Over the last few weeks we’ve not only been working on our reviews and building a water cooled Cosmos II Gaming Rig, we have also been working on building the Reviewers (James, Mike & Terry) new Test Rigs for 2015. The specifications of these Rigs can be seen below.
Case: We have opted to stick with the Cooler Master HAF XB case, as not only is it NOT a Test Bench, it’s also damn easy to work on. We have also upgraded all of the fans so each case has the same RPM fans front and back. In addition to this we have colour coded the cases so we know who’s is who (see image above). 😉
Power Supply: We are also continuing to use the Corsair AX 760i as our PSU of choice as it’s been so reliable in the last year or so. In addition to this in the next few weeks we will add a Power Supply category to our Reviews as we will be taking a look PSUs in the near future.
Motherboard: The new motherboard for 2015 is the Platinum award winning ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer, this Z97 based board looks great, offers a great feature set, solid stability and all at a great price.
Processor: Of course as this is a Z97 based motherboard it makes sense to pair it up with one of the new Haswell Refresh CPUs (Devils Canyon), we have opted for the quad core Intel Core i5-4690K as it offers (for Gamers) great performance and enough horsepower for modern Gaming.
CPU Cooler: We will continue to use the awesome little Raijintek Themis as our CPU Cooler of choice just to prove that you don’t need to spend the earth on a CPU Cooler when Gaming with these latest Intel processors. All of our test rigs will run overclocked at 4.0GHz at all times.
Memory (RAM): The HyperX Beast proved has proved itself over the last year, but it has been sidelined to make way for what is our new RAM of choice, HyperX’s Savage. We will be using 8GB x2 4GB modules (at this time, you dont need more for Gaming!) running at 2400MHz.
Storage (SSD): We have also moved away from our mSATA drives and opted for a single 120GB HyperX Fury SSD, as this helps with compatibility when testing motherboards. But, we are still huge fans of both the mSATA format and the newer (faster) M.2 format.
Graphics Card: Finally we come to our GPU of choice or is that GPUs!? In 2015 we will be testing with XFX 290X cards, as these allow us to show (potentially) best/worse case scenarios, as these cards are not only fast, but they’re hot and power hungry too! This will help us in both thermal testing and PSU testing…
The full details of our test rig can be seen here