RDY SLHBG216 review | Gamer on PC
The $1,500 gaming PC is a competitive space, especially since component prices have dropped to near-normal levels over the past few months. There are many people who have been keen to search for the best gaming PC (opens in a new tab), waiting for prices and inventory to stabilize so you can make a big purchase without worry or guilt. The iBuyPower Gaming RDY SLHB216 (opens in a new tab) (rolls straight on the tongue) falls into this hotly contested category of modest gaming PCs with an impressive build, but not without caveats for the toughest gamers.
The Gaming RDY SLHBG216 is not customizable. You can’t choose what kind of processor, graphics card, RAM and storage to put in it. You add it to the cart and it will be shipped to you exactly as shown on the website. Like many other PC build companies, iBuyPower lists the average frame rate of modern games, including Elden Ring (opens in a new tab), Lost Ark, Fortnite, GTA 5, League of Legends, CS:GO, Call of Duty Warzone and Valorant. It’s a solid list for online multiplayer games, though it lacks a few single-player options, if that’s your thing.
At $1,499, or $1,269 in an ongoing sale since I received my test rig in late May, it’s a pretty standard build. It has an Intel Core i5 12400F, an Nvidia RTX 3060, 16GB of DDR4 3200MHz RAM, and 1TB of NVMe SSD storage. It’s all housed in a sleek black iBuyPower case with tempered glass panels and RGB fans throughout. The case design isn’t flashy or particularly modern with its jagged front panel and plastic top. This is probably where some of the cost was cut: it’s a rather unimpressive case, but ultimately fixable.
iBuyPower Gaming RDY SLHBG216 Specifications
CPU: Core i5 12400F
GPUs: Nvidia RTX 3060
RAM: 16 GB (2x 8 GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4 3200 MHz
Motherboard : B660
Storage: 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD
Front I/O: 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, headphones, microphone
Rear I/O: 4x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.2 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Type-C, 4x DisplayPort, 2x HDMI, audio, LAN, PS/2
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.2, Ethernet
Power supply : 600W 80 Plus Gold
Case: iBUYPOWER Slate HAKO MR Tempered Glass ARGB
SE: Windows 11 Home
Dimensions: 9.7 x 20.5 x 20.5 inches
Guarantee: 3 years
Price: $1,499 (opens in a new tab)
This PC is also fully air-cooled, which hampers its overall performance in games, but keeps the price around $100 lower than its nearest competitors. The case’s five fans keep the components, primarily the CPU, cool at the cost of making it noisy under load. The PC was never so loud it would seep into headphones or overpower speakers at medium volume, even in the toughest benchmarks I’ve run on it, but if you want a rig- silent form, that’s obviously not it.
Compared to a gaming PC like the Redux ‘Good’ Tier PC (opens in a new tab), the Gaming RDY SLHBG216 gains in performance, except for a few frames. This is good news, considering the price. For 1080p performance, the SLHBG216 came in a few more frames above PC Redux in Hitman 3, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Metro Exodus. In F1 2020 it topped the Redux by around 24 FPS.
These numbers are pretty standard for an Nvidia RTX 3060, which largely excels at 1080p gaming. 1440p tests on the iBuyPowerRDY were also solid. It matches the frame rate of similarly priced desktop PCs, like the NZXT Streaming PC (opens in a new tab) and the CLX Set Gaming PC (opens in a new tab). Unsurprisingly, its 4K FPS isn’t as good, it struggled to hit close to 60 FPS in one of our tests, and that’s where the air cooling started to falter. This is a PC designed to rip 1080p games and handle 1440p games with a few tweaks; it’s just not made for 4K.
It should be noted that for some reason I was unable to run the PC successfully through the Horizon Zero Dawn 4K benchmark without the game remaining on a black screen or completely freezing. It worked fine at 1080p and 1440p, but 4K wouldn’t perform. Either way, I wouldn’t expect these benchmarks to change my mind about its 4K performance.
The SLHBG216 also squeezes in a 1TB NVMe SSD at this price. It also performed well in our FF14 load time test. Other PCs that pack in a 500GB SSD are kind of an insult to anyone getting into a few modern games; it doesn’t cut it with all the huge install sizes these days. The SLHBG216, much like its overall build quality, understands what a pure PC gamer wants at this budget. It’s not a fancy addition, but it’s a commendable addition.
The knocks against the SLHBG216 aren’t huge, but they could hurt if you want to push this PC to its limits. Mainly, it fails when it comes to its cooling. It heats up, the CPU climbing to 100°C during our tests. Presumably you wouldn’t run it as hard on a regular basis, but other similar PCs haven’t gotten as hot, so that’s something to keep in mind. Dust will inevitably collect in the chassis and potentially make it worse, so you might want to consider regular cleaning maintenance if you decide to bring this one home – the lack of dust filters makes the situation worse. The graphics card didn’t jump quite as high, but it still ran a few degrees hotter than the other rigs.
The PC also lacks USB Type-C ports on the upper front panel, which is disappointing, although there is one in the rear panel, where you’ll also find a PS/2 port like in the early 2000s. If you need plenty of USB 3.0 ports, the Gaming RDY SLHBG216 will come in short. The PC is designed for a fairly modest person looking to play games and not much else. At a time when streaming and working from home are common, I’d love to see a few more ports on this thing for external hard drives, webcams, etc.
That’s what you get in the Gaming RDY SLHBG216: a gaming PC that nails exactly what it says it will do and not much else. It doesn’t surprise with any particularly useful additions, but it also sneaks in at a slightly lower price than other PCs of this caliber. iBuyPower has built a competitor slick enough in the $1,500 gaming rig race to convince you to sacrifice the bells and whistles for a modest PC. The complete lack of choice in what goes on there might push you towards something like the CLX gaming PC, but the choice isn’t always better. The SLHBG216 is all about keeping things simple and allowing you to play games. I can’t really say no to that.