XSR Test Rig: Specs & Components

At XSReviews, our testing is all hand-made by skilled artisans. Here’s a peak behind the curtain, as we take a look at the specs, components and peripherals of the latest XSR Test Rig, codenamed MANTAMACHINE.

For each component, you’ll find its name, any relevant extra information, and links to check the price on Amazon. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch!

CPUIntel Core i5 6600KOC’d to 4.7GHz Check on Amazon >
CoolerNZXT Kraken X61280mm Check on Amazon >
MotherboardMSI Z270 Gaming M3Swapped from ASUS Z170I Check on Amazon >
GPUMSI RTX 2080 Gaming X TrioSwapped from EVGA GTX 1080 Check on Amazon >
Memory2x 16GB Crucial Ballistix SportDDR4 3200 Check on Amazon >
StorageSamsung 960 Evo 1TBNVMe M.2 SSD Check on Amazon >
Storage Seagate Barracuda 8TB7200RPM HDD Check on Amazon >
BackupSeagate 8TB USB 3.0 HDD  Check on Amazon >
CaseThermaltake View 31 RGB  Check on Newegg >
PSUEVGA SuperNova G3 650W80+ Gold Modular  Check on Amazon >
Fans2x NZXT Aer RGB 140  Check on Amazon >
LightingNZXT Hue+2x RGB strips Check on Amazon >



This build was originally based around the NZXT Manta Mini ITX case, which necessitated the Z170I motherboard over its full-fat equivalent. However, the roomy case ensures that very few other sacrifices were made. There’s a chunky RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio graphics card by MSI, a roof-mounted 280mm radiator for liquid cooling and five 140mm case fans (two Aer RGB up front, two on top of the radiator and one at the back).

In October 2017, the MANTAMACHINE was swapped into the Thermaltake View 31 RGB case in order to do a review. The case came with three Riing RGB fans, which accompany the existing pair of Aer RGB fans which have now been moved to the top of the case, cooling the Kraken radiator.

Were I to construct a similar PC now, I’d swap out the Core i5 6600K for an eight-generation (“Coffee Lake”) hexa-core processor, probably the i5-8600K or i7-8700K. I’d choose a corresponding Z370 motherboard from MSI, and higher-clocked RAM (probably from Corsair or Ballistix). The Kraken X61 cooler has also been superceded by the Kraken X62. The rest of the build would remain unchanged. However, I’d also be tempted to wait for a 10nm processor, assuming it isn’t delayed until the end of time.

If you have any questions about the build, let me know and I’ll answer if I can!

Thanks to NZXT for providing the Kraken X61 cooler, Aer RGB fans and Hue+ case lighting. Thanks to Crucial and StormForce for providing the Ballistix Sport RAM. Thanks to Thermaltake for providing the View 31 case. If you’d like to contribute components to the rig, get in touch!


Of course, you might also want to know what’s plugged into our test rig. This changes a little more frequently, but here are the important bits as of February 2019.

MonitorAcer XB271HU1440p 144Hz IPS  Check on Amazon >
KeyboardRazer Huntsman Elite Opto-mechanical switches Check on Amazon >
MouseLogitech G Pro Wireless Optical, set to 400DPI Check on Amazon >
HeadphonesSennheiser HD 598  Check on Amazon >
MicrophoneBlue Yeti w/ Blue Compass mount Check on Amazon >
SpeakersAudio Engine A5+ 2.0 speakers Check on Amazon >
Mouse padSteelSeries Prism XL900 mm x 300mm Check on Amazon >
Mouse bungeeSpeedlink Adjix(when testing wired mice) Check on Amazon >
 Number padQisan MechanicalCherry MX Brown  Check on Amazon >
Card readerKingston USB 3.0Media Reader  Check on Amazon >
FanAukey USB Desk Fan   Check on Amazon >
CameraFujifilm X-T218-55 kit lens, 35 F2 Check on Amazon >

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