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Computer of the month — March 2019

A small Supplement. “Regard” is our advertising partner, and it is quite obvious that us and the store will benefit from such cooperation. Once we have certain obligations, I can’t in the “Computer of the month” in the same tables to refer to other trading platforms such as “Yandex.Market”, “Citylink”, DNS, Computeruniverse and others. It is strange that not everyone understands this point. In any case, all assemblies are displayed in the “Computer of the month” is just a reference point. Take the parts where you are more comfortable/cheaper/easier. Read the article, compare proposals and prices in the shops of the city, took the decision to purchase the device(s) is a chain I see if you really need a new PC. Those who are watching the category with only one goal — to see how things are going in our market and how evolyutsioniruet game system should be generally no difference where the data comes from for this article.

The links in the “Computer of the month” are the relevant categories of goods store. In addition, the tables indicate the actual at the time of writing, the prices, rounded up to the nearest multiple of 500 rubles. Of course, during the “life cycle” of the material (one month from the date of publication) the cost of certain goods may increase or decrease. Unfortunately, I can’t every day to fix the table in the article.

For beginners who still can not resolve themselves to “make” yourself PC, went out for a detailed walkthrough of the Assembly of the system unit. It turns out that in the “Computer of the month” I tell you how to assemble a computer, and the manual how to do it.

Starter Assembly

The “entry ticket” to the world of modern PC games. The system will allow you to play all the AAA projects in Full HD resolution at medium or high graphics quality settings. Such systems do not have significant reserve strength (over the next 2-3 years), replete with compromises, but are smaller than the other configurations.

Starter Assembly
Processor AMD Ryzen 3 2300X, 4 cores, 3.5 (of 4.0) GHz, 8 MB L3, AM4, OEM 7 000.
Gold g5400 is Intel Pentium, 2 cores and 4 threads, 3.7 GHz, 4 MB L3, LGA1151-v2, BOX 6 000 RUB.
Motherboard AMD B350 Examples:
• Gigabyte GA-AB350M-DS3H V2;
• ASRock AB350M-HDV R3.0
4 500 RUB.
Intel Express H310 Examples:
• ASRock H310M-HDV;
• MSI H310M PRO-VD;
• GIGABYTE H310M H
4 000 RUB.
RAM 8 GB DDR4-2400:
• G. Skill Aegis (F4-3000C16S-8GISB)
4 000 RUB.
Video card AMD Radeon RX 570 8 GB:
• RX 570 MSI OC 8G ARMOR
15 000 RUB.
Drive SSD, 240-256 GB SATA 6 GB/s Examples:
• Crucial BX500 (CT240BX500SSD1);
• ADATA Ultimate SU655 (ASU655SS-240GT-C)
3 000 RUB.
CPU cooler Deepcool gammaxx DeepCool 200T — for AMD 1 000 RUB.
Case Examples:
• ACCORD A-07B Black;
• AeroCool CS-1101
1 500 RUB.
Power supply Examples:
• Chieftec TPS-500S 500W;
• Cooler Master Elite 500 Watts;
• Thermaltake TR2 S (TRS-0500NPCWEU) 500 W
3 000 RUB.
Total AMD — 39 000 RUB.
Intel — 36 500 RUB.

If you remember, the shortage of Intel began in August last year. Even then I was forced to abandon the use of Core i3-8100 in starting the Assembly and started to recommend “hyperpen”. And if earlier at a comparable price system Intel looked better, in August the situation changed. Well, as long as the starting Assembly uses a Quad-core Ryzen 3 2300X, the performance gap of the proposed system became even more in favor of AMD.

On our website out a detailed review of Pentium Gold G5500, but to build used cheapest “hyperpen” — Pentium g5400 is Gold. In comparison with dvuhjadernym last generation of this chip is almost not changed. The processor still no support for AVX-instructions and Turbo Boost technology. But the main feature — Hyper-Threading — present. It is the presence of four threads makes the “Golden” CPU is less relevant in modern games. Just keep in mind that in such projects like GTA V, Watch Dogs 2, Assassin’s Creed: Origins and things like that, “nuclear failure” will make themselves know. In August last month, I wrote the following words: “Therefore, if possible, still try is Pentium G5500 Gold to buy Core i3-8100…”. So, please, don’t do so. Now Core i3-8100 in the box of the range is 11 000 rubles. For similar money it is better to take 6-core Ryzen 5 1600 with the cooler. A variant with Pentium Gold g5400 is advised for those who need a gaming PC right now, but who have no desire to “butt out” 14 000 Core i5-8400 and who does not for some reason do not want to contact AMD. This chip will allow you to ride out these difficult (for Intel) and then make an upgrade — maybe even a chip family of Coffee Lake Refresh.

