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AWD-IT Hyperion Gaming PC Review

AWD-IT Hyperion Gaming PC Review

AWD-IT Hyperion PC Review AMD Ryzen 2 2700X review gaming PC review 2The AWD-IT Hyperion is the first PC we’ve seen with an AMD Ryzen 2 processor. It’s a big moment, because AMD’s first generation of Ryzen chips was outstanding – and the second wave is set to be even better. The AWD-IT Hyperion pairs its factory-fresh Ryzen 2 chip with top-tier Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti and a brand-new Samsung SSD. Can Ryzen 2 make a big impression? Read our AWD-IT Hyperion Gaming PC review to find out if this system is worth £2,250.

AWD-IT Hyperion Gaming PC Review – Components

The Ryzen 2 2700X is the top consumer chip from the second generation of AMD Ryzen

. This new version of the Zen architecture improves the manufacturing process from 21nm to 14nm, which will increase efficiency on every part of the CPU – and it’ll give more headroom for higher clock speeds. AMD has partnered the manufacturing improvements with cleverer boosting technologies. You also get more complete chipsets, faster memory speeds and improved L2 and L3 cache latencies.

The 2700X used in the AWD-IT Hyperion uses Zen’s architectural improvements to deliver a fearsome specification. The 2700X has eight cores that can support sixteen concurrent threads. It’s got a 3.7GHz stock speed, and that improves to 4.3GHz with boosting.

The Ryzen 7 2700X and its improved architecture square up to the Intel Core i7-8700K. That Intel part is the most popular consumer chip for gaming and high-end systems right now – but, on paper, it doesn’t always match up to the AWD-IT’s AMD Ryzen part. It’s only got six cores, for instance, even if its stock speed of 4.7GHz is better than the AMD Ryzen chip.

The recent Stormforce Prism i7 8700K GTX 1080 Ti system and the Chillblast Fusion Fireblade both used the Intel Core i7-8700K. The former machine overclocked it to 4.8GHz, while the latter left its clock at the 3.7GHz stock speed. We’ve also seen the CyberPower Infinity Xtreme Titanium GTX, which used the Intel Core i7-7800X – a Skylake-X part with six cores and a more modest clock speed but a more versatile chipset.

The new chip is partnered with a new SSD. The 500GB Samsung 970 EVO delivers the usual round of efficiency improvements and speed increases – and this is the first time we’ve seen it in a review system.

Elsewhere, there’s 16GB of 3,000MHz DDR4 memory – but no hard disk. That’s an odd choice for a gaming PC, because it means you’ll have a lot less room to store the latest titles. It’s easy to add a hard disk using AWD-IT’s online configuration tool, but that will obviously increase the price a little.

AWD-IT has chosen to include a Zotac-made Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in the Hyperion. That’s a good start, and we’re pleased that AWD-IT has chosen an Extreme model. That bodes well for performance: this card features a huge heatsink, RGB LEDs and a core overclocked from 1,480MHz to 1,645MHz.

AWD-IT Hyperion PC Review AMD Ryzen 2 2700X review gaming PC review 3 AWD-IT Hyperion PC Review AMD Ryzen 2 2700X review gaming PC review 5All three rival machines also used the GTX 1080 Ti. The Chillblast and CyberPower systems overclocked those cards, too, although neither hit the same speed as the AWD-IT’s Zotac model. Stormforce’s more expensive PC used two cards in SLI.

The Hyperion’s motherboard is another excellent component. The Asus ROG Crosshair VII Hero is one of the best high-end boards on the market – which means you get bold looks and loads of features.

As ever, the black PCB is covered with chunky metal heatsinks, and the rear IO already has a rear cover. The main M.2 socket has its own heatsink, and RGB LEDs around the board can all be customised.

In between the beefy heatsinks you’ll find a two-character POST display, a row of diagnostic LEDs and several buttons – from power and reset to safe boot and memory options. These are all features designed to aid tinkerers, and they’re only found on high-end boards.

The Stormforce and Chillblast machines don’t have these features – if you want them on another machine, the CyberPower is your only option from the machines we’ve named here.

