Topic “Optimal gaming PC” is a logical addition to the series of articles “Computer of the month”. Last year we studied the capabilities of systems costing 30-35 thousand rubles, which is part of the starter Assembly, and also compared the performance of computers for 60-65 thousand. Since then, much has changed. AMD introduced processors Ryzen second-generation, Intel has finally released the younger chipsets for the LGA1151 platform-v2. In this issue, we compare the AMD and Intel system costing up to 100 000 rubles — in the classification of “Computer of the month” refers to as “Optimal build”. These PCs allow the user to comfortably play all modern games in Full HD and even WQHD. The article also will consider a performance related system configurations that cost a bit less and conversely, a little more.

Optimal gaming PC for 100 thousand rubles

The rationale for the selection of components

Given the designated budget, we can afford to buy a PC with six-core processor, a set high-frequency memory 16 GB graphics card with 8 GB memory, and SSD in the 240-256 GB. Assembly based on the platforms AMD AM4 and Intel LGA1151-v2 as follows.

Optimal gaming PC to 100 thousand rubles (fall 2018)
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 2600X, 6 cores and 12 threads, 3,6 (4,2) GHz, 8+8 MB L3, AM4, OEM 15 500 RUB.
Intel Core i5-8600, 6 cores, 3,2 (4,3) GHz, 9 MB L3, LGA1151-v2, OEM 16 500 RUB.
Motherboard AMD B350 9 000 RUB.
Intel Z370 Express 9 000 RUB.
RAM 16 GB DDR4-3200 15 000 RUB.
Video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 8 GB GDDR5 34, 000.
Drives HDD, 1 TB, 7200 rpm, SATA 6 GB/s 3 000 RUB.
SSD, 240-250 GB, SATA 6 GB/s 6 000 RUB.
CPU cooler Tower 1 500 RUB.
Case Midi-Tower 4 000 RUB.
Power supply 600 W 5 000 RUB.
Total AMD — 93, 000.
Intel 94 000.

The table lists current at the time of writing, the price taken in a computer store “regard” and rounded up to the nearest multiple of 500 rubles. Of course, during the “life cycle” of the material (fall 2018) the cost of certain goods may increase or decrease. Therefore, the table system is chosen with some margin on price. Unfortunately, already at the stage layout of the article, the ruble began its regular fall against the U.S. currency. The cost of software in the calculations was not considered, only the estimated components.

The systems use almost the best in their series 6-core model CPUs. In the Assembly used AMD chip Ryzen 5 2600X — with a detailed analysis of this processor you can discover in this article. In the computer installed Intel model Core i5-8600 — cooler in series Core i5 (Coffee Lake) may be the only version with an unlocked multiplier, namely the Core i5-8600K. Before the release of processors Ryzen second generation optimal build AMD model was used Ryzen 5 1600X, and before the advent of the family of chips Coffee Lake in the system Intel used a 4-core (but 8 threaded) Core i7-7700. As you can see, in terms of performance, CPU configuration Intel seriously progressed over the last year.

Regular readers know that the “Computer of the month” we orientirueshsya most users — and most most don’t want to mess with overclocking. Therefore, the optimal Assembly is to be one of the fastest CPU in their series. At the same time all the chips Ryzen equipped with an unlocked multiplier, so if you want the performance these chips can increase. Model Ryzen 5 2600X it makes sense to buy those who are not going to overclock anything. So, when 12-threaded load the CPU operates at a frequency of 3.95 GHz technology Precision Boost 2 and XFR2 are doing their job. Yourself we managed to overclock Ryzen 5 2600X just to 4.15 GHz. Some successful instances accelerated to 4.2 GHz. As can be seen, the transition to 12-nanometer process technology slightly increased overclocking frequency potential of the “red” chips. At the same time, it became clear that the generation of the Pinnacle Ridge was more power hungry and hotter. Our tests show that the overclocked to 4.15 GHz Ryzen 5 2600X inferior in some games himself, working in the default mode. Why it happens is obvious enough: the technology Precision Boost 2, XFR2 is so intelligent that when the games load, which almost never can use all the cores of a multicore processor, they are very aggressive increase the frequency and output of the older Pinnacle Ridge is a step above the limit which is achievable by simultaneous manual overclocking all cores at once. It turns out that when you purchase Ryzen 5 2600X the owner of this chip is getting the maximum performance, that is, out of the box.

