ArmYourDesk™ G80 VR Ready Desktop Gaming PC (Review)
- Products Review
- 30 Jun, 2017
Can it arm you to the teeth?
So I was given what appears to be a pre-build PC. The box was consistently big, even had the graphics card coming in separately with its own box and not installed inside the build, probably for the best. Removed the bubble wrap around the chassis, what I’ve been presented with something they came to represent themselves with. A log sticker right in front of the InWin 805 Mid Tower chassis, with a green bezel on top with I/O ports. We’re talking about a serious custom job here, these guys aren’t joking. Also, this came with a manual, I don’t think I’ll use that considering I do things freestyle. Now, do note some of the hardware might change later for the final product as I’ve been told just for clarification. Affiliate Link of pre-build here.
The contents of this build are as provided:
- Intel™ i7 6800K CPU clocked at stock 3.6Ghz, turbo max up to 3.8Ghz. 6 Core/12 Thread processor.
- MSI X99A Raider motherboard. With 8 DIMM Slots for DDR4 memory up to 128GB, max bus speed of 3333Mhz (O.C), Quad Channel memory. 3 PCIe 3.0 x16 slots running at 16x/0/0, 16x/8x/0, 16x/8x/4x etc. Considering the CPU runs at 28-PCIe lanes, a 16x/16x/0 GPU configuration is not fully possible. Gen3 M.2 Slot of speed up to 32Gb/s. 2xUSB 3.1, 4xUSB 3.0 and 4xUSB 2.0 ports. Audio Chip: ALC892. Intel Gigabit Ethernet Lan.
- Corsair™ Hydro series H50 Quiet edition 120mm radiator liquid cooler.
- Corsair™ Vengeance LED 16GB (4x4GB) 3000Mhz DDR4 Memory kit.
- ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1080 8GB Graphics Card. Boosted Core clockspeed: 1822Mhz. Memory clockspeed: 11000Mhz GDDR5X. Bus Width: 256-bit. CUDA cores: 2560. Power connectors: 1x6-pin, 1x8-pin.
- Intel 600p 128GB M.2 SSD.
- be quiet! Straight Power 10 500W Gold plus ATX modular power supply unit. Type: ATX12V/EPS12V. Maximum wattage: 550W. 2x6+2 pin PCIe connector ports. Efficiency rate: >90%. Input voltage: 90-264V. Input current: 8A@ 115V, 4A@ 230V. Crossfire/SLI certified.
- Seagate 1TB BarraCuda 3.5inch Internal HDD. SATA 6.0Gb/s. 7200RPM Spin cycle. 64MB Cache.
So that’s about it. I won’t dive into the specifics of the CPU case fans as I do have benchmarks to run. They look like decent 120mm fans on the front side with red LED. The liquid cooler as I’ve noticed uses a different fan with red LED compared to Corsair’s standard. After putting the graphics card on the PCIe slot and installing it using a screw on the I/O panel and plugging in the PCIe power connectors, the GPU fit in quiet nicely without any space hassles. They’ve done a great job assembling the cables around the chassis, as great cable management is important nowadays. Speaking of which; good choice for the chassis, with its black aluminum tinted tempered glass around 3 blocks (front, both sides).
Once the PC was set up, everything was good to go. I connected the necessary I/Os and the power plug. GPU display output was from the HDMI connected to my Acer G7 G257HU 25 inch QHD monitor. Yes with this monitor we’ll do synthetic tests and games’ benchmarks running at 1440p. As the PC booted up, the build inside the case was lighting up dark contrasted red cause of the LEDs from motherboard, GPU, fans and LED strip put on the side of the hard drive bays. Booting was done. First thing that I noticed as I checked the OS with DXDiag is that it is running an OEM key of Windows 10 Home edition 64-bit. I would prefer the Professional version but that’s just my opinion on the matter. After that I updated Nvidia’s driver and installed the necessary benchmark softwares and games. It would’ve been a lot better if I installed all this within my 500GB SSD to make things easier, but that would contradict the dynamic of the build.
