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PC Specialist Magma RTX Gaming PC Review

PC Specialist Magma RTX Gaming PC Review

PC Specialist Magma RTX review gaming PC review PC Specialist review PC Specialist gaming PC review 05 -The PC Specialist Magma RTX is the first gaming PC we’ve seen with a new Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card. That’s exciting, because it means that this Turing-powered PC costs just £1,299 – far cheaper than any systems that we’ve seen before with Nvidia’s latest hardware. The lower price does mean less graphical power, though – so we’re intrigued about how much this GPU and this PC can handle. Should your next PC use the RTX 2060? Read our PC Specialist Magma RTX review to find out.

PC Specialist Magma RTX Review – Components

The RTX 2060 is Nvidia’s most affordable Turing-powered card. Despite that designation, there’s still plenty to like about its specification.

The RTX 2060 has 1,920 stream processors. That’s 384 fewer than the RTX 2070, which is the next card up in the range – but it’s an impressive 640 more than the GTX 1060 that came out last year. The new card has 6GB of GDDR6 memory at 14,000MHz – the same quantity as the old card, but using a newer type of memory and at a faster speed.

The RTX 2060 has solid clock speeds too, although this is one department where it doesn’t outpace its predecessor. It’s clocked to 1,365MHz, with a boost speed of 1,680MHz – better than the RTX 2070, but actually a little behind the GTX 1060.

PC Specialist Magma RTX review gaming PC review PC Specialist review PC Specialist gaming PC review 07Still, those slightly lower clock speeds aren’t going to slow the RTX 2060 down when compared to the GTX 1060.

It’s also worth noting that the RTX 2060 is the most affordable way to get your hands on the Turing architecture. That means a host of small upgrades to most of its internal operations. You also get Ray-Tracing and Deep-Learning Super-Sampling.

The situation with these features is familiar to anyone with half an eye on the graphics market. Ray-tracing promises to render light in a more realistic way, but it’s a computationally expensive process that is currently only supported in Battlefield V. More games are on the way, but it’s a feature for the future. We’re also intrigued to see how the RTX 2060 handles Ray-Tracing, as it only has 30 cores dedicated to this feature – while the RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 have 36 and 46 respectively.

No games support Deep Learning Super-Sampling yet, but they’re on the way. We’ll have to wait and see what kind of impact it has in real-world gaming.

The card inside the affordable PC Specialist machine is a Palit GamingPro model. It runs at its stock speeds rather than having an overclock. It looks decent, with a couple of smart fans and a band of RGB LEDs along the side that can be seen through the PC’s side panel.

PC Specialist has paired the new GPU with an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor that’s been overclocked from 3.7GHz to 4.1GHz. Elsewhere, the Ryzen chip has eight cores that handle sixteen concurrent threads.

The Ryzen 7 2700X competes well with Intel chips that you’ll tend to find at this price. Those parts have better single-threaded pace, especially when overclocked – but they never have as many cores.

PC Specialist Magma RTX review gaming PC review PC Specialist review PC Specialist gaming PC review 06Elsewhere, the Magma has 16GB of DDR4 running at 3,000MHz. Storage comes from a 256GB Intel 760p SSD and a 2TB hard disk. The PSU is a Corsair TX550M model with an 80 Plus Gold certification and a semi-modular design.

That’s all good stuff. The SSD isn’t the fastest on the market, but you’re not going to be able to find an equivalent Samsung drive in a system at this sort of price.

Everything connects to an Asus TUF X470-Plus Gaming motherboard. It’s got an excellent layout because the TUF range is designed for beginner system builders. It’s also designed with durable components, so reliability should be solid too.

You get a rear IO shield on this motherboard, and it’s got attractive metal heatsinks and RGB LEDs. It doesn’t match pricier gaming motherboards for looks – they have even more metal and even more lighting – but the TUF board doesn’t disgrace itself when it comes to aesthetics.

