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Review: Vibox Defcon 2

by Parm Mann on 20 March 2015, 11:00

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Test Methodology

Comparison Systems

System Name Cyberpower Infinity Hercules Pro Gigabyte Brix Gaming PC Specialist Magma A10 PC Specialist Vanquish Mini 130 Scan 3XS Z97 Performance Q10 Vibox Defcon 2
Overclocked Yes No No No Yes No
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K @ 4.3GHz Intel Core i5-4200H @ up to 3.4GHz AMD A10-7850K @ up to 4.0GHz Intel Core i3-4130 @ 3.4GHz Intel Core i5-4690K @ 4.6GHz Intel Core i5-4590 @ up to 3.7GHz
CPU Cores / Threads 4 / 4 2 / 4 4 / 4 2 / 4 4 / 4 4 / 4
CPU TDP 88W 47W 95W 54W 88W 84W
CPU Cooler Corsair Hydro Series H55 Gigabyte Brix Gaming reference AMD reference Intel reference Thermalright True Spirit 140 Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
Motherboard Asus Z97-P Gigabyte M4HM8AP Asus A88XM-Plus Asus H81I-Plus Asus Z97-K MSI Z97 PC Mate
Memory Kingston Hyper-X Fury 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB) G.Skill 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB) (added) Kingston Hyper-X Beast 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB) Kingston Hyper-X Genesis 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB) Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB DDR3 (2x4GB) Team Elite 8GB DDR3 (1x8GB)
Memory Speed 10-11-10-30-1T @ 1,866MHz 11-11-11-28-1T @ 1,600MHz 11-12-11-30-1T @ 2,133MHz 11-11-11-28-1T @ 1,600MHz 11-11-11-27-2T @ 2,133MHz 11-11-11-28-1T @ 1,600MHz
Integrated Graphics - - AMD Radeon R7 - - -
Discrete Graphics MSI GeForce GTX 960 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 6GB - Palit GeForce GTX 660 2GB EVGA GeForce GTX 970 Superclocked ACX 4GB MSI GeForce GTX 960 Gaming 2GB
Sound Card Onboard audio Onboard audio Onboard audio Onboard audio Onboard audio Onboard audio
Primary Storage 120GB Kingston SSDNow V300 SSD 180GB Intel mSATA SSD (added) 1TB Seagate ST1000DX001 SSHD 1TB Toshiba HDD 500GB Samsung 840 Evo SSD 1TB Seagate Barracuda HDD
Secondary Storage 1TB Seagate Barracuda HDD - - - - -
Optical Drive - - Samsung DVD Writer Lite-On DVD Writer Samsung DVD Writer Samsung DVD Writer
PSU Corsair VS450 (450W, internal) Delta Electronics (180W, external) Corsair VS350 (350W, internal) Corsair VS450 (450W, internal) Corsair RM550 (550W, internal) FSP FSP500-60HHN (500W, internal)
Chassis NZXT Source 340 Gigabyte Brix Gaming Aerocool DS Cube Red Edition Cooler Master Elite 130 Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Corsair Carbide Series Spec-01
Operating System Windows 8.1 (64-bit, added) Windows 8.1 (64-bit, added) Windows 8.1 (64-bit) Windows 8.1 (64-bit) Windows 8.1 (64-bit) Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Standard Warranty Three years (one-month collect-and-return, two-year parts, three-year labour) Two years Three years (one-year collect-and-return, one-year parts, three-year labour) Three years (one-year collect-and-return, one-year parts, three-year labour) Three years (first year onsite, second year return-to-base with parts and labour, third year return-to-base with labour only) One year (three-month collect-and-return, one-year parts and labour)
Approx. System Cost £800 £600 £469 £549 £1,300 £630

CPU Benchmarks

HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching PiFast test is used to benchmark the computational power of each system's CPU.
Cinebench Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses as many cores as possible.
HandBrake Free-to-use video encoder that stresses all CPU cores.

Memory and Storage Benchmarks

AIDA64 Benchmark that analyses memory bandwidth and latency.
CrystalDiskMark Popular free-to-use storage benchmark, used to gauge sequential performance and aggregated 4K QD32 speeds.

System and Gaming Benchmarks

PCMark 8 System-wide examination that uses the Home preset, run with OpenCL acceleration.
3DMark DX11, run at the Firestrike default test.
BioShock Infinite 1080p and 4K, various quality settings.
Total War: Rome II 1080p and 4K, various quality settings.

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Power Consumption Noted for system idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and for GPU playing Aliens vs. Predator.
Temperature Noted for CPU idling, under HandBrake video-transcoding load, and for GPU playing Aliens vs. Predator.