A detailed study of the Radeon RX 580 showed that AMD has managed to improve the frequency characteristics of the graphic processor 20 Polaris compared to a Polaris 10, which was used in the Radeon RX 480. New ahead of its predecessor by 5-10% and has a higher overclocking potential. Let the “red” in April and has not presented anything fundamentally new in the line of Radeon RX 500 (time “VEGA” has not yet come), but the competition in the middle price segment has increased. With a few reservations, but Radeon RX Radeon RX 570 and 580 are already used in assemblies “Computer of the month”.

Computer of the month — may 2017

Recall that in the heading represent the average prices at “Yandex.Market” (the region of Moscow). Depending on the location and of the selected 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.

Starter Assembly

Budget — ~30-35 thousand rubles. System relevant for modern games in Full HD resolution with high/max graphic settings.

Starter Assembly
Processor AMD FX-8320E, 8 core, 3,2 (4,0) GHz, 8 MB L3, AM3+ 6 200 RUB.
G4560 Intel Pentium, 2 core, 3.5 GHz, 3 MB L3, LGA1151 3 500 RUB.
Motherboard AMD 970 Examples:
• ASUS M5A97 PLUS;
• MSI 970A-G43;
• ASRock 970M Pro3;
• GIGABYTE GA-970A-DS3P
4 000 RUB.
H110 Intel Express Examples:
• GIGABYTE GA-H110M-M. 2;
• MSI H110M PRO-D;
• H110M ASRock-DGS R3.0;
• ASUS H110M-K
3 000 RUB.
RAM AMD 2 × 4 GB DDR3-1866 4 000 RUB.
Intel 1 × 8 GB DDR4-2400 4 000 RUB.
Video card AMD Radeon RX 470, 4 GB GDDR5,
or
AMD Radeon RX 570, 4 GB GDDR5,
or
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, 3GB GDDR5
14 000 RUB.
Drives HDD, 1 TB, 7200 rpm, SATA 6 GB/s Examples:
• Western Digital WD10EZEX;
• Toshiba HDWD110UZSVA;
• Seagate ST1000DM010
3 000 RUB.
CPU cooler Examples:
• DeepCool THETA 20 PWM;
• Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 GT
500 RUB.
Case Examples:
• ACCORD P-25B;
• Exegate AB-221 Black;
• Gigabyte GZ-P5 Plus Black
1 200 RUB.
Power supply Examples:
• Chieftec TPS-500S 500W;
• FSP Group ATX-500PNR 500 W;
• Zalman ZM500-LE II 500 W
2 500 RUB.
Total AMD — 35 400 RUB.
Intel — 31 700 RUB.

Starting the build on platforms with AMD and Intel is configurations that constantly have to put up with the compromises. The lack of budget affects many settings, constantly having to “out”. So at all desire we cannot at this time afford the system unit on the basis of platform AMD AM4, and CPU Ryzen in particular. Just because a series dual-core chips Ryzen 3 is not yet available. Like last time, rely on the FX-8320E is the cheapest dosimetric AMD, however, feature an unlocked multiplier. Yes, this CPU in multi-threaded apps will be faster than a Pentium G4560, but when you select configuration please note that we are dealing with a frankly outdated platform AM3+ is no future for her.

In may, indicated the budget will allow along with the FX-8320E to buy motherboard chipset AMD 970. Therefore, the processor can be further dispersed. Statistics show that the youngest in the line of 8-core FX with proper cooling quietly accelerates to 4.5-4.7 GHz. Note that for stable operation in overclocked condition will require not only a more efficient cooler, but also an additional air cooling of the Converter power the motherboard — not all models listed in the table are equipped with radiators to cool the FETs.

AMD FX-8320E

The LGA1151 platform is more promising, as is Pentium G4560 over time, you can set any other CPU families Skylake or Kaby Lake. However, in the starting Assembly is to be the most simple Board based on the chipset H110 Express. Once again I pay your attention: before you purchase in advance to make sure the motherboard is flashed to the latest BIOS. Otherwise, the Pentium G4560 just not defined. There are already a new budget motherboard designed for chips Kaby Lake. Models such as ASRock H110M-DGS R3.0 and Gigabyte GA-H110M-M. 2, already out of the box work perfectly with any processor platform LGA1151.