Those who are planning to overclock the AMD CPU, you can safely purchase the cheapest six-core Ryzen. Under certain conditions Ryzen 5 1600 (11 500 rubles) will reach a stable frequency 3.9 GHz — the performance of this chip will almost match the performance of the model Ryzen 5 2600X. I have already noted that the rule “if I overclock the CPU, it’ll take a younger chip in series with the desired number of cores” is true for all models: 3 Ryzen, Ryzen Ryzen 5 and 7.

Cooling Ryzen 5 2600X in games with Contact Thermaltake Silent 12 (indoor temperature 27 degrees Celsius)

At the same time to work Ryzen 5 2600X (and other chips Ryzen second generation) it is important to have in its Arsenal effective cooler. Unfortunately, optimal Assembly is not enough without the cooling tower. Chase ultra-efficient and the most expensive models, in my opinion, it is not necessary (but possible). For example, for a gaming PC would be enough for the caliber cooler Thermaltake Contact Silent 12 (1 500 roubles). The efficiency of this (the screenshot above) is sufficient to Ryzen 5 2600X in games was working at maximum frequency, changing in the range 4-4,2 GHz.

To conclude the topic of CPU cooling, I note that the Intel Core i5-8600 quality cooler can’t hurt, as six-core Coffee Lake is very difficult to cold call. This statement applies even to the youngest model, Core i5-8400.

Another option to save on CPU in the AMD build is to buy a 4-core processor Ryzen 5 1500X (11 000 rubles), but such a move makes no sense in light of virtually no difference in price between this model and the previously mentioned 6-core Ryzen 5 1600. The option of Ryzen 5 1400 (10 000) to be considered under the optimal build I strongly recommend it. He has a clock frequency of 300 MHz lower than Ryzen 5 1500X, and besides cut half the cache of the third level — he is only 8 MB. This article demonstrates that a bunch of “Ryzen 5 1400 + GeForce GTX 1070” looks, to put it mildly, not very.

If we are talking about purchasing a more efficient chip than Ryzen 5 2600X, then we have to only look in the direction of the 8-core model. At the time of writing, the difference between the cheapest model (7 Ryzen 1700, 16 500 rubles) and the most expensive (Ryzen 7 2700X, 23 500 rubles) was a decent 7 000, so the best way would be to buy the youngest of the CPU with its subsequent acceleration. The same Ryzen 7 1700 without any problems overclocking to 3.9 GHz. Without overclocking this chip in games inferior Ryzen 5 2600X — links to the tests I have already cited above.

With regard to Intel LGA1151-v2, instead of the Core i5-8600 we can purchase Junior 6-core model. If I load all six cores and you use MCE frequency of the Core i5-8600 guaranteed increases to 4.1 GHz, the model Core i5-8400 (13 500 rubles) and Core i5-8500 (14 500 rubles) are slower — the frequency of these CPUs, if you load all six cores is 3.8 and 3.9 GHz respectively.

The option to purchase a 4-core model Core i3-8350K (14 000) not at all interesting, as even the presence of the unlocked multiplier the CPU does not allow to consider the chip seriously — compared to the Core i5-8400 you get a slower solution in multi-threaded programs and games.

But to increase the performance of the computational part can only be in two ways. First, instead of the Core i5-8600 possible to take the version with unlocked multiplier Core i5-8600K (18 000). Note that these chips when you load all six cores working at a frequency of 4.1 GHz. So K-processor there is a sense to take only under acceleration — in the Assembly just by using a chipset Z370 Express.

Second, instead of the Core i5-8600 you can take a Core i7-8700 (22 500 rubles) — this model works at a higher frequency (4.3 GHz vs 4.1 GHz), it has 3 MB more cache in the third level (12 MB vs 9) and supports Hyper-Threading technology.

Yes, in the configuration of the Intel we could get a cheaper motherboard based on the chipsets B360 and H370 Express as Core i5-8600 proposed in the optimal Assembly does not have the unlocked multiplier. However, the system uses a set of high frequency RAM — we choose to the younger chipsets, we would have to take RAM standard DDR4-2666. Details this theme is developed in the article is “Details about Intel H370, B360 and H310: what will have to tolerate those who will save on the motherboard?”. Let me just say that buying a less expensive motherboard and memory will allow us to save about 2-3 thousand rubles, if not to take absolutely cheap motherboard.

And quite cheap to buy is simply impossible! In June, our website has published a comparative review of five of the most affordable motherboards for processors generation Coffee Lake and testing demonstrated that the compute-intensive tasks such motherboards are not. Despite official support for even 6-core chip Core i7-8700K, the ceiling for H310-plat I still believe 6-core Core i5-8400. For example, power Converter ASRock H310M-HDV with this CPU under serious load heated to 130 degrees Celsius.

