This time the four assemblies of five found a place Ryzen processors. Pressure AMD to Intel enhanced: a preliminary review Ryzen 5 1500X 1600X and demonstrates that younger Ryzen chips will be very competitive. Well extreme build, in my opinion, now it really lives up to its name. Detailed testing of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti showed that the new NVIDIA is well suited for gaming in 4K. At the same time decreased the price of the graphics card Pascal. And for GeForce GTX and GeForce GTX 1060 1080 announced an upgrade to the faster memory type: GDDR5 9 GB/s and GDDR5X 11 Gbps, respectively. However, while the sale of these cards is not observed. In any case, such changes in the computer market can’t be happy — they mean that we get more efficient solutions at least for the same money.

Computer of the month — April 2017

Recall that in the heading represent the average prices at “Yandex.Market” (the region of Moscow). Depending on the location and your chosen trading platform you can assemble the same system unit as cheaper and more expensive. The cost of software in the calculations is not taken into account, are only evaluated components.

Regular readers know that the assemblies are in the “Computer of the month” dramatically each month do not change. April was no exception, although the processors Ryzen 5 induced more noise than usual. In the March issue of the options considered as an upgrade of the five assemblies (with additional tools) and versions of their cheaper. I see no reason to repeat.

Starter Assembly

Budget — about 30-35 thousand rubles. Such systems are relevant to modern games in Full HD resolution with high or even maximum graphics quality settings.

Starter Assembly
Processor AMD FX-8320E, 8 core, 3,2 (4,0) GHz, 8 MB L3, AM3+ 6 500 RUB.
G4560 Intel Pentium, 2 core, 3.5 GHz, 3 MB L3, LGA1151 4 000 RUB.
Motherboard AMD 760G Examples:

  • MSI 760GM-P23 (FX);
  • ASUS M5A78L-M LX3;
  • GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P;
  • ASRock 960GM-VGS3 FX motherboard
2 800 RUB.
H110 Intel Express Examples:

  • GIGABYTE GA-H110M-S2;
  • MSI H110M PRO-D;
  • H110M ASRock-DGS;
  • ASUS H110M-K
3 200 RUB.
RAM AMD 1 × 8GB DDR3-1866 4 000 RUB.
Intel 1 × 8 GB DDR4-2400 4 000 RUB.
Video card AMD Radeon RX 470, 4 GB GDDR5
or
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 3GB GDDR5
13 000 RUB.
Drives HDD 1 TB, 7200 rpm, SATA 3.0 3 100 RUB.
SSD No
CPU cooler Examples:

  • Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 GT Rev. 2;
  • Deepcool ICE BLADE 100
500 RUB.
Case Examples:

  • ACCORD P-25B;
  • 3Cott 1811
1 200 RUB.
Power supply Examples:

  • Chieftec TPS-500S;
  • FSP Group ATX-500PNR;
  • Zalman ZM500-LE
2 500 RUB.
Total AMD — 33 600 rubles.
Intel — 31 500 rubles.

It seems that the starting Assembly on the chip AMD is still a decent time will not change. “Red” introduced the 4 – and 6-core Ryzen 5, but the cheapest model — Ryzen 5 1400 — costs 170 USD (excluding taxes). To fit the budget necessary and appropriate motherboard for less than 60-70 dollars. In General, the fit is not obtained. While accurate information about the release of a cheaper series Ryzen no 3, so there are thoughts about what platform AM3+, we will not soon say good-bye. Output Ryzen is an event which is very long awaited by all enthusiasts, especially fans of AMD, which is likely now actively started to move to the new platform. So interesting to see what price will have 8-core CPU Vishera on the secondary market. Some progress on this subject is already on one of the popular online flea market FX-8350 give 5-6 thousand rubles.

In General, the proposed systems have not changed a bit. Same as last month, I recommend to take 8 GB of RAM in a single module — even despite the fact that the processors feature dual memory controllers and macplay have a couple of DIMM slots. Just when you need it, buy another 8 GB of RAM without throwing out the old module. The second logical move to upgrade is the purchase of an SSD. Other possible manipulation of the starting Assembly described in the March issue.