Interestingly, Intel will soon introduce a new Pentium chips Gold. For example, the model G5620 will run at 4 GHz. Just keep in mind that a dual core does not cease to be a dual core.

And yet appeared in the sale of motherboards based on chipset Express B365, made at rates 22-nm process technology. The objective of this set of logic is to close the gap in the segment of inexpensive motherboards, the lack of which, according to some analysts, Intel is not allowed to actively promote their new processors-the ninth generation. The chipset, like its 14-nm counterparts, remained within the thermal pack, 6W, received 20 lines PCI Express 3.0 and support for Windows 7, but was stripped of the USB 3.1 Gen2 and built-in Wireless AC module (Z390 Express). Overclocking with the new chipset is also not friendly. Our website has published a detailed review of the ASRock B365M 4 Phantom Gaming on this chipset, where you can get acquainted with its features, pros and cons.

But in the last month on our website an overview of the processors Ryzen Ryzen 2300X 3 and 5 2500X. These chips were released very recently, and they are intended for OEM computer builders, but in Russia, these models can be purchased separately, including in the “Regarde”. Our tests show that in games Ryzen 3 2300X is on average 20 % faster Ryzen 3 1300X, we are seeing a great increase in speed, without paying extra penny. The new chips “red” is made on the basis of 12-nanometer process technology. Moreover, in these 4 core units are activated only one CXX module. And this is a huge advantage of new products Quad-core predecessors, with the design of the Summit Ridge. It turns out, when sending data or requests to the cache memory of the third level of the nucleus without the involvement of tires Infinity Fabric, which in the existing processor microarchitecture Zen/Zen+ often becomes a bottleneck.

I note that many motherboard manufacturers did not contribute to the support list Ryzen Ryzen 2300X 3 and 5 2500X. However, our observations give a clear picture: if the Board supports the “stones” Pinnacle Ridge (Ryzen Ryzen 2200G 3 and 5 2400G) — it supports these OEM-AMD. Just in case advise to contact the warranty Department of the store, that you updated the motherboard BIOS to the latest version.

One of the downsides Ryzen 3 2300X consider its implementation only in the form of OEM. Yet cheap Ryzen chips are good boxed cooler. In our case, will have to spend extra on the CPU-cooler. I long chose the model value of not more than 500 rubles, but all of the cooling system in this price range have a lot of shortcomings. So I suggest to spend money on deepcool gammaxx DeepCool 200T — this system is recommended in the base Assembly.

As always, I suggest starting the Assembly Board to use the AMD chipset B350. This chipset allows you not only to overclock the RAM and increase the CPU multiplier. All models Ryzen, as you know, it’s unlocked. It is not necessary to increase the CPU voltage. Of course, it would be possible to save on this component of the system and instead B350-Board to take something on chipset A320. Only such savings, given the rounding is only 500 rubles — and at the same time considerably will reduce the limits of the system.

Sometimes in the comments to the “Computer of the month” as a way to save money instead of Ryzen chips recommend the use of a new dual-core Athlon processors, namely Athlon 200GE. However, our testing has shown that when designing a budget gaming builds with these chips it is better not to communicate — they are rather weak for gaming needs.

Usually in the start-up and basic Assembly, I recommend using RAM Samsung. Just the modules marked Mxxxxxxxxxxxx-CRC guaranteed to reach a 2933-3200 MHz, and the AMD system is very important. However, in comments to the previous issue I was advised to take the cheaper RAM DDR4-2400 — reviews shows that many modules will still accelerate at least until the effective frequency 2933 MHz.

