Re­sis­tance Beast AiO

The Beast is a lit­tle un­tamed

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It’srare to find an all-in-one com­puter de­signed for gam­ing that is ac­tu­ally up to the task thanks to the size, power and cool­ing re­quire­ments of desk­top graph­ics cards forc­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers to com­pro­mise on per­for­mance in or­der to keep the ma­chine cool and not un­rea­son­ably bulky. Well, Re­sis­tance, the gam­ing arm of Leader Com­put­ers hasn’t com­pro­mised on power to de­liver a sleeper all-in-one com­puter. The Beast AiO is very aptly named. It’s huge and bulky, al­low­ing for both a mas­sive screen as well as some pow­er­ful in­nards. Built around a Sam­sung 21:9, 34” curved 3440x1440, 60Hz panel, the Beast mea­sures 863.6mm wide, 127mm deep and 431.8 mm high and weighs in at 13.6Kg. As such, it needs a fairly deep desk, but if you have one, there’s a lot to like about the ma­chine.

Be­hind the screen of the model we re­viewed sits a Core i7-7700 run­ning at 3.6GHz (with a turbo clock of 4.1GHz), 16Gb DDR4 RAM, an 8Gb GTX 1070 and a com­bi­na­tion of 256Mb m.2 SSD and 1Tb 2.5” HDD. The Re­sis­tance web­site cur­rently only shows a slightly cheaper model with a 3Gb GTX 1060, but pre­sum­ably that will change at some stage. We were a lit­tle scep­ti­cal at first as to whether the 1070 would be up to the task of push­ing the pix­els re­quired for a 4K mon­i­tor, but as the bench­marks show, we were pleas­antly sur­prised. The per­for­mance of the card can’t push the pix­els re­quired for the high­est set­tings, but can steadily hit 60 frames at medium to high de­tail with vir­tu­ally any­thing you can throw at it.

The per­for­mance may be re­ally quite good, but there are some def­i­nite prob­lems with the Beast AiO, the first and most no­tice­able be­ing the screen. As big and bright as it is, the 60Hz re­fresh rate leads to some se­ri­ous screen tear­ing. It’s a pity be­cause it has enough ver­ti­cal res­o­lu­tion to re­ally make the ul­tra- wide for­mat look great, and the im­age is nice and bright with vi­brant colour as well. If the Beast fea­tured a GTX 1080 the tear­ing wouldn’t pose as much of a prob­lem as the more pow­er­ful card would hit the 60 frames thresh­old much eas­ier on most games, but with the GTX 1070 you can tell when­ever the card gets a lit­tle over­whelmed and drops the frame count. The other sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem is the cool­ing. It works well and keeps ev­ery­thing nice and cool, but it also makes the AiO sound like it’s about to take off any time you boot up a game and put some strain on the sys­tem. Loud cool­ing isn’t too bad a prob­lem if you keep your PC un­der

as big and bright as the screen is, the 60Hz re­fresh rate leads to some se­ri­ous screen tear­ing

a desk, but with an AiO that’s not a choice you can make.

We like the Beast AiO. It’s prob­a­bly the best gam­ing all-in-one sys­tem we’ve seen to date, but the form fac­tor still has a cou­ple of is­sues that need to be ironed out be­fore they be­come a truly tempt­ing al­ter­na­tive to a stan­dard desk­top PC. Fin­gers crossed Re­sis­tance re­leases a new model with a G-Sync/ FreeSync screen and bet­ter cool­ing. If that hap­pens then we’ll def­i­nitely be tempted. DANIEL WILKS

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