In the system I recommend to use AMD based motherboards chipsets B350/B450. They support and overclocking the CPU and high frequency RAM. To use the same card on the basis X370/X470-logic makes sense mainly in the case of arrays of AMD CrossFire or NVIDIA SLI according to the scheme x8+x8 PCI Express 3.0. Let me remind you that the Board AM4 platform based on the younger of the chipset supports only CrossFire, and only in mode x8+x4.

Fees the average cost for Z370-chipset usually support CrossFire, and SLI according to the scheme x8+x8 PCI Express 3.0. The bandwidth is enough, for example, to assemble a powerful gaming system with a pair of GeForce GTX 1080 Ti “team”.

Traditionally, optimal build “the Computer of the month” uses a dual-channel memory kit DDR4-3200 16GB. Practice shows that so many “brain” is still enough for all modern games. Besides, as I said, the RAM modules running on the effective frequency 3000+ MHz, significantly increase the performance of the system — including in games. AMD AM4 recommend using memory chips from Samsung, because they are likely to run on such systems. For example, a kit of Corsair Vengeance LPX CMK16GX4M2D3200C16 (15 000), without any problems of earned at the stated frequency and timings together with Ryzen 5 2600X and the GIGABYTE AORUS B450 PRO. The proof is presented in the screenshot below.

However, in memory in the optimal Assembly can be saved. For example, instead of the Corsair kit actually purchase the Samsung modules with markings of the type Mxxxxxxxxxxxx-CRC operating on the effective frequency of 2133 and 2400 MHz (12 000 rubles). They quietly dispersed to 2933 and even up to 3066 MHz with a slight increase in delays and timings.

Of course, nobody hinders instead of 16 GB kit of memory to take the set at 32 GB — and at the same time to forget about the upgrade RAM forever. However, such a move will significantly inflate the budget allocated for the purchase of the system unit.

As for persistent storage devices, the system proposes the unbreakable Union of SSD+HDD. The organization of the disk subsystem in the PC topic are highly individual, and therefore constantly causes a lot of controversy. Besides the cost of the storage devices varies significantly. And still the best option, I believe the use of SSD with SATA interface volume 240-256 GB and hard disk to 1 TB. Classics, so to speak.

Captain Evidence suggests that the main element in any gaming PC is the video card. For a long time in the optimal PC build of the month used GeForce GTX 1070 — this graphics card is great for all modern games in Full HD resolution. At its maximum quality settings, of course. Option much cheaper and much slower — is to buy a GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB (from 21 000 to 27 500 rubles) or Radeon RX 580 8 GB (from 23 000 to 29 000). Options more expensive and more productive is the purchase of a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (from 33 500 47 500 rubles) or GeForce GTX 1080 (from 39 000 to 49 000).

Unfortunately, the main competitor of GeForce GTX 1070 — Radeon RX Vega 56 — worth considerably more. The reference model can be taken for 42 500 rubles, the price of custom versions of “VEGA” changes range from 43 500 to 52 500 rubles.

As you know, September 30, in sale model GeForce GTX 1170 (actually it will be called GeForce RTX 2070), which, logically, will be faster GeForce GTX 1070. In the latest issue of “Computer of the month” I have already said that the new NVIDIA is available in the most optimistic scenario will be in October, and buy a video card at the manufacturer’s recommended price will, I believe, in November-December. In addition, there is the assumption that a new graphics card and so and so will cost much more than their predecessors. Given another steep dive of the national currency may GeForce RTX 2070 a very long time “prescribe” optimal build “the Computer of the month”. So with high probability, the relevance of the GeForce GTX 1070 will last through the autumn. However, it remains to be seen, and the level of performance of GeForce GTX 2060.

The Assembly uses a power supply of 600 watts. It is clear that such systems do not need such number of watts. For example, an Assembly with a Core i7-8600 and GeForce GTX 1070 in games consumes a maximum of 250 watts. However, the choice of these models has several arguments. First, the difference in price between the units 400, 500 and 600 watts is insignificant. Second, any power supply operates with maximum efficiency when loading in the range of 40-60 %. In this mode, the BP components are less heated and the fan operates at reduced speed. Third, models with a capacity of 600-700 watts elementary more cables with the necessary connectors.