At the rear the TUF board serves up USB Type-C connectivity and four USB 3.1 ports, and on the inside you get the usual pair of empty memory slots. There’s a spare PCI-E x16 connector, too, although that second slot only runs at x4 speed and the board only supports AMD CrossFire – so Nvidia SLI dual-graphics is ruled out.

You get a spare M.2 connector, entry-level audio and wired networking hardware, and a third-party wireless card.

The TUF-branded board doesn’t have any high-end features, and it doesn’t have brilliant dual-GPU support – but it does have everything this rig needs right now as well as plenty of sensible upgrade paths. It’s not spectacular, but it is a good board.

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PC Specialist Magma RTX Review – Design

PC Specialist Magma RTX review gaming PC review PC Specialist review PC Specialist gaming PC review 08PC Specialist has picked a Thermaltake V200 chassis for its PC Specialist Magma RTX review. It’s not the priciest enclosure – no surprise given the Magma’s relatively affordable cost – but it still looks the part when stacked against the rest of the market in 2019.

Tempered glass forms the side panel, which looks stylish. Three 120mm intake fans sit behind the plastic front panel and glow with RGB LEDs.

A button at the top of the chassis changes the colour of the three intake fans. The button doesn’t alter the colour of the strip of RGB LEDs on the inside of the case – or the RGB LEDs on the graphics card, CPU cooler or motherboard. However, it’s easy enough to change those using software from within Windows.

The power supply is covered by a shroud, and the motherboard tray has plenty of cable-routing holes – which has allowed PC Specialist to keep things neat at the front and back of the case. The Corsair Hydro H100x water-cooling unit is a 240mm product that’s installed in the front of the chassis. Despite its size, it doesn’t get in the way – so all of the Magma’s major components are accessible.

The Thermaltake V200 is good, but its affordable price does mean that it’s sometimes lacking when it comes to features. There are two free 2.5in mounts but no plastic caddies, and only one 3.5in drive bay. The PSU shroud doesn’t cover everything, and there’s no rubber on the cable-routing holes.

The metal and the plastic on the front panel, roof and PSU shroud is a tad weaker than we’d like, too, although that’s certainly a small criticism.

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PC Specialist Magma RTX Review – Gaming Performance

PC Specialist Magma RTX review gaming PC review PC Specialist review PC Specialist gaming PC review 01 1080p gamingThe new Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 easily outpaced its predecessors. In our five 1080p games tests its averages ranged from 95fps to 141fps. The older GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 cards couldn’t deliver 1080p averages that got beyond peaks of 102fps and 117fps.

The RTX 2060’s improved performance when compared to older cards means that the new GPU will have more ability when handling today’s most demanding games – but that’s not all. The RTX 2060’s higher framerates mean that it’ll also run high refresh-rate screens with smoother playback.

The new card will play every esports game, and it’ll also run titles on widescreen panels. It will also handle VR, although the most demanding games may need the odd graphical tweak to get running smoothly.

The RTX 2060 played games at 1440p, too. In this trickier set of tests its gaming minimums were all at 47fps or better – so you’re going to get smooth gameplay in single-player titles at this resolution. Its averages ranged from 54fps to 101fps with titles at their top graphical settings.

PC Specialist Magma RTX review gaming PC review PC Specialist review PC Specialist gaming PC review 01 1440p gamingThe new card will play games at 1440p, and all of its scores maintain a solid lead over the GTX 1060 and GTX 1070.

If you want to play games using any kind of 1080p or 1440p screen, then, the RTX 2060 will handle it. It will play a lot of games at 4K, too, although not everything will run smoothly without graphical tweaks – in our 4K tests it could only play Fallout 4 and Crysis 3 with minimums of 22fps and 25fps.

If you do want to play at 4K, the RTX 2070 will be better – although that card still isn’t perfect. You’d be better off saving for an RTX 2080.

You may have to make some graphical compromises if you want to use the RTX 2060 with Ray-Tracing, too. Battlefield V’s average framerate declined from 85fps to 52fps when Ray-Tracing was enabled at 1080p. The game hit 31fps with Ray-Tracing activated at 1440p, so busy scenes will be juddery.

