Novatech Elite Sentinel Gaming PC Review

/ 10 months ago

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A Look Inside

With the simple removal of the 4 thumb screws on the tempered glass panel, you can easily gain access to the system interior and first impressions are certainly good. It looks clean, tidy and very well presented.

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Although we will cover cable management later in the review, as you can see, even despite the AIO cooler and those pipes, it has been very well organized inside here with a lot of nice large open spaces to promote solid airflow.

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With a Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro LGA 1151 Z390 Chipset ATX motherboard, although this isn’t quite top of the line in what Gigabyte has to offer, it’s pretty close to it. For this system, the Auros Pro is an excellent foundation to build from.

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With a CoolerMaster MasterLiquid ML240L RGB AIO liquid cooler, this Intel i5 processor is in some solid and reliable hands.

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The 240mm radiator and those two RGB fans should provide an excellent cooling solution (certainly in terms of aesthetics – there will, of course, be more on its performance later).

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Graphics Card

This system has the Gigabyte Aorus GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB graphics card fitted. Being the ‘Super’ variant, this is a pretty recent release (just a month or so old in terms of the initial product launch) and adds more than a little extra ‘oomph’ to the standard Nvidia 2070. This should easily have your gaming needs met for anything now or in the foreseeable future!

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As with many Gigabyte products, it does have an RGB logo to the side which, with the sync capability can match your overall system color scheme.

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With 16GB of Gigabyte AORUS RGB DDR4 3200MHz memory, this is both large and fast enough to give you a nice slick experience.

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With the RGB lighting, however, it really does look pretty amazing. As noted earlier in this review, while 4 sticks of RAM are visible it should be noted that two of these are ‘dummy’. This has been done to allow for the overall strong aesthetic design of the system without compromising on the RAM. Seeing two empty RAM slots always makes me feel like they’re a bit lonely.

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Power Supply

With a Gigabyte AORUS P750W 80+ GOLD fully modular power supply you know your system is in good hands here. With gold-rated efficiency and 750w of power, you’ve got more than enough for all of your components (and more) with the knowledge that the power is being delivered both clean and crisply.

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With a Gigabyte AORUS RGB M.2 NVMe SSD 256GB and 2TD hard drive, you’re not exactly struggling for storage space here. Admittedly, it would perhaps have been nicer to see a little more SSD storage, but 256GB is still more than enough for at least 2-3 high-end AAA game releases at any one given time.

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Cable Management

As this is a pre-built system part of what you pay for is the expertise of Novatech to really get some solid cable management in place. This isn’t just in terms of the overall aesthetic, but a tidier cable placement ultimately leads to a better, stronger, and more streamlined airflow.

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As you can see, the Novatech Elite Sentinel is pretty solid with its cables. There’s nothing overly out of place with the exception of the AIO radiator hose pipes and, let’s be honest, there’s never much you can do about them.

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Even the areas which can usually get a little cluttered (such as at the bottom of the motherboard) have been well organized with zip ties to keep the cables tight and tidy.

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Looking at the back of the motherboard, the cable management is again excellent. All cables are well bunched up with zip-ties so that the side panel closes neatly without you having things sprouting out all over the place.

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