So now in the starting build I recommend to use more of the available module G. Skill. The module costs less but with XMP profile. Practice shows that on most motherboards it safely run on the effective frequency 3000 MHz, and even accelerates to 3200 MHz. However, I note that the RAM of Samsung over the past month fell markedly — as with all RAM in General.

And once again I remind you: if possible, take immediate 16 GB kit, so how many games on high graphics quality settings require more than 8 GB of RAM. If this is not possible, then take one module of memory of 8 GB, but don’t delay the purchase of the second Board RAM with the same characteristics and the same volume.

Last month I started using the starting Assembly of 8-Gigabyte version of the Radeon RX 570. In February, this graphics card could be taken for 13 500 rubles. Now, models such as the Sapphire Pulse (11266-36-20G) and RX 570 MSI OC 8G ARMOR, are in the region of 15 000 rubles. On the one hand, the difference in 1 500 roubles, can not be called serious. In addition, the video card is a device that replace to the computer is most troublesome. On the other hand, in the starting Assembly very often is on the account every ruble. If absolutely critical, it is 12 500 rubles, you can take the new Sapphire Pulse (11266-67-20G) with 4 GB of VRAM. The savings will amount to 2 500 rubles.

As always, I emphasize that the starting Assembly is not always able to play modern games in Full HD resolution with high graphic settings. Sometimes have to drop to medium. Last month on our site out of test 32 graphics cards in Metro Exodus. The test showed that Radeon RX 570 8 GB provides a comfortable frame rate (conventionally comfortable, with dips below 30 FPS) only when using medium graphics quality settings. It seems that the caliber adapters Radeon RX 570/580/590 and GeForce GTX 1060 in 2019 can be safely entered into the list of Low-End graphics cards.

By the way, the GeForce GTX 1060 c 3 GB is a few more — the price of the different models varies in the range from 14 000 to 17 500 rubles. Well, the version with 6 GB memory, considerably more expensive — for the simplest model Inno3D Compact 2 (N1060-6DDN-N5GM) asking 19 000. In this case, for 22 500 rubles, you can take a much more serious 1660 GeForce GTX Ti. We’ll talk about that next.

The base Assembly

With this PC the next couple of years you can easily play all modern games in Full HD resolution at high and maximum graphics quality settings.

The base Assembly
Processor AMD 1600X Ryzen 5, 6 cores and 12 threads, a 3.6 (of 4.0) GHz, 8+8 MB L3, AM4, OEM 11 500 RUB.
Motherboard AMD B350 Example:
• ASRock Pro4 AB350M
5 500 RUB.
RAM 16 GB DDR4-3000:
• G. Skill Aegis F4-3000C16D-16GISB
8 000 RUB.
Video card 1660 NVIDIA GeForce GTX Ti 6 GB
• Palit StormX
22 500 RUB.
Drives SSD, 240-256 GB SATA 6 GB/s Examples:
• Crucial BX500 (CT240BX500SSD1);
• ADATA Ultimate SU655 (ASU655SS-240GT-C)
3 000 RUB.
HDD at your request
CPU cooler Example for Intel:
• Deepcool gammaxx Deepcool 200T
1 000 RUB.
Case Examples:
• Cougar MX330;
• DeepCool TESSERACT;
• Thermaltake Versa N26
3 000 RUB.
Power supply Examples:
• Be Quiet System Power 600 W 9
4 500 RUB.
Total 59 000 rubles.

At CES 2019 Intel has introduced a 6 – and 8-core chips Coffee Lake Refresh of series F. These processors, let me remind you, devoid integrated graphics so Intel solves the problem with the shortage of their products. In February F-chips in the sale still does not appear, but in March in the “Regarde” to find a Core i5-9400F and this “stone” is 500 rubles more than the Core i5-8400. Something tells me that the shortage of Intel processors in the near future is not going anywhere. In fact, a reference Assembly is traditionally used only platform AMD AM4 — and so it goes on for six months.

In early spring the most successful and, in fact, the only option I think series 6-core chips Ryzen 5. The table shows the model Ryzen 5 1600S, but if you plan to overclock the CPU, then you can safely take the cheapest “stone” in this category. Buying Ryzen 5 1600, you will be able to save 1 500 rubles — it’s a good amount that you can invest in the purchase of something else. The cooler that comes with the 6-core will allow it to overclock to 3.7-3.8 GHz.