Take the power supply capacity of 1 kW and more in home systems with a single processor and a pair of graphics cards really pointless.

For greater clarity, some saving options and surcharges indicated in the tables below. Can safely rely on them. It is clear that “saving” you until you’re blue, because in the structure of the system unit consists of nine main components.

Major components Savings Ryzen 5 1600 Ryzen 5 1600 Ryzen 5 1600 Suggested options AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
16 GB DDR4-2400 (Samsung) 16 GB DDR4-2400 (Samsung) 16 GB DDR4-3200 16 GB DDR4-3200
GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB
B450 B450 B450 B450
SSD 240/256 GB + HDD 1 TB SSD 240/256 GB + HDD 1 TB SSD 240/256 GB + HDD 1 TB SSD 240/256 GB + HDD 1 TB
Price 76, 000 (-18%) 86 000 RUB (-8%) 89, 000 (-4%) 93, 000.
Major components Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i5-8600
16 GB DDR4-2666 16 GB DDR4-2666 16 GB DDR4-3200 16 GB DDR4-3200
GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB
Z370 Express B360 Express Z370 Express Z370 Express
SSD 240/256 GB + HDD 1 TB SSD 240/256 GB + HDD 1 TB SSD 240/256 GB + HDD 1 TB SSD 240/256 GB + HDD 1 TB
Price 78, 000 (-17%) 88 000 rubles (-6%) 91 000 (-3%) 94, 000.
Major components Suggested options AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Supplement Ryzen 7 1700 Ryzen 7 1700 Ryzen 7 2700X
16 GB DDR4-3200 16 GB DDR4-3200 16 GB DDR4-3200 16 GB DDR4-3200
GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GeForce GTX 1080 8GB
B450 B450 B450 B450
SSD 240/256 GB + HDD 1 TB SSD 240/256 GB + HDD 1 TB SSD 240/256 GB + HDD 1 TB SSD 240/256 GB + HDD 1 TB
Price 93, 000. 94 000 rubles (+1%) 100 500 rubles (+8%) 107 500 RUB (+16%)
Major components Intel Core i5-8600 Intel Core i5-8600K Intel Core i5-8600K Intel Core i7-8700
16 GB DDR4-3200 16 GB DDR4-3200 16 GB DDR4-3200 16 GB DDR4-3200
GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GeForce GTX 1080 8GB
Z370 Express Z370 Express Z370 Express Z370 Express
SSD 240/256 GB + HDD 1 TB SSD 240/256 GB + HDD 1 TB SSD 240/256 GB + HDD 1 TB SSD 240/256 GB + HDD 1 TB
Price 94, 000. 95 500 rubles (+2%) 102 000 rubles (+9%) 106 500 rubles (+13%)

Story one PC

Table with the list of components is, of course, well, but newcomers are not always able to imagine actually will look like their gaming PC. Therefore, for the section “Optimal gaming PC” as before, I collect real system, and then test them. The Assembly will be used by components companies like Corsair, Fractal Design, GIGABYTE and Thermaltake. Full list of iron listed in the table.

Optimal gaming PC to 100 thousand rubles (fall 2018)
  AMD Intel
The CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2600X Intel Core i5-8600
Cooling Contact Thermaltake Silent 12
RAM Corsair Vengeance LPX CMK16GX4M2D3200C16
Video card GIGABYTE GeForce G1 Gaming GTX 1070 8G (GV-N1070G1 GAMING-8GD V2)
Drives Western Digital WD10EZEX, 1TB + Samsung 860 EVO MZ-76E250, 250 GB
Power supply Thermaltake Smart RGB, 600 W
Case Fractal Design Focus G
Monitor NEC EA244UHD
Operating system Windows 10 Pro x64

Listed in the table components are fully compatible with each other. The Assembly process of the system blocks took place without any delay and complications. Those who never independently collected PC, I recommend to familiarize with detailed step by step Assembly instructions a system unit.


Optimal gaming PC for 100 thousand rubles

In my opinion, using these components turned out a very nice system. About RAM, processors and hard drives used in optimal PC, I have already told in detail in the previous paragraph. Let’s take a closer look at a different iron. So, in the basis of the Assembly lies AMD motherboard GIGABYTE AORUS B450 PRO form factor ATX.



