Test Rig Specifications/Setup

November 26th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments
CPU Speed – 4.00GHz CPU Voltage – (Auto) 1.1550v CPU Base Clock – 100MHz CPU Multiplyer – 40
Memory Speed – 2400MHz Memory Voltage – Auto (1.65v) Memory Timings – 11-13-14-32


  • Components:
Case Cooler Master HAF XB
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
Corsair AX760i
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 Z97X Killer
ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer If there was one motherboard that really impressed in 2014 it was the platinum award winning ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer, with great looks, solid stability and easy overclocking, it was the only choice going forward into 2015.
CPU Intel Core i5 i5-4690K CPU
Intel Core i5-4690K With the new Z97 chipset there needs to be a new CPU, this time we have opted for the quad core Intel Core i5-4690K, as it offers more than enough performance for modern Gaming, especially when overclocked. We will be running ours at 4.0GHz at all times.
CPU Cooler Raijintek Themis
Raijintek Themis It’s surprising how good a well priced (£20) Air CPU Cooler can be, but there is no doubt that the Raijintek Themis is a damn fine cooler for the money. It’s more than capable of keeping our overclocked Intel Core i5-4690K in check, even when overclcoked to 4.0GHz.
Memory (RAM) HyperX Savage 8GB 2400MHz Kit
HyperX Savage The Kingston HyperX Beast stood us in good stead during 2014, but it was time to move on! Enter the updated HyperX Savage 2400MHz 8GB Kit, this latest kit from the newly formed HyperX Gaming arm of Kingston seems just as good as the outgoing Beast and looks better too!
Storage (SSD) HyperX FURY 120GB SSD
HyperX Fury 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

Seagate2TBSSHD 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 XFX Radeon R9 290X DD Edition
XFX R9 290X We have chosen the XFX R9 290X as our default Graphics Card of choice because it offer so much bang for your buck. Not only is it fast, but it’s hot and power hungry too, perfect for thermal testing and Power Supply testing.
Sound Card Creative Sound Blaster Zx 116dB PCIe Gaming Sound Card
SoundBlasterZX 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.


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