Elsewhere, you’ve got steel-supported PCI slots that support the full gamut of multi-GPU options, and two M.2 connectors – one is free, and the occupied connecter has its own heatsink. As usual, you’ve got beefed-up audio and wired networking, too.

At the rear you’ve got a vast selection of ports. There are ten USB 3.1 connectors – including a Type-C connector – and older USB 2 ports. There’s a PS/2 connector, five audio jacks, and both Clear CMOS and BIOS Flashback buttons. The only thing missing is 802.11ac wireless internet.

The final component, the power supply, continues this PC’s air of quality. The Cooler Master V750 is fully modular and has an 80Plus Gold rating. Its 750W power output also means you’ve got enough juice for a second graphics card.

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AWD-IT Hyperion Gaming PC Review – Design

The Cooler Master MasterCase MC500mt deploys a trendy mix of metal and tempered glass – just like the cases used in the Stormforce, Chillblast and CyberPower competitors.

The MC500t augments its metal and glass design with a red theme. A crimson band runs around the panel of ports at the front of the machine, and there are red slats on the roof. Usefully, there’s a sturdy handle on the top of the case. And the front also offers three USB 3.1 ports and a Type-C connection – a rarity among gaming PCs, even now. There’s also a button to alter the RGB LEDs.

AWD-IT Hyperion PC Review AMD Ryzen 2 2700X review gaming PC review 2The red theme continues on the inside. There’s a plate at the bottom of the case that glows with crimson – a smart change to the familiar PSU shroud. The memory, Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240R RGB water-cooling unit, graphics card and motherboard lights are all illuminated with red.

A solid supporting strut holds the graphics card in place. There are two hard disk bays free, and two 2.5in bays free at the rear. AWD-IT has done a good job with cable-tidying, too. All of the key power cables are discreetly routed through the motherboard tray and are tied down securely. At the bottom of the machine the smaller cables disappear quickly.

This case doesn’t have any real downsides. It’s got just as much expansion room as the enclosures used by its rivals, and it’s neat, tidy and sturdy on the inside and outside. There are loads of ports at the front, and the motherboard’s backplate serves up lots of connectivity at the rear.

It’s certainly a better option than the slightly cheaper case used by the Chillblast Fusion Fireblade. However, the Corsair Crystal 570X used by the CyberPower does arguably look a little better.

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AWD-IT Hyperion Gaming PC Review – Application & Thermal Performance

AWD-IT Hyperion PC Review AMD Ryzen 2 2700X review gaming PC review application benchmarksThe second-generation AMD Ryzen processor inside the AWD-IT Hyperion is a stellar performer that compares well with Intel. It even manages to stay in touching distance with systems that have overclocked processors.

Its PC Mark 8 result of 4,928, for instance, is the best out of all four systems we’ve mentioned in this review – and that includes machines that overclocked the Intel Core i7-8700K to 4.8GHz.

The Ryzen 2 2700X’s eight cores returned an impressive score of 24,855 in the Geekbench multi-core test. That’s more than 3,000 points beyond the two Intel Core i7 machines, and it’s clearly obvious that AMD’s extra two cores work here. The Stormforce Prism was a little quicker, but that machine had an overclocked Core i7 chip, 32GB of memory and two GTX 1080 Ti cards – and was much more expensive.

Cinebench is another test that stretches the multi-threaded legs of a CPU. In this benchmark the AWD-IT Hyperion led the way with 1,804 points – around 400 points better than its nearest challenger.

The AWD-IT Hyperion fell behind the Core i7-8700K in the Geekbench single-threaded test, but that’s hardly a surprise – the Intel chip has better single-threaded speed.

The Hyperion isn’t far behind those other chips in the single-threaded test, though, so the AWD-IT will still easily handle tasks that rely on single-threaded pace. That means gaming, web browsing, Office applications and other less-demanding hardware.

Where this chip really shines, though, is in those multi-threaded tests. It’s regularly quicker than the i7-8700K here. That means the Ryzen 2 2700X is a better option for graphic design, photo-editing, video production work and other tough work tasks.

