Brag PC is a brand by Prime ABGB (a popular PC hardware vendor in Mumbai) that specializes in workstations, gaming PCs and home theater PCs. Brag has chosen to use the blood red NZXT Phantom case so that it goes with the name of the PC, Carnelian, which is a red gemstone. The primary drive is a 64 GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD and the secondary drive is a 1 TB Western Digital Caviar Green hard drive. So you have a speedy SSD for quick loading of applications and games and a high-capacity drive to store other data such as videos, music and documents.
The Carnelian is powered by Intel Core i5-2500K CPU, 8 GB of G.Skill Ripjaws RAM and Asus GTX 560 Ti Direct CU II graphics card. These components are installed on the Asus P8Z68-V Pro motherboard. The quad-core Core i5-2500K features an unlocked BCLK multiplier which makes overclocking a breeze. The Eco II liquid cooler by CoolIT Systems has been installed to take care of the extra heat dissipated by the CPU during overclocking.
The motherboard used is the Asus P8Z68-V Pro
The motherboard and graphics card chosen to build this PC are excellent choices. The Asus P8Z68-V Pro supports both CrossFireX and SLI. It also features an on-board Bluetooth adapter and has video outputs (HDMI, DVI and D-sub) at the rear. With support for Lucid Virtu, you have the option to harness the power of the CPU’s integrated graphics for video transcoding using Intel’s QuickSync technology.
A closer look at the cooler used in the PC
The motherboard lacks a Wi-fi adapter but that has been taken care of by a 802.11 n card fitted into a PCI slot. The Asus ENGTX 560 Ti DirectCU II is a premium GTX 560 Ti graphics card featuring an excellent dual-fan cooler with thick copper pipes for effective heat dissipation. This PC is fitted with a Blu-ray combo drive that can read Blu-ray discs and write DVDs.
The Phantom sports a unique chiselled design and offers all sorts of provisions to house high-end gaming hardware and we must say Brag has used them all very well. All the power cables coming out of the Corsair HX650W power supply are routed from behind the back plate on which the motherboard is mounted. The hard drive bays are oriented sideways and have trays for easy installation of hard drives.
The interior of the PC is extremely clean thanks to good cable routing
A notable feature of the NZXT Phanom is the provision for ample number of fans for good air circulation within the case. There’s a 200 mm blue LED fan fitted on the top, a 140 mm front intake fan and two 120 mm fans fitted on the side panel. Regulators for all the fans are present on top of the cabinet. The I/O panel offers two USB ports, an eSATA port and audio jacks. The 5.25-inch bays are accessible via a tiny door on the front of the case. The cooling system is a ready unit with coolant already present in a closed circuit loop. The radiator, along with the fan is fitted on the rear grill of the case.
The overall performance of the Brag Carnelian is excellent. Even though there areplenty of fans, it’s extremely silent. The configuration scored 20,112 points in PCMark Vantage and 4035 points in 3DMark 11. The GTX 560 Ti is a great mid-range graphics card with good power to run games comfortably at full HD resolution without compromising on visual effects.
The Brag Carnelian is built using the scarlet red NZXT Phantom PC Case
At 1920x1080 Crysis Warhead ran at 39 fps in Enthusiast mode. With PhysX and AA enabled, Mafia II ran smoothly at 37 fps with effects set to high. Unigine Heaven benchmark logged a respectable score of 38 fps with normal tessellation. The PC consumes 75 watts in idle mode and 330 watts under load.
The Brag Carnelian is an excellent option if you’re looking out for a custom-built premium gaming PC. You can get in touch with Brag if you wish to customize the configuration.
Updated 18 May, 2013, 5:40 pm IST
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