The ABS Master Gaming PC has a lot going for it: 1440p gaming, rendering capabilities and a big tick for productivity. And while it delivers on the core components, it wouldn’t have hurt ABS to give the load-bearing parts a little more love.
For example, we had an issue getting the memory clocked correctly, but otherwise we can let the numbers speak for themselves.
First, let’s go through how the ABS master arrived. If you’re worried about it getting to you in one piece, don’t worry; If anything, the packaging is a little over the top. We did our checks from the UK office and the PC came all the way across the Atlantic, double bagged with a giant bubble wrap filling the outer box, polystyrene couches plus a foam pillow.
Also inside the case was a GPU brace mount to stop the pre-installed Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (opens in new tab) (gigabyte model) wobbles around. I think the mount had shifted a bit during shipping but all the packaging did a good job of preventing everything from being damaged.
ABS master spec
CPU: Intel Core i5 12400F
Graphic card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
R.A.M: 16GB DDR4-3200 OLOy Blade
motherboard: Gigabyte B660 DS3H DDR4
Storage: Intel 670P 512GB
Front I/O: 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0 Type-A, headphones, microphone input
Rear I/O: 1x USB 3.2 2×2 Type-C, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 4x USB 2.0/1.1
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 5
Power adapter: 600W 80 Plus Gold
Case: Deepcool Matrexx 50
Operating system: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Warranty: 1 year parts and labor
Price: $1,300 (opens in new tab)
Out of the box the Intel Core i5 12400F (opens in new tab) paired with the Gigabyte RTX 3060 Ti delivers fair performance for the price, although RAM speeds were a definite hurdle. With mediocre memory throughput and mediocre memory copy results, I questioned the datasheet. It said 16GB DDR4-3200, but the system was only clocked at 2,400MHz. We assumed the OLOy Blade RAM was where ABS had skimped, but after speaking to the PR we were informed that “the user would need to enable XMP in the BIOS”.
In general, we’ve found system builders to do this step for you, since the average user isn’t always aware of XMP. I myself didn’t think about checking this before the benchmarking process and I do it professionally. What you see here, since there are no instructions to prompt you, are the out-of-the-box benchmarks you would see from the machine without any additional tinkering.
However, it didn’t jeopardize the ABS Master’s playability too much.
Despite the slower RAM speeds, it still performed well in our PC Mark 10 synthetic productivity benchmark – better than some of the pricier machines we compare it to. This productivity score is mostly due to the core components, but the included Intel 670P SSD isn’t a bad choice either. It might be a little old, but we’ve seen much worse numbers in the FFXIV load time benchmark. Unfortunately, 512GB is a bit small for the size of today’s games, although there is room to add another SSD at a later date or even swap out that boot drive for a larger one.
In addition to productivity, the ABS Master scored some more-than-reasonable Cinebench R23 single-core and multi-core scores, meaning you can expect pretty decent rendering performance for the price. And while video encoding performance was a bit disappointing, the 12th Gen Intel processor still rocked the more CPU-intensive gaming benchmarks in our suite.
Hitman 3 Dartmoor averaged 93 fps even on Ultra graphics settings at 1440p. This is with the best sim quality. Metro Exodus Enhanced lagged behind a little at 54 fps on Ultra graphics settings, as did the rest of the gaming benchmarks.
At 1440p, ultra and with DX12 on (opens in new tab) The ABS Master managed an average of 61 fps in Warhammer 3’s combat benchmark. FarCry 6 averaged 90 fps, while we saw a solid 46 fps in F1 22. So overall not a bad gaming result. Compare it to the $99 more expensive iBuyPower and the RTX 3060, and you get an extra 14 fps in Metro, 23 fps in Farcry, and a whopping 28 fps in Hitman Dubai.
Sure, you might need to dial down some settings to get the most out of high refresh rate monitors, but overall I’m happy with the core components ABS chose.
However, I don’t like the Deepcool Matrexx 50 case that much. I’m convinced that with a better ventilated case, this PC would have performed much better on thermal tests. Still, the glass front looks great with the row of spinning RGB fans – there’s even a button to change the lighting on the case, which is fun.
You also get a few peripherals with this for free. They’re not the best quality, but they help make life easier for new PC gamers while saving up for the best gaming keyboard (opens in new tab) and best gaming mouse (opens in new tab). The Gamdias mouse is super slim, with a rubberized coating that will rub off fairly quickly, and the keyboard switches might be a little scratchy. There are audio controls on the keyboard, which is a plus, but just don’t expect a stellar experience from free peripherals.
When you consider that this is a machine that packs an RTX 3060 Ti, costs $1,400 and offers excellent gaming and productivity performance, it puts the more expensive iBuyPower Gaming RDY SLMBG218 to shame that we tested. Sure, RAM and SSD are better in the latter, but it costs a hundred bucks more for an entire step-down GPU.
I would have appreciated slightly faster RAM for the ABS Master, given that it’s otherwise a great productivity machine. A larger SSD wouldn’t have hurt either. And yet, despite its minor flaws, the ABS Master is still a great mid-range gaming PC for the price. However, I’m not sure if these peripherals have much to do with my opinion. I’m honestly trying to get them out of my head.