For the last month or so, we've been playing around with a new form of benchmarking, as I had talked with NVIDIA Australia on a look at upgrading your PC in two different ways. First, was the graphics card - of course, NVIDIA is a GPU company, guys. They sent us over their older GeForce GTX 760 2GB, while we used our new Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1060 6GB as an upgrade.
But it's the storage upgrade that had me excited, and which shows an incredible value for money upgrade for your gaming needs - so we ran Windows 10 on a mechanical HDD, and then again on an SSD with a bunch of games. The results were interesting, but both upgrades at the same time are also a great thing to do if you want additional performance - but don't have the $1199 for that super-quick Titan X graphics card.
We used older components for the CPU, motherboard, and RAM - with an Intel Core i5 760, GIGABYTE H97M-Gaming 3 motherboard and 8GB of DDR3 RAM from Corsair. Alongside that hardware, I used Corsair's AX860i PSU which ensures more than enough power is going to the system (heck, the system doesn't even go over 300W of power...), so 860W is really overkill for a system like this.
- Intel Core i5-4670K
- GIGABYTE H97M-Gaming 3 motherboard
- Corsair 8GB DDR3 RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 2GB
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
- Corsair AX860i PSU
- Windows 10 Home x64
- Battlefield 1
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Unigine Heaven
We've tested four games and two benchmarks for now, with more games on the way. Our preliminary testing includes a new game in the form of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, a super-popular new FPS in Overwatch, and then, of course, Grand Theft Auto V. And, of course, we had to include BF1. For the synthetic benchmarks, we've thrown 3DMark and Heaven into the mix, but again - we'll be adding more to the list very soon.
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