Vibox Spawn X full review
The Spawn X is a great-looking gaming PC, which combines smart, clean lines with gamer-friendly transparent side windows and a fair smattering of red internal LEDs. The Phanteks Enthoo Pro Mid system case gives a good view of internal components, but retails a smart appearance which we feel looks a great deal better than the faux industrial moulding of competing cases such as the Corsair Carbide range.
Processor temperatures are kept in check by a Cooler Master Seidon 120V – a sealed-unit liquid cooler with a 120mm fan and fitted with a blue LED on the impeller unit which lights up when in operation.
The internal design of the case makes it very easy to keep things tidy, thanks to cable management grommets, a separate compartment for the power supply, and 3.5in drive bays which are accessed from the side of the case facing the back of the motherboard. This means almost no cables are visible from the front, but it can be a hassle if you want to lay the PC down flat for maintenance and have access to both the drive bays and the motherboard at the same time. The case also features a huge 200mm front fan and a 140mm fan at the rear. Our review sample also has an additional fan at the top of the case, beneath a meshed roof. The case has a premium brushed aluminium look, but is actually made from plastic. It’s quite a convincing effect however, giving the case rather premium good looks.
Alongside that overclocked CPU, sits an overclocked graphics card, in the form of the MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GD5T OC with its twin-fan cooling system and a small bump in performance over the standard models.
Storage is provided by a generous 240GB Patriot Blast SSD and a roomy 2TB hard drive, giving the Vibox a large storage capacity, albeit at slightly lower performance levels than the fastest models available, based on PCI-Express technology.
All of these components should add up to one the fastest Skylake gaming PCs, but while the Vibox Spawn X does well, it’s not right at the top of the pile. Both Chillblast and Wired2Fire manage to pull ahead by a small margin in several tests – not so much that you would notice the difference, but don’t be fooled into thinking that because the Spawn X is clocked at 4.5GHz rather than 4.4GHz you’ll be getting a noticeable increase in performance.
We’re pleased to see Vibox using a dedicated gaming motherboard in this system in the form of the MSI Z170A Gaming Pro. This board offers both performance and cosmetic enhancements over comparable budget motherboards including upgraded networking hardware which can give network priority to games over other applications, higher-quality audio components and even colour-changing LEDs you can control from an app. You also get USB 3.1 Gen 2 support and a host of diagnostic and overclocking options. Additionally, the board is SLI certified, so you can add a second GTX 970 graphics card later on if you wish.
The system also includes a Wireless-N adapter and comes with an internal 24x DVD-RW drive, should you still have a use for such technology.
Vibox Spawn X: Specs
- 3.5GHz Intel Core i5-6600K (4.5GHz OC) processor
- Coolermaster Seidon 120v CPU cooler
- 8GB Patriot Viper Xtreme DDR4 2800MHz RAM
- Patriot Blast 240GB SSD and 2TB SATA III HDD
- 650W Superflower HX650 PSU
- MSI Z170A Gaming Pro motherboard
- Windows 10 Home 64-bit
- MSI Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB
- gigabit ethernet, 300Mb/s Wi-Fi adaptor
- 2x USB 3.1 gen2, 6x USB 3.1 gen1, 6x USB 2.0
- 1x DVI, 1x HDMI
- 24x DVD-RW drive
- Phanteks Enthoo Pro Mid case
- Coolermaster Devastator keyboard and mouse (optional add-on for £20)
- Lifetime labour, 2-year parts and labour RTB warranty (3 months collect & return)