T-PC DIY Gam­ing PC with AMD Chipset

DIY Gam­ing

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TEXT // K C TAN

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

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