Braebo Computers ‘Titan’ Budget AMD Gaming System Review

Introduction


When we take a wide look at the pre-built systems market in the UK, the number of names out there that one can choose from is growing on a near day-to-day basis. The scale at which each of these system integrators run does vary quite considerably and on the high-end of the scale where the big names such as Scan Computers and Overclockers UK dominate the market, competition is fierce and the number of systems that each name has to offer covers an incredibly wide range of budgets. When we look towards the other end of the scale, where getting your name out there is key, pitching just high-end systems that costs hundreds to buy is not exactly going to be an easy way of doing this. Instead of offering systems on the upper end of the performance scale, the other option is to create a line of budget friendly systems that contain a more modest level of performance making them ideal for the first time buyer who is just getting their feet into the door and the world of gaming on a PC.

Based in Rushden, Northamptonshire; Braebo Computers, compared to the big names out there, are a small company that was setup by two brothers since they started building systems for the public back in 2002. Since then they have developed a small range of systems, all with components from some of the biggest brands in the industry and whilst their operation my be small, they strive to offer excellent value for money with a customer service that would rival that of the market leaders. Building quality systems that are suited to your needs are where they excel and this ethos is what is driving them forward in a highly competitive market space.

The system that we are taking a look at today is one of their latest creations, offering an all-AMD based lineup consisting of the latest A10-7700k APU and an R9 270 graphics card, along with an SSD courtesy of Corsair, 16GB of memory from Crucial and off of this is spread out across one of Gigabyte’s top performing AMD boards – the F2A88X G1 Sniper. Alongside the system itself, our review package today consists of a full desktop setup that Braebo offer to all of their customers meaning that we have all the basic items needed to get the system up and running – ideal for the first time buyer. In this care package we have a 22″ monitor for AOC and a USB mouse and keyboard set from Microsoft. In addition the Titan comes with the lastest version of Windows 8.1 pre-installed and the added extra of a wireless card for connecting your new system into your home network. It looks as though all the basic essentials have been taken care of and ticked off, so lets take a look at the Titan system and see what it’s made of.

  • Name: Braebo Titan
  • Case: Xigmatek Asgard 381
  • MB: Gigabyte G1 A88X Sniper
  • CPU: AMD ‘Kaveri’ A10 7700k Quad Core APU @ 3.4GHz
  • Cooler: Stock AMD
  • RAM: 16GB Crucial CT2KIT102464BA160B 1600MHz (8GB x2)
  • SSD: Corsair Force LS 64GB
  • HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda
  • GPU: VTX3D AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB
  • PSU: Corsair CX600
  • ODD: 24x Dual-Layer DVD Writer
  • WLAN: Asus PCE-N10 802.11n 150Mbps
  • Monitor: AOC E2250S 22″ LED
  • Peripherals: Microsoft Basics Mouse & Keyboard
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Warranty: 3 year RTB – 1 month collect & return
  • Price: £799.99 Inc VAT / £699 Inc VAT without monitor, mouse & keyboard

Compared to the full on specifications of the systems that we have seen up to today, Braebo’s Titan is more modest and this all comes down to its target audience. When looking across the board at every pre-built system that can be bought, the main bulk of these are aimed directly at the mainstream consumer and up towards the super enthusiast, where money is no object and performance is everything. The Titan brings this all back down to earth with a more basic lineup of components that round-up to a price that is more suited to the entry-level end of the spectrum.

When we look at the accessory set of a pre-built system, on the whole it is made up of all the little extras that come with each individual component such as manuals, adaptors and cables. Braebo’s Titan is no different, although depending on the package that you opt for, you can choose to get a complete setup headed your way instead. in the complete package Braebo bundle in a 22″ AOC monitor and a Microsoft mouse and keyboard set, giving you everything that you need to get up and running.

Radeon R9 290X And Radeon R9 X-Edition Graphics Cards Released By VTX3D

VTX3D has recently released two additions to its graphic card line-up, the Radeon R9 290X and Radeon R9 290 X-Edition with dual fan cooling design. The two very best graphics cards use great quality power design and custom dual fan cooling solution, delivering faster, cooler and quieter performance to all gamers.

Both are equipped with 4 GB of the latest high performance GDDR5 memory connected via 512 bit memory interface. The R9 290X X-Edition runs core engine at 1030 MHz and 1250 MHz for memory, while the R9 290 X-Edition runs at 975/1250 MHz for core/memory. Both are 30 MHz higher than reference design in engine clock, providing excellent performance and ultimate gaming power to every enthusiastic gamer.

The two models use great quality power design, which includes digital PWM, Multi Phase Design, Ferrite Core Choke and SVI2 power management, increasing the overall stability and power supply efficiency perfectly. In addition, the VTX3D R9 290X and R9 290 X-Edition are equipped with advanced dual fan cooling module. The advanced dual fan cooling module features dual 90 mm large fan, GSG-shape copper heat pipes with wide range of aluminum cooling fins, bring extraordinary heat dissipation effect.

