Adata’s last Gaming PC Build sent in for review had competitive pricing for its specifications albeit some parts were slightly overkill for its price range. Nonetheless, Adata’s Gaming PC Build offering is leagues ahead of most prebuilt PCs available in the country. This time, Adata stepped up their pre-built game with a Php 125,000 Gaming Build that they sent us for review. Just like last time, this Gaming PC Build will be offered by Adata authorized dealers and we’ll take a look at each component and evaluate its appropriateness in the overall build as well as benchmark the whole gaming pc build itself.
- The prices listed are based on PCHub’s Online Pricelist and the Adata Lazada Official Store.
- All parts in the PC Build are brand new, getting second-hand parts is an option though you should be aware of the risks involved.
- The prices listed below are CASH prices, not SRP nor Promo prices unless stated in this build
- The prices used are based on the time of writing. Prices may change in the future. Please refer to your preferred store’s pricing for updated prices
Php 125K Gaming PC Build Guide
|Adata XPG 125K Gaming PC Build|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 12700KF||₱ 21,900.00|
|Cooling||XPG Levante 360 AIO||₱ 11,999.00|
|Motherboard||MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY-X||₱ 20,999.00|
|RAM||XPG LANCER RGB DDR5 32GB(16GBx2) 6,000MHZ||₱ 15,499.00|
|Storage||Adata XPG S40G 1TB NVMe SSD||₱ 5,999.00|
|Graphics Card||Palit RTX 3070 JetStream||₱ 36,650.00|
|Power Supply||XPG Core Reactor 750W 80+ Gold||₱ 6,499.00|
|Case||XPG BattleCruiser||₱ 6,050.00|
Parts Selection Breakdown
CPU: Intel Core i7 12700KF
The Intel Core i5 11500 is one of the popular processors for the budget to midrange gaming PC thanks to its excellent IPC and more than enough core count without breaking the bank. Unfortunately, the CPU is now a generation year old and is now replaced by the recently released Intel Core i5 12400 and 12400F variant which is undoubtedly faster. That said, the new 12th Gen Core processors are limited so the i5 11500 is a good option if 12th Gen is out of stock at your preferred store.
We recently reviewed the Intel Core i7 12700K with a positive remark due to its competitive pricing paired with flagship level performance at a discounted price. The Intel Core i7 12700KF is just a no integrated graphics version of the 12700k and is far cheaper resulting in a much higher price-to-performance ratio.
Motherboard: MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY-X
The backbone behind the Php 125K Adat PC Build is the MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY-X with flagship-level features to properly take advantage of the Intel i7 12700KF and XPG Lancer DDR5 memory. The Direct 19+2 phase 105A power solution is more than enough to power even the flagship CPU in the platform. The MEG Z690 UNIFY-X comes with Memory Boost and Memory Force with up to DDR5-6800MHz maximizing the Adata XPG Lancer DDR5 6000MHz CL40 that Adata provided for the build.
Moreover, MSI’s Memory Boost was able to automatically bump up the XPG Lancer’s clock speed to 6666MHz, 666MHz above its pre-loaded XMP profile. That said, we’re testing out the 125K pesos Gaming PC using its out-of-the-box settings with XMP and Memory Boost enabled.
Cooling: ADATA Levante 360 RGB AIO
Cooling our Intel Core i7 12700KF is the XPG Levante 360 ARGB 360mm AIO. Yes we know what you’re thinking, 360mm is a bit overkill for an i7 processor but what the XPG Levnta 360 offers is a much higher overclocking headroom for the 12700KF due to the larger radiator size. This, in turn, enables the user to squeeze out more performance from the processor and achieve higher frame rates and faster render times. Should you find the 360mm AIO overkill or if your budget simply does not permit it, there’s a 240mm variant of the Levante for a cheaper price. That said, we’d very much prefer the 360mm AIO for lower temps and overclocking headroom.
Memory: Adata XPG Lancer RGB DDR5 32GB(16GBx2) 6000MHZ CL40
DDR5 memory is considerably expensive as its a newer, faster, and more efficient technology than DDR4. However, the XPG Lancer RGB DDR5 is competitively priced at Php 15,499. It easily trumps most if not all DDR5 memory modules in its price range as most DDR5 sticks under Php 15k have a rated speed of less than 5,200MHz. Moreover, the XPG Lancer that we have is stable and overclocking friendly as the MEG Z690 UNIFY-X instantly booted and automatically overclocked the module to 6,600MHz. It’s easily one of the best bang-for-buck DDR5 memory modules available in the market.
