iBuyPower is known for its well-made gaming desktop, and now they are trying to make it in the budget gaming category. In this iBuyPower AM-FX01 review, we discuss the new gaming desktop that tries to make it in the above-said class.
This gaming desktop is aimed at mid-range and light gamers who don’t want to spend a lot of money. The price tag is less the $550 and this means it is more affordable than most of the gaming machines out there. Let’s get on with this review and find out if this new desktop computer can take its place in your gaming room.
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It is a good-looking desktop. It carries a stylish design language that should go well with the younger audience of today’s generation. There is ventilation on either side, and that should help with the cooling process. There is nothing in the front which means you need to go to the back side to reach any of the ports.
The keyboard and the mouse are pretty good. Both are made for gaming, and it shows. If you are not too specific about the keyboard and mouse you want for gaming, these will do just fine. The desktop is slightly heavier than most of the other machines in this range, so not that great for moving around now and then.
The last thing we would like to let you know is that this desktop does not come with a monitor. If you have a monitor, then that’s awesome else look at our monitor reviews to see if you can find something you like.
iBuyPower AM-FX01 Specs
Let’s talk about the processing power in the iBuyPower AM-FX01 gaming desktop. We have an AMD FX 4300 quad-core processor. This one comes in with a clocking frequency of 3.8GHz and does an impressive job. This processor is nowhere close to the core ‘i’ chips from Intel but still does its job.
It runs both the OS and other third party apps without any problems. You can also run pretty much any game you want as there is enough processing power to handle it (graphics card performance discussed later). If you are a light user, then you will be happy with the way this thing performs.
There are eight gigs of DDR3 RAM for memory in the iBuyPower AM-FX01 desktop. This is a good amount of memory for gaming in a mid-tier device. This memory is enough for most of the games and even if you need more, you can upgrade the memory as this is a desktop setup.
Let’s talk about the GPU. The graphics card here is the Nvidia GeForce GT 740 with a dedicated video memory of 2GB DDR5 type. This is a 28nm chip that is based on the Kepler architecture. This GPU is a good choice as it strikes a balance between price and performance.
You can play some of the latest games like FIFA 16, Metal Gear Solid, Dirt Rally and other similar games with good frame rates at low settings. These are graphically intense games, so it makes sense to reduce the settings to achieve playable frame rates. For less intensive games, you can keep the settings intact and get a real gameplay experience.
The hard drive has a capacity of 500GB and a speed of 7200RPM. This is way better than the 5400RPM hard drives, and we must applaud iBuyPower for not including them as a measure of cost cutting.
The HDD also comes with Windows 10 pre-installed. This is the latest from Microsoft and is getting excellent reviews. You will love it.
There are many connectivity options in the iBuyPower AM-FX01 desktop. You can find all the important ports like USB 3.0, USB 2.0, Display port and other ones as well. The desktop also supports 802.11ac wireless connectivity that is great for eliminating wires.
iBuyPower AM-FX01 Review: Verdict
The iBuyPower AM-FX01 is a decent machine for the price. Its gaming performance is good enough for light and mid-range gamers. If you want to game but can’t afford it, then this piece of hardware is an excellent choice to take things forward.