Test Rig Specifications/Setup
|CPU Speed – 4.40GHz||CPU Voltage – (Auto) 1.312v||CPU Base Clock – 100MHz||CPU Multiplyer – 44|
|Memory Speed – 2400MHz||Memory Voltage – Auto (1.2v)||Memory Timings – 15-15-15-35|
|Case||Cooler Master HAF XB|
||When the Cooler Master HAF XB was reviewed I knew there and then it was destined to stay for a while here at pcGameware. It’s such an easy case to work with and offers easy accessibility due to its desktop design. It also sports a couple of hot swap drive bays making our lives even easier. The perfect case for what we do on an almost daily basis. It’s also not a test bench (per se), it’s not open to air so the thermal data we get during testing is a little more real world.|
|Power Supply||Corsair Professional Series AX 760i|
||Nowadays power consumption for PCs, even Gaming PCs seems to be on the decline, so we use a relatively moderate power supply. The Corsair AX 760i, covers us for most of our testing needs and even with SLI and Crossfire setups we don’t see power consumption above 600 watts. Of course it’s also made by what I consider to be the best PSU manufacturer out there, ensuring that we have the utmost in reliability and stability.|
|Motherboard||ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 GAMING K6|
|We’ve been using the ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer for almost a year and have had great success and stability throughout that time. When it came to upgrading our test system so we could utilise Intel#s latest Skylake CPU (and after the recent review), the ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 GAMING K6 was the obvious choice!|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-6600K|
Every year we upgrade our test equipment and this years natural new CPU choice was Intel’s Core i5-6600K. There’s no doubt in our minds here at pcG that this CPU offer the current best bang for your buck when it comes to Gaming!
Utilising the built in overclocking Profiles aboard the ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 GAMING K6 allows us to run this CPU at 4.4GHz, this overclock will be used throughout all of our testing.
|CPU Cooler||Noctua NH-U12S|
|After recently reviewing the impressive Noctua NH-U12S we felt that due to its easy to use mounting system and the great performance it offered, the Noctua NH-U12S would be the natural choice to cool our overclocked Intel Core i5-6600K.|
|Memory (RAM)||G Skill Ripjaws 4 16GB 2400MHz|
|To compliment our ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 GAMING K6 and our Intel Core i5-6600K, we opted this time around to go for 16GB of RAM (DDR4 2400MHz) courtesy of the G.Skill Ripjaws 4. This kit comprises of x4 4GB modules running at an overclocked 2400MHz.|
|Storage (SSD)||HyperX FURY 120GB SSD|
HyperX not only make the great Cloud Headset but also the new Fury SSD, good it is too.
Baseline performance Compressible data transfer (ATTO) All capacities: 500MB/s read and 500MB/s write.
|Storage (HDD)||Seagate ST2000DX001 2TB Desktop 3.5 inch SSHD Internal Solid State Hybrid Drive|
|SSDs may offer great performance but unfortunately this comes at a cost, and with Steam collections often over 1TB SSD’s are no longer practical. So the HDD still has a place in a Gaming Rig then? Well no! Here at pcG we’d advise you to use a Hybrid Drive or SSHD such as the Seagate 2TB SSHD, great capacity and 100% faster than a HDD! 😉|
|Graphics Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 980Ti Classified 6144MB GDDR5|
|After a year with AMD it was time for us to give the green team a chance. This time around we will be using one of Nvidia’s finest in the form of an EVGA 980Ti Classified. This card sports a high factory overclock and can get a little toasty if not kept cool. Perfect for our case testing…|
|Sound Card||Creative Sound Blaster Zx 116dB PCIe Gaming Sound Card|
|Although you don’t need a dedicated soundcard for Gaming, as nowadays on-board sound is actually pretty good, we use one to help us in our headset testing. There’s no point in pairing up a £200 headset with on-board sound after all. To this end when testing regular analogue headsets over £100 we break out the Creative Sound Blaster Zx.|