As cheap motherboards chipset H110 wired only two DIMM slots, while taking the same level of RAM DDR4-2400 with capacity of 8 GB. And for Intel and AMD to purchase additional 8 GB, in my opinion, should come first in the list called “gradual upgrade of the system.” Just a lot of modern games on high or close to maximum graphics quality settings require more RAM than was originally installed in the starter Assembly. The second point to improve is, of course, purchasing an SSD, which will significantly speed up the loading of the operating system and programs.

Dual-core Pentium G4560 also seems to me an intermediate option. In some games the CPU is always loaded on 100%, that at best will lead to the fact that the GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB or Radeon RX 570 will not work at peak capacity. Well, at worst, to serious drawdowns FPS and, consequently, lags, and Microdevices. A good example, perhaps, will make Watch Dogs 2 is one of the most processorsamsung games today.

Please note that before the immediate availability of Radeon RX Radeon RX 570 and 580 a computer stores quickly tried to sell off the remainder of the cards of the past generation. As a result, we observed at the beginning of may the situation when the Radeon RX Radeon RX 470 and 480 in the sale there are very few, and realized they are overpriced. The cost of Radeon RX Radeon RX 570 and 580 also adequate do not call, so I suggest to wait when the hype around new products AMD will subside or it is possible to buy the vending version of the GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB.

On our website in April released a detailed material dedicated to the purchase of an old 8-core Xeon E5-2670. However, the chip architecture Sandy Bridge, demonstrated a very good performance, including in games. So, the server CPU in most tasks was much more productive Core i3-6100 at a comparable price. The purchase of this iron is always a lottery, so please weigh the pros and cons, if you suddenly decide on such a step.

The base Assembly

Budget — ~50-55 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 10 500 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;
• MSI GAMING PRO B350M
6 000 RUB.
H110 Intel Express Examples:
• GIGABYTE GA-H110M-M. 2;
• MSI H110M PRO-D;
• H110M ASRock-DGS R3.0;
• ASUS H110M-K
3 000 RUB.
RAM AMD 2 x 8 GB DDR4-2666 8 500 RUB.
Intel 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,
or
AMD Radeon RX 580, 8 GB GDDR5
17, 000.
Drives HDD, 1 TB, 7200 rpm, SATA 6 GB/s Examples:
• Western Digital WD10EZEX;
• Toshiba HDWD110UZSVA;
• Seagate ST1000DM010
3 000 RUB.
SSD 120-128 GB, SATA 6 GB/s Examples:
• Kingston UV400 SUV400S37/120G;
• Transcend 230S TS128GSSD230S
4 000 RUB.
CPU cooler Examples:
• DeepCool THETA 20 PWM;
• Arctic Cooling Alpine 64 GT
500 RUB.
Case Examples:
• Zalman Z3 Plus Black;
• AeroCool LS-5200;
• Thermaltake Versa N26
3 000 RUB.
Power supply Examples:
• Thermaltake TR2 S 600 W;
• Gigabyte PB500 500 W;
• Enermax MAXPRO 500 W;
• Cooler Master B600 ver.2 600 watts
3 500 RUB.
Total AMD — 56 000 RUB
Intel — 54 500.

As expected, the price Ryzen processors and motherboards may have stabilized. And yet, at the time of this writing, the sale was low budget solutions based on the very simple AMD A320. So in may I once again did not meet the stipulated budget. On the other hand, B350-boards have one important advantage — they support high frequency RAM and CPU overclocking. In the end, the performance Ryzen 5 1400 we can slightly increase the chip with the use of better cooling than indicated in the table, sprint to the stable of 3.9-4.0 GHz. As you can see, all new AMD processors have similar overclocking potential.

