, it still is much more affordable than most of the other options on the market.


  • Solid Gaming Performance
  • Highly Customizable
  • Affordable Pricing


  • A Bit Bigger Than Most Other Slim And Small Gaming Desktops
  • Audible Fan Noise Under Load
  • Should Really Feature 8GB RAM Standard


  • Intel Core i5-3570K Quad Core Desktop Processor
  • 4GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Graphics Card With 2GB Memory
  • Intel HDA 7.1 Audio Support
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Six USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, eSATA, Two DVI, DisplayPort, HDMI, SD Card Slot
  • 16.2" x 4.6" x 16"
  • Windows 8

Review - iBUYPOWER Revolt

Mar 21 2013 - The Revolt is a big departure for iBUYPOWER. Before it was a system integrator that made customized computers from specific parts that any person could buy and build themselves. This system differs because it is a customized smaller desktop system built for gaming that can only be found from there and competes directly with the likes of the Alienware X51 system. While the Revolt starts at $499 for the R320 version, this review focuses on the mid-range R570 which is much better suited system for gaming. Of course it is fully customizable to adjust the system to the buyers desired features.

Powering the Revolt R570 is the Intel Core i5-3570K quad core processor. This is a solid choice for a desktop processor and it offers plenty of performance for just about any task. It does particularly well in gaming without driving the price up too much compared to any performance gains. This is the unlocked version of the processor so it is possible to potentially push the processor even further by overclocking but it would be highly advised that buyers wishing to do this look at getting an upgraded cooler. iBUYPOWER also offers overclocking on their end before shipping for a fee. The big downside here is just 4GB of DDR3 memory. Sure, it will be alright for most gaming but the system can really benefit from being upgraded to 8GB of memory for smoother overall performance.

Storage on the Revolt R570 is fairly typical of most desktop systems with a one terabyte desktop class drive. This is the average size for most systems and should provide plenty of storage space for data and media files. The drive spins at a 7200rpm rate which offers it good performance but those wanting even greater performance have options to replace it with a solid state drive. There is space for a secondary data drive as well. If you want to add storage after ordering it and don't want to work in the cramped interior, there are a total of six USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external hard drives. They have even included a SD card slot for reading the most common type of flash memory card for digital peripherals.

Since this is a system that is design for gaming, the graphics are a major component. The Revolt R570 comes with a very capable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 graphics card. This allows the system to easily support modern games up to the 1920x1080 resolution typical of many computer monitors and HDTVs. It certainly is much better than the NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 that the Alienware comes with at its price point. Now if that isn't enough performance, there are graphic card upgrades all the way to a GeForce GTX 680 or even the new Titan graphics card. These are very expensive upgrades that also require that the power supply be upgraded from the 350 watt to 500 watt model which adds a bit more to the cost. In fact, it is advised to get the video card upgrade for any card past the 660 Ti.

The primary competition that the iBUYPOWER Revolt R570 has is the Alienware X51 which has been on the market for some time but has been updated by Dell. The closest base configuration to the Revolt is priced at $850. The configuration offers a slower Core i5 processor and GeForce GT 640 graphics card which put it at a slight disadvantage in gaming. They make up for this slightly by the inclusion of 8GB of memory though and a case that is a definitely smaller especially in the depth of the unit. For those willing to spend more, there is always the Falcon Northwest Tiki and the Maingear Potenza but these both much more expensive and not well thought out for those on a budget of less than $1500. There also is the Digital Storm Bolt which falls between the two but still costs a good deal more than either the Revolt or X51.