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Xidax X-8 Gaming PC: GTA V & Thief

Grand Theft Auto V
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance

Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series has been wildly successful for many years now, offering some of the edgiest story lines, game play tactics, and objectives the gaming industry has ever seen. With psychopathic main characters, you are left in the depraved communities of Los Santos and Blaine County, to walk a path few would dare choose in real life, committing nefarious acts, robbing and pillaging to complete your objectives. In short, it's rather entertaining that you're tasked with leaving a virtual world worse off than you found it, consequences be damned. We benchmark GTA V at 1920x1080, 2560x1440, and 3840x2160 at the Very High Quality preset.

Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V

Xidax X-8 GTA V

When it comes to running GTA V, no matter what the configuration performance always seems to top out at around 186 frames per second, leaving inconsequential differences in scores at the top-end. In this case, it's basically a tie between Xidax's X-8 and Maingear's Vybe at 1440p and 1080p.

At 4K, however, the X-8 holds steady at 186 FPS and is 16 percent faster than the Vybe. No need to stop the presses on that one, as both systems cut through GTA V like a chainsaw through butter. The bigger takeaway is that the X-8 has more power to spare at 4K.

Thief
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance

Square Enix set the tone for Thief by saying, "Garrett, the Master Thief, steps out of the shadows into the City. In this treacherous place, where the Baron’s Watch spreads a rising tide of fear and oppression, his skills are the only things he can trust. Even the most cautious citizens and their best-guarded possessions are not safe from his reach." The Thief series has been popular for years, not only for its interesting story lines and unique gameplay, but because the games have consistently featured excellent graphics and imagery, and leveraged bleeding graphics edge technology, like AMD's Mantle API, for example.

thief screenshot
Thief

Xidax X-8 Thief

Our last benchmark, Thief, appears to be another one where the CPU is a bottleneck at lower resolutions. All three systems that come out ahead of the X-8 at 1080p are running at 5GHz, whereas at 1440p the X-8 trails only of those rigs. But at 4K, the X-8 takes the lead as framerates drop closer to double-digits.

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