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VTX3D Rolls Out R9 270 X-Edition with Dual Fan Cooling Design

VTX3D launched its own design edition of R9 series, the VTX3D R9 270 X-Edition. The new R9 270 X-Edition is packed with dual fan cooling design and quality power kit, delivering exceptional performance and ultimate gaming experience.

The R9 270 X-Edition has 930 MHz core speed, 30 MHz higher than reference design and can reach to 955 MHz with boost, offering a great deal of gaming performance. The new model is fitted with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory connected via 256 bit memory interface, delivering the astonishing and breathtaking gaming experience to the enthusiasts.

The R9 270 X-Edition is packed with quality power kit, which includes Multi Phase Design, Ferrite Core Choke, PowerPAK SO-8 and Solid Capacitor, enhancing the stability at overclocked model. What is more, the new model has equipped with dual fan cooling design, which uses dual 80mm fans, 3 pieces of U-shape copper heat pipes and wide range of unique aluminum fin, successful reduction of operating temperature and maintain quiet operating environment.

Features:

  • Video Memory: 2GB GDDR5
  • Memory Interface: 256bit
  • DirectX® Support: 11.2
  • Bus Standard: PCI Express 3.0
  • Core Speed: 930MHz (955MHz Boost)
  • Memory Speed: 1400MHz(5.6Gbps)
  • DVI Output: DL-DVI-I
  • HDMI Support: Yes
  • DisplayPort Support: Yes
  • Minimum System Power Requirement: 500W

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VTX3D Announce V Champ Series Of Graphics Cards

VTX3D have just announced a new series of graphics cards based on AMD GPUs. The V Champ series of graphics cards will initially launch to encompass the AMD HD 7850 and AMD HD 7790 graphics cards. The main feature of these new graphics cards from VTX3D is the use of the V Champ cooler which uses Vapor Chamber technology and offers 20% better performance than the regular cooling solutions. 

First up is the VTX3D V Champ HD 7850 which features a factory overclock to 1000MHz as well as a dual 80mm fan cooler. The card also uses a black PCB design.

Next is the VTX3D V Champ HD 7790 which is factory overclocked to 1075MHz with its own dual 80mm fan cooler, something that is rare for such a budget card.

More details can seen at the respective product pages:

Pricing and availability is TBA but these should be available at most large retailers in the very near future as VTX3D will want to capitalise on the HD 7850 and HD 7790 GPUs before they are replaced by AMD’s next generation. No doubt the V Champ series of coolers will carry over into whatever AMD produces next.

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Club3D Stop Nvidia Products And Move Exclusively To The Red Team (AMD)

Club 3D are a well known VGA channel partner and were, up until a few days ago, both an AMD and Nvidia graphics card channel partner. However, as of recently Club 3D have decided to axe their partnership with Nvidia in favour of moving to work with AMD only.

The move comes as a surprise as Club 3D produced a lot of Nvidia cards for the GTX 600 and 500 series, although their range of custom models was much more extensive for the AMD side of things. I personally find it strange that Club 3D are totally axing Nvidia for the GTX 700 series when it has only just been released and AMD has nothing to counter it yet. However, the move is less surprising given the fact that Club 3D’s main VGA channel partner are an AMD exclusive brand (under their Powercolor and VTX3D brands).

According to Club 3D they and Nvidia will still honour the warranties on all Club 3D Nvidia graphics cards. In selected markets Club 3D will offer AMD-equivalent replacements for the RMA procedure if customers would rather have that AMD graphics card than a replacement of their current one. If they would rather have their current graphics card then they of course can have that.

Club 3D’s move is a clear acknowledgement that they believe AMD are leaders in the graphics card space. Personally, I prefer to see companies offer a balance of both vendors as both AMD and Nvidia have their respective advantages. What are your thoughts on Club 3D’s decision?

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AMD’s HD 7990 Finally Inbound, Better Late Than Never?

AMD’s HD 7990 is strange in that we have seen versions of it from AMD partners before AMD released the reference design. In late August 2012 we saw a version from TUL corporation which was then branded and sold by PowerColor VTX3D and Club3D. In early January 2013 we saw the ASUS ROG ARES II graphics card which was a HD 7990/HD 7970X2. Interestingly we saw Nvidia’s GTX 690 as early as May 2012. So this all begs the question, is it even worth AMD releasing a HD 7990 now? Well irrelevant of what you and I think about the answer to that, AMD has decided releasing one now is still worthwhile in a case of “better late than never”.

At a press conference for the GDC press briefing on Tuesday AMD previewed the reference design of their HD 7990. The HD 7990 is expected to be released very soon and it should carry them through all the way to Q4 of 2013 when the next generation of video cards will be announced. AMD’s HD 7990 enjoys significant advantages over a lot of current market offerings in being only dual slots in thickness and being “whisper quiet” thanks to triple 90mm fans cooling a complex heatsink.

AMD didn’t comment much about the card except focusing on the fact the card is quiet, which is something I think is very important given how loud the HD 6990 was. What do you think of AMD releasing their reference version of the HD 7990? Will you be buying one? Was it released too late? Let us know your thoughts.

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