Storage: Adata XPG S40G 1TB NVMe SSD
We have the same SSD used in the Adata Php 72K Gaming PC Build that we reviewed albeit this time we have double the memory at 1TB. We really have no complaints over the SSD choice as the S40G is rated at 3,5000MB/s read and 3,000MB/s write, effectively maximizing the PCI-E Gen 3 bandwidth.
A much more powerful gaming PC with a Php 125K price tag calls for beefier storage as it can play more games and do more than just gaming. That said, the Adata XPG S40G RGB 1TB is more than enough to fulfill the requirement. Sure it’s not PCI-E Gen 4 but there’s no real merit in games to go for a faster SSD. If you’re not into RGB or looking to save more for the build, then the SX6000 Pro or SX8200 Pro are good alternatives as they’re basically performance-oriented models of the D60G.
GPU: Palit RTX 3070 JetStream
Adata bumped up the included GPU from the last build to a Palit RTX 3070 JetStream which can handle more AAA games with higher frame rates compared to an RTX 3060 Ti. We have reviewed the Palit RTX 3070 and RTX 3080 Gaming Pro and gave astonishing remarks about their distinguished build quality, competitive pricing, and superb performance. The Palit RTX 3070 JetStream is a slight step-down version of the Gaming Pro variant to bring the costs down. You have one less fan and less RGB lighting but still have good temperatures and of course, much more competitive pricing.
PSU: XPG Core Reactor 750W 80+ Gold Power Supply
One gripe we had with the previous Php 75k Adata Gaming PC Build is the power supply choice. Fortunately, Adata packed in an 80+ Gold rated PSU this time in the form of the XPG Core Reactor 750 GOLD 750-watts power supply. 750 watts is more than enough to power even an RTX 3080. Its Gold rating and 10-year warranty translate to security and better reliability for consumers for a competitive price of only Php 6,499. With an overclockable processor, DDR5 memory, and RTX 3070 GPU, we don’t want to recommend anything less than a GOLD PSU for reliability. For Php 500 more, you can get its 850W variant should you want more headroom for a more powerful CPU and/or GPU.
Case: XPG Battlecruiser
With over Php 120,000 worth of components, XPG decked on out its chassis of choice by housing the parts in the XPG Battlecruiser Super mid-tower PC chassis. Available in black or white, the XPG Battlecruiser is chonky all-metal build with four-sided tempered glass panels. It sports a tool-less design with a magnetic front panel and dust filter for hassle-free installation. It has four XPG Vento 120mm ARGB fans pre-installed and supports up to two 360mm radiators for a full custom-loop setup. Moreover, what I like most about the Battlecruiser is its support for USB C Type-C which is rare for PC chassis in general. It’s mostly reserved for cases priced Php 12,000 and above so it’s nice to see the Battlecruiser bringing a premium feature for only Php 6,899. We don’t have any complaints with Adata’s case of choice as the Battlecruiser is fitting for the quality of the components it houses. But if we’re really going to nitpick, perhaps a lighter case weighing around half of the Battlecruisers’ 10.84kg weight is a great and cheaper alternative such as the XPG Defender Pro or XPG Starker.
72,000 Peso Adata XPG Gaming PC Benchmarks
We used CapFrameX version 1.6.8 as our benchmarking tool. Nvidia 516.19 drivers were also installed. We benchmarked the Intel Core i7 12700KF and Palit RTX 3070 Gaming PC in both 1080p and 1440p resolutions to give you an idea of how a similar build would perform should you get the same core components. XMP Profile 1 settings of the XPG Lancer DDR5 were applied as well as MSI’s Memory Boost for optimal results.
COUNTER-STRIKE: GLOBAL OFFENSIVE
Counter-Strike Strike: Global Offensive aka CSGO is a 10-year-old first-person shooter title that’s still widely popular despite its old Source Engine. CS:GO is a great game to test out CPU performance as the game is heavily CPU-dependent like any other FPS title. Our CS:GO benchmark process uses ULLETICAL’s FPS Benchmark workshop mod to measure the hardware’s performance.