Of course, a reference Assembly using a chipset B350. Practice shows that the motherboard level ASUS PRIME B350-PLUS and ASRock Pro4 AB350 cope with the overclocking Ryzen 5 up to frequencies of 3.8-3.9 GHz. Just don’t raise very high CPU voltage — power subsystem indicated matplot not intended to be too serious loads.

And Yes, solutions-B450-chipset are still more analogues on the basis of a set of logic B350. Therefore, if you decide to buy Ryzen 5 2600, remember that in the store, you can sell the motherboard with the old BIOS. As a result, the device simply does not detect the new chip. To update the firmware of the Board can be armed with a processor Ryzen first generation, or ask to do it in the warranty section of the store in which the purchase was cost.

In the last issue of “Computer of the month” in the reference Assembly were used, Radeon RX 570 8 GB. I did not put in the system Radeon RX Radeon RX 580 and 590, as they cost significantly more, but did not offer a markedly higher performance in games. Now I propose to use basic PC 1660 GeForce GTX Ti. Our extensive testing shows that the new NVIDIA in terms of performance corresponds to the GeForce GTX 1070. The only negative point from 1660 GeForce GTX Ti is considered to be a small amount of video memory. However, the basic build is still a compromise system, so here the new NVIDIA looks appropriate, considering a moment.

Watching: at the moment of writing of article in “Regarde” sold 9 models 1660 GeForce GTX Ti at a price of 22 500 to 27 500 rubles. 5 000 rubles — a serious variation when our budget is limited to 50-60 thousand rubles. I believe that in our case, we need to take the most expensive version of GeForce GTX Ti 1660. Remember, we conducted a comparative test of 9 different modifications of GeForce GTX 1060? The TDP of the processor GP106 is 120 watts. Testing has shown that even a simple coolers effectively cool such a chip, as well as all external piping. Sure, okay will work budget version of GeForce GTX Ti 1660, because TDP of the processor is also TU116 is 120 watts.

If 22 500 rubles for purchase of this video for you is a very heavy amount, it remains only to take Radeon RX 570, 580 or Radeon RX GeForce GTX 1060, the cost of which was officially reduced to 180 euros.

Optimal Assembly

System that is able in most cases to run a particular game at the maximum graphics quality settings in Full HD resolution and high settings in a resolution of WQHD.

Optimal Assembly
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 2600X, 6 cores and 12 threads, 3,6 (4,2) GHz, 8+8 MB L3, AM4, OEM 15 000 RUB.
Intel Core i5-8400, 6 cores, 2,8 (4,0) GHz, 9 MB L3, LGA1151-v2, OEM 14 000 RUB.
Motherboard AMD 350/450 Examples:
• Gigabyte AORUS B450 ELITE
8 000 RUB.
Intel Z390 Express Examples:
• ASUS PRIME Z370-P II
9 500 RUB.
RAM 16 GB DDR4-3000:
• G. Skill Aegis F4-3000C16D-16GISB
8 000 RUB.
Video card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070, 8 GB GDDR5:
• Palit JetStream
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56:
• ASUS STRIX-STRIX-RXVEGA56-O8G-GAMING
27 000 RUB.
Drives SSD, 240-250 GB, SATA 6 GB/s Examples:
• 860 Samsung EVO MZ-76E250;
• Intel SSD 545s
4 500 RUB.
HDD at your request
CPU cooler Examples:
• DeepCool GAMMAXX400
2 000 RUB.
Case Examples:
• Cooler Master MasterBox MB511;
• Cougar MX350
4 500 RUB.
Power supply Examples:
• Enermax Revolution DUO (ERD700AWL-F) 700 W;
•Be Quiet Pure Power 11 700 W;
• Cooler Master Gold MWE 650 W
7 000.
Total AMD — 76 000 rubles.
Intel — 76 500 rubles.

