Review: XRIG X1-G1 Portable Gaming Desktop

When it comes to desktops, space and portability are two of the most common problem areas for a PC gamer. But that doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on one or the other, because today we’re going to talk about the XRIG X1 G1 gaming PC, an adorable desktop box that packs quite a punch.

 Design and Tech Specs

CPU Intel i5-9400f
RAM 16GB DDR4 3000MHz
Storage 200GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Ports USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, 3.5mm audio, PS/2, LAN,
Cooling Noctua 140mm 3000RPM Fan
Price INR 73600 (MD Computers)

The XRIG X1 G1 is a cute little rectangular box that can fit anywhere in your room without causing much of an issue. But don’t be fooled by its size, the PC packs quite a punch. At the heart of it is an Intel Core i5-9400f coupled with a ZOTAC GTX 1660. It comes with 16GB DDR4 RAM running at 3000 MHz along with dual storage options, a 240 GB SSD for your OS and softwares, plus a 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD for storing games and media. And it comes with a carry bag, so you can simply pack it up and take it with you without any hassles.

In addition to being compact, the X1 is quite the looker too. The well crafted and polished design is nothing short of luxurious, and the classy black brushed aluminium finish is a sight to behold. It’s simple, minimal and elegant, with a glossy XRIG logo on the front. It’s cutting edge too, quite literally, because the edges are actually pretty sharp.

When it comes to connectivity, the X1 offers plenty of options. On the back, there are 4 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2 ports, 3.5 mm audio jacks, and one HDMI and VGA port each for onboard graphics. The GTX 1660 comes with 3 DisplayPorts and one HDMI port, and there’s a Wifi card as well. For front I/O, there is one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, two 3.5 mm jacks and a power button with an LED ring around it. One option that’s missing and I would’ve liked to see is a USB Type-C port.

Performance and Tech Specs

Packing an Intel i5-9400f and a GTX 1660, the XRIG X1 G1 is a pretty powerful device, capable of running most of the latest games at 1080p 60 FPS at medium to high settings. It’s more of a mid-range build, but it gets the job done without any problems. One great feature that the X1 G1 comes with is a custom overclock profile for the GTX 1660 in MSI Afterburner. Just press ‘Scroll Lock’ with Afterburner running, and you can see your GPU overclock to preset values, giving you about at least 10% boost in game performance. Take a look at the numbers yourself.

Starting off with Cinebench R20, the Intel Core i5-9400f powered XRIG shows itself to be a very capable processor, scoring 418 points in the single-core test and 2340 points in the multi-core benchmark.

Moving to the 3DMark Time Spy Benchmark, we see an overall well rounded performance from the X1, with a graphics score of 6030 and an overall score of 5933 in the overclocked profile.

Running the DX11 based 3DMark FireStrike tool which tests the PC’s performance for 1080p, we get impressive results. The system obtained an overall score of 11685 points, with the individual graphics score being 14006 points in the stock profile, and 13284 and 15895 with the overclock.

PCMark is a benchmark tool that provides metrics for your PC’s overall general performance. Being a gaming PC, the XRIG is more than powerful enough to handle almost any task you throw at it, obtaining an overall score of 5444 points in the stock profile and 5577 points when overclocked.

Before moving on to the in-game benchmarks, we also tested the X1 using Unigine’s Superposition tool on the 1080p high preset, where the system scored 8363 points, with an average framerate of 62 FPS while overclocked.

Moving on to the in-game benchmarks, the X1 continued to impress us with its performance. We ran a bunch of tests and were more than satisfied with the results in each case. In Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 DX 12 benchmark running on the High preset, the X1 obtained an average framerate of 81 FPS at stock speed, jumping up to 90 FPS when overclocked. In Metro Exodus, at High with RTX off, we obtained an average of 47 FPS and 54 FPS without and with the overclock respectively. Keep in mind that Metro’s benchmark tool is more intensive than the actual game in general and hence the in-game framerates while playing will be higher.

We also tested GTA V with the graphics settings set to Very High, and obtained an average 100 FPS with the X1. Here we saw the biggest jump in performance after overclocking, with the FPS boosting up to 133. Concluding our benchmarks with the Vulkan World War Z test, we obtained an average of 89 FPS at stock speed, with an increase to 99 FPS while running the overclock profile.

When it comes to a compact form factor, the biggest concern for any user is the thermals. But faces no problems on that front either, thanks to the 140mm Noctua fan at the bottom. The max temperature we observed during testing was 82 C for the GPU and 78 C for the CPU with the overclock profile active, without any throttling at any point. The system does create some noise when under load, but it’s not enough to cause any discomfort, and barely discernible if you have a headset on.

The Verdict

With its compact design and pretty powerful specs, the XRIG X1 is a solid option for 1080p 60 FPS gaming, provided you don’t care about running every game on the highest settings. It’s easy on the eyes, and a great PC for both casual and esports gamers.  For those who are short on space and want a compelling, well-rounded pre-built PC, at a price point of INR 74,000, the X1  G1 is not a bad deal at all.

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