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PC Specialist Enigma R1 Review – £799 Gaming PC!

3DMark testing:

For this test, we ran the PC Specialist Enigma R1 through Time Spy Extreme, Time Spy, Fire Strike, Fire Strike Extreme and Fire Strike Ultra. We first look at the overall scores given at the end of each test.

The individual scores are overall pretty good and as expected for a more budget PC. The Engima R1 performs admirably at 1080p and 1440p, however the 3GB GTX 1060 takes a pounding at 4K resolution. The Time Spy Extreme score is very poor as it requires at least 4GB to run properly and the Fire Strike Ultra score isn’t the best either.

The below graph shows the individual results for the GPU and CPU:

At 1080p resolution you will notice that the GPU and CPU are a well matched pair making them perfect for most gamers. As the resolution increases the 3GB GTX 1060 really struggles in comparison to the i5 8400, but those of you buying this PC are unlikely to be using a 4K monitor where the GTX 1060 becomes a bottleneck.

Gaming performance:

We used the PC Specialist Enigma R1 to play 3 different popular and graphically demanding games to see just how powerful this PC is when it comes to gaming. We tested the games at 2 different image quality settings – medium and high – as this is very much a budget PC. We also tested the games at different resolutions (1080p & 1440p) to allow for different monitor specifications. We have also included screenshots of the in-built benchmarks.

Rise of the Tomb Raider is an action adventure game with many different environments and immersive landscapes making it a useful way to test this PC’s gaming performance.

Far Cry 5 is the most recent release we tested. The gigantic open world of Hope County has plenty of beautiful scenery to test how well this PC performs with a brand new AAA game.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is a game with a superb open world environment. The beautiful scenery of mountains, forests and deserts requires a lot of GPU power to render, particularly on high settings. This demanding game is perfect for testing this PC’s gaming performance.

Our 3 test games are some of the most demanding out there but the Enigma R1 did surprisingly well for a budget PC. 1080p resolution appears to be the real sweet spot for this PC, with the three titles averaging around 60fps most of the time – even on high settings. Games are playable at 1440p but the overall experience isn’t as smooth, especially when playing more demanding titles.  Less demanding and older games will perform really well on this PC and it would make a great budget PC for playing games like CS:GO with a 1080p high refresh-rate monitor.

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