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For system $ 100 000 I want to get the most functional cost. So, the GIGABYTE AORUS PRO B450 is equipped with a high-quality Gigabit network controller Intel I219-V and sound chip Realtek ALC1220-VB. The audio codec has a ratio of “signal to noise” of 120 dB and an intelligent amplifier that automatically determines the impedance of the connected headphones. The manufacturer notes that the new controller VB-series can accurately translate your speech into a Network by means of a microphone connected to the 3.5 mm Jack on the front or the rear. In addition, the tract is equipped with special capacitors WIMA FKP2.

The I/O panel are soldered two port USB 3.1 Gen2 — A – and C-types. Most interesting is that the GIGABYTE AORUS B450 PRO is not in the set of plugs on the back wall of the housing — this element is already embedded in the I/o Board. And this is very cool — I sincerely hope that other manufacturers will also begin to do so.

GIGABYTE AORUS B450 PRO has two M. 2 ports, equipped with aluminum radiators. Top connector allows you to install SSD formats 2242/2260/2280/22110, supports SATA 6 Gbps and PCI Express 3.0 x4. The lower M. 2 slot supports installing the SSD 2242/2260/2280 formats, it summed up the two lines PCI Express 3.0. There are also six SATA connectors 6 GB/s.

The power subsystem GIGABYTE AORUS B450 PRO consists of 7 phases, MOSFETs Lower RDS(on) VRM circuit are cooled with two rather large aluminum heatsinks. Consequently, the Board will not have problems when working not only with Ryzen 5 2600X, but with Ryzen 7 2700X, including serious overclocking (if it makes sense, of course).

Novelty is equipped with five 4-pin connectors, supported and even a fan power up to 24 watts. Using the technology Smart Fan 5 can be controlled by impeller with shim and without it (the fans that come with 3-pin connectors). In addition, the motherboard has five thermal sensors that monitor the heat of the chipset, a power Converter, the upper M. 2 slot and the area near the audio chip.



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Model GIGABYTE SLI Z370XP used in the Assembly of Intel, in my opinion, a little inferior to the previously reviewed card. For example, this device is also equipped with high-quality network and sound processors. To Gigabit Intel I219-V and so everything is clear, but the audio GIGABYTE Z370XP SLI, built on a chip Realtek ALC1220 is also equipped with a clever headphone amplifier with the ratio of “signal to noise” of 120 dB. Of course, in the tract are special audio capacitors.

GIGABYTE SLI Z370XP also two M. 2 ports — both work in the regime PCI Express 3.0 x4. The upper supports installing SSDS up to 110 mm, the lower up to 80 mm.

Ports USB 3.1 Gen2 I/O panel here, too, two. The execution of the same is connectors the A – and C-types. As you can see, in the article the Assembly have similar functionality.

The power subsystem of the motherboard consists of seven phases, which is enough for the work processors, Coffee Lake — including models with an unlocked multiplier. For the power elements of VRM zones correspond to two aluminum radiator.

As I said, motherboard midrange on the Z370 chipset Express support not only AMD CrossFire, but also NVIDIA SLI. Both PCI Express x16 3.0 SLI GIGABYTE Z370XP further strengthened by reinforcement. And yet, these connectors have a double locking and additional soldering points. In total, according to the manufacturer, these design solutions strengthen PEG connectors 1.7 times when the load on the fracture, and 3.2 times when the load on the pulling.

Finally, on-Board soldered five connectors to connect the case fans all 4-pin. All connectors allow you to adjust the speed of the impeller as pulse width modulation, and without it. There are on the Board and two connectors for the pump DLC. Bottom port SYS_FAN3_PUMP useful when using a custom water cooling system, when circuit pump and water block are separated from each other.

Z370XP SLI GIGABYTE also has five temperature sensors. You can monitor the heat of the Converter power supply and chipset, as well as areas near the top PCI Express x16 slot and audio.

GIGABYTE GeForce G1 Gaming GTX 1070 8G (GV-N1070G1 GAMING-8GD V2)

Moving on — to the graphics card. GIGABYTE GeForce G1 Gaming GTX 1070 8G is equipped with a pretty efficient cooling system WINDFORCE 3X: cooler device is composed of three 77-mm fans and three-section radiator with two teletrapami — used so-called technology of direct contact. The memory chips and power elements also interact with the heatsink via thermal pads. The manufacturer claims that the blades with a distinctive ridges increases air flow by 23 %. The length of the graphics adapter is exactly 280 mm. the Second interesting point — the card is turned low, that is, with the ergonomics, like GeForce GTX 1070 G1 Gaming is all right.

