The search for a Gaming PC usually involves a combination of elements; you and your friend walking through the vast universe of Unity Plaza and the likes searching through quotations and PCs to see what fits your budget. The only issue here is that we too are concerned about our wallet but yet want the best bang for the buck performance. Next comes the confusion, the denial, anger, frustration, hunger, thirst and all other emotions.
It was during one of these days that we stumbled upon The RLG Sniper.
Should You Build a Gaming PC? Or Just Buy One?
Ye average PC gamer can be one of two categories:
- The ones who have the finances and lack the knowledge
- Those who have the knowledge yet lack the financial resources.
Then again, the classification doesn’t stop here, both these groups further divide into two types.
- People who know their stuff, do their research and pick parts that suit their requirement ( a small minority)
- Those who don’t exactly know what they want but will buy based on impulse or because they like what they see. This could be a custom assembled Rig from a store or a preassembled branded system.
The only issue here is that most of the time you’ll end up buying a PC or components that you don’t need.
When you say branded PCs, names like Origin, MainGear and Alienware are just a few of the names that pop into your head.
Well, we have with us something with a more local taste. But if you are a member of local gaming groups on Facebook you would have seen or at least heard about the RLG Sniper. This PC has been making waves in the local gaming scene due to its balanced features and flashy styles. But is it really worth the money? Is it really balanced? Is it worth the investment? How about the warranty? Would the specs be sufficient, can it play any game? These were some of the questions bouncing around in our heads and we set out to find answers for them.
First off, let’s debunk some common misconceptions.
Gaming PCs can’t do anything else – Wrong!
This is a common issue with many. You need a PC on which you can play games maxed out and at the same time you need it to do your Photoshop and Ultra HD After Effects rendering. First and foremost, the thing that you need to understand is that these are two different tasks which each requires completely different resources in order to be fully optimized for each case.
But is it actually possible for a Gaming PC to double as a work PC too? In all honesty, yes it can. With each and every version of software such as the Adobe suite, the hardware requirements for PCS tends to be more generalized and compatible to run on a variety of hardware. For example, gone are the days that you needed a Nvidia Quadro card for rendering content on Maya or 3DS MAX. A card like the Nvidia GeForce GTX960 or GTX970 can actually perform on par or better than their Quadro counterparts and they also tend to be cheaper.
The RLG Sniper is a Gaming PC, but that doesn’t mean it can’t handle anything like this either, neither is it just another marketing ploy. Can you do other stuff on it? Yes you can. At the end of the day, the Sniper still packs quite a punch and can hold its own. But if you are looking for a more selective purpose apart from gaming, then you can go for a custom assembled PC that would get the job done too. At the end of the day, be specific about what you want and make sure that you’re getting a PC that suits your need.
Taking Imba to a whole new level, the way it’s not meant to be played
Imba – Short for Imbalanced, this term is usually heard in gaming circles where one character or weapon does an exceedingly higher amount of damage than its peer.
Here, the term Imba is used as most PC resellers will give you PCs which are at worst a mixed grill of mismatched components and then proceed to take all your money.
A Great PC is like a Great Marriage. A Bad PC, a Bad Marriage.
Variety is indeed the spice of life, but that doesn’t mean that you can just throw everything and the kitchen sink into a PC and expect it to have mind-blowing performance. Each component needs to complement each other and work in harmony to achieve optimal performance. It is all about mixing and matching everything together. When you have mismatches in a relationship, those are indicators of danger.
A Core i7 Processor and 16 Gigs of RAM makes all your games faster – Not always
Contrary to popular belief, an i7 Processor won’t actually have an effect on your framerates unless you’re running a CPU intensive application, which with today’s games is a rarely found feature. Rather, most games rely purely on graphics processing. So an I5 processor coupled with a powerful GPU such as a GTX970 would perform much better than an I7 with a GTX960. We explained this in great detail here.
Again, even 8GB of RAM is the sweet spot. While you can run pretty much anything with just 4GB of RAM, 8GB is perfect and anything more would be just an overkill. Currently, I too own the same pair of Corsair RAMs and have experience on this. Yes you can play GTA V on Ultra. It’s just like the megapixel myth, higher isn’t always better.
Having more memory is good if it’s a video/audio editing workstation. Those applications are memory hungry and it would be somewhat okay to say it’s all about the memory when it comes to them. Memory speed and latency do ten d to play a part upto a certain point, but beyond a certain threshold, it makes no difference.
A sweet spot for the CPU is ye Core i5 processor. Consider the Core i5 4590, this can be coupled with virtually any high-end graphics card (even up to a GTX 980TI SLI setup) and still not have any issues.
In comparison, a Core i3 processor is able to handle up to a Nvidia GTX960. From there upwards, it can handle any card too, but the limitations of the CPU are such that it will bottleneck the performance of your games.