ASUS ROG Strix RX 470 OC 4GB or ASUS GeForce GTX 1060 Dual 3 GB

To review periodically asking me what kind of video card to choose for your starting build: GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB 470 or Radeon RX 4GB? Recently, we compared the performance of these adapters in the games: in applications that use DirectX 11 accelerator NVIDIA was faster in DirectX 12 and Vulkan showed themselves better, Radeon RX 470. In General, the adapters show a similar level of performance. So choose the model that we have enough funds. All the same, and GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB, and the Radeon RX 470 4 GB noticeably faster GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. As for the difference in the amount of GDDR5, a little experiment showed that the majority of modern games in Full HD consumes more than four gigabytes of video memory. Fortunately, through the optimization of drivers and game engines, not all titles we have seen a serious drop in FPS and the lag and freezes with lack of memory.

The base Assembly

Budget — around 50 to 55 thousand rubles. System relevant for modern games in Full HD resolution with high/max graphic settings.

The base Assembly
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 1400, 4 core, 3,2 (3,4) GHz, 8 MB L3, AM4 11 000 RUB.
Intel Core i5-7500, 4 cores, 3,4 (3,8) GHz, 6 MB L3, LGA1151 12 500 RUB.
Motherboard AMD B350 Examples:

  • ASUS PRIME B350M-A;
  • GIGABYTE GA-AB350M-D3H;
  • AB350 ASRock Pro4
7 000.
H110 Intel Express Examples:

  • GIGABYTE GA-H110M-S2;
  • MSI H110M PRO-D;
  • H110M ASRock-DGS;
  • ASUS H110M-K
3 200 RUB.
2 x 8 GB DDR4-2400 8 000 RUB.
Video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 6 GB GDDR5
or
AMD Radeon RX 480, 8 GB GDDR5
17, 000.
Drives HDD 1 TB, 7200 rpm, SATA 3.0 3 100 RUB.
SSD 120-128 GB SATA 3.0 4 000 RUB.
CPU cooler Examples:

  • Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 GT Rev. 2;
  • Deepcool ICE BLADE 100
500 RUB.
Case Examples:

  • Zalman Z3 Plus Black;
  • AeroCool LS-5200;
  • Thermaltake Versa H25;
  • Fractal Design Core 1300
2 800 RUB.
Power supply Examples:

  • AeroCool Strike-X 600W;
  • Deepcool DQ550ST 550 W;
  • MAXPRO Enermax 600 W;
  • Cooler Master B600 ver.2 600 watts
3 800 RUB.
Total AMD — 57 200 RUB.
Intel — 54 900 RUB.

But in the basic Assembly processors Ryzen with difficulty, but fit. Quad-core and six-core models will go on sale April 11, and I assume on a smaller chip will not be much margin which was observed on 7 Ryzen in early March.

However, not all so smoothly: cheap motherboards on chipset A320 at the time of writing, the sale was not. The available options are listed in the table, but their price is significantly inflated. So the four Ryzen 5 is taken Junior Quad Ryzen 5 1400, but as a result of the April base Assembly on AMD still exceeded the budget of 55 thousand rubles. Options strictly “squeeze” in the designated amount a few. Without loss of performance in games is to drop the SSD. But I would simply take the version of the Radeon RX 470 with 8 GB of memory, which costs an average 2 000 rubles less. When overclocking the chip to 1350-1400 MHz it still catches up with the reference Radeon RX 480.

Option acceleration reference assemblies AMD is buying a six-core processor Ryzen Ryzen 5 5 1600 or 1600X.

Prices on motherboard AM4 inflated, but logic B350 has its advantages. Here are two main: the chipset supports a high-frequency DDR4 and allows you to overclock the CPU. However, it is unlikely the 4 – and 6-core Ryzen in terms of overclocking will be better than the 8-core supporters — there is a suspicion that AMD already squeezed the maximum out of Ryzen release. However, I believe that if you want the same Ryzen 5 1400 overclocked to 3.7-4.0 GHz, depending on the capacity of the sample that falls into your hands.

Returning to the preliminary survey of processors Ryzen Ryzen 1600X 5 and 5 1500X, I note that in the resource-intensive calculations of expected these chips faster than Core i5-7400, but lost to the rival in the games. However, the performance of a simulated 4 – and 6-core models in games are almost indistinguishable from the performance flagship Ryzen 7 1800X. Nothing surprising in this, the Quad — core Core i7-7700K also in most cases ahead and six-core Core i7-6800K, and eight-core Core i7-6900K. Even more: Ryzen Ryzen 1600X 5 and 5 1500X in some games faster Ryzen 7 1800X. Impact the increased availability of the cache memory of third level and more frequent actuation technologies XFR. Plus Windows 10 is less confusing cores and threads. So Ryzen series 5 is perfect for creating a gaming PC using the graphics card of the middle level like the GeForce GTX and Radeon RX 1060 480.