Last month in the optimal Assembly, Intel used a 6-core chip Core i5-8500 in February it could be bought for 16 000 rubles. In March, the chip has risen, and now stands 17 500 rubles subject to rounding. What should I do? There are three options. First we “rolled” back and take the model Core i5-8400 for 14 000 rubles. Savings (optimal build) comes out good. With this Junior 6-nuclear Coffee Lake when you download all the “heads” operates at a frequency of 3.8 GHz, and Core i5-8500 in a similar situation — 3.9 GHz, that is, the difference is not that big. The second option will be to buy a Core i5-8500. However, for 17 500 rubles in the presence of Core i5-8400 for 14 000 rubles (previously, the difference in price between these two processors was less then 1 000) this CPU is a little unnecessary.

If you plan with time instead of a Core i5-8400 to buy an 8-core chip Refresh Coffee Lake and subsequently to disperse it, I recommend to take better motherboard. So, testing ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 6 showed that not all boards cost 14-20 thousand rubles is able to consistently work with processors Core i7 and Core i9 9700K-9900K with very severe loads.

The third option would be to buy Ryzen 5 2600X. In my opinion, is the best solution, but, you know, I often encounter people who spend their entire lives using only iron certain brands.

Now Ryzen 5 2600X is worth more than Ryzen 7 1700. It would seem that it is necessary to take the chip with more cores! And this is the correct view, considering a moment. With 12 in-line load Ryzen 5 2600X operates at a frequency of 3.95 GHz technology Precision Boost 2 and XFR2 are doing their job. Ryzen 7 1700 under the same conditions runs at 3.2 GHz. Agree, the difference is impressive, but because in most programs the system with the 6-core will be faster. At the same Ryzen 5 2600X, in my opinion, needs no overclocking. For example, we managed to overclock the chip only to 4.15 GHz. Moreover, operating at this frequency, the system is slower in games. 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.

So, again, instead of Ryzen 5 2600X can and should use more of the available Ryzen 7 1700 (14 000 rubles), but only if you overclock it to at least 3.9 GHz — in this mode, the system will show about the same level of performance in games, but in demanding tasks chip with more cores will be significantly faster.

The hardest part of the optimal build is to decide on a graphics card. Choose in March, will have five models: GeForce RTX 2060, the GeForce GTX 1070, 1660 GeForce GTX Ti, GeForce GTX 1070 Ti and Radeon RX Vega 56. Well, when there is a choice, though will have to break on this issue the head. Let’s compare prices:

  • GeForce GTX Ti is 1660 “Regarde” from 22 500 to 27 500 rubles;
  • Radeon RX Vega 56 is from 26 500 to 35 000 rubles;
  • GeForce GTX 1070 is from 27 500 to 39 500 rubles;
  • GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is from 28 to 36 500 500 rubles;
  • GeForce RTX 2060 is from 25 500 to 34 000.

As you can see, over the last month seriously depreciated Radeon RX Vega 56. The price drop is due, of course, with the release of GeForce GTX Ti 1660. Since the market appeared a huge number 1660 GeForce GTX Ti and GeForce RTX 2060, and their cost came down. GeForce GTX and GeForce GTX 1070 1070 Ti is cheaper, but gradually disappear from the market. I believe March and April is the last opportunity to snatch these, of course, a great graphics card with 8 GB VRAM for sane amount. And then, apparently, still have to rely on GeForce RTX 2060 or take an inexpensive GeForce GTX Ti 1660.

Regular readers will know my attitude towards graphics cards with 6 or less GB of VRAM. So, in previous releases, I still set the system GeForce GTX 1070, because after two or three years, this device will still be in service, but in 1660 GeForce GTX Ti and GeForce RTX 2060 could be in trouble — especially the latter, because the trace of the rays seriously increases the intake of VRAM. Now over 27 000 rubles in the “Regarde” you can get a great monitored by PWM model ASUS STRIX-STRIX-RXVEGA56-O8G-GAMING. Believe this opportunity must be used. Overview GeForce GTX 1060 Ti in Full HD Radeon RX Vega 56 in most cases, this turns out to be faster video cards and faster GeForce GTX 1070. The difference in performance between these adapters is small, but it’s there.

Second choice will be considered a GeForce GTX or GeForce GTX 1070 1070 Ti, and the saving option — 1660 GeForce GTX Ti, which is used now in the base Assembly.

Source: 3dnews.ru

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