T-PC DIY Gaming PC with AMD Chipset
Last month we took a close look at the T-PC Intel DIY Gaming System. True enough, it was a incredibly impressive gaming system that secured some pretty awesome results in our benchmark tests. This time round, we set our sights on the T-PC DIY Gaming PC with AMD Chipset. Will it be as impressive as last month’s rig? Read on and find out.
From the outside, this rig features yet another custom-made casing from Corsair. Sporting a nice matte black finish, the power and reset buttons and two USB 3.0 ports along with the necessary 3.55mm audio ports are located at the top of the front panel. Below the DVD-ROM drive on the front panel are also hard metal meshes which provide better cooling for the system.
Taking a close look inside, the processor provided for this rig is none other than the AMD FX 8-Core Black Edition FX-8350. Similar to last month’s Intel rig, the CPU liquid cooler and RAM modules are also provided by Corsair; with the RAM running at a sweet 8GB of DDR3 1600MHz.
Moving on, the rig is also equipped with an ASUS HD 7970 graphics card which comes with 3GB of GDDR5. To power up these components is a 600W PSU, courtesy of Corsair’s Gaming Series GS600. Lastly, T-PC provides this rig with the ASUS CROSSHAIR V FORMULA-Z motherboard; an amazing gaming motherboard to hold all these components together.
In terms of performance, the rig really gave us a run for our money. During our benchmark tests, scores for 3DMark11 Performance was 7,909 with 2,957 on Extreme. On PCMark8, the system only managed to get a score of 1,488 for the Home suite but bear in mind that the drivers for the system have not been optimized yet at the time of review. On the other hand, for PCMark7, this rig scored 4,324. When tested with 3DMark Fire Strike, we got a score of 5,909, while on Extreme, we recorded a score of 3,124.
When it comes to games, this rig holds its own with Batman Arkham City, obtaining an average score of 52 FPS at the highest settings with 8x MSAA. When tested with Crysis 3 with its highest settings and 8x MSAA, the rig struggled to maintain a score above 32 FPS but performance was much better with AA turned off which allowed the rig to stay somewhere in the region of 60 FPS.
Compared to the Intel variant, it is apparent that this AMD-based rig has a better price to performance ratio. The performance it has may be slightly modest in comparison to the Intel variant but the significant price reduction does more than justify it.
As it stands, the T-PC DIY Gaming PC with AMD Chipset is an excellent gaming rig with pretty high-scoring results and benchmark scores. For anyone looking to get a slice of DIY gaming action, it’s hard to go wrong with this gaming rig and it’s remarkable performance.
RAM modules courtesy of Corsair