Unfortunately, the AM4 platform is very crude. Here and there emerge all sorts of sores, which, I hope, will promptly fix as employees of AMD and motherboard manufacturers.

Intel Core i3-7350K

Base build of Intel over the past month has not changed. As I said, in games Core i5-7500 will perform better Ryzen 5 1400. Junior chipsets for the LGA1151 platform (everything except Z170/Z270 Express) do not allow you to overclock the CPU, and the system can be used RAM with a maximum effective frequency of 2400 MHz. Perhaps the only alternative in this price range would be to buy the acclaimed Core i5-6400 (10 500 rubles) and nutplate level ASUS Z170-P (7300 rubles), provided that the CPU will be overclocked by increasing the frequency of the clock generator.

Another option appears to be buying a Core i3-7350K (11 500 rubles) is the first Core i3 with unlocked multiplier, but our testing shows that the same games the Core i5-7400 is not worse.

Optimal Assembly

Budget around 75-80 thousand rubles. Relevant for modern games in resolutions Full HD and WQHD high/maximum graphic settings.

Optimal Assembly
Processor AMD 1700 Ryzen 7, 8 cores, 3,0 (3,7) GHz, 8+8 MB L3, AM4 22 000 RUB.
Intel Core i7-7700, 4 core, 3,6 (4,2) GHz, 8 MB L3, LGA1151 20 000 RUB.
Motherboard AMD B350 Examples:

  • ASUS PRIME B350-PLUS;
  • MSI B350 TOMAHAWK;
  • GIGABYTE GA-AB350-GAMING 3;
  • ASRock Fatal1ty Gaming AB350 K4
8 000 RUB.
Intel B250 Express Examples:

  • ASRock Fatal1ty Gaming B250 K4;
  • ASUS ROG STRIX GAMING B250F;
  • MSI GAMING B250 M3
8 000 RUB.
RAM 2 8 GB DDR4-2400 8 000 RUB.
Video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 8 GB GDDR5 27 000 RUB.
Drives HDD 1 TB, 7200 rpm, SATA 3.0 3 100 RUB.
SSD 120-128 GB SATA 3.0 4 000 RUB.
CPU cooler Examples:

  • ID-COOLING SE-214;
  • Deepcool deepcool gammaxx 400;
  • Scythe SCTTM-1000A Tatsumi
1 500 RUB.
Case Examples:

  • Zalman Z3 Plus Black;
  • AeroCool LS-5200;
  • Thermaltake Versa H25;
  • Fractal Design Core 1300
2 800 RUB.
Unit power Examples:

  • AeroCool Strike-X 600W;
  • Deepcool DQ550ST 550 W;
  • MAXPRO Enermax 600 W;
  • Cooler Master B600 ver.2 600 watts
3 800 RUB.
Total AMD — 79 900 RUB.
Intel — 78 200 RUB.

Hard to be optimistic. Unfortunately, last month I did not guess how retailers will inflate the prices of OCTA-core Ryzen. In the first days of sales for Ryzen 7 1700 asked 24-25 thousand rubles. In April, according to “Yandex.Market”, Junior 8-core Ryzen is an average of 22 000 rubles. Prices are falling, which can not but rejoice, but yet still get expensive. Costly and purchase fees, so in the “Computer of the month” build configurations AMD more expensive than Intel. I think over time, when of products in stores will be in abundance, everything will fall into place. The first way to save under the optimal Assembly on the platform AM4 — 7 is 1700 Ryzen Ryzen to take 5 1600X.

Testing Ryzen 7 1800X showed that for the older models is the use of the function avtoradgona XFR (Extended Frequency Range) is not very much. An extra 100 MHz for a single core the weather. Junior Ryzen 7 1700 has neither the letter “X” in the title, nor the support XFR and among Trinity 8-core model is equipped with the lowest frequency. However, the global statistics show that this chip stable enough to accelerate to the level of Ryzen 7 1800X, i.e. up to 4 GHz and sometimes even higher.

As in the case of the basic Assembly, this is where I recommend taking the motherboard chipset B350. Overclocking supported, high frequency RAM too. Functionality is no problem, interesting models in the market appears more and more. Unlike X370, the boards on the basis of the B350 does not support NVIDIA SLI, only CrossFireX for doubtful x16+x4 scheme, since four lines are operated with PCI Express 2.0. And yet there are serious doubts that Ryzen 7 1700 even in the dispersal of “pull” a couple of graphics cards of GeForce GTX 1070 or higher Full HD resolution (and there is no need such power for such permission). X370-boards are significantly more even support bundles AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards under the scheme x8+x8 (PCI Express 3.0).

