The New Kaby Lake Z270 Test Bench Gets Built – 5GHz

KINGSTON HYPERX DDR4 3000 MEMORY

Probably the only negative we had found with the Apex was that there were only two memory slots, vice the usual four.  Although we were all set to throw in our Corsair Dominator Platinum memory, we traded off for higher capacity and went with the Kingston HyperX Predator DDR4-3000 as it was 16GB per stick for 32GB in total.

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Pushing this memory to 3000MHz was a simple selection of its Xtreme memory profile (XMP) on the BIOS and we were off.

CPUz 5GHZ Memory Kingston HyperX predator 3000MHz

The 32GB package comes in at $334 at Amazon and well worth the price.

PNY GEFORCE GTX 1080 XLR8 GAMING OC

Considering that my ‘go to’ graphics card is the PNY NVIDIA Quadro M5000, I thought I would be flipping back and forth as to the final choice of card for this PC.  The PNY GTX 1080 XLR8 Gaming OC Graphics Card changed that doubt immediately with its 8GB GDDR5X memory and 1708MHz base clock though.

PNY GTX 1080 XLR8 OC 8GB GDDR5X

This card is a bit pricey, running at $609 at Amazon, but is truly one of the top end cards on the market.  It’s first run at Futuremark 3DMark Time Spy 1.0 brought in a score of 6909 and listed this GPU at better that 90% of all cards tested in 4K gaming.

3D Mark Time Spy 6909 PNY GTX 1080

A quick look at our CPUz information validates its core speed to be 1708MHz with 8GB of memory  and with a 16nm footprint.

CPUz Graphics PNY GTX 1080 OC Gaming XLR8

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Now to see how this compares to RyZen 🙂

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We will get a Ryzen system top chip to test. Personally, unless you are an overclocker who uses the OC effectively, the biggest benefit from AMD is the fact that they push prices down. Remember now… base clock Ryzen is well below that of this CPU. Thank you for the comment.

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I’m running a custom water myself – but yes – for VR where minimum FPS matters, I have a feeling the i7 is going to pull ahead.. Still, as you say – looking forward to the price changes regardless. I like your detailed storage reviews btw – keep up the great work!