[section label=”1. Introduction”]
Quiet and Beautiful
AVADirect wasn’t really a systems builder on our radar until late last year when we reviewed their Avant Mini Cube Gaming PC. After extensive testing, we found that the system was well configured, well built, and well priced, quickly propelling AVADirect to the top as one of our favorite custom PC builders.
Recently, AVADirect sent us another one of the systems in their lineup, the AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC, which as its name implies is AVADirect’s quiet gaming PC offering based on AMD’s X370 Ryzen platform.
AVADirect Quiet Gaming PC Specs
|Desktop||AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC|
|Case||Phanteks Eclipse P400S|
|CPU||AMD Ryzen 5 1600X|
|Motherboard||ASUS PRIME X370 PRO|
|Memory||Corsair 16GB (2x8GB) Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000MHz|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming ACX 2.0|
|Storage||Samsung 960 EVO 250GB + 1TB Seagate BarraCuda 7,200RPM HDD|
|Operating System||Windows 10|
|PSU||EVGA G3 650W, 80 Plus Gold|
|CPU Cooler||Noctua NH-D15S+|
|Warranty||3 Years Parts, Lifetime Labor Warranty|
|Price As Configured||$1,892.00|
[section label=”2. A Closer Look”]
A Closer Look
Here’s a look at the packaging for the AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC. The system is shipped in a larger AVADirect branded box with a smaller box containing the system inside.
Included is the AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC along with an accessories package. To protect the components during shipping, AVADirect includes a moldable foam insert which keeps the components in place.
Here’s a closer look at the AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC. AVADirect has again done an excellent job crafting the system, not only properly utilizing the case’s features, but going the additional step with the sleeved cabling to ensure no random wires are hanging around where they don’t need to be.
The AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC utilizes a custom branded Phanteks Eclipse P400S case. It’s not the quietest case out there as there’s no sound dampening materials, but it sure does look extremely good thanks to its full size tempered glass sidepanel.
The rear of the AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC is fully stocked with I/O ports including USB 3.1, P/S2, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort, Ethernet, WiFi antenna ports, and audio ports.
Here’s a look at the inside of the AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC. The system is fitted with a full array of LED lit fans which not only help light the inside of the case, but also provide plenty of airflow throughout.
[section label=”3. Testing Setup/Initial Boot”]
Haswell Reference System
For comparison, we’ll be using a Haswell based reference system. The specifications for our Haswell reference system is as follows.
|CPU||Intel Core i7 4770K|
|Motherboard||MSI Z97 Gaming 9 AC|
|Memory||Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB DDR3 2133MHz|
|Graphics||EVGA GeForce GTX 980 SC|
|Boot Drive||Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD|
|Storage Drive||Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB|
|Power Supply||Corsair HX650|
|Case||HSPC High Speed Tech Station|
|Optical Drive||ASUS OEM DVD Drive|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro|
Special thanks to EVGA, Kingston, MSI and HSPC for sponsoring our reference system!
AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC Initial Boot
[section label=”4. CPU Performance”]
SuperPi is a single threaded benchmarking tool which for our purposes simply calculates pi for us and records the time to calculate 32 million digits after the decimal point.
WPrime is a multi-threaded benchmarking tool which for our purposes simply calculates pi for us and records the time to calculate 32 million digits after the decimal point.
x265 HD Video Benchmark
x265 HD video benchmark tests how fast the system can encode a 1080p video into a high quality x265 video file.
Cinebench is a real world benchmark that tests system performance using the Cinema 4D animation software.
With the 6-Core AMD Ryzen 5 1600X, the AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC blazed through multi-threaded applications and was relatively on par with the Intel Core i7-4770K in single threaded performance.
[section label=”5. Graphics Performance”]
3D Mark is Futuremark’s latest benchmark utility used widely by gamers, enthusiasts, and overclockers to benchmark system performance and stability under consistent graphics loads.
The AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC reviewed today features an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, which is a powerful graphics card designed to excel in 1080p gaming. In our testing, the GTX 1060 also did fairly well in 2560×1440 resolution gaming however, did fall short of our preferred 60FPS average. Those who plan to play the latest games at 2560×1440 or higher resolutions are encouraged to upgrade to the GTX 1070 or higher.
[section label=”6. System Performance”]
PC Mark 8
From the creators as 3D Mark, PC Mark 8 is a full system benchmark designed to test real world system performance. PC Mark 8 is the latest in the PC Mark series, now replacing PC Mark 7.
With a more powerful CPU and GPU, the AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC performed significantly better than our Haswell reference system.
[section label=”7. Storage Performance”]
Samsung 960 EVO 256GB SSD
1TB Seagate ST1000DM010-2EP102 7200RPM HDD
Our sample of the AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC was outfitted with a combination of a Samsung 960 EVO along with a 1TB Segate 7,200RPM HDD. This is a great combination which provides an adequate supply of ultra-fast SSD storage for apps yet provides enough additional HDD storage for larger sized multi-media content. Those who need additional SSD storage for larger games may however want to upgrade the SSD storage capacity.
[section label=”8. Power Consumption”]
Here we’ll be testing the maximum power consumption of each of the test systems shown below. Idle power consumption is taken after the system is left idle for a minimum of 5 minutes. For load power consumption numbers, AIDA 64 stress test is run for a minimum of 5 minutes before the final results are taken.
All power consumption readings are taken using a Extech 380801 Power Analyzer connected via a Tripp-Lite LCR2400 Line Conditioner.
The AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC drew 63w at idle and as much as 302w at full load. The system is quite power efficient at full load however, idle power consumption is a bit higher than we’re used to in the Haswell based system.
[section label=”9. Temperature”]
For thermal testing, we utilized AIDA 64’s system stability test which generates a constant artificial load on the CPU, GPU and local disks to test for any possible overheating. In the event of overheating, the utility also allows us to find out when the system begins to throttle.
In stress testing, the AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC ran relatively cool. This is as expected considering the sheer number of case fans along with the Noctua NH-D15S+ CPU cooler and the cool running GTX 1060.
[section label=”10. Acoustic Performance”]
Case acoustics is measured using an Extech sound level meter at 2 feet away. For reference ambient noise is measured as well.
Although the focus of the AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC is silence, it still packs a lot of fans to keep everything quiet. Due to the sheer number of fans along with a case that’s a mixture of quiet and flashy, the AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC isn’t as silent as its name might imply however, it’s by no means loud.
[section label=”11. Conclusion”]
Once again, AVADirect has sent us an excellent system that’s well-built, well-configured and well priced. By offering the AMD Ryzen option, this allows gamers to configure a powerful hexa-core system and still pair it with 16GB RAM and a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB at a reasonable price, which will give gamers excellent performance when gaming at the highest settings at 1080p or medium to high settings at 1440p without breaking the $2,000 pricepoint. Those with budget to spare and enjoy playing games at 2560×1440 or higher resolutions at maximum quality settings however, are encouraged to upgrade to a GTX 1070 or higher graphics solution.
Once again AVADirect’s commitment to excellent build quality is very apparent as the features of the case is used properly, the components are secured properly, and our system reviewed today featured full red custom sleeving which provides a clean look throughout the system as well as plenty of room for unobstructed airflow.
The AVADirect X370 Quiet Gaming PC as reviewed today is priced at just under $1,900 which includes a 3 year parts and labor warranty as well as lifetime technical support. This isn’t going to be as well priced as buying all the parts individually and assembling the system yourself however, it’s not expensive either, and for those who prefer to have a working system configured, built and delivered to their door will find that AVADirect offers a very good value proposition. Recommended!
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