Commissioned in 2014, the Normandy is commanded by Commander Michael S. The goal of the Normandy was to replace Commander Mike's outdated Alienware M18x which utilized technology from the year 2011 when it was commissioned. His old rig had seen many battles, but the updated tech of today's games finally brought it down and put the old GTX 460Ms to their knees. Commander Mike needed a new vessel to lead him to victory. He debated on whether to replace the SSV Alienware with another of the same model, but decided that since his old rig was being used as a desktop replacement instead of a mobile platform, that he would instead seek to build his own ship and forgo the mobility his old one offered. The goal of his upcoming build was to absolutely demolish any game he came across for the next 2 to 3 years and allow for updated tech to easily be swapped in when needed, all while looking good doing it. Commander Mike chose a color scheme of black and red to best replicate the colors of his favorite series to date, Mass Effect, and would eventually christen the new rig with the name of "Normandy" in honor of the vessel his fellow Commander Shepard would pilot to victory in that same series.
Much like its namesake, the Normandy is filled with the latest tech. Two of nearly the best GPUs were selected as its main weapons, this machine is able to reach speeds well beyond that of others her size. The twin GeForce GTX 970s each use Twin Frozr V to easily destroy any games thrown at them.
The Normandy's IES (internal emission sink) stealth fan system is one of her most notable features. Comprised of 3 Noctua NF-F12 fans up front capable of pushing 55 CFM of air each, the Normandy is able to cool her dual GPUs easily, even in a mid tower case known for its ability to hold in heat when operating under load.
The build of the Normandy lasted a total of 2 days and went quite smoothly, with only a couple bumps in the road. Most notable of the issues faced was the USB 3.0 location on the motherboard interfering with the angled back panel in the NZXT case which led to a bent pin that had to be adjusted. Even with this interference, everything loaded up smoothly first time. The AI driving the machine is a copy of Windows 7 Pro 64 bit, installed via USB 3.0 thumb-drive. Overclocking is controlled via the provided MSI software, and with the Corsair H100i heat sink the Intel i7 4790k was able to achieve stable speeds of 4.6 GHz @ 1.3v. GPUs maintain stock clock rates at the moment until further testing.
Overall, the build of the N7 Normandy has been a complete success.