Actina PBA is a line which is largely based on TUF, although in the more expensive versions, the graphic cards are from the elite StriX series. Hence, this is the medium range, yet a very well built unit, reaching the premium segment if necessary, while still offered at an attractive price.
Actina PBA, priced at nearly PLN 5000, accommodates an ASUS ROG Strix RX 5700 XT OC, AMD Ryzen 5 3600, 1TB M.2 NVMe from ADATA (SX8200 PRO) and a fast RAM module from Patriot’s Blackout line. The latter is based on Samsung B-Die sticks, offering significant overclocking potential.
Our tester determined that most of them should rise up to 3600 MHz frequency at 1.5V with low CAS latency at CL14. In our dedicated video footage, we will show you an extension of our configuration and the proposed BIOS settings.
We have chosen RGB illumination for the case, yet excluding SilentiumPC Fera 3 CPU cooling. We liked the raw version more, as the TUF line has an industrial feel, and the mainboard is not too flashy, either.
The front belts add some warehouse vibe, although the machines are mostly offered as desktop units. Theoretically, the front belts make it easier to get the machine down from high shelves, which make it quite a convenient option for events.
I know a lot of guys who could carry two PCs like this instead of one at the same time. This is actually what they did with our previous line, which has found its way to the National E-Sporting Team.
ASUS TUF Gaming GT301 can also be appreciated for its practical aspects, such as carrying belts at the front, or a headphone holder. These additions seem to be tiny, yet our competitors have not had these for years. Such tricks from ASUS, quite an emerging brand in this pricing segment, add some uniqueness to the Actina PBA line.
As regards power supply units, we consistently refuse to accept anything worse than SilentiumPC Vero L3 500 W, so this is the unit used here as well. Theoretically, we could choose some less expensive and lower performing options, but we expect you to keep upgrading your PC in the future.
Our computers do not come sealed, so your warranty will not be voided after any replacement of components. The 3-year warranty is uninterrupted, unless you cause some physical damage by yourself.
Had we given you a just-adequate power supply and you would replace your graphics with a more power-consuming option, you would still have to deal with replacing the power supply. In this case, non-modular design of Vero L3 becomes a major advantage, as it has all the cabling needed for upgrading.