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Official Fnatic Gaming PC Review

Official Fnatic Gaming PC Review

Official Fnatic Gaming PC 01The Official Fnatic Gaming PC is one of the most exciting desktops to emerge for ages – because it’s the official PC of esports mega-team Fnatic. This rig is built by UK-based PC Specialist, which has lived up to its name over the years by winning loads of awards.

The version of the Official Fnatic Gaming PC that we’ve reviewed here if the flagship of the new range – which means it’s the desktop that is going to be sent to Fnatic’s pro players and sold on the UK high street. It costs £1,599 from either PC Specialist or PC World.

Can PC Specialist translate Fnatic’s success to this system? Find out in our Official Fnatic Gaming PC review.

The Official Fnatic Gaming PC Review – Components

The Official Fnatic Gaming PC is an unusual machine – because its main two components both come from AMD.

An Asus-made AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT is used in this machine. It’s one of AMD’s most powerful consumer GPUs, and it squares up against the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super and RTX 2080 Super.

The Radeon RX 5700 XT has 2,560 stream processors – the same number as the RTX 2070 Super but 512 short of the RTX 2080 Super. It’s got a solid 8GB of memory, and this card runs at its stock speeds, which means a Boost clock of 1,905MHz.

Official Fnatic Gaming PC 05The AMD Ryzen 7 3700X provides the processing power. It’s an eight-core chip with multi-threading, which means it can address sixteen concurrent threads. That’s ample power for gaming and for tough work tasks, like photo- and video-editing. The Ryzen 7 3700X runs at its stock speeds, so it has base and boost clocks of 3.6GHz and 4.4GHz.

The £1,599 Official Fnatic Gaming PC sits between two key rivals. The CyberPower Ultra 7 RTX is more expensive, at £1,899, and that’s reflected in the specification – that machine, for instance, had an RTX 2080 Super GPU and an AMD Ryzen 7 3800X processor. The cheaper MSI Trident A costs £1,049 and makes do with an older RTX 2060 and a six-core Intel Core i5-9400F processor.

The Official Fnatic Gaming PC keeps impressing elsewhere. There’s 16GB of 3,200MHz memory, for instance. The boot drive is a 500GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus SSD, and there’s a 2TB hard disk. Electricity is provided by a Corsair TX650M, which is a smart semi-modular unit with an 80Plus Gold certification.

Wireless is included, although the wireless card used on this PC is a dual-band 802.11ac unit with Bluetooth 4.2 rather than anything with future-proofed WiFi 6.

Official Fnatic Gaming PC 07The Official Fnatic Gaming PC uses an Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming motherboard. When it comes to the basics, it’s fine – it has two spare memory slots, a free M.2 connector and several empty PCI-Express x1 slots. Gaming is aided by the addition of beefed-up ROG Ethernet and improved audio circuits.

The port selection at the rear is good. There’s a USB 3.1 Type-C port, for instance, alongside seven full-size USB ports, five audio jacks and a PS/2 port.

However, the Asus board is basic in other areas. It has a second PCI-Express x16 slot, for instance, but the combination of its slow speed and the AMD B450 chipset means that dual-graphics are not supported. The Asus board also has no extra on-board buttons or displays, and it doesn’t support the faster PCI-Express 4.0 standard. If you want that AMD-based technology, you’ll need X570 hardware.

The pricier CyberPower system was marginally better here thanks to a PCI-Express 4.0 SSD alongside similar components elsewhere. The cheaper, smaller MSI Trident machine can’t compete, though: it has slower memory and storage and a weaker mini-ITX motherboard.

The £1,599 Official Fnatic Gaming PC is the flagship in this range, but it’s not the only machine available. If you want to save cash, the £1,240 Fnatic Elite uses a Ryzen 5 3600X processor and a Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card. The £1,660 Fnatic Pro has a Ryzen 7 3800X alongside the Radeon RX 5700 XT. The top-tier machine is the Fnatic Ultra, which uses the same GPU alongside a Ryzen 9 3900X for a price of £2,190.

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Design

Official Fnatic Gaming PC 04The Official Fnatic Gaming PC uses a Corsair iCUE 465X chassis. It’s a good choice. Build quality is great, and it looks impressive thanks to two tempered glass panels and a trio of RGB LED intake fans.

The Fnatic and PC Specialist logos adorn the side panel. The Corsair chassis serves up magnetic dust filters and two USB ports. It’s 216mm wide and 455mm tall, too, so it’s not too large – which makes it relatively easy to cart this ATX system to LAN events.

PC Specialist has done a good job when it comes to keeping the cables tidy around the front of the machine. The case helps thanks to its PSU shroud and rubber-grommet routing holes. The CPU is chilled by a PC Specialist FrostFlow cooler. It sits unobtrusively on the exhaust mount and looks good thanks to a ring of chrome on the waterblock.

Official Fnatic Gaming PC 02The neat building means that the motherboard’s memory sockets, M.2 connector and most of its on-board headers are easy to reach. Around the rear, the Fnatic serves up four 2.5in mounts and a single 3.5in bay for expansion.

The build is good, but it’s not without issues. The AMD graphics card is large, for starters. That means it blocks the SATA ports – so expansion here is awkward. The fan situation is tricky, too. There are two exhaust fans in the roof that may deprive the CPU cooler of air. Those fans also mean there are no extra fan mounts on the RGB control board behind the motherboard.

This chassis is a little cramped, too, because of its modest dimensions. The bottom of the motherboard runs right up against the PSU shroud, and the top of the board is blocked by those roof-mounted fans.

The pricier CyberPower machine used the same case, so the issues prevail in both PCs. The MSI Trident A is far smaller and lighter machine, which makes it easier to transport – but it had far fewer ports and upgrade paths.

