Purposely built for gamers on a budget as well as those new to PC gaming, looking for a great entry-level system that’s fantastic on both performance and price, Dino PC has relaunched the Primal Series of gaming PCs. Consisting of three different systems all within the entry-level of performance, each system features an Intel Processor, a GeForce branded graphics card and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. Designed to deliver console-level gaming performance with the latter models exceeding the capabilities, each system is well-spec’d, perfectly balanced and highly-efficient on power.
When the Primal Light was first built, I for one had my expectations of what the system could truly deliver. While the GeForce GT Series of graphics cards aren’t particularly designed for gaming, the inclusion of the GT 1030 knocked my expectations out of the park. Delivering performance levels roughly on-par to a modern gaming console, out of a system that’s fairly minimal in computing performance is truly outstanding of what we can expect from budget hardware. Equipped with an Intel Pentium G4560 processor, the GT 1030 saw no bottlenecks in performance, and in the games that were tested turned in fantastic results.
Pushing the GT 1030 to the limits of performance, I tested following games at the current settings:
Batman: Arkham Knight – Normal Settings – 900p
Rise of the Tomb Raider – Medium Settings – 900p
Tekken 7 – Medium Settings – 900p
Primal Light Benchmark
Achieving 30 – 40 frames-per-second in the first two titles, along with Tekken 7 reaching 60, my hopes that the GT 1030 would be able to deliver performance results at an image quality setting that matches the Xbox One was met with success. As the GT 1030 is fairly light on specifications, consisting of 384 Shader Cores, 2GB GDDR5 memory and a 64-bit memory bus, Nvidia has once again proved that GPU architecture and efficiency with core design will always turn in incredible results, regardless of what’s listed on paper.
Featuring the exact same Intel processor as the Primal Light, the Adze trades in for a Nvidia GTX 1050, raising the Shaders from 384 to 640, along with 2GB GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit memory bus.
Using the same suite of games I tested the Primal Adze at the following settings:
Batman: Arkham Knight – Normal/High Settings – 1080p
Rise of the Tomb Raider – Medium/High Settings – 1080p
Tekken 7 – High Settings – 1080p
Primal Adze Benchmark
Achieving 60Hz gameplay in Batman: Arkham Knight along with higher image settings and an increased resolution, proved the performance of the Primal Adze was a worthy step up from the Primal Light. Once again, the Intel Pentium 4560 turned in just enough performance to keep the GTX 1050 performing at its best.
Of all three systems within the Primal line-up the GEN delivers the most performance within the suite of games tested. As it should given the specifications of the system. Since the previous Primal GEN system was so popular amongst our consumers we decided it would be best to simply upgrade the graphics card to a more powerful package of performance, while still retaining the same traits as the original PC. The Intel Core i3 7100 processor features a high clock speed, with the GeForce GTX 1050Ti packing 768 Shader Cores and 4GB GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit memory bus.
This increase in performance allows the selection of games that were benchmarked to run at either 60 frames-per-second or/and maximum image quality settings.
Batman: Arkham Knight – High Settings – 1080p
Rise of the Tomb Raider – High Settings – 1080p
Tekken 7 – Ultra Settings – 1080p
Primal GEN Benchmark
Where Rise of the Tomb Raider was able to be played with a refresh rate of 30Hz at High image settings, both Tekken 7 and Batman: Arkham Knight were playable in 1080p, maximum settings at 60 frames-per-second. Clearly no slouch in delivering Full HD gaming at reasonable frame rates, the Primal GEN is great for gamers looking to excel ahead of console-level performance.