For the Sniper, the i5 does indeed hit the sweet spot.
For one, both the Core i5 and i7 both have Turbo Boost while the i3 does not and both the core i5 and i7 are quad core CPUs as opposed to the i3 which is a dual core.
Keeping things wallet-friendly
How we assessed it; we got down multiple quotations for a similar spec build as same as the RLG Sniper. Well, even the above Facebook user has done his own research. Don’t worry Math these days (pun intended).
Conclusion: A custom build would cost much higher than the Sniper or just in the same range.
A FREE Sniper! Anyone up for the Challenge?
All that was left for us to do was grab the nearest chainsaw and proceed to tear open the Sniper (just kidding. No Snipers were harmed in the making of this review)
|Processor (CPU)||Intel® Core™ i5-4590 Processor|
(6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)
|CPU Cooler||Custom Cooler with LED Lighting|
|Motherboard||GIGABYTE G1.Sniper B6|
|Memory (RAM)||Team Elite Plus 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz|
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600MHz
|Graphics (GPU) CUSTOMIZABLE||Nvidia Geforce GTX 900 Series|
(Starting with Gigabyte GTX 960 G1 Gaming 2GB GDDR5)
|Storage (HDD) CUSTOMIZABLE||1 TB Performance Hard Disk Drive|
(Starting with Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM)
|Power Supply Unit||FSP HEXA+ 550W 80 PLUS|
|Casing||RAIDMax Viper GX Mid Tower Gaming Case with custom lighting and fans|
Benchmarks – Turn down for what?
What good is a gaming PC without benchmarks right? Well, we took the RLG Sniper for a spin and threw a few benchmarks at it. Namely, Unigine Valley and Unigine Heaven. Both benchmarks are heavy on the graphics and test graphical elements such as tessellations and shadows, both of which are killer on the graphics chip.
The results quite impressive, beginning with the base Sniper equipped with a GTX960, we were able to achieve a playable frame rate in both benchmarks at Full HD (1920*1080). Why turn down, when you can crank it up?
Customizability and Upgrades
The RLG Sniper starts off at LKR120,000/= with the above mentioned specifications. Further customization is allowed to Graphics card and storage. The logic here being that since it’s a gaming PC, the only thing you need to worry about is the graphics. As for Storage, well, one can never have too much space to play around with (pun intended).
When it comes to the graphics card, you can choose one from the Nvidia Geforce GTX 900 Series starting from GTX 960 upwards.
For the storage, it’s a Seagate Barracuda 1TB running at 7200RPM. It’s up to you to decide whether you need more space or an SSD to boot (again pun intended).
Obviously, the price will increase for every customization you do. A fully fledged Sniper with a 120GB SSD and a GTX980 would cost you around LKR185,000/=.
The design is indeed flashy, but it has a certain level of sleekness to it as well. Then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If you don’t like the casing or design, you can always get a custom designed Rig.
Warranty and After Sales Service
The system comes with a 3 comprehensive warranty. That means for 3 years, if any component should fail, all you need to do is take the PC to an authorized RLG reseller, and they will replace the faulty part immediately. If replacement is not possible, a standby item will be provided. You’ll also be granted lifetime service warranty so all those clean ups are free of charge.
It should be noted that the RLG Sniper has a sticker attached to the panel to prevent unauthorized tampering. That means if you are not a authorized technician, under no circumstances can you disassemble the PC. Doing so completely voids your warranty so be careful.
Just get the Sniper to RLG’s Service Center and the guys there will do the hard work for you. Trust me, you’ll save your weekend. Mind you, they’ll only provide this free service if your machine really owes it. For example; if the fans and inside the casing has become dusty blocking vents which would result in poor thermal circulation.
Conclusion: Is it worth the money you pay?
The RLG Sniper certainly has a lot of fans (pun intended). With time, be it a custom build or a branded PC such as the Sniper, both will eventually be redundant, but at least here you can rest assured that your PC is properly matched and balanced rig.
The RLG Sniper is available to be purchased from authorized dealers like Redline Technologies, MAXLiNK Technologies and Pretec Systems.
In this article, we looked at the RLG Sniper from several angles, all based on questions raised by the general public on social media.
The above thread was seen on gamer.lk and felt promising. If you have any suggestions or ideas to improve the RLG Sniper, they (and we) are all ears.
The RLG Sniper will be relaunched with Intel’s latest SkyLake Processors and Motherboards towards the end of September. The new architecture offers a boost in productivity and also has support for high speed DDR4 memory.
If you are on the lookout for a gaming PC, we wholeheartedly recommend having a look at the RLG Sniper. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can always look at the build specs of the Sniper and our take on Gaming PCs and come up with your own.