In the past week, I have been familiar with the Stormforce Crystal AMD gaming PC, which is kindly provided by Stormforce. Stormforce is a custom PC manufacturer headquartered in the United Kingdom, specializing in providing gaming PCs for casual gamers and hardcore gamers. We are very happy to test the Intel-based system, and now it’s time to see what results the AMD system can produce.
We run some benchmark tests, record temperatures, and measure acoustics to give you insight into what will happen.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
500GB NVME SSD
Cooler Master MB520 RGB
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
500GB NVME SSD
Cooler Master MB520 RGB
All AMD CPUs and GPUs can also benefit from AMD technology SAM 4441
4p 44p 444000 and 44p 44p 44p Thermal performance SAM 4441
4p Stable gaming performance
RAM is not overclocked to its advertised speed
Only 500GB SSD
A GPU fan makes a slight whine
The first thing to note is that the Stormforce system is packaged correctly and intact when it arrives. Not all prefab manufacturers do it. At this point you can boast. The system is filled with rigid foam, molded around the internal components, and appears to function properly with the GPU and other components firmly in place. The system is also covered with a dust-proof plastic plate, followed by an additional foam pad, to ensure that the PC is very secure.
is inside, obviously you have your system and a bag full of spare parts and extra parts from the motherboard box. The package contains a WiFi antenna, screws, extra SATA cables, and your manual, in case you need to update or replace something.
As you might expect, there is a "warning" booklet that gives you some preliminary instructions for carefully removing the liner, because you never know what might fall off during shipping. They also ask you to keep the packaging in case you need to return it to the system.
You will also receive a small brochure that presents some steps to configure a PC for gaming, which will be useful for gamers who are using PC games for the first time. This brochure also describes your three-year pickup, repair, and return warranty, as well as some information on what to do if you encounter a problem. At the end, you will receive a small brochure about the Stormforces promotion. Basically, if you comment on Trustpilot, you can win a £ 200 Steam coupon. The
is pre-built from the Stormforce Crystal series. The model is a full version of AMD with Ryzen 5 5600X CPU and Radeon RX 6700 XT GPU. The Crystal series is equipped with high-end machines that are designed with balanced specifications to provide a smooth gaming experience at a more competitive price. Essentially, you can choose a gaming PC in the Crystal series and play games in high resolution without having to pay a huge price for it. They advertise the 1080p and 1440p ranges when using high refresh rates, but this gaming PC has a lot of games that can handle 4K, especially in the case of compact settings.
Build uses Cooler Master MB520 RGB Gaming case, not everyone’s favorite PC case, but a very beautiful case with sufficient airflow. The housing has a solid transparent plastic front panel with a slight tint. A front panel like this is usually a danger sign for airflow, but the side has a relatively thick ventilation gap to provide enough ventilation for the system. Behind the front panel are three 120mm RGB fans to help with cooling and overall appearance.
In addition to the front fan, we also have a normal 120mm rear fan. It would have been nice if the rear fan matched the other fans, but it can be provided with the case, unless otherwise specified, most pre-made manufacturers will keep replacement fans. We have a 120mm AIO radiator, which is a bit strange. This kind of CPU does not really need a liquid cooling solution, but the 120 mm solution is meaningless. It certainly keeps the CPU at a sufficient temperature and looks better than an air cooler, but from a performance or value point of view, it is a kind of meaningless hardware.
Thanks to the packaging, all components are correctly positioned and no cables are loose, so the system is immediately powered on. If you want to update it with other components, it should be relatively easy, even for beginners. All cables are well managed, so you have to cut the ties to remove some components, but this is easy to do.
They provide you with room to quickly install any other drives on the back, whether in the drive cage or on the back panel. This is a good attention to detail, because some prefab manufacturers may use drive bays to store excess cables, which usually prevents their use. There is also a dust filter on the top of the chassis, one under the power supply, and the front panel is also sealed with a mesh filter, which is easier to maintain when cleaning the system.
We like to look at some of the additional components on the prefab to see where the manufacturer might be trying to save extra money. The Cooler Master case is not for everyone, but it is also good, I have seen worse money, but the inclusion of the mATX motherboard is a bit disappointing. To be fair, Stormforce, this is a good motherboard, a typical place to save some money, especially in
Only mention 500GB of storage space. These two items are not particularly expensive, RGB is almost unimportant, but they are a simple way for manufacturers to improve the build. I think Stormforce is still competitive, but I hope to see more at this price.
The only thing I want to do is to connect the cables from the front I/O panel and USB, HD audio, etc., to the cut-out closest to the right to make them look like a thick cable. Apart from the small things I mentioned above, the build quality is reliable.
