System Integrators (SIs) generally don't make much – they're builders, not manufacturers, and source parts at oft-discounted prices to build machines per customer spec. Every now and then, an SI will come out with some exclusive case (Origin and CyberPower have both done this) that's often only exclusive for a couple-month window; for the Revolt 2, iBUYPOWER actually designed and manufactured their own SFF enclosure, opting-out of the usual OEM route taken by the industry.

The iBUYPOWER Revolt 2 gaming PC uses a small form factor enclosure with jutting edges, a showroom-styled top and front panel, and allocates its resources most heavily toward showmanship. For a brand which has historically supported eSports venues with portable rigs for tournaments, it's no wonder that design initiatives drove this aesthetics focus.

Our review of the iBUYPOWER Revolt 2 gaming PC benchmarks temperatures (GPU & CPU thermals), FPS in games (Black Ops III, GTA V, and more), and compares the cost against an equivalent DIY solution.

Way back in 2010, when the site was still young, I wrote a somewhat sarcastic post about the retail obsession with slapping "Black [Day]" on anything to drive more sales. In that post, I declared November to be "Black November," following all the constant pre-Thanksgiving and post-Thanksgiving sales. Or "sales," whatever. One year later and Newegg officially declared November—you guessed it—Black November. I'll take my royalty check now.

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Regardless, this weekend has a couple of reasonable price-drops on hardware and system building accessories. We pulled together deals on tool kits, power supplies, a consumer-grade laptop, and a Thor V2.

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