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If you’re a die-hard gamer, you know that nothing beats a good gaming desktop when it comes to gameplay quality. But how do you achieve that without breaking the bank. Well, some good research ought to do it. There are some good machines out there from well-ranking manufacturers that can fit the bill at a fair price. One such a machine is the iBUYPOWER AM008i Desktop Gaming PC.
The iBUYPOWER AM008i Review
- Excellent design
- Above average specs
- Fairly priced
- Mouse and keyboard included in the package
- Could do with more powerful graphics chip
- An excellent entry-level gaming desktop. Offers a good price-quality ratio.
DESIGN AND FEATURES
Gaming laptops are often come attractive and luring, depicting the artificial environment that they create. They tend to appeal to the user’s imagination, making an open invitation to gaming. While that is true, they often cost quite a bit. Now, everybody loves a bargain. With the iBUYPOWER AM008i Desktop Gaming PC, you get the looks, fairly good performance all at a fair price.
The iBUYPOWER AM008i Desktop Gaming PC is one beautiful looking machine if I may say so. If there’s one thing that drew my attention was its red lighting from the fan at the rear end. The whole thing lights up, and the sides are made of tempered glass, thus you can see right through it into the beautifully crafted interior. Its front is clawed with a single horizontal line from the top right corner to the bottom left corner that glows red. In short, it looks great.
iBUYPOWER AM008i Desktop Gaming PC SPECS
|Processor||Intel Core i5-7400 4-Core 3.0Ghz (3.50Ghz Max Turbo)|
|Internal Storage||1TB Serial ATA HDD 7200 RPM | 120GB SSD Genuine|
|Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|Graphics||AMD RX 460 2GB Dedicated Graphics Card|
| Display connectors||Dual Link DVI-D, HDMI, & VGA|
|Ports||2 x USB 3.0 | 4 x USB 2.0 | 1x RJ-45|
|Connectivity||Network Ethernet 10/100/1000 | WiFi 802.11ac Wireless Adapter|
|Audio||Audio: 7.1 Channel Keyboard and Mouse|
|Other||BUYPOWER Gaming Keyboard & Mouse|
|Warranty||1 Year Parts & Labor + Warranty Free Lifetime Tech Support|
|Optical Drive Type||DVD-RW|
|Dimensions||25 x 12.5 x 21.38 inches|
|Item model number||Chimera AM008i|
The iBUYPOWER AM008i Desktop Gaming PC comes with a great set of specs. A Core i5-7400 Quad core processor, AMD RX 460 2GB Dedicated Graphics Card, 8GB of RAM, 1 TB Hard disk Drive and 128GB Solid State Drive.
The Core i5 processor, otherwise known as Kaby lake-S. It operates at a clock speed of 3 GHz, 0.10 GHz faster than ordinary desktop processors. Further, it can boost to a maximum of 3.5 GHz when the need arises. The four cores give it better multitasking ability and overall performance. There are of course more powerful processors in the market, but for most gaming needs it is quite sufficient.
Featuring the AMD RX 460 Dedicated Graphics Card, the iBUYPOWER AM008i Desktop Gaming PC has a fair edge on graphics. The AMD RX 460 is an entry-level graphics card that’s a step from an Integrated graphics chip. If you’re a hard gamer, you probably ought to think of upgrading it to 4Gb, or better still get a new one. Let me explain why I say this.
The game Vulkan codepath doesn’t isn’t even playable at 1080p and only achieves 20 fps at medium setting. Shadow of Mordor, on the other hand, is playable at 1080p but the quality and feel of it isn’t so appealing. The same case goes for Witcher 3. The overall delivery isn’t reassuring for heavy gamers. Nonetheless, it’s a fair choice for an entry-level gaming desktop.
Internal storage and RAM
Boot up time and general fetch time is reduced to a bare minimum with the 120 GB SSD. Being a generation of millennials, waiting up for the next level to load is a drag. The good news is that you can now say goodbye to that. And the 1 TB HDD is by all means worth every penny you spend for it.
And of course, the 8 GB is alright for a gaming laptop. But gaming being what it is, the need will always arise to upgrade. Components are housed in a Micro ATX motherboard so room for expansion is fairly limited. There are two slots for RAM upgradeable to 32 GB. Two 16 GB slots will do the trick will get you there. Anyhow, that will be more than enough RAM for all your gaming needs. Anything above that will be more than the graphics card can handle.
As a bonus, the iBUYPOWER AM008i Desktop Gaming PC comes with a gaming keyboard and mouse. The keyboard in line with the fancy iBUYPOWER theme of red and black lights up with streaks of red on the side. The keys are easy to type on and quite friendly to the fingers. The mouse just the same bears the insignia of its makers, a fiery red beast imprinted on its face. It fits well in the hand and is comfortable to use; a great reason to consider the iBuyPower brand.
For a mid-range gaming desktop, the iBUYPOWER AM008i Desktop Gaming PC is a good example of a fairly priced machine with above average performance. The Core i5 processor and the 2GB AMD RX 460 offers fair performance, above any ordinary desktop, though not a head turner in the gaming world. Moreover, the graphics card is able to support most of all you throw at medium settings. Things get a little murky at 1080p setting. However, for the most part, the iBUYPOWER AM0081 is a good entry-level gaming desktop that will reconcile with the better part of your gaming expectations.
There are other similar configurations of the iBUYPOWER Desktop Gaming PC. All other specifications are similar to the iBUYPOWER AM008i Desktop Gaming PC reviewed above except those highlighted.
- System: AMD FX-4300 Quad Core 3.8Ghz (4.0Ghz) | AMD 760G Chipset
- Graphics: GeForce GT 710 1GB Dedicated Graphics Card
- System: AMD FX-8320 8-Core 3.5Ghz (4.0Ghz) | AMD 760G Chipset | 2TB HDD
- Graphics: GeForce GT 730 2GB Dedicated Graphics
- System: Intel Core i5-7400 4-Core 3.0Ghz (3.50Ghz) | Intel B250 Chipset | 1TB HDD | 120GB SSD
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Dedicated Gaming Video Card | VR Ready Display Connectors
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- System: Intel i7-7700 4-Core 3.60Ghz (4.20Ghz Max Turbo) | Intel B250 Chipset| 16GB DDR4-3000 | 1TB HDD | 120GB SSD
- Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060 3GB Dedicated Graphics Card