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- Elegant gamer design
- Spacious interior for expansion
- Great performance for the price
- Plenty of ports at front and rear
- Beautifully lit with tempered glass side panel
- Runs fairly quiet, even under load
- Prioritizes productivity over gaming
SkyTech has built quite a good reputation for itself as a prebuilt manufacturer that focuses mainly on budget gaming desktops and productivity desktops. The review unit we break down here is the lowest tier of their gaming PC offering. SkyTech offers buyers three options with varying price pint. Each of the three machines offers a dedicated graphics card with the highest (SkyTech Omega Gaming PC) running with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB card.
The SkyTech Blaze II Gaming under review flaunts a Ryzen 5 2600 processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 6GB graphics card, 8GB DDR4 memory, and 500GB Solid-state drive storage. It offers some respectable overhead space for further upgrading of additional components. Thankfully, the components come together to make a powerful productivity and gaming PC that answers the classic dilemma of building yourself or going for a prebuilt system. The SkyTech Blaze II is an alluring choice for a gaming mid-tower.
SkyTech Blaze II Gaming Specs
|Processor||Ryzen 5 2600|
|Graphics Card||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 6G|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Dimensions||20.1 x 9.7 x 21 inches|
The SkyTech Blaze II keeps true to its gaming pedigree; it sports a port system with plenty of ports both at the front and rear. There are plenty of ports to connect all your favorite peripherals. The front ports, which are accessible on the top of the case, include a single USB 3.0 port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a microphone jack and a headphone jack.
There’s an additional list of ports at the rear including four USB 3.1 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a single HDMI port, and one D-Sub port. Thanks to the RTX 1660 graphics card, there are additional ports including an HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI port. One of our main complaints about this system is that you won’t find a USB Type-C port or Thunderbolt 3 port. For a modern gaming PC of this caliber, such an important future-proof feature should not be missing. It essentially makes this PC less future proof means that this system can’t take advantage of the single VirtualLink connector. Instead, you’ll need to plug in multiple cables to drive your headset.
Inside, the SkyTech Blaze II rocks an AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor coupled with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card. Although marketed as a gaming PC, it’s not hard to envision small business owners and home users adopting the SkyTech Blaze II for productivity workloads. Primarily, the AMD Ryzen 2600 is a great productivity CPU. But it’s built as a great gaming CPU with serious multi-threaded chops. It has a base clock speed of 3.4GHz and a boost frequency of 3.9GHz.
The AMD Ryzen 2600 thrives in real-world usage such as web browsing, moderate photo-editing, and heavy productivity tasks. Heavier and more intensive tasks such as video encoding will require slightly more time for the system to complete. The Digital Storm Lynx performs much better than our unit considering it packs an Intel Core i7-9700K processor. The Omen Obelisk’s 8th Generation processor takes just about the same time as our unit.
Memory and storage
Our unit shipped with an 8GB DDR4 memory and 500GB Solid-state drive storage. As far as memory goes, 8GB is considered the baseline for memory especially for PCs dealing with heavy productivity workloads and gaming. Most manufacturers won’t go beyond 8GB or 16GB at the utmost for a PC under $1,000. That’s all because 8GB is more than enough if you’re serious about freeing up this potential performance bottlenecks that become apparent in modern games.
SkyTech included a 500GB solid-state drive which is a good minimum floor to start with. You can save the occasional video from the internet, save files, and multimedia. But the biggest advance of this storage format is it speeds up boot time, wake-from-sleep time, and the time it takes to launch a game and load a new level. The drive is also easily upgradeable should you find yourself needing more space to store your documents, photos, videos, and game files.
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The SkyTech Blaze II benefits from strong processor performance but with the RTX GeForce GTX 1660 graphics card, keep the unit out of consideration for enthusiast-level gamers when newer features, like ray tracing, are enabled at higher resolutions. That means, unlike the RTX 2070 and 2080 cards, the RTX 1660 Ti has no Real-Time Ray Tracing and DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) capabilities. That translates to no RT and Tensor cores. On the whole, the GTX 1660 is an exceptional card and it delivers excellent frame rates with many games at 1080p for high-refresh play, certainly better than the GTX series cards. If you have a gaming monitor with a refresh rate higher than the 60Hz norm, the card will serve you.
On gaming benchmarks, Battlefield V manages 78 fps on Full HD (1920 x 1080) settings and 59 fps on WQHD (2560 x 1440) settings. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, frame rates dip to 69 fps on 1080p and 46 fps on 1440p settings. Far Cry New Dawn played smoothly at 83 fps on 1080p and 60 fps on 1440p settings. Considering the RTX 1660 doesn’t use ray tracing these are respectable frame rates on both 1080 and 1440p settings.
The SkyTech Blaze II Gaming has all the qualities and components that a desktop might have if you built it yourself, from top-notch aftermarket parts to good wiring and assembly. On top of that, it performs just as good as other gaming desktops if not better and is quite affordable. The system is silent; there’s no motor noise or whine and the 120mm fans at the case rear work well to keep the temperatures down low. The case design and toned-down lighting is another plus side that we appreciate coming from an industry where RGB lighting is overdone.
All told, the SkyTech Blaze II Gaming makes about as compelling an argument to go with a prebuilt gaming tower as we can imagine. If you’re looking for a machine that is great on 1080p and capable of handling 1440p, the Blaze II is a good choice.