The Ryzen 2 2700X didn’t cause us any thermal issues. Its peak temperature of 59°C during our toughest stress-test is absolutely fine, and the graphics card was one-degree cooler.

That’s fine, but noise was a problem. There was noticeable fan noise during gaming, and even more noise during full-system tests. Occasionally the fans would spin up for a couple of seconds before returning to their more conventional levels.

The fan noise can be masked with a headset or with speakers – if you have some modest sound from elsewhere, you just won’t notice the Hyperion. However, this PC is certainly louder than all three of its rivals.

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AWD-IT Hyperion Gaming PC Review – Gaming Performance

AWD-IT Hyperion PC Review AMD Ryzen 2 2700X review gaming PC review application benchmarksThe overclocked GTX 1080 Ti won’t have any problem with most high-end gaming tasks. It’ll scythe through 1080p and 1440p games, and it’ll run all of today’s top titles at 4K too. VR headsets won’t prove a problem for this PC, and it’ll also handle monitors with high refresh rates.

When compared to other machines, though, the marginally better overclock didn’t give the Hyperion a convincing lead over its rivals.

Its 4K Battlefield 4 average of 90fps was a couple of frames better than other systems, for instance, but its 76fps minimum was four frames slower than its best rival. That pattern repeated in Crysis 3, where a good average was undermined by a mediocre minimum.

The Hyperion’s overclocked GTX 1080 Ti took a narrow lead in both Fallout 4 tests, with that advantage maintained in Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.

However, it was several frames behind its Intel-based rivals in both Witcher 3 benchmarks.

We weren’t able to draw definite conclusions from the 3D Mark tests, either. The AWD-IT Hyperion was a tiny bit ahead of its single-GPU rivals in the standard Fire Strike benchmark. However, it was more than 1,000 points behind the Chillblast machine in the Fire Strike Extreme test.

The combination of an overclocked GTX 1080 Ti and the new Ryzen 2 2700X is enough to deliver fantastic gaming pace that never falls a long way behind the competition, but it’s not enough to see the AWD-IT PC consistently outpace machines with Intel hardware.

AWD-IT Hyperion Gaming PC Review – Conclusion

AWD-IT Hyperion PC Review AMD Ryzen 2 2700X review gaming PC review 1The factory-fresh AMD Ryzen 2 2700X processor is an excellent update to an already-impressive line of CPUs. The AWD-IT Hyperion’s chip was barely behind Intel silicon in single-threaded tests, and it kept up and even surpassed Intel’s chips – even when some of those were overclocked – during multi-threaded benchmarks.

That bodes well for productivity as well as more conventional applications. The overclocked GTX 1080 Ti inside the AWD-IT Hyperion proved just as quick as rivals, too, proving that the new CPU won’t hinder gameplay either.

Elsewhere, you get a superb motherboard, good memory and a fast, new SSD.

That said, the AWD-IT Hyperion isn’t without problems. The absence of a hard disk is a strange choice, and this machine is louder than all of its rivals. And, if you need single-core speed, Intel does remain your best choice.

Those minor issues keep this this AMD Ryzen system from a clean bill of health in our latest gaming PC review, but it’s definitely worth considering. It’s a better multi-threaded performer than Intel’s equivalent, and the AWD-IT Hyperion pairs the excellent AMD CPU with a keen motherboard, solid design and ample gaming power.

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Recommended AwardThe Good:

  • AMD Ryzen 2 is impressively quick
  • Fast overclocked GTX 1080 Ti
  • Brand-new SSD
  • Excellent motherboard
  • Attractive and high-quality build

 

The Bad:

  • No hard disk
  • A little noisier than rivals
  • Intel still marginally quicker in single-threaded benchmarks

The Specs:

CPU: 3.7GHz AMD Ryzen 2 2700X
Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance RGB 3,000MHz DDR4
Graphics: Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB
Motherboard: Asus ROG Crosshair VII Hero
Storage: 500GB Samsung 970 EVO SSD
Warranty: 3yr labour, parts & repair w/ 6 months of transport

 

 

 

 

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