Getting to tinker with thousands of dollars’ worth of high-end PC hardware has its pluses, but it also has a few downsides as well-one of them being the repetitive swapping in and out of parts during benchmarking. I often only have access to hardware items for a week or less, and if it's a round-up, there can be five systems worth of parts that have to be assembled in many different combinations. Having looked around online for a test bench, the choices are slim at best. I made some notes on what I would like from a test bench, and asked the rest of our review staff to do the same. I have consolidated the resulting lists for you below:
- Better access to the motherboard, and the components mounted to it.
- Simplified water cooling for OC
- Easy HDD access for 2 to 4 drives.
- Low cost (so all review staff can have one).
- Simple construction with basic tools.
- Easy to maintain.
Well, that shouldn't be too hard after all,
I build modded PC's all the time...
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