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X

To build the Intel, though not accelerate, it in games will be slightly faster, since at full load all four cores Core i7-7700 operate at 4 GHz. In demanding applications, the Quad with a locked multiplier to compete with Ryzen 7 hard. It turns out pretty clear: if a computer is needed not only for entertainment but also for content creation, then take the AM4, and if the system is primarily used as a gaming — buy LGA1151.

Advanced Assembly

Budget — up to 100 thousand rubles. Relevant for modern games in resolutions Full HD and WQHD high/maximum graphic settings.

Advanced Assembly
Processor AMD Ryzen 1700X 7, 8 cores, 3,4 (3,8) GHz, 8+8 MB L3, AM4 27 500 RUB.
Intel Core i7-7700K, 4 core, 4,2 (4,5) GHz, 8 MB L3, LGA1151 23, 000.
Motherboard X370 AMD Examples:

  • ASUS PRIME X370-PRO;
  • MSI X370 GAMING PRO CARBON;
  • ASRock X370 Killer SLI
12 000 RUB.
Intel Z270 Express Examples:

  • Z270 MSI GAMING PRO CARBON;
  • ASUS STRIX GAMING Z270F;
  • GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming
12 000 RUB.
RAM 2 x 8 GB DDR4-2400 8 000 RUB.
Video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 8 GB GDDR5 27 000 RUB.
Drives HDD 1 TB, 7200 rpm, SATA 3.0 3 100 RUB.
SSD 240-256 GB SATA 3.0 6 500 RUB.
CPU cooler Examples:
• Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO;
• Scythe Katana 4;
• Deepcool Lucifer V2
2 300 RUB.
Case Examples:
• Cooler Master Storm Enforcer;
• AeroCool Dead Silence 230;
• Corsair SPEC-ALPHA;
• Thermaltake Core V41
6 000 RUB.
Power supply Examples:
• Zalman ZM750-EBT 750 W;
• RM750x Corsair 750 W;
• Upon the whole, DUO 700 W;
• Thermaltake “Neva 750W”
7 000.
Total AMD — 99 400 RUB.
Intel 94 900 RUB.

For advanced build I chose Ryzen 7 1700X — for those of you not going to overclock. In communicating with readers convinced that such users are the majority. Enthusiast, of course, take the lower 8-core (1700 Ryzen 7) and to turn it at least Ryzen 1800X. I mentioned above that this is possible.

Also pay attention that much cheaper monitored by PWM version of the GeForce GTX 1080 in the Moscow retail graphics card with full graphics chip GP104 already possible to take for 35 thousand rubles. If additional cash is a sin not to take advantage of this opportunity. This, incidentally, is one of the options to make more powerful the previous one, optimal build. With the release of adapters on the NVIDIA Pascal architecture did not repeat his mistake: GeForce GTX 1070 even in the acceleration catches up with GeForce GTX 1080, and let the difference in games and becomes the minimum. In addition, the accelerators used are different in terms of capacity at the contact memory: GDDR5 (8012 MB/s) and GDDR5X (10000 Mbps the old version). But overclocked GeForce GTX 970, as it is known, quietly catching up in games GeForce GTX 980.

Plextor PX-256M8PeG

But in General, if we compare the optimum and advanced assemblies, the difference in price better to invest in other components. In the case of the LGA1151 platform — buy a faster CPU with the option of overclocking, in the acquisition of more capacious SSD, high quality cooling and power supply.

Now the components of the system units selected in such a way that we can without any problems to upgrade the system. Installing another video card? You’re welcome! Power supply unit is sufficient for the pair of adapters GeForce GTX 1080 and overclocked to 4.8-5.0 GHz Core i7-7700K. In the case of a single graphics card, the PSU works under load with minimal noise, but with maximum efficiency. So obviously, for the desktop with a single processor and 3D accelerator 700-watt power supply unit redundant. Over time, replace the CPU? And AM4, and LGA1151 a year and a half is no longer relevant. The “red” platform just appeared, next year will see new chips Zen+. LGA1151 socket and circuit Board on the basis of a 200-logic will support processors generation Coffee Lake. Finally, the presence of interface M. 2, which summed up the four lines PCI Express 3.0, can buy a really fast SSD that supports NVMe Protocol — for example the Plextor PX-256M8PeG (11 000 RUB) or PX-512M8PeG (19 000 RUB.). It is a pity that SSD continue to go up because of the serious shortage of flash memory.

