While the system still worked perfectly fine, a little tweak like this could get temps down a bit lower than the 96 degrees seen on the second GeForce card when running GPU intensive benchmarks like Unigine Heaven. The temps aren’t going to have any significant effect upon system performance but they will certainly make a dent on ambient temperatures after a while. The CPU temps were a lot more reasonable thanks to the H80, maxing out at 54 degrees under load.
Considering that this is our only real complaint with the Stinger Platinum it’s actually a good thing. The choice of hardware is impeccable, and while a swap to GeForce GTX 680s would be good, they weren’t available in retail at the time of going to print, and we suspect that Scorptec will update the system specs once there is a decent supply of the new cards coming into the country.
As for gaming performance, this is one monster system. In Unigine Heaven we saw an average framerate of 46.8 fps and a maximum of 117.8. Our standard testbench setup with a GTX 680 was pushing out an average 35fps in the same test.
In 3DMark11 the Stinger Platinum delivered a Performance score of P12509, with the GTX680 testbench delivering P9318 in the same test. While in Battlefield 3 we saw the Stinger Platinum hit an average 74fps, which was a glorious sight indeed, especially compared to the GTX 680’s average 46 fps in the same test.
There is no doubt that this is an excellent gaming rig, delivering enough performance for all but the most demanding gamer’s needs. It does sport a pretty monstrous pricetag, especially considering that you’ll need to add at least a 2560 x 1440 resolution monitor and other peripherals to take true advantage of the under the hood grunt. But compared to brand name systems from companies like Alienware and ASUS it is competitively priced.
One of the things that contributes to the pricetag, and is no means a bad thing, is the choice of best in class parts for use within the Scorptec Stinger Platinum. It really is a robust assortment of components, and we would be hard pressed to find better bits with which to build a system ourselves.
Add to this the fact that the internals are clean, the cables immaculately arranged and the entire system was packaged up to minimise damage during transport and we have to give Scorptec big credit for showing how to do system building and shipping right. Not only where the graphics cards kept separated by foam blocks, but the entire inside of the system used an expandable foam pack to ensure that things didn’t get knocked out of place when being mistreated in transit.
If you don’t want to build your own PC, but still clamour for the best gaming experience you can buy, then the Scorptec Stinger Platinum is a wonderful gaming system. We’d suggest asking to have a fan moved from outtake to intake but that’s the only change we can see. Even if you aren’t in the market for such a costly system, this shows just how good the Scorptec team is at putting a PC together, which is reassuring even at lower ends of the scale.