SkyTech Blaze II Gaming Computer PC: An Affordable Excellent Gaming and Productivity PC Reviewed
The SkyTech Blaze II Gaming PC is a no-fuss entry-level gaming PC for users looking to play AAA games at 60 fps. It also brags of a super-spacious design with tempered glass side panels and a well-illuminated RGB-lit interior. Expect great productivity and gaming performance at an affordable price point.
- Great design, spacious interior
Fast processor hence good performance – reliable full HD 60fps gaming
Budget price/good value
Plenty of ports
Runs fairly quiet, even under load
- 8GB RAM configuration might not be enough for everyone
The fanciest high-end desktops from boutique vendors are great objects of envy if you can afford them. And most shoppers don’t because of the sometimes unrealistic price tags. Fortunately, the SkyTech Blaze II Gaming Desktop is of great value, great bang for the buck even. It certainly falls among the cream of the crop for budget gaming PCs. In most ways that one, the SkyTech Blaze II Gaming Computer represents the best combination of price, build quality, and performance of most of the budget desktop PCs we’ve reviewed this 2020.
While other contenders like HP, Lenovo, and Acer offer some real gems at this price point, the SkyTech Blaze II still throws in better and peppy performance. Enough to receive our Editor’s pat on the back.
So, is SkyTech a good gaming brand?
Yes. While SkyTech has not immersed it’s self such a large following like other OEM desktop gaming companies (iBuypower, Digitalstorm, Falcon Northwest, Maingear Vybe), it has built a good reputation for itself nonetheless. The company focuses on a prebuilt desktop for productivity and gaming. Some shoppers enjoy building their own gaming PCs, but since not everyone has the skills to, the unskilled shoppers end up going for prebuilt desktops. This is where SkyTech, iBuypower, and the rest focus mostly on. And SkyTech has done a remarkable job of making some high-end desktops for productivity and gaming, case and point the SkyTech Blaze II Gaming PC.
Slick, Spacious and Colorful
Aside from great price point and performance, the SkyTech Blaze II has design going for it. The SkyTech Blaze II arrives at a time when building your own PC is easier than before and custom PC manufacturers have to create better more creative, and unique designs. Well, while SkyTech does not build their chassis themselves, we applaud the PC company for bringing it all together in a slick way.
The case is neither complicated nor too gamer-centric but it has hints of elegance here and there. The front f the metal case is see-through and adorned with two RGB Rings that mostly are the highlight of the PC. If you like colors, these rings will light your room up while gaming, which is pretty sweet. The case also has a nice tempered glass side panel and plenty of room for future expansion. Interior access is straightforward and does not require a screwdriver. There are two thumbscrews on the left-side panel that let you access the interior. On opening, a very tame internal compartment greets you, with decent wire assembly as can be.
One other plus side we loved with this case, is it allows for free airflow in and out of the inside. Heat can rise and leave through the case’s top side. Oh, don’t forget rising dust as well. Speaking of dust, you would want to dust your computer often. I’d recommend doing that at least once a week with a cleaner. We use the CompuCleaner 2.0 Air Duster once a week or whenever I remember to.
As for the ports, the SkyTech Blaze has an above-average loadout for a budget desktops. It sports a healthy port system that’s mostly focused on the rear than the top. You can connect your favorite peripherals at the front, through the ports at the top of the case.
The front ports include a single USB 3.0 port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, a microphone jack and a headphone jack. These make it easier to connect your favorite devices conveniently. Transferring data and photos from your phone is easier since the ports are easily accessible.
The bulk of the ports are at the rear. You get four USB 3.1 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a single HDMI port, and one D-Sub port. The RTX 1660 graphics card adds a few more ports to the table. There are three more ports including an HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI port. With these, you can connect multiple displays (monitor).
There is no USB Type-C port on the SkyTech Blaze II desktop. While we don’t necessarily see USB Type-C at this price point, it would have been a great add on for this unit. That would make sure there are no more glacial transfer speeds. Our Editor’s Choice budget gaming desktop, the Acer Aspire TC-885-UA92 also packs a similar port system, same budget price with a single USB Type-C port at the front panel. That alone gives it a leg up against our reviewed unit.
