We previously looked at the RLG Lynx which was a budget gaming powerhouse. While it does make your games look good, there may be some people who also want their PCs to look good. This is where the RLG Perseus comes into play.
Starting at a price of LKR 160,000/- and capping off at LKR 240,000/-, the RLG Perseus is available at Redline Technologies in a number of variants in terms of the Graphics card model. I managed to get my hands on a RLG Perseus with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, priced at LKR 180,000/-. This is essentially equivalent to the specs of the RLG Lynx Plus that we reviewed earlier, but it strangely costs a lot more. Why? Well, we were about to find out.
The first thing you notice when you see the RLG Perseus is that it has a fully transparent side panel made of tempered glass. Unlike other gaming cases that have a side panel with a transparent acrylic sheet included, the RLG Perseus has a fully tempered glass panel. This in turn, adds to the weight of the overall machine but that’s not what we were concerned about.
Wrapped in a black color scheme, the RLG Perseus offers a stylish matte black look in the front panel. A simple RLG logo at the bottom of the face is all you get. This also means that there’s no bays for optical drives or floppy drives. But face it, nobody uses those anymore. Located at the top of the casing are one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, a headphone jack, a microphone jack and the Power and Reset buttons.
What really grabbed our attention was the fact that the RLG Perseus had full RGB lighting in almost all components. Basically, you could change the lighting of the Motherboard, graphics card, RAM, Rear LED fan and even the SSD drive bay. How? Well, we’ll explain that later on. Located at the back of the system you will find a number of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, and an RJ-45 LAN port, all of which are on the motherboard. In terms of audio, the RLG Perseus supports 8 channel (7.1) audio so that you can enjoy your games in surround sound. If you’re looking to connect the system to a TV or high resolution display, you can take your pick from DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort.
In terms of the inner components, you get the latest quad core 7th Generation Intel Core i5 7500 Processor backed up by 8GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at a whopping 3000MHz. So you can work, and play even at the same time, with no issues. After all, all work and no play makes Jack dull boy.
As stated above, the RLG Perseus PC that we’re reviewing packs a 6GB Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1060 which is more than sufficient to play all favorite and the latest games maxed out at a 1080P Full HD resolution. In terms of storage, the RLG Perseus includes a 120GB SSD as well as a 1TB 7200RPM Hard disk drive. The SSD ensures that your operating system and all your apps installed onto it launch as fast as possible compared to a regular hard drive. The Hard disk drive is your primary storage device where you can store your games, music, videos documents and everything else.
Holding everything together and connecting everything is the Motherboard. In this case, the Motherboard is an Asus ROG Strix B250F Gaming motherboard. Sounds a mouthful, doesn’t it? In terms of expandability, the motherboard has 4 RAM slots, 2 PCIe x16 slots for the graphics card, 6 SATA 6Gb ports for Hard drives and Optical drives. It also has two M.2 slots in the event you need to add an additional SSD and you’re out of SATA ports. The Motherboard has a ROG SupremeFX soundchip which is more than capable of handling all your audio needs.
Powering up all this is the Power supply unit, which would be from either Corsair or FSP. With the GTX 1060 being a relatively low wattage card, there’s no need for a 750W or 1000W PSU, rather, a 450W PSU is all that is needed to power the RLG Perseus.
If you haven’t figured it out by now, the RLG Perseus is essentially made up of Asus products such as the Motherboard and graphics card. This automatically means that they are fully compatible with Asus Aura Sync. In case you’re wondering what that means, it’s basically Asus’s rendition of RGB color controls for supported components and peripherals. Like we said before, the RLG Perseus has full RGB color support for the lighting of the Motherboard, graphics card, RAM, Rear LED fan and the SSD drive bay. Each of these can be controlled via Asus’s proprietary software called “Asus Aura”. This is essentially a one stop hub for all components RGB.
Using the software, you can change the color of each component separately or you can link them all to a single color, depending on your preference. That’s not all though. If you happen to have an Asus Aura Sync compatible keyboard or mouse, you can even get them to match the lighting scheme of your PC as well. The software itself is quite easy to use. It shows you a list of components that are Aura Sync compatible and then allows you to change colors and also add lighting effects such as breathing, pulse and music (where the lights flash according to the sound being played.
This also means that you have possibly an unlimited combination of colors and effects that you can use to customize your PC and components as you see fit. Because all the components are linking via the Asus software, with just a few clicks, you can completely change the lighting of your PC to match your current mood.
A PC that looks good should also perform as well, right? This is where I decided to throw a few benchmarks and see who it performs. Namely, I used 3DMark, Unigine Valley and Unigine Heaven. All benchmarks were carried out at Full HD with all settings maxed out.
I’ve been using 3DMark for a while now and it has proven to be quite reliable. It comprises of a number of benchmarks which test gaming performance in DX12, DX11, DX10, DX9 and even OpenGL. Each benchmark consists of two scenes, each running for a duration of around 2-3 minutes. At the end of the benchmark, individual scores in terms of FPS or frames per second is given. As expected, the results of the benchmark are similar to that of the RLG Lynx Plus with the GTX 1060 as they are the same chip, despite being from two different manufacturers.
As you can see from the screenshot above, the GTX 1060 keeps an average of 26.64FPS in the first test and 23.51FPS in the second test. We saw similar performance with the RLG Lynx Plus with the GTX 1060 so there’s pretty much nothing new here.
Next up is 3DMark Firestrike. As you can see from the screenshot, the benchmark scores 62.04FPS in the first test and 52.07FPS in the second test.
The third test in the 3DMark suite is Sky Diver. This too is another benchmark based on DirectX 11. Sky Diver racks in a total of 194.01 FPS in the first test and 203.81 FPS in the second test. Obviously, this means that the RLG Perseus is quite capable of running DX11 and upcoming DX12 games at normal settings with ample room to crank things up.
Next up were two other benchmarks I usually run: Unigine Heaven and Valley. They are both based off DX11 and also feature advanced lighting and tessellation as well. Both benchmarks ran with all settings maxed out scored a total of 104.4FPS and 102.7FPS respectively proving that the RLG Perseus with a GTX 1060 can deliver 60FPS and more across most games thrown at it.
As with all RLG Systems, the RLG Perseus comes with a 3 comprehensive warranty. So if any component should fail within the 3 years, the faulty component will be replaced immediately. You’ll also be entitled to a lifetime service warranty so all those clean ups are free of charge.
While it seems tempting to unscrew the 4 thumbscrews and take off the tempered glass side panel, doing so would effectively void the warranty of your system (an RLG sticker makes sure that no unauthorized person opens it up. So if you are not an authorized technician, under no circumstances can you disassemble the PC.
Overall, the performance of the RLG Perseus is essentially the same as the RLG Lynx Plus and the RLG Warlock in terms of gaming performance. Where the RLG Perseus shines (literally) is in it’s customizability in terms of lighting. This in turn comes at a slightly higher price. If you’re on the look for a flashy build, you can try out the RLG Perseus. The folks over at Redline Technologies are ever willing to answer all your questions and can also even let you run some games on the PC or try out some of the lighting effect so that you can see for yourself how it performs before you purchase the system.
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Lighting Things Up With the RLG Perseus Gaming PC
Mahesh De Andrado
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