Reviewing The Maguay GamePower X99 - Top Performance With A Top Price
Maguay is the oldest Romanian partner of Intel and they offer a broad range of computer systems and solutions, including laptops, ultrabooks, servers, gaming machines, storage solutions and other various hardware components. Although they are not quite well known outside of Romania, we'd like to bring them to your attention, since they build quality products. One of their most recent systems is the GamePower X99 gaming rig, a machine that incorporates new tech, such as DDR4 memory and water cooling alongside a powerful Intel Core i7 processor. We've tested it for a while and we're now ready to share with you what we've learned. Read this review to find out more about Maguay GamePower X99:
Unboxing The Maguay GamePower X99
The Maguay GamePower X99 arrived in a standard full tower cardboard box branded with the In Win 707 logo. If that sounds like alien-speak to you, know that it's simply the name of the case's manufacturer.
Inside the box you'll find the machine itself accompanied by two driver discs, the power cord and a quick start guide.
Nothing unexpected in terms of packaging, as the GamePower X99 has a pretty basic accessory package.
As soon as we got the machine out of the wrapping, we could catch a glimpse of what's inside, through the transparent side panel. And it was quite a view! But more about that later on.
The list of specs is quite impressive: we have a six-core Intel Core i7 5820K processor running at 3.3GHz, paired with 16GB of DDR4 RAM running in quad channel at 2133 MHz. Quite a potent CPU, considering the 15MB level 3 cache and the Hyper-Threading capabilities. The K at the end of the CPU name means that the multiplier is unlocked, so the CPU is perfectly capable of overclocking, which is great news for enthusiasts!
Oh yeah, the CPU is water cooled by a Zalman CNPS11X Performa water cooler.
One of ASUS' most advanced motherboards, the X99-A keeps the entire machine together while powered by a Chieftec CTG-750C power supply, capable of withstanding a maximum load of 750W.
Since it's called GamePower, the graphics power is brought to the table by an ASUS Strix GTX 970 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory and a 256-bit bus width.
On the storage side of things, we have a 256GB Transcend SSD and a 2TB Seagate Constellation hard drive with a 7200 RPM speed and a 64MB buffer. Both storage solutions use a SATA 3 connection.
The sound is provided by the onboard Realtek® ALC1150 8-Channel High Definition Audio.
Moving forward to connectivity, the ASUS X99 chipset controls six USB 3.0 ports and four USB 2.0 ports on the back panel, two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports on the front panel. Aside from that you get the usual connectors on the back panel: a PS/2 port, an Ethernet port and the audio connectors.
Additionally, there's a USB BIOS Flashback button that you can use in case of firmware updates.
The GTX970 video card provides two DVI connectors, an HDMI and a Display Port, so you're pretty much set for a multi-monitor configuration.
Since the motherboard supports all types of multi-GPU configurations, both SLI and CrossFireX, you'll also be prepared for multi-GPU scenarios.
Maguay GamePower X99 comes with Windows 8.1 Pro installed, so you don't need to worry about buying a license.
You can read it's full set of specifications here: GamePower X99.
Using The Maguay GamePower X99
Using the Maguay GamePower X99 was a very pleasant experience. In order to see just how well it performs, we installed the two most anticipated games of this year: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Grand Theft Auto 5.
We ran The Witcher 3 in full details on a Full HD resolution with NVIDIA HairWorks enabled. This is the most demanding feature of the game and it only works properly with NVIDIA GPUs. Suffice to say that the game looked amazing and we rarely saw the frame rate dropping below 50 FPS. In other words, you don't need to worry about the Maguay GamePower X99 not running your games properly. It works and plays great! Geralt, here, can attest to that:
Playing Grand Theft Auto 5 was little challenge for the GamePower X99. For the entire time that we played, we didn't see the frame rate drop below 60 FPS.
It's quite clear that the GamePower X99 has no issues handling games.
Productivity tasks are not even worth mentioning, since the machine zips through any kind of office work like The Flash.
The system isn't too noisy and it doesn't generate too much heat either. You will hear the fan that cools the liquid spinning at high speed during high load, but nothing too annoying.
What you need to keep in mind is that the machine has a full-tower form factor and it's fairly large and heavy, so don't expect to move it around too much. On the positive side, though, there's more than enough room inside to add more components.
The looks of the machine are quite nice too, and the dust filter on the bottom of the case helps keeping small dust particles at bay. For those of you who like shiny lights, the GamePower X99 has its fair share of lighting, too:
The Maguay GamePower X99 is a gaming machine that offers very good performance and lots of customization and upgrade options. If you're looking for a machine that handles all of your games in Full HD resolution, then it's definitely a worthy candidate. If you can afford its price, that is.
Software Bundled With Maguay GamePower X99
We really appreciated that Maguay did not preinstall loads of proprietary software on this machine. The only preinstalled software were the drivers and a special utility for creating system restore discs.
What you need to keep in mind here is that the factory reset option in Windows 8.1 has been customized by Maguay to require the use of an operating system DVD/USB drive. If your machine didn't come with such restore media provided by Maguay, you'll need to use a special utility preinstalled on the machine to create the restore media yourself.
To learn how to do this, refer to the quick start guide. The entire process is explained there. If, instead, you use a standard Windows 8.1 disc, you'll lose the customizations done by Maguay during the factory reset.
We wish this aspect would have been more obvious. Or better yet, inexistent. It would've been better if Maguay just used a standard setup of the operating system that didn't require extra effort on our side.
Benchmark Performance and Temperatures
We used BootRacer to measure how fast the machine booted off the SSD. The system started in around 35 seconds if we look at an average value. Since this is the first machine of this level of performance that we test, we can't really compare it to other devices, so we'll use it to compare other similar machines in the future.
Next, we wanted to see how efficient the cooling was and how hot the 5820K got under full load. So we ran Prime95 for about an hour and watched the numbers rise. But, they didn't rise too high - after one hour of stress testing, the CPU didn't go beyond 71 degrees Celsius, which is great, considering that we're talking about a high-end six-core CPU.
While idling, the CPU stayed at around 40 degrees Celsius, which is also a very good temperature.
We've also tested the drives using CrystalDiskMark. The SSD showed decent scores, though we did see better.
The HDD also showed good scores, quite normal for SATA3 HDDs.
To evaluate the graphics power, we ran 3DMark Vantage on the Extreme preset, and achieved 26168 points. Very good score.
All in all, the performance of the GamePower X99 doesn't disappoint. It's a very good system with quality components that will probably run all of your games flawlessly in 1080p.
Maguay managed to build a solid gaming system with top-notch technology, such as DDR4 memory, a six-core processor and a motherboard that will definitely appeal to gamers and overclockers alike. We recommend this system to those of you who want and afford to have the latest technology under their desk. Keep in mind, though, that the graphics performance of this system don't go beyond a 2560x1440 resolution, so if you're planning on playing in 4K... well, you'll need to consider other options or get a better graphics card, such as the NVIDIA GeForce GTX980.