At XSReviews, all our testing and benchmarks are 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 lastest 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!
|CPU||Intel Core i5 6600K||OC’d to 3.7GHz||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Cooler||NZXT Kraken X61||280mm||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Motherboard||Asus Z170I Pro Gaming||Mini ITX||Check prices on Amazon >|
|GPU||EVGA GTX 1080 FTW||ACX 3.0||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Memory||2x 8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport||DDR4 2400||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Storage||Samsung 960 Evo 1TB||NVMe M.2 SSD||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Storage||Western Digital 3TB||Caviar Green HDD||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Case||Thermaltake View 31 RGB||Check prices on Newegg >|
|PSU||EVGA SuperNova G3 650W||80+ Gold Modular||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Fans||2x NZXT Aer RGB 140||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Lighting||NZXT Hue+||2x RGB strips||Check prices 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 GTX 1080 FTW graphics card, 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. This mid-tower will allow full-size ATX motherboards, so the Micro ITX motherboard we’re using looks comically small tucked into the upper left corner of the case. 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 (autumn 2017), 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 motherboard from ASUS, and higher-clocked RAM (probably from Corsair). The Kraken X61 cooler has also been superceded by the Kraken X62.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 until 2018 for a 10nm Cannon Lake 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 September ’17.
|Monitor||Acer XB271HU||1440p 144Hz IPS||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Keyboard||Razer Blackwidow TE||Chroma Stealth||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Mouse||SteelSeries Sensei 310||Optical, set to 400DPI||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Headphones||Mionix Nash 20||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Microphone||Blue Yeti||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Speakers||Audio Engine A5+||2.0 speakers||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Mouse pad||HyperX Large Fury Pro||500 mm x 420 mm||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Mouse bungee||Speedlink Adjix||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Number pad||Qisan Mechanical||Cherry MX Brown||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Card reader||Kingston USB 3.0||Media Reader||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Fan||Aukey USB Desk Fan||Check prices on Amazon >|
|Camera||Fujifilm X-T2||18-55 kit lens, 35 F2||Check prices on Amazon >|