Most gamers play at least one of the following free-to-play titles: League of Legends, CS: GO, Dota 2, and/or Fortnite. Dota 2 is a good representation of the F2P titles as it is the most demanding game in the spectrum. The benchmark will give you an idea of the graphic card’s relative performance on other lesser demanding titles. Our benchmark sequence is based on a replay of OG vs. Liquid in the TI9 grand finals from the team fight that happened from 28:30 to 29:30
Far Cry 5 & Far Cry 6
FarCry 5 is an FPS game published by Ubisoft and uses the Dunia engine. It heavily relies on and takes advantage of DirectX 11 to render a realistic environment that makes it taxing to both the CPU and GPU. Far Cry 6 is the latest installment in the franchise which utilizes DirectX 12 to run the virtual world of Yara.
Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Seige is one of the few popular AAA games that’s still popular in 2021 due to its competitive gameplay mechanics. R6S uses the AnvilNext game engine, which the game’s publisher, Ubisoft, developed. As of writing, Rainbow Six Siege is currently the most popular Tom Clancy title beating out Wildlands, Breakpoint and even, Division 2.
Cyberpunk 2077 is arguably the most hyped game of 2020. Developed by CD Projekt Red, the dystopian open-world, action-adventure RPG sports is one of the most demanding titles to date. Cyberpunk 2077 also supports three Ray Tracing settings as well as DLSS which makes the game a great tool to measure Ray tracing performance for both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.
Shadow of The Tomb Raider
Shadow of The Tomb Raider or SOTR is the latest installment of the Lara Croft Tomb Raider franchise. Developed by Square Enix, SOTR uses the Foundation engine and is further enhanced by Eidos Montreal. SOTR is also one of the first games to come out with Ray Tracing and DLSS support.
Metro Exodus is the third Metro game trilogy based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s novels. The game is a first-person shooter with survival horror and stealth elements. The post-apocalyptic game uses 4A Engine by 4A games. Released last 2019, Metro Exodus remains to be one of the most graphically pleasing and demanding games that’s popular to date.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the latest franchise installment from Ubisoft. It’s by far the most popular and stable Assassin’s Creed title since AC IV: Black Flag. It uses the AnvilNext 2.0 game engine, an updated version of Rainbow Six Siege’s game engine, and uses the DirectX 12 API.
F1 2020 is the official video game of the 2020 Formula 1 and Formula 2 championships developed by Codemasters. F1 2020 is the twelfth installment in the franchise and uses the Ego Engine 3.0. F1 2020 is a good representation of racing games thanks to its realistic graphics and fairly demanding spec requirements.
HORIZON ZERO DAWN
Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the most popular console-port RPG developed by Guerilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Horizon Zero Dawn is a multi-award-winning action RPG, and its popularity resulted in an exclusive Complete Edition game bundle on Steam.
Temperatures for most components on the Adata Php 72k Gaming PC are surprisingly cool with the exception of the CPU hovering at around 100 degrees max temperatures during our benchmark. For that very reason, we recommend slapping either an air-cooler or AIO to maintain stable framerates and performance, especially in CPU-intensive tasks.
Conclusion – Is it worth it?
Compared to the previous Php 72k Adata Gaming PC, Adata did an exemplary job in providing a much more balanced build this time around. Sure, Php 125k is expensive for most but those looking for a PC Build at this price range will have the same caliber of performance with the Adata 12700K + RTX 3070 Gaming PC. Performance-wise, the Php 125k Adata XPG Gaming PC easily handles 1080p gaming at high framerates and can even tackle 1440p resolution at a steady 60 FPS. The PC Build not only excels in performance but in aesthetics as well as each component complements each other despite their various design. Build quality is also not a problem as most parts have more than 3-year warranty with the PSU having the longest warranty duration of 10 years. There’s really nothing we’d like to modify in the build as it’s reasonably balanced. That said, there are some compromises that could be made to bring the overall price such as going for the 240mm Levante AIO instead of 360mm, sticking to a 512GB S40G + 1TB HDD instead of a 1TB SSD, and DDR5 with slower memory clocks or if you want to be more extreme with savings, going for a DDR4 motherboard instead. At Php 125k, you’re already getting a high-end PC that could do everything that a power-house user wishes. While it’s positioned as a high-end gaming PC, the build that Adata made can cater to any type of workload whether it be for professional video editing or 3D rendering.
Adata has simply outdone themselves this time with a build geared towards performance and not just bundling its products for the sake of selling something. Value-wise, there’s simply no other prebuilt/packaged gaming PC that offers this level of performance available in the Philippine market.
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