Read the materials included in the build and you will find that when you purchase a Stormforce PC, you will receive a three-year collect, repair, and return guarantee. This includes repairs and parts, as well as three years of labor service, excluding Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. Please note that the warranty only covers hardware problems, not software.
If for any reason there is a problem with your system, you can contact Stormforce directly. Stormforce also has a standard 28-day return policy, you just need to contact the company and you will receive a refund within 14 days.
When we receive or buy a pre-made gaming PC, we test it in the same way every time. We start with the important things, gaming benchmarks, to ensure that the PC produces the results we want to see. We also include some comprehensive benchmarks, which are more for comparing data, while also taking temperature readings from the CPU, GPU and inside the chassis.
Finally, we measure the sound level of the gaming PC when it is idle and under load to give you a rough idea of how loud it will be if you buy one.
After unpacking and verifying that we have installed everything in the controller, we noticed that the BIOS has three previous versions. This is not a complaint or negative labeling of the prefab, because many manufacturers have pre-made intermediate stocks ready for sale, which generally means that the drivers may be out of date for a few months. The
graphics card driver is up to date, but the RAM has not been overclocked at the advertised speed. The RAM runs at the default speed instead of 3200 MHz. Now, I'm not sure if Stormforce just creates the XMP / DOCP profile and lets you change it, but they should do it for you, because most customers who buy pre Integrated gaming PCs may not be familiar with the internals of the BIOS, their performance may be affected.
To understand the cooling effect of this pre-build, we ran Furmark with a CPU and GPU burner to put pressure on the system for about 30 minutes.
As you can see, the CPU and GPU are running at pretty normal temperatures, and if you want to take them further, there's plenty of room there. The 120mm AIO works as expected, and you can certainly use 240mm or larger alternatives to lower the CPU temperature. We also measure some internal temperatures to see if the air flow is sufficient. The highest internal temperature reading is about 42 degrees, and the components will definitely get stable airflow. As we apply pressure to the system, we take some acoustic readings to understand how the upward curve of the fan affects noise performance.
We recorded an idle decibel level of 41. After 15 minutes of pressure on the CPU and GPU, we only saw the noise level increase to an average of 43 dB. I should add a little salt to solve this problem, but the system gave a groan. The moan isn't loud, but it obviously looks like it's coming from one of the GPU fans. It's worth noting that when you load a particular game, your GPU sometimes temporarily throttles, which may generate more noise than our stress test, but overall the sound level is good.
We conducted our own comprehensive test just to compare with AMD announced benchmark data. Our Time Spy and Cinebench R20 scores are almost the same as AMD's, regardless of whether they are given or taken.
Before I get into the benchmark test, I just want to point out that all the results show that the game is at the highest preset and if applicable motion blur is disabled. Since this is a fully AMD system, we decided to run our benchmarks with AMD smart memory access enabled and disabled.
It can be seen from all the results that the SAM technology will have some differences at different resolutions, but it seems to vary from game to game, and it will increase significantly when ray tracing is enabled in the game.
results show that the system is definitely suitable for users playing 1080p and 1440p, and in some games you may want to play at this resolution, 4K does not work well. Of course, games like Far Cry 5 and Resident Evil Village perform quite well in 4K, but for other games like Outriders and Days Gone, you need to optimize the settings to get those magical 60 FPS. Stormforce does not mark it as a 4K system, so there is no need to worry, but it is always good to check. The
results show that you can easily exceed 240 FPS in e-sports games when playing 1080p and some graphics settings, as is 1440p. Although esports gamers don't need such a powerful PC, if you plan to upgrade your monitor or just want to gain a competitive edge, this is a smarter investment.
Overall, the performance of the Stormforce allAMD Crystal PC was in line with expectations. Obviously, the system is carefully built, everything is connected correctly, and most importantly, the system runs immediately. From the outside, Crystal is built into a beautiful case, but if you've ever built your own PC, I wouldn't recommend this type of case.
The PSU comes from a reliable manufacturer, and apart from the meager 500GB NVMe SSD, there are no complaints here.
The price of this computer is competitive, and it can be seen from the benchmark test results that the game performance is excellent. For those who want to play 1080 or 1440p, this is a well-balanced pre-built and reliable choice. If you can't build your own PC, I would definitely recommend Stormforce.
AMD Ryzen 5 5600X
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
500GB NVME SSD 445
0000000000000000 Buying NVME SSD 445
RGB solid state drives are all very useful. Build high quality standards, plus Stormforce long-term warranty As an added bonus, this pre-built PC is a great choice for those who cannot build their own gaming equipment.
Stormforce Crystal RX 6700XT (Ryzen 5 5600X) Gaming Computer
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