In addition to industry professionals in design and video editing, there is another "class" of users with high needs in terms of performance of a system. It's hardcore gamers. Those who want maximum detail from the most spectacular games and who expect superior frame rates at any time of the action.
Skylake Performer is a system created specifically for them, combining the latest and fastest components.
Introduction Skylake Performer
Skylake Performer is built around an ASUS Z170 motherboard and Intel Core i7-6700K processor with four cores clocked at 4,0Ghz. The processor is designed for gamers and overclocking enthusiasts. The PC has 16GB DDR4 running at 2666mHz, Gigabyte GTX 980 Ti G1 Gaming video card with 6GB RAM committed. Storage is comprised of an Intel SSD 535 at 120GB and 1TB HDD WD. Users gets as a bonus an additional 120GB SSD in order to initialize games as fast as the operating system. The power supply is Corsair AX860 and the huge cooler over the Intel CPU is Noctua NH-D14.
When it comes to connectivity, it is impossible to have any needs that this system cannot meet, whether you want to connect four displays simultaneously or five gaming peripherals. At the front, the housing is equipped with two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports, a microphone port and headphone and has one power button with buttons to control the fan.
Behind it, however, we can find all the system magic in terms of connectivity. There we find two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.1 ports (one type C, reversible), a PS2 port, a VGA, an HDMI, DVI one, a DisplayPort, a cable network port and ports for audio systems. The video card comes with a few slots as well as a DVI, HDMI and three Display Port.
But enough with the specifications, let's see what is good, what is great and what is less good in this system.
Skylake Performer Pro Points
First, let's talk about performance. The system is the best that we've seen so far and probably among the best that you can buy today. Let's start with the video editing in hindsight, would not have had the heart to try, given that the video card is excellent, very powerful processor and memory type is DDR4. Obviously, all went like greased. For games we've played Metro Last Light - very pretentious title - and GTA V - among our favorites. Both games have consistently run a number of high frames-per-second, giving us the most exciting gaming session.
The noise level was surprisingly low for such a machine. Initially, we've thought we will have to wear ear plugs in the presence of the system, but that was not the case. Even happened to test laptops (and ultrabook) noisier than this system.
DDR4 and USB Type C are two aspects that we've liked at this system. With Skylake and new motherboards designed for this process, it is time that these technologies to get mainstream. Already we've seen phones and tablets with reversible USB plug Type C, and the performance has only benefited the transition to DDR4.
Skylake Performer Points Against
We didn’t like its housing. Suppressor model from Thermaltake lacks imagination and aggressiveness that you expect from a casing that houses a beast as described above. It's big, much space is unoccupied. The cables are placed well inside, but who would need more than three HDD racks, for example? Appearance is too sober for PC meant for entertainment and too big for a normal-sized office.
Skylake Performer Conclusion
Skylake Performer is among the first systems which show the true potential of the Skylake platform. And here we speak not only about higher processing power, but also of all the technologies made possible thanks to this new range of processors. So far, for most, such a PC remains a dream because of the big price.