Ray-tracing is a feature that isn’t properly implemented yet, but if you’re particularly interested in this then you’d be better off with an RTX 2070 or an RTX 2080.

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PC Specialist Magma RTX Review – Application & Thermal Performance

The overclocked, eight-core processor in our PC Specialist Magma RTX review delivered solid benchmark results, but it’s not always able to outpace rivals.

PC Specialist Magma RTX review gaming PC review PC Specialist review PC Specialist gaming PC review 01 applicationsIts Cinebench CPU score of 1,800cb is excellent – about 300 points better than an Intel Core i7-8700K overclocked to 4.7GHz. That’s no surprise, because this high-end application tests a CPU’s productivity abilities. It’s almost 1,000 points beyond a Core i5-8400 that you’ll usually find at this price.

The Magma’s Geekbench multi-core score of 25,068 is similarly impressive. It’s almost 1,500 points beyond the nearest challenger. The CPU’s extra cores deliver that advantage, and it bodes well for multi-tasking and for productivity apps.

It’s also no surprise that the PC Specialist was slower in single-threaded tests. Its Geekbench single-core result of 4,644 is fine, and barely slower than the Core i5 part, but it’s almost 1,000 points behind the Intel Core i7-8700K and its overclock.

These results indicate just what the Magma’s overclocked AMD CPU will handle. It’ll run productivity tools and content creation apps without breaking a sweat, and it’s better than Intel when multi-tasking.

It won’t have issues with games, and it’ll run single-threaded applications with ease too. But if you do want to run software that requires better single-threaded speed, an Intel Core i7 CPU is a better option – especially with an overclock.

Elsewhere, the SSD delivered read and write speeds of 1,586MB/s and 699MB/s. That former result is good, and the latter is better than any hard disk – but neither are record-breaking speeds. You’ll need to upgrade to a Samsung drive for that.

The PC Specialist returned middling thermal and noise results, too. Its peak CPU and GPU temperatures of 83°C and 73°C are fine. However, the Magma produced a low rumble during gaming benchmarks and more noise in a full-system test.

Playing music or wearing a headset will easily mask the noise. But it’s worth remembering this if you’re searching for a quieter PC.

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PC Specialist Magma RTX Review – Conclusion

PC Specialist Magma RTX review gaming PC review PC Specialist review PC Specialist gaming PC review 03The system in our PC Specialist Magma RTX review offers an awful lot of power considering its £1,299 price.

Take the brand-new RTX 2060 graphics card. This new Nvidia chip will handle any gaming task at 1080p and 1440p, and it easily beats the older GTX 1060 and GTX 1070.

Wen it comes to multi-tasking and tough productivity scenarios and eight-core AMD CPU beats Intel. Elsewhere you’ve got plenty of fast memory, solid storage and a motherboard with reasonable upgrade options.

The build is solid – if a little unspectacular – and there’s only a middling amount of room to grow. The Magma is a little noisier than we’d like, too.

These are relatively minor issues in an otherwise-impressive PC. There’s loads of power here for not much money, which makes the PC Specialist Magma RTX an excellent mid-range option for work and play.

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The Good

  • The RTX 2060 is an excellent mid-range GPU
  • AMD’s overclocked CPU is a great multi-core performer
  • Solid memory, storage and motherboard
  • An accessible, attractive case

The Bad

  • The RTX 2070 is much quicker
  • Intel CPUs are better for single-threaded tasks
  • Not a huge amount of upgrade room
  • A little too noisy

The Specs

CPU: 3.7GHz AMD Ryzen 7 2700X overclocked to 4.1GHz
Memory: 16GB 3,000MHz DDR4
Graphics: Palit GeForce RTX 2060 6GB
Motherboard: Asus TUF X470-Plus Gaming
Storage: 256GB Intel 760p M.2 SSD, 2TB Seagate Barracuda hard disk
Warranty: 3yr labour w/ 1yr parts & 1mth C&R

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Mike Jennings

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