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Are you looking for a gaming PC that doesn’t burn through your pockets yet gives a satisfying gaming experience? Then you are in the right place. In this iBUYPOWER Element 9260 review, we take a look at this gaming desktop from iBUYPOWER and see how it stacks up against other gaming desktops in the same price range.
With a price tag of under $1000, just gaming desktop arrives with a fine array of hardware that will make a lot of budget gamers very happy. The machine is primarily targeted at mid-range games and eSports lovers.
So is this desktop only for casual gaming? Can you take this to a professional gaming tournament? Is it worth your money? We answer all these questions and more in the full review below.
We have a standard tower cabinet design for this iBUYPOWER Element 9260 gaming desktop. The design is nothing spectacular and it’s definitely not new. We see 3 LED rings on the front face which is something we have seen on other gaming laptops. The material that is used for construction is sturdy and can take some damage.
The tempered glass panel comes with a mirror finish and provides a view for all your internal components. The glass is quite durable and will not easily break up. Removing this glass will give you access so that you can upgrade all the upgradable components without much hassle. There is a lot of space inside so moving your hands in and out won’t be a problem during upgrades.
You have a lot of fans inside the cabinet that helps in keeping the temperature cool. For the dissipation of hot air, there is enough ventilation on the sites, back, and also on the top. When you are in the middle of a heavy gaming session, you can expect the desktop to maintain a reasonable optimum temperature for better performance.
Input Devices and Ports
The keyboard we have on the iBUYPOWER Element 9260 is a gaming keyboard and it is a full size one. The keyboard comes with very good travel and using it as a pleasure. The backlighting on the keyboard can be customized in and there are four zones for your customization needs. You also get a dedicated row of keys for specific needs.
The Gaming mouse you get is also a pretty good one. Gaming on this desktop computer with this keyboard and mouse is a solid experience. We do prefer Bluetooth input devices but these work fine in a normal gaming environment.
That gaming desktop also comes with a good number of connectivity options. You get 4 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, a DVI port, a DisplayPort, and RJ 45 network Ethernet port, and an audio jack. There are various options if you want to connect this desktop to a high-end gaming monitor. The USB ports on this desktop come in very handy when you need to transfer data or use them for external connectivity.
The desktop also comes with excellent wireless connectivity options. You get 802.11AC Wi-Fi included that enables you to browse the Internet at superfast speed without the need for any wires on your computer table. Bluetooth is also built-in which means you can connect to a wireless printer or a wireless joystick seamlessly without any hiccups.
The iBUYPOWER Element 9260 gaming desktop comes equipped with an Intel Core i7 9700F processor. This is a high-performance processor from Intel that comes with 8 physical cores and 8 threads. The processor has a base clocking frequency of 3.0 GHz which is more than enough power for a lot of users. The processor can clock up to a maximum of 4.7 GHz which is just insane.
When it comes to benchmark tests come on the processor does really well and gets an average CPU mark score of 13774. This is a pretty good score and put this processor in the high-performance CPUs range. The process of backs this benchmark results by performing extremely well in real-life situations.
When it comes to gaming, this processor can run pretty much any game you want. If you want to play the latest and the greatest games, we can confidently say that this processor will not be the bottleneck in any way. Apart from gaming, you can also do pretty much any kind of heavy work on this desktop with this processor in your hands.
When the processor gets going at very high clock speeds, it will produce a lot of heat. Fortunately, you have an excellent cooling system that takes care of all those excess heat produced.
The memory department on this iBUYPOWER Element 9260 gaming desktop comes flush with 16 GB of DDR4 type RAM with a clock speed of 2666 MHz. This memory is fantastic for gaming PC in this price range. It allows you to run pretty much any game you want without holding yourself back up.
Besides gaming, this memory is perfect for multitasking. You can do all the research you want on the web by opening several tabs on your favorite browser, and you will not see any tabs stuttering or refreshing constantly. If you are a productive person, this RAM will enable you to do a lot of stuff at the same time saving you a ton of time and energy.
As we are dealing with a desktop, we can always upgrade the memory whenever we want. The motherboard comes with support for maximum memory of up to 64GB. Memory is pretty cheap these days so feel free to upgrade your RAM if you want better gaming performance. Upgrading it yourself will cost you a lot less as well.
How much storage do you get? The desktop comes with two kinds of storage. We have a 1TB hard drive that gives you all the space you want for all your games. This is one of the spacious hard drives we have seen and it also runs much faster than most 5400rpm hard drives. And in addition to this hard drive, we also get a 240 GB solid-state drive.
Having a solid-state drive as a part of your storage is a great move. The solid-state drive on this computer is 10 times faster than the hundred percent. This means you can read, write, and do pretty much any activity on your desktop at a much faster rate when you are performing it on the SSD portion of the storage.
If the SSD is that much faster, why can’t we just have a solid-state drive alone? This is a very common question that we get asked all the time. Buying a solid-state drive that has a capacity of 1 TB will cost you a fortune. This hybrid storage device is a great example of how to reduce costs when it comes to storage.
How good is the gaming performance on the iBUYPOWER Element 9260 gaming desktop?
On the desktop comes with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 TI graphics card. This is an upper mid-range graphics card from Nvidia that comes with a dedicated video memory of 6 GB that is of GDDR6 type. This is supposed to be the successor of the 1060 graphics card from the previous generation and it does pretty well.
The performance of this graphics card when compared to hire and graphics cards isn’t that bad. Nvidia has made a series for accommodating mid-range and upper mid-range range gaming laptops. As a result, this 1660 TI graphics card does not come with high-end features like ray tracing or DLSS. So won’t be able to find any tensor cores in this GPU.
GPU is still based on the Turing architecture. The overall performance of the GPU, when it comes to gaming, is very impressive. Manages to run most games in high settings without any drop in performance.
If you run Horizon Zero Dawn on the iBUYPOWER Element 9260 desktop with high settings in 1080p, you will get a frame rate of 70 frames per second. When you move this setting to ultra in 1080p, the frame rate drops to 55 frames per second. You try playing ultra settings in a QHD resolution, the frame rate further drops to 43 frames per second.
Let’s see another example. When you play Death Stranding in high settings at 1080p, you get a frame rate of 92 frames per second. When you switch the settings to ultra, you get 89 frames per second and when you play on QHD resolution, the frame rate goes down to 60 frames per second.
This pattern repeats for almost all popular games. In general, you can play pretty much any game you want on this gaming desktop, thanks to this excellent Nvidia GPU. All you need to do is to pair this desktop computer with a beautiful gaming display and you’re good to go.
iBUYPOWER Element 9260 Review – Wrap Up
The iBUYPOWER Element 9260 giving desktop is a solid machine for gaming without spending a lot of money. You do not get any bells and whistles on this desktop computer, but the gaming performance dollar is simply fantastic why. What the desktop comes with an excellent octa-core processor, impressive memory, hybrid storage, and also a solid GPU. if you’re looking for an affordable gaming desktop that doesn’t cost an arm or leg, then this one might be a very good choice.