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!
|CPU||Intel Core i5 6600K||OC’d to 4.7GHz||Check on Amazon >|
|Cooler||NZXT Kraken X61||280mm||Check on Amazon >|
|Motherboard||MSI Z270 Gaming M3||Swapped from ASUS Z170I||Check on Amazon >|
|GPU||MSI RTX 2080 Gaming X Trio||Swapped from EVGA GTX 1080||Check on Amazon >|
|Memory||2x 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport||DDR4 3200||Check on Amazon >|
|Storage||Samsung 960 Evo 1TB||NVMe M.2 SSD||Check on Amazon >|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 8TB||7200RPM HDD||Check on Amazon >|
|Backup||Seagate 8TB USB 3.0 HDD||Check on Amazon >|
|Case||Thermaltake View 31 RGB||Check on Newegg >|
|PSU||EVGA SuperNova G3 650W||80+ Gold Modular||Check on Amazon >|
|Fans||2x NZXT Aer RGB 140||Check on Amazon >|
|Lighting||NZXT 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 The Kraken X61 cooler has also been superceded by the Kraken X62.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.
|Monitor||Acer XB271HU||1440p 144Hz IPS||Check on Amazon >|
|Keyboard||Razer Huntsman Elite||Opto-mechanical switches||Check on Amazon >|
|Mouse||Logitech G Pro Wireless||Optical, set to 400DPI||Check on Amazon >|
|Headphones||Sennheiser HD 598||Check on Amazon >|
|Microphone||Blue Yeti||w/ Blue Compass mount||Check on Amazon >|
|Speakers||Audio Engine A5+||2.0 speakers||Check on Amazon >|
|Mouse pad||SteelSeries Prism XL||900 mm x 300mm||Check on Amazon >|
|Mouse bungee||Speedlink Adjix||(when testing wired mice)||Check on Amazon >|
|Number pad||Qisan Mechanical||Cherry MX Brown||Check on Amazon >|
|Card reader||Kingston USB 3.0||Media Reader||Check on Amazon >|
|Fan||Aukey USB Desk Fan||Check on Amazon >|
|Camera||Fujifilm X-T2||18-55 kit lens, 35 F2||Check on Amazon >|