The motive behind this full build review was to see if someone want to build a whole system what kind of performance you should expect from it. Generally, we review one specific component at a time, and that also based on one particular configuration to help us see the difference between similar products. But at the end of the day, very few will use the same configure system if they decided to get any particular product.
So by popular request, we decided to build a whole system to evaluate and see what kind of performance someone should expect if they choose to build something identical to this build. You can look at the benchmarks and performance yourself and we hope this should help you determine whether you should build something similar for your next PC.
Intel Core i7-8700K
Intel Core i7-8700K has brought new fresh air to the Intel CPU line-up, and performance was as expected, with two extra cores and Intel’s high per core performance. The new Core i7-8700K not just great for gaming, it’s great for productivity application as well, which the Core i7-7700K lack behind the AMD Ryzne CPUs. The higher clock speed of new chip makes it even faster than Intel’s own 6 core X-series chips. Overall, Intel Core i7-8700K is a great chip, though to use it you need the Z370 chipset motherboard and that takes us to ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING.
ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING
The ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING is mid-range bellow the ROG Maximus and above the standard series motherboards, which retain most of the features of the ROG Maximus boards but at the lower price point. The board looks great, has all the major connectivity features including AC WiFi and USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel internal header. The onboard audio was also great an essential feature for any gaming motherboard. The Chipset- M.2 heatsink was a great touch as well. Now for performance it was good but don’t expect the same overclocking experience as ROG Maximus boards as we did saw voltage drops that lead to instability in very high overclock situation, though ASUS did bring a new BIOS update to improve it, but I would suggest getting a ROG Maximus board if you are opting for a better overclocking board, the ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING is a gaming oriented board not to make or break recodes. For those who are RGB fans, ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING also feature not just a standard RGB header it also equipped with ASUS’s addressable 3-pin RGB header too. Overall for the price the ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING is a great choice for any gaming build.
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti A8G
ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti A8G Gaming has been impressive with better cooling and performance we already did a full review of it and gave it Our Performance AWARD. Overall Asus ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is a very well built card and on the OC mode my sample runs around 1990-2000 MHz in boost speed in the game, which is excellent when you consider the card is advertised to run at 1759MHz. At the price point which GTX 1070Ti, it is hands down the best price to performance king and we are confidently recommending it not only over RX Vega 56 but for those who even looking for GTX 1080 Founders Edition card as ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1070 Ti A8G offer better design, build quality and cooling performance.
XPG GAMMIX D10
The XPG GAMMIX D10 is ADATA’s new budget offing for gaming systems that want no compromised performance but don’t want to spend money on RGB lights and fancy heatsinks. The design of the GAMMIX D10 is simple with a low-profile aluminum heatsink for cooling and allows for maximum compatibility with any CPU air-cooler. Performance wise XPG GAMMIX D10 is as expected running at 3000 MHz with CL 16-18-18 timings and operating voltage of 1.36V. Overall it’s an excellent option for budget builds.
ADATA XPG GAMMIX S10
The ADATA XPG GAMMIX S10 is an NVMe M.2 SSD giving us speedy storage, though we used the 1TB model which was very expensive, but a 256 or 480 GB model would be perfect for this kind of system as it offers much better performance than standard SATA SSD. Performance wise we are looking at 1200MBps read and 800MBps write which not the fastest but not slow as well the XPG GAMMIX S10 series is priced lower so for the price it great what it offers. The heatsink help XPG GAMMIX S10 remain cool so there no performance drop because of heat as well. Overall a solid SSD for our build.
Cooler Master MasterBox 5 Lite RGB
Cooler Master MasterBox 5 Lite RGB is a budget oriented case that offers a lot for its price. The case was well built for the price and the interior was well laid out with all right hols for cables to pass through. Even at this price point, Cooler Master has given four good quality 120mm fans out of which 3 are RGB front fans so cooling was good. The front acrylic panel looks great when RGB fans are light up but the top and the bottom opening is too small for sufficient air to pass through for that 3 front fans. So tested the temp with and without the front panel and it was a significant difference, there for a bigger opening on the front should be given. Other than that case was easy to work with and the end build looks excellent despite such a budget case.
Cooler Master Mastliquid 240
Cooler Master Mastliquid 240 is a well build AIO cooler that performed admirably. Our overclocked Core i7-8700K are well under controlled. Though I have no complaint about the cooler, but I like to see some sort of software control for pump and ability to change the color of the Cooler Master logo on the top of the pump.
Cooler Master V1000
Power Supply something that always tells everyone not to cheap out because of all other components of your system depends on it. The Cooler Master V1000 and V1000 series, in general, are very well put to gather PSU with Japanese capacitors and high-quality components. The V1000 we used in this build gave us an efficiency around 84.2% which not bad though we have to remember we are running the PSU way below its best load mark, typically most PSU sweat sport around 50-80% load where they gave the best efficiency. While our gaming build’s full load around 325W which just 35% of V1000 capacity so we are not getting the best efficiency that it can deliver. For a build like ours, a 700W PSU is the best choice. Though we used 1000W because we had it.
So now you know all the performance numbers and benchmarks of this Coffee Lake Build, so what do you think? Are you build a new gaming rig like this or you want something lower or upper? Let us know what do you think of this kind of entire build review, should we do it more in future or you like stand-alone review more. If you want to see some other build review, maybe with AMD Ryzen let us know that too.