Extreme build

Budget — up to 150 thousand rubles. Relevant for modern games in resolutions WQHD and Ultra HD with high/maximum graphic settings.

Extreme build
Processor AMD Ryzen 1700X 7, 8 cores, 3,4 (3,8) GHz, 8+8 MB L3, AM4 27 500 RUB.
Intel Core i7-7700K, 4 core, 4,2 (4,5) GHz, 8 MB L3, LGA1151 23, 000.
Motherboard X370 AMD Examples:

  • ASUS PRIME X370-PRO;
  • MSI X370 GAMING PRO CARBON;
  • ASRock X370 Killer SLI
12 000 RUB.
Intel Z270 Express Examples:

  • Z270 MSI GAMING PRO CARBON;
  • ASUS STRIX GAMING Z270F;
  • GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming
12 000 RUB.
RAM 2 x 16 GB DDR4-2400 18 000 rubles.
Video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 11 GB GDDR5X 55 000 RUB
Drives HDD 2 TB, 7200 rpm, SATA 3.0 4 500 RUB.
SSD 480-512 GB NVMe 12 000 RUB.
CPU cooler Examples:

  • Noctua NH-D15S;
  • Corsair CWCH60;
  • CRYORIG R1 ULTIMATE.
6 000 RUB.
Case Examples:

  • Fractal Design Define R5;
  • Thermaltake Suppressor F51;
  • NZXT H440
8 000 RUB.
Power supply Examples:

  • Zalman ZM750-EBT 750 W;
  • RM750x Corsair 750 W;
  • Enermax REVOLUTION DUO 700 W;
  • Thermaltake Neva 750W
7 000.
Total AMD — 150 000 RUB.
Intel — 145 500 RUB.

Last time extreme build I call “a planned upgrade to the advanced system.” But with the release of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is changing: the new single chip flagship NVIDIA faster GeForce GTX 1080 25-30% depending on the application, this adapter is really suitable for gaming in 4K. For example, in Battlefield 1 it gives a stable 60 FPS average. The recommended price of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is 52 000, but until the retail model is dominated by the Founders Edition of the order of 55 000 rubles. Later in the sale will be and a large number of monitored by PWM modifications.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

If not to take into account TITAN X (Pascal), which after the release of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ceased to be relevant, then new competitors odnochipovogo monster may only be SLI-ligament of a pair of GeForce GTX GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080. But it is important to understand that the performance of the arrays depends on several parameters, first of all — from optimizing games and drivers. Watch what happens: last month saw Mass Effect, Andromeda, Dead Rising 4, Styx: Shards of Darkness and Ghost Recon Wildlands. Only one of four games at the time of release to fully support the work of the SLI technology. Of course, the profile for the joint operation of multiple GPUs may be a new release Game Ready driver, but want to play right now with high FPS — the gift that Lee gave so much money for graphics accelerators? If the system one, but a faster video card somehow… comfortable. If you ask me, what to choose — one GeForce GTX 1080 Ti or two GeForce GTX 1080, then I am for the first option.

In the rest of the extreme build over the past month has not changed. A small note: in the list of models just mentioned model Noctua and Cryorig — these firms offer adapters for installation of a radiator on the CPU socket AM4. To get them, please fill in the form on the official website of proizvoditelei to provide data about the purchase.

And is “pumped” whether Ryzen 7 1700X, even overclocking to 4,0-4,1 GHz, graphics card of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti? In Full HD processorswith will be observed almost in all games. This fact does not hurt to play with a comfortable level of FPS. And yet in our review using the GeForce GTX 1080 stand with Quad-core Core i7-7700K was always ahead of the stand with Ryzen 7 1800X. So for this operation mode the LGA1151 platform looks better. But in WQHD and Ultra HD is the difference between a CPU will not be noticeable. In these resolutions the performance in games are fully “rested” in the graphics card. So for games in WQHD or 4K platform AM4 is fine.

Reference information

Below is a list of useful articles that will help you in the choice of those or other components, as well as building your own PC:

  • Best SSD 120-128 GB: comparative test of 22 models.
  • The best SSD in the 240-256 GB: comparative test 40 models.
  • The best SSD on polterabayta: a comparative test 31 model.
  • Five best gaming graphics cards less then 10 000.
  • Scalping Kaby Lake: in pursuit of 5 GHz.
  • Acceleration powerbrokers Skylake: Core i5-and i3 6400-6100 vs i5-6600K.
  • Guide to choosing a monitor in 2017: all segments at a time.

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