YOYOTECH BLACKBOX SP

£1,649 inc VAT • yoyo.co.uk

PC Advisor - - GROUP TEST: GAMING PCS -

Fin­ished in daz­zling white with bright me­tal­lic pur­ple ac­cents, YoyoTech’s In­tel-based gam­ing PC cer­tainly looks spec­tac­u­lar, but un­der that rather dar­ing paint job we find a se­lec­tion of well-cho­sen com­po­nents pushed to the limit in the pur­suit of the high­est pos­si­ble gam­ing per­for­mance.

De­sign

Whether your ini­tial re­sponse to the ap­pear­ance of the BlackBox SP is one of de­light or hor­ror, you can’t dis­pute the el­e­gance and space ef­fi­ciency of the NZXT S340 com­pact mid-tower case – which is also avail­able in a se­lec­tion of other colours, in­clud­ing black – bor­ing.

The NZXT doesn’t pan­der to the needs of legacy com­po­nent like op­ti­cal drives, for which no space at all has been made avail­able. In­stead, the en­tire front of the PC is a blank, min­i­mal­ist panel of white, di­rectly be­hind which sits the mas­sive Kraken X52 High-per­for­mance 240mm liq­uid cooler that adds yet more raz­zle-daz­zle to the PC’s al­ready rave-like ap­pear­ance with its own cus­tomis­able RGB light­ing ef­fects.

And the party doesn’t stop there: the sup­plied Gi­ga­byte AORUS Z270X GAM­ING 7 moth­er­board also comes with a built-in multi-zone LED light show and even the twin DDR4 3200MHz RAM mod­ules self-il­lu­mi­nate like a pair of colour-chang­ing glow sticks. This gam­ing-cen­tric board of­fer mas­sive up­grade po­ten­tial with sup­port for up to three-way graph­ics card op­tions and triple NVMe PCIe SSDs in RAID 0 if you re­ally want to push per­for­mance to the ex­treme.

Of course, you also get com­pre­hen­sive au­to­matic and man­ual over­clock­ing with smart fan con­trols built in. En­hanced ‘Killer’ net­work per­for­mance and Cre­ative Sound Core3D en­hance­ments are also built in, along with plenty of USB 3.1 Gen 2 con­nec­tors and a Thun­der­bird port for high speed con­nec­tiv­ity.

The YoyoTech BlackBox SP is most cer­tainly a PC that’s scream­ing out for at­ten­tion, al­though, thank­fully, all of th­ese mul­ti­coloured light­ing sys­tems come with soft­ware con­trols, so you can eas­ily turn them all off when no-one is look­ing and you re­ally need to con­cen­trate on your tax re­turn.

The front of the PC is a blank panel, di­rectly be­hind which sits the mas­sive Kraken X52 High-per­for­mance 240mm liq­uid cooler

You’ll be pleased to know that the BlackBox SP also has the per­for­mance to back up all of this mul­ti­coloured cus­tomi­sa­tion. YoyoTech has cho­sen a 3.8GHz In­tel Core i5-7600K quad-core pro­ces­sor, which has been over­clocked to 4.6GHz. This ap­proach CPU sac­ri­fices the Hyper Thread­ing of the more ex­pen­sive Core i7-7700K, which doesn’t give you use­ful per­for­mance gains for gam­ing, but gives you some ex­tra MHz for free which saves you money that can be more use­fully spent else­where in the sys­tem.

An­other great com­po­nent choice here is the graph­ics card. YoyoTech has se­lected an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 for this sys­tem. Of course, it’s not just any GTX 1070: in keep­ing with the over­clocked theme of the BlackBox SP, the PC comes with an EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW Gam­ing, card which has been re-en­gi­neered from Nvidia’s orig­i­nal spec to al­low in­creased base and boost clock speeds up from 1506/1683MHz to 1607/1797MHz out of the box. It also comes with op­tional au­to­matic over­clock tun­ing and the en­hanced cool­ing power ca­pac­ity to al­low it. Fur­ther­more, it also lights up in user-con­fig­urable RGB colours – per­fect for the BlackBox SP.

Some non-il­lu­mi­nated com­po­nents are also in­stalled, in­clud­ing a 250GB Sam­sung 960 Evo NVMe SSD, plugged di­rectly into the moth­er­board and a sep­a­rate 2TB mag­netic drive tucked away into its own com­part­ment, while a 750W EVGA Gold 80 Plus PSU sup­plies am­ple power for the sys­tem.

Per­for­mance

Over­clocked PCs gen­er­ally give very good per­for­mance for the money, and the YoyoTech is no ex­cep­tion. You can ex­pect to crank the qual­ity set­tings right up at res­o­lu­tions up to 2560x1440 with­out dip­ping be­low 60fps on many ti­tles, and sim­i­lar per­for­mance can be achieved at 4K with re­duced qual­ity set­tings, al­though the high­est res­o­lu­tions are a lit­tle more chal­leng­ing for this GTX 1070 than a stock GTX 1080, de­spite its over­clocked per­for­mance tweaks. It’ll also breeze through VR ti­tles, if that’s your bag.

Out­side of gam­ing, the YoyoTech BlackBox SP con­tin­ues to per­form well, con­vinc­ingly out­pac­ing Ryzen 7-based sys­tems and com­ing in just a lit­tle be­hind the more ex­pen­sive Core i7-7700K for most tasks. A Core i7 will pull ahead in in­ten­sively mul­ti­task­ing sce­nar­ios like the Cinebench R15 mul­ti­ple CPU test, but this is of no real ad­van­tage to gamers who will be served very well by the BlackBox SP’s over­clocked Core i5.

Ver­dict

If you love bright, puls­ing lights with cus­tomis­able colours, then the YoyoTech BlackBox SP has got your name writ­ten all over it. If you love high-per­for­mance gam­ing, you’ll also en­joy the over­clocked In­tel CPU, Nvidia graph­ics and NVMe stor­age, which com­bine to de­liver su­perb per­for­mance for your money.

You can ex­pect to crank the qual­ity set­tings right up at res­o­lu­tions up to 2560x1440 with­out dip­ping be­low 60fps on many ti­tles

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