Redux Good Tier Gaming PC Review

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You did it. You put money aside for a new gaming PC, but then realized you didn’t know where to start. You kind of have an idea of ​​what you want, but the thought of hunting for parts and building a PC stresses you out. This is where Redux hopes to step in by making you a PC based on what you are going to play and without charging a premium for parts and labor.

Redux provided one of their “good” models for review, priced at $1,415, putting it at the upper end of their PC budget tier, with an Intel Core i5 12400F and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 processor for everything pleasure. If you’re looking for a capable, capable 1080p gaming machine, Redux’s Good Tier PC is a good place to start.

The Redux website offers you to choose from different basic types: good, better and best, with three different price points. That way, if you’re coming on a budget, you can choose your path from the start. Next, Redux offers you to choose your top three games from a list of popular PC games and your ideal resolution to play those games. It generates a build list with components that match criteria (which you can edit), and you’re good to go.

Other shop websites do this too, but Redux’s is the easiest to use.

“Good” specs of Redux

Inside Redux PC.

(Image credit: Future – Jorge Jimenez)

CPU: Intel Core i5 12400F
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 ARGB
Motherboard chipset: Asus Prime B660M-A AC D4
Memory: 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4
Chart: Asus Phoenix GeForce RTX 3060 10GB
Storage: Kingston NVMe M.2 500GB Solid State Drive
Power: High Power 700W 80+ Gold
Guarantee: 1 year
Price: $1,415 (opens in a new tab)

Building, configuring, and testing (essentially labor) only adds $100 in construction costs to the overall price, regardless of which configuration you choose. You mostly pay MSRP prices for all components except, inevitably, GPUs. You’re still paying, on average, $200 more than listed on most RTX 30-series video cards, which is pretty typical these days.

This is surprising considering the area where most PC builders make the most profit is building your PC, which can easily add hundreds of dollars to the cost of your custom gear.

What you can’t customize is the case, fans, motherboard, and power supply. It looks like Redux is using the same case, a custom Cooler Master TD500 RGB with a nice front panel showcasing a trio of RGB fans (five in total inside). A weird bummer is that there’s no USB Type-C connectivity on the PC.

A casual user probably won’t mind not being able to choose the power supply, but for me I would like some options in case I want to upgrade the GPU later. I can opt for a beefier PSU now, but that’s just me.

Although Redux’s semi-automatic configurator adjusts the level of power that comes with your rig if you opt for a more powerful GPU. This RTX 3060-powered machine comes with a 700W PSU, while an RTX 3090 Ti system will rock a full 1KW brick.

It leaves a comical amount of negative space inside the case

Another thing missing is that the system doesn’t have a wireless network card, so you’ll need to be hard-wired or invest in a USB Wi-Fi adapter.

Inside is an Asus Prime B660M-A AC D4, which as you can see from the photos is a nice little micro ATX motherboard. So much so that it leaves a comical amount of negative space inside the case. Although the system works perfectly fine visually, it gives the impression that the desktop is missing something since all the bits are tuned in the upper left corner when looking at the system from the side.

I almost would have preferred a glassless panel or a smaller case to make things less awkward. That said, cable management is flawless and PC setup was no problem. So, thanks to the Redux Expedition Team.

Another small upgrade to consider is a larger SSD. While the Kingston NVMe M.2 SSD is a pretty good drive, its size of just 500GB means anyone with a large library will have to make choices or spend a little more. Upgrading your version to a 1TB drive will only cost $40 more.

Benchmarking-wise, the Redux Good model’s closest competitor is the Ryzen 5-powered NZXT streaming PC, which is less than $10 from the Redux system. The NZXT also has an RTX 3060 under the hood.

In my testing, the Redux PC edged out NZXT’s slightly more expensive mid-range PC by a handful of frames in nearly every gaming benchmark we threw at it; except F1 2021, where it outperforms NZXT’s platform by nearly 30fps.

However, both systems had nearly identical scores in more demanding games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Metro Exodus. In Cyberpunk 2077, the Redux stays around 29 fps on average, which isn’t great. But once you booted to DLSS, I was able to walk around Night City at 61 fps. I probably could have pulled more frames if I had decided to disable Ultra’s graphics settings, but why would I?

Gaming performance

System performance

On the processor front, the Intel i5 12400F inside the Redux easily beats NZXT’s Ryzen 5 5600X in nearly every benchmark category. We saw similar CPU performance in our review of the Cyberpower Infinity X125, which remains one of the best gaming PCs under $1,000.

Redux’s “good” gaming PC left me with a good impression. It’s a well built system with a nice case design and works great for around $1400. The fact that there’s no USB Type-C or wireless networking is concerning, but if you’re looking for a great starter PC with upgrade potential down the road, Redux has you covered. It’s a good system for PC gamers who just want to play games and not worry too much about what they actually put into it.

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