PC Specialist Azure (LGA 1151) Gaming PC Review



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Introduction


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PC Specialist has an illustrious reputation for creating some of the most reliable and thought-provoking builds in the custom PC industry. Their latest creation, code-named Azure, is based on Intel’s brand new Z170 chipset and includes the flagship, i7-6700K Skylake processor (review here). While the CPU has a stock clock of 4.0GHz, there is ample headroom for a hefty overclock with assistance from the Corsair 240mm liquid-cooling solution. PC Specialist opted for the Asus Z170-A motherboard (review here) which offers excellent voltage regulation, dynamic fan control and an intuitive BIOS interface. Only the best components are used throughout, such as NVIDIA’s top-tier GTX 980Ti graphics card and Kingston’s HyperX Predator 3000MHz DDR4 memory.

In terms of storage, the Azure is bundled with a 480GB SSD boot drive and 2TB mechanical for data storage purposes. The PC is powered by an 850W Corsair RM power supply and neatly presented in the Corsair 780T case. Previously, we reviewed the X99-based Vortex 440 which performed superbly and exceeded our expectations. Therefore, I’m hoping the Azure will be cool, quiet and leading the benchmark figures whilst retailing at a respectable £1499 price point.

Specifications

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Packing and Accessories

The chassis arrived in a gargantuan box and contains precautionary labels to prevent the courier from adopting a haphazard approach. I was genuinely surprised with the box’s size which provides superb protection during transit. The packaging itself also utilizes a thick grade of cardboard and encompasses the case to withstand any sudden impact.

Azure Box

Once opened, the case is revealed and cushioned by a cloth cover to stop accidental scratches from occurring. If the case was packaged without any padding, the chassis could rub against the box and become damaged. This is especially true with delicate windowed side panels.

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From another angle, we can see the flexible foam supports which add a great deal of rigidity and keeps the case perfectly aligned. I have to commend PC Specialist for using some of the strongest foam inserts I’ve ever seen. For example, I intentionally bent the inserts to see if they would snap under pressure, but they withstood this rigorous testing procedure rather well.

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The accessories are bundled in a lovely Welcome Pack which evokes a professional feel from the presentation alone.

PC Specialist Azure Box 1

Included in the Welcome Pack is a setup guide, component documentation, driver disks, extra SSD mounts, power cables, and much more! Everything is separated into segments which makes it easier to find specific parts.

PC Specialist Azure Box 2

The accessories can be easily stored away in the original packaging and has enough room to house future purchases such as a DisplayPort cable. While the box is too large to fit in a small drawer, it does prevent you from losing any accessories and keeps everything in a neat package.

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Comments

12 Responses to “PC Specialist Azure (LGA 1151) Gaming PC Review”
  1. Richard Jackson says:

    Hi the review shows 3,000 mhz ddr4 but on ordering it shows the PC comes with 16GB KINGSTON HYPER-X FURY DDR4 2666MHz (2 x 8GB). is this wrong can I ask for 3,000 mhz as in the review please let me know.

    • Krishna Murti says:

      I received an email to say my order would be delayed as there was an inherent problem between the motherboard and the 3000Mhz DDR4 and I needed to amend the order to either 2666Mhz or less… I guess that’s why the spec has changed.

      • Richard Jackson says:

        When I ordered on the 15th it already defaulted to 2666mhz, I called them today about it & apparently Asus are checking why 2 sticks of 3000mhz wont work.
        I cancelled the order as the deal was no longer attractive with lesser memory.
        I hope this review can be amended to show this problem, it is a shame as it’s not PC specialists fault & they were good about it.

        • badmungo says:

          I got a machine from them in December, and it had 3000mhz ram downclocked to work around this. Asus have brought out several BIOS updates since, so this issue should/might have been resolved….

          • Gary Thwaites says:

            The issue was specifically with the Skylake Asus board, so would not have been the issue in December. Check your BIOS and make sure XMP is enabled.

          • badmungo says:

            Nope, there’s an eteknix review of it (H440 Vortex i think? The review link is still on their website) where Asus said it was an issue with X99 boards.

          • Gary Thwaites says:

            Must be an on going issue then that Asus have only just addressed as it caused major issues with these Skylake boards and a lot of places took them off sale.

  2. Richard Jackson says:

    I have just reordered this I have decided the 2666 MHz DDR4 16gb will be OK as what they offered me as an apology was very fair.

  3. Richard Jackson says:

    I have just reordered this I have decided the 2666 MHz DDR4 16gb will be OK as what they offered me as an apology was very fair.

  4. Richard Jackson says:

    I have just reordered this I have decided the 2666 MHz DDR4 16gb will be OK as what they offered me as an apology was very fair.

  5. Richard Jackson says:

    I have just reordered this I have decided the 2666 MHz DDR4 16gb will be OK as what they offered me as an apology was very fair.

  6. Richard Jackson says:

    I have just reordered this I have decided the 2666 MHz DDR4 16gb will be OK as what they offered me as an apology was very fair.

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