ArmYourDesk G58 Gaming PC Review
- Products Review
- 06 Jul, 2017
ArmYourDesk G58 Gaming PC Review
Gamers, behold! AMD Ryzen has caused a tsunami in the world of gaming and almost everyone out there is itching to get their hands on these CPUs. They offer tremendous performance, ability to overclock and multi-threaded cores. Unlike previous generation AMD chips, Ryzen CPUs are extremely power efficient and have a very low TDP. So, you wouldn’t have to worry about overheating and surging power bills. Today, we have a very special gaming PC for review and that is the G58 gaming PC from ArmYourDesk. Let’s dive in!
Design and Looks
The first thing that you will notice about the G58 is how gorgeous it looks. It uses a combination of glossy and matte black over its body which compliments the red LED fans amazingly well. The front side has three of these LED fans and there are quite a few of these all over the case. The side panel has a matte black finish to it and there is a transparent cutout to view the insides of the PC. The overall design is very industrial and looks premium.
This is where things get really interesting. ArmYourDesk G58 comes with the AMD Ryzen 7 1700 at its heart. Mind you, this is a very powerful CPU from AMD with a low TDP of 65W. Ryzen 7 1700 is clocked at 3GHz and consists of 8 cores and 16 threads. It uses the AM4 socket and apart from the low price and extremely good performance, it also has a huge cache. There is a Level 1 cache of 768KB, Level 2 cache of 4MB and a massive Level 3 cache of 16MB. We know AMD is totally into overclocking and the Ryzen 7 1700 is unlocked for all those overclockers. Ryzen CPUs support only DDR4 memory and the Ryzen 7 1700 consists of two channels that support DDR4 memory.
ArmYourDesk has provided with the Asus Prime B350M-A motherboard. B350 is a chipset that supports overclocking and has great flexibility, but are not meant for users who want to implement multiple GPUs. But with the RX 580, there is not much of a need for another GPU. The motherboard is built to last and supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory.
The G58 gaming PC is very special because it has an 8-core CPU, 8GB of GDDR5 graphics and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. The graphics card is none other than the highly rated RX 580. Let’s get the cons out of the way because there aren’t a lot of them. The RX 580 consumes more power than its immediate rival, the GTX 1060 and there isn’t a proper compact variant of the card available in the market right now. That is not a problem with the G58 as it has an extremely spacious case.
Even under high load, the RX 580 is quiet. It has a base frequency of 1257MHz and a boost frequency of 1340MHz. There are 2,304 stream processors and 144 texture units. It uses a 256-bit memory interface, meaning it can process much more data at a faster rate. The card has 1 HDMI port, 1 Display port, and 1 DVI port. Below are few of the official benchmarks of the RX 580 in comparison with the previous generation R9 380. There is a huge improvement over the R9 380 and all of the games breach the 60fps mark without any trouble.
We’ve covered what the processor and graphics card are capable of. But let’s get into some benchmark scores and see how it performs in real life. Synthetic benchmark scores are not always reliable, so we’ve used games on a variety of settings to judge the performance of the CPU and GPU. The three games that will be used to test the performance are Battlefield 1, For Honor and Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
Battlefield 1 is very well optimized and ran at an average of 64FPS at Ultra Settings in 4K resolution. When the settings were brought down to High, the frame rates jumped to around 70. When playing at 1080p on Ultra settings, Battlefield 1 ran at 84 FPS.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands is always craving for better hardware and even with the top of the line specs of this PC, it could only manage 30 FPS at 1080p on Ultra Settings. This is mainly because Ghost Recon: Wildlands has one of the biggest and most stunning maps among games. It is extremely punishing on the GPU and CPU and we expect Ubisoft to release some performance improving patches in the near future.
Lastly, we have For Honor. The game ran smoothly at High Settings on 4K resolution at an average of around 70 FPS. When the resolution was changed to 1080p on the same settings, the game close to 120 FPS. It is clear from the benchmark results that this PC is a monster when it comes to gaming. Ryzen 7 1700 offers a 2% improved performance over the Intel i7-7700k CPU when it comes to 4K gaming and a 10% improved performance in terms of 1080p gaming. It does lag when it comes to encryption, video encoding and content creation compared to the 7700k.
Memory and Hard Drive
With the current gen titles, almost all the games have crossed the 50GB mark and this calls for more space. The G58 has got that area covered with a modest 1TB 7200RPM HDD that can store all your movies, music, games and other software. There is also a 128GB M.2 SSD that can be used to store the genuine Windows 10 Home that comes with the G58 along with other frequently used apps.
Like mentioned before, Ryzen CPUs support only DDR4 memory, and the G58 has 8 gigs of DDR4 memory clocked at 2133MHz. This makes switching between apps and loading other software a breeze. Most of the current gen games also recommend having 8GB of DDR4 memory, so thumbs up to ArmYourDesk.
Other Useful Tidbits
This is where we take a look at all the other minor details like the types of ports, the possibility of upgrades and how future proof the system is. Overall, I think the G58 from ArmYourDesk is a well-built future proof machine. The Ryzen 7 1700 just came out and has been receiving some amazing reviews. The RX 580 drinks up some power but is just too strong a performer. The system has 2 USB 3.1 ports, 6 USB 3.0 ports, and 2 USB 2.0 ports.
The other necessary ports like the RJ 45, audio, etc. are all there. The motherboard has 6 SATA III 6 Gb/s ports which means that there is definitely the possibility of adding additional storage in the form of HDDs. The graphics card supports multiple displays and is confirmed ready for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The PC comes with a genuine copy of Microsoft Windows 10 Home and 1-year cost-free full-service warranty. There is also lifetime tech support available.
An area of slight concern is the power supply because the G58 comes with a 400W power supply. Though this is more than adequate for the Ryzen 7 1700, AMD does recommend a 500W power supply for the RX 580. This is not a deal breaker but is a negative nonetheless.
Pros & Cons
- AMD Ryzen 7 1700 is a beast when it comes to day-to-day tasks and gaming.
- RX 580 delivers the best performance for all the current AAA titles at 1080p.
- The graphics card also supports VR and 1440p gaming.
- Future proof and extremely good looking PC.
- The RX 580 draws a considerable amount of power
- The included power supply is just adequate
I totally recommend the G58 Gaming PC from ArmYourDesk mainly because of its industrial design and the top notch hardware that comes with it. They haven’t cut corners with this one and it shows in its performance. Here are the pros and cons of the ArmYourDesk G58 Gaming PC.