DISSECTING THE BEAST

Maximum PC - - R&D -

IN OUR CON­TIN­UED AT­TEMPTS to an­noy our pho­tog­ra­phers, we de­cided to go with the shini­est, most re­flec­tive case in the world, Cor­sair’s Crys­tal 570X, with its in­cluded RGB fans. It’s a dash gaudy, a fin­ger­print mag­net, and lacks a lot of the home com­forts we ex­pect from a case at this price point. Still, the last laugh was over us, as it’s not the friendli­est of liq­uid-cool­ing chas­sis. At least, not if you’re plan­ning on mount­ing a reser­voir any­where.

Case aside, the core com­po­nents are fairly high-end. It’s not a cheap build, but not ridicu­lous ei­ther, fea­tur­ing a GeForce GTX 1070, 32GB of DDR4, and Asus’s king of X370 mo­bos, the Crosshair VI Hero. And it all went to­gether quite nicely. That G.Skill mem­ory comes pack­ing 16GB per stick at an im­pres­sive 3,200MHz, which is ap­par­ently the op­ti­mum for Ryzen parts, as the in­fin­ity fab­ric con­nect­ing all the core com­plexes runs at the same fre­quency as the mem­ory, which seems odd, but we’ll bite.

The GPU is the king­pin of this build. The 1070 is a stun­ning sweet spot of a card. Per­fect for 1440p and high re­fresh 1080p, if you ramp up the power tar­get, and throw a +200MHz clock on the core, it’s easy to get an ex­tra 10–15 per­cent per­for­mance from it.

Un­for­tu­nately, ours was a ref­er­ence card, and is cur­rently un­avail­able—how­ever, the cheap­est GTX 1070 you can buy on Newegg fea­tures a ref­er­ence PCB, which is fully com­pat­i­ble with EK’s lat­est alu­minum wa­terblock.

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