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Gaming Performance

The AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT is a reliably fast gaming GPU. When it comes to 1080p gaming, it has enough speed to play single-player games at butter-smooth framerates. There’s easily enough speed here to run esports games a 144fps or 240fps, too. That makes the RX 5700 XT is perfect for 144Hz or 240Hz displays.

In our range of titles, run at 1080p, the Official Fnatic Gaming PC returned minimums between 52fps and 98fps and averages between 65fps and 182fps. There’s clearly a huge amount of power here.

The RX 5700 XT is a good performer at 1440p. In our tests at 2,560 x 1,440 the Fnatic system returned minimums between 48fps and 81fps and averages between 55fps and 130fps. That’s enough for smooth single-player gaming at 60fps or beyond in the vast majority of games without graphical compromise. It’s also still enough pace to play esports games on high refresh-rate displays.

The Radeon card finds its limits at 4K. At this tough resolution its gaming minimums dipped below 30fps in several games. In single-player triple-A games, then, you’re going to have to compromise on graphics settings to achieve smooth gameplay. That’s also going to be the case on widescreen panels and VR headsets.

The Radeon card also struggles when up against its Nvidia rivals. The RTX 2080 Super is miles ahead – consistently with huge leads across all benchmarks. That’s no surprise when PCs like the CyberPower are much more expensive than the Official Fnatic Gaming PC.

The AMD GPU also lags a little behind the RTX 2070 Super. At 1440p the RTX 2070 Super is often between five or ten frames ahead of the RX 5700 XT. There are smaller but consistent gaps at 4K. That’s more of a problem. That’s because PCs with the RTX 2070 Super can be found for the same price as the AMD-powered Fnatic machine – or for even less.

And, as an added bonus, those Nvidia-based machines will also have Ray-Tracing and DLSS.

Theoretical tests illustrate these trends. The Fnatic machine scored 9,156 points in 3D Mark Fire Strike. That’s more than 1,500 points behind RTX 2080 Super machines and around 600 or 700 points behind most RTX 2070 Super GPUs.

Happily, though, the AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT remains far faster than the RTX 2060 inside the smaller, older MSI machine – and it’s still a very fast GPU, even if it can’t match Nvidia.

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Application & Thermal Performance

The stock-speed Ryzen 7 3700X is an excellent processor. Its Geekbench 5 single- and multi-core results of 1,245 and 8,451 are superb. They’re easily better than the six-core i5-9400F in the MSI machine. Those scores will also beat any other Intel Core i5 parts.

The AMD CPU continued to perform well elsewhere. Its Cinebench R20 result of 4,641 is twice as quick as the Intel chip. In PC Mark 10 the Fnatic rig returned a score of 6,257 – around 500 points beyond that smaller MSI Trident A system.

It’s great pace. It means that the Ryzen chip inside this machine has enough ability to easily handle photo-editing, video-work and tough multi-tasking alongside other work tools. It’s a very versatile chip.

Impressively, there’s barely any difference between the Ryzen 7 3700X and the Ryzen 7 3800X that’s used in the more expensive CyberPower system.

The Fnatic’s Samsung SSD returned read and write speeds of 3,062MB/s and 2,919MB/s. Those are among the best speeds you’ll find from a conventional NVMe drive, and they mean that files will load quickly and that the system will always boot with a great turn of speed. The pricier CyberPower uses a PCI-Express 4.0 drive, though, and it returned speeds of 4,538MB/s and 2,446MB/s – with that latter result improving loading times and really demonstrating the extra speed available from the new standard.

The Official Fnatic Gaming PC is a solid thermal performer. Its CPU and GPU peak temperatures of 68°C and 71°C are absolutely fine. This PC produced fan noise during games, but it was never loud – it’s very easy to mask the Fnatic using speakers or a headset. It’s just a shame that those two roof fans are included, because they increase noise and have no discernible impact on cooling.

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The Official Fnatic Gaming PC Review – Conclusion

Official Fnatic Gaming PC 06The Official Fnatic Gaming PC isn’t just a bog-standard build with the Fnatic logo slapped on the side. There’s plenty to like about this machine: it’s fast enough for any esports title and for 1080p and 1440p gaming, and the CPU is superb when it comes to gaming and the vast majority of work tasks.

Elsewhere, the memory, storage and PSU are all solid. The case is smart and attractive, with good upgrade paths and consistently quiet operation.

This PC isn’t without problems. It’s expensive and a little slow in games when compared to machines with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super, for starters. There’s also no Ray-Tracing. The motherboard is basic and the case is a little cramped.

Despite those issues, though, the Official Fnatic Gaming PC is impressive: fast in games and applications, with good components elsewhere and a solid build. If you’re a Fnatic fan then it’s a great buy – and everyone else should still consider this PC as an effective mid-range option.

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The GoodRecommended Award

  • Great CPU performance
  • Solid 1080p and 1440p speeds
  • Good build and well-balanced specification

The Bad

  • A little pricier than rivals
  • RX 5700 XT can’t compete with RTX 2070 Super
  • Motherboard is a tad basic

The Specs

CPU: 3.6GHz AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix B450-F Gaming
Memory: 16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB 3,200MHz DDR4
Graphics: Asus Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB
Storage: 500GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2 SSD, 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
Case: Corsair iCUE 465X
Cooling: Cooling: CPU: PC Specialist FrostFlow 120 with 2 x 120mm fans; GPU: 1 x 90mm fan; front: 3 x 120mm fans; top: 2 x 120mm fans
PSU: Corsair TX650M 650W
Ports: Front: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x audio; rear: 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x PS/2, 1 x optical S/PDIF, 5 x audio
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Warranty: 3yr Labour (1mth C&R, 1yr parts)

 

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