Box.co.uk Cube Te nsion
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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