Not less important for the AM4 platform to define and RAM. Ryzen processors officially support DDR4-2133/2400/2667. At the same time on each channel can have up to two RAM modules. The use of DDR4-2666 is only possible if you install identical modules, one in each channel. Motherboard manufacturer and B350 X370 supports faster memory with a maximum effective frequency of 3200 MHz. The use of this kit compared to the kit DDR4-2133 increases processor performance Ryzen 15%. The fact that the frequency of the integrated North bridge Data Fabric is tied to frequency of RAM. Part of the North bridge, in addition to the memory controllers and PCI Express, are included on-chip bus Fabric Infinity, which is responsible for the internuclear interaction blocks Quad-core CPU Complex. It turns out that application of fast RAM significantly increases the performance of processors Ryzen. Timings play a secondary role, the main — frequency.

But while the AM4 platform can’t boast of a good compatible set of RAM DDR4-3000/3200. A study from our laboratory showed that out of the 14 sets of RAM on the effective frequency 3000 MHz and 3200 got only five sets. AMD’s official position is this: on the guaranteed high frequency of RAM along with Ryzen work stable sets consisting of two 8 GB modules, built on an 8-Gigabit chips Samsung second generation (B-die). Most reliable when assembling the system unit on the AM4 platform to choose a kit from the hardware compatibility list posted on the official website of the manufacturer of the motherboard. Among the low-cost dual-channel kits DDR4-3200 16 GB, which with high probability will earn chips Ryzen with the stated characteristics, we note Patriot Viper 4 PV416G320C6K GeIL EVO X GEX416GB3200C16DC and Corsair CMK16GX4M2B3200C16.

SAPPHIRE Radeon RX PULSE 580

Processor Ryzen 5 1400, as is known, obtained by disabling one of the CPU Complex, so this model has only 8 MB cache third level. Use with this processor RAM DDR4-3200 will not give much noticeable performance improvement, as in the case of other CPU Ryzen. So in the case of Ryzen 5 1400 extra to spend on high-frequency memory I don’t see the point. Of course, it is preferable in this Assembly looks shestiyadernik: Ryzen Ryzen 5 5 1600 or 1600X. However, the difference in price is too steep for our budget — 3-4 thousand rubles.

Basic Assembly on the Intel platform over the past month has not changed. Still, in order to meet the designated amount, but to buy a Core i5, 16 GB RAM, SSD and a graphics card of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB, have to save on the motherboard — are all the same boards as in starter Assembly.

Please note that now the tables show the specific model drives.

Optimal Assembly

Budget is ~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 21 000.
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;
• AB350 ASRock Fatal1ty Gaming K4
7 500 RUB.
Intel B250 Express Examples:
• ASRock Fatal1ty Gaming B250 K4;
• ASUS ROG STRIX GAMING B250F;
• MSI GAMING B250 M3
8 000 RUB.
RAM AMD 2 x 8 GB DDR4-2666 8 500 RUB.
Intel 2 x 8 GB DDR4-2400 8 000 RUB.
Video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 8 GB GDDR5 26 000 RUB
Drives HDD, 1 TB, 7200 rpm, SATA 6 GB/s Examples:
• Western Digital WD10EZEX;
• Toshiba HDWD110UZSVA;
• Seagate ST1000DM010
3 000 RUB.
SSD, 240-250 GB, SATA 6 GB/s Examples:
• Samsung 850 EVO MZ-75E250BW;
• SanDisk Ultra II SDSSDHII-240G-G25;
• Western Digital Blue WDS250G1B0A
6 500 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 N26
3 000 RUB.
Power supply Examples:
• Thermaltake TR2 S 600 W;
• Gigabyte PB500 500 W;
• Enermax MAXPRO 500 W;
• Cooler Master B600 ver.2 600 watts
3 500 RUB.
Total AMD — 80 500 RUB.
Intel — 79 500 rubles.

Good news: in may, SSD Samsung series 850 EVO will be cheaper by about 15-20%. So I boldly added the 250 GB model in the optimal and advanced Assembly. A little cheaper and 960 EVO .

In comparison with the last month the optimal configuration AMD and Intel virtually unchanged. Budget increase allows you to purchase for each platform a much better motherboard, but most importantly is the presence of the GeForce GTX 1070. Very soon have adapters NVIDIA will finally have a competitor solution, codenamed Vega on the way.