The orange stripes on the plastic housing do not light, but the inscription GIGABYTE Fan and Stop — very. Visual effects and color are configured in the application AORUS GRAPHICS ENGINE. For example, lights can pulsate to the beat of the music, as well as to fade or change depending on the GPU temperature. As you might guess, the inscription Stop Fan lights up when the fans stop. In 2D 1070 GeForce GTX G1 Gaming runs completely silently.

The reverse side of the accelerator include metal backplates. Plate is solid — it covers the entire area of the PCB. The picture above clearly shows that the cooler is fastened to the PCB in two places: in chip area and in the area of the power subsystem.

Set of video outputs, this variation GeForce GTX 1070 standard: one DVI, three DisplayPort and one HDMI. On the grid provided even a small hole for output of heated air outside the case.

The power subsystem GIGABYTE GeForce GTX G1 Gaming 8G 1070 made under the scheme 6+2. The graphics processor may operate in two modes: the default Gaming Mode in which the GPU frequency corresponds to 1594 (1784) MHz and in OC Mode, activated in the application AORUS GRAPHICS ENGINE, the GPU increases the value 1620 (1822) MHz. As you can see this is overclocked to 88 and 114 MHz respectively.


Contact Thermaltake Silent 12

For cooling Central processing units in assemblies meets cooler Thermaltake Silent Contact 12. The model supports the two most common platforms — AMD AM4 and LGA1151-v2. It’s a tower cooler with one 120 mm fan speed which varies in the range of 500-1500 rpm. in addition, the LNC comes with the adapter to reduce the fan speed to values of 400-1100 RPM.

For heat dissipation from the CPU meets the heatsink with a height of 153 mm. it is composed of four copper heatpipes and 43 aluminum fins. Uses the technology of direct contact with the soles of the cooler with the CPU. As you can see, the Thermaltake Silent Contact 12 has a fairly modest size, but the device, according to the manufacturer, can remove up to 150 W of thermal energy. Earlier I wrote that the “tower” Thermaltake provides efficient operation and Ryzen 5 2600X and Core i5-8600 — which is what we needed.


Thermaltake Smart RGB 600 W

Power supply Thermaltake Smart RGB 600 W, used in the Assembly also meets all the requirements. On the one hand, the model has neostigmine cables, but the above photos shows that they did not interfere. Wire length is decent, the problems with strip in Midi-Tower case I have not experienced. The Thermaltake device is capable of without any adapters to power the card with two 8-pinoyme connectors.

Model series Smart RGB as the name suggests, is backlit, which is controlled by a button located on the outside. User available 10 colors. The manufacturer claims that the model is equipped with a quiet 120 mm fan, and Yes, under load the PSU runs very quiet.

According to the specifications, the PSU supports the standard 80 PLUS, that is, its efficiency at any load does not fall below 80 %. At the same 12V line PSU capable of delivering up to 504 watts of electricity. It is on this indicator it is necessary to look at the layout of the system unit. For the stable operation of systems that are discussed in the article, and the more watts is enough. As shown, the Thermaltake Smart RGB 600 watts coped with overclocking Core i5-8600K, and install in the system a more powerful graphics card — GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

Fractal Design Focus G

Fractal Design Focus G

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Finally, all the components were assembled into the case Fractal Design Focus G. This Swedish company has long earned a name in our market. Focus G, so to speak, refers to the initial class — especially if you compare it with, say, Fractal Design Define Blackout R6 Black TG. However, this case allows to collect a very productive system that supports the motherboard form factor ATX, graphics cards up to 380 mm and CPU coolers height up to 165 mm.

You could not notice that to us in the lab came the red version of the Focus G, but on sale you will find black, white, blue and gray variations of this case. In all cases one of the walls equipped with a plastic window — to build a system I recommend as carefully as possible, so that was nice.

Front and top panel and the bottom of the case is equipped with dust filters. Focus G installation supports power supply up to a length of 230 mm. Also bottom fixed basket with two seats — without a screwdriver you can mount two 3.5-inch drive. Or you have to work with his hands, to place skids 2.5-inch SSD. Another SSD can be mounted in the center of the motherboard tray.

Default Focus G is equipped with two 120 mm fans Silent LL, equipped with white LEDs. They are mounted on the front panel. In my opinion, one of them is better to move to the rear panel and force it to blow out hot air. Instead of a basket for storage you can install another 120mm fan. Top space for two 120 – or 140-mm “Carlson”. This also can be mounted 240 mm radiator liquid cooling system. Another 240/280-mm two-piece radiator can be installed on the front panel of the chassis Focus G.


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