OcUK Oxygen Overclocked System Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅17-02-18
To conclude the article, the price has to eventually come into the equation. At almost £1800 before any adjustments, itís well into the high-end market, where many would expect an Intel i7 CPU and good performance at 2160p (4K).

Unfortunately, the Oxygen Overclocked fails at both of those hurdles. Some would argue that the Intel Core i5, especially with a hefty overclock, is more than ample for a gaming machine, but for £1800 we would expect to see some hyper-threading for heavier workloads. However, despite the 8600K CPU being ample for gaming, the VEGA 56 just doesnít quite cut the mustard when it comes to 2160p (4K) resolution. DiRT 4, which often presents the highest FPS results in our tests, failed to reach a 60FPS average in our 4K test, with everything else being at >50. Deus Ex didnít even manage 20 frames per second, appearing almost as a slideshow on the screen. The 8GB of HBM2 memory and 3584 stream processors just arenít capable of achieving a smooth, playable experience. 1080p and 1440p performance were of zero concern and played beautifully well.

Having said that, the Intel Core i5 8600K, with the 4.8GHz overclock, performed remarkably well, being roughly 200 points behind a stock 8700K in our Cinebench R15 test. Many games still donít scale well with extra cores, instead preferring faster clock speeds and instructions per clock, which should mean this CPU will last a few years without any kind of problem; the extra £100 on a Core i7-8700K would push this ever closer to that dreaded £2000 figure.

Unfortunately, with pricing being at an all-time high, itís almost impossible to recommend any system at the moment, unless you absolutely have to buy one now.

The InWin 101 gaming chassis with red LEDs, as well as the excellent work by OcUK on the internal cable routing, make this machine incredibly appealing to the eye. Temperatures and noise levels were also well within acceptable parameters, especially with the 4.8GHz overclock on the i5 processor.

Thanks to the Samsung 960 Evo M.2 NVMe drive, boot times and overall system responsiveness was lightning quick. Pair that with the 2TB of Seagate spinning storage and youíre set for quite some time!

The OcUK Oxygen looks great and performs well at 1080p and 1440p, however the £1800 price tag is a little hard to swallow with such poor 4K performance

+ Looks great
+ Excellent 1080p and 1440p performance
+ Rapid M.2 storage
+ Huge 2TB Seagate HDD
+ Low temperatures
+ Quiet operation
+ Overclocked CPU

- £1800 pricetag
- Poor 4K gaming

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