In the case of the system unit Intel still not talking about any overclocking of the CPU and memory. The alternative is the purchase Core i5-7600K and inexpensive cards on the chipset Z270 Express, but eight threads, in my opinion, better faster four cores, including games. Versions of the motherboard on the base B250 Express proposed in the table is good for the fact that these boards are equipped with quality network and audio controllers (typically the Intel and Realtek ALC1220 I219V). Plus these devices have good functionality.

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X and a set of RAM DDR4-3200

When comparing configurations with each other, we get the following result: in multithreaded applications the expected faster will be the system with the CPU Ryzen 7 1700, but in games the performance of the Intel platform will be higher as the frequency of the Core i7-7700 when loading all four cores stays at around 4 GHz. Ryzen 7 1700 is also able to operate at this frequency, but here without the factor of luck is not enough.

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 25 000 RUB.
Intel Core i7-7700K, 4 core, 4,2 (4,5) GHz, 8 MB L3, LGA1151 22 500 RUB.
Motherboard AMD B350 Examples:
• ASUS PRIME B350-PLUS;
• MSI B350 TOMAHAWK;
• GIGABYTE GA-AB350-GAMING 3;
• AB350 ASRock Fatal1ty Gaming K4
7 500 RUB.
Intel Z270 Express Examples:
• ASRock Extreme4 Z270;
• ASUS PRIME Z270-A;
• Gigabyte GA-Z270-Gaming K3;
• MSI GAMING Z270 M3
10 000 RUB.
RAM 2 x 8 GB DDR4-3200 10 000 RUB.
Video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, 8 GB GDDR5X 35 000 rubles.
Drives HDD, 1 TB, 7200 rpm, SATA 6 GB/s Examples:
• Western Digital WD10EZEX;
• Toshiba HDWD110UZSVA;
• Seagate ST1000DM010
3 000 RUB.
SSD, 240-250 GB, SATA 6 GB/s Examples:
• Samsung 850 EVO Series MZ-75E250BW;
• SanDisk Ultra II SDSSDHII-240G-G25;
• Western Digital Blue WDS250G1B0A
6 500 RUB.
CPU cooler Examples:
• Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO;
• Scythe Katana 4;
• Zalman CNPS10X Performa
2 200 RUB.
Case Examples:
• NZXT S340;
• Zalman Z11 Plus;
• Cooler Master MasterBox 5;
• Antec GX330
4 500 RUB.
Power supply Examples:
• Zalman ZM650-XG 650 watt;
• Thermaltake Russian Gold “Ural 650 W”;
• Enermax REVOLUTION DUO 600 W;
• SeaSonic SS-620GM2 620 W
6000 RUB.
Total AMD — 99 700.
Intel — 99 700.

Budget for advanced Assembly enough to afford to buy overclock the processor Core i7-7700K and the Board on the chipset Z270 Express. Now overclocking capabilities both configurations. Recently, our website has published a comparative test of the most affordable Z270-mainboard form factor ATX motherboard suitable for overclocking the K-processors Kaby Lake and Skylake. The review has revealed a number of problems have similar solutions. The main drawback is the lack of good cooling of the power Converter. As a result of steady acceleration the same Core i7-7700K is only possible with additional airflow to the VRM area. Fortunately, the budget for advanced Assembly enough to acquire a motherboard, which is all right, not only acceleration, but also with functionality.

Chipset Express Z270 ranganathananda allows not only the processor, but to use high frequency RAM. About the effectiveness of the kits DDR4-3000/3200 framework consists of AM4 I said. Fast SDRAM will improve the performance (including in games) and Intel platforms. Again, if there are 100 000 we can afford to buy a set of DDR4-3200 16GB.

Intel Core i7-7700K

For the platform again AM4 Board is being used on the B350-logic. It turns out that to use an array of SLI graphics cards in the case of advanced Assembly will not work. Besides Board based on this chipset do not have the feature of overclocking the CPU and memory frequency of the clock generator. No great loss, in my opinion.

Lower prices for adapters NVIDIA Pascal, which I mentioned last time, allows you to use advanced Assembly GeForce GTX 1080, in April, I suggested the GeForce GTX 1070. So, over the past 30 calendar days both configurations are noticeably faster in games.

