Are “Gaming” Parts ACTUALLY Faster?? – Final Answer

Are “Gaming” Parts ACTUALLY Faster?? – Final Answer

Is it just me or does it feel like gaming has been slapped on pretty much everything at this point
I mean we’re talking from stuff that makes sense like mice and video cards all the way to
glasses or chairs
But does using “gaming” components actually make your PC better for gaming?
We built these two PC’s and tested them head-to-head
To find out and we’re going to tell you after these messages from TunnelBear
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So our methodology was pretty simple we started with a well balanced machine core i5-8400
16GB of RAM GTX 1070 M.2 NVME SSD
Etc then we replicated the exact same config as closely as possible
Except that to the best of our ability we replaced every
single component with a ‘gaming’ version of the same thing so if it didn’t have something about
“Powering up your squad” or just “gaming” right in the product name it was out
It actually ended up being a lot easier than we thought so
We have not only easy ones like gaming graphics card and gaming motherboard, but also a gaming SSD
gaming power supply
Gaming a AIO cooler
Even our case fans are all gaming-ed out. I mean look at this look at this packaging
According to these blurbs from the manufacturers their hardware will “deliver upon us a new era of gaming”
“It will bring a real body blow to your opponents”
“Attack its weak point for massive damage”
and even enable one to
“Master the decisive moments and succeed in all attacks”
Wow, that sounds great. Let’s fire up some synthetic tests to
[*Massive Gasp*]
This can’t be right. What what all these numbers are within 3% of one another
whatever in the world could be happening
I was promised a new era of body blows and decisive moment mastery success
Maybe to have the amazing gaming experience advertised on the box. I have to play real games
No. ‘No’ again
This is consistent with what we got earlier on
Just what in the hell is going on here?! okay in all seriousness though
Let’s talk about what happened here many of you probably saw this coming, but it turns out that
Slapping a gaming monicker on a product and adding some RGB and fancy styling does not make it
Magically perform noticeably better. The only things that affect the performance of a PC are its actual specs
the clock speeds of the given products inside it and
potentially cooling for example when we clocked our reference non-gaming
gtx 1070 graphics card to match the speeds of the gaming version the results equalized so why is everyone putting
‘Gaming’ in their product names? Well our first guess was that they wanted to charge suckers more for it
But while your mileage may vary depending on the particular models you choose and how much you’re willing to drop on additional
‘enhancement elements’ like RGB lighting and custom power supply cables our
gaming machine ended up costing about the same as our vanilla one and
actually included some tangible benefits. First up, our
GPU came with a higher boost clock out of the box, which it was easily able to maintain
thanks to its enhanced cooling. Gaming class cards also tend to come with extras like multiple temperature sensors or
OC switches that make kicking them into a higher gear a one-click affair
Second yeah, we have to bring it up
Style. Our gaming machines looks
immediately tell us what she was built for some manufacturers like ASUS even enable you to sync your system and
Graphics card lighting via their software. With that said more and more these days even vanilla parts, like the
ASUS PRIME Z370‑A in our non-gaming machine, come with RGB capabilities so some people like a
Nondescript box tucked under their desk turning out “them” frames while others prefer the other this one is clearly subjective
But we had to mention it. Bringing us to number 3
gaming parts often come bundled with game codes or
Paraphernalia like do not enter. I’m gaming door hangers and gaming related stickers and
That’s it. That’s about all we came up with our 2 systems cost about the same
Perform about the same and their quality is about the same
So then why dump so much money into the development and marketing of these products if they
Perform the same – Like why does ROG even exist well?
Because even though the base level of these gaming branded products do actually cost about the same
What these brands do are a couple of things. Number one is they allow companies to create
Halo models that do sell for a lot more for the people out there who value bragging rights above
performance per dollar and then number two is that even for that regular stuff that doesn’t make more money
as marketing strategies go it seems to be working really well
When we did our last audit of orders through our Amazon affiliate code
We actually found that even for a category like video cards
Which never used to have gaming in the name since I think the manufacturers figured it was implied
Gaming models were out selling their non gaming counterparts
So there you have it
Doesn’t make it faster, but it also doesn’t necessarily make it slower, so I think the real takeaway here is
Come to think of it
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  1. My friend who grown up playing console exclusively argue that PC gaming is too expensive there is no way 500-700$ pc can compete to console.
    I took him to one of the tech convention and start picking pc part. To his amaze "I thought every part need to be 'gaming' to be able to play pc game" he said.
    needless to say I and other convention staff literally burst out laugh and making a face of WHAT?!!!!

  2. What we learned from this is that Linus is not a technician with an IEEE degree.
    Also that listening to his advice has started to cost people money.
    I strongly recommend he tighten his security grid.
    I'm pretty sure the NSA is watching him due to his ties with communist China.

  3. The psu on the "gaming" build is actually 30 watts less than its vanilla contender. And considerably cheaper.

  4. all performance aside he never mentions on how RGB can improve performance on the player mostly the R and the B

  5. I hate to say it but if you are even 0.00001% quicker on the draw than someone else then you live and they die…partner

  6. Wtf the Nvidia gtx 1070 is a gaming card if you want to make an authentic regular system use 8gigs of ram a old intel cpu and than the energy saving version a 500gb harddrive and for graphics onboard or a gpu that isnt actually made for gaming so one that has like only 1gb vram or worse

  7. Admittedly the gaming one was cheaper and outperformed the nongaming one in all tests, even if it is just marginally.

  8. Of course the Gaming examples sell better when the higher level models have the word Gaming in them – for example, my MSI Gaming Z gfx card.

  9. Linus: What did we learn today*pause*
    Me: that with out the gimmick and company that prices would be double and a monopoly.
    Linus: that dollar shave club
    Me: ooh

  10. well i thougt one of the mane reasons is if a nontecky serches in google for broken or upgrateparts he/she is probably searching for "GAMING-GPU/CPU" or stuf like that

  11. Adds on Gaming keyboard, gaming mouse, gaming headset Gaming mic, gaming mouse pad, gaming mic/headset stand, and gaming cables 😂😂

  12. That was a neat video now in gonna go eat a gaming sandwich for lunch before swimming in my local gaming pool for the rest of the day and then going to sleep in my gaming bed

  13. Bruh, this dude got a gaming oriented PC and didn’t water cool it with Mountain Dew

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