The unit also has an 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless option built-in. This means you don’t have to run an Ethernet cord if you don’t feel like it. There is a decent amount of preinstalled software – nothing too extensive, but the most valuable is the Windows 10 Home.
SkyTech offers a complimentary keyboard and mouse along with the desktop. The keyboard and mouse combo are actually really nice unlike a lot of PC pack-ins and should serve you quite well for run-to-the-mill daily tasks and gaming.
If you cherry-picked the best parts from AMD and Intel alongside with some high-end memory and exceptionally fast memory for the price, then you’ll probably end up with most of the parts the SkyTech Blaze II comes with.
The Ryzen 5 2600 processor starts out with a 3.4GHz base clock speed and a 3.9GHz max boost. Primarily, the high core-count (6-cores) makes this system great for productivity and gaming performance. In real-world usage, the AMD Ryzen 2600 thrives in tasks such as web browsing, moderate photo-editing, heavy productivity tasks.
As far as configurations go, SkyTech has three configurations available for this PC. You can either have this unit or the SkyTech Blaze II Gaming PC with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB graphics card or the third. The third option (SkyTech Omega Gaming PC) sports an Intel Core i7-8700K Coffee Lake processor, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB card, and 16GB RAM. It is the strongest of the bunch with the latter following closely. So if you want better performance, you can choose between the three options.
Memory and storage
All the available configurations offer 500GB of SSD storage which is decent if you’re starting out. The positive aspect of this SSD storage is it ensures faster retrieval of saved data and faster boot times. This is twice as good as what HDDs offer. However, considering storage is pretty affordable these days, SkyTech should have offered at least 1TB. For users with more need for storage, getting an external hard drive would be beneficial. Or if you spend time online, using cloud storage is an easier option for storing your documents, photos, videos, and game files.
Our shipped unit comes with an 8GB DDR4 memory. That’s slightly less than the 12GB RAM the Acer Aspire TC-885-UA92 desktop offers. For most budget gaming desktops at this price point, 8GB is normal, but we would have appreciated if SkyTech had gone the extra mile and increased the memory like the competition. For us, this was the main caveat with this computer. But if you have some extra cash, consider upgrading to 12GB or 16GB.
The motherboard has 2 x DDR4 DIMM Slots and supports memory with speeds up to 3200Mhz. We recommend going for two 8GB kits (16GB in total) to ensure the computer is roaring and blazing fast.
On the flip side, if you don’t have the budget for that, 8GB should still serve you well. And it should run pretty well without bottlenecking in most games.
This system flaunts the entry-level gaming GPU Nvidia GTX 1660, the base model of the RTX 20 cards. While the card does not come with Real-Time Ray Tracing and DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) capabilities, it’s still an excellent card. The RTX 1660 delivers a high and better frame rate than its predecessor the GTX 1080 Ti and certainly smoother gameplay than the GTX series cards. It offers the best price-to-performance ratio and is the reason most budget gaming desktops are fitted with it.
In less strenuous games the RTX 1660 absolutely dominates and plays smoothly at full settings. It can handle the heat of your average AAA game with hardly and stutters.
When put to the test, it gave the following results for 1080 fps:
Apex Legends 85 fps
Fortnite Chapter 2: 174 fps
Modern Warfare 2019 71 fps
On other less demanding graphics games, such as Assassin’s Creed, Tomb Raider, and The Elder Scrolls Online it delivers above 60 fps.
Bottom line, the RTX 1660 is a great card for this unit, and considering it doesn’t it has no Ray Tracing advantage, it sure delivers good gaming performance.
The SkyTech Blaze II Gaming PC is a leg up above the rest for more than a single reason. It’s priced in line with the others while still offering superior features and performance. While it doesn’t have come with any standout feature like USB Type-C port, we easily recommend it for shoppers looking for a budget gaming PC. It doesn’t receive our Editor’s Choice award for best budget gaming desktop but comes very close.
Need a Stronger Gaming PC?
If our reviewed unit doesn’t impress you, we have the iBuypower Gaming Element 9260 desktop that we recommend as an Essential Gaming Tower. The iBuypower is a feature-packed gaming PC that falls under the $1000 price tag.