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AWD-IT Phoenix (w/ R7 1700X) System Review

Rating: 8.0.

Given that Ryzen 7 CPUs launched just over a month ago, system integrators have been quick to start building new PCs based on the Ryzen platform. The system in for review today from AWD-IT is one such example, as their Phoenix system is built around the 1700X chip and the Aorus AX370 Gaming 5 motherboard. With the inclusion of a GTX 1080 alongside the 1700X, could the AWD-IT Phoenix be the perfect Ryzen PC?

The second PC I have seen from the folks at AWD-IT, what makes the Phoenix interesting is its use of a Ryzen 7 1700X chip. If you have read our review of this chip over HERE, then you will know the 1700X is a great choice for those who regularly execute heavily multi-threaded tasks – its performance is similar if not better than competing X99 CPUs, while it only a fraction of the cost those Intel HEDT chips.

Our focus today is not just on the CPU, though, as we need to see how well AWD-IT can build a system around the Ryzen platform. Read on as we assess the Phoenix’s build quality, performance and value.


  • Aorus AX370 Gaming 5
  • Ryzen 7 1700X
  • 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000MHz
  • NZXT S340 Elite Black/Red (Custom Laser Etched Panel)
  • Arctic Freezer 33 Cooling
  • Nvidia GTX 1080 8GB (Inno3D)
  • Intel 256GB 600P NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Seagate 2TB ST2000DM006 HDD
  • EVGA 650W GQ PSU

Price: £1599

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  • Lelisevis

    Great review, flawed system. It hurts me to see such high end components put in what was always meant to be a cheap budget bottom end case, just because they put a tempered glass window on the side doesn’t change it. I had the case and could only tolerate it for a month. It really is paper thin rubbish and the CPU and GPU cooling on that system both exhaust back into the case. This could have been so much better with something like a Be Quiet Silent Base 600 Tempered Glass Which Retails for around the same price.

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  • Apis Bull

    I emailed AWD to ask a few questions about a PC kit they were selling a few years ago. Never heard back from them so wasn’t impressed. Lost me as a customer then, funny how that works…..
    Hopefully they have changed.