OVER­CLOCK­ERS UK TI­TAN FAL­CON

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The Ti­tan Fal­con from Over­clock­ers UK is a tremen­dously pow­er­ful, yet rea­son­ably-priced gam­ing PC packed with AMD’s new­est tech. It saves money by tak­ing AMD’s new en­try-level Ryzen 7 1700 pro­ces­sor and over­clock­ing it to 3.8GHz to de­liver per­for­mance sim­i­lar to more ex­pen­sive Ryzen 7 chips.

De­sign

The Ti­tan Fal­con is housed in a Cooler Mas­ter MasterBox 5 sys­tem case with a matte black fin­ish in­side and out, flex­i­ble in­ter­nal mount­ing op­tions and con­ve­nient cable man­age­ment. Built-in 120mm cool­ing fans are fit­ted front and rear, and a re­mov­able dust fil­ter pro­tects the power sup­ply at the bot­tom.

It’s not the fan­ci­est of cases, but the trans­par­ent side panel gives you a good view of the in­ter­nal com­po­nents, which glow in red and blue, thanks to LEDs built into the moth­er­board and graph­ics card, as well as a ded­i­cated LED strip light.

Other than that, there’s not much to be seen in­side as the 2TB Sea­gate Bar­racuda hard drive and 650W Cougar VTX 650W 80 Plus Bronze power sup­ply are hid­den from view in their own com­part­ments at the bot­tom of the case, with the cable man­age­ment con­ceal­ing any un­sightly wires.

The hard drive is sup­ple­mented by a su­per-fast 256GB Sam­sung SM961 NVMe PCI-Ex­press SSD, which holds the op­er­at­ing sys­tem

The Ti­tan Fal­con’s trans­par­ent side panel gives you a good view of the in­ter­nal com­po­nents, which glow in red and blue

and any other data which may need fre­quent high-speed ac­cess. Pow­er­ing the sys­tem, the Ryzen 7 1700 gives you eight pro­ces­sor cores, de­liv­er­ing a to­tal of 16 pro­cess­ing threads for smooth com­put­ing, no mat­ter how many ap­pli­ca­tions you run at once. Be­cause this par­tic­u­lar chip has been over­clocked to 3.8GHz, it gives you the per­for­mance of a faster Ryzen 7 with­out the cor­re­spond­ing in­crease in price.

Stick­ing with the AMD theme, Over­clock­ers has opted to use a Sap­phire Radeon RX480 Nitro+ OC graph­ics card in this PC. It’s a fac­tory over­clocked model, which of­fers a lit­tle speed boost over the stan­dard RX480 and comes with dual cool­ing fans and a back­plate as well as the LED il­lu­mi­nated logo men­tioned ear­lier.

Th­ese com­po­nents, along with 16GB of 2400MHz RAM, are as­sem­bled in an Asus Prime B350-Plus moth­er­board, which comes with com­pre­hen­sive over­clock­ing and fan con­trol op­tions as well as en­hanced gam­ing au­dio, 10Gb/s USB 3.1 and built-in LED il­lu­mi­na­tion. The B350 chipset used here is the poor cousin of the X370 chipset found in some more ex­pen­sive sys­tems, but it’s quite ca­pa­ble of a rea­son­able amount of over­clock­ing. If you’re in­tend­ing on push­ing Ryzen 7 right to the very limit though, you may be bet­ter off in­vest­ing a pricier X370-based moth­er­board. You’ll def­i­nitely need one if you’re think­ing of go­ing with dual Nvidia graph­ics cards at any point in the fu­ture.

How­ever, the Asus Prime B350-Plus is a per­fectly com­pe­tent se­lec­tion for this PC, in keep­ing with the phi­los­o­phy of de­liv­er­ing top per­for­mance with­out a cor­re­spond­ingly high price tag.

Per­for­mance

De­spite be­ing fit­ted with the low­est spec­i­fied Ryzen 7 chip, the Ti­tan Fal­con per­forms rather well, thanks to its pre-over­clocked pro­ces­sor. Be­ing an eight-core CPU it nat­u­rally shines when given heav­ily mul­ti­threaded tasks such as the Cinebench R15 Mul­ti­ple CPU test where it ac­tu­ally out­per­forms PCs based on the Ryzen 7 1700X in some cases and, of course, blows away any In­tel-based quad-core sys­tem.

How­ever, we’re pri­mar­ily in­ter­ested in the PC’s gam­ing per­for­mance, and here the per­for­mance of the Ryzen 7 chips can’t match the best that In­tel has to of­fer – for now, at least.

Most of the avail­able gam­ing per­for­mance is down to the graph­ics card of course. Fit­ted with the RX480, the Ti­tan Fal­con is con­fi­dently ca­pa­ble of 60fps Ul­tra-qual­ity gam­ing at 1080p, al­though it does start to strug­gle a lit­tle when con­fronted with Deus Ex: Mankind Di­vided. Step­ping down to High qual­ity brings the bench­mark back to 60fps flu­id­ity.

If you want bet­ter gam­ing per­for­mance, you can spec­ify the Ti­tan Fal­con with a more pow­er­ful graph­ics card. For an ex­tra £250 you could con­fig­ure the sys­tem with a much faster Nvidia GTX 1080. This would give ac­cess to 2560x1440 or even 4K res­o­lu­tions while keep­ing the over­all sys­tem price com­pet­i­tive, thanks to the cost sav­ings achieved through the over­clocked CPU and B350 chipset moth­er­board.

The Sam­sung SM961 NVMe SSD is also a great boost to gen­eral per­for­mance which helps boost non-gam­ing bench­mark scores above sys­tems based on older SATA tech­nol­ogy.

War­ranty

Over­clock­ers of­fers an ex­cel­lent three-year col­lect-and-re­turn war­ranty which is one of the best avail­able in the in­dus­try, cov­er­ing parts and labour for the whole three-year term. This is par­tic­u­larly valu­able when in­vest­ing in an over­clocked PC with com­po­nents pushed to their lim­its.

Ver­dict

The Over­clock­ers Ti­tan Fal­con em­braces the spirit of over­clock­ing by boost­ing the per­for­mance of lower-spec­i­fied com­po­nents to match their more ex­pen­sive coun­ter­parts, but with­out the higher price and all backed by a su­perb three-year war­ranty.

This over­clocked Ryzen 7 1700 sys­tem oc­ca­sion­ally out­per­forms those based on the pricier 1700X chip and makes no sac­ri­fices on build qual­ity. You may wish to up­grade to a more pow­er­ful graph­ics card for res­o­lu­tions above 1080p, but the price will re­main highly com­pet­i­tive.

The Over­clock­ers Ti­tan Fal­con em­braces the spirit of over­clock­ing by boost­ing the per­for­mance of lower-spec­i­fied com­po­nents

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