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 25 000 RUB.
Intel Core i7-7700K, 4 core, 4,2 (4,5) GHz, 8 MB L3, LGA1151 22 500 RUB.
Motherboard X370 AMD Examples:
• ASUS PRIME X370-PRO;
• MSI X370 GAMING PRO CARBON;
• Gigabyte GA-AX370-Gaming K5;
• X370 Killer ASRock SLI
13 000 RUB.
Intel Z270 Express Examples:
• MSI GAMING Z270 PRO CARBON;
• ASUS STRIX GAMING Z270F;
• GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming
11 500 RUB.
RAM 2 x 16 GB DDR4-3000 18 000 rubles.
Video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 11 GB GDDR5X 50 000 rubles.
Drives HDD, 1 TB, 7200 rpm, SATA 6 GB/s Examples:
• Western Digital WD10EZEX;
• Toshiba HDWD110UZSVA;
• Seagate ST1000DM010
3 000 RUB.
SSD, 500-512 GB, PCI Express 3.0 x4 Examples:
• Samsung 960 EVO MZ-V6E500BW;
• M8Pe Gamer Plextor PX-512M8PeG
18 000 rubles.
CPU cooler Examples:
• Noctua NH-D15S;
• Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240;
• CRYORIG R1 ULTIMATE
6 000 RUB.
Case Examples:
• Fractal Design Define R5;
• Thermaltake Suppressor F51;
• NZXT H440
8 000 RUB.
Power supply Examples:
• Fractal Design Edison M 750W;
• Thermaltake Smart DPS G Gold 750 W;
• Cooler Master V750 Semi-Modular 750 W
8 500 RUB.
Total AMD — 149 500 RUB.
Intel — 145 500 RUB.

The most efficient configuration, as expected, to be the most uncompromising. Iron in the table are selected in such a way that the user without any problems at any time could improve the system, although in assemblies using almost the entire capacity of the platforms LGA1151 and AM4. And yet the owner of the extreme assemblies will easily install a second GeForce GTX 1080 Ti — motherboard, power supply and casing are selected in the table including for this purpose. Compared to the previous month configuration AMD and Intel for 150, 000 rubles has not changed.

960 Samsung EVO MZ-V6E500

The budget allows to treat myself by buying a really fast SSD. Among the drives, which are quite adequate to its characteristics the price, note the model 960 Samsung EVO and Plextor M8Pe Gamer. A more efficient model with a similar volume of 960 Samsung PRO MZ-V6P512BW is about 5 000 rubles more. Those who prefer speed, the volume for the same price you can recommend SSD to 1 TB. The SSD will speed up not only the operating system, but loading levels in games. The reality is that modern designs AAA “weigh” 40-50 GB, and therefore “to score the eyeballs” SSD 500-512 GB special work will not make.

For extreme build I have long offered the LGA1151 platform and the Core i7-7700K in particular. The designated budget allows you to purchase, for example, 6-core model Core i7-6800K and cost on the chipset X99 Express. But the Quad-core Core i7-7700K in games manifests itself better. Without scalping it will accelerate to 4.8 GHz, and if lucky, even up to 5 GHz. Let’s see what Intel will offer with the platform LGA2066 (processors Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X), which, apparently, will present this summer.

GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is not the fastest chip card is “green”. Last month NVIDIA introduced TITAN Xp accelerator, which got fully unlocked graphics chip GP102. The composition of this GPU includes 3840 CUDA cores, 240 texture units and 96 ROP. For comparison, the CPU GeForce GTX 1080 Ti similar elements, there are only 3584, 224 and 88 units, respectively. The clock frequency of the GPU of the graphics cards are the same, but TITAN Xp 1 GB more VRAM — 12 GB to 11 GB. Comparison of the technical characteristics of graphics cards is enough to understand: TITAN Xp is slightly faster GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in games. Is it worth to pay almost 40 000? In my opinion, no. The product is designed for those who just for the record wish to have in your computer only the most productive components. I vote for the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti including because the partners NVIDIA has introduced a large variety monitored by PWM versions, which are quieter and cooler TITAN Xp, existing only in a single version.

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:

  • 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.
  • Memory for AMD Ryzen: impact on performance and the right choice.
  • SSD reliability: endurance test results.

Source: 3dnews.ru

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