For the following tests I had to repeat each of them 3 times in order to get the median of these benchmarks to minimize any practical errors of estimations.
Here are synthetic tests that I will run:
- Cinebench R15: CPU tests only, single core and multithread benchmark tests.
- Dolphin Emulation benchmark
- WinRar v5.40: Compression test of a 1.5GB folder of over 2800 files
- Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Cinebench R15 scored 153 at single core performance, probably thanks to the liquid cooler handling much of the consistency of single threaded performance. For multithread, it did 1133 with all 12 Threads being utilized. Dolphin Emulation test is done at an estimated time of 8.10 minutes of time, which kind of falls short under any mainstream i7 CPUs such as the 7700K but it is still close enough, understandably Dolphin relies more on single threaded performance. WinRar compression was done under 38 seconds, which is pretty remarkable especially considering it’s probably because of RAM speed. Kraken is another benchmark that mostly benefits from single core performance and has shown yet again that it underperforms compared to i7 7700K managing a score of only 807.4ms latency. CPU temperatures during the time being under full load were from mid 40*C to low 50*C. With a full blown 240mm radiator it can do much more but this will suffice.
What to understand from these tests overall is that it performs so well in applications that utilizes more than 4 Cores since this one has 6 cores with HT. We can see it go a long way but for now, it’s toned down for software that prefers speed over quantity and tends to use single core performance just for better latency. However when enter gaming territory there’s a bit of a catch. There weren’t any definitive VR applications I could use to test out the build. So for that, will be using the default SteamVR performance test. Kind of ironic isn’t it. As we did before, I will be testing each game 3 times to find an average score.
Games that will be used:
- Prey: Will be running at resolution 2560x1440p, very high settings with SMAA 2TX with motion blur disabled.
- Crysis 3: Same settings as Prey, since both games use CryEngine 3.0. Performance could be similar.
- Civilization 6: All settings set to max at MSAA 8X. With frame limiter disabled and vertical sync off. Shadow resolution at; 8192x8192. High resolution Asset textures. Am not gonna lie, they have lot of options for graphical settings here, max it out at ultra settings and you still have the option to dial up VRAM usage.
Prey ran smoothly coming at an average of 129FPS. The game is mostly GPU intensive and has little to no effect on CPU speed whatsoever. Crysis 3 on the other hand, is known to be the titular PC hog since the first game and has retained that title since, managing a very playable 82FPS average during Post Human mission. Compared to Prey, of which the game is benign to Crysis 3, I’d say securing over 80FPS even at 1440p is quite a stunning achievement. Next stop is Civilization 6 and I chose this game to test it for the sake of the CPU. Since this is an isometric strategy game it will require beefy CPUs regardless of clockspeed to run well but is also consistently demanding for GPUs as well. Unfortunately the line between this and 1070 for Civilization 6 is pretty thin. Performance wise not much since it’s already pushed far enough for graphics rendering and made the 1080 seemed like overkill. Nonetheless with the 6 Core CPU it managed to achieve an average of 97FPS and smoothly transition frames when zooming in and out or moving the screen all directions.
Now it’s time to see if this build keeps its namesake of being a true “VR Ready” setup. Sadly SteamVR is still the only way to find out from here on out. Average Quality is at 11(Ver High) and with overall frames tested being; 15784. SteamVR gave the verdict that this PC is above and beyond the average VR requirements, which sings of “future proof”. There’s plenty to get unless of course you managed to purchase a 4K VR device from somewhere since most mainstream devices are right now the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift running at 1080p.
Even for a price of 2099.00 (excluding tax) this build is a solid foundation of what’s to come in the present or future for games and applications especially VR. A must have purchase if you’re getting into 1440p or mid tier 4K gaming. The mid-tier HEDT CPU is even useful as a workstation for professional applications such as video rendering, number crunching etc. The PSU is also quite decent if I have forgotten to mention earlier, for overclocking thanks to its gold efficiency rating. There’s lot to do and lot to love here without any troubleshoots.