UK Gaming Computers Kratos
Published: 13th August 2016 | Source: UK Gaming Computers | Price: |
Maybe we're old, but it doesn't seem that long ago that we were paying well over a grand for a system that barely counted as capable of running Windows, let alone gaming harder than a teenager on prom night. We've seen lots of gaming systems that sacrificed everything on the altar of graphics card performance, and with GPUs costing ever larger amounts of money you would be forgiven for thinking that UKGC have been forced to go down that route just to keep the price this low.
Obviously you could always find certain areas that might have a bigger name value, or higher level of performance. Replace the regular ASUS Z170P with a Sabertooth, or a ROG board. Swap the Samsung 850 for a M.2 drive. Upgrade the Corsair LPX for some lunatic speed DDR4. Etc etc. However, stop for a moment and balance the cost reward sweet spot. Yes you might be able to get a motherboard that has more bells and whistles, but the Z170P easily brings the i5-6600K up to 4.7GHz and isn't that what it is all about? You might get faster speeds from a M.2 drive, but the Samsung 850 is hardly slow and, again, at the price it's as good as you could wish. Yes the Corsair CPU cooler might not be their flagship model but it's quiet and keeps the i5-6600K under 80°. The moment you start to improve things you quickly bust the budget. Thing is there as we have stated plenty of places you could improve things, it all comes down to whats important to you when searching for a system worthy of your hard earned beer tokens.
So the case is ok, the storage quick, the CPU has a great overclock and there is more than enough memory albeit at a very generic speed to make the Kratos a budget all rounder, as indicated by the high results we saw in PC Mark 8. But it is, at its heart, a gaming PC and if there was any wiggle room in the budget then using it to install an ASUS GTX 1070 Strix is the best UKGC could do. It's quiet, the pump was louder even under load, it looks amazing with the ASUS AURA RGB Lighting enabling you to have it in any colour you wish, and that's before we reach the inevitable conclusion that the GTX 1070 is a gaming behemoth. Although if you've been paying attention that might not come as a massive surprise. If you own anything below a GTX 980 Ti then this will really rock your socks.
In the quest for high frame rates at around the £1000 mark the UK Gaming Computers Kratos is worth consideration and we didn't mention God Of War once. Damn...