Box.co.uk Cube Te nsion

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The team from Box. co. uk sent us its Cube Ten­sion VR PC, with a Cooler Master MasterBox 5 case, in which you’ll find an 3.2GHz In­tel i5- 6500 with a turbo clock speed of 3.6GHz. You also get 16GB of HyperX Fury DDR4 mem­ory at 2666MHz, and for stor­age, Box has opted for a sin­gle 2TB Sea­gate SSHD with Win­dows 10 on a sin­gle, large par­ti­tion.

An MSI GTX-1080 Aero OC Edi­tion graph­ics card pro­vides the VR pro­cess­ing power in the Cube Ten­sion. The MSI Aero OC ver­sion of the GTX-1080 comes with a GPU clock of 1632MHz and a turbo boost clock speed of 1771MHz, both of which are 2% faster than the stan­dard stock 1080 GPU clock.

The 8GB of GDDR5X mem­ory is clocked at the same 1251MHz, how­ever, but you’ll find that the pixel rate, tex­ture rate and float­ing point per­for­mance are all slightly bet­ter in this model than in the orig­i­nal Founders Edi­tion of the card. Con­nec­tiv­ity on the MSI Aero OC con­sists of a sin­gle HDMI port, three Dis­playPorts and a DVI.

In terms of per­for­mance, the Cube Ten­sion had a 3DMark11 over­all score of 17,032, which is more than enough for VR gam­ing and a fluid ex­pe­ri­ence. The ATTO disk bench­marks were, as you'd ex­pect, lower than that seen with the SSD­tot­ing sys­tems, nat­u­rally. The 8192KB test write speed was 177MB/ s and the read speed was 185MB/ s. The smaller 4KB file size trans­fer bench­mark didn’t fare too well on the SSHD, with a write speed of 165MB/ s, while the read speed came back as 961KB/ s.

Ob­vi­ously an SSHD is never go­ing to be able to beat an SSD when it comes to read and write per­for­mance, even with the SSD por­tion of it do­ing as much as it can to help. How­ever, this gen­er­ally didn’t af­fect the VR and gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The Cube Ten­sion took a few sec­onds longer to load up the con­tent, but once it was it up and run­ning, it per­formed per­fectly well and of­fered just as good frame-rates as the other PCs on test.

As for other com­po­nents, the MSI Z170A moth­er­board is a good choice. It’s an SLI board with plenty of great fea­tures and room for fu­ture ex­pan­sion. Sim­i­larly, the CM MasterBox 5 case’s cav­ernous in­te­rior pro­vides am­ple room for bet­ter cool­ing be­yond the fit­ted stock In­tel cooler and sin­gle front and rear 120mm fans. Box also in­cluded a neat red LED strip along the top of the in­ner chas­sis.

Box.co.uk of­fers a two-year war­ranty, with one year's collect and re­turn and sec­ond year RTB with its Cube Ten­sion VR PC.

It per­formed per­fectly well and of­fered just as good frame-rates as the oth­ers

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