Built as a semi-portable, pocket-rocket, power house gaming PC. I tried to pick long-lasting parts which fit a black/red highlights theme.
Mostly use my work laptop with Moonlight-Qt to play downstairs, so swapped to a more traditional mini-tower.
- TimeSpy Score: 9255 (https://www.3dmark.com/3dm/38009785)
- Port Royal Score: 6200
The boost from 4 to 6 cores was a huge boost for the i5 series chips and long overdue.
Extremely good cooling, easy to install. Sadly the pump is actually louder than all my other components, which is why it loses one star.
Good set of features for an ITX board:
- Plenty of I/O
- Dual Ethernet
- Quality Audio
- Fast WiFi
- More SATA connections than drives that will reasonably fit in an ITX case
- Lighting effects are cool, same they don't sync with my Chroma or MSI systems.
16GB is the minimum for high-end gaming these days, and Corsair is a solid choice.
With this bad boy I can always insta-lock the most recently released character on Overwatch, so an easy 5 stars.
Reliable, quiet, good value for money.
Very decent performance for the price.
Does get a bit loud under load in my tiny case though.
Was able to improve this a bit with a smaller PSU (to give more breathing room below the card).
Some pretty neat features and looks really good.
Cable management to the top-left of the motherboard can be tricky though.
Rock solid, fan never spins and remains cool.
My favorite version of Windows so far, too bad that Edge never really took off.
Screen is good quality for the price, design is nice and the OSD is simple and intuitive.
FreeSync works well with G-Sync, even though it's not been branded as "G-Sync Compatible".
Biggest disappointment are the speakers, which are below-average quality.
Very loud. Like 1920s typewriter loud. I expect a PLING sound after every 40 keys pressed. Besides that, it's good really nice reaction times, and is comfortable to type with.
The Chroma effect is super cool in Overwatch and with Project Aurora I'm enjoying the effects in a lot more games.
Only used the "Hex" side panel so far, but it works very well.
Little disappointed that the lighting sometimes de-syncs though.
Outstanding headset for my needs, the batteries seem to last forever and the bluetooth passthrough is good.
Only gripe is the headband, which can be uncomfortable if not adjusted just right.